Local DJ Rob Viktum Remixes Hangar 18; Def Jux Offers Free Download Of Album

See, it is about who you know: When the (pretty kickass) independent hip-hop label Definitive Jux--home to El-P, Aesop Rock, Dizzee Rascal, Del The Funkee Homosapien, RJD2, Mr. Lif and more--was looking for a DJ to remix the recently released album from rap trio Hangar 18, local DJ and beatmaker Rob Viktum was tapped to do the job. Mostly, according to the label's site, because Viktum and the H18 guys have been "friends...for a couple of years now."

Just released last week, Viktum's remix of Hangar 18's Sweep the Leg is a nice effort, one that really displays his talents--impressively, it sounds almost nothing like the original disc (which only really had one solid track on it by my count). But Viktum's efforts only add so much to the fun, but average, album; the disc is still pretty mediocre.

Although there is one nice perk: Def Jux is giving that sucker away for free. And that makes the whole thing a heckuva lot cooler. --Pete Freedman

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