The Danger Room Files, Volume 1 is the 2005 release from the Los Angeles hip-hop arts community center Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy (J.U.i.C.E.).
Buried deep in L.A.’s Rampart District, J.U.i.C.E. has become the new melting pot of emerging hip-hop emcees, beat-makers, DJs, and producers. There, young artists have free access to the facilities, equipment, and training necessary to develop and expand their skills in bboying (breakdancing), graffiti art, deejaying, emceeing and music production in a safe environment lead by a staff of seasoned LA hip-hop veterans.
This project is the culmination of a year of classes, workshops, blood, sweat, and tears involving a diverse team of emcees and producers that range from battle-tested pros to complete novices. Under the direction of prolific underground producer Kenny Segal (Abstract Rude, Freestyle Fellowship, Dr.oop), they pay tribute to hip-hop culture by constructing a fresh and highly accessible collection of songs on this trendsetting compilation. From the opening jazzy-riffs of the catchy “Transformers”, to the social commentary of “Beautiful Contraption”, the backpacker anthem “Shoe Fits”, or the club banger “Peep My Style” this album covers a large amount of terrain. Whether it’s insightful lyrics, grimy breakbeats, or catchy hooks, this album has something to offer for all hip-hop fans.