Jigmastas - The Grassroots Mix by DJ Kensei

Some of you may revoke my hip hop card, but I was never the biggest fan of the Jigmastas. Not that I disliked their music, it just wasn't anything that got me all "excited" or anything. Well, I am asking forgiveness for my late 90s, early 2000s sins. To put it mildly, this mix has me feeling very embarrassed for my lack of enthusiasm for the Jigmastas.

CD / vinyl available via the BBE website: bit.ly/1Jj0K7v
iTunes: geni.us/GrassrootsPrologueDel

More than during any period of its history previous or since, NYC hip-hop in the ’90s fixated on streets-centric authenticity. Being “real” – musically, ethically, biographically – was paramount. From their first release, however, Brooklyn’s Jigmastas proudly defined themselves by nobody’s measure of validity but their own. While others chased the so-called real, DJ Spinna and Kriminul claimed “Beyond Real,” the title of their 1996 independent single on the label of the same name, a debut gem that established their M.O. as purveyors of sonic sophistication and everyman truths.
CD / vinyl available via the BBE website: bit.ly/1Jj0K7v

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