Sometimes all it takes is a name or a creative album cover to catch my attention. This one certainly did that. It’s called “Transcended Elements.”
As I scanned the tracklisting, I was intrigued to see the line up of notable emcees featured on this album.
I was expecting to hear a weird mash up of rappers to classical music, but what I got was straight hip-hop.
I was won over from the very opening notes. I was delighted to hear Speech from Arrested Development showing that he can still lead a great song.
The album doesn’t feel as if it were just thrown either. It plays like a cohesive project, thanks to the experience and expertise of Cradle Orchestra. These guys have been putting together live instrumentation and underground emcees for years now.
Japan has a strong hip-hop scene. However, I had never heard of Cradle Orchestra until this week. I’m just glad I stumbled across this album and I think you will be too. You really should Hear This!
Hear This is a feature on Silent Cacophony that highlights some of the great music that is quite literally hiding in the underground.
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