Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Basstard
D-Flame
Eimsbush Entertainment/Universal Music Group
CD
03 - 11 - 2000

Track list
  1. Intro
  2. Basstard
  3. Heisser (Intro)
  4. Heisser
  5. Sie Macht Mich Glücklich
  6. Feuerlawinen feat. Tone
  7. KKK Hahaha
  8. Wer-Who feat. Elephant Man
  9. Meine Zunge Ist Schwer - Intro
  10. Daddy Groove feat. Eizi Eiz
  11. Sorry feat. Eißfeldt 65
  12. Wege
  13. Universal feat. Guru
  14. Immer Mehr feat. Dynamite Deluxe
  15. Wem Kann Ich Trauen?
  16. Die Zukunft
  17. International Souljahz feat. Cocoa Brovaz
  18. Wo Sind Wir Daheim feat. Tone, Chabs, Real J
  19. We Ha Fi Reach feat. Jah Meek, Marlon B.
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
"Basstard" was D-Flame's debut album, now succeeded by the semi-autobiographical "Daniel X - Eine Schwarze Deutsche Geschichte" and his just released and here reviewed album "Unaufhaltsam". Where that just released album is relying on self-productions whether or not together with his K.P. (Kingly Producers) Crew, and a few tracks by current dancehall 'hotties' like Germaican Records' Lanny 'Pionear' Topp, Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett a.k.a. Don Corleon, Ward 21 and Ingo Rheinbay from Pow Pow, debut album "Basstard" featured a more mixed bag. Released by (now out-of-business) Eimsbush Entertainment, the crew around hiphop crew Beginner's Jan Eißfeldt a.k.a. Eißfeldt 65 a.k.a. Eizi Eiz a.k.a. reggae singer Jan Delay, whose album "Searching For The Jan Soul Rebels" has been reviewed here, and his in this release involved Eimsbush crewmembers Tropf, Dynamite Deluxe (Joni 'Dynamite' Rewind & Samy Deluxe), and Mathias Arfmann, whose Turtle Bay Country Club-album "Dub Decade" has been reviewed here. Other cooperations involve his former rapcrew Asiatic Warriors homiez Taner Ali 'Combad' Sen and Adnan 'A-Bomb' Öztürk, some of the better known names of NYC's rap scene like Guru and Cocoa Brovaz, Jamaicans Elephant Man, Junior Reid and still not everyone involved has been mentioned. After an "Intro" that is as much SF-movie inspired as the intro to "Unaufhaltsam". The first 'real' track is the Jamaican tinged and at Cell Block Studio recorded dancehall track "Basstard" with D-Flame's deep & low trademark wail "Awhooo" over a fast paced synthi-beat boasting his own and dissing weaker rappers. "Heisser (Intro)" is the first of several Combad produced skits, the others being "KKK HaHaHa", "Meine Zunge Ist Schwer - Intro", "Wege", and "Wem Kann Ich Trauen". Followed by "Heisser" a track with a catchy female vocal hook in the chorus that shows the hiphop roots of both producer Eißfeldt 65 a.k.a. Jan Delay and D-Flame, warning everyone no matter how hot the battle will be, he will take the victory, while bigging up the Eimsbush-posse. The Asiatic Warriors were till 1994 a force in German hiphop with their mixture of German, Turkish and English lyrics, a Public Enemy like militancy, and D-Flame gaining a reputation as Germany's toughest rapper. Next up is his lovesong tributed to Jamaica, where he went to find his (grandfather's) roots, "Sie Macht Mich Glücklich" on a very nice reggae Eißfeldt 65 laid reggae beat about his pearl in the Caribbean, the island that makes him happier than anything. "Feuerlawinen" is a gloomy dark hiphop track reminiscent of the instrumentation of Nas' "You Hate Me Now", featuring Tone warning the rapscene they are about to take it over. "Wer/Who" is featuring the then not as fabulous as now Elephant Man, a great combination over a Junior Reid beat, both with their typical respective vocal wails. It's a pity that Elephant got a little too arrogant when D-Flame was back in Jamaica for some of the recordings for his recent "Unaufhaltsam"-album, and pretended not to remember D-Flame (after hearing him later again at Jammy's he was still interested in doing a tune, but D-Flame had by now lost his interest). "Daddy Groove" is a funky Eißfeldt 65, Tropf hiphop tune featuring Eizi Eiz rapping about wanting (or not) to have a superhit. "Sorry" is all about having telling people in their face not being interested in their flattery and bla-bla-stories. "Universal" is the first of a couple of New York City recorded hiphop tracks, featuring Gangstarr's world famous Guru over a (how could it be different) jazzy beat with a prominent piano loop, equally strong NYC hiphop tracks are "Lebe Deinen Traum" about living your dream over a gloomy Curt Cazal beat and the song with former underground hiphop duo Smif-n-Wessun, now renamed Cocoa Brovaz, with the excellent ;-) title "International Souljahz", an agressive 'we don't play' tune. "Immer Mehr" is a reggae-ish tune about living for (more) money featuring singer Samy Deluxe and the beats of Joni Rewind, who himself released a year ago the album "Welcome To The World Of..." featuring Junior Reid, Blak Twang, Capleton, Jahmali, Culcha Knox, D-Flame, Cocoa Brovaz, Jahmeek and Merciless to name a few. "Wo Sind Wir Daheim" is a track featuring some of the Frankfurt hiphop posse, over an 'A-Bomb' beat, bigging up hometown Frankfurt Am Main. Closing an album that may have been (certainly at the time) too hiphop for the reggae-dancehall massive, and too reggae-ish for the hiphop heads is "We Ha Fi Reach" featuring Jamaicans Jahmeek and Marlon B. over a Dynamite a.k.a. Joni Rewind bashment riddim about the importance of reaching Jamaica. "Basstard" is a great album, already showcasing that D-Flame could be a major force in German (language) reggae and dancehall, the promise he recently fulfilled with "Unaufhaltsam". To find out more about D-Flame visit his website.