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  • First World - "Hip Hop's Not Over" (4.57)
    First World ‎– "Hip Hop's Not Over"
    Label:
    Day One Records (3) ‎– DOR9442
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    1994
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist
    A1 Hip Hop's Not Over 4:24
    A2 Mad Weed 4:19
    AA1 Hip Hop's Not Over 4:24
    AA2 Mad Weed 4:19
    Companies etc
    Copyright (c) – Day One Records (3)
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – Day One Records (3)
    Recorded At – Funky Slice Studios
    Mastered At – Funky Slice Studios
    Credits
    Engineer – Kwamé
    Producer, Written-By, Arranged By – Knowledge Born, R.E.V., The
    Notes
    Same Tracks & Labels on both sides
    © ℗ Day One Records, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Maltar Management, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (917) 766-6413
  • D-Mob - "It Is Time To Get Funky" (3.31)
    Jazzy B from Soul to Soul makes a cameo apperance in it if you watch closely and it's Paul Oakenfold at 2.41

    D Mob
    Birth name Daniel Kojo Poku
    Born Cobridge, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, England
    Genres House music
    Occupation(s) Record producer, Remixer
    Years active 1988–1994
    Labels FFRR
    D Mob (or D-Mob) is one of the stage names used by British house music producer Dancin' Danny D (born Daniel Kojo Poku).[1]

    The 1988 UK hit "We Call It Acieed" hit #3 in the UK Singles Chart, and was one of a wave of acid house singles to enjoy success that year. The video was directed by Marek Budzynski. D Mob went on to have a further three Top Twenty singles in the UK during 1989 and 1990, which were "It is Time to Get Funky", which reached #9, "C'mon and Get My Love", which reached #15, and "Put Your Hands Together", which reached #7.

    In the late 1980s and early 1990s D Mob charted five songs on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, four of which went to #1, including "We Call It Acieed", "It is Time to Get Funky", "C'mon and Get My Love" (with Cathy Dennis), and "That's the Way of the World" (also with Dennis). In the U.S. they are best known for the hit "C'mon and Get My Love", again featuring Dennis as vocalist, that crossed over to pop radio and hit #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.

    Aside from Dennis, Danny D has collaborated with vocalists Gary Haisman and LRS.

    D-Mob* Featuring L.R.S.* & D.C.Sarome* ‎– "It Is Time To Get Funky"
    Label:
    FFRR ‎– 886 627-1, PolyGram ‎– 886 627-1
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    1989
    Genre:
    Electronic
    Style:
    House, Acid House
    Tracklist
    A1 It Is Time To Get Funky (Extended 12" Mix) 7:15
    A2 It Is Time To Get Funky (7" Version) 3:30
    B1 It Is Time To Get Funky (Casualty Mix) 8:10
    B2 It Is Time To Get Funky (Casualty Instrumental) 7:03
    Companies etc
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – FFRR Records Ltd.
    Copyright (c) – FFRR Records Ltd.
    Manufactured By – PolyGram Records, Inc.
    Manufactured By – PolyGram Records, Inc.
    Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation
    Credits
    Management – Simon Fuller (2)
    Mixed By – Dancin' Danny D (tracks: A1, A2)
    Producer, Arranged By – Dancin' Danny D
    Remix – Dancin' Danny D (tracks: A1, A2)
    Written-By – B. Reynolds*, C. Scarlett*, C. Coulson*, Danny Poku (a/k/a Danny D)*
    Notes
    Picture sleeve
    In the runout matrix no.s, "SRC" is stamped, all other characters are hand-etched.

    "A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That" is the debut studio dance album by D Mob. It was released on FFRR Records in 1989. The album features Cathy Dennis on vocals for two songs, one of which, "C'mon And Get My Love" became a top 10 hit in the United States, peaking at number 10.[1] The single was also a hit in the UK where it charted at #15.[2] A Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That peaked at #46 on the UK Albums Chart[2] and at #82 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S.A.

    D Mob ‎– "A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That"
    Label:
    FFRR ‎– 828 159-1 R-1
    Format:
    Vinyl, LP
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    1989
    Genre:
    Electronic
    Style:
    House, Acid House
    Tracklist Hide Credits
    A1 C'Mon And Get My Love
    Vocals [Featuring] – Cathy Dennis
    A2 All I Do
    Vocals [Featuring] – Cathy Dennis
    A3 It Really Don't Matter
    Rap – Dancin' Danny D
    A4 That's The Way Of The World
    Vocals [Featuring] – Cathy Dennis
    A5 It Really Don't Matter (Reprise)
    B1 It's Time To Get Funky
    Rap – LRS
    Vocals [Featuring] – DC Sarome
    B2 Put Your Hands Together
    Rap [Featuring] – Nuff Juice
    B3 A Rhythm From Within
    B4 Trance Dance
    Vocals [Featuring] – Gary Haisman
    B5 We Call It Acieed
    Vocals [Featuring] – Gary Haisman
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      Doombot101 First single i ever bought on Vinyl, what was i thinking! ha ha...
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  • LL Cool J feat. - Total - "Loungin (Who Do Ya Luv)" (3.36)
    "Loungin" is the third and final single from LL Cool J's sixth album, Mr. Smith. It was released by Def Jam Recordings and Columbia Records on June 25, 1996. It is also featured in the 1997 Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon Movies film Good Burger and on the movie's soundtrack. It was written by LL Cool J and Al B. Sure! and produced by Rashad "Ringo" Smith and LL Cool J. A popular remix featuring vocals by Total and production from the Trackmasters was also released. Loungin was a huge success, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, number one on the Hot Rap Singles and number four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The song samples Al B. Sure!'s "Nite and Day" and on the B-Side was "Summer Luv".

    The remix version of the song samples "Who Do You Love?" by Bernard Wright.

    The song also appeared in an episode of LL's sitcom, In The House.

    LL Cool J ‎– Loungin
    Label:
    Def Jam Recordings ‎– 314 575 063-1
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12", Single
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    1996
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:
    RnB/Swing
    Tracklist Hide Credits
    A1 Loungin (Who Do Ya Luv Remix)
    Producer, Remix – Tone
    Vocals – Total
    3:46
    A2 Loungin (Who Do Ya Luv Remix Instrumental)
    Producer, Remix – Tone
    Vocals – Total
    3:46
    B1 Summer Luv (LP Version)
    Producer – Rashad Smith
    4:23
    B2 Summer Luv (Instrumental)
    Producer – Rashad Smith
    4:23
    Notes
    Contains a sample of "Who Do You Love?" performed by Bernard Wright

    "Mr. Smith"

    Studio album by LL Cool J
    Released November 21, 1995
    Recorded 1994-1995
    Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, new jack swing
    Length 58:25
    Label Def Jam Recordings
    Producer Rashad Smith
    Chyskillz
    Chad Eliott
    Trackmasters
    Easy Mo Bee[1]
    LL Cool J chronology
    14 Shots to the Dome
    (1993) Mr. Smith
    (1995) All World: Greatest Hits
    (1996)
    Singles from Mr. Smith
    "Hey Lover"
    Released: October 31, 1995
    "I Shot Ya"
    Released: November 21, 1995
    "Doin' It"
    Released: January 20, 1996
    "Loungin"
    Released: June 25, 1996
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    Allmusic 3/5 stars link
    Entertainment Weekly (B) link
    Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link
    Q 3/5 stars link
    "Mr. Smith" is the sixth studio album by the rapper LL Cool J, released on November 21, 1995. After the commercially disappointing 14 Shots to the Dome, it was a success, being certified 2x Platinum. Three top 10 hits were released from the album, "Hey Lover", "Doin' It", and "Loungin". Unlike his previous release, which focused on hardcore rap, this album concentrates on the ballads for which he is now famous.

    Track listing
    No. Title Producer(s) Length
    1. "The Intro (skit)" 1:33
    2. "Make It Hot" Trackmasters 4:31
    3. "Hip Hop" Trackmasters 5:00
    4. "Hey Lover" (featuring Boyz II Men) Trackmasters 4:44
    5. "Doin' It" (featuring LeShaun) Rashad Smith 4:53
    6. "Life As..." Easy Mo Bee 2:44
    7. "I Shot Ya" (featuring Keith Murray) Trackmasters 3:51
    8. "Mr. Smith" Chyskillz 3:59
    9. "No Airplay" Chad Elliot 5:43
    10. "Loungin" (featuring Terri & Monica) Rashad Smith 4:12
    11. "Hollis to Hollywood" Trackmasters 3:58
    12. "God Bless" Rashad Smith 3:47
    13. "Get Da Drop On 'Em'" Trackmasters 3:57
    14. "Prelude (skit)" 0:30
    15. "I Shot Ya (Remix)" (featuring Keith Murray, Prodigy, Fat Joe and Foxy Brown) Trackmasters 5:03
    [show]Bonus track
    Track notes[edit]
    "No Airplay" was edited on both the edited and explicit versions of the album. The explicit version only backmasks on the song, while the edited version even edits the intro.
    "Hollis to Hollywood" is sampled from his verse of Craig Mack's "Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)" on the chorus.
    Also To Be Noted, Certain Album Version Has The Explicit Version Of "No Airplay" Which The Intro Is Edited Out And its Starts With LL Talking And The Verse Or Edited Neither Blackmask
    Singles[edit]
    Year Song Chart positions
    Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
    1995 "I Shot Ya" - #55 -
    "Hey Lover" #3 #3 #1
    1996 "Doin' It" #9 #7 #2
    "Loungin #3 #4 #1
    All Of LL Cool J's music videos off this album were directed by Hype Williams.
  • Large Professor & Yu Mamiya - "BACK N 4th SCRAMBLER" (4.20)
    Japanese producer Yu Maimya invites Extra-P to spit some of that trademark Large shit on this hot new single called "Back & 4th Scrambler". The Ed Jensen video is a must see for any hip-hop head as well as it plays like a great homage to the entire culture.

    Yu Mamiya Featuring Large Professor ‎– "Back & 4th Scrambler"
    Label:
    Vinyl Reminiscences Production ‎– V.R.P.001
    Format:
    Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Limited Edition
    Country:
    Japan
    Released:
    Oct 2012
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist
    A1 Back & 4th Scrambler (Main)
    Featuring – Large Professor
    B1 Back & 4th Scrambler (Instrumental)
    Companies etc
    Pressed By – Toyokasei
    Credits
    Artwork – Novol
    Producer – Yu Mamiya (DJ Baystate)*
    Rap – Large Professor
  • J-Love & Large Professor - "Cool" (4.01)
    J-Love
    The self-proclaimed "King of Mixtapes", he is responsible for most of the Wu-Tang affiliated mixtapes and is the official tour DJ for Ghostface Killah.

    J-Love & Large Pro* ‎– "Rap Professionals"
    Label:
    Replay Records (3) ‎– 36004-12
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    1999
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist
    A1 Rap Professionals (Clean)
    A2 Rap Professionals (Dirty)
    A3 Rap Professionals (Instrumental)
    A4 Rap Professionals (Acapella)
    B1 Cool (Clean)
    B2 Cool (Dirty)
    B3 Cool (Instrumental)
    Credits
    Engineer [Recording] – Tim Wayne
    Mastered By – Chris Scott (2)
    Mixed By – Da Phatheadz*
    Producer – J-Love
    Notes
    Produced for Greatness Productions.
    Recorded at Skyelab Studios.
    Mixed at Unique Recordings.
    Mastered at Westside Sound.

    J-Love ‎– Unstoppable
    Label:
    Let It Fly Records ‎– none
    Format:
    CD, Mixed
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    06 Sep 2009
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist
    1 –J-Love Hip Hop 3:30
    2 –Raekwon Heavy Weights 3:16
    3 –50 Cent & Mobb Deep Outta Control 3:50
    4 –J-Love & NYC Krooks Fire Burnz 3:51
    5 –Gang Starr Tha Squeeze 2:56
    6 –LA The Darkman & Willie The Kid When The Money Comes 2:48
    7 –AZ Return Of S.O.S.A. 2:13
    8 –Killa Sha Acknowledge The Vet 3:43
    9 –Ghostface Killah & Trife & Wigz* Late Night Arrival 2:18
    10 –Big L Danger Zone 3:34
    11 –Tragedy Khadafi & Trife & Killa Sha One Hand Washes The Other 4:29
    12 –Tru Life* L.E.S. 1:22
    13 –Slick Rick Women Lose Weight 4:13
    14 –Meyhem Another Hustle 4:30
    15 –RZA I'm Back 3:41
    16 –M.O.P. Return Of The Warriorz 4:07
    17 –Shyheim & Killa Sha Bottom 2 The Top 3:09
    18 –Large Professor Cool 3:48
    19 –Cuban Link Gangsta 1:52
    20 –Jay-Z Stop 2:30
    21 –Rakim Keep The Mic Hot 3:35
    22 –Masta Ace 3 Some 3:23
    23 –ODB* Don't Stop 2:18
    Credits
    DJ Mix – J-Love
  • Blaq Poet - Poet Has Come - Prod. by DJ Premier (4.09)
    Blaq Poet

    Blaq Poet was first heard in the track "Beat You Down" from the Bridge Wars during 1987, a diss song towards KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions.[2] At that time Poet was at least 17 years old, as stated in a 2009 radio interview. During 1991, Poet and DJ Hot Day made a duo called PhD and released their debut album, Without Warning on Tuff City Records. They released after that album several 12 inch singles and an EP until 1996 when they parted ways due to being unable to find another record label. Poet went onto teaming up with KL, Hostyle and Solo, creating the group Screwball. They released two albums and a compilation together before Poet went solo with the street album Rewind: Deja Screw, released 2006. The album featured production from DJ Premier amongst others. Poet later on signed to DJ Premier's Year Round Record label and released his second album, Tha Blaqprint in 2009 with the majority production coming from DJ Premier and guest appearances from the likes of Lil' Fame and N.O.R.E. as well as labelmates NYGz and Nick Javas. On the remix version of Ain't Nuthing Changed, a single from Tha Blaqprint, he collaborated with west coast rappers MC Eiht and Young Maylay. In 2010 he featured on parisian producer & rapper VENOM "vigilantes" 12 inch single, title remixed by DJ Premier. Blaq Poet is currently working on an album with producers Stu Bangas from Guns-N-Butter, and Vanderslice to be released on Stu's label Brutal Music. In 2007, Poet appeared on the track "Victory", on KRS-One and Marley Marl's 2007 album Hip Hop Lives, which was released as proof that The Bridge Wars had ended.

