Chocolate Industries, 2003
Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox teams up with producer Madlib for the A-side of this gritty new 12″. Over a snare-heavy dance beat swimming in synths, Vast Aire disses “sucka MCs” in a short, rambling battle rhyme. On the B-side, Cryptic produces “Why Is the Sky Blue?” Vast Aire’s lyrics tell whole stories while Cryptic’s beats are big, tense, and attention-grabbing. Pulses of distorted strings are right out of a horror movie. Chocolate Industries continues to bolster its track record with the most solid hip-hop this side of the ’90s.