Throwback Thursday: The X-Ecutioners

Let’s take you an audible odyssey. Welcome to 2002, when the X-Ecutioners were at the height of their popularity and “It’s Goin’ Down,” featuring Linkin Park’s Mike Shindoa was one of the more popular hip-hop tracks in the country. The album in question, “Built From Scratch,” was devised as an outlet for a group of DJs to go nuts and experiment with a buttload of new ideas, but it turned into something much more epic when several hip-hop stud muffins were brought aboard to lend a whole other level of credibility to the record.

Wicky wicky.

Shinoda was just one of many guest artists to rap over the beats laid down by those crazy X-Men. Pharoahe Monch, Everlast, Big Pun, Kool G Rap, and the talented gentlemen of M.O.P. all lay down vocals for various songs, and all of them hit hard the way hard-hitting hip-hop should.

What started off as a group of 11 different DJs ended up as only four by the time “Built From Scratch” was released, and that group included Rob Swift, Roc Raida, Total Eclipse, and Mista Sinista. Roc Raida, who passed away in 2009 at only 37 years old, was probably the best-known of the group, having laid down beats for Big Pun and Skillz, as well as serving as the DJ for Busta Rhymes.

The rest of the guys, though, have no shortage of talent, as this sample-and-scratch heavy record proves pretty convincingly. In the hip-hop world, this crew is legendary, but as far as mainstream is concerned it’s been a few years since we’ve heard much from them. Two more albums—“Revolutions” and “General Patton vs. the X-Ecutioners”—were released by 2005, but the group has transformed into something a little different and now goes by a new name with mostly new members.

The audible odyssey, however, is in the books, and it’s a story I’d rather you not forget.

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