DJ Deadeye makes no apologies for saluting traditional East Coast boom bap. In fact it's quite the opposite sentiment, as, along with ST. da Squad affiliates like Termanology, the Lawrence-bred vinyl sensei and beatmaker has ushered unapologetic, lyric-heavy hip-hop back into the forefront. His seven-years-in-the-making debut, Substance Abuse, is a throwback of sorts in that Deadeye took the time and energy to unite more than 30 MCs and a dozen co-producers for a stew of thoughtful, thematic blacktop bangers.
As I walked down
the Paradise corridor toward the Murs show last
night I worried that the joint might not be stuffed to the balconies. It’s not
like I expected a riotous sell out, but considering that Lil Wayne and Jay-Z
packed the biggest room in Boston
one night earlier, it would have been extra disheartening if hip-hop’s most important
major label artist couldn’t draw a serious crowd.