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DJ JS-1: It Is What It Isn't (Ground Original 4)

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    DJ JS-1 of the world famous Rock Steady Crew is set to release his 6th full length album, IT IS WHAT IT ISN'T (Ground Original 4). Known for his traditional boom bap style, scratch hooks, and bevy of legendary features, this album, which is NOT a compilation, will add on to his impressive catalog. IT IS WHAT IT ISN'T boasts a line-up featuring new songs with ERICK SERMON of EPMD, KRS-ONE, MURS & FASHAWN, BUCKSHOT, ILL BILL & SLAINE of La Coka Nostra, TORAE, HOMEBOY SANDMAN, O.C, The ARTIFACTS, and many more. It has 21 new songs featuring over 45 artists including colaborations that cannot be duplicated such as the song HIGHER LEVEL with BROTHER J and PROFESSOR X of X-CLAN.

    The title, IT IS WHAT IT ISN'T comes from a lack of credibility as many artists falsely portray themselves today using social media. DJ JS-1 has grown a world-wide fan-base by consistently touring for over 16 years now, proving himself and representing hip-hop culture in over 45 countries. JS-1 is also an accomplished graffiti artist, JERMS, hence the graffiti/dj reference on the cover art. While he stays promoting the true culture and essence of what millions of fans want around the globe, many others gain followers by manipulating people's perceptions. It seems it's all about what people think you've done, rather than what you've truly done. As the title track says, "In the world that we live in, it's fake it til you fit in, perception is reality, it is what it isn't..." Like JS-1, the artists on this album have paid their dues and shown and proved for decades. The lead single "Turn the Tables" with O.C is an ode to the origins of hip hop djaying with Kool DJ Red Alert making a guet appearance as the song is a tribute to many legendary disc jockeys from the golden era. As other new DJ/Producers jump ship and go the route of making dance remixes that get lost in the mix, DJ JS-1 aka JERMS has pushed forward and steadily fed his fans what they crave both musically and with his graffiti/"street art."

    Once again, JS-1 does not disappoint. A full length album with a variety of credible MCees, both older and newer, concept songs with content, and all new beats strictly produced by himself, not a production team or with licensed or bought beats from several producers. There is only a handful of DJ's who have successfully done this for soo long. Another classic "underground" hiphop album that is a great addition to anyone's collection who does not love the radio and trend-chasing nonsense. IT IS WHAT IT ISN'T...

