Prefuse 73 “Hideyaface”

It’s been four years since Guillermo S. Herren, aka Prefuse 73,  released an album. While he’s been busy with collaborations and various side projects, his last “proper” studio album was 2011′s The Only She Chapters. But Herren has big things planned for 2015–not one, not two, but three releases. The first one, Travels In Constants, Vol. 25, was released back in March and is like a “teaser” mix/album to introduce the other albums that will be released in April and May, respectively. However, while listening to all this new stuff, all I could think about was how much I missed old Prefuse 73. Yep, I’m one of those people.

As annoying as it might sound, none of Prefuse 73′s new stuff holds a match to his first three albums. This track on 2005′s Surrounded by Silence is particularly amazing. How often do you see a dream pairing like this? Ghostface and Run the Jewels’s EL-P dueling it out on top of Herren’s soaring production? And if that’s not enough, there’s even an instrumental orchestral version, too. Freaking brilliant.

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