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The Lost Freestyle Files [PA]

  • 1. Internationally Known
    2. Work It Out - (featuring Chali 2na/Akil/Mark 7/Iriscience)
    3. Victory - (featuring Wildchild)
    4. Piece of Hip Hop History, Pt. 1: Freestyle: Bobbito & Stretch -- ..., A
    5. Piece of Hip Hop History, Pt. 2: Freestyle: Bobbito & Stretch, A
    6. Wake Up LA!: Freestyle: Sway & Tech Wake Up Show - (featuring Naptron)
    7. Clash of the Titans: Freestyle Battle: Supernatural vs. Craig G - (freestyle battle vs. Craig G)
    8. Get Ready to Rumble: Freestyle Battle: Supernatural vs. Juice - (freestyle battle vs. Juice)
    9. Live Show: Freestyle: Supernatural Opens for Wu-Tang Clan, The
    10. Supernatural and A-Butta: Freestyle: NYU
    11. Cosmic Slop
    12. Suckaz - (featuring Vinnie Paz)
    13. Flashbacks
    14. Victory - (The Oh No Remix, The Oh No remix, bonus track, featuring Wildchild)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3

  • Credits
    EngineerChris Conway; Mum's The Word

    Personnel includes: Supernatural, Chali 2na, Marc 7, Akil, Iriscience, Wildchild, Vinnie Paz.
    Producers include: Joe Buddha, DJ Rhettmatic, Panik, Djinji Brown, Supernatural.
    Personnel: Supernatural (vocals); Craig G, Mark Seven, Iriscience, Akil , Rhettmatic, Vinnie Paz, Chali 2na (vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Chris Conway; Djinji Brown.
    Recording information: Chung King Studios, New York, NY (1992-2000); Defcon 4, Los Angeles, CA (1992-2000); NYU (1992-2000); Platinum Island Studios, New York, NY (1992-2000); Pomona, CA (1992-2000); Reseda, CA (1992-2000).
    The rapper's best moments are well documented on this lengthy single-disc compilation. Even more amazing is that despite being in rap's upper echelon for two decades, this is Supernatural's debut album. As "Internationally Known" suggests, Supernatural is "the star of the show" here. The opening track also has a definite feel along the lines of 2Pac and B.I.G. as he recounts his global travels. "Work It Out," which features members of Jurassic 5 and Iriscience from Dilated Peoples, has a good groove to it as soulful Motown female harmonies are heard in the loop. The sound quality on "Victory" is rather low, but showcases how impromptu and creative the artist was in "freestyle battles." His first appearance on the radio program Bobbito & Stretch demonstrates the passion Supernatural brought to every track, especially on "A Piece of Hip Hop History, Pt. 1." Here a horn section is added before the rhyme moves into a funky backbeat. The ensuing second part of this track is another highlight, dampened only by the occasional phrase "Ladies and gentlemen, the star of the show." The give and take on "Wake Up LA!" is poorly recorded, but the spirit and verve cannot be denied. It ends in controversy though. The battle between Supernatural and Craig G has a boxing-match atmosphere on the appropriately titled "Clash of the Titans." Coming across as a battle of urban poetic gunslingers, the duo certainly entertains the audience over nearly 12 minutes. "Get Ready to Rumble" features the rapper being a showman, taking words from the audience and creating rhymes from them. The remainder of the album contains some other quality tracks. "Supernatural and A-Butta," taken from a radio broadcast at New York University, is another freestyle rap that sounds like it's been well rehearsed. Admirers of Cypress Hill would definitely enjoy "Cosmic Slop," a harsh narrative with the first traces of scratching on the record. ~ Jason MacNeil

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (6/03, p.109) - "...Perhaps the greatest freestyle rapper ever..." - Grade: B
    The Wire (3/03, p.72) - "...Supernat is one of the world's most accomplished freestylers and THE LOST FREESTYLE FILES collects pretty much everything noteworthy he's ever done..."
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