Listen: Jake One bridges mainstream and indie

Blake Gillespie

M.O.P. and Slug on the same album? I'm not crying! You're crying!

Looking at Jake One's production credentials warms a hip hop head's heart. He's had a hand in records with Turf Talk, Freeway, I Self Devine, De La Soul and X Clan. How he does it is yet to be determined, but you have to respect the hustle.

Come October 7 Jake One will build a major bridge between the mainstream and indie with White Van Music on Rhymesayers Entertainment.

The album is already turning heads with “The Truth,” which features verses from two of hip hop's best bearded Muslims, Brother Ali and Freeway. (Brother Ali sure is obsessed with the truth.)

MF Doom might be sabotaging his career lately with all the imposter performances, but his two minute verse on “Trap Door” is the kind of Doom trick I am willing to fall for. “That's how it goes in this Modern Life like Rocco” has just replaced Lil Wayne's reference to Gremlins as my favorite one-liner that reminds me of my childhood.

Jake One, “Trap Door” (feat. MF DOOM)

[Download it]
Commence getting giddy:
01 I’m Coming feat. Black Milk + Nottz
02 Gangsta Boy feat. M.O.P.
03 The Truth feat. Freeway + Brother Ali
04 Turn It Down
05 God Like feat. D. Black
06 Bless The Child feat. Little Brother
07 Oh Really feat. Posdnuos + Slug
08 Hi
09 Trap Door feat. MF DOOM
10 Dead Wrong feat. Young Buck
11 Kissin' The Curb feat. Bishop Lamont + Busta Rhymes
12 How We Ride feat. Freeway
13 White Van feat. Alchemist, Evidence + Prodigy
14 Big Homie Style feat. J. Pinder, GMK + Spaceman
15 Scared feat. Blueprint
16 Great Sound
17 Get 'Er Done feat. MF DOOM
18 Feelin' My Shit feat. Casual
19 Soil Raps feat. Keak Da Sneak
20 Glow feat. eLZhi + Royce Da 5'9″
21 R.I.P.
22 Home feat. Vitamin D, C Note, Maine + Ish

Jake One deserves props for releasing an album featuring MF Doom and Keak Da Sneak, but if only the rappers were not segregated in collaboration. Seperate is not equal, Jake.

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