DJ Premier is one of the most prolific producers in the history of Hip Hop. He has made tracks for the likes of Jay-Z, Nas, KRS-One, MC Lyte, The Notorious B.I.G., and so many other greats. He is one-half of the legendary duo Gang Starr with GURU, which has contributed an extensive catalog of music that is revered by many Hip Hop fans, fellow artists, producers, journalists, and DJs. Primo also has a show on SirusXM’s channel Hip Hop Nation, owns Headcourterz (formerly D&D Studios) and runs a record label called Year Round Records.
Freddie Foxxx has been in the game since ‘89. He has been a part of the two legendary crews Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit and the Gang Starr Foundation in addition to his current duties at Krupt Mob Entertainment Group. His resume includes “Freddie Foxxx Is Here,” “Crazy Like A Foxxx,” the critically acclaimed “Industry Shakedown,” “Konexion” and the recently released collaboration with KRS-One entitled “Royalty Check” where he produced the majority of the cuts on the album in addition to MC’ing.
On “Kolexxxion,” Premier and Bumpy get the party started with tracks like “Shake The Room” featuring Public Enemy’s legendary hype man Flavor Flav, “B.A.P”, “P.A.I.N.E.” and “D’Lah.” Important topics dissected on this album are the lack of originality in today’s Hip Hop landscape where artists lack creativity in their rhymes or copy other artists in order to sell records, the problems of online piracy, and repetitive playlists on radio which have undermined the culture of Hip Hop. These issues are addressed on songs like “wEaRe aT WaR,” “OwnIT” and “FYPAU” as well as various interludes throughout the album where Bumpy drops words of wisdom reminiscent of his verbal gems on “Industry Shakedown.”
We also get a day in the life of Bumpy and Primo when they rode around with GURU and the rest of the Gang Starr Foundation on “The Gang Starr Bus.” Further, one of the most exciting collaborations which Primo deftly remixes is “Turn Up The Mics” where Bumpy and Nas trade rhymes which will surely warm the hearts of any Hip Hop fan. The album closes with “Word Iz Bond” in tribute to the late Headcourterz – an intergral part of the Gang Starr Foundation.
This record is a certified classic as Bumpy’s rhymes thoroughly compliment Premier’s production. If you want to get the true embodiment of what Hip Hop is all about, then look no further then “Kolexxxion.”