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Hip Hop collective boasting 35 members which orbits around a core of three producers: Fuzzface, 7-Stu-7 and Katalyst. Fuzzface is better known as Portishead's Geoff Barrow. Disillusioned with much of the Hip Hop around them, the like-minded producers set out to create the type of Rap record they'd want to listen to. That meant gathering one of the most varied arrays of talent ever seen on a Hip Hop record. Invitations were sent out to golden era legends such as Prince Po and The Pharcyde's Booty Brown, indie rap titans such as Dead Prez and Phat Kat, and of course some of StonesThrow's finest: Aloe Blacc, Guilty Simpson, MED and newest signings Jonwayne and Dave Dub all make memorable contributions. There are also some lesser known talents present: band-favorite Coin Locker Kid, Lyric Jones, Estee Nack & more hold it down with their more celebrated peers.


Quakers might be named after seismic shifts, but their self-titled debut album is more like an explosion. A double-disc set featuring lots of producers, lots of emcees, and lots of tracks, it could be overwhelming, but the shared vision of everyone involved makes it a triumph. Going by the alias Fuzzface, Portishead's Geoff Barrow's fondness for hip-hop has long been evident in his work, but this is his first overtly rap project. Fortunately, he's in good company, with his Invada Records cohorts 7-Stu-7 (aka Portishead's engineer) and Katalyst (an Australian hip-hop producer Barrow befriended in 1999). The trio lays down an inventive but not invasive backdrop for the album's legion of rappers, which ranges from Prince Po and the Pharcyde's Booty Brown to Dead Prez to Aloe Blacc and Guilty Simpson, as well as newcomers like Jonwayne. Despite the amount of heavy hitters here, the highlights are remarkably and admirably spread throughout the crew: lead single "Fitta Happier" pits Simpson and M.E.D. against a marching band version of the Radiohead song; Tone Tank scores with the equally goofy and menacing "What Chew Want"; and Quite Nyce takes things in a darker direction with the lean, hard-hitting "Jobless," which is echoed by Krondon and General Steele's "I Like to Dance." Stone's Throw newcomer Dave Dub makes a name for himself with the aptly named "My Mantra," which is as hypnotic as it is wild, but one of Quakers' littlest-known emcees ends up making the biggest splash. Coin Locker Kid brings an urgency and fire to his rhymes that makes all three of his tracks, "Russia with Love," "The Beginning," and "Get Live" standouts. Of course, since there's so much talent involved and the tracks are so short (Estee Nack's meditative "Lost and Found" is the longest at just over four minutes), the bright spots come at listeners thick and fast. Quakers is the kind of album where favorite tracks change from listen to listen, and a testament to hip-hop's enduring power.

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Artist Quakers
Track Listing 1 Intro - :17 2 Big Cat - 2:10 3 Fitta Happier - 2:41 4 Smoke - 2:09 5 The Lo - :41 6 Russia with Love - 2:23 7 What Chew Want - 2:22 8 Flapjacksmm - :18 9 Jobless - 1:46 10 Sidewinder - 2:12 11 Mummy - 2:15 12 Belly of the Beast - 1:22 13 Up the Rovers - 1:15 14 The Turk - 1:30 15 There It Is - 2:04 16 RIP - 1:07 17 I Like to Dance - 2:12 18 Dark City - 1:17 19 The Beginning - 1:55 20 Kreem - 1:04 21 War Drums - 2:29 22 R.A.I.D. - 1:34 23 Fresh - :13 24 Something Beautiful - :47 25 Chicken Livers - 1:26 26 Rock My Soul - 1:31 27 Lost and Found - 4:03 28 My Mantra - 2:17 29 Hunnypots of Beeswax - :26 30 TV Dreaming - 2:29 31 Don't Make It Worthless - :49 32 Soul Power - 3:00 33 Glide - :24 34 Get Live - 2:24 35 Sign Language - 2:15 36 Earth Quaking - 1:23 37 You're Gonne Be Sorry - :45 38 Outlaw - 1:50 39 The Tax Man - 1:39 40 Chucky Balboa - 2:50 41 Oh Goodness - 1:54

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