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In 2007, Temple Hills-based producer Judah garnered acclaim for the three instrumentals he provided Wale for his 100 Miles and Running mixtape, all of which were understated and sufficiently swanky, allowing the MC to shine without the unnecessary glitz that has crippled his recent work.
Since then, Judah’s creative vision has taken him to unusual places, from a comedic, 12-song EP based on Eastdown and Down (his favorite television series) to a blistering musical critique of U.S. foreign policy. Along the way, the Northeast D.C. native has remained steady in his artistic approach, never straying too far away from his gritty hip-hop roots.
Yesterday, Judah released Still Running, an N.W.A.-themed EP on which he created his own beats from the samples the group used to craft 100 Miles and Runnin’, blending his own production with Wale’s verses from the 2007 mixtape. Here, Judah trades his formerly subdued sound for horn-heavy percussion. If “Daytona Squared” was jazzy and laid-back, “Daytona to the 3rd” is energetic and downright funky. “Please Don’t Stop Listening” still contains minor elements of Judah’s original music, except the remix has harder drums and erratic record scratches.
Still Running is available on Judah’s Bandcamp page for $5. Or listen below: