For the couple of years, Hieroglyphics has been the favorite on-line stop for many a hip-hop fiend, myself included. So you know that when I found out Philly native StinkE!, the site’s creator, was a musician in his own right, I was very intrigued.
Recording under the name SupremeEx, StinkE! serves up a collection of lighthearted but intense jungle and progressive techno-injected hip-hop instrumentals. The most impressive aspects of SupremeEx are that the tracks possess a graceful, almost ambient quality, while campy vocal samples recall a less-retro Fantastic Plastic Machine. Tracks like the Dragon Ball Z-esque “When Yards Are Unkempt And Devastation Is Bright” and “Battle for Andromayde” prove Supremeex is in a class of his own.
This album represents what Hip Hop can be when a focused artist is given the right amount of time and space. Lazy clichés like “hip-hop for the new millennium” and “some ole’ next shit” are likely to be tossed around this record, but hopefully heads will realize that this music is current and definitely important.
Written by John Morrison.