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CONCENTR8 – Derivative Album

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8. A number. Sideways infinity symbol. A true moniker for a timeless emcee such as Concentr8. With Derivative being his first true solo album, it’s pleasing that the modern boom-bap sound of the album serves well as throwback to the roots of hip-hop and also a glimpse into the future of emceeing.

Hecatomb artist Concentr8 has never been the type of rapper to give that straight forward A-B-C delivery. The messages are there but they are cleverly worded and begging for a rewind. This combined with the production gives the album a high replay value not often seen in modern hip hop music.

The tracks fit well together giving the album a cohesive feel despite having a variety of producers from different parts of the globe. From the slamming drums on “Wreck On the Regular” by West End Productions or the reggae-influenced “Peppered With The Bass” by Medium Zach, each beat is navigated with ease by a true veteran in Concentr8 who has been rapping most of his life.

The albums featured guests lyricists are well placed throughout and include MaLLy and long time collaborators and fellow S.W.E.E.P.S. members Pagne & DJ X-Caliber along with Carnage The Executioner, who served as overseer of Concentr8’s project. Cuts & scratches were provided by DJ’s Imaginary Friend, Repete23 & X-Caliber.

Derivative is the perfect album for the aging b-boy afraid that rap music is passing them by yet original enough to catch the ears of the youth who may need the classics retold in a different form for them to fully appreciate.

One particularly memorable phrase “keep reaching for the top” sung by Joann Grey on the hook of the song “Desire” serves as both a call out to those who live hip hop every day of their life and a reminder to never stop rocking mics or writing lyrics.
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01. ENTER
producer, scratches: DJ X-Caliber

02. DERIVATIVE
producer: Concentr8
scratches: Imaginary Friend

03. DESIRE f. Joann Grey
producer: Repete23

04. WRECK ON THE REGULAR
producer: Westend Productions
scratches: Imaginary Friend

05. STEP FROM THE REAR
producer: Westend Productions
scratches: Imaginary Friend

06. PEPPERED WITH THE BASS
producer: Medium Zack
scratches: Imaginary Friend

07. CLAPPED! RELOADED f. NEMNOCH (Carnage The Executioner & DJ X-Caliber)
producers: NEMNOCH
scratches: DJ X-Caliber

08. 8: INFINITY
producer: Benzilla
scratches: Imaginary Friend

09. DRIFTERS f. Carnage The Executioner & Pagne
producer: RSK

10. LET ME BE CLEAR!
producer: Da Ricanstrukta

11. VOLTAGE
producer: Concentr8
scratches: Imaginary Friend

12. WAIT FOR IT f. MaLLy
producer, scratches: Repete23

13. EXIT
producer, scratches: Repete23

BONUS
14. CENTRIFUGAL (THE RETURN)
producer: Concentr8
scratches: Imaginary Friend

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