It’s refreshing when you stumble across a dope ass hip hop album that you never knew existed. Even better when it’s 17 tracks long, almost an hour in length and there is not one song you ever want or need to skip. So let me tell you, Boom Box Bastards is one of THESE kind of joints.
When you read down the list of artists on this release, there are some A-grade spitters on deck. Venomous 200, Solomon Childs, DV Alias Khryst, Bizarre, Verbal Kent just to name a few, and then there are a host of other cats that you may not know of, but who aren’t out of place on this record. Some of my favourite joints off this album, come from rappers I had little to no experience with and for a hip hop head who is always on the hunt – that’s crazy talk. ‘Sofritos’ for instance is an out and out TUNE. A banger that you can dump on repeat and just nod your head, and it features an artist by the name of Zeps.
Now, back tracking just a little so we can find out a bit more about Dox Boogie who is behind this boom bap epic. Dox Boogie is a producer / rapper out of New York. He released his first album independently in 2004 with much success. Not long after, he started touring with emcees the likes of Wu Tang Clan members Ghostface Killer and Raekwon, The Lox, Nas, Slaine and many more.
In 2012, just as things were on the come up, Dox was involved in a serious accident which robbed him of his ability to perform and left him physically impaired. Without music, Dox hit hard times as he fought through a deep depression and hip hop was the only way out. He looked up some artists he’d worked with, got his motivation and groove back and churned out the Boom Box series. Just as things were getting back on the grind, DJ Black Panther of the Manekineko Pro label passed away. Dox reached out to Respect Da God who helped him out of his deal and the album will be re-released by Hard Times Records.
So, that’s where we join up with this album which is a phenomenal collaboration with some heavy hitters and hardcore spitters. Another track that flat out punches you in the chest is ‘Murdamouth’ featuring Ultimate Ultra, Bloody Monk Consortium, Labal-S and others. It’s straight up grimy street beats with lyrical slaughter over the top. The album flows really well, and for a release that has so many featured emcees and is 17 tracks, it is put together really well. You can tell Dox Boogie is incredibly diligent and proud of his craft.
What’s next? Well, if you’ve read this far, as soon as you close this article, get over to your streaming service and look this joint up. Then, we wait until Dox Boogie and Hard Times Records bless us with another joint called Boom Box Monsters where we can hear from Sadat X, Planet Asia, Tragedy Khadafi, Ill Bill, Slaine and King Magnetic among others. And make sure you keep an eye out for the new pairing with our very own ‘Beneath the Surface’ star Tommy Tracczz. Together these two boom bap killers will form The Heir Apparents and will be flooding your headphones with that honest and real, raw underground shit.