Meanwhile, the Northwest was finally coming into its own on the hip hop front, thanks in part to none other than Sir Mix-A-Lot. Wilson began spinning in and around Olympia, under the name of DJ Take One. In 1998, he went on to record the Emergency Breaks 12-inch on K, featuring a track by DJ None.
The Director's Cut EP (K/Drunk Decibel Records) was recorded at four different studios in Washington and California and showcases some of the finest MCs working in the Los Angeles and Seattle/Tacoma underground hip hop scenes, including Dr. OOP, PM, Universal, J-Thorn, and Tacoma's Bedroom Productionz of the Black Anger/DU4SELF crew. The track "Who Knows?" features Seattle's Samson S. and producer Vitamin D. To quote the EP's opening sample, "Some shine, some don't." By keeping it real and doing it right, The Shinin' definitely do.