DJ Honda - DJ Honda (Jul 2, 1996: Relativity)
DJ Honda's eponymous album is a mix CD featuring the DJ's seamless remixes of cuts by Tha Alkaholiks, Grand Puba and Sadat X, Al Tariq, Redman, and Biz Markie, among several others. It's an excellent album — not only are the beats and grooves continually danceable, it's possible to hear how inventive and talented DJ Honda is.
DJ Honda's second album HII is a quantum leap over his debut, largely because he's given himself freedom to cut-and-paste his own backgrounds and he's enlisted a number of collaborators (X-ecutioners, KRS-One, Mos Def) to spice up the mix. He's not a post-modernist like DJ Shadow — he's a modern hip-hop DJ, reviving the musical adventure of early hip-hop. Occasionally, the tracks collapse under their own ambitions, but much of HII simply tears along, pushing acid-jazz and street-level beats together. It's a fascinating, invigorating listen that more than makes the case that in the late '90s international hip-hop can be more exciting than the homegrown kind.
DJ Honda - H3 (Apr 3, 2001: Import)