Available on cassette with the original art work to celebrate the album's 10 year anniversary.
Featuring two bonus Knxwledge remixes "Suite.louieVbelt[TWRK]146" and "krayzi[guil_T]"
A1. Let It Go (the Beginning) feat. Shafiq Husayn A2. Empire / Get Down A3. Goodfellas To Bad Boys feat. Moe Dirdee / Dank Interlude A4. Dirt feat. Oh No, The Alchemist, and Roc Marciano / Jeedo Interlude A5. Time feat. Big Tone / Hex Interlude A6. Crazy feat. Black Milk and Guilty Simpson / BahBahBahBah A7. Last Breath feat. Nottz, Oh No, and MED / Mayer & Shoes A8. Keep On feat. Co$$ aka Cashus King / Helluva A9. Sweet feat. Danny Brown / Quelle Interlude A10. SIDE A BONUS "Suite.louieVbelt[TWRK]146" Knxwledge remix
B1. So Different feat. Chali 2na / Moody Interlude B2. Everything (Modern Family) feat. Fatt Father / Without You B3. Sunrise feat. Black Spade / Love B4. Trouble feat. Moe Dirdee and MarvWon / Royce Interlude B5. Nails feat. Quelle Chris and Guilty Simpson / Broken B6. Castles (tHE SKY IS OURS) feat. Jimetta Rose / My Brother B7. Cry Now / Gone B8. Roller Coaster feat. SelfSays and Fat Albert Einstein B9. Empire Reprise feat. Sam Beaubien of Will Sessions B10. SIDE B BONUS "krayzi[guil_T]" Knxwledge remix
Let It Go – the debut LP from Detroit native House Shoes.
It feels wrong, though, to call this a ‘debut’ record because it doesn’t sound like a first-try. Official debut, or not, House Shoes is not new. He released the now treasure-hunted Jay Dee Unreleased EP (1996), and Phat Kat’s classic Dedication to the Suckers (1999) on his own imprint. He’s produced for the late Big Proof (D12), J Dilla, Elzhi, and Danny Brown. He’s DJ’ed for Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Mayer Hawthorne, Slum Village, and too many more to list.
Technically, however, this is his debut LP. One that hip-hop ‘know-somethings’ have been asking for (for years). One he’s probably been holding on to for a while. One he’s finally letting go.
Let It Go is a full-length album boasting features by the ‘heavyweights’ and the ‘hungry’ alike; balanced between artists accustomed to hip-hop limelight, and those still chasing it.
The project bats with a heavy-handed Motown roster. Detroit-bred collaborators include Big Tone, Moe Dirdee, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, and Danny Brown, among others. Los Angeles (Oh No, MED, The Alchemist, Co$$), Norfolk (Nottz), St. Louis (Black Spade), New York (Roc Marciano), and Chicago (Chali 2na, of Jurassic 5) pinch-hit throughout the project.
Songs like ‘Dirt feat. Oh No, Alchemist, and Roc Marciano and ‘Everything (Modern Family) feat. Fatt Father’are tough to picture on the same project if listened to separately. In the context of Let It Go, however, they feel blood related and well placed.
Shoes delivers an album that sound like an album (and not a mixtape) – no small feat in the topography of today’s music. He blends the songs, instrumentals, and interludes into a sequence that sounds like they all belong to something bigger than their time stamp and signature. Individually, the songs are strong; soaked in that neck-snapping, gritty-drummed, trouble-water-soul-sampled thing that makes hip hop magnetic. To dissect the album into its parts would miss the point, though.
The triumph of Let It Go is the full hour of music, not any fraction of the 60-some-minute run time.
SIDE A 1. Let It Go (the Beginning) feat. Shafiq Husayn 2. Empire / Get Down 3. Goodfellas To Bad Boys feat. Moe Dirdee / Dank Interlude 4. Dirt feat. Oh No, The Alchemist, and Roc Marciano / Jeedo Interlude 5. Time feat. Big Tone / Hex Interlude
SIDE B 6. Crazy feat. Black Milk and Guilty Simpson / BahBahBahBah 7. Last Breath feat. Nottz, Oh No, and MED / Mayer & Shoes 8. Keep On feat. Co$$ aka Cashus King / Helluva 9. Sweet feat. Danny Brown / Quelle Interlude
SIDE C 10. So Different feat. Chali 2na / Moody Interlude 11. Everything (Modern Family) feat. Fatt Father / Without You 12. Sunrise feat. Black Spade / Love 13. Trouble feat. Moe Dirdee and MarvWon / Royce Interlude 14. Nails feat. Quelle Chris and Guilty Simpson / Broken
SIDE D 15. Castles (tHE SKY IS OURS) feat. Jimetta Rose / My Brother 16. Cry Now / Gone 17. Roller Coaster feat. SelfSays and Fat Albert Einstein 18. Empire Reprise feat. Sam Beaubien of Will Sessions (Bonus Track)
Instrumental version of House Shoes' debut LP, "Let It Go." House Shoes considers this instrumental version of the LP as his proper debut since he sequenced the instrumental version first, and then put MCs on the tracks to ensure the album had the proper movement musically. These beats were created between 1999 and 2011.