    Blaq Poet ‎– "Poet Has Come / A Message From Poet"
    Label:
    Year Round Incorporated ‎– YRI-03-20011
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12"
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    2003
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:
    Thug Rap
    Tracklist
    A1 Poet Has Come (Clean)
    A2 Poet Has Come (Street)
    A3 Poet Has Come (TV)
    B1 A Message From Poet (Clean)
    B2 A Message From Poet (Street)
    B3 A Message From Poet (TV)
    B4 A Message From Poet (Acapella)
    Credits
    Producer – DJ Premier

    "Rewind: Deja Screw"
    Studio album by Blaq Poet
    Released 2006
    Recorded 2004-2006
    Genre Hip hop
    Label Traffic Entertainment
    Producer 45 Scientific, DJ Premier, Blaq Poet, The Alchemist, Easy Mo Bee
    Blaq Poet chronology
    Without A Warning
    (1991) Rewind: Deja Screw
    (2006) Tha Blaqprint
    (2009)
    Singles from Rewind: Deja Screw
    "Poet Has Come"
    Released: 2003
    "Watch Your Back"
    Released: 2006
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    Unkut.com 3.5/5 stars link
    "Rewind: Deja Screw" is the first studio album by American Queensbridge hip hop rapper Blaq Poet since 1991's Without A Warning together with producer DJ Hot Day. Released in early 2006 through Traffic Entertainment, the album features a mix of old and new verses by Poet over all new beats, hence the title. The three main producers are 45 Scientifik from France, DJ Premier, and Blaq Poet himself, although Easy Mo Bee and Alchemist both contribute a track each. Poet's cousin, KL, who died in early 2008, makes three appearances on the LP.

    Track listing[edit]
    No. Title Producer Length
    1. "Bang This" DJ Premier 3:09
    2. "Ghetto Shit" 45 Scientific 3:40
    3. "Message from Poet" DJ Premier 2:51
    4. "Bomb Shit" (featuring KL, J Roc & Verse) 45 Scientific 4:36
    5. "Bloody Mess" The Alchemist 4:01
    6. "Watch Your Back" DJ Premier 3:35
    7. "The Cash" 45 Scientific 3:18
    8. "My Nigga" (featuring Team Shug) Blaq Poet 3:39
    9. "What Ya'll Gonna Do?" 45 Scientific 3:40
    10. "Poet Has Come" DJ Premier 4:06
    11. "You Fucked Up" Easy Mo Bee 3:36
    12. "After All This Time" 45 Scientific 3:28
    13. "Rhyme Crime Boss" Blaq Poet, DJ Sincere 4:06
    14. "Hard to Believe" 45 Scientific 3:27
    15. "Psycho" Blaq Poet 3:03
    16. "Still Flippin'" 45 Scientific 3:23
    17. "The Cash Pt. 2" Blaq Poet 3:02
    18. "Mind of a Criminal" (featuring Teflon, KL & J Roc) 45 Scientific 3:52
  • Hieroglyphics - "The Who" (A-Plus Remix) (4.16)
    Hieroglyphics, also known as the Hieroglyphics Crew and Hiero, are an American underground hip hop collective based in Oakland, California. The collective was founded in the early-1990s by rapper Del tha Funkee Homosapien. The collective is currently composed of rappers Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, producer/manager Domino, DJ Toure, and the four individual members of the rap group Souls of Mischief: Phesto, A-Plus, Opio, and Tajai.

    The Hieroglyphics combine fundamentally sound deliveries and lyrical content with original and sometimes jazzy or funky beats and samples.[1] Since their inception, Hieroglyphics have found a following largely through their live concerts, podcasts ("Hierocasts"), and promotion through their website.[2]

    The collective uses a three-eyed, straight-lipped face logo that figures prominently on their albums, website, stickers, and clothing.[3]

    Contents [show]
    History[edit]
    As a collective, the Hieroglyphics have released three studio albums: 3rd Eye Vision in 1998, Full Circle in 2003, and The Kitchen in 2013.

    In 2005, the collective released a live DVD and accompanying CD of the Hiero's 2003 Full Circle Tour.

    The collective has also released five compilation albums: Hieroglyphics B-Sides and Hieroglyphics Oldies, Vol. I in 1997, Hieroglyphics Oldies, Vol. II in 1998, The Building in 2004, The Corner in 2005, and most recently, Over Time, in March, 2007.

    Individual members of the collective have also released albums of their own, either through solo projects or outside group projects.

    In August 2013, Hieroglyphics' album Full Circle was included in UrbanSouth's elite list of underground hip hop albums.[4]

    Logo[edit]

    Hieroglyphics' Logo
    The collective's ubiquitous, third eye logo is the Mayan numerical for 8, also used as a symbol for infinite. Created by Del tha Funkee Homosapien, the son of an abstract artist and has been used to promote the collective through reproduction on the Hieroglyphic's album covers, website, promotional materials, stickers, and clothing.[3]

    In a 2000 interview with the SF Weekly, Del commented:

    “ When I invented that symbol, I never thought it would get this big. I've seen about 20 people with that tattoo. I saw a comic book -- like Clerks or something -- and one of the fools in there had a Hiero shirt on. I saw a Redman and Method Man video, and there's somebody in the crowd with a Hiero shirt on. I think slowly but surely people are starting to pay attention to us.[3] ”
    The Clerks comic in question was drawn by underground comic artist Jim Mahfood who has worked various rap and hip hop items into his work over his career and has had his live art shows compared to hip hop musicians. In an interview with halftimeonline.net in 2004, Mahfood mentioned Del and the Hieroglyphics by name:

    “ Working in comics, especially the way I do, is totally comparable to an underground emcee or rap crew because you can actually make a living off of it without selling out or compromising your vision. Some of my heroes are Del The Funkee Homosapien from the Hieroglyphics crew, Jurassic 5, or my homeboy Z-Trip are all people who have developed a following for doing something really specific.[5] ”
    It was also in Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead in Issue #5. One of the characters, Glenn, wore a shirt with the logo on it when the survivors were having target practice. Glenn also wears the shirt in the first episode of the Walking Dead video game series.

    Hieroglyphics
    Background information
    Also known as Hieroglyphics Crew, Hiero
    Origin Oakland, California, USA
    Genres Hip Hop
    Years active 1991 - present
    Labels Hieroglyphics Imperium
    Associated acts Extra Prolific, Souls of Mischief
    Website Hieroglyphics.com
    Members Casual
    Del tha Funkee Homosapien
    Domino
    Pep Love
    A-Plus
    Opio
    Tajai
    Phesto
    DJ Toure
    Past members Snupe
    Mike G
    Jay-Biz

    Hieroglyphics ‎– "The Who / After Dark"
    Label:
    Hiero Imperium ‎– HI 001
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12"
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    1997
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist
    A1 The Who (A-Plus Mix)
    Producer – A-Plus
    A2 The Who (Del Mix)
    Producer – Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
    A3 After Dark
    Producer – Domino (3)
    B1 The Who (Del Instrumental)
    Producer – Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
    B2 After Dark (Instrumental)
    Producer – Domino (3)
    B3 The Whocapella
  • Casual - "Thoughts of The Thoughtful" (2.57)
    Jon Owens (born December 19, 1975), known by his stage name Casual, is an American rapper from Oakland, California and one of the founding members of the alternative hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. After his debut album Fear Itself garnered both critical and commercial success, Casual went on to become one of the most prominent and recognizable faces on the Hieroglyphics roster, releasing five full-length LPs over the span of his twenty-year career. Despite the lackluster sales of the LPs following his debut, which were preceded by an absence of both critical and popular acclaim, Owens has garnered a following amongst devoted hip hop fans, particularly in the Bay Area hip hop scene, largely due to his specialization in hardcore battle rhymes.

    Casual ‎– "That's How It Is"
    Label:
    Jive ‎– 01241-42130-1
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12"
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    1993
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist
    A1 That's How It Is (LP Version) 3:07
    A2 That's How It Is (Disseshowedo Mix)
    Remix – Casual
    3:40
    B1 That's How It Is (A Cappella) 2:40
    B2 Thoughts Of The Thoughtful (LP Version)
    Producer – Domino (3)
    2:56
    B3 That's How It Is (LP Instrumental) 3:07
    Credits
    Producer – Del Tha Funkee Homosapien (tracks: A1, A2, B3)

    "Fear Itself"

    Studio album by Casual
    Released February 1, 1994
    Recorded July 1992 - February 1993
    Genre Hip hop, West Coast hip hop
    Length 49:21
    Label Jive
    Producer Casual, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Domino, Jay Biz
    Casual chronology
    Fear Itself
    (1994) Meanwhile...
    (1997)
    Singles from Fear Itself
    "That's How It Is"
    Released: August 6, 1993
    "I Didn't Mean To"
    Released: January 17, 1994
    "Me-O-Mi-O"
    Released: May 2, 1994
    "Fear Itself" is the debut studio album from American hip hop artist Casual, released February 1, 1994 on Jive Records.

    The album peaked at number 108 on the Billboard 200 chart.

    Contents [show]
    Release and reception[edit]
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
    Chris Witt of Allmusic commended Casual for his lyrical abilities, noting how the MC "produces an unending and seemingly unstoppable flow of boasts and taunts," and also remarking that "the simplicity of his message belies the complexity of his vicious wordplay."[1]

    Track listing[edit]
    All music by J. Owens and D. Siguenza except where noted.

    No. Title Music Sample(s)[2] Length
    1. "Intro"
    "The Breakdown Pt. I & II" by Rufus Thomas
    "Shining Symbol" by Roy Ayers Ubiquity
    1:42
    2. "You Flunked" Owens
    "Cold Duck Time" by Eddie Harris & Les McCann
    3:14
    3. "Me-O-Mi-O"
    "Big Sur Suite" by Johnny "Hammond" Smith
    "Rural Still Life #26" by Tom Scott
    4:06
    4. "Get Off It" Owens
    "Fire & Rain" by Philip Upchurch
    "Mr. Clean" by Freddie Hubbard
    "Straight Life" by Freddie Hubbard
    3:14
    5. "That's How It Is" Jones, Owens 2:57
    6. "That Bulls**t" (feat. Saafir) Owens 1:46
    7. "Follow the Funk"
    "Hard Times" by Curtis Mayfield
    "River's Invitation" by Freddie Robinson
    3:55
    8. "Who's It On" (feat. Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Pep Love) Jones, Owens, Peacock, Siguenza
    "Tragic Magic" by Nathan Davis
    3:56
    9. "I Didn't Mean To" Owens
    "Blowin' with the Wind" by Kool & the Gang
    3:39
    10. "We Got It Like That" 3:11
    11. "A Little Something" (feat. Del tha Funkee Homosapien) Jones, Owens 1:21
    12. "This Is How We Rip S**t" Owens, Suarez 3:36
    13. "Lose in the End"
    "Believe It or Not (Kojak Theme)" by Black Heat
    "Chicken Heads" by Black Heat
    3:45
    14. "Thoughts of the Thoughtful"
    "Brawling Broads" by Roy Ayers Ubiquity
    "Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz
    2:56
    15. "Chained Minds" Owens 3:05
    16. "Be Thousand" 2:58
    Chart history[edit]
    Album[edit]
    Chart (1994)[3] Peak
    position
    U.S. Billboard 200 108
    U.S. R&B Albums 22
    Singles[edit]
    Year Single Peak chart positions[4]
    U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot Rap Singles
    1993 "That's How It Is" — 22
    1994 "I Didn't Mean To" 29 34
    "Me-O-Mi-O" 50 —
    Personnel[edit]
    Information taken from Allmusic.[5]

    engineering – Matt Kelley
    mastering – Tom Coyne
    mixing – Casual, Chris Trevett
    photography – Michael Lucero
    production – Casual, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Domino, Jay Biz
    scratching – Touré
    vocals – A+, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Extra Prolific, Pep Love, Phesto, Souls of Mischief, Tajai
  • Common Sense - "Resurrection" (Extra P. Remix) (1995) (HD) (3.48)
    Common

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992, with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians.[1] In 2011, Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint and in the past has released music under various other labels such as Relativity, Geffen and GOOD Music, among others.

