Exile - Radio
Anyone whose formal introduction to Hip Hop came via the Wake Up Show or Stretch & Bobbito Garcia will appreciate the concept, this project was clearly more in line with Exile's personal interpretation of how radio influenced his musical backgroundExile can do things with his MPC that may someday have him mentioned in the same breath as Premier and the late J Dilla. And while some would consider this Hip Hop blasphemy, a quick look at him recreating Lil Wayne's "A Milli" [click to watch] or his epic battle with Oh No at DJ Dusk's Root Down Soundclash confirms the Los Angeles based beatsmith has the chops to back up such a claim.
With those accolades under his belt, one can only assume that Radio was born from a need to further challenge himself behind the boards. As with all concept or instrumental albums (in this case, Radio falls under both categories), Ex is reaching for somewhat of a niche market. If you're the type to study a beat, and then go see if you can either reverse engineer it or reproduce it, you should buy this album. If Exile's name caught your ear off the strength of his Dirty Science LP, or his projects with Blu [click to read]