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Monsta Island Czars Return To Monsta Island Vol. 2

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Making a 2nd volume of Return To Monsta Island was a must. While Sam nailed most of the standout cuts using our set parameters for Vol. 1, I knew there were plenty of others I already had in mind for Vol. 2. After putting together a loose playlist based on my selections and several that Echo Leader had chosen, I realized there was more than enough good material out there to keep most of the restrictions we had for Vol. 1. I decided to include songs featuring verses from outside friends and associates, but every song had to have at least one verse from an original Czar. The DOOM and Grimm restrictions would still be in place as well. At Echo Leader’s request, the DJ Fakts One Remix of MF Grimm’s “The Original” was included “cause it’s so damn dope.” Even though it was recorded before the Czars were formed, it’s a nice tribute to ‘the original’ Monsta Island Czar. All that and then some after the jump… (more…)

Monsta Island Czars: Return To Monsta Island Vol. 1

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The Monsta Island Czars have gone through numerous lineup changes over the years — so many in fact that it can be hard to tell at any given time who is in and who is out. Making matters more complex, most of the members have several aliases which they use interchangably, sometimes (but not always) dependending on whether or not they’re working with the rest of the group. While much of their best work has been done in collaboration, each member can stand strong on his own as well. Unfortunately, aside from Doom and Grimm, most of these guys haven’t yet gotten the shine they truly deserve. This compilation aims to help correct that by showcasing each of the core members as an individual solo artist. Tracklist, download link and some additional background information after the jump… (more…)

Spiega – Forgive Them Father

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

It’s been a minute since our friend Stilltown from Pittsburgh, PA, made yet another great compilation.

This time involving Monsta Island Czars member, Spiega.
Make sure you check Stilltown’s blog, mostly considering Pittsburgh, PA scene, you can learn a lot from it.
Thank you Stilltown for this great compilation.

-Introduction to this compilation by Stilltown:
It’s been a while since I’ve done a post about an artist without Pittsburgh connections, but today’s may be a start of more to come. By now, most hip-hop fans are familiar with the work of Daniel Dumille. When Zev Love X returned to the hip-hop scene as MF Doom, he was part of a New York crew known as the Monsta Island Czars. The most notable emcees included were street legend MF Grimm, Kwite Def, Arron, and Tommy Gunn. Production was handled by Doom and X-Ray da Mindbenda. Each member took a Godzilla-themed alias, Doom as King Ghidra, Grimm as Jet Jaguar, Kwite Def as Kamackeris, Arron as Rodan, Tommy Gunn as Megalon, X-Ray as King Ceaser, and newcomers Kong, Gigan, and Spiega.
The focus of this post is Spiega. His deep, distinctive voice and monotonous delivery make him a unique talent. Unlike many of the groups members, Spiega has yet to release a solo album. However, he made several contributions to Kong’s latest album, Shackles Off. Other ventures include his work on the Reavers’s album Terror Firma.
I brought these discreet and scattered appearances together for a “best of” type album. Solo songs, group work, and guest features were included.
“Forgive them father, for they know not what they do.” – Spiega’s personal quote from the liner notes of the album Escape From Monsta Island!
SpiegaForgive Them Father (2010) [Compilation]
01. True Believers Feat. Kong
02. I Seen It All
03. Now That’s Sweet
04. America Feat. Hasan Salaam & Akir
05. Cross My Heart Feat. Kong
06. Witchcraft (Remix) Feat. Monsta Island Czars
07. Ride The Arrow Feat. King Ceasar
08. Under Pressure Feat. Monsta Island Czars
09. Broken Safety Feat. Kong & Ikon
10. Genocide Feat. Billy Woods & Kong
11. Kill Or Be Killed Feat. Kwite Def, Rio & Foul Language
12. Weasal (Do Or Die) Feat. Kong
13. Die Feat. Megalon, Egyptian Queen, King Ceasar, Loch Ness & Kong
14. Witchcraft Feat. Monsta Island Czars