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Tuesday, Jan 29 2008 | 15:54

Chicago/Akron duo Selfish (rhymes) and Fluent (beats), collaborating on their debut as Uncut Raw, bring it back to a time when “Underground Hip Hop” meant major label refugees: MF Doom’s first solo single on Fondle ‘em, Kool Keith’s post-Ultramagnetics work, Rawkus Records’ early output. This album draws very favorable comparisons to both Doom and Madlib, with long, dusted samples, soulful and jazzy loops, complete with album crackle coming together to form a blunted sound collage combined with a laid back vocal delivery recalling Mad Skillz (pre-“Skillz” moniker), or Dilated Peoples – definitely indy.

With only one featured artist on the album, Butta Verses (as featured on every De La Soul album), this is unpretentious, pure Hip Hop. The initial self-released run of “First Toke” on Green Llama records sold out, but drew heavy internet chatter comparing it to Jay Dee and coming out on top in a side-by-side comparison to the “Madvillainy” album.

On OkayPlayer.com, the album got four “Questies” and garnished this review, “a raw, dusty, creative effort that deserves to be heard by fans of the most pure essence of Hip Hop … no stand-out tracks here, per se sure but over time the entire album proves to deliver a more potent effect when taken as a whole.”

Tracklisting:

01. Intro
02. Imwityou
03. The Flyest
04. Throwback Shit
05. Somebeat
06. Tilthesuncomeup
07. Fortune Cookies
08. Heroin
09. Green
10. Crazy
11. 727
12. Interlude 1
13. Cereal
14. WWIV
15. So Bad
16. Anothabeat
17. Summertime
18. Bang!
19. Interlude 2
20. Slop
21. All I Need
22. Onemorebeat
23. Lastone
24. Interlude 3
25. Funkclub
26. Baby

The album Uncut RawFirst Toke” (Green Llama) is going to be released March 7, 2008.

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