Wednesday, January 30, 2008

iNFiNiTe`s "360 DeGReeS EP"...




`97's "Gotta Get Mine" was the first time I heard anything from Infinite, actually I seen the video on Much Music`s "Rap City". The track was later selected as the first single for the Beatfactory/EMI released "RapEssentials: Volume 2" compilation, guess I wasn`t the only kat feelin` the track. Divine "Earth Essence" Brown is featured on the hook while Inf` kickS the lyricS that many can relate to over a smooth`D out beat, definitely BaNG`n! For those that don`t know about homie let me do a lil` BaCK~STePP`n & give ya some info` on this DoPe Canadian emcee...

Growing up with his two brothers & single mother in Rexdale, a low income housing area in Toronto, he was continuously exposed to that 'STReeT LiFe' & all it`s negativity. I guess to escape some of it he became a member of Toronto`s HiP HoP group Ghetto Concept, Juno Award winners in `95 & `96. The escapism was short lived however when one of his brothers was murdered in 1995. He left Ghetto Concept shortly after & started up his own label Lockdown Entertainment Inc. with his remaining brother Cain. Infinite`s "360 Degrees [EP]" was the label`s first release, maybe the only one I`m still lookin` for the info`. Regardless Lockdown did it BiG with this project & they definitely upp`D the ante on the music video tip, releasing a video for each track. They all received some decent rotation on Much Music & even won a few awards ("Best Hip Hop Video" from the Canadian Urban Music Awards for "Gotta Get Mine", Much Music`s Best Hip Hop Video 1997, Canadian Urban Music Awards Best Hip Hop Video, Mic Check Magazines Best Rap Video 1997, "Take A Look" was nominated for the Canadian Urban Music Award for Best Music Video.)...


"360 Degrees" was the first single off the EP, a crime~epic dropped thru Infinite`s iLL storytelling abilities, definitely one of his strong PoiNTs! "Take A Look" gained some extra light, much like "Gotta Get Mine", when it was chosen as the first single for the BMG distributed album "RapEssentials: The Rebirth", helping the compilation sell more than 5, 000 copies in its first week. "Take A Look" is another track that has Inf` flexin` his art of storytelling & they put together a DoPe fully animated video that definitely captured the emcee`s street narratives & did his LyRiCS justice. Guess that`s why the video received heavy rotation on Much Music back in 1999; charting on Rap City`s "Top 5" for 6 weeks during June & July, holding down the number one spot for three consecutive weeks...




"Wise Guys" has an iLL grimy soundin` beat to support Inf`s crime taleS...

"One Day" has a relaxed vibe to it...


The EP itself sold more than 5, 000 copies in less than 12 months without the help of a major distribution company. Now that you`ve seen all the music videos, here`s the EP to bump in ya` speakerS! This joint`s actually pretty rare, even here in Canada so consider ya`selves BLeSS`D.....LoL, & if you have an original retail copy you have a definite gem `cuz it`s going for $150 on amazon...





Infinite - 360 Degrees [EP]
Label: Lockdown Entertainment
Original Release Date: March 1, 1998



1. 360 Degrees [Radio Mix]
2. Take A Look
3. Wise Guys
4. One Day [Radio Mix]
5. Gotta Get Mine {ft. Divine Brown}
6. Gotta Get Mine [Extended Mix]
7. 360 Degrees [Extended Mix]
8. Take A Look [Instrumental]
9. Wise Guys [Instrumental]
10. One Day [Instrumental]
11. 360 Degrees [Instrumental]



Here`s a few other lil` not~so~known factS about Infinite; in the Summer of `98 he toured with LL Cool J & he also had a lil` role in the `99 film "In Too Deep", starring Omar Epps & LL Cool J...



N`JoY...

23 comments:

The Source said...

guy,

watch the amount of downloads this EP gets. Nuff heads been lookin for it.

Respects Ukatonen!!!

HeRBaN LyRiX said...

Yeah no doubt.....LoL, thanks for the comment & for checkin` out the blog homie, appreciate that...








STaY BLeSS`n...

DJ Filthy Rich said...

thanks for this herban. is this a CD rip?

i have an original copy of this on vinyl....its too bad he never released a full-length LP though...

HeRBaN LyRiX said...

W`uD-uP Filthy Rich? Thanks for droppin` the comment, appreciate that. To answer your question, yes it is a CD rip...wish it was from the original CD though since it`s worth so much. Definitely hold on to that vinyl unless you`ve got a few copies......LoL, gotta agree with you on the fact that it`s too bad a full~length joint never materialized. I heard that he`s workin` on some new ish though so ya never know we may get that album eventually...





STaY BLeSS`n...

Anonymous said...

Hey does anyone know if the original retail copy of this cd was pressed on memorex cds?

HeRBaN LyRiX said...

No idea sorry man...















STaY BLeSS`n...

Repent Canada said...

muchlove, you can't even cop this at a record store anymore......

Prophet-One said...

Respect, I havn't seen that Take a Look video since 98

I got that EP though original copy got it in the biggest HMV I've seen in my life in MTL a little while after it came out only copy left

Real dissapointed there was no LP to follow it up though

Prophet-One said...

And I just checked for the kid who asked, if it still matters, definetly not memorex

It's a picture with Infite holding his hand out to the camera, with the Infinite 360 degrees logo on top and lockdown logo on the bottom

It was 100% official shipped to the major stores all over Canada, little fold out cover and shit if im not mistaken

Sounds like you have a bootleg

Anonymous said...

I can't seem to download this. Can you help?

Janet said...

Hey I keep tryin to download the EP but it ain't workin. Can you possible send it for me via yousendit.com? Email is jhughmcdowell@gmail.com. Would really appreciate it as I been lookin for this for time!

HeRBaN LyRiX said...

The link works fine...










STaY BLeSS`n...

Janet said...

K. Doesn't work on my mac. Maybe I need to try download it from a PC.

Saif said...

This link does not work for sure! can someone reup this! I need this EP

Jay said...

Yeah please reup i need this EP

Anonymous said...

Yeah can someone please reup in need this EP

Anonymous said...

Please i m desperate for this EP, please make available for download once again

Phorz said...

wassup bro...great up...
keep up the good work....but would u mind uploading it again??the link is dead...i suggest sharebee if its not to work...
thanx 4 ur blog man

HeRBaN LyRiX said...

Finally re-up`D it again for y`all...






STaY BLeSS`n...

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I've been lookin for this classic for a while.

HeRBaN LyRiX said...

No probS...










STaY BLeSS`n...

Anonymous said...

link is dead again, would you be able to put it on megaupload? great site by the way

HeRBaN LyRiX said...

Dead again......LoL, fuckin` z-share is trash! I`ll re-re-up again for y`all, just hold tight & stay revisiting...








STaY BLeSS`n...