Propo'88 & Wildelux are Certified Craftsmen CD
The new album by Dutch beatmaker extraordinaire Propo'88, and The Bronx veteran MC Wildelux.
- Glass master CDs
- 250 hand numbered copies
- Ground Beef Records logo sticker with each copy
- Inlays paper quality MUCH better than what you 're used to
- All production, scratching & mixing by Propo'88
- All lyrics & vocals written and recorded by Wildelux.
Mastered by Statinski Mastering
Cover, Logo & Art Direction by 3rdEyeRevolution
1 Preparation (Intro)
3 Pieces Of A Man
4 Monkey See, Monkey Do
5 Lunch Break (Intermezzo)
6 Still People
7 Fire In The Hole (featuring DJ Robert Smith)
8 Here's An Idea...
10 Deleted Scenes
11 Briefing (Intermezzo)
12 Big Bizniz
13 Adapted (featuring Malev Da Shinobi)
14 Before My Eyes
True craftsmanship is in the details. That’s what DJ/producer Propo’88 and emcee Wildelux show on their Certified Craftsmen LP. Under the duo’s moniker of Certified Craftsmen, they carefully craft no-bullshit boom bap. From the choice of samples to the scratch hooks, to Wildelux’ buttery rhymes and straight-talking. It’s tempting to say that this is boom bap at its best. But record label braggadocio doesn’t fit this down-to-earth body of work. So it’s up to the listener to judge whether this is indeed certified.
“For me, a ‘craftsman’ means a person who has honed his/her craft over the years, without the pressure of being down with the latest fad or wave,” says emcee Wildelux (who is originally from the Bronx, New York, but lives in Kyoto, Japan since 2008). “Taking their time to create the best version of themselves for the world to see. Being comfortable in one’s own skin. By being one’s self without any filters to hide behind, the world will see how genuine the person is in his or her craft and therefore they are certified by the people.”
Propo’88 lives on the opposite side of the world: in the Dutch city of Utrecht. But it’s that philosophy on hip-hop craftsmanship that makes them closely connected. “A craftsman, to me, also knows his strengths and weaknesses, but at the same time understands how to serve the crowd based on his or her skills,” adds Propo’88. “Someone who knows how to remain humble when needed. A craftsman works in timeless ways and does his thing for the right reasons.”
This album is their first full-length collaboration since Wildelux appeared on Propo’88’s 'Astronomic Delight' LP back in 2017. In that era of the 2010s, Propo’88 was also an active member of hip-hop crew Da Shogunz, producing with and for the likes of BlabberMouf (including co-producing ‘Da BlabberMouf LP’) and Kick Back (‘Cosmic Trippin’ on Blunted Astronaut Records).