    Common's first major-label album Like Water for Chocolate, received widespread critical acclaim and tremendous commercial success.[2] His first Grammy Award was in 2003, winning Best R&B Song for "Love of My Life", with Erykah Badu.[3] Its popularity was matched by May 2005's Be, which was nominated for Best Rap Album, at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Common was awarded his second Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for "Southside" (featuring Kanye West), from his July 2007 album Finding Forever. His best-of album, Thisisme Then: The Best of Common, was released on November 27, 2007.

    Common has also initiated a burgeoning acting career, starring significant roles in such films as Selma, Smokin' Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, and New Year's Eve. He also narrated the award-winning documentary Bouncing Cats, about one man's efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hop/b-boy culture.[4] He currently stars as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels.

    Background information
    Birth name Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.
    Also known as Common Sense
    Born March 13, 1972 (age 42)
    Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
    Genres Hip hop
    Occupation(s) Rapper, actor, writer
    Years active 1991–present
    Labels Think Common, Artium, Def Jam (current)
    Relativity, MCA, Universal, Geffen, GOOD, Warner Bros. (former)
    Associated acts Cocaine 80s, Erykah Badu, J Dilla, Pharrell, Soulquarians, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, GOOD Music

    Common Sense* ‎– "Resurrection"
    Label:
    Relativity ‎– 88561-1250-1
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    1995
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:
    Conscious
    Tracklist Hide Credits
    A1 Resurrection '95 (Clean)
    Keyboards – Mike Lorello
    Producer – No I.D.
    4:00
    A2 Resurrection (Extra P. Remix) (Clean)
    Remix – Large Professor
    4:09
    A3 Resurrection (Large Professor Remix) (Clean)
    Remix – Large Professor
    4:06
    A4 Resurrection '95 (Acapella Version) 3:20
    B1 Resurrection '95 (Instrumental)
    Keyboards – Mike Lorello
    Producer – No I.D.
    4:00
    B2 Resurrection (Extra P. Instrumental)
    Remix – Large Professor
    4:12
    B3 Resurrection (Large Professor Instrumental)
    Remix – Large Professor
    4:06
    B4 Chapter 13 (Clean)
    Producer, Rap [Featuring] – Ynot
    5:41
    Credits
    Artwork By, Design – Patrick Aquintey
    Engineer [Mix Assistant] – James Castillo (tracks: A3, B3), Mike Hogan (tracks: A1, A4, B1, B4), Mike Koch (tracks: A1, A4, B1, B4)
    Engineer [Mix] – Anton Puchansky* (tracks: A3, B3), Eric Lynch (tracks: A2, B2), Troy Hightower (tracks: A1, A4, B1, B4)
    Executive Producer – Peter Kang
    Mastered By – Michael Sarsfield (tracks: A1 to B3), Tom Coyne (tracks: B4)
    Photography – Martyn Gallina-Jones, Martyn Gallina-Jones
    Scratches [Cuts] – DJ Sinister*
    Written-By – Common Sense*
    Notes
    Distributed by Red Distribution
    Remix produced for Paul Sea Productions Inc.
    Recorded & mixed at Mirror Image (A1, A4, B1, B4)
    Recorded & mixed at at 39th Street Music (A3, B3)
    Mastered at Frankford/Wayne (A1 to B3)
    Mastered at Sterling Sound (B4)
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  • Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - "Miles To Go" (3.02)
    "No Need For Alarm"

    Studio album by Del the Funky Homosapien
    Released November 23, 1993
    Recorded 1992-1993 at Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, CA
    Genre Hip hop
    Alternative hip hop
    Golden age hip hop
    Funk
    Length 53:51
    Label Elektra
    Producer Del, Snupe, Casual, Domino, SD50's, Jay-Biz, A-Plus
    Del the Funky Homosapien chronology
    I Wish My Brother George Was Here
    (1991) No Need For Alarm
    (1993) Future Development
    (1997)
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
    Entertainment Weekly A−[2]
    "No Need for Alarm" is the second studio album by hip hop artist Del the Funky Homosapien. It was released on November 23, 1993 on Elektra Records. It was a complete departure from his G-Funk influenced first album and without the assistance of his older cousin, Ice Cube. Primarily produced by Del and the rest of his hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. No Need For Alarm would be one of three classic "Hiero Golden Age" albums the collective would release to critical acclaim (including Souls of Mischief's 93 'til Infinity and Casual's Fear Itself).

    Contents [show]
    Track listing[edit]
    # Title Producer(s) Performer(s) Sample(s)
    1 "You're In Shambles" Snupe *"Prelude I" by John Klemmer
    *"Ya Lil' Crumbsnatchers" by Del tha Funkee Homosapien
    *"No Trespass" by Chubb Rock
    2 "Catch A Bad One" Casual *"Rhapsody In Blue" by Deodato
    *"Mrs. Parker of K.C.(Bird's Mother)" by Eric Dolphy
    3 "Wack M.C.'s" Del
    4 "No Need for Alarm" Domino *"Don't Change Your Love" by Five Stairsteps
    *"Flat Backing" by Blue Mitchell
    5 "Boo Booheads" SD50's
    Intro: Kurious
    *"Is It Him or Me" by Jackie Jackson
    *"Waves" by Jeremy Steig
    6 "Treats for the Kiddies" SD50's *"Destiny's Children" by Freddie Hubbard
    7 "Worldwide" Casual
    First verse: Del
    Second verse: Unicron
    *"Sing A Simple Song" by Sly & The Family Stone
    8 "No More Worries" Domino
    First verse: A-Plus
    Second verse: Casual
    Third verse: Del
    Fourth verse: Snupe
    *"Oh! Oh! Here He Comes" by Herbie Hancock
    *"Part III" by Jerry Butler
    9 "Wrong Place" Del *"What Do You Do In The Dark" by B.T. Express
    10 "In and Out" Del *"I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're the Royal Macadamia Nuts)" by The Turtles
    11 "Don't Forget" Domino *"Fire Eater" by Rusty Bryant
    *"Tranquility" by Sam Rivers
    *"(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go" by Curtis Mayfield
    12 "Miles To Go" Jay-Biz
    13 "Check It Ooout" Del *"Sport" by Lightnin' Rod
    14 "Thank Youse" A-Plus *"Catch A Groove" by Juice
    *"Hallucinate" by The Crusaders
  • Funky DL - "It's About Time" (4.48)
    Funky DL
    Real Name:
    Naphta Newman
    Profile:
    British rapper and producer, based in Hackney, GB. He also runs his own label, Washington Classics.
    Sites:
    funkydl.com, MySpace
    Aliases:
    Consist, Naphta Newman
    Variations:
    Viewing All | Funky DL
    DL, DL The Consist, Funky D.L.

    Funky DL ‎– "Soul Silhouette / It's About Time (And That's True)"
    Label:
    Almost Records ‎– 12 MST 003
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12"
    Country:
    UK
    Released:
    1996
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist Hide Credits
    A1 Soul Silhouette
    Featuring – M & EM
    4:10
    A2 Soul Silhouette (Remix) 3:56
    A3 Soul Silhouette (Instrumental) 3:48
    B1 It's About Time (And That's True) 4:47
    B2 It's About Time (And That's True) (Instrumental) 3:37
    B3 Soul Silhouette (Remix Instrumental) 3:49
    Credits
    Producer – Funky DL
    Notes
    Mastered by Miles @ Masterpiece.

    Funky DL ‎– "Classic Was The Day"
    Label:
    Utmost Records ‎– UTMCD01
    Format:
    CD, Album
    Country:
    UK
    Released:
    1997
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:
    Conscious
    Tracklist
    1 32 Bar Summary
    2 I've Lost My Microphone
    Scratches – Funky DL
    3 Underground Hip-Hop
    4 20-20-8-8
    Rap [Featuring] – Versatile E
    Scratches – DJ Stixx, Funky DL
    5 On Ya Own
    6 Pink Panther
    Co-producer – Funky DL
    7 Confidential Information
    Scratches – DJ Stixx
    8 Worlwide
    Co-producer – Funky DL
    Rap [Featuring] – Ty
    Scratches – Shortee Blitz
    9 Soul Silhouette
    Vocals [Featuring] – M & EM
    10 Classic Moves
    11 Queen Of Diamonds
    Co-producer – DJ Parris
    12 Off Key
    13 Make Decisions
    14 Circles (Going Round)
    Vocals [Featuring] – M & EM
    15 Eye Remember
    16 If I Hadda Day To Live
    17 It's About Time
    Credits
    Co-producer – DJ Parris (tracks: 11), DJ Stixx (tracks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17)
    Producer – DJ Stixx (tracks: 6, 8, 12), Funky DL (tracks: 1 to 5, 7, 9 to 11, 13 to 17)
  • O.C. - "Word Life" (Remix) (4.55)
    O.C. ‎– "Word...Life" (Remix)
    Label:
    Mary Joy Recordings ‎– MJ-0010
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12"
    Country:
    Japan
    Released:
    1996
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist
    A1 Word...Life (Remix - Dirty Version)
    A2 Word...Life (Remix - Instrumental)
    B1 Word...Life (Remix - Radio Version)
    B2 Word...Life (Remix - Accapella)
    Credits
    Executive Producer – Norihiro Higo
    Mixed By – Calros
    Producer – DJ Celory
    Remix – DJ Celory
    Written By – Omar Credle
    Notes
    (c)&(p)1996 Mary Joy Recordings.
    B1 3-4-12 Shimbashi Minato-ku Tokyo, 105, Japan.

    Exclusively licensed through Wild Pitch Records, Ltd.

    Remixed by DJ Celory for Soul Scream.
    Mixed at Fire House Studios.
    Mastered at Absolute Studio.

    Runout:
    MJ 0010 A/B
    AAJB

    Original pressing.

    (There's also a Mary Joy promo version, with different A/B-side labels but otherwise identical.)

    "Hidden Gems"

    Compilation album by O.C.
    Released 2006
    Genre Hip hop
    Label Next Mill Entertainment
    Producer Buckwild, O.Gee, DJ Premier, Diamond D, Show, Organized Konfusion
    O.C. chronology
    Smoke and Mirrors
    (2005) Hidden Gems
    (2007) Oasis: Together Brothers
    (with AG)
    (2009)
    "Hidden Gems" is a compilation album by rapper O.C. from the D.I.T.C. crew, released 2006. It's a mix of non-album songs, remixes, unreleased tracks and soundtracks and a couple of works with his group. The earliest tracks appearing here dates back to 1992 with the demo version of "O-Zone" and the previously unreleased "Snakes", and the album also includes two newly recorded songs. The tracks are placed in chronological order and works as an overseeing of O.C.'s career (excluding of course his own solo albums) between his start to 2007.

    Track listing[edit]
    "Ozone (Original Unreleased Version)"prod. by Buckwild
    "Snakes" original demo song
    "Word...Life (Remix)"remixed by DJ Celory
    "Stronjay (Original Unreleased Version)" prod. by O.Gee
    "Crooklyn" feat. Chubb Rock and Jeru the Damaja, prod. DJ Premier
    "You Won't Go Far" feat. Organized Konfusion
    "Day One" feat. DITC, prod. by Diamond D
    "Get Yours (Remix)" feat. Big L and Diamond, prod. by Show
    "King of N.Y." prod. by J-Love
    "Bonafied" featuring Jay-Z, prod. by Buckwild
    "Wordplay" featuring Da Ranjahz, prod. by Buckwild
    "U-N-I" prod. by Buckwild
    "Half Good, Half Sinner" produced by Buckwild
    "Emotions (Remix)" featuring Ja Shawn
    "The Inventor" [New] produced by O.Gee
    "Yes Sir" featuring Sadat X" [New] produced by O.Gee
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  • Panacea "Starlite" (3.44)
    Panacea is an American hip hop duo, formed in 2003 in Washington DC. The duo consists of MC Raw Poetic (Jason Moore) and producer K-Murdock (Kyle Murdock),.[1] Throughout their musical career, Panacea has had deals with various labels, including: Glow-in-the-Dark-Records, Rawkus Records [2] and Tasteful Licks. They currently release their music under K-Murdock's imprint, Neosonic Productions.

    Combining old-school rhyming with soulful beats, the Washington D.C. duo Panacea have drawn comparisons to revered hip-hoppers like The Roots, Gang Starr, and A Tribe Called Quest. Panacea blend Native Tongues-inspired beats with warm major chords and soul samples and add smart, conscious rhymes about life, love, and of course, hip hop.

