Silently, Waajeed is one of the most creative and forward-thinking producers out of Detroit, and if you know the city’s history, that is saying a mouthful. The creative who was the impetus behind Slum Village’s Fantastic Vol. 1 cassette tape that first sparked the fire on the cult of Dilla has himself grown into one of his generations virtuosos. He mastered the grimy, Detroit hip-hop sound and made his mark on soul music through his work with PPP. He’s scored films, ghost-produced and taught himself film work.
Still, it’s been a few years since a proper Waajeed musical release, and recently, we were clued in as to why. He just announced two new 12″s, but it is the unveiling of his new label, Dirt Tech Reck, that is truly exciting. Apparently, Waajeed has been creating another lane to explore his music. The imprint is created in unison with a group of Detroit electronic pioneers under the name Underground Resistance.
The song “Hood Tech” is both a track for upcoming release and the namesake of the new genre Jeed has crafted. As the title might allude, “Hood Tech” sounds like electronic sounds for the hood, dance floor music that is more visceral than cerebral. The drums are knocking and the low end booms — this will definitely work. The Nicki Minaj adlibs fit in pretty well too.
Here is what Kenny Fresh of FRSH SLCTS and frequent Waajeed collaborator opines:
“Marching forward with all cannons blazing, Detroit innovator, Waajeed, AKA Jeedo, continues the roll out of his new army & label, Dirt Tech Reck, with yet another new song released today via his Soundcloud page.
After the release of both the FILTH and Electric Street Orchestra 12″s last month + his takeover of the Benji B show, today Jeedo liberates “Hood Tech” – the flagship anthem for the new genre he’s been crafting for the last few years.”