Hailing from Boogie-Down Berlin, Germany is this dude by the name of DJ Desue. DJ and producer for a host of hip-hoppers in Germany, most notably at the time for the Kinzman Clikk (KMC), one of the few collectives who predominantly make music in English. Since the late 90s, his Triple XXX production crew, consisting of DJ Desue, Smolface and Perez have joined the KMC. But for one thing, the crew has gone through a dry period, and on the other hand, Desue has always been expanding and stepping his game  up.

On this here record, Desue has made the logical step from making Eastcoast-oriented beats for a collective in Berlin that raps in English to hooking up with a bunch of American cats fusing the two parts of the world on one album. What we get with Art of War is collabs between German and American artists that are sometimes a bit unobvious, but more often than that, it’s simply damn good stuff. I won’t say much about the Americans here, but as for the Germans we have pretty much the top heavyweight spitters on board, with Curse, Samy Deluxe, Kool Savas, Eissfeldt, Afrob, etc.

This is another one I’ve had for years and only just realized there were some real gems on it. Just peep the tracklist to get an idea of what I mean…

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01 – Big Ju – Intro
02 – Afrob & Nature – Art Of War
03 – Ag & Party Arty – War
04 – Eissfeldt & Illo77 – Mach Mal Halblang
05 – O.c. & Square One – Lay Down And Die
06 – Ruck Aka Sean Price & D-flame – Warzone
07 – Legend Aka Kamikaze & Kurupt – Me And My Homies
08 – Cassandra Steen & Kool Savas – Weg Zum Ziel
09 – Sadat X, Kc Da Rookee & Diamond D – Summertime Heat
10 – Sentence – Wannabe Emcees
11 – Curse & Sauce Money – Unfuckwitable
12 – Afu-ra – The Score
13 – Spezializtz – Ooh Yes
14 – Aqueel Aka Antlo – Act Like You Know
15 – Samy Deluxe & Buckshot – U Know How We Do
16 – Legend Aka Kamikaze – Let Ya Niggaz Know
17 – Costa – Skit 1
18 – Kool Savas, Eko & Valezka – Tiefschlaf
19 – Total Eclipse Of The Xecutioners – There’s A War Going On

DJ Desue – Art of War (VA) (2002)

Desue’s Myspace

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