Brick Records X: A Decade of Independence / Various
Ten years and eighty releases later, the upstart label Brick Records presents X: A Decade of Independence. Surviving a decade in this fickle independent Hip Hop climate is next to impossible these days. Brick did it pre-internet, pre-international distribution and pre-pro tools. Brick Records launched the careers of every notable 'new school' act to come out of the Commonwealth in the last ten years, most importantly 7L & Esoteric, Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, Insight, D-Tension and currently Raydar Ellis and Termanology. Brick expanded it's operation and it's wings releasing projects worldwide with a pre-mask wearing MF Doom, Ras Kass, Scratch (The Roots), 9th Wonder (Little Brother), Wu Tang affiliate Shabazz the Disciple, Mood frontman Main Flow, Louis Logic and super producer Chops (Mountain Brothers). The label would pair up it's stable artists with some of the best in the industry leading to collaborations with Slug (Atmosphere), Cormega, Talib Kweli, Black Thought, Z-Trip, Boot Camp Click, A.G., Jedi Mind Tricks and more right up to the current hit single from Termanology 'Watch How It Go Down (Remix)'. X: A Decade of Independence is a celebration of an accomplishment; of a respected history and brand. Seamlessly mixed and blended by the newest and very talented additions to the Brick family Raydar Ellis and Will C. and with precise cuts and scratches by DJ Rugged One, X takes the listener on an interesting journey over two discs and 27 of the best tracks Brick has to boast. Thorough and historic stuff. Here's to the next decade...