Music Review: Edan the DJ

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Edan the DJ

Fast Rap

[White Mike]

1988 was definitely the peak in the history of hip-hop music, but 1989 was better than 1987. Edan the DJ's new mix CD, "Fast Rap," could also have been titled "1989." Not that all of the songs are actually from that year, but the mix's sound epitomizes the sound characterized by that year. Upon popping in this CD, you will immediately be confronted with the funky drummer style beats, polyrhythmic tongue-twister lyrics and chorus-skipping rapid paces that spell out the word hip-hop. This mix includes the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Lord Finesse, Unique, Eric B. & Rakim, K-Solo, Organized Confusion, Bizzie Boys, Percy P & Ekim, Main Source, Ultramagnetic and more.

The song selection is superb. Even though the beats are as fat as they come, the focus is on the lyrical skills of the MCs featured. There aren't anything other than classics on this mix. The first half of the mix is slightly stronger than the second. The mix style is fine for all intents and purposes. There aren't any DJ techniques that will impress you, but most importantly, there are no mistakes. The transitions are either quick cuts or fast smooth mixes. This works and goes unnoticeable because Edan the DJ's song combination choices compare to that of DJ Off-Beat's Bag Lunch mixes.

Those who grew up on hip-hop will be grateful for this CD, and those who haven't will be entertained to see what Jay Z used to sound like and why Pharoahe Monch garners the respect he does. Even though these are classic cuts, there should still be something on here you haven't heard or forgot about over the years. There is even a special live battle between Percee P and Lord Finesse recorded with a tape recorder in the Patterson Projects back in 1989. Without a doubt, this is something not to sleep on. I am interested in what Edan the DJ will come out with in the future.

Nirav Layton


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