Soul Supreme first made a name for himself on Krs-One’s independently released album “Prophets vs. Profits”, were he produced such gems as “Womanology” and “Believe It!”, both of which drew immediate attention, as Soul Supreme’s magnificent production was the finest to grace a Krs album in years. Since then the hype for the Inebriated Rhythms member has grown tremendously, as he was quickly compared to the likes of a Kanye West, as Soul Supremes knack for chopping obscure 70’s & 80’s soul samples blazed the underground scene. With his debut release “The Saturday Nite Agenda”, the Swedish producers capitalizes on this production trend, which is combined with his other passion for 70’s soul cinema, which is incorporated into a variety of the tracks featured on the album. And while Soul Supreme may be an anomaly to many, the lineup of emcees featured on “The Saturday Nite Agenda” is sure to change that very quickly.
For a foreign producer who isn’t even of legal age to drink in America, Soul Supreme and Grit Records sure has gathered up an all star lineup of underground emcees and living legends for “The Saturday Nite Agenda”. Featured on the album are the likes of Krs-One, Big Daddy Kane, Pete Rock, AG, The Cali Agents & O.C. However, the determining factor in the albums success lies in Soul Supreme's hands, as he beautifully crafts production gems throughout the albums entirety, giving each and every emcee the perfect production to work off of. The finest of this comes from the album’s lead single “Queen (Hip Hop)” featuring the legendary Pete Rock, A.G. & former Source unsigned hype winner T-Max. Soul Supreme magnificently laces the track with his usual trademark of soulfulness, as the tracks vocal sample will immediately draw you in. Lyrically the track is solid, as Pete Rock & T-Max hold their own, but A.G. drops a less than stellar verse not up to his usual capabilities. None the less the tracks production is reason enough to make it shine.
The b-side to “Queen” features another standout track “Still Searchin” by Reks & Noel. One of the more intimate tracks, Reks spits a heartfelt verse dedicated to his struggles growing up with his mother and a vengeful final verse aimed towards his father, who abandoned him at a young age. “How come daddy ain’t want a nigga? Why your house hoppin ass ain't seen in even one of my momma’s pictures. Why did you ditch us, where the fuck was you at when I lost blood and my skull took deep stitches? Why should I search for your grave site?” “Still Searchin” is the type of track everyone can either relate to or feel deep down in your heart. Its universal appeal makes it standout as one of the finer moments on “The Saturday Nite Agenda”.
While the soulful aspect maybe played out production wise by Soul Supreme perfectly, he can still give it to you raw just like everybody else. As seen on tracks such as “Future Flavas” featuring A.G., Party Arty & Dezmontero, “Hardcore Shit’ featuring Planet, Asia, Rasco & An Ion and “Worst Nightmare” featuring Hip Hop veteran O.C. “Come Get It” is one of the more unique combinations of emcees on the album as the great Big Daddy Kane teams up with newcomer Checkmark. As always Kane continues to spit raw fire, but its Checkmark who actually holds his own with his verse full of quotables. “I leave rappers with paralysis, till they spelling their names wrong like Fabolous”.
While the veteran emcees on “The Saturday Nite Agenda” will certainly attract all the attention, up and coming emcees such as L Da Headtoucha get their chance to shine, and take full advantage of it. L’s two tracks “All In Together” & “The Need” are both surprising efforts that showcase L’s lyrical talent on the mic. While many will not be familiar with L Da Headtoucha, his two tracks will certainly leave many yearning to know more about the emcee. Other up and coming emcees featured on the album are Shuman on “Security”, “Respect Life” by Electric Co & “Regardless” featuring Wordsworth, Moe from Mission & Illin’ P.
In today’s Hip Hop game most producer or DJ albums are filled with nothing but filler material. However, Soul Supreme puts forth a phenomenal effort, leaving “The Saturday Nite Agenda” one of the best releases of the year. With such a variety of emcees featured on the album, one would think a good portion of the tracks would not be up to par. But to everybody’s surprise, the entire album is filled with nothing but quality Hip-Hop music. The only disappointing track on “The Saturday Nite Agenda” is “The Message” by Krs-One & Shuman, which is bogged down by Krs’s lackluster performance on the mic. Krs’s constant using of the word “y’all” gets old real quick, as its one of the few times the blastmasta doesn’t come correct on lyrical side. But on the whole, Soul Supreme’s “Saturday Nite Agenda” is a must pick up for any underground head, as it is one of the rare times a compilation album can be listened to front to back without having to hit the skip button a bunch of times. While Soul Supreme may be this mysterious producer who is more concerned with making great music than being seen. If he keeps this up, sooner or later that will have to change, as he is without a doubt one of the industries dopest up and coming producers in the game today.