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Rat Race Vacation

by Regenerated Headpiece

The illified hip-hop trinity of intelligent lyrics, thick, mind-bending beats, and fierce turntablism converge on this album to create a fresh, unprecedented underground sound aimed to rock the mind, body and spirit.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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1. War Cry
3:43 $0.99
2. Rhythmically Rhyming
5:13 $0.99
3. Obese
4:53 $0.99
4. Lip Bomb
4:24 $0.99
5. Connect The Dots
2:59 $0.99
6. Spectacular Vernacular
4:13 $0.99
7. Tired
5:45 $0.99
8. Get Your Head On
3:24 $0.99
9. Talkin' About Stuff
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10. Elements
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11. Writers Block Party Ciphers
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12. Give It To 'Em
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Who or What is Regenerated Headpiece?

Formed in 1998, Regenerated Headpiece (RHP) is a groundbreaking trio out of New York City-three young men dedicated to changing the way people think about what hip hop is and what it can be. Representing the fresh new face of hip hop music with an unprecedented sound and lyrical intelligence, producer/emcee Phon-X (Phonics), poet/emcee Shred Lexicon, and turntable specialist DJ Exfyl (X-File) seek to honor the rich history of their artform while simultaneously creating its future in the present.

Phon-X has been emceeing since he was 12 years old and producing beats since he was 15. His rhymes vary from the serious to the comic, but are built upon a foundation of raw wordplay and cleverness undercut by a political bent which serves to set him apart from other emcees. As a producer, Phon-X combines influences felt in every type of organized noise recorded or otherwise to create wholly original tracks complete with deeply rich sonic landscapes.

Shred Lexicon comes from poetry originally, and, truth be told, never really left. The prototype for the next evolutionary stage of the emcee, Shred is the kind of cat who is no longer satisfied with restating what's already been said in another way. Instead, he chooses to open things up, shaping both vocabulary and cadence to fit new, unprescribed rhythms and idea tracts.

DJ Exfyl has been deejaying for 9 years, and uses Technics 1210's, a Vestax 05-Pro and Korg Triton as the tools of his trade. A DJ Records Battle Top ten Finalist in 1998, Exfyl is known best for his ill scratching style, in which he rips combo after combo using basic techniques as well as more advanced techniques ranging from a transform scratch to a two click flare.

Regenerated Headpiece is the official group of the worldwide website, an independently owned and operated site that has been receiving thousands of hits a day since early 1999, from over 20 different countries. Their song "War Cry" appears on the Bomb Hip Hop Records compilation, The Real Deal, the ground-breaking concept album that breaks down the music industry.

One of the group's biggest supporters is noneother than the CNN of hiphop, Chuck D of Public Enemy. Not only did he praise their song "Elements", as one of his "favorite songs of the year", he also licensed 4 songs off their debut album Rat Race Vacation for his label, Slamjamz.

RHP have opened up for such notable acts as legendary DJ/producer Prince Paul (Stetsasonic, De La Soul, Gravediggaz), Mixmaster Mike (Beastie Boys), RCA records' The Sound of Urchin, Arsonists (Matador Records), and many of the finest groups of underground music culture.

RHP is available for bookings and/or interview by contacting Mike Foam at



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Jeff Ryce

goddamn they are doing it with a style that is all their own. It is not just wha
Regenerated Headpiece "Rat Race Vacation" (GlobalHipHop Records) - Just as mainstream hip hop gets redundant when you constantly hear about the money's they've made and honey's they've slayed, the underground can get just as redundant. They have no money, they keep it real, we've heard it all before right? It depends, the same rule applies that does to the commercial hip hop; subject matter can be repeated as long as it is done with style. Jay-Z doesn't talk about anything that Big Daddy Kane didn't 14 years ago, but his wit and clever word play keep it fresh.
So why should I regenerate my headpiece? Are they bringing anything new?
Yes and no, they aren't saying anything that hasn't been touched upon but goddamn they are doing it with a style that is all their own. It is not just what they are saying, it is how it is said, lead emcee Phon-X is no doubt a gifted lyricist. He flips clever lines that just beg for quotation marks. Overall, their sound is very unique, their vocals often tower over the beats, which themselves, are very well put together. They are most successful on tracks like "Rhythmically Rhyming," "Obese," and "Spectacular Vernacular." These songs work well because the beats and song structure fit the emcee's styles perfectly. It is very clear that they put a lot of thought into the construction of this album, which hurts it as much as it helps it. While the focus and detail is appreciated, certain songs sound forced and unnatural. Nonetheless, Regenerated Headpiece offers a nice dose of variety and makes a nice addition to any music collection. - Jeff Ryce

Lionel J. Higgs

Listerine for Your Cerebellum
Music fans like to complain about a lot of things. Almost mediocre talents selling millions of albums, poseurs crashing an undiscovered scene and stealing all the hot ordeurves, and that unforgivable sin: selling out. But the truth is, everyone is looking for the next great band that creates soundtracks for their lives. Your life is the hard part; but luckily for you, your soundtrack is right here at Amazon. "Rat Race Vacation" is a simple point and click away.

And what a soundtrack it is! Trip-hop jazz at two in the morning? "Rhythmically Rhyming" has got you covered. Dive bar blues with the boys and a round of extra spicy buffalo wings on a Friday night? "Obese" is a click away. Need to get the party moving like Booger in "Revenge of the Nerds"? Save the blunts for later; pump "Get Your Head On" to eleven. Funky Swamp Rap that could whip Madonna's leather chaps right off know. Take two swigs of "Talkin' About Stuff" and call me in the morning.

Influences abound: I count at least two dozen, not including Beastie Boys, Afrika Bambaataa, Devo, and Run-DMC in their prime. But the issue is far more important that who or what these guys sound like. Hip-Hop is in a state of crisis. Aren't you tired of listening to glam-rock hip-hoppers who are more interested in selling clothes and soap detergent than disseminating a positive message and dropping mind-altering beats? Remember, it was an unknown three piece that changed the world in 1991 with just a single album. Isn't it about time the same thing happened to hip-hop? You can make that happen. Be early to the party for once instead of jumping on the bandwagon.