    "Ink is my drink"

    Studio album by Panacea
    Released
    October 3, 2006

    April 25, 2011 (Re-release)
    Genre Underground hip hop
    Length
    47:26 min

    50:39 min (Re-release)
    Label Rawkus Records
    Glow-in-the-dark Records
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
    "Ink Is My Drink" is the second full-length album by Panacea. It was released on October 3, 2006 on Rawkus Records. A re-release came in 2011 on Neosonic Productions and called "The Producers Cut" it comes with a new cover and some additional skits.

    Track listing[edit]
    "Trip of the Century"
    "Invisible Seas"
    "Place on Earth"
    "Steel Kites"
    "Coulda Woulda Shoulda"
    "Reel Me In"
    "PULSE"
    "Work of Art"
    "These Words"
    "Ecosphere"
    "Burning Bush"
    "Starlite"
    "Sunburst (Bonus)"
    "Pupil Stars (Bonus)"

    Re-Release 2011

    "Trip of the Century"
    "Capsized"
    "Invisible Seas"
    "Everywhere is the same"
    "Place on Earth"
    "Steel Kites"
    "Coulda Woulda Shoulda"
    "Stuck"
    "Reel Me In"
    "PULSE"
    "Love Hurts"
    "Work of Art"
    "These Words"
    "Ecosphere"
    "The Expandables"
    "Burning Bush"
    "Starlite"
  • K-Otix - "World Renown" (3.51)
    K-Otix ‎– "World Renown"
    Label:
    Bronx Science Recordings ‎– BDS-849
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12"
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    2000
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist
    A1 World Renown (Street)
    A2 World Renown (Radio)
    A3 World Renown (Instrumental)
    B1 Front Row (Street)
    B2 Front Row (Radio)
    B3 Front Row (Instrumental)
    Credits
    Producer – Russell Gonzalez
    Scratches – DJ Big Wiz (tracks: B1 to B3)

    K-Otix ‎– "Universal"
    Label:
    Bronx Science Recordings ‎– BSR-2777
    Format:
    2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    2001
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist Hide Credits
    A1 Intro
    A2 Legendary
    A3 U Know The Name
    A4 Untitled
    Featuring – Headkrack
    A5 Take A Breather
    B1 Take My Life
    B2 C.P.R.
    B3 My Life (Alter Ego) Parts 1, 2, & 3
    B4 Frequencies
    C1 The Word
    C2 Looking Glass
    Featuring – Dekay (5)
    C3 Mind Over Matter
    C4 Front Row
    D1 The Club
    D2 Love Song
    D3 World Renown
    D4 Outro
    Companies etc
    Manufactured By – Buds Distribution
    Distributed By – Bronx Science Recordings
    Distributed By – Bronx Science Recordings
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – Bronx Science Recordings
    Copyright (c) – Bronx Science Recordings
    Recorded At – Sound Arts Recording Studio
    Mixed At – Sound Arts Recording Studio
    Mastered At – Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs
    Credits
    A&R – Celph Titled, David Walis
    Artwork, Design, Layout – Open Mic
    Executive-Producer – David Walis, Lyvio G.
    Mastered By – Greg Vaughn
    Producer, Arranged By – Russell "The Are" Gonzalez*
    Recorded By, Mixed By, Mastered By [Pre-Mastered By] – Brian Baker (2), K-Otix
    Written-By – D. Randle*, K. Jackson* (tracks: C2), R. Ruffin* (tracks: A4), M. Nickerson*, R. Gonzalez*
    Notes
    All tracks recorded, mixed, and pre-mastered @ Sound Arts Studios - Houston, Texas
    Mastered @ Frankford Wayne Mastering Labs, Inc. - NYC


    K-Otix
    Profile:
    Houston, Texas based hip-hop group formed in 1992. Members include Damien and Micah on vocals. Producer Russell "The ARE" Gonzalez left the group in 2004.
    Sites:
    k-otix.com, MySpace
    Members:
    Damien Randle, Micah Nickerson, Russell Gonzalez
    In Groups:
    Ethos (9)
    Variations:
    Viewing All | K-Otix
    K'Otix, K.O., K.Otix, Kaotix
  • BLACK MOON - "Reality (Killing Every...)" (10.01)
    Black Moon ‎– "I Got Cha Opin / Reality (Killing Every...)"
    Label:
    Wreck Records ‎– WR 20083
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12", Test Pressing
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    1994
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist Hide Credits
    A1 I Got Cha Opin (Vocal)
    Mixed By, Producer – Da Beatminerz
    4:26
    A2 I Got Cha Opin (Instrumental)
    Mixed By, Producer – Da Beatminerz
    4:26
    A3 I Got Cha Opin (Album Version)
    Mixed By, Producer – Da Beatminerz
    4:13
    B1 Reality (Killing Every...) (Vocal)
    Producer – William Rosario
    5:09
    B2 Reality (Killing Every...) (Instrumental)
    Producer – William Rosario
    4:59
    Credits
    Engineer – Kieran Mayo, Leo Swift*
    Executive Producer – MW
    Written By – Eward Dewgarde, Kenyatta Blake, W. Dewgarde

    Black Moon is an American hip hop group, composed of members Buckshot, 5 ft and DJ Evil Dee (of Da Beatminerz). The group was most notable for their debut album Enta da Stage, and their affiliation with the Boot Camp Clik.

    Black Moon (backronymed as Brothers who Lyrically Act and Combine Kickin Music Out On Nations) debuted in 1992, with the release of the single "Who Got Da Props?". The song became an underground phenomenon, and charted on the Billboard Hot 100. With the help of DJ Chuck Chillout, the group landed a record deal with Nervous Records and released its debut album, Enta da Stage, in late 1993. The album included "Who Got Da Props?" as well as the singles "Son Get Wrec", "How Many MC's...", "Buck ’Em Down", and another Hot 100 Hit, "I Got Cha Opin (Remix)". Enta da Stage went on to sell over 350,000 copies in the U.S. and is now regarded as an underground hip hop classic. Following the album's release, the group temporarily broke up.

    During the group's hiatus, DJ Evil Dee continued his production career with Da Beatminerz, and Buckshot headed out and formed his own group called the Boot Camp Clik, featuring fellow Brooklyn locals Smif-n-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C.. Following the releases of the debuts of Smif-n-Wessun (Dah Shinin'), Heltah Skeltah (Nocturnal), and O.G.C. (Da Storm), Black Moon reunited on Duck Down Records. In late 1996, Nervous Records released a Black Moon compilation album titled Diggin' In Dah Vaults, which featured a number of remixes and b-side tracks. After the group's split with Nervous Records, Black Moon became entangled in a legal battle over the licensing rights of their group name, which lasted for a number of years. The case was finally settled in 1998, and the group was able to license its name through Nervous.

    In 1999, the group released its long awaited second album War Zone. The album saw a change in the group's musical style, with a more mature Buckshot showing off a calmer, more serious lyrical delivery,and the noticeably more vocal 5 ft.making appearances with M.O.P ("Annihilation") and Heather B ("For All Y'all"), and also featured a new lo-fi production sound from Da Beatminerz. The album's singles "Two Turntables & a Mike" and "This is What it Sounds Like (Worldwind)" made small impact, and the group wasn't able to properly capitalize on its hype. Despite the somewhat disappointing sales, the album received good reviews. 1999 also saw the solo debut album from Buckshot, titled The BDI Thug, which was seen as a major disappointment. The album was met with very mediocre reviews and little sales. Black Moon was largely missing from the hip hop scene between 2000 and 2001.

    Black Moon returned in 2003 for the release of its third album Total Eclipse, which featured the underground hit "Stay Real"'' and "Pressure is Tight", as well as two music videos, shot for the singles "Stay Real" and "This Goes Out to You". The album, like the group's previous efforts, received good reviews, but it wasn't able to reach outside the underground hip hop audience. DJ Evil Dee continued production work with Da Beatminerz, and Buckshot continued to work with the Boot Camp Clik while 5ft is working on a solo project. In 2005, Buckshot released a collaboration album with producer 9th Wonder titled Chemistry. In 2006, DJ Evil Dee and his brother Mr. Walt released a mixtape titled Alter the Chemistry, which paired Buckshot's vocals from the Chemistry album with classic Black Moon beats.[1]'

    In 2007, 5 ft recorded the song "BK All Day" with Boot Camp Clik, for the BCC album of the same year, Casualties of War. In 2008, Buckshot released with 9th Wonder their second collaboration album titled The Formula.

    5 ft is working in his solo album debut.[2] He was featured on General Steel's solo album of the Group Smif-n-Wessun on Duckdown records, "Welcome To Bucktown", on the song "Made me do it". 5 ft is featured on the new compilation CD called Moment of Clarity, which was Released August 2009 on Coalmine Records, Produced by Grant Parks. His song is "The God in You". It was recently confirmed by the group in 2011 that it started recording its fourth album together called Dark Side of the Moon and to be fully produced again by Da Beatminerz, with possible new members to its production team.[3]
  • The Roots - "Distortion To Static" (4.28)
    The Roots ‎– "Distortion To Static"
    Label:
    MCA Records ‎– DGC12-21934
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    1994
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist
    A1 Distortion To Static (LP Version)
    A2 Distortion To Static (At Ease Mix)
    A3 Distortion To Static (At Ease Mix Instrumental)
    B1 Distortion To Static (Black Thought Mix)
    B2 Distortion To Static (Ques Jim Mix)
    B3 Distortion To Static (Freestyle Mix)
    Companies etc
    Copyright (c) – MCA Records

    "Do You Want More?!!!??!"

    Studio album by The Roots
    Released January 10, 1995
    Recorded 1993-1994: The Trocadero, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
    Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
    Nebula Sounds, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
    Battery Studios, New York, New York
    Genre Jazz rap
    Length 73:45
    Label DGC, Geffen
    Producer Grand Negaz, Questlove, Kelo, A.J. Shine, Black Thought, Rahzel
    The Roots chronology
    Organix
    (1993) Do You Want More?!!!??!
    (1994) Illadelph Halflife
    (1996)
    Singles from Do You Want More?!!!??!
    "Distortion To Static"
    Released: July 26, 1994
    "Proceed"
    Released: February, 1995
    "Silent Treatment"
    Released: April 4, 1995
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
    Entertainment Weekly A[2]
    NME (7/10)[3]
    Philadelphia Daily News 3/4 stars[4]
    Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]
    The Source 4/5 stars[6]
    Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
    Spin 4/5 stars[8]
    Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[9]
    Trouser Press (favorable)[10]
    "Do You Want More?!!!??!" is the second studio album by American hip hop band The Roots, released January 10, 1995 on DGC Records.[11] The band's major label-debut, it was released a year after their independent debut album, Organix (1993). Do You Want More?!!!??! has been considered by critics as a classic of hip hop jazz.[12][13] In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.

    Contents [hide]
    1 Track listing
    2 Charts
    3 References
    4 Notes
    5 External links
    Track listing[edit]
    No. Title Producer(s) Length
    1. "Intro/There's Something Goin' On" The Grand Negaz 1:18
    2. "Proceed" The Grand Negaz 4:35
    3. "Distortion to Static" Questlove, Kelo, A.J. Shine 4:18
    4. "Mellow My Man" The Grand Negaz 4:41
    5. "I Remain Calm" Black Thought, Questlove 4:08
    6. "Datskat" The Grand Negaz 3:40
    7. "Lazy Afternoon" Black Thought, Rahzel, Sista Urban, Rachel Graham 5:06
    8. "? vs. Rahzel" Questlove, Rahzel 3:18
    9. "Do You Want More?!!!??!" Black Thought, Questlove, A.J. Shine 3:21
    10. "What Goes On, Pt. 7" (featuring Elo) The Grand Negaz 5:32
    11. "Essaywhuman?!!!??!" Questlove, Black Thought 4:59
    12. "Swept Away" (featuring Cassandra Wilson) The Grand Negaz 3:50
    13. "You Ain't Fly" The Grand Negaz 4:42
    14. "Silent Treatment" The Grand Negaz 6:52
    15. "The Lesson Pt. 1" (featuring Dice Raw) Questlove 5:12
    16. "The Unlocking" (featuring Ursula Rucker) The Grand Negaz 8:11
    The track listing on some album releases denotes the first track, "Intro/There's Something Goin' On," as track #18 [continuing the track count from Organix (17 tracks)]. The rest of the tracks continue upward from 18 to "The Unlocking" (being track #33)
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  • 3rd Bass - "Gladiator" (4.00)
    "Gladiator"

    Soundtrack album by Various artists
    Released February 25, 1992
    Recorded 1991-1992
    Genre Rock, Hip hop, Pop
    Label Columbia Records
    Producer Robert Clivillés, David Cole, DJ Richie Rich, Easy Mo Bee, Epic Mazur, P.M. Dawn
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
    "Gladiator" is the soundtrack to the 1992 film, "Gladiator". It was released on February 25, 1992 through Columbia Records and consisted of a blend of rock, hip hop and pop music. The soundtrack failed to make it the Billboard charts, but Warrant's remake of "We Will Rock You" made it to 83 on the Billboard Hot 100. The title track was performed by the rap group 3rd Bass in what was the group's final appearance together.

