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V2 Djxpef Jux Presents

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1. Same As It Never Was - The Weathermen
2. Dead Pan - Aesop Rock
3. Sneak Preview - Mr. Lif & Murs
4. Hold The Floor - Camu Tao
5. F.U. For Failure Ugly - Rob Sonic
6. I Really Like Your Def Jux Baby Tee - RJD2
7. Paper Mache - Masai Bey
8. Fulcrum - Mr. Lif Ft. Opio
9. Dr. Hell No & The Praying Mantis - Masai Bey
10. Mic Molest - Atoms Family
11. Freak Show - Y@k Ballz
12. Stepfather Factory - El-P

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Few independent labels have grown so quickly and potently in recent years as New York's underground hip-hop imprint Def Jux. Definitive Jux Presents II is that rarest of artefacts; a label showcase album that's consistent, cohesive and utterly exciting. Listening to Def Jux has all the frisson of being inducted into a secret society, where hip-hop is both erudite and brutal, immediate and experimental, a true street art. 2001's opening volley Def Jux Presentswas notable for the brilliant last recordings of the legendary Company Flow and, unsurprising, since that band's El-P owns the label. El-P dominates this volume, producing nearly half of the tracks and starring on two. One of these, "Stepfather Factory", is the apotheosis of the Def Jux style: a dense, fierce fuzz with lyrics whose sci-fi turns of phrase never weaken their emotional punch. There's nothing here from the label's other heavy hitters, Cannibal Ox, although Vast Aire does crop up alongside El-P and as part of the Atoms Family collective. The new stars this time are elegant DJ Shadow-style samplescaper RJD2, baroque battle rhymer Y@k Ballz, and ultra-sharp Boston MC Mr Lif, who manages to namecheck Harry Potter and Troy MacLure on "Sneak Preview". This is odd, vivid, 100 per cent compulsive stuff. --John Mulvey

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VARIOUS ARTISTS Definitive Jux Presents II (2002 UK 12-track compilation album containing 10 previously unrealesed tracks includes songs by underground rap heroes Cannibal Ox El-P Aesop Rock and more complete with picture sleeve and still factory sealed from new DJX22)

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4.0 out of 5 stars classic? maybe--but definitely hot right now March 5 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Def Jux owner/producer El-P has been making some of the most inventive music in hip-hop for about the past four years. His unmistakable sound combines digital elements with raw, heavy beats. He dusts the whole thing in oddly beautiful scraps of melody that stick in your head for days. The production on this compilation is dominated by the El-P sound--even when he's not on deck you can hear his influence loud and clear. Quite simply, it's a dope sound that makes most other hip-hop producers seem out of date by comparison. I don't know if this stuff will continue to sound good. Something tells me it won't have the staying power of early DJ Premier, or Tribe, or the Roots, or recent production by Madlib or Chief Xcel. Still, it's compelling stuff and if you like to keep up with what's going on in contemporary music you should check this out. For hip-hop heads, of course, this record is a must.
The MCing on this record is not quite as good as the production, however. There's a lot of talent here and a fair variety of styles, but some of the performances fail to shine. Too much unoriginal battle rhyming, and too much inconsistency--especially from Vast Aire, a still-developing MC who swings back and forth between total genius and genuine wackness. Certain MCs here deliver the goods like always, notably Aesop Rock, but often the vocals and the tracks don't compliment each other enough. El-P's music is always hard and gritty, and it doesn't really compliment more thoughtful MCs like Aesop Rock or Rob Smith.
On the whole this is a good album, and hot for the moment, but not quite "definitive" enough for five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I want more, gimme more. 4 1/2 stars March 15 2002
Format:Audio CD
I love the direction that El-p's production is going in. I love all the beats they are so sci-fi/techno sounding and heavily layered. I think this is the best compilation album of all time, but I havent heard the Molemen - Ritual of the Molemen yet, I heard that is a good album. Anyway, Aesop comes with a strong track this time to make up for last albums dissapointing Kill Em All. Rob Sonic's track is cool but not as good as most of Sonic Sums material. Camu surprised the hell out of me, I think he's the 2nd best in MHZ aside from Copywrite. RJD2 track is unreal, I dont usually listen to just beats but I cant resist it. Atoms Fam has deffinately improved 110%. Yak B@llz song, pretty good but not as good as Tru City Killuz. Now for the best tracks, Mr. Lif and Murs have the illest cut on the album, Lif has me droolin for a new release. The other Lif track is nice too. I like the rest of the tracks, but they dont stand out as much. Worth every penny, dont let the price scare you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is [good] Sept. 5 2002
By daniel
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to this album so many times I lost count. It is utterly essential listening for anyone into this music scene. This has not left my CD case even once, except to listen to it over and over. Have you ever shuddered when listening to a really great song? Do you ever get goosebumps or feel a tingle when you are deeply touched by a peice of music or a good book or film? Do you choke up a little when your favorite tune comes on. This record did that for me. I like every song, but the first track is the very best. I demand that you fork your hard-earned money over ... and get this record. You wont be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The New Independant Flag Ship!!! March 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
Here we are again El/P and the crew with there brand of progressive dirty crazy hip hop fun for all the family!!
First off this is a much better showcase for the Def Jux label than the last 8 track offering, Yak balls, the Weathermen. and Atoms family all make their mark on an immensly diverse pack of crazy layered beats and grinding bass lines to please all Co flow fans of the past! Saying that. it does have a new flavour to it and eveything on this album will grow on you.... Check Yak balls freak show! One of the best beats I've heard in a while. and Paper Mache CRAZY BABY!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "EVERYTHING I DROP HAS GOTTA BE HOT" Feb. 21 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Def jux has defenatly started turining its wheels, and soon with realses of Elp's "fantastic damage" and Lif's Album..it should shift into high gear...Def Jux probabbly has the most talented Roster of em-cee's out there..Yak Balls? Murs? Can ox? Aesop Rock? El Producto? El P?-the list continues...this album is defentaly one of the sickest hip hop albums out this year so far..this camp has something alot of others lack..Skill. Get it..Now.
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