Jigmastas – Lyrical Fluctuation 2000 Spinna Mix (ft. Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli) [audio]
More than during any period of its history previous or since, NYC hip-hop in the â€™90s fixated on streets-centric authenticity. Being â€œrealâ€ â€“ musically, ethically, biographically â€“ was paramount. From their first release, however, Brooklynâ€™s Jigmastas proudly defined themselves by nobodyâ€™s measure of validity but their own. While others chased the so-called real, DJ Spinna and Kriminul claimed â€œBeyond Real,â€ the title of their 1996 independent single on the label of the same name, a debut gem that established their M.O. as purveyors of sonic sophistication and everyman truths.
iTunes: Grassroots – The Prologue – Deluxe Edition – Jigmastas