"Uhh, here: XXL! XXL!"

25 Aug


Below is an excerpt from “DJ Shadow: Knockin’ Doorz Down,” my first article for XXL’s web site. Leave comments to let me know what you think. Big ups to B-Fred for putting me on, this is just the beginning.
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The adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” isn’t as universal as you might think. Even though concocting a distinctive formula to call your own can initially be difficult, once it’s set, sticking to it is a piece of cake. Josh “DJ Shadow” Davis established a golden reputation in the indie hip-hop/electronica scene with his first two solo albums, Endtoducing… and The Private Press, where he exhibited flawless turntable skills and worked with a who’s who of underground hip-hop. Along the way, the Northern California native helped found important West Coast independent label Solesides, which later became Quannum Projects, currently the home of Blackalicious, Apsci, Latyrx and others. Shadow paved his own lane, and earned the right to coast on cruise control for as long as he wanted.

But now, a decade after his debut, Shadow seems to be breaking what he built. His new album, The Outsider, leaves his proven instrumental recipe for a compilation-style LP chock full of guest appearances, laying trip-hop in the backseat to make room for the recently-nationalized hyphy movement on the passenger side. With David Banner and E-40 showing up instead of Gift of Gab and Cage, indie heads may have their doubts about Shadow’s new material. But in an interview with XXLMAG.COM, Shadow insists that ain’t a damn thing changed. You just haven’t been listening close enough.

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I know you want to read the rest, so for the full article, click here, or simply go to XXL‘s main page, and click on the main graphic of DJ Shadow. Leave comments on what you think of the review, or E-mail Me with additional feedback.

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