Waxmuseum: The Mix Tape
In honor of the first major label release of a Gospel mix tape,
GospelFlava.com presents a little 'mix' of our own, as we go beyond the
with this review. Just as "Wax Museum, The Mix Tape" offers a
unbroken mix of tracks through itís entire length, so we present a
integration of album review and artist interview on this page. Wherever you see a
hyperlink, clicking it will give you access to additional information,
or DJ Majís responses to issues surrounding the project.Producers: Incoporated Elements and DJ Maj
album release date: May 9, 2000
Gotee Records has been known to release projects on the cutting edge,
garnering awards such as the prestigious Dove.
This go round is no exception. On the forefront again,
comes an artist emerging from the turntables,
DJ Maj (pronounced Madge),
with his debut LP entitled Wax Museum - The
Mix Tape. Featuring original tracks compiling an entourage
of some of hip-hop's hottest artists such as GRITS, Knowdaverbs,
Pettidee, 4th Ave Jones; even newcomers KJ-52 and John Reuben get in
on the action. Other contributors exhibiting skills on Wax Museum
include Count Bass D and Vexdavortex.
The slate continues with "hit
making" tracks from the sisters from the garden the incomparable Out
Eden and also The Katinas and others.
This is most definitely a
historical event in Christian music, this being the first mix tape
released on a major label. By the sound of it, it won't be the last.
DJ Maj advises us to buckle up and prepare for a ride in his
transit. His cordial "Welcome To The Mix Tape Experience" CD intro
summons the definition of a
mix tape one which may leave many clueless.
Schooling us on the mix tap terminology, he informs us
that it is a collage of
artists bringing their talents to the table, and as DJ, it's his job
to turn them
around and infuse new flava. With tight remixes, interval scratches,
smooth flows, and "mind blowing" artists, he not only proves his
skills but also promotes his fellow
artists as he introduces some that
may not be as well known even in some holy hip-hop circles.
DJ Maj with Pigeon John invite listeners to hop on "The Golden
Motorcycle". Prepare to be amazed by this contagious rendition. The
ride continues as Maj chauffeurs through tracks such
as "No Turning Back" featuring Out of Eden. Head-bobbing grooves, fueled
by the trademark vocals that OOE is known for,
catapults this track to the
land of favorites.
Out of Eden
The female trio of sisters stands apart in Gospel, as their appeal is also
broadly spread over a diverse audience of CCM. With a sound
that embraces both Gospel, R&B and Pop, they frequently
On their third album, No Turning Back, Lisa Kimmey Bragg showcases
her songwriting and production talent, demonstrating that she
is a force to be reckoned with not only in vocals.
See full review.
Undisputedly, "The Real" is the track that encapsulates
the definition of hip-hop; DJ Maj along with T Cleezy and Quick Mickey
Flanigan shift into high gear in the fast lane as they cruise on the
freeway requesting a U-turn back to real, true hip-hop. "Set Sail"
(from The Factors of the Seven album ) and "Ima Showem" showcase award-winning crew,
GRITS. Both tracks give fans nothing but the best with hits that break
speed laws. They don't stop and they don't quit.
collaboration of 4th Ave. Jones', piques interest in the project and
targets the bull's eye for a hit. Group member Ahmad, may sound
familiar as he is featured on "Fresh Coast Thang" on Sup The Chemist's
latest LP, Dust (see review).
On "Run Down South", Dj Maj takes a detour and drives south with a
dynamic duo sound from Pettidee (see interview) and Liquid Man.
The Dirty South never sounded cleaner this track is a low-rider classic for
sure. Defying the speed limit, he takes it past 100 with glass-shattering
grooves that even the devil can't catch. Proverb from
Seventh Street Records group 1Way (see review), seconds
that motion as he encourages
listeners to vibe with DJ Maj.
Not only is this CD packed with the message of Christ, hard-hitting
lyrics, innovative beats, and phenomenal vocals, it also features a
comedy track with "Bring Back Arsenio", the brain child of DJ Maj and L.A.
Symphony. It will bring a smile from even the most skeptical of this
DJ Maj's ingenious, God-laced talents shine bright on this project, making it
is a must for the hip-hop heads all over the world. His years of
experience, excellent choice of featured artists, impressive remixes,
familiarity of true hip-hop, and listener-friendly tracks grant him a
license to rock audiences worldwide.
special review to GospelFlava.com by Brenda Ingram IIó
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