Sunday, January 31, 2010

J.Pinder - Backpack Wax

I was reading a thread somewhere on "da innanets" that was something about "Top 5 Seattle MCs right now". I'm pretty sure it was over at The Proof but, for the life of me, I can't find it again. Anyway, throughout this list were some of familiar names, Grynch, PSMOOV, Fatal Lucciauno, D.Black, Spaceman, etc. One name that kept poppin up though was J.Pinder.
I would be a liar if I said I was totally familiar with Mr. Pinder. I have heard a couple joints here and there, mostly features, and have seen him perform a few times. Off the top of the head, the one feature that sticks out is from Big Homie Style off Jake One's "White Van Music" also featuring GMK and the homey Spaceman. I remember a while back looking for his mixtape "Backpack Wax" and not being able to find it anywhere. Luckily for me I was surfing around on Twitter today at the same time I saw Pinder tweet "Who wants Backpack Wax? Send me your email"...and the rest, as they say, is history. I downloaded and, finally, had my first listen to "Backpack Wax".
I guess I should have prefaced this post by saying that "BackPack Wax" was released in August of 2007 when he was still with Sport 'N Life. Yeah, yeah, I know I'm late and whatever, but this shit was hard to find. I'm tellin y'all, it's definitely worth the wait. This tape is loaded with people representin The Town ...Macklemore, Grynch, Choklate, Khingz, and Darrius Willrich. Let's not forget a nice cameo from Chali 2na (formerly of Jurassic 5). Produced and hosted by the tall homey Vitamin D, who also does a feature or two, it is a lot of what you would expect if you have heard anything from Vita. "Wax is blessed by that same dusty, soulful, thoughtful touch that is so recognizable from seamless projects like Table Manners and Do the Math". I couldn't have said it better myself...samples of jazzy horns and pianos that, without Pinder's smooth light flow, might leave you thinking you were sitting in some dank, dark, smokey blues/jazz club. A perfect example is Pinder, Vita, and Maineak Tubman goin in, over a smooth Eddie Kendricks sample from Intimate Friends, on Can't Trust Em. Yeah, now that's what I'm talkin about. Do yourself a favor and check out this tape, in my opinion, a town classic. Check out the part one of the video "Inside Backpack Wax: The History of Backpack Wax" below, part two after the cut. Since Pinder posted a link up for download over at the Proof, I have included a link here as well.

I decided that this was as good a place as any to post up the Vitamin D "Table Manners 2" for y'all to get familiar. I know some of you may not like the "continuous" mp3 form, but it really is the way to keep it cohesive.

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