Cut Chemist – The Audience’s Listening

ARTIST: Cut Chemist                           220px-The_Audience's_Listening

TITLE:  The Audience’s Listening

YEAR RELEASED: 2006

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: The Audience Is Listening Theme Song, The Garden, What’s the Altitude

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nah

LINEUP: Cut Chemist with guests Hymnal, Edan, Mr. Lif, Thes One

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: DJ record full of samples and beats that holds together better than most, and has some innovative raps intermixed.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Cut Chemist is a known DJ and mixer, and has spent time manning the turntables for groups like Ozomatli and the Jurassic 5. After leaving the Jurassic 5, he spent almost two years constructing this album.

It’s pretty successful for what it is, and it’s not really flashy or pandering to the masses. Tracks like “(My First) Big Break” will have you playing “What’s that sample from?” He makes it difficult by changing tempo and pitch of the samples (he did this especially with a Minutemen sample on that track).

DJ records aren’t for everyone, but this one is among the best of the bunch. It’s varied enough for repeated listenings.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: It took him a year to clear samples for this.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A Japanese bonus track.

 GRADE: B+: Clever and inventive DJ work.

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