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Tha Call of Tha Wild (Clean Version)

by Tha Mad Dog

Rugged, 90s era, hardcore, East coast, no crossover rap with hard rhymes like DMX and a booming Dr. Dre like voice
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hardcore Rap
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Let Me Explain Intro
1:28 $0.99
2. I'm Charged
3:55 $0.99
3. It's On
4:53 $0.99
4. For My Peoples
3:55 $0.99
5. Howl at the Moon
4:17 $0.99
6. Tha Mystery (Skit)
0:15 $0.99
7. Who Am I
3:43 $0.99
8. Tha Underdog (Tha Nostalgic Remix)
3:03 $0.99
9. Into Tha Madness (Skit)
0:27 $0.99
10. Fast, Wild, And Crazy
4:32 $0.99
11. Unleashed
2:48 $0.99
12. Mad Interlude
0:53 $0.99
13. Racked Wit Vengence
3:16 $0.99
14. Hardcore Wars *
0:07 $0.99
15. Hell Fire
4:00 $0.99
16. How U Feel Me Now?
4:19 $0.99
17. Rugged Man
2:50 $0.99
18. Tha Future of Jay Steele
1:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Emerging from a traumatic childhood and feeling incapable of continuing to exist by the age of 16, Jay Steele underwent a stark transformation. During this metamorphosis, the youngster from Echelon, NJ soon found two passions; weight lifting and hip hop music. Into these, he channeled his turmoil and it wouldn’t be long before he became quite muscular and quite skilled on the microphone as Tha Mad Dog. He turned his life around and went from timid to fearless and weak to ferocious both on his songs and in and out of the weight room.

After enduring much ridicule and abuse as a youth, his overcoming stands as a classic underdog story of relentlessness, survival, and triumph. The adversity he experienced clearly fueled his lyrics and gave him plenty to write about as he attests over the nostalgic, smooth saxophone driven beat of the song "Tha Underdog", “My way was going poorly [but] I learned an easy life leads to really boring stories.”

His lyrics detail his struggles, anger, and vengeance while majoring in fortitude at “The School of Hard Knocks.” However, as Tha Mad Dog’s body became forged with muscle like “Steele” and he no longer felt fear but rather admiration coming from his peers, he also began to feel happier and this can be heard in tracks like "Howl at the Moon", "Who Am I", and "For My Peoples".

“I also went to counseling while recording this album ‘cause it was hard to be happy at all when you’re mad all the time,” Steele reveals. “I went to EMDR trauma therapy, which they use for war veterans, and it helped, he says. “I felt lighter and more free and like I had a sense of humor for the first time in my life after that.”

Some of the standout beats on "Tha Call of Tha Wild" are I’m Charged with its hard hitting, electrifying, kinetic drums and the relaxing, laid back rhythm guitar of For My Peoples. Then there is the gripping apocalyptic vibes heard in the orchestral notes and 808 drums of "Unleashed". These tracks and several others were concocted by an underground producer residing in Clementon, NJ known simply as Tim.

Another highlight of the album can be found within the song "Racked wit Vengence". The vocals that Producer Tone Rec arranged utilizing the vintage MPC machine combine with this eerie beat to establish quite a powerful, memorable, and melodic chorus. Other intriguing stand out vocals are the howling sound effect Jay did on the "Let Me Explain Intro" and the humorous beginning of "It’s On."

Tha Mad Dog’s voice resonates strongly and deeply, evoking powerful, booming voices of artists like Big Daddy Kane, Parrish Smith of EPMD, Rock of Heltah Skeltah, and Dr. Dre. His rhyme style is sharp, complex and comparable to golden age rap stalwarts like Wu Tang Clan, Tha Alkaholiks, DMX, Smoothe Da Hustler, and Tha Lox.

A drawback that should be noted is the reason why this album and the other two in the trilogy are called “Raw, unreleased material,” and it’s not difficult to hear that the album was obviously recorded in several different studios with varying degrees of technology and audio quality. The album’s production credits corroborate this as well. Jay admits to this downside in deciding to put out this volume in particular. He explains his rationale by saying, “In the end, I’d much rather hear good music that doesn’t have the best sound quality or volume, than hear music that’s not too great but is loud and clear and has the best production possible. “ Clearly, it is his hope that others will share similar sentiment.

The title of this work, as well as the artwork, is a tribute to a classic story by Jack London in which the protagonist faces rough times and becomes stronger as a result while finding out things about his nature and makeup that he would have never discovered otherwise. The main character is underestimated and judged by his appearance, but he ultimately surprises himself and those who encounter him during his transformation into a new form and identity. Jay also related to another character, an actual mad dog, which was described as having become the epitome of ferocity. These themes parallel the lyrical content and real life of Tha Mad Dog.

Steele, who won first place in two powerlifting competitions, says that his relentlessness and strength also came to serve him quite well playing basketball, especially in the art of rebounding. He recalls, “One game, I kept missing shots and got like 5 or 6 rebounds in a row, and one of the guys I was playing against sarcastically yelled, ‘Not the mad dog or anything!’” Jay recounts this as one of many stories that helped cement his rap name, which would eventually be tattooed on his right arm and would later become the logo depicted on his artwork.

Ultimately however, this was the last album he comprised under Tha Mad Dog name. Subsequently, his future songs became conscious material. He’d leave behind the name and the hard lyrics, but not before establishing a place among the best of the rugged, East coast, hardcore rap albums of the 1990s with this chapter.

Tha Call of tha Wild is the second installment of a three part album series called "Tha Buried Treasure Trilogy". This collection contains the earliest and previously unreleased material of this artist between the years 1998-2006. Throughout the trilogy, listeners are taken on the journey of the dramatic story and evolution of Jay Steele along with him.

While preparing Tha Buried Treasure Trilogy for release, he concurrently began creating his latest album "For Tha Love". For Tha Love likely stands as his most meaningful and positive music, and through hearing this trilogy, listeners can understand just how far he has come.

The material on Tha Call of tha Wild and the rest of the trilogy was not released at the time it was made for a host of reasons. Yet, over a decade after it was created, it can now be considered unearthed “buried treasure” for fans of high quality hip hop music.



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