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NEW MUSIC: Slaughterhouse Finds a Sheep, Fokis Meets Nas’s Dad

When the initial chords come on, I half-expected this to be the same sample as Black Moon's classic "Who Got Da Props." But chaos quickly abounds as Dres goes into a screaming, shortened chorus based on a line from Black Sheep's "The Choice Is Yours" ("Back on the scene/ Crispy and clean!").

“Slaughterhouse been about bread since Freddie Blassie…”

Hip-Hop’s premier lyrical foursome, Slaughterhouse, are now less than a month out from the February 8 release date of their self-titled EP. For this latest joint, the group recruits Dres of Black Sheep, and Australia’s Aria Award-winning producer M-Phazes, for “Back On the Scene.”

When the initial chords came on, I half-expected this to be the same sample as Black Moon’s classic “Who Got Da Props.” But chaos quickly abounds as Dres goes into a screaming, shortened chorus based on a line from Black Sheep’s “The Choice Is Yours” (“Back on the scene/ Crispy and clean!”). Things settle down for the bars, and the beat’s horns will remind you heavily of No I.D.’s work on Jay-Z’s “Death of Autotune.” A nice effort that grows on you as the track progresses.

SLAUGHTERHOUSE X DRES “BACK ON THE SCENE”

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FOKIS & OLU DARA

Fokis’ new collaboration with Nas’s father, Olu Dara, put him in exclusive company. Dara, a jazz cornetist, guitarist, and singer since the 60s, has only worked with three Hip-Hop artists in his career: his son Nas, Afrika Bambaataa, and now Fokis. Dara mans the cornet, blowing notes in the vein of his closing musings on his son’s timeless “Life’s a Bitch.” Producer Dahoud Darien keeps the tempo upbeat with a marching, synth-derived rhythm you hear favored by many southern producers. It’s an inspirational song, so Fokis keeps his bars centered on overcoming problems. He wisely refrains from preaching, and switches between narrative and instructional verses. The only truly weak point is the chorus, which combined with the beat, comes off slightly cheesy.

This is the unmastered version.

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