I wasn’t familiar with Soulchef before this week, nor is he an Asian American, but his album Remember When is this Week’s Thursday Freebie on a-Tunes. Why? Well first of all, Vox Merger & Hydroponikz are among the list of MC’s featured on the album and secondly, this is just a plain sick collection of tracks. After hearing the songs and then reading the following description, I knew I would love this release… and it doesn’t disappoint.
Remember When Hip Hop was this? Remember When Hip Hop was that? At a time where the future of Hip Hop is regularly questioned, and the constant debate about what’s “real” is still a hot topic; it’s often times hard to see beyond the obvious. When the same songs from the 70s and 80s were not only remixed in the 90s, but re-remixed again in the 2000s. When live instruments have been replaced with repetitive sounds. SoulChef’s release “Remember When…” takes a look back at the yesteryear of hip hop. His soulfully jazzy approach at production is mixed with live instruments and complimented by a talented line-up of artists who help paint his picture. This 10 track album is a nostalgic look at the fundamental Hip Hop we all originally fell in love with.
I haven’t heard all the tracks yet, but both Vox Merger & Hydro kilt their respective joints. If you’re a Hip-Hop head on any level, I think you’ll appreciate this one. Props to all the artists involved and to Soulchef for the awesome production.