Wednesday, March 11, 2009

BOX:: Rhythm Ruckus, Cesar Commanche & Krumb Snatcha

It's been a few weeks since we've had some BOX! goodness for you, and I apologize, I know that's too long to wait, but the wait is over! In going over the mass of songs we've compiled, I noticed we had a bunch of artiss that had sent us pairs of songs, either at the same time, or and then the other. Well once I realized we had five such pairs, it could only mean one thing: a Boomer Two-Flow Edition of BOX! I've talked about the Boomer Two-Flow before, but essentially it was created but the immortal John Boomer, who had the visionary idea of creating a mixtape by putting two songs from each artist, back-to-back all the way through. Well I think BOX! is the perfect vehicle for this genius plan, so let's get to it.

Rhythm Ruckus are a duo from Vermont, and I'm not going to lie to you, the reason I checked them out was because they are from Vermont. Theirs is the only hip hop I've ever heard from The Green Mountain State, and it's pretty solid. They've got a free mixtape available on their site, so you can find out for yourself, you don't have to take my word for it. The mix features Dr. Caucasian & Scribe1 rhyming over some of the better beats from '08 (props due for choosing Jake One's The Truth beat, which is tres solido in my humble). In honesty, they sound like hardcore indie NYC hip hop, so I'd never have guessed they were reppin' Vermont. The fellas from Cartoon Cartel have a full length coming this year, I'll be keeping an eye out for it.

Verbal Kent & Kaz One are representing from Chicago, and that might be pretty much all I know about them. I believe Kaz One handles production duties, and Verbal Kent handles the MC-ing. They have an album coming out next month, and if you're into that hardcore underground hip hop, this sounds like it'll be right up your alley. I like the production on the first song better, but the ominous organs on the second are good too. And you could certainly do worse than Ill Bill and Wordsworth for guest MC's on a track, pretty good stuff here.

I won't lie, New Jersey native Cymarshall Law got my attention because the first single we were sent also features KRS-One. It's hard to shine when you're on a track with Kris Parker, but Cy does ok - he has a wordly, conversational style that is kind of interesting, but might not be for everyone. These tracks are from his '08 release Hip Hop On The Soul, but Cy has just released a new mixtape Cyology 3: The Freedom Writer, so if you like what you hear, you give that a download and hear some more.

Cesar Commanche is somewhat rare, at least for this edition, a BOX! participant that has been reviewed on the hill before (unfortunately, the review has gotten lost in a re-org shuffle, but it was from 2005, so you'll have to take my word for it). Cesar is a charter member of North Cakalaka super-crew, The Justus League, and is a very solid MC in his own right. He's also played in Halifax before, and is tight with Hali hero Ghettosocks, so major bonus points for that. These tracks are from Cesar's latest album, Die In Your Lap, and with production from folks like 9th Wonder and Khrysis, you know there will be some solid sounds.

Krumbsnatcha is one of those dudes where I've heard his name for awhile, but really know little about him. He's from Boston, and been in the game for a long time, but he's back with a new album, Hidden Scriptures, which, unless I'm mistaken, dropped yesterday. If these two tracks are any indication, the album is just that straightforward, rugged, east-coast hip hop. And with production from underground names like Statik Selektah and the Beatminerz, so it's likely pretty heavy on the beat side of things too.

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