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# 1,490

Company Flow “Eight Steps To Perfection” (1996)

First discovered this on WUSB at the turn of the millennium but not through one of our hip-hop shows. Our only industrial-aggrotech show Ridding The Mind Of Waste exited one of its broadcasts by lacing noise over this hip-hop beat, as that show oftentimes likes to take the odd route during its final third hour, but I didn’t know it was them. The next year, as I kept hearing more about Company Flow and all the online outlets were flipping out over them, I ran into this. How in the world do you take the spaced-out final seconds of Smokey Robinson’s “Theme From Big Time” (1977) and turn it into one major piece of the underground hip-hop’s biggest and best rap record ever that would be 1997′s Funcrusher Plus? The classic late Seventies’ effects spiral and expand throughout that is “Eight Steps To Perfection”. The skippy drums tumble and fall on itself many times over. And the lyrics by Bigg Jus and a pre-Run The Jewels El-P (yeah) go far beyond any level of comprehension for a simple groundling to ever attempt to reach with his short arms and tiny fingers. (Never forget “Rugged like Rwanda”.) Everything mixes and falls smoothly into place here and this leads many to El-P’s very early work. Twenty years later and I still don’t believe this.


About Xitsuh/서출구/Seo Chulgu

  • 서출구/Seo Chulgu means “West Exit”
  • Real name is 서명원/Seo Myungwon
  • Born in 1992, so he’s about 23
  • Rapper and member of the hip hop crew ADV/Angdreville alongside Olltii. He is one of Olltii’s best friends
  • Famous in the underground hip hop world for his freestyling/cypher skills. He and Olltii are called the Freestyle Kings
  • Friends with AOA’s Chanmi (1, 2)
  • Favorite color is green
  • Was a contestant on Show Me The Money 4. He was known for his freestyling, for eating cherry tomatoes at one of the auditions, and for giving up the mic and choosing to leave SMTM
  • Has a mixtape called For the Better
  • Went to India in 2009 with his family
  • Studied at Brigham Young University in Utah, USA and can speak English
  • Already completed his military service
  • Instagram, YouTube, SoundCloud, Twitter
  • See more here

Sources: BBabylion_, Olltii_Thai, FyADV, Xitsuh

My 10 Best Hip-Hop/Underground Mixtapes/Albums of 2013

10. Trap Lord : A$AP Ferg

Note-worthy songs: Let it Go, Lord, Dump Dump

9. Run the Jewels : Run the Jewels

Note-worthy songs: Banana Clipper, 36" Chain, Get It

8. Get Home Safely : Dom Kennedy

Note-worthy songsAll Girl Crazy, If It Don’t Make Money, 2morrow

7. Wolf : Tyler, the Creator

Note-worthy songsAwkward, 48, Partyisntover/Campfire/Bimmer

6. Innanetape : Vic Mensa

Note-worthy songsTweakin’, YNSP, Holy Holy

5. Life Changes : Casey Veggies

Note-worthy songsShe in my Car, The Team, I Love me some You

4. Better off Dead : Flatbush Zombies

Note-worthy songsDrug Parade, MRAZ, My Team Supreme

3. Acid Rap : Chance the Rapper

Note-worthy songsLost, Acid Rain, Everything’s Good

2. Indigoism : The Underachievers

Note-worthy songs: Philanthropist, Sun Through the Rain, The Mahdi

1. Owl Pharoah : Travi$ Scott

Note-worthy songsBad Mood/Shit On You, Uptown, Blocka La Flame

Best of 2014