It feels wrong, though, to call this a ‘debut’ record because it doesn’t sound like a first-try. Official debut, or not, House Shoes is not new. He released the now treasure-hunted Jay Dee Unreleased EP (1996), and Phat Kat’s classic Dedication to the Suckers (1999) on his own imprint. He’s produced for the late Big Proof (D12), J Dilla, Elzhi, and Danny Brown. He’s DJ’ed for Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Mayer Hawthorne, Slum Village, and too many more to list.
Technically, however, this is his debut LP. One that hip-hop ‘know-somethings’ have been asking for (for years). One he’s probably been holding on to for a while. One he’s finally letting go. Let It Go, features two discs. The first is a full-length album boasting features by the ‘heavyweights’ and the ‘hungry’ alike, balanced between artists accustomed to hip-hop limelight, and those still chasing it.
The project bats with a heavy-handed Motown roster. Detroit-bred collaborators include Big Tone, Moe Dirdee, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, and Danny Brown, among others. Los Angeles (Oh No, MED, The Alchemist, Co$$), Norfolk (Nottz), St. Louis (Black Spade), New York (Roc Marciano), and Chicago (Chali 2na, of Jurassic 5) pinch-hit throughout the project.
Track List & Soundclips:
1. Let It Go feat. Shafiq Husayn
3. Goodfellas To Bad Boys feat. Moe Dirdee
4. Dirt feat. Greneberg (Oh No, The Alchemist, and Roc Marciano)
5. Time feat. Big Tone
6.Crazy feat. Black Milk and Guilty Simpson
7. Last Breath feat. Nottz, Oh No, and MED
8. Keep On feat. Co$$ aka Cashus King
9. Sweet feat. Danny Brown / Noodles
10. So Different feat. Chali 2na / Moody Interlude
11. Everything (Modern Family) feat. Fatt Father
12. Sunrise feat. Black Spade
13. Trouble feat. Moe Dirdee and MarvWon
14. Nails feat. Quelle Chris and Guilty Simpson
15. Castles (tHE SKY IS OURS) feat. Jimetta Rose
16. Cry Now
17. Roller Coaster feat. Self Says and Fat Albert Einstein
18. Empire Reprise feat. Sam Beaubien of Will Sessions (Bonus Track)