Certified Craftsmen (Propo'88 & Wildelux) – Certified Craftsmen

Rucksack Records

EU - Original
Hip Hop / Rap
propo 88, da shogunz, blabbermouf
Certified Craftsmen (Propo'88 & Wildelux) - Certified Craftsmen
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Limited to 200 hand-numbered copies!

True craftsmanship is in the details. That’s what DJ/producer Propo’88 and emcee Wildelux show on their Certified Craftsmen LP. Under the duo’s moniker of Certified Craftsmen, they carefully craft no-bullshit boom bap. From the choice of samples to the scratch hooks, to Wildelux’ buttery rhymes and straight-talking. It’s tempting to say that this is boom bap at its best. But record label braggadocio doesn’t fit this down-to-earth body of work. So it’s up to the listener to judge whether this is indeed certified.

“For me, a ‘craftsman’ means a person who has honed his/her craft over the years, without the pressure of being down with the latest fad or wave,” says emcee Wildelux (who is originally from the Bronx, New York, but lives in Kyoto, Japan since 2008). “Taking their time to create the best version of themselves for the world to see. Being comfortable in one’s own skin. By being one’s self without any filters to hide behind, the world will see how genuine the person is in his or her craft and therefore they are certified by the people.”

Propo’88 lives on the opposite side of the world: in the Dutch city of Utrecht. But it’s that philosophy on hip-hop craftsmanship that makes them closely connected. “A craftsman, to me, also knows his strengths and weaknesses, but at the same time understands how to serve the crowd based on his or her skills,” adds Propo’88. “Someone who knows how to remain humble when needed. A craftsman works in timeless ways and does his thing for the right reasons.”

This album is their first full-length collaboration since Wildelux appeared on Propo’88’s 'Astronomic Delight' LP back in 2017. In that era of the 2010s, Propo’88 was also an active member of hip-hop crew Da Shogunz, producing with and for the likes of BlabberMouf (including co-producing ‘Da BlabberMouf Lp’) and Kick Back (‘Cosmic Trippin’ on Blunted Astronaut Records).

The 'Certified Craftsmen' LP drops March 26th on all digital platforms, in a run of 200 vinyl records (hand-numbered certificates on the front cover), and on CD. The album features DJ Robert Smith on “Fire In The Hole” and SicknessMP-collaborator Malev da Shinobi on “Adapted.”

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A1. Preparation (Intro)00:43play
A2. Hey!03:58play
A3. Pieces Of A Man03:05play
A4. Monkey See, Monkey Do03:35play
A5. Lunch Break (Intermezzo)00:32play
A6. Still People03:56play
A7. Fire In The HoleDJ Robert S...04:04play
B1. Here's An Idea...04:00play
B2. Support03:54play
B3. Deleted Scenes03:22play
B4. Briefing (Intermezzo)00:32play
B5. Big Bizniz04:18play
B6. AdaptedMalev Da Sh...03:06play
B7. Before My Eyes04:09play
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