Although this is well into Big Daddy Kane's career, he still displays some skills here. Includes "How U Get A Record Deal?", "Very Special", "Stop Shammin'", "Here Comes Kane, Scoob & Scrap" and "Nuff Respect (remix)". LP, Vinyl record album
A damn surprise to our ears – a record that shouldn't work well, but which succeeds tremendously – bringing all the best part of Elvis Costello and The Roots into play perfectly – with a sound that's unlike anything either of them have ever done before! Costello has way more bite than on most records of the past few decades – set up perfectly here in these tightly snapping rhythms that echo all the best live bits of The Roots' records, but which work surprisingly well for Elvis' lyrics in the lead. And The Roots get some very cool keyboard work from Costello – including some especially nice Wurlitzer, played with a rootsy, respectful mode that brings in even more soul than their backings have on their own. And although we've loved The Roots since their earliest days in the hip hop underground, the album's also a strong statement of just how far they've come in the pop mainstream – a true testament to the growth of ?uestlove and crew, and their sense of versatility and vision. Titles include "Wise Up Ghost", "Walk Us Uptown", "Sugar Won't Work", "Refuse To Be Saved", "Tripwire", "Wake Me Up", and "Come The Meantimes". CD
A killer re-edit of the funky break classic "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines! "Our Generation" is among the unsung should-be-classics of the Stax empire, but it gets plenty of love from the hip hop generation for the unstoppable drums and heavy bass grooves. Nu-Mark, being the perceptive DJ that he is, fully respects all that makes the original version great on his re-edit – and the 45 exclusive "Cali Mix" on the flip! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Paid In Full, indeed. Eric B & Rakim's seminal album still pays off in so many ways, and it was such a vital link between the party rockin' style of the old school and the terse, hard-hitting beats and rhymes of what was then the new school, we can't even come up with the words for the praise it's due! If you don't respect this album, you don't know a damn thing. Includes the immortal "I Ain't No Joke", "Eric B Is In The Cut", "I Know You Got Soul", "Move The Crowd", "Paid in Full", "Chinese Arithmetic", and "Eric B. Is President" plus 2 bonus tracks: "As The Rhyme Goes On (radio)" and "Paid In Full (mini madness – Coldcut rmx)". CD
Plenty of great guests really make this one sparkle – Diamond D, Sadat X, Large Professor, Gift Of Gab, and others – all of whom really live up to the true school style of beatmaking from Hugo! The tunes have some especially great keyboards at times, scratches by Suspect, and even a bit of bass from Patchworks! Titles include "On & On", "MC3", "More Blue Funk", "Why You", "Humble Arrogance", "You're Gonna Learn", and "What's Wrong With Groovin". LP, Vinyl record album
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five —
Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang ... CD Elektra/Collectors Choice, 1987. New Copy ....
A later effort from the one-and-only Grandmaster Flash, without the Furious Five, though Kid Creole and Rahiem are still on board. Despite the record's late appearance in the chronology, there are some moments in which Grandmaster lights it up – at a time in which old school party rocking was definitely a a dying art! 14 tracks in all, including "Ain't We Funkin Now", "U Know What Time It Is", "We Will Rock You" "Underarms", "Bus Dis (Wooo)", "I Am Somebody", and "Big Black Caddy". CD
Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five —
Piano ... LP New Day, 1989. Sealed ....
A late 80s LP from the Furious Five, sans Grandmaster Flash, but not as bad as you might expect. Sylvia Robinson handles the production, and though this isn't quite as great as their earlier Sugarhill material, it's more respectable than some of the other later efforts Melle Mel and crew got involved with. 10 tracks in all, including "White Lines 89 part II", "Gangster Movies", "Getto Life", "old School", "Piano", "Drug Wars", "Kick The Knowledge", "Free Style", "Revenge" and "See Ya!". LP, Vinyl record album
Crash Crew —
Crash Crew ... LP Sugar Hill, 1984. New Copy (reissue)....
$6.99Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest hip hop acts from the early days of Sugar Hill – but a group who don't often get the same sort of cred as the label's bigger names at the time! The Crash Crew have a youthful energy that really lives up to their name – a loose approach to rhyme that sounds especially live on the longer tracks on the album – mixes with a more tuneful style at times that almost prefaces the growth of the genre in years to come! "Breaking Bells" and "We Want To Rock" both have a massive South Bronx party feel – and other cuts include "Scratching", "On The Radio", and "We Are Known As Emcees". LP, Vinyl record album
The mindblowing classic debut of De La Soul! 3 Feet High And Rising is inarguably one of the most important records in hip hop history – with playful, endearingly oddball trio rhymes and Prince Paul production at it's most sprawlingly sampled and creative. It's got flat out classic songs that stand out well enough on their own, but it's also one of the greatest full length albums in hip hop history – featuring loosely connective skits with recurring characters that are vital to the experience. Last, but not least, 3 Feet. . .is especially fascinating given it's 1989 release year – a time when so many of the contemporaneous crews and solo MCs on both the east coast and west coast were going grittier, darker and more profane – but it doesn't feel like a conscious reaction to that, as much it feels like sharp trio and a brilliant producer carving out their own damn creative niche. Includes "Me, Myself & I", "The Magic Number", "Plug Tunin", "Say No Go", "Tread Water", "Eye Know", "Buddy" and much more! Double vinyl reissue – making it sound a heck of a lot better than the overly-compressed original vinyl, which could never handle all the music on the album! LP, Vinyl record album