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Slept On pt. 3 - The Last Emperor

August 29th, 2009

The Last Emperor has kind of belonged to the “best kept secret” list, although he has been signed to Rawkus, Aftermath and Interscope labels. If you didn’t already know about the talented Last Emp, you might want to check out his “Music, Magic, Myth” album (2003).

So, what happened to the promising Rawkus deal? I managed to recall and dig his interview I read a few years ago:

“Anyone who knew about Rawkus during that era would know that I had to respect a lot of their artists at the time. I respected Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap. It just seemed like the ideal label for the sort of hip-hop that a person like myself desired to put out.”

“They began to tell artists that they wanted to compete more with what was going on with mainstream radio and the mainstream acts that were out there. They didn’t want to be viewed as the underground backpack hip-hop label.”

“Instead of giving me a concrete answer to when my album or single was going to come out, they would tell me ‘We’ll figure it out but we have to get you a personal trainer so that your abs and your pecks are nice and tight.’ This is literally verbatim. The administration at Rawkus actually told me this. Everyone would flip when I would tell them that story.” -Last Emperor (original source)

Oh well, that’s the way…

Last Emperor - Secret Wars

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Snoozed On - EMC

January 5th, 2009

The letter combination EMC (= Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline & Stricklin) has been snoozed on with their brilliant The Show album (Spring 2008). According to Wikipedia, the album sales have reached only 6000 copies in the first 7 months.

At least EMC stays true and tells the hard story of being an artist: EMC - Feel It

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Slept On pt. 2 - Slum Village (post Dilla)

November 30th, 2008

Moving on from New York to Detroit, Motor Town, known from its soul legacy. One can still hear the influence of Berry Gordy’s Golden Age on the music created by the veteran group Slum Village.

In the spirit of A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village has managed to stay true to the sound in spite of the changes. To my honest opinion, people have been sleeping on SV after Dilla (R.I.P.) went solo in 2002.

For example the strong “Slum Village” album (2005) seemed to remain in the shadows of the similar sound of Little Brother.

Slum Village - 05

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Slept On pt. 1 - Marco Polo

November 20th, 2008

The Slept On -series goes thru music that has gained relatively too little attention.

I’ve noticed that many people have been sleeping on the artist / producer named Marco Polo. Marco, from Toronto, made it to the “A Long Hot Summer” album by Masta Ace. It is said that since Masta Ace didn’t have any budget left, Ace recorded a song for Marco Polo as an exchange. The song became the first single and essential part of the “Port Authority” album (2007).

Marco Polo feat. Masta Ace - Nostalgia

PS. If you like tune, you might want to check out the group called EMC (= Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline & Stricklin).

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