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Mad Skillz: From Where???

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Pound-for-pound, Mad Skillz may be one of the most underrated emcees of the 1990s. The Virginianative earned a reputation for dropping incredible freestyles littered with punchlines and witty references, which eventually led to a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1995. His debut album From Where??? was released the following year, and despite being overlooked by mainstream audiences, it remains amongst his best work as a solo artist. His prodigious talents attracted some of the era's best producers-including Buckwild, Jay Dee (J Dilla), The Beatnuts and Large Professor-to the project. Led by the single "The Nod Factor," From Where??? served as a display of Skillz's verbal dexterity and spontaneous creativity on the mic, not to mention a breakthrough release for an artist from the mid-Atlantic. In continuing their efforts to unearth rare classics from hip-hop's golden era, Traffic Entertainment presents From Where???, the debut album of Mad Skillz and an essential title in any vintage hip-hop collection.

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1. From Where??? (Intro)
Producers: Mad Skillz
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2. It's Goin' Down
Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla)
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3. The Nod Factor
Producers: The Beatnuts (JuJu + Psycho Les)
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4. VA. In The House
Producers: Buckwild (of DI.T.C.)
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5. Tongues Of The Next Shit
featuring Kalonji The Immortal
Producers: Mad Skillz
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6. Doin' Time In The Cypha
Producers: Buckwild (of DI.T.C.)
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7. Tip Of The Tongue
Producers: Nick Wiz
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8. Extra Abstract Skillz
featuring Large Professor (of of Main Source); Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest)
Producers: Large Professor (of Main Source)
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9. WMAD (Interlude)
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10. Get Your Groove On
Producers: Buckwild (of DI.T.C.)
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11. The Jam
Producers: Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla)
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12. Move Ya Body
featuring Khim Davis
Producers: DJ Clark Kent
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13. Street Rules
Producers: J. Period
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14. All In It
Producers: J. Period
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15. Unseen World
featuring Lonnie B.; Kalonji The Immortal; Dr. Mindbenda; Lil' Roc; Javon The Midevil
Producers: EZ Elpee
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16. Inherit The World
Producers: J. Period
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Total Comments: 19
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/15/2014 2:21:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
Location: az
Comment: God damn, this mutha fucka is sick,Skillz got lyrics galore!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/14/2013 1:14:00 AM; Partial IP: 34.171.210)
Location: CALI
Comment: this went below my radar... Skillz got caught up in the Rawkus mess in the early 2000's until he signed to Sure Shot recordings and dropped the album 'Confessions of a Ghostwriter' in 05' then few years later in 08' he drops 'The Million Dollar Backpack' off of Okayplayer then two more years past in 2010 he drops 'The World Needs More Skillz' off of E1 music. After all that time I still prefer the Mad Skillz of 1995 stemming from the times of the Golden Era when you first heard of an emcee from Virginia. His rhymes where fresh then to that effect not saying his rhymes arent fresh now, but he knew how to put words together to create action for an actual nod factor back then of course when rhymes mattered, right? but hes been through it with the industry so of course he would have stories to tell. Comin back to this album is always refreshing with that Golden Era sound cus of the lineup of legendary producers. still worth five stars for this joint.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/1/2013 8:22:00 PM; Partial IP: 173.224.32)
Location: Baltimore
Comment: When lyrics mattered
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/24/2013 8:29:00 PM; Partial IP: 157.127.43)
Location: Ontario,Can.
Comment: thank god I have this on cassette.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/21/2012 2:31:00 AM; Partial IP: 11.231.194)
Location: CALI
Comment: pound for pound this album is held down well on the production tip for that era... 1995 to be exact. What else do you expect from a ghostwriter whose lyrics hold weight but only one full length album makes it hard to believe. Now the game is different and the audience is different too, but that era was the tail end to all the gold. But for me all the ice can melt and forget the platinum and the units sold cus the classics from that era still holds the foundation were the young needs to realize for this culture to continue in to the next...
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/7/2011 8:27:00 PM; Partial IP: 07.104.202)
Location: da neighborhood
Comment: glad to see heads lovin this lp. shit is my GO-TO joint. flava for days...
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/13/2011 8:29:00 PM; Partial IP: 53.128.112)
Location: cdn
Comment: I hadn't realized the production credits for this album was such a who is who of producers ambassadors, Skillz had so much potential but could never understand why he never captured the status of some of the albums collaborators - Classic material
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 8/29/2011 10:14:00 AM; Partial IP: 82.139.221)
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Comment: @Invoke... You're right, there were indeed quite some similarities with Big L. This is an absolute classic, insanely dope in all aspects. Skillz always had the talent to become big in the rapgame but sadly limited himself to ghostwriting and a couple of random, incoherent releases.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 8/8/2011 7:02:00 AM; Partial IP: 2.214.0.66)
Location: 619 yo
Comment: classic. nuff said.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 8/1/2011 4:36:00 PM; Partial IP: 168.238.69)
Location: So-cal
Comment: His flow remind sme a lot of Big L's flow R.I.P...Mad respect for this album.
Name: (Posted: 7/17/2011 9:48:00 AM; Partial IP: 8.15.87.81)
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Comment: I agree with Shaun about there being no remixes for extras. I remember having the "Skillz in 95" bonus song on a cassette single and I used to listen to that song constantly!
Name: (Posted: 7/16/2011 7:51:00 AM; Partial IP: 34.115.153)
Location: London, England
Comment: Nice reissue but very disappointing that there's no bonus tracks. What about "The nod factor (Remix)" or "Skillz in '95"? How about some instrumentals?
Name: (Posted: 7/12/2011 12:36:00 PM; Partial IP: .1.134.207)
Location: Manchester, UK
Comment: Dope album, and "Extra Abstract Skillz" is my personal pick of the crop.
Name: (Posted: 7/9/2011 2:24:00 AM; Partial IP: .77.36.244)
Location: NYC
Comment: Traffic Ent is my fav label right Now!! Keep Remastering & im gonna keep buying
Name: (Posted: 7/8/2011 6:10:00 PM; Partial IP: 8.225.32.5)
Location: norfolk,va
Comment: one of the best hip hop lps from va along with wu syndicate
Name: (Posted: 7/4/2011 10:20:00 PM; Partial IP: 98.171.144)
Location: in yah closet
Comment: best classic album from this cat str8 reppin richmond va b4 he sold out, true gem, need to go back to the boards and remember this formula
Name: (Posted: 7/3/2011 5:17:00 PM; Partial IP: .241.18.42)
Location: PA
Comment: i got your head noddin' cause you neck knows its phat, check it out like thiiiiis, and then like that!
Name: (Posted: 7/3/2011 12:43:00 PM; Partial IP: 76.202.200)
Location: USA
Comment: This one is REAL classic. And if say real, I mean it. One of the greatest 90's CDs. An amazing MC, dope beats and just a dope ass album overall. Everything a hip hop can wish for, is there. A classic that gets rarely mentioed, but is up there with the best of 'em. The intro is still great and fresh. Glad to own the original copy.
Name: (Posted: 7/3/2011 7:07:00 AM; Partial IP: 4.8.60.228)
Location: UK
Comment: This is a classic and is Mad Skillz only good album, great production on here especially from the legend Buckwild!! Keep re-releasing the classics Traffic Ent!
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