What happens when a British acid jazz band decides to collaborate with some of the best American emcees in the game? The answer is, you get an immaculate project titled “Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1”.
After finding some success in the USA with the revamped version of their first eponymous album “The Brand New Heavies” on Delicious Vinyl, with songstress N’Dea Davenport on vocals, the band was back with a strictly Hip Hop affair. With features from the cream of the crop of that era like The Pharcyde, Gang Starr, Masta Ace, Grand Puba or Main Source, on top of funky production from the masterminds of Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Levy, the LP became pretty fast an underground classic. The only regret, the absence of the aforementioned singer on the LP, to have N’Dea Davenport on a couple of hooks would have been the cherry on top. But it’s especially a shame that they never gave us volume 2…
If you are a fan of the organic sound of “The Roots” crew and you are not aware of this album, you need to press play now!
Full album on YouTube:
Heavy Rhyme Experience Theme feat. Grand Puba, Masta Ace & Main Source (Medley)
Bonafied Funk feat. Main Source
Interview & live performance: