Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rubberoom 'Architechnology' Album Review

Rubberoom Architechnology Hip Hop  Nostalgia Album Review

'Architechnology' was released by the Chicago crew Rubberoom in 1999 on 3-2-1 Records. In press back in '96, there were 6 members in photos and cited as being down with Rubberoom: three MCs: Meta Mo, Lumba & S.P.O. and three producers: Fill Spector, Fanum and the Isle of Weight. By the time 'Architechnology' was released, press and bios had limited the group to Meta, Lumba, Isle of Weight and Mr. Echoes from The Opus. Either way, the crew had a very hard, but eclectic style, with ill basslines and a heavy focus on scratching - there were 13 local DJs featured on the album. 13! "More ominous aural backgrounds" make you feel like the storyline could take a turn towards apocalypse at any moment. You'd have to go back to '93-94 to find their first independent 12", then in '95 there was an EP called 'Gothic Architecture,' which I remember on cassette but there may have been vinyl too? In 2011, I saw a Bandcamp page with a project called 'Rebooted (The Mixtape)' and in 2012 they released 'Rubberoom...The Singles.' I believe they also had some T-Shirts available at the time. Today marks the 18th anniversary of Archnitechnology's release; it may not be for everyone, but it had my ears in '99! If you have any updates or corrections, hit me in the comments. Album review by CMJ & photo below is from 1996 in a short Billboard article on Chicago's hip-hop scene. Props to Big Juss from Company Flow for putting me on to them. 'Rubberoom Rebooted' is available for free download HERE.

Rubberoom Architechnology Hip Hop  Nostalgia