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.