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1 January, 2002@12:00 am

Seemingly the first of its kind, well regarded Dilated Peoples (amongst others) music-video director Jason Goldwach (aside producer Peter Bittenbender) team up with indie-mogul Damian “Domino” Siguenza (Hieroglyphics, of course) to churn out one very interesting film/album package. One side you have a compact disc soundtrack, highlighting exclusives from the likes of Del The Funkee Homosapien, Jurassic 5, Dilated and Da Lootpack (along with 4 new Hiero collectives), on the flip you have a Road Rules-esque roadtrip DVD of the same name.

While the technology slightly limits where you can listen to the album (some car stereos might not bump), the album packs some serious heat for an indie-project of this stature. There’s not one name your average, or even unlearned, hip-hop head hasn’t heard of. Club smashes from Royce Da 5’9 (“Runnin’”) and Tha Liks’ J-Ro (“What U Lookin At?”) will garner popular heat, even Dan The Automator crosses genres for the cross-genre heads with the funky-ass DTA & The Magic Disco Machine’s “Make the People Sway”. Fittingly, Del takes it out there one probably his more stranger creations of late with the title cut (“One Big Trip”) as Lootpack and Dialted deliver standard if not suitable efforts. The Pack’s “Movies 2 Groupies” makes for a fun spin while the People’s get a bit formulaic on “Downtown” (although it is nice to hear Evidence behind the boards again).

As for Hieroglyphics, “Think Again” stands out as the clutch appearance from the collective. Produced by Domino, each member stands up and at attention upon receiving their spot in the song. Granted, each effort is well conceived, somewhat dragging production may steer some lazy listeners attention after a few spins. Casual keeps his ranks up as well as with a bump-soul connection for “Hydra” though. As “Soweto” and “G.U.O.M.D.” with beats from A-Plus and Opio remind some of lesser fab joints from the last Souls of Mischief full length. All the while, the overall Hiero effort makes for an interesting transition to the eventually dropping album.

Packaged and presented as this, makes for one of the year’s more notable releases, the first of a kind DVD/CD in one with an almost stellar roster of songs from today’s underground-to-overground stars. One Big Trip’s soundtrack is worthy of a little nit-picking but undeniably solid regardless.

  Mixtape D.L.
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