Over the last 15 years, Brooklyn emcee & self-proclaimed “King Of Crime Heights” Ruste Juxx has developed a reputation for consistency, fine-tuned, razor-sharp lyrics & energetic live performances across the globe.
As a protege of the late, great Sean Price, Juxx made his entrance with his 2008 debut Indestructible on Duck Down Records, & has continued to release critically-acclaimed & fan-favorite projects ever since. Touring with acts like Sean Price, Jedi Mind Tricks & Ghostface Killah has earned the Crown Heights emcee a loyal international fanbase that eclipses that of many artists with bigger labels & marketing dollars behind them. Ruste Juxx has a history of sticking with a single producer across an entire album – in fact, all but two of his 9 LP’s have been crafted by one producer (including respected names such as Marco Polo, The Arcitype, & more)
Balancing the hats of Producer & Artist – alongside his day gig as one of NYC’s busiest recording & mix engineers – whether crafting beats, trading bars, or mixing & mastering, Jake Palumbo has slowly gained recognition over the last few years for his work with elite emcees such as Roc Marciano, Royce Da 5’9″, Sean Price (RIP), Cappadonna of Wu-Tang Clan, Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Ras Kass, El Da Sensei (Artifacts), Kool Keith, Canibus, Vast Aire, Shabaam Sahdeeq & many more; he has also selfreleased a lengthy discography via his SpaceLAB Recordings imprint.
Having previously collaborated on the single “Exoskeleton” (also featuring Tek of Smif-N-Wessun) off last year’s Jake It Till You Make It LP, Ruste began using Jake’s busy NYC studio to record his countless feature verses. The two quickly stumbled upon a fast & fluid workflow that almost defied gravity – entire songs were completed in 15 minutes or less sometimes, between Ruste’s effortless speed in the booth & Jake’s fast-handed accuracy behind the boards. Jake began playing his latest batch of beats for Ruste; over the next few sessions, they recorded two new songs (“Get Yo Fill” & “Poem To Your Dome”), & were happy enough with the results they committed to doing a collaborative EP. Once the planned 7 songs were completed they kept recording new material until the EP became an 12-song LP.
The album sat on ice for a few months as Ruste released his International Juxx album, collaborating with emcees across the globe in their native language, & did several tours overseas in both Europe & Japan, helping to strengthen his global fan-base. Juxx also appeared on Sean Price’s fnal LP Imperius Rex, on the powerful “Ape In His Apex”, a fitting send-off to his mentor. Palumbo meanwhile signed with Soulspazm, who re-released his Jake It Till You Make It LP & began distributing his SpaceLAB Recordings imprint. In February 2018 he produced (in full) Rock Mecca’s critically acclaimed sophomore LP Ironworld, & is finishing up work on his upcoming collaborative album with Artifacts emcee El Da Sensei.
Proper timing is everything, & with an important show coming up at legendary NYC venue the Highline Ballroom on July 5th, the two agreed that July 6th would be the perfect release date. With a fully complete, yet still-untitled album, the two shared a laugh reminiscing over the modestly-popular 80’s crime drama Jake & The Fatman, & the answer soon presented itself. Artist Billy Bonks (known for his album art for Apathy, Spit Gemz, & many more) was commissioned to draw the humorous, yet dead serious cover, a tribute of sorts to the largely-forgotten TV series.
With 12 songs at a total running time of just over 34 minutes, Jake & The Juxxman takes a “no filler” approach, trimming the fat & getting straight to the point of barbarian bars & compelling instrumentals, delivering concepts with a message while still providing a head-nodding experience. Guest appearances are kept to a minimum, with the legendary Waterproof Emcee Ras Kass providing eye-opening perspective on the album-closer “Wake Up”, while rising Brooklyn wordsmith & underground veteran Skanks The Rap Martyr (Bankai Fam / Shinigame Records) pops in with ferocious wordplay on “Full Speed Ahead.”
Jake & The Juxxman will be available on all retailers & streaming services 7/6/18, via SpaceLAB Recordings / Soulspazm. For more information visit: www.rustejuxx.com www.jakepalumbo.com