Word by Mike Styles
After the buzzing Sofa Set Ep dropped last year, we were super stoked to learn of a full length by Axel F., not quite the synthy Beverly Hills Cop theme. Rather a collaboration joint from, J. Rocc (Beat Junkies) behind the boards and MED up front on the mic. Theme Music, released earlier this week on Bang Ya Head, is another chapter in hip hop’s street gospel, a modern blaxploitation flick on wax. MED has been a recognized hit man with classic verses on some of your favorite Stones Throw related joints (cue up Madvillainy, Shades of Blue, “Blind Man (Cut Chemist Remix)”, Push Comes to Shove)…J.Rocc, is well, arguably the greatest dj, party rocker, sample puller on the planet and this is his first solo produced hip hop album. The combo here is a no brainer and the album reflects exactly as it should.
From the jump you can already feel your leg sweat sticking to the sofa plastic on “Searchin’.” “The Set” is what hooked us from the start, the stand out 808 boom bap track from the Sofa Set ep and one of MED finest moments.
“Omega ft. Blu” is the latest single dropped from the duo, where Blu and MED exchange punchy hood versus over a monster of a beat by ‘The Funky President’.
How about them bells? We won’t spill all the beans but you’re going to get the full spectrum here. MED discusses the nature of economics (“Sofa Coins”).
There’s a love joint featuring our girl Jimetta Rose (“SCWF”), an awesome ode to Mary Jane with fellow Stones Throw artist Oh No (“All Day”) and what underground West Coast album is complete without an appearance by Phil the Agony & Krondon (“Superman”)? Oh can’t forget about the international and soul bonus beats provided by J. Rocc. All in all a great set of music for the streets, dropped with perfect timing. Support the independent effort and much respect to J. Rocc & MED for this one.