You need this record. You are incomplete without it. Jon Wiederhorn of Entertainment Weekly likened Endtroducing to "a surreal film soundtrack on which jazz, classical, and jungle fragments are artfully blended with turntable tricks and dialogue snippets" and commended that it "takes hip-hop into the next dimension",  while Simon Williams of NME called DJ Shadow "both slyly knowing and brilliantly naive, fusing the dramatic and the deranged to his own sweet end.
Endtroducing appeared in numerous critics' lists of the best albums of Endtroducing frequently appears in critics' lists of the greatest albums. Time included Endtroducing in their list of the greatest albums of all time.
Guinness World Records cited the album as the first created entirely from samples. Andy Battaglia of The A. Club suggested that the influence of Endtroducing may have had a negative effect on the album itself, saying that it "has been partially diluted by the symphonic beat-collage culture it helped spawn". I think that I have a healthy enough respect for the lineage of the music and how rare it is that you can connect with an audience.
If that will always be 'the record' then so be it, that's cool. Sample credits . Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. DJ Shadow. Instrumental hip hop  trip hop  sampledelia . The downtempo track " Midnight in a Perfect World " establishes a "nocturnal" mood and develops emotional resonance through its diverse array of samples. Davis Baraka Pekka Pohjola. Davis Jimmy Heath Shawn Phillips.
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Shadow patronized the store for five years before they let him in this crypt, and as he says in the documentary, "Just being in here is a humbling experience for me, because you're looking through all these records and it's sort of like a big pile of broken dreams Whether you want to admit it or not, 10 years down the line you'll be in here.
So keep that in mind when you start thinking like, 'I'm invincible and I'm the world's best,' or whatever. Because that's what all these cats thought. We usually dismiss reissues of CDs as the ultimate cash-in-- the most cynical way for artists like Elvis Costello to charge us again and again for the same album. We think this because we assume that once you commit music to a disc and put it in a store, it's immortal. But without new attention and rereleases, albums can drift off the radar.
Today, Entroducing may be a legend of the s, but the world of beat-driven music regularly throws away old milestones to make room for new ones. How do we know this album will impress-- let alone connect with-- anyone 10 or 20 years down the road? So you could call this rerelease Shadow's first bid for a legacy, and his admission that no matter how many fans called Endtroducing a masterpiece, someone else needs to slap that word on the cover for the next batch of kids.
Yet even more than the first time, this is also a meditation on mortality. Shadow knows what it's like to wander through that basement, find some buried treasure-- some sax riff like those immortal notes on "What Does Your Soul Look Like, Pt. And he also knows how it feels to be in that bin, like all of us on the way to our own graves, where we'll be trapped with all the other goners-- hoping someone will see something a little different and special in us, that might pull us out of the pile.