Tuesday, January 17, 2006
No clientele to sell it to? Internal revenue!
A big shout-out to my boy Sky celebrated the big 2-1 today. On this edition of The Most Compressed Birthday Presents Ever, we're gonna take a trip down memory lane for you New York heads, all the way back to 1998. The A-side was a certified heater called "Sleepwalkers", and the B-side went down as probably every Non-Phixion fan's favorite song of all time, a De La Soul semi-homage entitled "Thug Tunin'".
Certainly not a fledgling group by the time the album was finally released, Non Phixion took FOREVER to come forth with their official debut to the world. Finally in 2001, The Future Is Now dropped after five years of pressing wax. The "Sleepwalkers" 12" was one of the very first. So it made sense that, due to how aged the tracks were, neither cut made it on the album. Eclipse (Non Phixion's producer) probably wanted to make more room for the cuts produced by Primo, Pete Rock, The Beatnuts, and of course, Large Professor (two joints!).
That being put into account, I'm still waiting for an official follow-up, now that all three members--- Ill Bill, Goretex, and Sabac Red ---have released solo albums. But Uncle Howie doesn't end at the guys from Non Phixion. There's so many frickin' side projects I can rattle off right now. Keep your ears peeled, and if you really want to know what's new, I'm sure I'll probably post it here. Except if it involves this other artist on Uncle Howie, Mr. Hyde. That's where I draw the line. Sorry, guys.
Thug Tunin' (mp3 link)
Calling it a straight jacked beat would be an insult. It's definitely much grimier and the drums hit with a pound of dust instead of a packet of sand like it was when it was better known as a Prince Paul beat (all respect due). Flawlessly spit verses, especially Ill Bill's at the end.
Happy birthday, Sky!