Appearances by Guilty Simpson, RA the Rugged Man, Sadat X, Termanology, Planet Asia, Craig G, amongst others
Nobody works harder than Ruste Juxx. Just six months after his last album Hardbodie Hip Hop, the gritty Brooklyn MC and longtime Boot Camp Clik collaborator has teamed up with acclaimed Boston hip hop producer The Arcitype to release V.I.C. on September 25th, 2012 through AR Classic Records / Duck Down Music Inc.
On the surface, the title V.I.C. stands for “Victorious Impervious Champions.” Digging deeper, though, it’s a reference to Juxx’s real name, Victor Evans. Thus, V.I.C. serves as an introduction to some and a proclamation to all.
Building off nearly two decades of underground buzz, V.I.C. stands as Juxx’s strongest work to date. He proudly declares, “It’s a fresh new sound, no sampling on the album, no cursing…I’m really proud of it.” With no cursing, Juxx hopes to direct listeners’ main focus to his lyrics and his message. The album is for all ages, and the lack of profanity allows both young and old to indulge in this infectious 15-track offering.
The Arcitype provides the necessary backdrop to Juxx’s aggressive cadence & well-timed punchlines. The Boston producer uses his training as a blues guitarist to create funk-infused, sample free head-nodders He has been cosigned by laudable producers Jake One and Vitamin D. The album was completely recorded and produced in The Arcitype’s studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Several tracks on the album stand out. “Right There With Me,” featuring Sadat X, is a recollected rest-in-peace tribute to Juxx’s late sister. “Rock to the Rhythm” and “The Life I Live” showcase Juxx’s lyrical prowess over The Arcitype’s hard-hitting drums and melded instrumentation.
In the past, Ruste has toured with Wu-Tang alumni Ghostface Killah, Sean Price and Jedi Mind Tricks and been featured numerous times on prominent hip hop blogs 2dopeboyz, Hip Hop DX and Nah Right. Fans can look forward to videos for “Rock To The Rhythm” & “GGTC.”
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