New York underground radio icon DJ Ready Cee and Kingston-based independent MC Five Steez have reunited for the final volume in their ‘Momentum’ trilogy. The mixtape – free for streaming and download – features the duo showcasing turntable and microphone skills over classic Hip Hop instrumentals.
Ranging from Big Daddy Kane’s ‘Ain’t No Half Steppin’ to 50 Cent’s ‘I Get Money’, Five Steez easily tears through beats from Hip Hop’s most memorable songs released from 1988 to the early 2000’s, offering never-heard-before verses, dubs (specials) and freestyles. As he raps, DJ Ready Cee seamlessly mixes and scratches in a manner that has become rare in a modern mixtape.
Laced with drops from many personalities, it feels as if everyone from underground heavyweight Shabaam Sahdeeq to Canadian Hip Hop legend Michie Mee to Reggae lyricist Kabaka Pyramid stopped by to hear the release. While none of them share the mic with Steez, he features partners in rhyme, Nomad Carlos, The Sickest Drama, Inztinkz, Massy the Creator and Dizzy the Ill One.
“I had scrapped the original plan of doing a third tape,” says Five Steez. “But, in 2015, Ready Cee convinced me and we decided we’d end the series with a bang”.
DJ Ready Cee, who released his debut album ‘Order 66’ in December says,
“I’ve always been known for my mixtapes and podcasts. So I’m happy to be finally wrapping up this trilogy”.
‘Momentum: Volume One’ was released in December 2010 and introduced Five Steez to Hip Hop listeners worldwide. ‘Volume Two’ came in October 2011, but the series was abandoned as Five Steez released his 2012 debut album, ‘War for Peace’, then followed by 2014’s ‘These Kingston Times’. Just as the prior two mixtape’s made way for Five Steez’ original music, ‘Volume Three’ will be followed two EP’s, one of which is being released this summer.