The X-Ecutioners Built From Scratch
Vibe: 3.5 discs out of 5 - "...Rocking - and rock solid..."
- Released: March 1, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Entertainment Weekly - 2/01/02, p.106"...While their lightning-fast deck skills evoke nostalgia [think Kool herc and Terminator X], the X-men still sound like the freshest crew on the block..." - Rating: A-
Vibe - 3/02, p.1793.5 discs out of 5 - "...Rocking - and rock solid..."
NME (Magazine) - 3/2/02, p.287 out of 10 - "...The turntablism is brilliant - dizzying pile-ups of loop-atomising crossfade work....With respectful nods to old electro and dub weird-outs..."
NME (Magazine) - 3/2/02, p.287 out of 10 - "...The turntablism itself is brilliant - dizzying pile-ups of loop-atomising crossfade work....With respectful nods to old electro and dub weird-outs..."d
- 1.Intro - (featuring Vinroc / Apollo / Shorkut)
- 2.XL - (featuring Large Professor)
- 3.X-Ecutioners Scratch
- 4.Journey Into Sound, A - (featuring Kenny "The Human Orchestra" Muhammed)
- 5.Hip Hop Awards - (skit)
- 6.3 Boroughs
- 7.Let It Bang - (featuring M.O.P.)
- 8.X-Excutioners Theme Song - (featuring Dan the Automator)
- 9.Feel the Bass
- 10.You Can't Scratch - (skit)
- 11.It's Goin' Down - (featuring Linkin Park)
- 12.Premier's X-Ecution
- 13.X, The (Y'All Know the Name) - (featuring Pharoahe Monch / Xzibit / Inspectah Deck / Skillz)
- 14.Genius of Love 2002 - (featuring Tom Tom Club / Biz Markie)
- 15.Choppin' N***** Up
- 16.B-Boy Punk Rock 2001 - (featuring Everlast)
- 17.Who Wants to Be a M***** F**Kin' Millionaire - (skit)
- 18.Play That Beat
- 19.Dramacyde - (featuring Big Pun / Kool G Rap)
- 20.X-Ecution of a Bumrush - (featuring The Beat Junkies)
- 21.Play That Beat - (Lo Fidelity Allstars remix, bonus track)
Personnel includes: The X-Ecutioners, Large Professor, Kenny Muhammed, M.O.P., Dan The Automator, Linkin Park, DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, Xzibit, Inspectah Deck, Skillz, The Tom Tom Club, Biz Markie, Everlast, The Triple Threat DJ's, Fatman Scoop, Big Pun, Kool G. Rap.
Producers include: Apollo Novicio, Dr. Butcher, Rob Swift, CJ Moore, The Beat Junkies.
This East Coast underground hip-hop crew rises up to the challenge of entering the mainstream on BUILT FROM SCRATCH. One of their many strengths is the fact that they make good use of turntablism, an art abandoned by far too many of their peers. The urgency they gain from this helps push their streetwise but never thuggish rhymes forward with alacrity. Amid the frenetic scratching and hyper-kinetic playground of beats, Roc Raida, Rob Swift and company deliver the kind of self-mythologizing verbiage that's been at the heart of hip-hop since the days of EPMD and LL Cool J. While the X-Ecutioners are careful to lyrically underline their connections to the likes of Nas, and there's a cross-genre guest list on the album that ranges from the Tom Tom Club to Biz Markie, it's the group's own skill at mating unique tracks with powerful raps that makes BUILT FROM SCRATCH a success.