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Endtroducing..... is the debut album by American music producer DJ Shadow, released on September 16, 1996 by Mo' Wax. It is composed almost entirely of samples, mostly from vinyl records, and features moody, slow tracks and upbeat jams reminiscent of Shadow's early hip hop influences. Shadow produced Endtroducing over two years using minimal equipment, primarily an MPC60 sampler.
In the United Kingdom, where DJ Shadow had already established himself as a rising act, Endtroducing received critical acclaim and peaked in the top twenty of the UK Albums Chart. It was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. Mo' Wax issued four singles, including the chart hits "Midnight in a Perfect World" and "Stem".
It took considerably longer for Endtroducing to find success in the United States. After promoting the album and returning to his hometown of Davis, California, Shadow devoted his time to creating new music. During this period, interest in Endtroducing began to build among the American music press, and it peaked at 37 on the US Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.
Endtroducing was ranked highly on various lists of the best albums of 1996, and appears in several publications' lists of the greatest albums of the 1990s. It is considered a landmark work in instrumental hip hop, with Shadow's sampling techniques and arrangements leaving a lasting influence. In 2020, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Endtroducing as the 329th greatest album of all time.
|Best Foot Forward||0:49|
|Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt||6:40|
|The Number Song||4:40|
|Why Hip Hop Sucks In '96||0:43|
|Midnight In A Perfect World||4:57|
|Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain||9:23|
|What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Blue Sky Revisit)||5:08|