Featured Album

April 27, 1999
Rap, Acid Jazz, East Coast Rap, Club/Dance, Pop-Rap, Underground Rap, Golden Age, Alternative Rap, Hardcore Rap, Jazz-Rap, Political Rap, Turntablism

Album Review

With Soundbombing, Vol. 1, Rawkus introduced a ravenous stable of hungry underground MCs, but more importantly it also laid the preliminary groundwork for Mos Def and Talib Kweli's Black Star movement. Both play a large role in the development of Soundbombing, Vol. 2 as well. Mos screens a preview from his impending solo LP, the high-tech "Next Universe," and divulges "Crosstown Beef" with his Medina Green outfit. Talib and Hi-Tek's manifestation as Reflection Eternal contributes two highly illuminant tracks: "On Mission" and the cultivated "Chaos" (featuring Bahamadia). Rawkus' latest coup, Pharoahe Monch, gets militaristic with Shabaam Shadeeq on "WW III" and the virulent "Mayor." Eminem works his magic over a cartoon-like Beatminerz track on the neurotic "Any Man." Soundbombing, Vol. 2 contains an abundance of prolific collaborations, exemplified by Common and Sadat X's elegant "1999," Dilated Peoples and Tash's regal "Soundbombing," and Sir Menelik's "7XL" (featuring Sadat X and Grand Puba). One relatively minor blemish arises in the Beat Junkies' control of the LP's continuity -- their cutting and blending methods are peculiarly ineffective, and oftentimes lack direction. User friendly for underground or mainstream fanatics, SB 2 is the quintessential Rawkus project, and the label's finest moment to date.
Matt Conaway, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Intro
  2. Any Man (Intro)
  3. Any Man
  4. B-Boy Document '99
  5. WWIII (Intro)
  6. WWIII
  7. Stanley Kubrick
  8. A Message From
  9. Crosstown Beef (Intro)
  10. Crosstown Beef
  11. 7xl (Intro)
  12. 7XL
  13. Chaos-Reflection Eternal/Bahamadia
  14. Soundbombing
  15. Brooklyn Hard Rock
  16. Mayor
  17. Patriotism (Intro)
  18. Patriotism
  19. 1999 (Intro)
  20. 1999
  21. When It Pours It Rains
  22. A Message from Mos Def & the Beat Junkies
  23. Next Universe
  24. Every Rhyme I Write (Intro)
  25. Every Rhyme I Write
  26. On Mission
  27. Outro