    Track listing[edit]
    "We Will Rock You"- 2:56 (Warrant)
    "Pride (In the Name of Love)"- 3:36 (U2)
    "Hold on Tight"- 4:52 (Tony Terry)
    "Gladiator"- 4:24 (3rd Bass)
    "Latin Till I Die"- 4:03 (Gerardo)
    "For the Love of Peace"- 3:29 (P.M. Dawn)
    "The Power"- 3:01 (Warrant)
    "Count on Me"- 5:04 (Martin Page)
    "Da Me La"- 3:36 (Latin Science)
    "I Will Survive"- 3:43 (Cheap Trick)


    3rd Bass ‎– "Gladiator"
    Label:
    Def Jam Recordings ‎– 44-74245
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    1992
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist Hide Credits
    A1 Gladiator (Main Mix) 3:54
    A2 Gladiator (Easy Mo Bee Remix)
    Remix – Easy Mo Bee
    4:22
    A3 Gladiator (Main Mix Instrumental) 3:56
    B1 Word To The Third (LP Mix) 5:02
    B2 Gladiator (Easy Mo Bee Remix) (Instrumental)
    Remix – Easy Mo Bee
    4:26
    Notes
    Main track is "Gladiator" on jacket, and "The Gladiator" on labels.
  • The Artifacts - "Whayback" (4.48)
    The Artifacts is a hip hop group consisting of El Da Sensei, Tame One and DJ Kaos. They hail from Newark, New Jersey and made underground music that paid homage to the four elements of hip hop. The Artifacts' most popular single "Wrong Side of Da Tracks" paid special homage to graffiti art, as they were graffiti artists themselves.

    "Between a Rock and a Hard Place"

    Studio album by Artifacts
    Released October 25, 1994
    Recorded 1993-1994
    Genre Hip hop
    Length 62:58
    Label Big Beat Records (Atlantic subsidiary)
    Producer T-Ray,
    Buckwild (02, 05, 11),
    Redman & Rockwilder (09)
    Artifacts chronology
    Between a Rock and a Hard Place
    (1994) That's Them
    (1997)
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    Allmusic 4/5 stars link
    "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" is the first album by the hip hop duo Artifacts. The album, which is mainly produced by T-Ray, reached number 17 on the Billboard R&B/Hip hop Albums chart.

    Track listing[edit]
    Drama (Mortal Kombat Fatality) - 1:31
    C'mon Wit da Git Down - 4:04
    Wrong Side of da Tracks - 4:20
    Heavy Ammunition - 4:07
    Attack of New Jeruzalum - 4:24
    Notty Headed Nigguhz - 3:27
    Whayback - 4:47
    Flexi With da Tech(nique) - 4:08
    Cummin' Thru Ya F-Kin Block feat. Redman - 4:21
    Lower da Boom - 5:11
    What Goes On - 3:33
    Dynamite Soul - 3:51
    Whassup Now Muthaf-Ka? - 2:25
    C'mon Wit da Git Down (Remix) feat. Busta Rhymes - 3:43
    Samples[edit]
    "Drama (Mortal Kombat Fatality)"
    "Trying to Hold on to My Woman" by Lamont Dozier
    "Letters from the Front" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
    "C'mon Wit Da Git Down"
    "Ripped Open by Metal Explosions" by Galt MacDermot
    "Holy Thursday" by David Axelrod
    "Wrong Side of Da Tracks"
    "Born to be Blue" by Jack Bruce
    "Bubble Gum" by The 9th Creation
    "Notty Headed Nigguhz"
    "(Don't Worry)If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go" by Curtis Mayfield
    "Whayback"
    "Kama (Part I)" by Michal Urbaniak
    "Cummin' Thru Ya F@*kin' Block"
    "Along Came Betty" by Quincy Jones
    "Lower Da Boom"
    "E.V.A." by Jean-Jacques Perrey
    "Lady Wants to Know" by Michael Franks
    "What Goes On"
    "Vibrations" by Buster Williams
    "Schoolboy Crush" by Average White Band
    "Dynamite Soul"
    "It's a New Day" by James Brown
    "Whassup Now Muthaf*#ka"
    "Upon this Rock" by Joe Farrell

    Lyrics:

    [El Da Sensai]
    I calculate that eighty-five was the year
    I first grabbed the pen, daydreamin of the cheers
    Ahead from rockin shows, no Girbauds that sag
    The windbreaker suits and backspins that was mad
    I stress progress roll joints at my rest
    til the ill wee hours, and I knew it was the best
    I hit mad spots, many crews got dropped
    While I was gettin props niggaz was dealin on the block
    Stayin in crib on the weekends was Marley Marl
    was freakin the cuts Mr. Magic was speakin
    That's how I got my first taste, makin tapes
    til the rhyme skill was great and my style would escalate
    Practice made my perfect tactics
    Now my dap gets clap, cause I'm the rap snap fanatic
    But now in nine-trey I got the T-Ray track
    And my trunks, my roots are growin styles from whayback

    [Tame One]
    I flash back to fat Kangol hats, with plastic
    Back when steppin on kicks in eighty-six got your ass kicked
    Bombers and sheepskins, were common when I first started rhymin
    Still I found time to go bombin
    Me and my pals rocked Cazals with no glass
    Dark flavored Clarks, Lee Denims off the ass
    Back when Mr. Magic had it goin all the way on
    the beat with BDP, added flavor like a crayon
    Indeed MC's would represent with the skills
    But now in ninety-three a lot of them can get the dillz
    It seems like a little sumthin missin in the mix
    But now I got a deal, so it's up to me to fix
    When niggaz put me up on, with funky raps to cut on
    Word is BOND, if I hear another wack rap song
    I might snap and it's an actual fact
    that I'ma kick it like that, cause this is strictly bout the whayback

    [El Da Sensai]
    Aww man damn, whayback, things was kinda fat
    Had the Godfather knot, a Starter hat, things are kinda wack
    now, packed up, my cardboard and stepped away
    I didn't have a choice, the culture was slayed
    B.D. had died, and things were dissapearin
    The West coast was here and all these wack beats appearin
    DJ's were breakin down record store doors
    to get the Biz Dance and the Chante Moore's
    Peace to Buck Four, Rocksteady on the floor
    New York and Dynamic crews plus many more
    Remember the time when you didn't pack a nine
    Niggaz just came to hear some, funky ass rhymes
    But all of that's over, cause brothers wanna act up
    No clubs to go to, they'll just pack rap up
    That's how the media wants it to stop
    So peep the verse and last showin of Graffiti Rock
    So check it, the brothers wanna wreck it
    To get what's expected, cause hip-hop, should be respect
    Gotta get it back, to get it on track
    Artifacts kickin styles illy on the whayback

    [Tame One]
    Like back when my Timberlands were only size sixes
    I used to take pictures shootin spitballs at bitches
    Cross New Jersey Transit just to see a rapper kick it
    But now I ain't with it, cause niggaz just ain't worth the ticket
    Shit man, I remember jams that were slammin
    Gettin me and my man in, was harder than backgammon
    DJ's would scratch back to back from boom baps
    And rappers with real raps, could drop shit real fat
    But now kid, as I recollect, rappers out who caught wreck
    respected, just got stuck up in my tape deck
    Real deal hip-hop, when Biz used to flip-flop
    His fat ass, on stage'd do a dance, in busted Reeboks
    Niggaz musta forgot, when real rhymes was hot
    Cause now if you ain't gold, you ain't got no props
    But fuck that, I'm above that, I don't play that
    The Artifacts staff drops math about the whayback

    "It's a demo.." "Back in back in the days"
    "You gots to chill.." "Back in back in the days"
    "South Bronx" "The Bri to The Bridge"
    'South Bronx" "Back in back in the days"
    "Jimbrowski..
    that's what it is" "Back in back in the days"
    "Like that y'all, it's like that y'all
    It's like thatta that, it's like that y'all" (4X)
  • Das EFX - "Klap Ya Handz" (4.09)
    "Dead Serious"

    Studio album by Das EFX
    Released April 7, 1992
    Recorded 1991-1992 Firehouse Studios
    (Brooklyn, New York)
    North Shore Soundworks
    (Long Island, New York)
    Genre Hip hop
    Length 38:43
    Label East West
    Producer EPMD (exec.), Solid Scheme, Das EFX, Dexx
    Das EFX chronology
    Dead Serious
    (1992) Straight Up Sewaside
    (1993)
    Singles from Dead Serious
    "They Want EFX"
    Released: March 5, 1992
    "Mic Checka"
    Released: July 16, 1992
    "Straight Out the Sewer"
    Released: November 19, 1992
    "Dead Serious" is the debut studio album of American hip hop duo Das EFX, released April 7, 1992 on East West Records and distributed through Atlantic Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at Firehouse Studios in Brooklyn, New York and at Charlie Marotta's North Shore Soundworks studio in Long Island, New York.

    The album was a certified hit, peaking at 16 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, topping the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for five weeks and reaching platinum sales by 1993. Well-received upon its release, Dead Serious has since been regarded by music writers as a significant and influential album in hip hop.

    Background[edit]
    Group member William "Skoob" Hines was raised in the neighborhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.[1] Andre "Krazy Drayz" Weston, born in Jamaica, came to the United States as a child, growing up in Union City and Teaneck, New Jersey.[1] Both rapped during their high school years, Hines with the group's future producer Derek Lynch's brother Tony.[1] However, Lynch was Hines' DJ first and wouldn't begin producing until later.[1] Hines and Weston began performing together after they met at Virginia State University in 1988.[2] Hines and Weston met their freshman year on a road trip to another college through a mutual friend.[3] According to Weston, the two became a duo after winning a campus contest which Hines suggested they enter together.[3] Hines and Weston began to work with Brooklyn-based producers Chris Charity and Derek Lynch, both friends of Hines' from high school, who'd formed a production team using the name Solid Scheme Music at the time.[3] According to Hines, aside from "Klap Ya Handz" and "They Want EFX," which was produced by Weston and he, all of the other instrumental tracks on the album were produced by Charity and Lynch.[4] Around this time the group came up with its name which Weston noted was mostly Hines' idea. The name stemmed from an acronym of the two's nicknames, Skoob and Dray, and EFX from their constantly wanting their producers to add reverb to their vocals when in the studio. "So it was Sad EFX for a minute, but that didn't really make much sense, so we changed it to Das EFX."[4]

    Hines recalled much of the group's early material as being "primitive," stating that "the production on our early stuff didn't come up to par until "Klap Ya Handz."[4] A producer named Dexx, also from Crown Heights, produced "Klap Ya Handz" for the group.[4] In early 1991, Hines and Weston heard that EPMD would be hosting a talent show at Club Tropicana in Richmond, Virginia and decided to enter.[4] Hines and Weston performed their song "Klap Ya Handz," which they'd recorded as a demo with Dexx (In fact, for the album, Hines and Weston had to rhyme over the demo for "Klap Ya Handz" because they didn't have an instrumental version of the music.).[5] The group apparently had the highest score in the contest, which would earn the winner a $100 prize.[5] However, according to Weston, although the duo had the highest score Parrish Smith, one half of the group EPMD, told the club announcer to give the second best group the prize.[5] While the winning group went up to claim their prize, Smith came to Hines and Weston and said, "yo, what would you guys rather have: a record deal or a hundred dollars? Meet me in the back of the club in five minutes."[5] Smith and Erick Sermon, the other member of EPMD, met with Hines and Weston in the back of the club and asked the two to play them the "Klap Ya Handz" track again.[5] Sermon and Smith were so impressed by the song that they asked Hines and Weston for the tape, with Smith telling them, "if you can get us nine more songs like the one you just performed, we can get you a deal."[5] Hines and Weston kept in touch with EPMD during their junior year in college, finishing out the school year in May.[5]

    In 1991, the group was signed to EPMD's GMC Productions production and management company and became a part of their Hit Squad collective of protégés.[2][6] The material for their first album was recorded at Firehouse Studios in Brooklyn and EPMD's production home base, Charlie Marotta's North Shore Soundworks studio in Long Island.[6] The duo would send EPMD, who were touring the country at the time, the material they were recording for guidance.[2] The group, who were also courted by Jive Records at the time, were finally signed in late 1991 to the Atlantic Records subsidiary East West Records.[6]

    Track listing[edit]
    All tracks produced by Solid Scheme, except where noted.

