Bonus points for the balls to remix the unremixable. Roc Marc’s “Scarface” needed no alternate vision. His Hempstead glass shard rap had the bleak brutality usually only found on Breaking Bad and Mobb Deep tracks. But for their official Fat Beats-sanctioned remix, 3:33 decided to give the original warlord, the Close Encounters from the 3rd Kind treatment.
Recording for the Parallel Thought imprint distributed by LA beat barons Alpha Pup, javelins in the back become science-fiction lasers (no Fiasco). Synths glow like a Springfield river. The producers claim to derive their compositional technique from Musique concrete, and experimental icons, John Cage and Pierre Schaeffer get the namedrop-in-the-bio treatment. But that’s about all 3:33 will reveal about themselves. They’re on some faceless let-the-music-speak-for-itself thing and that’s admirable.
Thankfully, they also had the wherewithal to recruit Del and Tame One for “Cheap Thrills,” giving them an impressive triumvirate of rappers to work with. I haven’t seen Dan the Automator’s name around much lately, so for MC’s seeking off-beat apocalypse rap, 3:33 might be the number to dial.