New York turntablist crew the X-ecutioners have a good excuse for taking
more than four years to record their new album. It is Built From
Acclaimed vinyl manipulators Total Eclipse, Sinista, Roc Raida and Rob Swift
also took the time to recruit a stellar lineup of guest musicians, which
includes Linkin Park, Xzibit, Dan the Automator and the late Big Punisher.
The X-ecutioners' track with Xzibit will be the album's first single, while
the Linkin Park collaboration is scheduled to be the second. Track titles
have not been confirmed.
DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, the Beat Junkies, Kool G Rap, Inspectah Deck, the
Tom Tom Club, beatboxer Kenny Muhammed and hardcore rappers M.O.P. also make
appearances on the album, due September 25 on Loud Records.
Built From Scratch is the follow-up to 1997's X-pressions, one
of the first turntablist albums.
The cover of the new record will be a replication of Public Enemy's classic
Yo! Bum Rush the Show, which features Chuck D and the gang in a
basement room huddling around a turntable and mixer.
The X-ecutioners' version of the cover will feature the four members of the group along
with hip-hop innovator Kool Herc, scratch inventor Grand Wizard Theodore and
Grandmaster DXT, who, as Grandmaster DST, popularized record scratching on
Herbie Hancock's "Rockit."