DJ Rashad
Just A Taste


4.0
excellent

Review

by MisterTornado USER (47 Reviews)
December 16th, 2011 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ghettotech's runnin' shit

Enter Ghettotech; a genre that has a respectable, yet relatively obscure history that spans back to late-'90s pioneers DJ Assault, DJ Godfather, and Disco D, along with Bitch Ass Darius; who would stamp the genre into the Chicago underground a few years later on his landmark Follow The Sound. The genre itself consists of hyper-induced techno rhythms, ultra-repetitive samples, fat Miami bass, and sexually explicit lyrics (booty and bitches generally being the topical icebreakers). Now well over a decade old, DJ Rashad pumps new life into ghettotech by declaring "I came back to let you know / Ghettotech's runnin' ***" on the fervent sweat of "Ghetto Tekz Runnin It". The former lyric samples Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do For Love", and the latter samples Chicago lyricist Add-2. This merger of soulful ecstasy and gangsta prowess is what DJ Rashad's latest cup o' hypnotic plunderphonics is all about.

Soul samples are everywhere throughout Rashad's Just A Taste Vol. 1, and together with its dominating pulsing house influence, they bring a weighted emotional density to the sped up, drug-induced techno aggression of his arrangements. You can hear Al Green's tender croon repeated under a thick dose of low-end on "IIIIIII HIIIIIIII", as a spew of miscellaneous rhythms form a melodic cohesion. The late Gil Scott-Heron is resurrected on the aptly titled "I'm Gone", as his soulful wail confesses "I left three days ago / But no one seems to know I'm gone", while a throbbing bass line stirs in the background. "Go Crazy" features a sweeping flutter of borderline-industrial tech, as hand claps and a tight g-funk synth swell engorge the mix; before the cork goes bust and out pours a Marvin Gaye sample, accenting the sugary rhythms.

Though the album arguably wouldn't be true ghettotech without at least one profane affair, and "You Azz" delivers; disrespectfully plunging the decency of the mix while soccer moms and moral republicans cover their ears as "You Azz / You Azz Bitch" fills their ears. The album's repetitive sampling technique is likely to sound grating to the ears upon first listen, but rest assured there is a rich complexity to be found within the skewed beats, that settles in once (possible) initial backfire occurs. The album is an accelerated labyrinth of varied rhythms, beats, and patterns. And in that pace, it manages to update the sounds of early '90s techno and house to a steaming virtuosity, mixing '70s soul and rap samples to an entrancing repetitive proficiency, resulting in a future-forward dismemberment of instrumental hip-hop.



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MisterTornado
December 16th 2011


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album needs more love.



'Ghetto Tekz Runnin It': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0iOGOSBpGc

'I'm Gone': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxkNphMn7c4

MisterTornado
December 16th 2011


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed

chitownflip
October 21st 2013


173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How did I not know bout thissss?!

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2013


32190 Comments


This had a review?

A review that doesn't mention Juke and Footwork at all???

MisterTornado
October 22nd 2013


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

;)

Phlegm
December 17th 2013


7241 Comments


oh

Phlegm
February 2nd 2014


7241 Comments


all i do is smoke trees all i do is smoke trees all i do is smoke trees all i do is smoke trees all i do is smoke trees all i do is smoke trees all i do is smoke trees all i do is smoke trees all i do is smoke trees all i do is smoke trees all i do is smoke trees all i do is smoke trees all i do is smoke trees all i do is smoke trees

MisterTornado
February 12th 2014


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still the best footwork album since it got all POPULAR and stuff

Phlegm
April 24th 2014


7241 Comments


new EP stream - soundcloud.com/southernbellerecordings/we-on-1?in=southernbellerecordings/sets/dj-rashad-we-on-1-sbelle001

MisterTornado
April 24th 2014


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yup yup yup ~

ethos
April 25th 2014


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that MOUSE on MARS release reminded me how much i love some footwork

tornado wtf man you have like EVERY HOT RELEASE reviewed nice nice

MisterTornado
April 25th 2014


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

;) speaking of MOUSE on MARS and HOT check this out, they've been killin' it for years ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGuZrhxLtq8

MisterTornado
April 25th 2014


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@1:42 ugh

ethos
April 25th 2014


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

niiiice

MisterTornado
April 26th 2014


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

RIP DJ RASHAD ~ ~ ~ YOU CHANGED THE GAME. RIP REAL FOOTWORK. ((

ethos
April 26th 2014


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow, i just got into this guy maybe 3 days ago

rest in peace :' (

Phlegm
April 26th 2014


7241 Comments


such a dam travesty, pouring out some of this **** for Rashad right nw


wish i could see the atmosphere of that Detroit show tonight



ethos
April 26th 2014


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so upsetting he won't be around to help lead the expansion of the genre

made such great music though... thanks, rashad :' )

MisterTornado
April 26th 2014


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed ethos. have a feeling just a taste and double cup were just the beginning.

ShitsofRain
June 1st 2014


8026 Comments


ghost ghost ghost



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