SIDE A 1. Let It Go (The Beginning) - Instrumental 2. Empire / Get Down - Instrumental 3. GoodFellas To Bad Boys / Excursions - Instrumental 4. Dirt / Bad Ass - Instrumental 5. Time / Nowhere To Run - Instrumental
SIDE B 6. Crazy / BahBahBah - Instrumental 7. Last Breath / Pimp Shit - Instrumental 8. Keep On / 'Til Infinity - Instrumental 9. Sweet / Noodles - Instrumental
SIDE C 10. So Different / Moody - Instrumental 11. Everything (Modern Family) / Without You - Instrumental 12. Sunrise / Love - Instrumental 13. Trouble / Slaves - Instrumental 14. Nails / Broken - Instrumental
SIDE D 15. Castles / My Brother - Instrumental 16. Cry Now / Gone - Instrumental 17. Roller Coaster feat. Fat Albert Einstein - Instrumental 18. Empire Reprise feat. Sam Beaubien of Will Sessions - Instrumental
Mixed by Scott “Tenacity” Martin at The LAByrinth, Hollywood, CA Mastered by Mags Vinyl Mastering by David Cheppa Photos by Eric Coleman
“Empire/The Locusts” 7 inch single features personal favorites from House Shoes’ recent debut album release Let It Go as well as The Makingscompilation.
While Let It Go may have been House Shoes’ official debut album, it would be wrong to call him a new artist. House Shoes is known for releasing the now treasure-hunted Jay Dee Unreleased EP (1996)and Phat Kat’s classic Dedication to the Suckers (1999) on his own imprint. His production work is comprehensive including artists like, Big Proof (D12), J Dilla, Elzhi, and Danny Brown. He’s DJ’ed for Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Mayer Hawthorne, Slum Village, and more on worldwide tours.
“Empire”, the second track from House Shoes’ debut album Let It Go, is the fullest representation of House Shoes from his production to his background. The single showcases something consisting solely of his production, while weaving together a story about the musical movements to come out of Detroit and his continuing efforts to expand the empire of Detroit Hip-Hop.
“The Locusts” from The Makings showcases one of House Shoes’ favorite beats that he’s created. Using the original 2 track beat tape version first made back 1998-99, the single features the beat in its original, raw form – burned straight to cd from Shoes’ MPC2000 right after making the beat.
Originally made available exclusively to subscribers of Wax Poetics Japan, this extremely limited vinyl will be available for purchase for the first time.
House Shoes’ lead-off release The Time EP is a precursor to his forthcoming full-length debut album Let It Go. It features original production by Shoes with features by Detroit Emcees Big Tone and Danny Brown, as well as Los Angeles songbird Jimetta Rose.
“Better later than never,” some might say, about these releases from House Shoes. He has been an integral piece of the landscape of Detroit hip-hop for the better part of 20 years. He’s produced, DJed, and dot-connected for a generation of Detroit artists who have taken the sounds of their city on world tour. From his work alongside J Dilla and Big Proof, to Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, and Danny Brown – he has helped to shepherd Detroit’s hip-hop into prominence. His solo endeavors are long overdue, and much awaited.
You can’t rush creation, though – and no matter how late fans might feel it is, House Shoes, The Time EP, and the following Let It Go LP, are arriving like they had an appointment.
“The past no longer exists, and the future is yet to happen / the present time is only as long as the moment that I’m in it; I’m feelin’ every millisecond passin’.” From the needle-drop, the filthy-neck-snapping drums under chopped synths on ‘Time’ featuring Big Tone sets the stage for a showcase of Tone’s humble bravado. He raps about the need to have ‘right now’ in order, and how he keeps his watches in sync.
‘Sweet’ featuring Danny Brown, the second offering of the EP, lays an understated and confident hi-hat over layers of bass guitar riffs and strings stabs that might actually inflict bodily harm. Danny spits with his patented lack-toothed style and a considerably rougher hand than the preceding Emcee. As is usually the case with Brown, it works as designed, with witty chest-puffed punch lines like “you study what I author / your arms too short – my reach like Tarver…” and plus he’s “got butta like George Washington Carver.” Bravo.
The third plate in his Chef’s tasting menu, ‘Castles (tHE SKY IS OURS)’ featuring Jimetta Rose, sounds like it is playing through different speakers than the first two courses – the song feels like it’s coming from the clouds. Created in tribute to the late Jovan ‘J1’ Coleman (Drummer for Dam-Funk / Mazter Blazter, producer, and a friend to Shoes and Rose) – Jimetta sings for all of the people who carried us in the past; the people who we carry on for now. The song closes with an audio clip from an interview with J1 before his passing.
The 12” release also includes two exclusive instrumentals titled ‘Suspended’ and ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ that are not available on the full-length Let It Go release later this year.
Time feat. Big Tone - Clean
Time - Instrumental
Castles (tHE SKY IS OURS) feat. Jimetta Rose - Clean
Sweet feat. Danny Brown - Dirty
Sweet feat. Danny Brown - Clean
Sweet - Instrumental
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Sign up For The Newsletter
Subscribe for emails on new SCM releases + exclusives