house shoes - let it go - tres records - vinylTR 396084LP - 65438 - us2lp - €24.50
Genre: Hip Hop
11. Everything (Modern Family) feat. Fatt Father
12. Sunrise feat. Black Spade
13. Trouble feat. Moe Dirdee and MarvWon
14. Nails feat. Quelle Chris and Guilty Simpson
15. Castles (tHE SKY IS OURS) feat. Jimetta Rose
16. Cry Now
17. Roller Coaster feat. Self Says and Fat Albert Einstein
18. Empire Reprise feat. Sam Beaubien of Will Sessions (Bonus Track
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It feels wrong, though, to call this a ‘debut’ record because it doesn’t sound like a first-try. Official debut, or not, House Shoes is not new. He released the now treasure-hunted Jay Dee Unreleased EP (1996), and Phat Kat’s classic Dedication to the Suckers (1999) on his own imprint.
Shoes delivers an album that sound like an album (and not a mixtape) – no small feat in the topography of today’s music. He blends the songs, instrumentals, and interludes into a sequence that sounds like they all belong to something bigger than their time stamp and signature. Individually, the songs are strong, soaked in that neck-snapping, gritty-drummed, trouble-water-soulsampled
thing that makes hip hop magnetic.
The first record is a full-length album boasting features by the ‘heavyweights’ and the ‘hungry’ alike, balanced between artists accustomed to hip-hop limelight, and those still chasing it.
The project bats with a heavy-handed Motown roster. Detroit-bred collaborators include Big Tone, Moe Dirdee, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, and Danny Brown, among others. Los Angeles (Oh No, MED, The Alchemist, Co$$), Norfolk (Nottz), St. Louis (Black Spade), New York (Roc Marciano), and Chicago (Chali 2na, of Jurassic 5) pinch-hit throughout the project.
The second disc houses the instrumental versions from the record. It showcases the claps, snares, kicks, and soul-filled samples that House Shoes plates for Let It Go