Grand Daddy I.U. And Friends Recreate The Essence on His Latest LPGrand Daddy I.U
Straight out of an NYC underground portal from the 90s is the latest effort from Long Island legend Grand Daddy I.U. aptly entitled The Essence. Featuring some of the game's best unknown and unsung emcees including Smif N Wessun's Steele, MOP's Fame, Rah Digga, Craig G, Large Professor, songstress Monifah, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Marquee formerly of Femme Fatale, Duck Down's Ruste Juxx, Organized Konfusion's Prince Po, Method Man, Brothamanz' Shortee Sha, Babs Bunny of making The Band and many more, I.U. took his position behind the boards to exclusively produce the entire project.
With such a plethora of established and up and coming artists, I.U. set a precedence with The Essence in its creative process. The LP's purpose seems to be more for the vibe of the music rather than the commercial success of it; the essence of what the culture of Hip Hop was birthed from. From the intro of the album by Queens rapper Shortee Sha to the album's title track, this 14 track gem is a great listen when searching for a sound lost and forgotten by the industry.
grand daddy I.U. presents THE ESSENCE, by Grand Daddy I.U.
grand daddy I.U. presents THE ESSENCE by Grand Daddy I.U., released 21 July 2020 1. INTRO ft shortee sha 2. FULLY CHARGED ft lil fame,rah digga & bumpy knuckles cuts by dj ace 3. MONEY ON DA MIND ft general steele,bando flee,ace brav,shawn haynes & fortune 4. POLITICALLY INCORRECT ft sadat x,ruste juxx & shortee sha 5. GET MINES ft john jigg$,prince po,inf da god & lappidus 6. LEGENDARY ft craig g,large professor & don black (cuts by cooler ruler) 7. SLICK TALK ft john jigg$,inf da god,rah hollowz,bando flee & shortee sha 8. PARTY & BOOZE ft o.c,marquee,ximone & money harm 9. CASH IN ABUNDANCE ft inf da god,babs bunny & john jigg$ 10. HOLD U DOWN ft inf da god & monifah 11. DOPE ft shortee sha,inf da god,milano constantine & airian cook 12. GET EM DADDY ft bando flee,inf da god & marquee 13. RAP GAME ft babs bunny & yung flii boy 14. THE ESSENCE ft method man,inf da god & dv alias khryst (cuts by dj ace)