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Artifacts - APB [10''] (White Vinyl)

From the fading SMPTE sound and the melancholic opening sax riff to
''Wrong Side Of Da Tracks,'' the Artifacts endeared fans with their backand-forth wordplay and honest rhyming, paying homage to an oft-forgotten
aspect of Hip Hop culture: graffiti art. The New Jersey duo went on a
mission of demolition as Tame One and El Da Sensei's lyrical onslaught
was perfectly paired with no holds barred production from some of the
best boardsmiths of the day. Their aptly titled debut Between a Rock and
a Hard Place (1994) symbolized both the blue-collar work ethic Tame and
El put forth in their craft and a clever reference to ''Brick City,'' better
known as Newark, NJ. This momentum carried over to their second (and
final) album That's Them (1997), which showed an ability to grow lyrically
while maintaining a strong eye and ear on quality control.
Fast-forward to 2014. On this outing, Tame and El team up, reuniting for
a rare appearance with Redefinition Records for their latest single ''All
Points Bulletin (APB).'' Seattle's Def Dee deftly handles the production
duties on Side-A and Germany's Klaus Layer runs the remix on the flip
side, but please understand: this is a ''Nu Jeruz'' affair. With that said, Redef
provides a home for the two veteran MCs to showcase their talents sans
the restrictions and constraints of a corporate machine exerting its will to
mold the artists into something artificial versus ''artifact''ual. The music
takes on an organic feel and leaves the listener feeling like Tame and El
haven't missed a beat. Rounding out the north NJ connection is K-Def,
who lends his mastering prowess to the project. This synergy is felt through
geographical bonds and an overall desire to make the best art possible, with
more music coming to a speaker near you.
The Artifacts continue to ''show and prove'' with their indelible stamp
left on Hip Hop, irrespective of time. Never rule out industry vets with
an undeniable dedication to all aspects of the culture... can't forget New
Jersey.
Side A - Produced by Def Dee
01 - Main
02 - Instrumental
03 - Accapella
Side B - Produced by Klaus Layer
01 - Remix
02 - Remix Instrumental
03 - Bonus Beat (from Klaus Layer's ''For The People Like Us'' LP,
2014)
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