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Remember the old-school Marvel Team-Up comic book which paired, say, Spider-Man with Thor, Wolverine with the Human Torch, or the Hulk and Daredevil? In the spirit of those classic collaborations, Gold Dust presents Parallel Uni-Verses, a joint effort between Hieroglyphics founder Del The Funky Homosapien and original Artifacts emcee Tame One. Produced entirely by Parallel Thought, the album's 10 tracks return to a time when inventiveness, creativity, funky beats – and, above all, lyricism – ruled hip-hop.
This project came about, Tame says, out of a need to "showcase how things used to be done, without the politics of the day, bling-bling aspirations, greed and egos corrupting the hip-hop art form." An unselfish creative process governed the recording process, with both emcees and the Parallel Thought production team focused on using the best of today's technology, while still keeping an old-school formula. "It was done very James Brownish, if you can dig that," Del says. "James did everything by feel. If it felt right, then that's what it was, and Tame is very much like that."
For Tame, the entire album is a testament to what he calls a "grassroots" hip-hop aesthetic, which stands out over other contemporary rap releases "because of the sonic quality and clarity of the samples and our vocal performances." Parallel Uni-Verses is that rare rap album which transcends tired clichés and maintains traditional hip-hop values without seeming retro or passé. Proving that true lyricism is alive and well, Parallel Uni-Verses is another feather in the cap for Del and Tame, two prolific and highly-respected artists upholding the hip-hop art form at its best – and holding their own.