    No. Title Sample(s)[15] Length
    1. "Mic Checka"
    "It's a New Day" by Skull Snaps
    "Mr. Bass Man" by Fatback
    "The Payback" by James Brown
    "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly and the Family Stone
    "Soul Power Pt. I" by James Brown
    "Think (About It)" by Lyn Collins
    4:54
    2. "Jussummen"
    "Blind Alley" by The Emotions
    "La Di Da Di" by Doug E. Fresh
    3:29
    3. "They Want EFX" (Produced by Das EFX)
    "Blind Man Can See It" by James Brown
    "Body Heat" by Quincy Jones
    "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren
    "Funky President (People It's Bad)" by James Brown
    "The Payback" by James Brown
    "Breath Control II" by Boogie Down Productions
    "Underground" by EPMD
    3:39
    4. "Looseys"
    "Funky President" by James Brown
    "Hip Hug-Her" by Booker T. & the M.G.'s
    2:50
    5. "Dum Dums"
    "The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)" by Otis Redding
    3:50
    6. "East Coast"
    "Funky President" by James Brown
    "Ike's Mood I/You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by Isaac Hayes
    "It's a New Day" by Skull Snaps
    "UFO" by ESG
    4:29
    7. "If Only"
    "The Man with the Sad Face" by Stanley Turrentine
    4:02
    8. "Brooklyn to T-Neck"
    "Papa Was, Too" by Joe Tex
    "The Payback" by James Brown
    4:01
    9. "Klap Ya Handz" (Produced by Dexx)
    "Blind Alley" by The Emotions
    "Handclapping Song" by The Meters
    4:07
    10. "Straight Out the Sewer"
    "Hot Pants... I'm Coming, I'm Coming, I'm Coming" by Bobby Byrd
    "I Can Make You Dance" by Zapp
    "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang
    "Vapors" by Biz Markie
    "Its A New Day" by Skull Snaps
    "She's a Bad Mama Jama (intro)" by Carl Carlton Comes at 1:31 in "Straight Out The Sewer"
    3:22
    Personnel[edit]
    Information taken from Allmusic and album booklet liner notes.[16][17]

    Art Director: Bob Defrin
    Design: Larry Freemantle
    Engineering: Charlie Marotta, Bobby Sarsur, Yorum Vazan
    Executive Producers: EPMD
    Guitar: Bobby Sichran
    Mixing: Charlie Marotta, Bobby Sarsur
    Photography: Robert Manella
    Production: Chris Charity, William Hines, Derek Lynch, Andre Weston, Dexter Porter
    Scratching: DJ Rhythm
  • HOUSE OF PAIN - "TOP O THE MORNING TO YA" ( UNDERDOG MIX ) RARE (4.34)
    House of Pain is an American hip hop group who released three albums in the 1990s before lead rapper Everlast left to pursue his solo career. The group's name is a reference to the H.G. Wells novel The Island of Dr. Moreau, a reference carried further by the naming of their 2011 tour "He Who Breaks the Law". The group is best known for its 1992 hit single "Jump Around", which reached No. 3 in the United States, No. 6 in Ireland and No. 8 in the United Kingdom. The group broke up in 1996 but reformed in 2010, after the trio had been members of supergroup La Coka Nostra for several years.

    House Of Pain ‎– "Top O' The Morning To Ya (Remix) / Jump Around"
    Label:
    XL Recordings ‎– XLT 43
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
    Country:
    UK
    Released:
    May 1993
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist.
    Drinking Side
    A1 Top O' The Morning To Ya (Remix)
    Remix – Underdog, The*
    3:48
    A2 Top O' The Morning To Ya (Original Mix) 3:37
    Fighting Side
    B1 Jump Around (Original Mix) 3:37
    B2 Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix)
    Remix – Pete Rock
    3:56
    Companies etc
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – Tommy Boy Records
    Copyright (c) – XL Recordings
    Distributed By – Warner Music UK Ltd.
    Notes
    Sticker on cover reads: 'Includes FREE Colour Poster'.
  • P.M. Dawn - "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" (16:9 HD) /1991/ (3.58)
    "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"

    Single by P.M. Dawn
    from the album Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience
    B-side "For the Love of Peace"
    Released October 5, 1991
    Format CD maxi, 7" single, 12" single
    Genre Hip hop, new jack swing
    Length 4:10
    Label Gee Street, Island
    Writer(s) Gary Kemp
    Attrell Cordes
    Producer(s) P.M. Dawn
    P.M. Dawn singles chronology
    "A Watcher's Point of View (Don't 'Cha Think)"
    (1991) "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"
    (1991) "Paper Doll"
    (1992)
    "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" is the signature hit by P.M. Dawn from their debut album Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience. Writing credit is given to Attrell Cordes (Prince Be of P.M. Dawn) and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet, as the song is built around samples of their 1983 hit "True," as well as samples from The Soul Searchers' "Ashley's Roachclip." The main drumbeat also samples from Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid in Full". Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley made a cameo in the video to this song, appearing near the end of the video.

    This song was the group's first (and only) #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and also reached #3 in the United Kingdom. It ranks #81 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. The song was the first number one song after the debut of the Nielsen SoundScan system, which monitored airplay and sales more closely than before, when Billboard had to rely on humans to report sales and airplay data. According to the test charts of the SoundScan system, "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" was at number one for at least three weeks, but officially has a one-week reign at number one.

    Contents [show]
    Lyrics[edit]
    The opening verse is influenced by the Joni Mitchell song "The Boho Dance". The original "A camera pans the cocktail hour / Behind a blind of potted palms" becomes "The camera pans the cocktail glass / Behind a blind of plastic plants", and the line "Subterranean by your own design" is echoed as "Subterranean by design". In the second verse, they mention two hit songs from 1985. "Careless whisper from a careless man" refers to "Careless Whisper" by George Michael, and "A neutron dance for a neutron fan" makes reference to "Neutron Dance" by The Pointer Sisters. The line "Christina Applegate, you gotta put me on" is a reference to the song "Bonita Applebum" by A Tribe Called Quest. ("Bonita Applebum, I gotta put you on")

    Cover versions and uses in the media[edit]
    In 1992, a remixed version of the song under the title "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss (Richie Rich Mix)" was featured on the charity album Red Hot + Dance.
    The song was covered by the Backstreet Boys in 1996, and appears on their second album Backstreet's Back (1997).
    The song appears in the 2007 film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry during the middle portion and the end credits.
    The song "True" by Spandau Ballet, which P.M. Dawn sampled, would also be used by Lloyd in the remixed version of his song "You" featuring Andre 3000 and Nas. Razah in his 2009 song "Letter" featuring Nelly, and Nelly for his 2005 song "N Dey Say" would also sample the original song from Spandau Ballet.
    The music video was featured in The Brothers Grunt episode "The Ceremony".
    The song was featured in the movie Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
    The song was featured in the movie The Tuxedo.
    The song "True" by Spandau Ballet was also featured in the movie "Sixteen Candles" (1984).
    Cultural references[edit]
    The song has been parodied in the 1994 hip-hop mockumentary film and its soundtrack album, Fear of a Black Hat as a solo single for rapper Tone-Def (Mark Christopher Lawrence) in oft-scatology terms, "I'm Just A Human."

    Track listings[edit]
    CD maxi
    "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (radio mix) — 3:58
    "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (extended mix) — 6:03
    "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (LP version) — 4:12
    "For The Love of Peace" — 3:29
    7" single
    "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (radio mix) — 3:57
    "For the Love of Peace" — 3:29
    12" single
    Side A:

    "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (extended mix) — 6:04
    "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (radio mix) — 3:57
    Side B:

    "A Watcher's Point of View (Don't 'Cha Think)" (youth extended mix) — 6:05
    "A Watcher's Point of View (Don't 'Cha Think)" (youth radio mix) — 3:58

    "Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience"

    Studio album by P.M. Dawn
    Released August 6, 1991
    Recorded Berwick Street Studios and Gee Street Studios in London
    Genre Hip hop[1]
    Length 54:11
    Label Gee Street, Island
    Producer P.M. Dawn
    P.M. Dawn chronology
    Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience
    (1991) The Bliss Album…?
    (1993)
    Singles from Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience[2]
    "A Watcher's Point of View (Don't 'Cha Think)"
    Released: May 1991
    "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"
    Released: August 1991
    "Paper Doll"
    Released: October 1991
    "Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine"
    Released: February 1992

    "Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience" is the debut album by American hip hop group P.M. Dawn. It was recorded at Berwick Street Studios and Gee Street Studios in London.[3] The album features soul vocals and stream-of-consciousness raps by Prince Be and unconventional samples by producer DJ Minutemix.[4]

    Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross was released by Gee Street Records in September 1991 to rave reviews from music critics.[5] It became an immediate commercial success with the help of its single "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss", which was also praised by critics.[6] The album produced four hits and sold 850,000 copies by 1993.[7] Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross has sold one million copies.[8]

    Background[edit]
    In 1989, P.M. Dawn's debut single "Ode to a Forgetful Mind" was released by Warlock Records, but it went unnoticed. The label that released the single in England, Gee Street Records, found greater success. Gee Street mixed and marketed the song so that it earned considerable attention from music reviewers, and P.M. Dawn found themselves courted not just by Gee Street's head, John Baker, but also by most of the major record labels in England. Gee Street brought the group to London in 1990 to record tracks for an album, however, the label found itself facing bankruptcy during the recording. The entire Gee Street operation—along with P.M. Dawn's contract—was sold to the highest bidder, Island Records. Island issued a few more singles in England before releasing Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience as P.M. Dawn's debut album.[9]

    Track listing[edit]
    All songs written by Attrell S. Cordes, except where noted.[3]

    "Intro" (Attrell S. Cordes, Chick Corea) – 0:56
    "Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine" – 4:40
    "Paper Doll" – 4:51
    "To Serenade a Rainbow" (Cordes, Hugh Masekela) – 3:48
    "Comatose" (Cordes, Sylvester Stewart) – 4:53
    "A Watcher's Point of View (Don't 'Cha Think)" (Cordes, Tom Johnston) – 4:13
    "Even After I Die" (Cordes, Dennis Coffey) – 3:57
    "In the Presence of Mirrors" – 4:01
    "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (Cordes, Gary Kemp) – 4:10
    "Shake" (Cordes, Todd Terry) – 3:17
    "If I Wuz U" – 4:43
    "On a Clear Day" – 5:21
    "The Beautiful" – 5:21
    Sample credits[3]
    "Intro" contains a sample of "Imps Welcome" performed by Chick Corea.
    "To Serenade a Rainbow" contains a sample of "Child of the Earth" performed by Hugh Masekela and a sample of "Din Daa Daa" performed by George Kranz.
    "Comatose" contains a sample of "Thankful and Thoughtful" performed by Sly and the Family Stone and a sample of "Walk On Guilded Splinters" performed by Dr. John.
    "A Watcher's Point of View (Don't 'Cha Think)" contains a sample of "Feelin' Down Farther" performed by The Doobie Brothers.
    "Even After I Die" contains a sample of "Garden of the Moon" performed by Dennis Coffey.
    "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" contains a sample of "True" performed by Spandau Ballet.
    "If I Wuz U" contains a sample of "Pocket Calculator" performed by Kraftwerk.
    Personnel[edit]
    Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[3]

    Cally – art direction
    Andy Earl – photography
    Scott Harding – engineering
    Frankie Laine – photography (assistant)
    P.M. Dawn – production
    John Sherwood – engineering
    Tyrell (The Computer Wiz) – engineering
  • Skinnyman - "Love's Gone From The Streets" (4.35)
    "Council Estate of Mind"

    Studio album by Skinnyman
    Released August 9, 2004
    Genre Hip hop
    Label Low Life
    Producer Adam M, Baby J, DJ Flip, DJ Noize, Stoned Soldiers
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    BBC Collective 4/5 stars [1]
    cokemachineglow 72/100 [2]
    urbansmarts 75/100 [3]
    stylusmagazine B [4]
    "Council Estate Of Mind" is a 2004 album by English rapper Skinnyman. It was produced by DJ Flip, Stoned Soldiers, Adam M, and others. Heavily autobiographical and socially analytical,[citation needed] the album makes much use of samples from Made in Britain, a British film from the early 1980s. The album spent 1 week on the UK chart and was placed on 65.[5]

    Track listing[edit]
    No. Title Length
    1. "Intro" 1:06
    2. "Fuck the Hook" 4:54
    3. "Hayden" 4:05
    4. "Little Man (Part 1)" 2:30
    5. "Little Man (Part 2)" 1:18
    6. "Love's Gone from the Streets" 4:35
    7. "Day to Day Basis" 4:10
    8. "Life in My Rhymes" 4:30
    9. "It's Over" 4:32
    10. "I'll Be Surprised" 4:11
    11. "Who? Me" 2:54
    12. "No Big Ting" 4:13
    13. "Put in the Work" 3:52
    14. "That's What I'm Gonna Do" 4:20
    15. "Council Estate of Mind"
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      (deleted) 10 years ago and nothing since. Then again we waited about 10 years for this. Skinny needs to put out more music to say the least!!! #Classic
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      Doombot101 I agree mate, he only seems to appear on other artists singles or albums
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  • Foreign Beggars - "Slow Broiled Ilk" Feat. OhNo (3.38)
    Foreign Beggars are a British hip hop and dubstep group. Since their formation in 2002, the group's unique trajectory has seen them evolve from an underground hip hop group to an electronic crossover act. The group consists of four artists individually known as Orifice Vulgatron (MC), Metropolis (MC), DJ Nonames and Dag Nabbit (producer). Orifice Vulgatron and Metropolis have combined with Noisia to make the side project and supergroup "I Am Legion".[1] They released their collaborative album I Am Legion on 2 September 2013.

