Josh Virgin – Dust, Static & Plastic
I have to be honest here, I don’t know a lot about Josh Virgin. I first heard of him in the hype section of Hip Hop Connection, found the album and have loved it ever since.
Now I believe that Josh is from Minneapolis and is good friends with Freddie Fresh, the pair have recorded together, Virgin using his Hidden Rhythm alias.
Regardless, the “Dust, Static & Plastic” is an excellent album, released in 1999 on the UK label Eye Q. Made up of dark and dusty instrumental tracks, comparable to DJ Vadim, Krush etc, the album also features a number of vocal tracks. I’ve never heard of any of the rappers included on the album, The Phantom Scribbler, Brown Mug, Ray Boogie, and Cool Tra Sebek, but all do a perfect job, giving it a slightly early Wu-Tang sound and feel.
It’s a shame that Josh Virgin didn’t get more credit and success for this album as its an excellent example of late 90s leftield hip hop and beats.
Check it out for yourself!