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Mighty Underdogs (Gift Of Gab of Blackalicious + Lateef The Truthspeaker of Latyrx + Headnodic): Droppin' Science Fiction

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    What's the point of keeping it real when alternate realities are so much more fun? For new hip-hop super-group, The Mighty Underdogs, our world is one of hyper-reality where vacationing monsters have gunfights. Nothing's harder than that, man.

    The newly formed trio of hip-hop heavy weights from the West Coast-Blackalicious's Gift of Gab, fellow Quannum compatriot Lateef the Truth Speaker and Bay Area producer Headnodic-release their debut collaboration, Dropping Science Fiction, on the other coast's Definitive Jux.

    Backed by a dizzying set of collaborators that include DJ Shadow, Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, The Alkoholiks' Tash, Jurassic 5's Chali 2na, Julian and Damian "JR Gong" Marley, The Mighty Underdogs tour through worlds and soundscapes that blur all settings. Album opener "Monster" is comic book evilness that powers up on a secret solution of mind-numbing lyricism at breakneck speed. The MF Doom-assisted "Gun Fight" is a wild west romp where Gift of Gab goes out in a blaze of revenge-fueled glory over the most rappified twang since Bubba Sparxxx's Deliverance. Even the interlude, aptly dubbed "Doglude," is an exercise in a cappella beat building that shows Headnodic-despite being the least known member of the trio-belongs in this hallowed company.

    The Might Underdog pedigree is one bred for serious heads. Throughout Blackalicious's 10-year run as indie rap elite, Gift of Gab has found himself atop numerous Top 10 lists. Whether it's solo action or paired with Lyrics Born as Latryx, Lateef the Truth Speaker is a linguist gymnast of the truly impassioned variety. Lateef's got big game experience, too, as his collaboration with Fat Boy Slim, "Wonderful Night" scored a Grammy nomination. Headnodic, an accomplished bass player and part of the forever heralded and endlessly funky Crown City Rockers, is ready for a busy 2008, as his musical partnership with Moe Pope looks to gain more than a few nods from the real hip-hop heads, in addition to his Mighty Underdog work. On Dropping Science, his productions run the gamut from anime-in-space laser fights to Timbaland-channeling sample sources and trunk-rattling bass.

    So how did three loosely related but certainly solo minded artists come together for a piece of superhero super stories? While going through tracks from Headnodic for his solo album, Lateef found enough desperately desirable tracks to make an entire album. Since Lateef and Gab had been talking about their own collaborative project for longer than Souljah Boy's been alive it just made good boom-bap sense.

    With the three artists exhausted by hip-hop's penchant for taking itself too damn seriously, they broke rules like rules were going out of style and allowed songs to be everything from violent to, gasp, silly. Completing the convergence of powers is Definitive Jux head honcho El-P. Having toured the indie rap circuit with Gab and Lateef for more than a decade, it's a surprise that the three haven't combined forces before. Call it par for the course, because with the Mighty Underdogs, one can only expect the unexpected.

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    1. Monster
    Producers: Headnodic
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    2. Hands In The Air
    Producers: Headnodic
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    3. So Sad
    featuring Julian; Damian Marley
    Producers: Headnodic
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    4. Gunfight
    featuring M.F. DOOM
    Producers: Headnodic
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    5. ILL Vacation
    featuring Lyrics Born
    Producers: Headnodic
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    6. Science Fiction
    Producers: Headnodic
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    7. Laughing At You
    featuring Casual
    Producers: Headnodic
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    8. Escape
    featuring Mr. Lif; Akrobatik
    Producers: Headnodic
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    9. Doglude (Interlude)
    Producers: Headnodic
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    10. Folks
    Producers: Headnodic
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    11. UFC (Remix)
    featuring DJ Shadow
    Producers: Headnodic
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    12. Want You Back
    Producers: Headnodic
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    13. Aye
    Producers: Headnodic
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    14. War Walk
    featuring Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5); Raashan Ahmad (of Crown City Rockers); Tash (of Tha Alkaholiks); Zion (of Zion I)
    Producers: Headnodic
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    15. Victorious
    Producers: Headnodic
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    4.2 Stars (4.2 Stars )
    Total Comments: 10
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/24/2013 6:27:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
    Location: az/ hell
    Comment: Man this that 5 mic music! That's right it's flawless!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/13/2009 10:48:00 AM; Partial IP: 26.128.131)
    Location: UGHH
    Comment: i cant believe I slept on it in 2008. wow this album IS great! nice non-cliche beats and excellent artistic work in general.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/12/2009 5:01:00 PM; Partial IP: 1.203.20.6)
    Location: Boston
    Comment: 2 words... ILL VACATION!
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/28/2009 7:15:00 AM; Partial IP: 109.232.67)
    Location: Australia
    Comment: I give this 3 For the first and last tracks they were bangers. everything in between isnt worth it especially gun fight so over that shit
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/26/2008 3:18:00 PM; Partial IP: 161.39.251)
    Location: neth.
    Comment: solid album, best shit on def jux nowadayz
    Name: (Posted: 10/8/2008 7:13:00 PM; Partial IP: 27.247.176)
    Location: SLC
    Comment: Ballz doesn't know Lateef. He's been around for over a decade and hasn't bitten any styles. Get off the jux jock and stop acting like you know anything outside that label. (Probably didn't know who Cage was until Hell's Winter either)
    Name: (Posted: 10/3/2008 5:08:00 PM; Partial IP: .151.21.78)
    Location: bPORT ct
    Comment: Yo I cant believe this...for real onn "Gun Fight" the first cat totally ripped off CAGE's cadence and flow. He just doesnt have a good voice and isnt talented enough to do anything with that cadence. Its one thing to flip somebody else's style I guess, but shit how u gonna rip off your labelmate? Wack shit. I support Jux. And so kiddies out there who dont know, El-P once said, Why try to flip your man's style when he already did that..and better than you. If you disagree I could give a shit, Im positive about this shit none of yall babies can tell me shit.
    Name: (Posted: 8/19/2008 12:38:00 PM; Partial IP: 133.44.194)
    Location: LDN
    Comment: Gun Fight is a sick track, this is gonna make some noise when it hits
    Name: (Posted: 8/13/2008 4:30:00 PM; Partial IP: 34.135.198)
    Location: mo
    Comment: looks doap! when was it announced that def jux was involoved?
    Name: (Posted: 8/8/2008 2:56:00 PM; Partial IP: 20.229.133)
    Location: new york
    Comment: I saw them live and they were pretty sick
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