I casually followed the evolution of this album on Twitter, when El-P was talking about going to Atlanta to produce one track, then an album, then a collaborative project, with Killer Mike. He was reluctant, then enthusiastic, then Mike’s long-lost brother. I’d been a fan of El for a very long time, but I was new to Mike. That was about to change.
Side A starts out with an eponymous track title on an eponymous album. It’s also an incredible cut that only gets bested by 36″ Chain, during my listen, with Sea Legs just behind. What an album.
(This copy was formerly owned by a late friend an colleague, TIP Carl V.)