21 Songs, 1 Hour, 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Sean Price, KRS-One and other old-school touting diehards from the East Coast are busy calling for a return to the intricate lyricism and blocky beats of New York’s golden age, the irreverent troublemakers in the Federation are busy drawing inspiration from the more venerable and party- friendly sounds of old-school electro, and making music that puts most other contemporary hip-hop to shame. The electronic bleeps and space-age synth patches on tracks like “Got Me F***ed Up” and “My Rimz” recall an era when stylistic innovation was synonymous with rocking dancefloors. On It’s Whateva the supremely talented producer Rick Rock provides the Federation with a set of mind-expanding beats whose spare yet futuristic electro aesthetic evokes the best work of the producers Mantronix, Man Parrish, and Afrika Bambaataa. Rick Rock’s masterful drum programming and undeniable flair for dramatic yet minimal compositions make him one of the best producers working right now. It’s Whateva features some of his most galvanizing production work.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Sean Price, KRS-One and other old-school touting diehards from the East Coast are busy calling for a return to the intricate lyricism and blocky beats of New York’s golden age, the irreverent troublemakers in the Federation are busy drawing inspiration from the more venerable and party- friendly sounds of old-school electro, and making music that puts most other contemporary hip-hop to shame. The electronic bleeps and space-age synth patches on tracks like “Got Me F***ed Up” and “My Rimz” recall an era when stylistic innovation was synonymous with rocking dancefloors. On It’s Whateva the supremely talented producer Rick Rock provides the Federation with a set of mind-expanding beats whose spare yet futuristic electro aesthetic evokes the best work of the producers Mantronix, Man Parrish, and Afrika Bambaataa. Rick Rock’s masterful drum programming and undeniable flair for dramatic yet minimal compositions make him one of the best producers working right now. It’s Whateva features some of his most galvanizing production work.

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About Federation

After producing hits for the likes of 2Pac, Jay-Z, and E-40, the California-based Rick Rock recruited rappers Doonie Baby, Goldie Gold, and Mr. Stress and formed his own crew, Federation, in 2002. Their debut, simply titled The Album, appeared in 2004 on the Virgin label. Critics and the hip-hop faithful graced the hostile, hard album with praise, but Rock wasn't satisfied with Virgin's promotion, even if the album did eventually go gold. In 2005, Rock announced he was moving the band to the Warner Bros. family of labels, and Federation resurfaced two years later on the Reprise division with It's Whateva (2007). ~ David Jeffries

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