Jake One 

White Van Music

Seattle beatmaker Jake One's name isn't widely known, though he's worked with everyone from Nas to De La Soul to MF Doom, and has served as part of G-Unit's production team. His Rhymesayers debut, White Van Music, culls from his various collaborations, showcasing his seamy, sinister beats, perfectly integrated soul samples and Scorsese-caliber ability to bring the drama. Almost every rapper here brings his "A" game to the project, with highlights including contributions from Keak Da Sneak ("Soil Raps"), Blueprint ("Scared"), J. Pinder, GMK and Spaceman ("Big Homie Style") and Elzhi and Royce Da 5'9" ("Glow"). As if that weren't enough, the CD also features rock-solid performances by Brother Ali, Freeway, Little Brother, M.O.P. and others. With Jake One working in the tradition of his influences DJ Premier and Pete Rock, White Van Music is something of an underground hip-hop greatest hits CD, circa 2008. Five stars.


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