Producers are finally getting the props they deserve and becoming stars in their own right. One to watch out for is Science Fiction, who just released his mostly instrumental debut LP Walls Don't Exist on NYC's Third Earth Music. Venturing down South, Prophetix beatmaker/DJ Jon Doe has two dope projects out, a compilation called All About the Doe and his first official album, Meet Jon Doe, featuring cats such as Declaime, C Rayz Walz, and many more. Also be on the lookout for Pacific Drift: Western Water Music Vol. 1, the second full-length from LA trackmaster Nobody.
Locally, be sure to cop Hip-Hop Slam's stellar Scratch Attack: The LP, which features the likes of QBert, Bas-1, and DJ Quest, among others. Frequent Slam contributor DJ Platurn also has a dope seven-inch out via Slept On Records, "A.L.F.D." b/w "A-List B-Boy." Berkeley native Ayentee has been doing his thing for a while, both as a member of Secluded Journalists and on the solo tip. Check out his sophomore album The Manual, a fifteen-track autobiographical journey set to his own sample-drenched beats.
Philly label KRU just unleashed a solid EP called The Hogan Fam, which highlights City of Brotherly Love spitters such as 40th Dimension and Kenneth Masters. Also from Philly, don't sleep on the True Believers, whose debut single "Conviction" b/w "Action Classic" is out now on Traffic (Landspeed's new label). Last but not least: After nearly ten years in the game, veteran Canadian MC, producer, and label head McEnroe recently dropped his first solo album -- the highly personal, moody, but funky Disenfranchised -- on his Peanuts and Corn label.
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