    Foreign Beggars made their start producing several singles and albums on their own Dented Records imprint. In 2011 they teamed up with the Never Say Die label on The Harder They Fall EP. Following a diverse series of singles for mau5trap released on 2012, the group released its new album The Uprising on the deadmau5-helmed label. In celebration of the release of the album, Foreign Beggars have been on UK and North American tours to showcase their new material in the live arena.

    History[edit]

    DJ Nonames, Paaspop 2014

    Orifice Vulgatron, Paaspop 2014
    Orifice Vulgatron and Dag Nabbit met in Dubai playing in metal, grunge and indie bands as early as 1993.[citation needed] They later formed a group making hip hop in 1996/1997 and soon after started throwing DnB house parties and raves in sports halls and ballrooms. Dag Nabbit moved to Norway in 1998, Orifice Vulgatron to London in 1999, both continued to produce, promote and perform. The duo regrouped in London, set up a studio and continued promoting, hitting pirate & internet stations, performing at raves such as Dekefex, Kung Fu, Rollercoaster, and the legendary Telepathy, whilst supporting and booking the likes of Andy C, Mampi Swift, Dj Craze, Skinnyman, Skibba, Shabba, Det, Ed Rush and Optical etc.[citation needed]

    DJ Nonames also met Metropolis at university in 2000. They soon joined hip hop and funk band Focused Few and began throwing warehouse parties and touring. Orifice Vulgatron was introduced to Nonames through DJ Gizroc, then part of the Mixologists Crew, whilst working on sound and lighting for "The Wizard of Oz", where Nonames was doing the entire sound with a Technics 1210, a vestax 05 and a "Wizard of Oz" vinyl. By late 2002 Orifice Vulgatron and Dag Nabbit decided to release Foreign Beggars on their own imprint Dented Records and started performing and recording alongside DJ Nonames, Metropolis and beatboxer Shlomo.

    "Stray Point Agenda"
    Foreign Beggars second studio album entitled Stray Point Agenda was released in November 2006. The record described as darker than their original release featured guest production from Oh No (Stones Throw) and Ninja Tune’s recording artist DJ Vadim as well as guest spots from Dr. Syntax, Skrein, Dubbledge, Graziella, Wildchild and Dudley Perkins. Prior to the release of the album, the singles "Let Go" (featuring Wildchild) which featured the B-sides "Million Skill March" (featuring Wildchild, Dr. Syntax & DJ IQ) and "Crying Shame" (featuring Dr. Syntax) and the single "Slow Broiled Ilk" (featuring Oh No) which featured the B-sides "Backdraft" and "Hot Plate" (featuring Dubbledge) were released to promote the album. A video for "Slow Broiled Ilk" was also released. Following the release of the album, the single "Black Hole Prophecies", produced by DJ Vadim, was released on 16 April 2007. The single also includes the "Wild Wild East" remix, which was produced by UK rap artist Jehst, and the B-side track "In It for a Minute" (featuring Graziella).


    Foreign Beggars ‎– Stray Point Agenda
    Label:
    Dented ‎– DNT 014LP
    Format:
    2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country:
    UK
    Released:
    Nov 2006
    Genre:
    Electronic, Hip Hop
    Style:
    Grime, Hip Hop, Conscious
    Tracklist Hide Credits
    A1 Intro
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    A2 Reel Fire
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    A3 Slo Speed
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    Scratches – DJ Nonames
    A4 In It For A Minute
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    Scratches – DJ Nonames
    Vocals, Featuring – Graziella
    A5 Clockwork Skit
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    B1 Confessions Of A...
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    Vocals, Featuring – Graziella
    B2 To Be A Memory
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    Vocals, Featuring – Dudley Perkins
    B3 Black Hole Prophecies
    Producer – DJ Vadim
    C1 On A Winter's Day
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    Rap, Featuring – Ravi Shakti
    C2 Interlude
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    C3 Backdraft
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    C4 Slow Broiled Ilk
    Producer – Oh No
    C5 Hot Plate
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    Rap, Featuring – Dubbledge
    C6 Shlonames Piece
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    Recorded By – Bruce Wood, DJ Nonames
    D1 Let Go
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    Rap, Featuring – Wildchild (2)
    D2 Reach Out
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    Rap, Featuring – Dr. Syntax (2)
    D3 Clouds Skit
    Producer – Dag Nabbit
    D4 The Coming
    Producer – Moschops
    Rap, Featuring – Dr. Syntax (2), Skrein
    Companies etc
    Recorded At – Dented Studios
    Mixed At – Sound Authority
    Mixed At – Politbureau
    Mixed At – Dented Studios
    Recorded At – Touchwood Audio
    Mastered At – Metropolis Mastering
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – Dented
    Copyright (c) – Dented
    Credits
    Artwork, Design – www.Grandlife.es
    Executive-producer – Dag Torgersbraten, Pavan Mukhi
    Mastered By – Alan Mawdsley (tracks: B3, D1), Dan Massie (tracks: A1 to A5, B1, B2, C2 to C6, D2 to D4), Naweed* (tracks: C1)
    Mixed By – Alan Mawdsley (tracks: A1 to A3, C3 to C6), Dag Nabbit (tracks: A4, A5, B1, B2, C1, C2, C6, D1 to D3), Moschops (tracks: D4)
    Recorded By, Mixed By, Arranged By [All Vocals] – Dag Torgersbraten, Ebow Graham, Pavan Mukhi
    Notes
    All tracks mastered @ Metropolis except "On A Winter's Day" @ Whitfield Street; "Let Go" & "Black Hole Prophecies" @ The Sound Authority
    All tracks recorded @ Dented Studios London
    A1 to A3, C3 to C6 mixed @ Sound Authority
    B3 "Black Hole Prophecies" mixed at the Politbureau
    A4, A5, B1, B2, C1, C2, C6, D1 to D3 mixed @ Dented Studios
    D4 "The Coming" mixed @ Synapse Studios, Dublin
    All vocals except "Backdraft" recorded, mixed & arranged @ Dented Studios
    "Shlonames piece" recorded @ Touchwood Studios, Leeds & Nonames' abode.


    Foreign Beggars ‎– Slow Broiled Ilk
    Label:
    Dented ‎– DNT 011, Casual Records ‎– LOUPE 022
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12"
    Country:
    UK
    Released:
    08 May 2006
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist.
    A1 Slow Broiled Ilk
    Producer, Rap [Featuring] – Oh No
    A2 Backdraft
    A3 Slow Broiled Ilk (Instrumental)
    Producer – Oh No
    B1 Hot Plate
    Rap [Featuring] – Dubbledge
    Vocals – Aurelius (2), Lena (4)
    B2 Hot Plate (Instrumental)
    B3 Backdraft (Instrumental)
    Credits
    Arranged By – Prock Jesus
    Mixed By – Alan Mawdsley
    Producer, Arranged By – Dag Nabbit
  • Emmanuel - "Lets Go Away" featuring Braintax (4.31)
    Colin Emmanuel aka C-Swing is an English music producer, remixer and writer who works across most genres including Hip hop, R&B, Alternative and Soul genres.[1]

    He has produced, remixed or written for the likes of; The Beta Band, Jamelia, KRS-One, Beverley Knight, Braintax and Mary J. Blige among others.[2]


    Emmanuel (4) ‎– D'Illusions Of Grandeur
    Label:
    Little League ‎– LL LP03
    Format:
    2 × Vinyl, LP
    Country:
    UK
    Released:
    2005
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:
    RnB/Swing, Hip Hop
    Tracklist Hide Credits
    A1 My Thing!!
    Featuring – KRS-One
    A2 Pretend
    Vocals – Nate James
    A3 Dámelo
    Guitar – Eric Appapoulay
    Keyboards [Additional] – Chris Jerome
    Vocals – Belle*
    B1 Getaway
    Bass, Synths [Additional] – James Yarde
    Saxophone – Jason & The Angrynotes
    Trombone – Joe Bentley
    Trumpet – Mark Crown
    Vocals – Celetia Martin
    B2 Bubblebath
    Guitar, Bass – Eric Appapoulay
    Vocals – Daniel Debourg, Dyanna Fearon
    B3 Let's Go Away
    Featuring – Braintax
    Guitar – Eric Appapoulay
    C1 Morning Blues
    Vocals – Michelle Escoffery
    C2 Heat
    Featuring – Mystro
    C3 Flirtin'
    Backing Vocals – Teron Beal
    Featuring – Rodney P
    Vocals – Terri Walker
    D1 Quicksand
    Vocals – Daniel DeBourg
    D2 Right Here
    Vocals – Belle*
    D3 Still Working
    Credits
    Producer, Arranged By – Emmanuel (4)
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      (deleted) I've spoken with Colin - good dude, brilliant producer.
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      (deleted) Calls himself Black Einstein too
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      Doombot101 First heard his stuff in 2005 on a UK Hip-Hop compilation, you're right he is a good producer and does'nt get the credit he deserves.
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  • Jungle Brothers "Because I Got It Like That" (album version) (4.38)
    Jungle Brothers ‎– "Because I Got It Like That"
    Label:
    Idlers ‎– WAR 016
    Format:
    Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    1988
    Genre:
    Hip Hop
    Style:

    Tracklist
    A1 Because I Got It Like That 4:35
    A2 Because I Got It Like That (Instrumental) 4:25
    B1 Because I Got It Like That (Dub It Like That) 4:25
    B2 Because I Got It Like That (Jungle Pella) 1:05
    Credits
    Executive Producer – Thomas Ashley, Tony D.
    Mastered By – Dick Charles
    Mixed By – Red Alert
    Producer, Written-By – M. Small*, P. Hall*
    Notes
    Recorded & mixed at T.T.O. Studio, Coney Island, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Produced for Red Alert Productions.
    Published by Tonk Music (BMI) / Prodisc Music (BMI).
    Manufactured & distributed by Warlock Records, Inc.
    Special Comments: This is a Bam Bam Beat
    Special Ear Advisor: Jimmy (Who's Jimmy?)


    "Straight out the Jungle"

    Studio album by Jungle Brothers
    Released November 8, 1988[1]
    Recorded 1987–1988
    Genre Golden age hip hop, jazz rap, hip house
    Label Idlers/Warlock Records
    WAR-2704
    Producer Jungle Brothers
    Todd Terry
    Jungle Brothers chronology
    Straight out the Jungle
    (1988) Done by the Forces of Nature
    (1989)
    "Straight out the Jungle" is the début album from hip hop group Jungle Brothers. The album marked the beginning of the Native Tongues collective, which later featured popular artists such as De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and Black Sheep.

    The single "I'll House You", added to the album in late-1988 reissues,[2] is known as the first non-Chicago hip-house record to be a sufficiently big club hit, to drastically change how the hip-hop and dance-music industries work.[citation needed] "The Promo" was added when the album was released on compact disc, in 1990.

    Reception[edit]
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
    Robert Christgau A−[4]
    Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
    The Source 5/5 stars[6]
    Spin (9/10)[7]
    Trouser Press (mixed)[8]
    Yahoo! Music (favorable)[9]
    In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.[10]

    The album received a perfect 5-of-five rating from Allmusic and The Source Magazine.

    Track listing[edit]
    # Title Producer(s) Performer (s)
    1 "Straight out the Jungle" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
    2 "What's Going On" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
    3 "Black is Black" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee, Q-Tip
    4 "Jimbrowski" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
    5 "I'm Gonna Do You" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
    6 "I'll House You" Todd Terry Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
    7 "On the Run" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
    8 "Behind the Bush" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
    9 "Because I Got it Like That" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
    10 "Braggin' & Boastin'" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee
    11 "Sounds of the Safari" Jungle Brothers *Instrumental*
    12 "Jimmy's Bonus Beat" Jungle Brothers *Instrumental*
    13 "The Promo" Jungle Brothers Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee, Q-Tip
    Personnel[edit]
    Dick Charles – Mastering
    Tony D. – Arranger
    Andre Debourg – Engineer
    Andrew "The Record Lord" DeBourg – Engineer
    DJ Red Alert – Engineer, Mixing
    The Grand Wizard Oswald – Arranger
    Pam Hall – Composer
    Jungle Brothers – Arranger, Composer, Producer
    Ken Kaufman – Photography, Cover Design
    Michael Smalls – Composer[citation needed]
    Sweet Daddy – Scratching[11]
    Samples[edit]
    "Straight out the Jungle" contains samples from "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose" by James Brown, "Weya" by Manu Dibango, "Mango Meat" by Mandrill, "(Somebody Got) Soul, Soul, Soul" by The Wild Magnolias, "Kissin' My Love" by Bill Withers, and "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.
    "What's Going On" contains samples from "What's Goin On?" by Marvin Gaye, "What Would the World Be Like Without Music" by Kool & The Gang, "Let the Music Take Your Mind" by Kool & The Gang, and "N.T." by Kool & The Gang.
    "Black Is Black" contains samples from "Sport" by Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, "9 Till 5" by The Meters, "Controversy" by Prince, and "The Bottle" by Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson.
    "Jimbrowski" contains samples from "Funkin 4 Jamaica" by Tom Browne, "Good Old Music" by Funkadelic, and "The Black Prince Has Arrived" by Jimmie Walker.
    "I'm Gonna Do You" contains samples from "Rigor Mortis" and "Groovy Lady" by The Meters.
    "I’ll House You” contains a samples from "Can You Party" by Royal House, “It’s Yours” by T La Rock, “Move Your Body (the House-Music Anthem)” by Marshall Jefferson, and "Optimo" by Liquid Liquid.
    "On the Run" contains samples from "It's Just Begun" by Jimmy Castor Bunch, "The Mexican" by Babe Ruth, and "Give It to You" by UPP.
    "Behind the Bush" contains samples from "Joy" by Isaac Hayes, "Get On Up and Dance" by Eddie Harris, and "Mercy, Mercy Me" by Grover Washington Jr.
    "Because I Got It Like That" contains samples from "You Can Make It If You Try" by Sly & The Family Stone (album version only) and "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra (remix version only).
    "Braggin' & Boastin'" contains samples from "Impeach the President" by The Honey Drippers and "God Made Me Funky" by The Headhunters.
    "Sounds of the Safari" contains samples from "King Kong" by Jimmy Castor Bunch and "The Jam" by Graham Central Station.
  • Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - "Road To The Riches" [HQ Ver.] (5.01)
    "Road to the Riches"

