With collaborative beat tape HUH FUCK NOT ANOTHER BEAT TAPE EP acting as a predecessor, it’s no secret that masked Singaporean producer F ∆ U X E and the ever self-effacing Mediocre Haircut Crew (MHC) have developed the sort of producer-rapper relationship ripe for hip hop gold (i.e. El-P x Killer Mike, The Bomb Squad x Ice Cube, and so forth). True enough, the trio’s debut EP — matter-of-factly titled THE MHC EP — is exactly that hypothetical fulfilled. Compadres omarKENOBI, mickeyLEANO, and daniKIDDO have the sort of rapport among in-crew MCs that recalls the Native Tongues, think D.A.I.S.Y age De La Soul, while F ∆ U X E — having had made anything from house-y tunes (‘Suah’) to post-dubstep atmospherics (‘Perdu Dans L’Obscruite’) — proves that he’s as diverse as it gets by channelling his inner Prince Paul. The resulting EP is anything but mediocre — and if you’re tired of old school hip hop? ‘Win or Lose’ and ‘How About Us’ should be more than sufficient to negate any notions of genre necromancy.
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