"Cassette Music" is the latest album from Westchester County, NY producer/emcee DJ Tek-Wun. The album features guest appearances from Edo G, Sadat X, Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard, Erox and others as well as production from Erox and Ty Bless, but mostly all tracks are produced by DJ Tek-Wun himself. It was released on September 17, 2014 over on DJ Tek-Wun's Bandcamp page.
1) Cassette Music Intro - The first song on the album finds DJ Tek-Wun spitting a quick verse about "keeping it hip-hop" over a crazy guitar loop with no real drums. The beat is dope and Tekwun sounds great over it. I'm really feelin' this, especially for an intro. - 4/5
2) Shut Em Down (featuring Focus Eazy) - The beat on this cut features a beautiful harp or string sample layered over hard ass drums that have my head nodding like crazy. The instrumental sounds like something straight out of the golden era of hip-hop and both DJ Tek-Wun and Focus Eazy rip it with their verses. This shit is fire. - 5/5
3) Do My Thing (featuring Ace, Infinite and Songbird Nonya) - DJ Tek-Wun teams up with Ace and Infinite over a darker beat with some bubbly synths and boom-bap drums. The instrumental is dope and all three emcees come correct over it while Songbird Nonya just provides the hook. While it's not quite as good as the previous song, in my opinion, it's still pretty ill. - 3.5/5
4) Pay Attention (Hi-Res Remix) (featuring Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard and Erox) - This was one of the singles released in promotion of the album and it's real nice. The beat is fire, with some sparkling chimes, stuttering drums and ill DJ cuts, and all three emcees are on point with their rhymes. Dope shit. - 4.25/5
5) DJ Daz Speaks - Skit.
6) Timeless (featuring Edo G) - DJ Tek-Wun and veteran Boston rapper Edo G kick some boastful bars over another dope instrumental with a reverberating sample over deep bass. So far the production on this album has been really ill and this track is no exception. Luckily the rhymes have been just as strong. Another banger. - 4.25/5
7) Sound Like (featuring Cans) - The beat on this cut is mainly centered around some falling pianos over more boom-bap drums that have me nodding my head yet again. Lyrically the song is just as good as the beat, with DJ Tek-Wun and guest Cans both flowing nicely over the production and spitting some braggadocios bars. - 4/5
8) Power Source Speaks - Skit.
9) Rewind (featuring Ty Bless) - Now this is a little different. It's not often you hear songs with instrumentals centered around beatboxing nowadays, but this one is and it's real nice. The beat is a joint effort by Ty Bless and DJ Tek-Wun and I'm really feelin' the throwback feel to it. As far as the rhymes go, both emcees are just having fun on here and spitting some "hot shit." - 3.5/5
10) New York Thoro (featuring Chedda Bang and Focus Eazy) - DJ Tek-Wun, Chedda Bang and Focus Easy kick some more aggressive bars over a darker instrumental with a foreboding sample, a hard-hitting cymbal and stomping drums. This joint is nice, but it isn't really a standout cut for me. - 3/5
11) I Does This (featuring EL) - This is another one of the songs that was released in promotion of the album and it's a banger. The beat sounds like it uses the same sample as Jeru The Damaja's "My Mind Spray", but I may be way off on that (as I usually am). Regardless, I'm really diggin' the production on this one and both emcees rip it. - 4.5/5
12) Erox Interlude - Alright now this one sounds like it uses the same sample as Gravediggaz "Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide", just flipped a little differently. I'm pretty sure its the same sample, but it's nice either way and finds Erox spitting a quick solo verse over the self-produced instrumental. - 3.5/5
13) War (featuring Erox) - DJ Tek-Wun and Erox declare war on wack emcees over a string-heavy instrumental with boom-bap drums and some crazy scratching on the chorus. This shit is pretty dope, but it's not my favorite track on here. - 3/5
14) DJ Nat Speaks - Skit.
15) I Thought Ya’ll Knew (featuring Sadat X) - This joint finds DJ Tek-Wun linking up with the legendary Sadat X over a darker instrumental with a sort of ominous sample over hard ass drums. The beat is flames and both emcees rip it, as should be expected. Yeah, I'm a fan of this one. Very dope. - 4/5
16) Keep Bouncin’ - The final song on the album features Tek-Wun going solo over another banging instrumental with a darker vibe. The beat is nuts, with a kind of haunting sample layered over neck breaking drums, and Tek-Wun bodies it while spitting some of his usual boastful bars. Very nice way to close out the project. - 4/5
I'm going to rate the album
4 / 5
because it's dope as hell. The beat are banging throughout, with DJ Tek-Wun putting a modernized spin on that classic 90's boom-bap sound and managing to keep it sounding fresh at the same time. The bass hits hard and the samples are appropriately dark and gritty, which is how I've always liked my hip-hop. As far as the rhymes go, the album is just as strong as the production, with DJ Tek-Wun keeping up lyrically with some of my favorite veteran emcees. His delivery and style is aggressive, which meshes perfectly with the instrumentals he has crafted on here and helps to sell the whole package. If you are a fan of that gritty boom-bap sound, look no further.