Jigmastas – Grassroots – The Prologue

Beyond Real, the title of their 1996 independent single on the label of the same name, established DJ Spinna and Kriminul as a DJ/producer-emcee combo in the tradition of Gang Starr and Pete Rock & CL Smooth.
Formed in 1991, the Jigmastas found themselves amongst the important participants in a burgeoning NYC underground hip-hop movement alongside pre-Rawkus indie crews like Co Flow, Natural E and Bobbito Garcia’s Fondle ’Em camp.
Jigmastas dropped a single LP, 2001’s Infectious, but the collection of non-album material that forms the core of this fine sequel (or prequel given the bonus inclusion of so many essential early singles) serves as a reminder of the potency and timelessness of their talents. From Spinna’s classic breakbeat dissections on Lyrical Fluctuation 2000 through Kriminul’s effortlessly fluid performance on Thief’s Theme some might call this that vintage NY boom-bap. A more accurate, and complimentary, descript is that it simply sounds like the Jigmastas. Long may they keep on rockin’.

Available on September 18, on Limited Double Vinyl, CD and Digital on BBE Music.


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