Soul Supreme/Nas - Soulmatic      
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Fresh off his impressive debut album "The Saturday Night Agenda", producer extraordinaire Soul Supreme follows in the footsteps of another great up and coming producer 9th Wonder, by releasing his own remixed version of a classic Nas album, "Stillmatic". As a fellow Inebriated Rhythms member, Soul Supreme first bursted onto the scene through his work on Krs-One's "Prophets Vs. Profits" album last year. His work on standout tracks such as "Womanology" & "Believe It" automatically drew the underground's attention, as Soul Supreme was quickly compared to a up and coming Kanye West, as his soulful loops and vocal samples are of the same magnificent mold. While not much is known about the mysterious Soul Supreme, the Swedish producer is perfectly content for letting his music speak for itself.

With a buzz starting to trickle through the industry, Soul Supreme looks to boost his rep even farther through the release of "Soulmatic", his own remixed version of Nas's 2001 classic "Stillmatic". While 9th Wonder may have started the underground trend of remixing albums, Soul Supreme takes it to the next level and paves his own way altogether. Like 9th Wonder's "God's Stepson", "Soulmatic" is a cut down version of "Stillmatic" featuring the first ten joints off of the original album, along with a second version of the classic Jay-z diss "Ether". However, that's where the similarities end, as Soul Supreme orchestrates an even better and complete remix album full of diversity and originality.

While comparisons to the original version of "Stillmatic" are inevitable, it is nearly impossible for any producer to better what Nas put forth on such a classic album. However, on a few occasions we do get some amazing remixes that definitely hold their own to the originals. "Stillmatic (The Intro)" is one of these spectacular attempts by Soul Supreme, as he utilizes the same sample Alchemist used for Snoop's "Hey You", off of the "Doggystyle Allstars Vol. 1". "You're Da Man" also features another recognizable sample, as Dilated Peoples used the sample sample on their overlooked gem "Right And Exact", off of the Lyricist Lounge 2 album. While in no way is the new remixed version of "You're Da Man" better than the original Large Professor masterpiece, it definitely is one of the finest cuts featured on "Soulmatic".

Probably the biggest improvement from original to remix comes from the lead single "Got Ur Self A Gun". While the original production was solid, Soul Supreme blesses the track with a completely new soulful atmosphere. Complete with a great vocal sample and gorgeous melody, "Got Ur Self" feels like a breathe of fresh air compared to the original. The other standout track comes from the fist remixed version of "Ether". Soul Supreme laces the track with a more rugged and hard-core feel this time, proving he can do much more than the average looping of soul. The remainder of the album features some nice attempts by Soul Supreme, but none that amaze you as the previous ones mentioned. "Smokin" receives a nice updated sound far better than the original, which was average at best. Unfortunately, the same can not be said about "Rewind" & "One Mic", as Soul Supreme fails to capture the aura of the originals, but in reality who could? "2nd Childhood", "Destroy & Rebuild" and "The Flyest" are also solid attempts that showcase the diversity in Soul Supreme's arsenal.

While Soul Supreme may still be a mystery to some, if his works on "The Saturday Night Agenda" and "Soulmatic" are any indication, he definitely has a long future ahead of him. His knack for chopping obscure 70's and 80's soul samples has drawn him many comparisons, but Soul Supreme has proved he is a great producer in his own right and his run in this Hip Hop game has only started. Who knows what the future holds for Soul Supreme, but it sure looks bright.

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