VEGANZ WANT BEEF

by B.L.X. (BassLine Xcursionists)

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about

"Head chef M.O.L. has come straight out his Los Angeles butcher shop with a formidable, culinary task force, all poised and ready to put grill marks on these organically grown, free range rappers." (ugsmag.com)
"...The beef is well and truly cooked, roasted over slow-burning, plodding breaks stoked with heavy basses and echo and keeping the studio effects frills to a scared-off minimum...Beef is on the menu, hence the sometime sound reversion to something torture chamber-like, several thousand miles below civilisation...The BLX crew gets the posse connections just right with the aid of some equally belligerent guests..." (mrblunt.com)

After a year or two of performing complex crew tracks ten deep for pennies and thoroughly getting on each other's nerves, we were tired. Tired of each other, tired of unity, tired of the studio, tired of underground hip hop and all its bullshit... just tired. A few members had left the camp, being broke wasn't cool anymore and things were looking bleak. But frustration breeds innovation - just ask MOLMan. G.B.L.X. needed a new release, but the complicated song structures of Sunch Punch almost drove us crazy, so MOL simply revved up some beats, booked some studio time, and invited his boys to come bust, and this time the Gershwin rulebook was out the window. Verses were as long as they wanted to be, beats were as bassy as they could be, and where Sunch Punch had its occasional moments of mercy, these songs were nothing but blood and bones. As the number of songs amassed began to swell, MOL saw a theme forming naturally before his eyes, and the theme was plunder. Around this time we became tight with Blak Silver, emcee/beatmaker of Analog Brothers fame, who was more than happy to lay down a significant portion of the soundtrack to our madness. Otherwize and Zig E.S.P. of Blak Forest had also been embraced as fellow goons, and together with MOL, Silv and Omni they ran riot over a number of tracks together, forming the musical base for the album now known as Veganz Want Beef, Volume One. Crag, Milx, Universal of the Halifax All-Stars, Felix's Atlanta click the Vinyl Junkies and Faxx from 2000 Crows were all drafted in the mix later to round the record out, and B9000 Records in Belgium signed on to deliver this hunk of fatty flesh to the masses. The vegan reference is a metaphor for hip hop heads who prefer coffee-shop hippie-hop over the raw, ruthless ruckus that we specialize in, and we have yet to meet a vegan who gets the joke. Either way, Veganz Want Beef is the album where G.B.L.X. showed the world its fangs, and you either love it or you love to hate it, in which case we probably hate you too. Pretty funny, coming from a guy who only eats fish and chicken.

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released 01 July 2001

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