Another worthy selection & chapter in Kidd Called Quest's "Young, Black & Gifted" series (the 1st two featuring Azariah & Golden respectively, both solid projects) is No Invitation Needed featuring NYC rhyme spitter Verse Essential. Verse comes off as a hybrid version of Freddie Foxx & Torae with a commanding voice that almost demands you listen to his words. More intricate than most of today's ABC mc's, Verse like Quest's other partners in rhyme speak to the everyman, and no fantasy lyrics about money, drugs, strippers, or Bugattis that is prevelant in most top 40 songs. Verse is a mc underground heads will check for especially on tracks like "From The Bottom", "Back To The Basics", "Born Hustler" and "Brass Knuckles".
As with the first two Y,B,&G projects, Quest tailors the beats to the MC. The beats & production sound more new age ( but not trap like) versions of his style. As he did with Golden, KCQ is hand in glove with Verse's rhyme style and like the last two projects, no features are needed and not too long either. 11 tracks deep, not too long or short but good enough to catch your attention and make you wanting more. (Apparently both Verse & Quest know when to get off stage) This is a solid joint from this team and listeners should be very happy with this album. Tracks to check for: "No Invitation Needed", "From The Bottom", "Back To Basics", "Jamaica Queens State Of Mind", "Born Hustler", " Brass Knuckles" and many more .
released December 24, 2013
ALL SONGS WRITTEN & ARRANGED BY VERSE ESSENTIAL
ALL SONGS PRODUCED BY KIDD CALLED QUEST
ALL SONGS RECORDED & MIXED BY J. BURKE AT ATLANTIS STUDIO / BROOKLYN, N.Y. Except for "STAND BY ME" which was Recorded & Mixed By Dj Fred Ones at TME studio / Bronx, N.Y.
2014 New Era Boom Batt
Jay Quest Beats (ASCAP)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY JASON MARTIN & DARREN BUGGS
For Bookings & Business Inquires: VERSEESSENTIALMUSIC@GMAIL.COM
Verse Essential SHOUT OUTS:
First off, I must give all glory & praise to the most high because without God, none of this will be possible. A huge Thank You to my Mom, my Sisters & my family for always being there for me. I love you all.
To my Father: Not a single day in my life has passed & I don't think about how much you meant to me. I miss you so much. You taught me so much about life & I'm so grateful for all that you done for me. Rest in Peace & one day, we will be together once again. I love you Dad.....
Shout out to my workout family at the Jamaica YMCA: Wilda, Sam, Paul, Jelani, Nkosi, Yvette, Nicole, Deon, Donna, Pam, Janine, Chanel, Charles and The rest: Because of all of you, I'm a much more slimmer, healthier man today. I love y'all.
Shout out to my Empire Nation family: Access Immortal, Jukstapose & Fess Gotchu.
Shout out to my Wunderkind family: All Mental, Heathen, Phace, Steve Smiff, Senica Da Misfit, Dj Absurb & A-Sharp.
Shouts out to Solo Vibes, My fam Poison Pen, Abacus aka The Slum Jeweler, Swave Sevah, Sara Kana, P. Stacks, PH, Money Bagz, J-Arch, Ike P, Sean Price, Immortal Technique & The whole Team Homi crew, My homies Rhino, Dj Fred Ones & The whole Art of Lyrics crew, My barber Dave, My hood Laurelton Queens, Double AB, Sadat X, Q-Unique, Dj Eclipse, Vinnie Paz, My nigga Lenny, My homies Rad & Jeff, Todd Sykes, Dj Handspin Dinero, Juan Lobo, Jimmy Diamond, Golden, CapCizza, Tara Wright, Warren Britt, Pri The Honeydark, My nigga L.I.F.E. Long, Smack & The entire URL Movement, My homies J57, Audible Doctor, Soul Khan & The entire BBAS crew, 5 Pointz, All my peoples at End of the Week, Marv Won, Complex, My nigga Logik, Terrone Burke, Mello, Dan Diamond & everybody at Exxxotica, My brother for life Ty Djc Jones, Dj Spinna, Marly Marl, My love muffin Sam Wonder & the entire new Harlem Renaissance, Frank Knight, JusOne, Karen Jane, My nigga Shabaam Sahdeeq, Blak Mic, Timberly Davis, Jimmy Reeves, Ralph, Damian, Darin, All the Blogs, Deejays & Fans that continuously support my music, All my friends & family at DEP, My homies Smif "N"Wesson, Skyzoo, Spike Lee, Dj Puerto Roc, Peter Rosenberg, Kiza Beats, My bro Matt aka Matter, Loni & The twins, Dj Kid Cut, Mistapool, Godilla, All my peoples at Ughh.com
, Mike O'Leary, My sister for life Cammie C, YSL, DNA, Math Hoffa, Beat Bop Scholar, Arjen Noordeman, J-Ronin, Cortez & The final shout out goes out to my brother Kidd Called Quest: Words cannot describe how thankful I am for you reaching out to me to do this project. You didn't have to work with me but you saw genius in me as well as I saw genius in you. I will be forever grateful to you Quest. If I didn't mention your name, please blame my mind & not my heart.
Kidd Called Quest SHOUT OUTS:
I would like to that everyone who showed love i would like to give a big shout out to all the blogs who posted the music up and all the dj's who who played the songs big shout to Chris G Coach P Tray Ezim (Who's That Looking) my Big Bro from another Divine God Allah my man Azariah Ice Grill Midnite Nikal Fieldz Moses Rockwell KB Esso Ess UpTopRoc King Righteous Hexx Crew Tragic Aka Young prophet High Def Hassan Mackey Inf Da Beast and HCM Tru Starr Tursha Grey Rashad P Got Beats Crew Qui Semi Ontario Kidd Fame RPM SkanDolus E More Dj Ease QP Mo UpState Asap Tim Tones Justice Tru Bleu NuNu M Dot Coop Tommy Siggz L.I. Errie Canal J Hustle All Ciddy Aaron Taylor Brandon K. McNeil Brandon White Savvy Cet H Dot Beats Ric Rude Lil E Sharp MidNite Nikal Fieldz BattleRoy Mark Flag Dj Wiz Convict King Righteous Dwayne Collins 2Way Real Khalil Womack Aka K Off Beat Kes Woody BEez Inside 585 Destroy Aaron Burrise Snacks Act Live Sam I Am D Rock Slim Chance my brother Dj Sight Li my little brother Jay lee my cousins B$ Tj Man Jr Record Archive House Of Guitars and the whole 585 I would also like to give a big shout to my people in Boston Big Shug Jerry Epps Dj C4 Reel Drama SingaporeKane Big Mike Big shout out to the whole Red Chanel Staff Shout to Confidence Billy Danze of Mop and Fox and another shout out to Dj Cooli High Boom Box Radio Justin Bale Of Smoke City Records Tone Fazoolz Golden The Teamsterz Dox Boogie and Brian Cave Radio and 1 last Big Shout Out to Verse Essential for making this dope project with me peace 1 love any one who name i might have forgotten it's all love.