Stream Sean Price and M-Phazes’ Grimy, Scatological ‘Land of the Crooks’ EP
Guests include Roc Marciano, M.O.P.'s Billy Danze, and Maffew Ragazino
Brownsville rap hero Sean Price (of the Boot Camp Clik and Heltah Skeltah) teams up with Melbourne, Australia beatmaker M-Phazes, who recently received a high-profile credit on Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (he co-produced the first part of MMLP2’s “Bad Guy”) for Land of the Crooks, a terse, nervy, five-track EP. Intro track “Bag of Shit” contains classic punch-you punchlines such as “I will clap your Kangol,” and enacts a kind of gully Cheech & Chong routine throughout the hilarious track: “The bag with the shit got shit on the bag, man.” “Dump in the Gut” slurs a sample of OutKast’s Big Boi on UGK’s “International Player’s Anthem” for the hook, while the title track features mosh-rap legend Billy Danze of M.O.P., New York renaissance rapper Maffew Ragazino, and Dilated Peoples’ DJ Babu’s scratching. And you get two versions of “Murdah Type Thinkin’,” a club-friendly piece of bloop-bap; one version features Roc Marciano and the remix, produced by Small Professor, features Price’s Random Axe partner, Guilty Simpson.
Sean Price and M-Phazes’ Land of the Crooks is out today (order on iTunes, Fat Beats, or Beat Kit), and you can stream it at SPIN, below. A CD version of the EP will be released as a “double A-side set,” packaged with Guilty Simpson and Small Professor’s Highway Robbery, on Coalmine Records.