Shifting Gears (Z-Trip album)

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Shifting Gears
DJ Z-Trip - Shifting Gears (Edited).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 19, 2005 (2005-04-19)[1]
GenreHip hop, turntablism
LabelHollywood Records
Singles from Shifting Gears
  1. "Listen to the DJ"
    Released: 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
PopMatters7/10 stars[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]

Shifting Gears is the debut studio album by American DJ Z-Trip.[5] It was released through Hollywood Records in 2005.[6][7][8] It includes guest appearances from Soup, Whipper Whip, Lyrics Born, Busdriver, Supernatural, Luke Sick, Murs, Aceyalone, Mystic, Chester Bennington, and Chuck D.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

David Jeffries of AllMusic gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, describing it as "a reminiscing album that is in love with a time when breakdancers and b-boys ruled and living without your Adidas was just impossible."[1] Bill Werde of Rolling Stone gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying, "These fifteen original tracks deploy sharp sampling, jazzy scratches and the sheer joy of old-school hip-hop."[4]

Track listing[edit]

2."Listen to the DJ" (featuring Soup)4:16
3."All About the Music" (featuring Whipper Whip)3:22
4."The Get Down" (featuring Lyrics Born)3:46
5."About Face"2:51
7."Take Two Copies" (featuring Busdriver)4:25
8."For My People" (featuring Supernatural)4:10
9."Bury Me Standing" (featuring Luke Sick)4:27
10."Breakfast Club" (featuring Murs and Supernatural)4:53
11."3rd Gear"3:53
12."Everything Changes" (featuring Aceyalone and Mystic)5:23
13."Walking Dead" (featuring Chester Bennington)4:33
14."Shock and Awe" (featuring Chuck D)4:39
15."Revolution (STR Parts 1+2)"15:21


Chart Peak
US Billboard 200[10] 90
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 56


  1. ^ a b c Jeffries, David. "Shifting Gears - DJ Z-Trip". AllMusic. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Durig, Jim (May 25, 2005). "Z-Trip - Shifting Gears". IGN. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  3. ^ O'Neil, Tim (April 25, 2005). "Z-Trip: Shifting Gears". PopMatters. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Werde, Bill (April 21, 2005). "Shifting Gears : DJ Z-Trip : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 6, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Turenne, Martin (August 18, 2005). "On the aptly titled "Shifting Gears", Z-Trip moves beyond the mash-up". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Z-Trip - Shifting Gears". Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Shifring Gears - DJ Z-Trip". Bandcamp. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "Shifting Gears by Z-Trip". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "Z-Trip 'Gears' Up For Debut CD". Billboard. February 8, 2005. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "DJ Z-Trip - Chart history - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "DJ Z-Trip - Chart history - Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved July 21, 2017.

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