Real DJ's Do Real Things

compilation includes: rakim, arsonists, mr. lif, the planets, freestyle fellowship, dilated peoples, lmno, amad jamal, the alchemist, wee bee foolish, copywrite, others.

year of release: 2002
 
K-Salaam has stepped up his game. And that was a hard step to take. Because his "The Hands Of Time" was already good, but with "Real DJ's Do Real Things" he took the effort to climb to the next level, to give us what a mix CD should be about: dope songs and dope turntable trickery. And this here definitely has both, while it's also nicely balanced, giving enough reason to bounce your head and/or to study the techniques. On the threesome of "DJ K-Salaam Intro", I-Self and K-Salaam "Tag Team Supreme" and "Middle East Scratching" you can do both: With the first and the last portraying the scratches and rhyme drop hunting by K, they are framing an exclusive song with I-Self's rapping. "Middle East Scratching", that utilizes N.W.A.'s "Express Yourself", mixes it effortlessly with Gang Starr's "Code Of The Streets". It moves on into more classics like "P.S.K." and "Strictly Business" while K does his incredibly fast and precise scratching. With the mentioning of 'middle east', there's however a connection being drawn to the inlay cover, what leads us on a detour.

 
tracklisting
1. DJ K-Salaam Intro
2. I-Self and K-Salaam "Tag Team Supreme"
3. "Middle East Scratching"
4. Rakim
5. Organized Konfusion
6. Arsonists
7. Arsonists and K-Salaam "Angry MC's And DJ's"
8. "It Doesn't Have To Be Complicated All The Time" - K-Salaam changing the beat
9. The Planets feat. Musab & Slug
10. Mr. Lif
11. Freestyle Fellowship
12. K's Funky Scratches
13. Code Name Scorpion
14. K-Salaam changing the beat
15. Gang Starr (original version w/ K's Invincible Remix)
16. The Real Creator Scratching
17. Amad Jamal
18. The Alchemist
19. Jehst feat. Harry Love
20. Dancehall Style Interlude (turntablist)
21. D-Stroy
22. The Arsonists
23. The Planets
24. Asheru and BLue Black "K's Double Version Remix"
25. Spryte One on the cut
26. "A Brother Who Stays In The Old Skool Wayz" - K-Salaam
27. LMNO
28. Amad Jamal
29. The Alchemist
30. Copywrite
31. The Arsonists
32. Abstract Rude
33. Dilated Peoples
34. Virtuoso
35. Akbar
36. Brother Ali
37. Living Legends
38. Marq Spekt
39. Wee Bee Foolish
40. Suheir Hammad "Letter To Anthony / Critical Resistance" - spoken word
Inside the cover, K-Salaam takes the time to voice his opinion on the current situation in Palestine. While you could argue that it's opinionated, biased or incorrect, at the same time he outlines findings that are simply concerned and, dare I say it, true. With the two parties ignoring reason and humanitarian, as well as war laws, criticism must be allowed that is directed at either of the sides. While this might be one sided, there are already enough words written in favor of the opponents, hence you may take this in with a grain of salt or subscribe to the message word for word, as much as you don't want to accept it as the whole truth, you can't put it down as a whole lie. Or something like that. Man, we don't want to review the statement made in the record, that's not on us to judge. And our agreeing or disagreeing doesn't make any difference anyways. But so much shall be said that we definitely understand where K is coming from.
But back to the music, that is while we got here in the first place. We now need to approach this in brackets, as there's too much on here to review each song one by one. First of all there's the exclusive songs like the Arsonists and K team up "Angry MC's And DJ's" where Q-Unique spits the dope line "some rappers talk out of their ass like Eddie Murphy in Shrek". Chicago head Brother Ali later on offers another exclusive and Suheir Hammad recites her "Letter to Anthony / Critical Resistance" poetry, while Spryte One lends his scratches to "Spryte One On The Cut". Besides that, there's several K scratching interludes like "It Doesn't Have To Be Complicated All The Time - K-Salaam changing the beat", where he again keeps it incredibly precise, what can always be said about the somewhat chaotic sounding "K-Salaam changing the beat", where he stumbles once or twice.
Apart from that, it's music and more music. You get the old school moments of Eric B. & Rakim's "Untouchables" being continued with ease by an Organized Konfusion cut. Later on we hear an old Gangstar cut, and K does his "A Brother Who Stays In Old Skool Wayz" interlude. We also get the odd UK song: "Global" by The Planets feat. Musab and Slug (plus another The Planets song later on) as well as Jehst teaming up with the always respected Harry Love. Further we get dope cuts by Freestyle Fellowship, Codename Scorpion, Amad Jamal, The Alchemist, Unspoken Heard, LMNO, Copywrite, Virtuoso, Akbar, Dilated Peoples, Marq Spekt and Wee Bee Foolish. With each progression made as it's the most natural thing in the world. Making this also a catalogue of records you want to get, as mush as a record that allows you to listen to a vast number of dope songs neatly processed for one disc.
So well, lets sum this up: intelligence in the inlay, a couple of scratch interludes, a few exclusives, mingling with classics as well as more recent favorites. Well, in sum we'd say that makes quite an offering. And that's what it is. Thoroughly good, and even more important for a the short-lived genre of mix CDs/tapes, also able to stand the test of time, with this record conserving the state of now in a "Errosion" withstanding strength.
review: tadah
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