X-ECUTIONERS Built From Scratch (Loud/Epic) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
No doubt aware of how poorly live turntablism translates on wax, New York cut creators Rob Swift, Total Eclipse, Mista Sinista and Roc Raida eschew the turntable pyrotechnics for real tunes on the X-Ecutioners' long awaited Built From Scratch disc. After years of cutting records apart, these guys know beats, and Built From Scratch features some real neck-snappers as well as solid performances from MCs like Loud Professor, Pharoahe Monch, Biz Markie and, er, Everlast. Even better are the big production numbers that skewer hiphop clowns while scratching at top speed. Scratch-tastic.