Recommendation - Let’s Rave! Dipset Trance Party

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If I told you that Trance and Hip Hop could be a great combination would you believe me? I wouldn’t. But it’s TRUE! Read on….

I was late to Cam’ron and the Dipset Revolution that happened in the early to mid 2000’s. By the time I started paying attention to Cam I was living in NYC in 2008 where I was swept up in the fever of his past work and acclaim. I missed the 02 - 06 prime, which was where Cam, Juelz, Jim Jones and Purple set affiliates were releasing key mixtapes (CDR status), setting fashion trends, and were the soundtrack to all of Harlem.

In 2008 or 2009 Cam’ron came to my job to do a listening party for his soon to be released album “Crime Pays.” The album was ok but listening to it live the thing that stood out to me was the instrumentals. The beats were the 2000’s rap equivalent to Spector’s “Wall of Sound” and My Bloody Valentines 90’s fuzz tones. The sonics were out of control and distorted (in a good way). It was 100% maximalism.

I later learned that majority of the production was produced by a cadre of producers that produced exclusively for Dipset. One of those producers was named “AraabMuzik” who later went on to become a solo artist and live act in his own right. AraabMuzik’s profile shot up a year later in 2010 and he released his debut album in 2011. His music/live set was cool but the real story was the group of producers who he came up with that along with him had a deep fascination with trance music.

I’m not sure but sometime between 2009 and 2011 they released a series of mixtapes that explored mashing-up (I know an awful word that should never be used in music) Trance and Hip Hop, two entirely divergent styles of music. The music sounds like the “Eurovision Song Contest” at a rave in Harlem through the filters of kids influenced by Just-Blazed, Bink!, and other BIG BEAT producers of that time.

I present to you Dipset Trance Party Volumes 1, 2, and 3. I IMPLORE you to download these ASAP as they could be gone in the near future. Rave on!