The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1

The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1

by DJ KayslayDJ Kayslay


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As the rap world began to heat up during the early 2000s with one battle after another -- Jay-Z versus Nas, 50 Cent versus Ja Rule, and so forth -- Columbia Records felt it was timely to sign DJ Kayslay, the loudmouthed underground mixtape DJ known for instigating much of the rhetorical warfare. Over the years, Kayslay had disseminated innumerable bootleg mixes through the streets of New York (and, in turn, over the Internet), most of them featuring popular rappers freestyling over popular beats. Kayslay's major-label debut, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, is intended to replicate one of those mixes; in fact, it's even named after one of the so-called Drama King's better-known ones. It's not that simple, though. Columbia can't simply re-release the original Streetsweeper mix, for instance. Anything goes in the underground, but in the mass market, everything needs to be legal, which means performers and beats must be properly licensed (there's 60-plus of the former, 20 of the latter here). Well, everything here is indeed properly licensed, which results in a wonderful lineup: Scarface, Raekwon, the Lox, 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, Nas, Foxy Brown, Cam'ron, Eminem, Noreaga, Busta Rhymes, Joe Budden, Eightball, and so on. In general, the beats here are OK -- a few of them notably produced by EZ Elpee, the rest by a bunch of up-and-comers that sound like Just Blaze -- and the raps are refreshingly spontaneous at times. Kayslay's more representative, edgier underground mixes are preferable, yet the major-label edition of Streetsweeper is nonetheless a suitable showcase of the gully DJ's style and certainly much easier to obtain as well as much better sounding.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998704824
catalogNumber: 87048
Rank: 138014

Album Credits

Performance Credits

DJ Kayslay   Primary Artist
Scott Jackson   Musician
Sean Taylor   Musician
Bristal   Track Performer
Remy Ma   Track Performer
A-Bless   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bernard Edwards   Composer
Bunny Sigler   Composer
Dream Team   Producer
K-Yze   Producer
Mike Theodore   Composer
Dr. Dre   Producer
P-King   Producer
T. Michael Coleman   Composer
E-A-Ski   Producer,Engineer
J.F.T. Hood   Composer
J.C. Phillips   Composer
G.C. Green   Composer
A. Hall   Composer
Kevin Myers   Engineer
M. Curry   Composer
J.B. Hernandez   Composer
Glen Marchese   Engineer
R. Robinson   Composer
Havoc   Producer
Stevie J.   Producer
Jazze Pha   Producer
Jason Goldstein   Engineer
CMT   Engineer
Josh Butler   Engineer
Steve Sola   Engineer
Soundboy   Engineer
S. Thomas   Composer
Ez Elpee   Producer,Orchestration
Julian Alexander   Art Direction
Rev. D. Wayne Love   Composer
A. Miller   Composer
Eminem   Producer
C.J. Mack   Composer
Patrick Viala   Engineer
D. Moore   Composer
C. Woods   Composer
Tatsuya Sato   Engineer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson   Composer
Darren Rapp   Engineer
B.H. Edwards   Composer
L.J. Porter   Composer
Scratch   Producer
Sha Money XL   Engineer
DJ Kayslay   Executive Producer
Cameron Giles   Composer
Heatmakerz   Producer
Vinny Idol   Producer
Knottz   Producer
Jared Liveson   Engineer
Poobs   Engineer
Evan Rossiter   Engineer
Super Mario   Producer
Kejuan Muchita   Composer
Buckwild   Producer
Steve King   Engineer

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