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    1. Turn the Tables
    featuring O.C. (of D.I.T.C.)
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    2. It Is What It Isn't
    featuring Blacastan (of Demigodz + Army Of The Pharaohs); Illa Ghee; Trez
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    3. 110 Percent
    featuring Breeze Brewin (of Juggaknots); Homeboy Sandman; Kyle Rapps
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    4. Give A Damn
    featuring Dynasty; Eternia; Sara Kana
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    5. Forgotten
    featuring Spit Gemz; Wes; Nutso
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    6. Pay Attention
    featuring Soul Khan (of Brown Bag AllStars)
    Producer: DJ JS-1
    Click to listen!
    7. Interference
    featuring Esoteric (of Demigodz + Army Of The Pharaohs); Ras Kass
    Producer: DJ JS-1
    Click to listen!
    8. Letchuknow
    featuring Strick; Eklips
    Producer: Eklips
    Click to listen!
    9. Whatever It Takes
    featuring Murs (of Living Legends); Fashawn
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    10. Higher Level
    featuring Brother J (of X-Clan); Professor X (of X-Clan)
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    11. DieHard
    featuring Erick Sermon (of EPMD); Rahzel; Buckshot (of Black Moon)
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    12. Klick Clique
    featuring KRS-One; Torae
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    13. Groom Lake
    featuring C-Rayz Walz
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    14. Show Shockin'
    featuring El Da Sensei (of Artifacts); Tame One (of Artifacts); Reef The Lost Cauze
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    15. Infinite
    featuring Ruste Juxx; Sav Killz
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    16. Profreshionals
    featuring ILL Bill (of La Coka Nostra + Non Phixion); Slaine (of La Coka Nostra)
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    17. Love Me Not
    featuring Kurious; Craig G; Smooth B (of Nice & Smooth)
    Producer: DJ JS-1
    Click to listen!
    18. My Neighborhood
    featuring PackFM
    Producer: DJ JS-1
    Click to listen!
    19. Soo Real
    featuring Rasheed Chappell; Wordsworth
    Producer: DJ JS-1
    Click to listen!
    20. Sample Abuser
    featuring A.G. (of D.I.T.C.); Sadat X (of Brand Nubian); Neek the Exotic
    Producer: DJ JS-1
    Click to listen!
    21. STCAF
    featuring Lordroc; Eternal; Melo Malo; L.I.F.E. Long; Truth; Cerebral
    Producer: DJ JS-1
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    Total Comments: 18
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/23/2016 12:02:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Phoenix
    Comment: Salute,2 DJ js1 he's one of the few DJs that really believes in preserving the culture of DJing meaning he can make beats and he includes scratching on his records scratching is becoming a lost art form big up to the Zulu Nation peace
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/26/2015 11:29:00 AM; Partial IP: 20.178.159)
    Location: adelaide australia
    Comment: JS-1 has, and will always be ill with the beats, cuts &scratches; there's not enough of this kind of hip hop around- too many garbage producers who aren't DJs.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/4/2014 3:36:00 PM; Partial IP: .69.153.18)
    Location: Baltimore, USA
    Comment: How the f*ck are you going to give something a rating pre-listen son? I can play that game... I have heard half the album, about to cop the full thing now. Based on half of a full listen, and then half pre-listen, I'm giving it 5 stars.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/26/2014 10:51:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Red Deer, Canada
    Comment: Sh*t's so epic. A few tracks give me chills because of the classic 90's feel behind the beat. "Soo Real" especially. DJ-JS-1 is seriously the most down to earth dude too, and does quite impressive graffiti!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/6/2014 11:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 32.224.204)
    Location: Toronto
    Comment: Real hip-hop will never die, good album but not a classic!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/19/2014 6:19:00 AM; Partial IP: 217.22.223)
    Location: LA
    Comment: Heat. This is hip hop. Coherent beats and rhymes, cuts all over the place, sample heavy. He has a grimy raw analog sound. This has some legends on the mic and also some newer cats. I can't stop playing "Interference". Producer albums are ill when executed correctly. Well done.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/18/2014 5:46:00 AM; Partial IP: 220.183.25)
    Location: Canada
    Comment: I'm feeling this album, you should never compare to the previous album and look at this project as it stands alone and it's pretty good. I give it a 3 stars because a 5 would be something along the lines of an Illmatic album so I call it an honest rating.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/16/2014 12:44:00 PM; Partial IP: 20.135.198)
    Location: Vegas
    Comment: Not feeling this one, usually his beats are on point but not on this one. Ground original 2 much better IMO...
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/15/2014 9:10:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Boston
    Comment: Albums like this are so needed right now.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/10/2014 5:37:00 PM; Partial IP: .98.71.220)
    Location: phila
    Comment: Did this clown really say A.G. and Buckshot are whack, go listen to your new Tyler the Creator and fall back you nut.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/10/2014 11:36:00 AM; Partial IP: 74.254.154)
    Location: LINC
    Comment: DJ JS1 is the best DJ Worldwide. Lucky to call him a friend, but the music and people on the album Is real underground hip hop/rap. Not to mention a great graf artist on top of his DJ Skills. Saying this as a fan, regardless of friendship, he's a real dude. The Greatest. You need to get this album and all others. Shout out to Lord Roc, Craig G, Johnny Walker. Peace from a true fan.
    Name: (Posted: 9/29/2014 8:15:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: NH
    Comment: Yeah I'm not really sure how someone can "pre-rate" an album, that sh*t's pretty narrow-minded. Looking forward to the project though, all dope MCs and JS never lets me down. I'm really looking forward to A.G., Artifacts, and of course Blastmasta KRS.
    Name: (Posted: 9/19/2014 4:44:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: Asheville, NC
    Comment: "JS-1 is one of the most humble, dedicated dudes preserving real hip hop culture." Perfectly stated, CS. JS-1 never fails to hold it down and represent the real hip-hop. Dude gets mad respect from heads even mildly familiar with his catalog. This release will surely be filled to brim with gems.
    Name: (Posted: 9/6/2014 3:06:00 PM; Partial IP: .157.122.8)
    Location: Ontario,Can.
    Comment: I never really got a chance to really get into JS-1, he just slipped through my fingers, he does preserve the essence of the culture. Oh yeah, to that clown on the first post, you don't know jack sh*t!
    Name: (Posted: 8/19/2014 8:11:00 PM; Partial IP: .66.40.103)
    Location: Victoria, bc
    Comment: I agree cs, who is this guy? Rating MC's and saying Homeboy Sandman is wack! Wtf, please "here" refrain from posting your bullsh*t opinions!
    Name: (Posted: 8/18/2014 7:41:00 PM; Partial IP: .80.79.191)
    Location: Long Island, NY
    Comment: So Illa Ghee is very good & A.G., Murs & Fashawns of the world are wack? You should be banned from posting anymore. JS-1 is one of the most humble, dedicated dudes preserving real hip hop culture. Looking forward to peeping this!
    Name: (Posted: 8/15/2014 2:19:00 AM; Partial IP: 226.121.17)
    Location: here
    Comment: On the strength of the tracklist and knowing JS-1 made decent records in the past, I will give this one a 3/5 pre-listen. It can be higher but the rappers I don't care for which are on this, make me not care too much but I will keep an open mind and see how it goes, if anything its worth a listen online if not CD.
    Name: (Posted: 8/15/2014 2:16:00 AM; Partial IP: 226.121.17)
    Location: here
    Comment: Seen the tracklist and meh it sounds good, the artists range from very old, to moderately old to somewhat recent and the overall rappers are from very good (oc, blacastan, sav killz, esoteric, ill bill, illa ghee)to reasonably decent (wordsworth, spit gemz, reef, kurious, craig g) to good (x-clan, artifacts, stricklin, torae) to just wack, untalented, uninspired, over-the-hill(old) and/or flat out f*ckin boring (soul khan, rasheed chapell, rahzel, Homeboy Sandman, Kyle Rapps, Nutso, Murs, Fashawn, Erick Sermon, Buckshot, Ruste Juxx, AG, Sadat X, Neek the Exotic). On the strength of the tracklist and knowing JS-1 made decent records in the past, I will give this one a 3/5 pre-listen. It can be higher but the rappers I don't care for which are on this, make me not care too much but I will keep an open mind and see how it goes, if anything its worth a listen online if not CD.
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