By Alex P80 Parks
The Duck Down/BCC affiliated, Brooklyn emcee known for clever wordplay teams up with LA producer and DJ, Tone Spliff. Rustee Juxx provides a plethora of creative punchlines while Tone Spliff supplies plenty of booming drums and slick cuts on the 9 track project.
Ruste’s raspy delivery and street flow have been a staple in hip hop ever since Juxx was rockin Crown Heights over 20 years ago, catching the ear of the now late, great Sean Price. On the left coast, Tone Spliff continuously stays working with some of the game’s best lyricists, putting out some excellent beats and projects.
On the title track, Tone brings in a darker mood with murky loops straight out a murder scene. Big Twins comes through with one of the grimiest voices in the game, partnering with Juxx to deliver a lesson in gritty rhymes on “24K,” a highlight on the project. Tone chops light piano notes on “Take Precaution,” as Juxx gives plenty of warnings to prospective emcees and anyone in doubt. Tone provides crazy scratch hooks with some ill and notable lines on every joint. “For Every Shell” is another standout track featuring short chopped loops paired with heavy drums and open hi hats. Juxx comes correct with his energetic delivery.
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“How Itz Done” feat King Magnetic and Ill Conscious sports a chopped doo wop vocal sample as the three emcees two-step over the bouncing beat. Tone brings the impending doom on “Sucka Free” as Juxx and UG (of Cella Dwellas) spit menacing lyrics. On “Style” feat Recognize Ali and Ren Thomas, Rec Ali starts off delivering the shots, followed by Ren and his vicious flow, with Ruste bodying the track and Tone wrapping it all up with cuts echoing into the distance.
A dope project pairing Ruste’s no nonsense bars with Tone Spliff’s sharp beats, always full of big drums. Ruste Juxx provides such venomous and spirited flows, one can essentially hear the spit dripping from the mic. Tone has scratch hooks for days, always getting the perfect line to cut up. The two make a logical pairing and create a dope project for any fans looking for no nonsense bar work over solid production with some ill scratches throughout.
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