So, I’ve had this song, ‘Forwards or Backwards’, on a random mix CD for years, and it’s always been incorrectly assigned to Chino XL (when it quite obviously sounds like it isn’t him).
The hook goes: “Forwards of backwards, yo, which way are we traveling; seems to me like the whole world’s unraveling.” [scratch] “What’s a wicked nation?” [scratch] “One with blind men.”
Over the years, I’ve attempted a few times to track down the artist responsible for this pretty awesome slice of raw, conscious Hip-Hop, but been unsuccessful.
Tonight, though, I came across a thread on Underground Hip-Hop forums, started by a guy who was just as keen to find out who the artist behind this track was (he also incorrectly thought it was Chino XL to begin with).
Well, thanks to a very informative reply, turns out this track is by a guy named Shed Light (feat. DJ Fakts One), and it’s off his 2005 album Perseverance (even though I first heard the track at least three years before that, I’m sure).
Check the link to download a sample of this awesome track for free: http://www.earlyspotter.com/releases/shed_light_perseverance.html (now that I know the artist responsible, I’m gonna be picking up the album asap, so I’ll upload the full version of ‘Forwards or Backwards’ in the coming days).
A brief bio of the artist, Shed Light, here: http://www.earlyspotter.com/artists/shed_light.html (unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much more info anywhere on the web about this guy. Anyone know what happened to him?)