Nice blurb from Larry Mizell Jr. in this weeks Stranger newspaper…
Quick history lesson: Seattle’s Street Level Records started out back in 1996, pumping out a particular North End menace with the first joints from Full Time Soldiers. Scores of fans across the country and beyond soon came to anticipate the quickly growing catalog of SLR releases, from FTS to Portland’s Syko, Byrdie, brothers Twin G and Skuntdunanna, Dividenz, and, of course, the 206 gangsta supercrew Lac of Respect. Infamous label head/producer/jerk D-Sane, overbusy with his Shoreline-based Not 2 Sane studio (where he still crisps up the sounds of everybody from Avatar Young Blaze to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis), put SLR on an unexpected hiatus back in 2005, to the chagrin of street-rap lovers everywhere. Six years later, D-Sane has officially reactivated SLR and FTS with the release of Street Sense Pt. 1, the new album from Soldiers Smoke & Dub. Hard-hustling 10-toes-down tales in the grim sonic vein of the Mob Figaz, it’s a solid lick executed with some exemplary guest shots from Sleep 6, Syko, BD, and the Figaz’ own Ampichino. Catch a CD release party for Street Sense at Nectar on Sunday, October 16, with Luck-One and Young Britt. Class dismissed.