Pioneers in the turntablism movement, the X-ecutioners bring their style to the mainstream with Built From Scratch.
Pioneers in the turntablism movement, the X-ecutioners bring their style to the mainstream with Built From Scratch. The New York-based DJ quartet takes the axiom "the hand is quicker than the eye" to another level with its Loud Records debut. Roc Raida, Mista Sinista, Rob Swift, and Total Eclipse implement a dizzying array of scratches, beat juggles, and samples over 17 tracks. Rock darlings Linkin Park join the X-ecutioners on lead single "It's Goin' Down." A combination of head-banging hip-hop and rock, the single is already receiving attention at rock radio. That Linkin Park had the best-selling album of 2001 should only help. For those into more traditional rap, "Y'all Know the Name" more than satisfies. Featuring Xzibit, Pharoah Monche, Inspectah Deck, and Madskillz, the kinetic track is fueled by the four MCs' fierce lyrics. Other guests on the all-star set include DJ Premier, MOP, Dan the Automator, and the Tom Tom Club.—RH