(Jewel Case Packaging)
2009 release from the Alt-Rap duo. On Crowns Down, Themselves weld brute skill to a concrete set of tracks that represents an essential ten commandments of Rap. In preparation, Doseone and Jel revisited their beloved Hip Hop collections (e.g. Gang Starr, Ultramagnetic MCs, Public Enemy, and Saafir) and whittled down the recurring themes that made their favorite records so sturdy. Each song on Crowns Down represents one of these archetypes: there's the 'don't bite' song, the diss track, the story Rap, the 'bootleggers beware' song, and the 'don't f*** with my DJ' jam, and more. In this way, Themselves revisit something classic in order to invent their own future-school entry to the annals of Hip Hop.