The Peanut Gallery: Tales from the Basement

By Hugo Wise

When Orlando and Flee Jones came out on the other side of a larger group (Party of 5IVE), they discovered that rare thing musicians are lucky to find… someone who gets you. More importantly, someone who can translate that understanding into a powerful and success endeavor.

Orlando is the egg head to Jones’s gangster. Orlando went to prep school and college, served in the Army, dresses like Arthur, and breakdances. Jones is wrapped in armor, tattoos and a life on the streets of New Jersey. But both are streetwise. Aware. Both looking for their own path in the hip-hop game.

As The Peanut Gallery, Jones and Orlando put all of who they are and who influenced them (Nas, DMX, Eminem, Tupac, Big L, Diddy, Dr. Dre, G-Unit, Dee Brown, Shyne, the Bad Boy label, Jermaine Dupri, Ja Rule, and Ludacris) into the tracks of Tales from the Basement. The joint feels like a mixtape from the ‘90s smashed together with the realest dopest beats from the day and in the here and now.

I’ve been playing Tales a lot. Finding something new each time out. Mostly, I like these dudes’ style. Their swagger. That attitude works. It brings forth better and better music. Keep it up.


Tales from the Basement Tracklisting:

Times Flies By
Greets from Japan (Skit)
Go! (Freestyle)
Da Realest Pain
Follow Me Back (Skit by Alejandro El Fuego)
Made Me Feel Good Today (The Chicken Shack Song)
Molly Crazy Jersesy Club Remix (Prod by DJ Jayhood)