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Album Review

Los Angeles via Washington D.C. trio Time Machine's debut album opens with "Time's Fly," a dreamy bit of down-tempo hip-hop based on clavinet and vibraphone samples that recall the acid jazz moment and a goofy but positive lyrical message that smacks hard of De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising. Elsewhere, bits of A Tribe Called Quest ("Reststop Sweetheart"), Arrested Development ("A Cold Day in Hell"), Digital Underground ("Let's Not Be Real," which also starts and ends with a great West Coast piano jazz sample that sounds like Vince Guaraldi's work on the Peanuts specials), and the rest of the pre-gangsta golden age get their due. Even commercial happy-rap folks like DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince or Kid 'N Play come to mind on overtly silly tracks like "Spelling Bee." Slow Your Roll adds little that's new to the hip-hop lexicon, but its evocation of the past is done with such obvious affection and knowledge of the style that it's close to impossible not to find it endearing.


Formed: August, 1999 in Washington DC

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

This rap group formed in Washington, D.C., in August 1999. At the time, DJ Mekalek, whose real name is Jay Gatsby, and Rhode Island native DJ Jaysonic, born Jayson Sonico, were collaborating on the latter's Hot Air album. DJ Comel, also known as Eric Latham, was asked to add lyrics to the final verse of one of the album's tracks, entitled "Block Troopin'," and from there the group was formed. Creating new songs with producer Stoerok, Time Machine issued 12" records on Emerge Music. The releases garnered...
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