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Themselves: CrownsDown And Company

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CrownsDown and Company completes a trilogy by Doseone and Jel's revived rap power-duo, Themselves. What began in early 2009 with theFREEhoudini--a monumental mixtape that reunited a dozen of indie hip-hop's seminal vocalists--now reaches its apt conclusion as ten gifted producers reinvent the pair's recently released CrownsDown LP. While that album, in part, paid tribute to rap's golden age icons (Gang Starr, Ultramag, Public Enemy), on this companion piece artists like Baths, Lazer Sword, Buck 65 and Our Brother The Native seize upon Themselves' progressive side to create a document firmly of the future.

The aggressive swagger of the original material courses through CrownsDown and Company, rearing its ugly head early on in Daelek's remix of "Oversleeping." The New Jersey crew replaces the song's hulking boom-bap with industrial dissonance, clearing the way for Buck to swap the electro-thump of "The Mark" for crashing drums and squealing punk guitars. Darker and meaner still is Lazer Sword's ultra-modern, bass-embraced take on "You Ain't It."

Other tracks are instilled with the psychedelic fortitude that informs Dose and Jel's band Subtle. The men of Notwist appear under the 13 & God guise on a version of "Daxstrong" that seethes with Krautrock's groove-steeped experimentalism. Meanwhile, Our Brother turns "Roman Is as Roman Does" into a sun-spoiled stew of piano, horns and odd effects, and L.A. electronicist Baths recasts "Deadcatclear II" as bright, glistening and melodic. Members of Anticon's stalwart production team--Alias, Odd Nosdam, Bracken--deliver trademark treatments as well, bridging Themselves' well-rooted family tree to the fresh faces gathered here--an affirmation of Dose's long-held tenet that good music leads to good people.

Fittingly, CrownsDown and Company is capped off with a brand new song, "ANTartica," that not only pays lyrical tribute to the eight men who moved west to found the label/collective over a decade ago, but to all those "with the fire in their teeth... not keeping quiet."

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1. Back II Burn (Themselves Remix)
Producer: Themselves
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2. Oversleeping (Dalek Remix)
Producer: Dalek
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3. The Mark (Buck 65 Remix)
Producer: Buck 65
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4. Gangster of Disbelief (Alias Remix)
Producer: Alias
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5. Daxstrong (13 & God Remix)
Producer: 13 & God
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6. You Ain't It (Lazer Sword Remix)
Producer: Lazer Sword
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7. Roman Is As Roman Does (Our Brother The Native Remix)
Producer: Our Brother The Native
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8. Skinning The Drum (Odd Nosdam Redux)
Producer: Odd Nosdam
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9. Deadcatclear II (Baths Remix)
Producer: Baths
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10. Gold Teeth Will Roll (Bracken Remix)
Producer: Bracken
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11. ANTartica
Producer: Themselves
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Total Comments: 3
Name: (Posted: 2/14/2011 10:20:00 PM; Partial IP: 249.212.45)
Location: Palm Beach Garden, Florida
Comment: Don't get me wrong the original is good, but one of the key success of this album in particular is that it is fill with variety of ill-tastic Hip Hop fussing other genres production that made Dose One & Jel adventure end up with a big bang ending in an epic scale boom bap smash.
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Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 10/14/2010 6:49:00 PM; Partial IP: .104.41.84)
Location: UGHH World HQ
Comment: while I don't agree w/ the previous poster that this is better than CrownsDown, this is yet another super slammin' remix album of Themselves. really every remix album of these cats is craaazy ill, like The No Music Of Aiffs and all the Subtle remix albums, CrownsDown & Company continues that great legacy of megadope reenvisioning that are a must have for any fan of these cats. mad diversity in the remix style by all the producers involved, especially feelin' the Buck65, Baths, Our Brother the Native ish but it's all hot fiyah
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/12/2010 5:26:00 PM; Partial IP: .61.90.174)
Location: Palm Beach Garden, Florida
Comment: This album music production is drastically better than the original that am happy about them for making such a wise decision for putting the album in the right direction. Even though Dose One makes less appearance, he is still rapping superbly that the fans will not disappoint. Congrats, Dose One, Jel & the rest of the Anticon crew for making the album a huge improvement.
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