"With a lot of videos you see girls with bikinis and cars. With this, it was just us being ourselves." � X-ecutioners' Rob Swift
They've recorded with Xzibit, Everlast, Inspectah Deck and the late Big Pun, yet the best career move turntablist collective X-ecutioners ever made was hooking up with Linkin Park rapper Mike Shinoda and turntablist Mr. Hahn for "It's Goin' Down," the first single from their second album, Built From Scratch.
The combustive cut features a fist-pumping beat, buzzsaw guitar samples and, of course, a dizzying array of scratching from all four X-ecutioners � Rob Swift, Roc Raida, Mista Sinista and Total Eclipse � and Hahn. But it's Shinoda who boosts the energy level to critical mass with percussive rhymes that deftly describe the colossal collaboration: "The combination of a vocal caress with lungs that gasp for breath from emotional stress/ The logical progression on a timeline, the separation narrowed down to a fine line/ To blur the edges 'til they blend together properly/ Take you on an audible odyssey."
The song's energy output is greater than the sum of its parts, ranking right up there with Aerosmith and Run-DMC's version of "Walk This Way" and Anthrax and Public Enemy's rendition of "Bring the Noise." As brilliant a marketing move as "It's Goin' Down" is for X-ecutioners, the group wasn't thinking about mainstream exposure when it placed the first calls to Linkin Park early last year.