13 by Ces Cru on Apple Music

8 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

CES Cru—the two-man squad of Ubiquitous and Godemis—has been around for a while now; the duo is the latest addition to Tech N9ne's growing Strange Music empire. Coming out of Kansas City, CES Cru has been a featured guest on a few affiliated projects, and has also recently dropped the well-received solo mixtapes The Deevil and Matter Don't Money. Though only seven tracks deep, 13 is an impressive debut EP, loaded with burly beats and undeniably catchy production from in-house talent like Smart Alec, Info Gates, Seven, and Koko. If you're already down with the Strange sound, you're definitely gonna love this; even if you're not, the two emcees have an undeniable chemistry, relentless charisma, and lyrics for days. Ubi sounds a lot like Eminem, while Godemis flexes a vaguely Brotha Lynch Hung–influenced steez. They sound perfectly at home together, especially on the back-and-forth tag-team vibe of "Klick Clack Bang" and the lead single, "Colosseum." Other key selections include the mellower "Livin' Life" and "It's Over," with Tech and Krizz Kaliko.

EDITORS’ NOTES

CES Cru—the two-man squad of Ubiquitous and Godemis—has been around for a while now; the duo is the latest addition to Tech N9ne's growing Strange Music empire. Coming out of Kansas City, CES Cru has been a featured guest on a few affiliated projects, and has also recently dropped the well-received solo mixtapes The Deevil and Matter Don't Money. Though only seven tracks deep, 13 is an impressive debut EP, loaded with burly beats and undeniably catchy production from in-house talent like Smart Alec, Info Gates, Seven, and Koko. If you're already down with the Strange sound, you're definitely gonna love this; even if you're not, the two emcees have an undeniable chemistry, relentless charisma, and lyrics for days. Ubi sounds a lot like Eminem, while Godemis flexes a vaguely Brotha Lynch Hung–influenced steez. They sound perfectly at home together, especially on the back-and-forth tag-team vibe of "Klick Clack Bang" and the lead single, "Colosseum." Other key selections include the mellower "Livin' Life" and "It's Over," with Tech and Krizz Kaliko.

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About Ces Cru

Bringing some classic hip-hop sounds to the Strange Music roster, Kansas City's Ces Cru feature rappers Ubiquitous and Godemis. The group formed as a trio in 2000 with rapper Sorceress rounding out the lineup, and in 2004 they released their debut album, Capture Enemy Soldiers. They returned as a duo in 2009 with The Playground, an album they hand-delivered to Strange Music label boss Tech N9ne when he witnessed the group opening for Devin the Dude at a Kansas City show. Tech signed them in 2010 and two years later released their Strange Music debut, the 13 EP. The album Constant Energy Struggles followed in 2013, then Codename: Ego Stripper landed a year later and marked the first time the group cracked the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 album chart. The EP Recession Proof was released in late 2015. Full-length Catastrophic Event Specialists followed in 2017. ~ David Jeffries

  • ORIGIN
    Kansas City, MO
  • FORMED
    2000

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