Release Date: February 11, 2009

Track Listing

  1. Screwtape feat. L-Universe
  2. Unconditional Love feat. Nice & Smooth
  3. Exit Sign feat. Nikki Jean
  4. Around We Go feat. Novel
  5. Recall The Scene feat. Junji Chiba
  6. For My Ladies feat. Melodee
  7. Real Thang feat. N’Dea Davenport
  8. Life Is Good feat. Mos Def
  9. This Is feat. Spree Wilson
  10. Destination Sky feat. Substantial
  11. Someday feat. T-Boz
  12. Funny Love feat. Milka

Review

The first Deckstream Soundtracks was an album that featured Japanese Hip-Hop production with a Western touch. Deckstream Soundtracks 2 doesn’t stray from the formula at all.  Much like the first album this is Hip-Hop with more substance than the average fodder one would hear on the radio. Given the list of guest artists (Nice & Smooth, Mos Def, N’Dea Davenport, etc.) it’s a given that you’re going to get some quality output.

What you get here is a throwback to when Hip-Hop was good. Perhaps I’m a little biased because I grew up during the golden era when there was so much in the genre to listen to  besides crap. Anyway… Songs like Screwtape, For My Ladies and Life Is Good are examples of positive Hip-Hop that don’t resort to any gimmicks to get their point across. Just MCs going off on the beat. It was nice to hear songs that didn’t have Auto Tune on them for once.

The slower songs such as Unconditional Love, Real Thang and Someday also follow the no nonsense approach. It was sweet to hear N’Dea Davenport and T-Boz on this album as I have been a fan of both of their respective groups (The Brand New Heavies & TLC) for a long time.

This album equals the awesomeness set by it’s predecessor although I feel it has a better flow from track to track. Great stuff, especially for those who feel that Hip-Hop is lacking these days.

CD (Japan Version)