Breaking Ground 1 / Various
Pure, raw and unapologetically underground, Under Sound Music's Breaking Ground Vol. 1, is as epic as a compilation can get. The idea behind it is to pair nationally known acts with talented up-and-comers and create a product that pleases hip-hop fans who want it straight with no chaser. Boom-bap drums and soul abound, this compilation pulses with the energy of classic hip-hop with a "fresh-out-the-box" approach. A DIY project that utilizes today's technology, Breaking Ground Vol. 1 is as crisp as any professional studio project, while maintaining the edge that comes from being an independent label. The bass will rattle trunks and the rhythm of the drums will keep heads bobbing with it's eclectic mix of hip-hop sounds. Mixed by Baltimore's own DJ Impulse, who is sponsored by Ecko, Stanton and Kicker, this compilation has names that many will know. Appearances by Oddisee, The Procussions, Cirius B, Wordsworth and the Wu Tang Clan's Cappadonna, will pique the interest of even the most skeptical hip-hop listener. This album has the potential to begin an era. It has the ability to bridge gaps and stand on it's own two at the same time. It's most definitely under ground hip-hop, but it won't allow the listener to completely pigeonhole it. Under Sound Music is here and it's hitting the ground running with an album that is unadulterated hip-hop, through and through. Make no mistake, Breaking Ground Vol. 1 will be the must have hip-hop compilation in the next year.