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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx - The Pre-eXXecution Freestyles (Part 1 of 3)

I've been a fan of Boot Camp Clik and Duck Down Records since the days of Black Moon's single "Who Got Da Props?" and the first Smif N Wessun album. They've recently been experiencing a resurgence of sorts, being fueled by the new solo career of Sean Price (Ruck of Heltah Skeltah) and Buckshot's collabos with producer 9th Wonder in the early 2000's. They've also been injecting new blood into their ranks by signing Chicago's Kidz in the Hall and fellow Brooklyn native Ruste Juxx who's been doing tracks with people in the Duck Down camp since 1998. Being in Chicago I got l
ove for Kidz in the Hall, but what I've really been excited for is any new material from Ruste (pronounced “Rusty.”)
Ever since I heard his raw and upbeat album “Indestructible” he's been on my list of “new” MCs to watch. Ruste Juxx is in a unique position since he's been in the game for so long yet just released his debut album in 2008, which may be the reason his throwback style sounds so refreshing. Grimy and full of punchlines, he escapes the “battle rapper” label by being able to craft actual songs instead of just rapping over beats. In the vein of 9th and Buckshot's albums, Ruste's next release will be a full collaboration with producer Marco Polo. “The eXXecution” has a release date for March 23rd and just when I thought I couldn't get more hype for it's release Duck Down starts it's “13 Days,13 Freestyles,13 Videos” promotion.

Starting today Duc
k Down will release 13 Ruste Juxx Freestyles/Videos over Marco Polo beats a day, with each consecutive video telling a smaller story of a bigger narrative. This ingenious marketing move is one of the many reasons why I think 2010 is the year Duck Down takes over (Sean Price, Guilty Simpson & Black Milk's supergroup “Random Axe” and Smif N Wessun's upcoming album with legend Pete Rock being other reasons.) You can download and listen to the song in the link after the press release description and I will post the accompanying video after it. I will continue to update this post with each day's new video, and I will only start a new post after we're about a third of the way through (hence this post being labeled “Part 1 of 3”):

“In preparation for the release of "The eXXecution," Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx have combined forces with Mills Miller Media to present a 13 consecutive day video mix cd series titled "The Pre-eXXecution." The web series includes original freestyles from Ruste Juxx with Marco Polo's signature catalog instrumentals from your favorite MCs, accompanied with a compelling story-line, which sets the gritty tone of their forthcoming album. "The Pre-eXXecution" is a binge of hardcore hip hop with gut-wrenching vocals over heavy hitting drums that will show fans what to expect when "The eXXecution" album hits stores March 23rd.”
Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx "Pre-eXXecution" Part 1 (Click to Listen and Download)

Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx "Pre-eXXecution" Part 2 (Click to Listen and Download)

Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx "Pre-eXXecution" Part 3 (Click to Listen and Download)

Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx "Pre-eXXecution" Part 4 (Click to Listen and Download)

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