Release Date: Nov 17, 2009
Record label: Rhymesayers
Coming together again to form one of the underground’s most talented dynamic duos, Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez finds Murs (part of the Living Legends crew) and Slug (the MC half of the Minneapolis duo Atmosphere) joining up for their third collaboration. Sitting in the producer’s seat this time around is Murs’ former Def Jux labelmate, Aesop Rock. Like their earlier collaborations, the Murs and Slug partnership feels natural, with both MCs pulling of seemingly effortless lyrical acrobatics as they exchange verses.
At some point, the words “underground” and “boring” became synonymous. Never mind that conscious-friendly virtuosos like Mos Def, Brother Ali, and Q-Tip were responsible for some of 2009’s most unmistakably poignant hip-hop; many fans and critics have come to share a distinct fondness for swaggering, Southern-fried synth-rap. Point your ass that way if you’re solely interested in Gucci and Jeezy.
Album sequels are a hell of a lot like movie sequels. In other words, they are usually immense letdowns. Just look to Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 2 and The Blueprint 3, both of which didn’t live up to the greatness of the original. In the movie world, there are far too many examples, which range from Jurassic Park‘s two follow-ups to any number of cash-in sequels.
"Your favorite group that wasn't even a group to start!" Murs makes this claim on "Protagonists", the leadoff track from his collaboration with fellow indie MC all-star Slug, Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez, and despite the humility this is more indie hip-hop supergroup than mere side project. With Aesop Rock on production, Felt becomes a triangulation that canvasses almost the entirety of U.S. undie rap in terms of geography and affiliation.