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Album Review

Released a few months after the original 2K7 album — the one with the vocals — came out, 2K7: Instrumentals is exactly what the title says it is. And while instrumental versions are inevitably less appealing to the average hip-hop fan than complete songs (especially considering that Dan was able to recruit such a great variety of MCs to add their rhymes to the first album), there are still certain advantages and allures that should appeal to at least some of the indie rap crowd. Without the distraction of the vocals, you're able to hear the intricacies of the Automator's work, like the subtle scratching in "2K007" or the faint key vamp in "Here Comes the Champ," both of which help to make you realize — if for some reason you didn't know this already — why he's been tapped for so many high-profile projects (Dr. Octagon's first album, Deltron 3030, Head Automatica, Handsome Boy Modeling School, the Gorillaz). He's not an ostentatious, nor even a wildly innovative, producer, but he's good, consistent, creative, and interesting, never getting predictable or monotonous. The same can't be said for everyone, which puts Dan the Automator in the elite class of producers whose beats hold their own as singular instrumental pieces as well as backgrounds for MCs to rap over, making 2K7: Instrumentals something to pay attention to for that reason alone.

Customer Reviews

Hiphop-nerd-albums? (in response to anonymous)

I'm afraid i'm unfamiliar with what a "hiphop-nerd-album" is. You arent going to find an album in this day and age more dynamic than this joint right here. As for the album being repetative. What did you expect, it's an instrumentals album. When there is not an MC on the track all your focus goes straight to the beat and the tempo. IMHO Automator is a freakin genius. If you love filthy beats, buy this album. Say Word!!!


the album is hot and this instrumental version rocks as well. automator can't go wrong!!

Better than Nothing

Whoever said the tempo is all the same and everything sounds the same. It definantly doesn't. It's a very good cd, with different beats and time signatures in most of the songs. It's not his best album.. but hey, it's better than nothing.


Born: San Francisco, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Dan "The Automator" Nakamura is a San Francisco-based hip-hop producer whose work with "Kool" Keith Thornton on the latter's Dr. Octagon project shot him to unlikely acclaim in 1996. With a series of ever more elaborate conceptual projects since then, Nakamura's wildly imaginative productions and offbeat sense of humor made him one of the leading figures in the underground renaissance of alternative rap in the late '90s. A classically trained violinist in his younger days, Nakamura instead fell...
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