Friday, January 15, 2010

Do The Math

Sho Sum Respect.

The giant that all Northwest acts have to measure up to: The Do The Math compilation. Sounding only marginally more professional than their earlier tapes, the Tribal artists deliver with track after track of murky, jazzidelic perfection. Vitamin D and DJ Topspin are the obvious stars of the show, setting the gray, rainy tone for an expanded array of talent to rhyme over. Phat Mob, Ghetto Children, Sinsemilla, Union of Opposites, and the rest of the Tribal family are joined by such artists as the future Silent Lamb's Silas Blak, Source of Labor's Wordsayer, and the Elevators' Specs, rounding out the sound more than on Untranslated Prescriptions. I kid you not; this is a heavy release. To put it into perspective, this is to Seattle what the Project Blowed comp is to LA.




  1. no disrespect, shit is cool im feelin it, but i still prefer the project blowed comp it has that raw LA underground sound that was goin on at the same time as all that "gangsta rap".
    this shit is a little to smooth, but maybe thats just me.

    ...I have lived in SoCal most of my life and the northwest(portland OR) for a few years and it would be safe to say the styles reflect the surroundings...


  2. "the styles reflect the surroundings"...

    I completely agree. I'm really feeling the 206 stuff right now, because the rainy, dreary dark northwest winter is in full effect, and the Tribal music just sounds like it was born from that environment. Moss being drowned by the mud. When summer hits, that's when I get totally into the Blowed material.

    I need to check out more Portland stuff; I think I still have Five Fingers of Funk on a tape somewhere...Any recommendations?

  3. to be honest with you there wasnt really much hip hop goin around where i was at i found myself, i had my fam in so cal so thats where most of my music came from...

  4. TheCroqueMonsieurMarch 4, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Thank you very much for putting this up and including some history in your posts. I just discovered Tribal Music and am quite frankly blown away - this is top-quality 90s rap!

    I find it hard not to perceive the state of current hip hop as a cultural tragedy. We can thank the advent of recording technology for allowing us to still delve into the 1990s rap aesthetic whenever we need reminding that rap can be and is a beautiful art form.