Concrete Elete consisted of Furious Styles, God Gifted, OMG, Chilly Ism, and Evil Man, with Asiatic the Natural on production. A six man wrecking crew that did damage on the Pittsburgh hip-hop scene during the mid-90â€™s. Members brought their own artistic vision to the knocking instrumentals. In 1998, that vision was expressed through the crew’s debut album, Basic Instructions: Listen… and Repeat.
Basic Instructions was 19 tracks deep, showcasing each MC’s unique approach. Asiaticâ€™s versatile production served as a comfortable home to the rebellious lyrics of Furious Styles, the street savvy rhymes of God Gifted, and the clever wordplay of OMG.
Here to build on the crewâ€™s history is Furious Styles aka Jasiri X.
RW: Peace Jasiri. Describe the foundation upon which Concrete Elete was assembled. Howâ€™d you meet and join forces?
JX: We met because I used to buy weed from Chub aka Evil Man. One day he was out of town so he hooked me up with Chill and OMG. We started talking about hip-hop, and that same day we were in me and Asiatic’s studio, and the rest is history.
RW: You collectively finished the Basic Instructions album in 1998. How was it released?
JX: We actually put the album out ourselves, but we didn’t have all the technological means like we do now, so not a lot of people heard it, but it gave us a buzz in Pittsburgh. Everybody called it the Red CD.
RW: Following the release of Basic Instructions, what ultimately led to the disbanding of the crew?
JX: We actually recorded an entire album after Basic Instructions, but we couldn’t agree on the direction. I felt like we should remain underground and other members felt we should make crossover records so we just went our separate ways.
RW: How did the Concrete Elete experience provide groundwork for Jasiri X, the solo MC?
JX: It caused people to know and respect me in the Pittsburgh Hip-Hop scene, so I could still get shows and support as a solo MC. Plus we performed a lot, so it enabled me to learn how to rock a crowd, which is a lost art today.
RW: How do you believe fans can embrace this long lost Concrete Elete album?
JX: To me it still stands up to the test of time, good beats and good lyrics. I’d put us up against a whole lot of groups out today that aren’t half as talented. Also want to send a special shout out to two original Concrete Elete members not on the album, The General and the Black Chinaman.
02. Dat First Shit
03. We Got U
04. Raw Dilly
05. Where U At
07. Physical Anger
09. I Don’t Know
10. Takin Over
12. Concrete Veteran
14. Patent Leather
15. Droppin Styles
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-Rory D. Webb