Monday, 8 March 2010

A forgotten 12"- Ras Kass, Pharoahe Monch & Hi-Tek-Can you see what I see


Whilst looking for a particular 12" in my garage, where I keep the records that I don't listen to on a regular basis or have already converted to MP3s I can across this Counterflow Recordings 12" from 2004 and thought I'd share it with Y'all. I had totally forgotten I had even bought this joint back in the Summer 0f 2004, I had picked it up in HMV on Grafton street, in Dublin whilst on holiday for £5.99.
The A Side is produced by Hi-Tek and is a light bouncy track with a strings loop, very reminiscent of Mos Def's Oh No joint from Lyricist Lounge Volume 2. The emcees on this are a lyrics fanatics dream come true, Rass Kass and Pharoahe Monch. Two emcees who can drop intricate metaphors and similes with ease. Generally a dope track although without the two emcees it would sound a little generic and quite similar to a lot of other indie tracks released around that time when there seemed to be a new indie label out every week, most of which no longer even have a MySpace page let alone still release records.
The AA Side features two tracks; the first by Dave Ghetto, hands High and the second by another dude called Basic Vocab called Represent. I have to be honest and say that these are pretty much run of the mill indie hip hop joints from the mid noughties. I can imagine either of these getting a lot of play at the time and although neither are bad they were just a couple of joints in the flood of similar joints form around that era. Both are produced by Tony Balvin who has clearly been influenced by the likes of ATCQ and Large Pro however will never reach their levels. As I said not bad but neither overly impressive.
As I did you should Dl this rip because of the fact that it has one of the best late nineties-early noughties indie producers, Hi-Tek supplying beats for two of the most complex rappers to pick up mics ever. Check the link for the rip.

Can You See What I See?

1 comment:

verge said...

I don't remember this at all. Most def gonna check it out. Thanks.