Return of the weirdosWritten by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | firstname.lastname@example.org
If Hip-Hop is dead, this must be its Easter. Da Basix will host a listening party at Ground Level Coffee from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 9 to promote its new album, “Return of The Weirdo’s.”
Da Basix don’t create the “My chain is so big, candy paint drippin’, dubs on the whip, poppin’ bottles in the club” b.s. that has poisoned the airwaves as of late. They make the same style of hip-hop that the world fell in love with long ago.
EmCee/producer Lagik of Da Basix said, “We’re tryin’ to keep it as close to the basics as possible with this album. This is lyric- and beat-oriented music with tough beats.”
A local staple for more than a decade, Da Basix are still giving fans of real Hip-Hop something new to blast.
DJ Ill Sid and Lagik split production duties and do so with seamless talent. Solid and heavy bass lines, thick and punchy kicks, and snares with the bite that Da Basix have become known for round out the sound that Lagik and Swill Gates dominate.
Lagik’s lyrical style is clever and thoughtful. His cadence is fluid and dynamic, and every line the man delivers is packed with content, something we don’t get from hip-hop much any more. Able to mold any thought, condition or situation to his will, Lagik is the type of lyricist who makes listeners use the rewind button.
Swill Gates on the other hand is a bully, plain and simple. He possesses a smooth and polished style but he packs a punch. Swill is the “speak softly, carry a big stick” kind of artist. He’s laidback and deliberate. He doesn’t need to tell you that he’s not the type to be played with.
In-house producer DJ Ill Sid is just dope. He’s got his own sound, rhythm-laced style and an identifiable production technique. Sid’s bulletproof beats, expertly constructed sample arrangements and monstrous bass lines, force the listener to bob the head as if it were an involuntary reaction.
Without a doubt, the listening party at Ground Level will be something to attend. Be there or quit complainin’ about the status of Hip-Hop.