Montezuma’s Revenge was created the old-fashioned way, with the MCs – A-Plus, Phesto, Opio & Tajai – and producers – Prince Paul & Domino – in the lab together from the beginning to the end of the recording process.”
We rented a house” explains Opio. “Prince Paul came out, we had no distractions, we just did music every day. “It was cool” adds Tajai. “He had concepts, and its good to have an outside perspective – it was a great process.” The result is a cohesive, creative Hip Hop album, the kind of project you’d expect from veterans like Souls of Mischief under the auspices of a genius producer like Prince Paul. Souls first encountered Prince Paul while touring with A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul back in the day. But it was on a more recent tour with Handsome Boy Modeling School that the seeds of this collaboration were planted.
So what exactly is Montezuma’s Revenge? Tajai comments, “We recorded the album on Montezuma Street.” The final product features 18 tracks of the quality Hip Hop you’ve come to expect from Hieroglyphics, with cover art by esteemed illustrator Steve Lopez (famous for his illustrations of Erykah Badu and others). Of course there’s more to the title than the location of the recording, Tajai says “The deeper meaning is this album will make you crap yourself.”