Dateline: BUCKTOWN 3024

This new Smif-n-Wessun album right here, The ALL, is definitely some futuristic, soulful music no doubt.

Futuristic & Soulful

The ALL has a timeless combination of lyrics and production that inspires. Yes, timeless because the albums’ lyrics and production feature core elements we recognize from the birth of this thing we call Hip Hop… black culture. The guest appearances are on point and the opening speech excerpt from The Minister is soaring.

On the lyrical side, Tek & Steele contribute a steady diet of real rap on The ALL. Now worldly, wise and mature, the duo made their mark during the 90’s Golden Era with a candid, no-nonsense take on the State of the Union, from the streets as it were. Twenty-plus years in, they keep it real without pandering or reaching for a hit, all raw hip hop for the club, the car, the headphones, and the radio… ALL of it real Smif-n-Wessun.

“I find reality follows me everywhere that I roam, 360 degrees back home in Bucktown.”

One thing all great Emcees have in common is their authenticity -Realness- a character trait essential to the skill of convincingly communicating a message to an audience, capturing their attention while spitting that fire to “Move! Move! Move the Crowd!”

DO THE MATH = Rakim, KRS-1, Run-DMC, MC Lyte, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, ATCQ, DeLa Soul, EPMD, Black Thought, Wu-Tang, Boot Camp Clik, Outkast, T.I., Scarface, Biggie & Tupac, Kendrick Lamar, J-Cole and beyond, each with their own flow, THEY ALL KEEP IT REAL.

Likewise, the foundation of Hip Hop production is an amalgamation of old to the new. The ancient artifacts of black music — combined with cutting edges of technology.

“…when I hear a BASS DRUM!”

“All I see is blinking lights, track boards, and fat mics - 950’s, SP12’s, MP60’s…”

9th Wonder and his Soul Council producer conglomerate infused The All with a complex and enjoyable sonic design where the familiar sounds emanating from the Souls of Black Folk: drums, horns and keyboards is treated to crispy pacing and flow, polished engineering and mastering, that results in overall feeling of innovation and newness that draws heavily on the greatest traditions of black music…

DO THE MATH = DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Dr. Dre, DJ Quick, Bomb Squad, JamMaster Jay, Dungeon Family, Timbaland, Neptunes, Da Beatminerz, Easy Mo Bee, DITC, Erick Sermon, Rocwilder, Q-Tip, Hi-Tek, DangerMouse, RZA, Swizz Beats, KanyeWest and beyond, each tweaking and stretching and pushing the envelope, THEY ALL COMBINE OLD & NEW.

Can’t help but be inspired knowing that Golden Era Hip Hop is alive and well and thriving, now and forever…. Can’t help but imagine a future world… Bucktown 3024

After Babylon was fallen, all systems went away and the land was made free.  And the likkle youth ‘dem survived, and strived, and rose from the ashes, schooled in the old ways, never blind to the facts, wise beyond their years.  They built this new city on the ruins of a great old one -- noble and hallowed ground… the place called Brooklyn.  

This new city was made in their likeness and after their kind -- taking the technology and innovations of the past and flipping it forward into something marvelous -- putting their spin on it.  

Who knew that Time & Space travel actually would be the Wave?

That once you know the rhythms, how to catch the beat, and how to ride the flow.  

They knew! 

They found out who stole the Soul and took it all the way back. Made it funky ... keep it funky...  into the Future.  Bucktown 3024 where everything is new and the people are Original.

Salute to the Brothers ‘Dem

I have seen and heard the future and ALL is WELL.



AB Esq.

Armani Baraka Scott

Husband, Father, Writer and Friend