New Album Drops: December 1st, 2011
earlybirds is the new album from Minneapolis hip hop veterans Capaciti and Jaron McDaniel. The album includes 19 tracks spanning from 2008 to 2011. The albums offers an eclectic range of sounds stemming from many musical genres. The album is unique as it’s gelled different sounds together with classic hip hop making a sound that is lost in today’s industry.
earlybirds is comprised of classic Minneapolis elements such as Joe Wabs, from Project 13, who throws down some notable electric bass on the album. McDaniel is responsible for extremely raw production and Capaciti, as always, handles the raps. Everything comes together with perfect synergy as evident in ‘back/burn’ which showcases local favorite A-Scratch on the cuts. I Instantly fell in love with ‘padlock’ which featured notable emcees: truthmaze, Big Jess, and Mac s.p.i.l.l.z. Make sure to run this back a few times and listen closely; you might catch something.
Some background on the evolution of earlybirds is as follows: All good music stems from great chemistry. The cohesive nature between Capaciti and Jaron fueled the earlybirds concept. 2008 was when it all started when life’s constraints changed the way they made music. Families were being established and time was a premium. Capaciti says “I figuered I would never make another Capaciti solo album and working with a lifetime musician in McDaniel (Westend Productions)”… brought fourth the inception of earlybirds.” In a few short years the catalog grew and the earlybirds project was in full effect.
The 2011 release was originally slated to drop in 2009 under the title ‘collidoscope’, however the collaboration of Capaciti & McDaniel produced such bangers the duo pressed on strengthening the depth of the earlybirds catalog. “Old Cadillac”, an extremely dope track, was one of the first tracks ever made by the team. It is also a personal favorite of mine off this album.
The album presents some interesting elements in that the songs ‘rx’ & ‘backyard’ were originally created from beats: stripped down to nothing and built back up using live instrumentation. This is almost unheard of in today’s atmosphere of digital music production. Most songs reflect McDaniel’s style of record sampling fused with the hard hitting street sound of Capaciti. The album strongly suggests influences from all over the musical map, yet Capaciti shows an influence of retro Country music that is extremely refreshing.
My lasting thoughts of this album are ones of great variety and powerful storytelling. Capaciti says: “this album has a lot of stories… we originally wanted to have all these stories on some movie shit but stopped the idea and focused on a mix of music”. His statement rings true as the album resembles a movie set to music. Capaciti expands on his vision when he tells Catiblog: “Instead of releasing this album in early 2009-2010,we took the songs and saved the dopest tracks to release two free albums at earlybirds.bandcamp.com.” These albums are Not Quite There (2009) & David (2010). A sobering detail revolves around the song 7-11-2009, which is based on true life events where Capaciti performed CPR on a drowning victim.
Track Listings are as Follows:
earlybirdrap. | cuts: a-scratch
back/burn |cuts: a-scratch
badadada | cuts: a-scratch bass guitar: joe wabs
untitled | cuts: a-scratch
jon | harmonica and additioal vocals: outspoken
bright ahead | bass guitar: joe wabs
padlock | cuts: a-scratch featuring: big jess, mac s.p.i.l.l.z. and truthmaze
rx | cuts: a-scratch – bass guitar: joe wabs -guitar: jaron mcdaneil -outro drums: ricky basques
middlelude | ?
old cadillac | bass guitar: joe wabs
badge of dishonor | cuts: a-scratch – bass guitar: joe wabs
rock ‘n’ roll | cuts: a-scratch – featuring: unicus and caeser
backyard | bass guitar: joe wabs -guitar: jaron mcdaneil -djembe: ricky basques -radio dj: dj kb -outro music: guns n roses
customer service | cuts: a-scratch
7.11.09 | Admix66 – co-production: b. devious -bass guitar: joe wabs
curtian call | cuts: a-scratch – bass guitar: joe wabs
1394 | 1394
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