Album: Let It Go
Artist: House Shoes
Released: June 19, 2012
Just in case y’all forgot what the D had to offer to hip hop in line of producers (aside from Black Milk & after the late great Dilla), Detroit’s “ambassador of hip hop” House Shoes hits us with Let It Go.
Let It Go is the studio debut album from House Shoes (under L.A. label Tres Records) after almost a two decade long career in the hip hop game as a notable and influential producer and deejay in the Detroit hip hop scene.
The production driven album holds stage to some of the savviest, often underrated, lyrical jabbers, Oh No, Guilty Simpson, MED, Danny Brown, & Roc Marciano.
The Motor City producer’s irrefutable skills on the board surpass question on tracks like “Empire/Get Down” and “Time” which provide that perfected melodic-off sequence drum beating, under occasional snares and heavy bass line. Danny Brown “shoot[s] like Apollo” through your eardrums in the featured “Sweet” which proves to be nothing but crude- a track reminiscent of Em’s “Guilty Conscience”.
The album sets into a much soulful/ R&B ambiance with “Everything (Modern Family)/Without You” feat. Fatt Father, & “Sunrise Love” feat. Black Spade- adding a perfect balance to the album.
House Shoes wraps up Let It Go with the same swiftness it began. “Roller Coaster” featuring SelfSays and Fat Albert Einstein serves the project justice as one of it’s closing tracks embedded with a beguiling hook- “…Get you some, whoooa-ohh, get some, whoooa-ohh”.
Let It Go is a nearly a faultless offering of House Shoes’ production knack (production wise “Goodfellas to Bad Boys” falls off from the entire album’s caliber), reminding listeners of that Detroit bred sound (left by the legacy of Jay Dee) is still very much evident and living in hip hop and ready to claim continuous respect. You can Purchase it here.