The Underachievers – The Mahdi
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Up until 9 months ago Ak and Issa Dash aka The Underachievers had no intentions of being all up in the rap game, however now this Brooklyn hailing West Coast affiliated crew are rolling deep with the The Beast Coast collective which features a membership roster of Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, A$ap Mob and are also signed to Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label.
Now these guys took me by surprise with all the hype about the likes of Kendrick Lamar and A$ap Rocky somehow the focus has not hit The Underachievers like it should have done. Ak and Issa are masters of wordplay and flow and are somehow managing to give the essence of Hip Hop in the 90’s a new lease of life.
Their mixtape ‘Indigoism’ is chock full of heavyweight head nodding beats and heady kush cypher vibe which permeated the 90’s Hip Hop scene before the money madness took over. They switch effortlessly between doubletime flows and old school cypher flows that you feel like this is what most 21st Century hip hop would have sounded like had it not been co opted by banking and commercial interests.
Sampling Billy Cobham’s Heather for ‘The Mahdi’ which could easy pass for the sequel to Souls of Mischiefs ’93 to Infinity’ which also uses the same sample Ak and Issa manage to put their own spin on this seminal sample but still capturing the essence that made ’93 to infinty such an anthem. As Awesome as it is I would love to say that is the highlight of the mixtape and to lower your expectations, but I can’t there are way too many bangers on this from ‘Gold Soul Theory’, T.A.D.E.D to ‘Philanthropist’.
‘Indigoism’ is a must download for any Hip Hop fan especially if you grew up listening to it in the 90’s.
Download ‘The Underachievers – Indigoism’ Mixtape
The Mahd Professor.~K