    Single by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
    from the album Road to the Riches
    A-side Road to the Riches
    B-side Butcher Shop
    Released 1989
    Format 12-inch single, 7-inch single
    Recorded 1989
    Genre East coast hip hop, golden age hip hop, hardcore hip hop
    Length 4:48
    Label Cold Chillin', Warner Bros.
    Writer(s) Marlon Williams, Nathaniel Wilson
    Producer(s) Marley Marl
    Kool G Rap & DJ Polo singles chronology
    "Poison"
    (1988) "Road to the Riches"
    (1988) "Truly Yours"
    (1989)
    "Road to the Riches" is the second single from American hip hop duo Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's 1989 debut album Road to the Riches. It was released as a single with "Butcher Shop" as a B-side and later also featured on the compilation albums Killer Kuts (1994), The Best of Cold Chillin' (2000), Greatest Hits (2002) and Street Stories: The Best of Kool G Rap & DJ Polo (2013).

    Contents [show]
    Background[edit]
    The song is semi-autobiographic, rags-to-riches tale, with the first two verses detailing Kool G Rap's youth living in poverty and his life before becoming a successful rapper. The third and final verse warns of the dangers of living a life of crime. In a 2014 interview, G Rap stated that some parts of the song were true, such as him working a low-paying job in a Key Food supermarket and selling crack cocaine, while others, such as his father being a drug dealer, were fictional.[1]

    Music video[edit]
    "Road to the Riches" was Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's first music video. The video begins with G Rap sitting with his young nephew on his lap, and the boy tells him, "Uncle G Rap, when I grow up, I want to be a rapper and a gangster, just like you". G Rap discourages him, however, saying "no, no, see, you can be a rapper but can't be a gangster. You don't want to be a gangster". The next scene is in media res and shows Kool G Rap & DJ Polo in a courtroom being sentenced by a judge. The rest of the video depicts them as powerful drug dealers, committing various violent crimes, before they are arrested in an undercover police sting and the video ends again with the courtroom scene, as they are led away to prison.

    Use in media[edit]
    The song was featured on the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' soundtrack, playing on the fictional old school hip hop station Playback FM.

    Samples[edit]
    "Road to the Riches" samples the following songs:[2]

    "The Assembly Line" by the Commodores
    "Stiletto" by Billy Joel
    And was later sampled on:

    "Illegal Gunshot" by Ragga Twins
    "Android" by The Prodigy
    "Rotten Apple" by Operation Ratification
    "Fool's Gold" by Zion I
    "Pain the Town Red" by Children of the Corn
    Track listing[edit]
    A-side
    "Road to the Riches" (4:48)
    B-side
    "Butcher Shop" (3:44)


    "Road to the Riches"

    Studio album by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
    Released March 14, 1989
    Recorded 1986–1988
    Genre Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Golden age hip hop
    Length 46:40
    Label Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros. Records
    25820
    Producer Marley Marl
    Kool G Rap & DJ Polo chronology
    Road To The Riches
    (1989) Wanted: Dead or Alive
    (1990)
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
    Robert Christgau B+[2]
    Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
    Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[4]
    RapReviews 9/10 stars[5]
    Rhapsody (Favourable)[6]
    Trouser Press (Favorable)[7]
    "Road to the Riches" is the debut album by hip hop duo Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, which was released in 1989 on then-prominent hip hop label Cold Chillin' Records. The album is notable in that it set off the mafioso rap trend with the title track "Road to the Riches," which received strong rotation on the TV show Yo! MTV Raps, and was later featured on the Classic hip hop Radio Station Playback FM from the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Most of the songs, however, are not crime-related. Other popular songs included "It's a Demo" and "Poison." In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.[8]

    Contents [show]
    Album information[edit]
    Kool G Rap and DJ Polo were members of the legendary Juice Crew, led by producer Marley Marl. The duo first premiered on Mr. Magic's Rap Attack radio show on 107.5 in 1986 with its first single "It's A Demo." They spent the next few years releasing singles, and eventually wrote and recorded Road to the Riches in 1988, but wasn't released until early 1989. The album showcases G Rap's signature multisyllabic rhyme style with lyric topics ranging from crime, materialism, bragadocio, to love. The production was entirely handled by fellow juice Crew member Marley Marl, who provided a more hard-edged style of production than that of his previous work.

    Road to the Riches is often cited as the beginning of the mafioso rap genre, laying the groundwork for future hip hop stars such as Scarface, Nas, Raekwon, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., and AZ, among others, however the bulk of the album features battle rap lyrics similar to Big Daddy Kane or Rakim without the explicit mafioso or gangsta rap subjects of the title track. G Rap would begin expanding his vivid storytelling and organized crime themes on his next album, Wanted: Dead or Alive and especially on 1992's Live and Let Die.

    According to the liner notes in the Roots' Phrenology, "Men at Work" was the song that brought the group together during a lunch period at their high school.

    Track listing[edit]
    # Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s) Length
    1 "Road to the Riches" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 4:48
    2 "It's a Demo" (remix) N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 4:27
    3 "Men at Work" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 5:02
    4 "Truly Yours" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 5:07
    5 "Cars" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 3:07
    6 "Trilogy of Terror" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 2:40
    7 "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 5:21
    8 "Cold Cuts" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl DJ Polo 3:52
    9 "Rhymes I Express" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 3:47
    10 "Poison" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 4:45
    11 "Butcher Shop" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 3:44
    2006 re-release track listing[edit]
    Disc 1

    # Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s)
    1 "Road to the Riches" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    2 "It's a Demo" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    3 "Men at Work" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    4 "Truly Yours" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    5 "Cars" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    6 "Trilogy of Terror" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    7 "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    8 "Cold Cuts" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl
    9 "Rhymes I Express" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    10 "Poison" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    11 "Butcher Shop" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    12 "Radio Album Introduction" N. Wilson
    13 "Radio Freestyle" N. Wilson, Craig Morgan Kool G Rap & Craig G
    14 "Radio Interview"
    15 "Riker's Island Radio Promo" N.Wilson, M. Williams Kool G Rap
    16 "Raw (Demo Version)" N. Wilson, Antonio Hardy Marley Marl Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap
    Disc 2

    # Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s)
    1 "It's A Demo (Original 12" Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    2 "I'm Fly (Original 12" Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    3 "Riker's Island (Original 12" Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    4 "Rhyme Tyme (Original 12" Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    5 "Poison (Hip Hop Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    6 "Poison (Dub Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    7 "Poison (Remix)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    8 "Men At Work (Extended Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    9 "It's A Demo (Original 12" Version Instrumental)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl
    10 "I'm Fly (Original 12" Version Instrumental)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl
    11 "Riker's Island (Original 12" Version Instrumental)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl
    12 "Men At Work (Extended Instrumental)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl
    13 "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not (Instrumental)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl
    14 "Men At Work (Acapella)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Kool G Rap
    Samples used[edit]
    The title track features a sample from Billy Joel's album 52nd Street. The track sampled, "Stiletto," precedes the hit track "My Life" and is used as a lead-in for the aforementioned song's music video.
    The song "Cars" samples the Gary Numan song of the same name
    The song "Trilogy of Terror" features a sample by the Edgar Winter Group called "Frankenstein."
    The song "Rhymes I Express" features a sample of Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express."
    Later samples[edit]
    "Road to Riches"
    "Disciple" by Nas from the album Street's Disciple
    "Bloodshed(Paint the Town Red) by the Harlem hip hop collective Children of the Corn on its only album, which was released years after the song was created and the group disbanded—Children of the Corn: The Collector's Edition.
    "Truly Yours"
    "Go With The Flow" by MF Doom, from the album Operation: Doomsday.
    "Poison"
    "Poison" by Bel Biv Devoe, from the album Poison.
  • Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - "Poison" (Radio Version) (2.31)
    "Poison"

    Single by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
    from the album Road to the Riches
    Released 1988
    Format 12-inch single
    Recorded 1988
    Genre East coast hip hop, golden age hip hop
    Length 4:45
    Label Cold Chillin', Warner Bros
    Writer(s) Marlon Williams, Nathaniel Wilson
    Producer(s) Marley Marl
    Kool G Rap & DJ Polo singles chronology
    "It's a Demo"
    (1986) "Poison"
    (1988) "Road to the Riches"
    (1988)
    "Poison" is the first single from American hip hop duo Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's 1989 debut album Road to the Riches. It would later feature on the compilation albums Killer Kuts (1994), The Best of Cold Chillin' (2000), Greatest Hits (2002) and Street Stories: The Best of Kool G Rap & DJ Polo (2013).

    Background[edit]
    The song was initially set to feature a heavy sample of King Curtis' "Memphis Soul Stew" but it was later changed and was released as a single.[1]

    Samples[edit]
    "It's a Demo" samples the following songs:[2]

    "Get Up, Get into It, Get Involved" by James Brown
    "Just Rhymin' with Biz" by Big Daddy Kane featuring Biz Markie
    And was later sampled on:

    "Poison" by Bell Biv Devoe
    "Poison" by The Prodigy
    "Best Foot Forward" by DJ Shadow
    "Boom!" by The Roots featuring Dice Raw
    "Poison" by Common Market
    Track listing[edit]
    A-side
    "Poison" (Hip Hop Version) (5:26)
    "Poison" (Dub Version) (5:43)
    B-side
    "Poison" (Radio Version) (2:30)


    "Road to the Riches"

    Studio album by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
    Released March 14, 1989
    Recorded 1986–1988
    Genre Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Golden age hip hop
    Length 46:40
    Label Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros. Records
    25820
    Producer Marley Marl
    Kool G Rap & DJ Polo chronology
    Road To The Riches
    (1989) Wanted: Dead or Alive
    (1990)
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
    Robert Christgau B+[2]
    Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
    Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[4]
    RapReviews 9/10 stars[5]
    Rhapsody (Favourable)[6]
    Trouser Press (Favorable)[7]
    "Road to the Riches" is the debut album by hip hop duo Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, which was released in 1989 on then-prominent hip hop label Cold Chillin' Records. The album is notable in that it set off the mafioso rap trend with the title track "Road to the Riches," which received strong rotation on the TV show Yo! MTV Raps, and was later featured on the Classic hip hop Radio Station Playback FM from the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Most of the songs, however, are not crime-related. Other popular songs included "It's a Demo" and "Poison." In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.[8]

    Contents [show]
    Album information[edit]
    Kool G Rap and DJ Polo were members of the legendary Juice Crew, led by producer Marley Marl. The duo first premiered on Mr. Magic's Rap Attack radio show on 107.5 in 1986 with its first single "It's A Demo." They spent the next few years releasing singles, and eventually wrote and recorded Road to the Riches in 1988, but wasn't released until early 1989. The album showcases G Rap's signature multisyllabic rhyme style with lyric topics ranging from crime, materialism, bragadocio, to love. The production was entirely handled by fellow juice Crew member Marley Marl, who provided a more hard-edged style of production than that of his previous work.

    Road to the Riches is often cited as the beginning of the mafioso rap genre, laying the groundwork for future hip hop stars such as Scarface, Nas, Raekwon, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., and AZ, among others, however the bulk of the album features battle rap lyrics similar to Big Daddy Kane or Rakim without the explicit mafioso or gangsta rap subjects of the title track. G Rap would begin expanding his vivid storytelling and organized crime themes on his next album, Wanted: Dead or Alive and especially on 1992's Live and Let Die.

    According to the liner notes in the Roots' Phrenology, "Men at Work" was the song that brought the group together during a lunch period at their high school.

    Track listing[edit]
    # Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s) Length
    1 "Road to the Riches" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 4:48
    2 "It's a Demo" (remix) N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 4:27
    3 "Men at Work" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 5:02
    4 "Truly Yours" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 5:07
    5 "Cars" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 3:07
    6 "Trilogy of Terror" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 2:40
    7 "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 5:21
    8 "Cold Cuts" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl DJ Polo 3:52
    9 "Rhymes I Express" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 3:47
    10 "Poison" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 4:45
    11 "Butcher Shop" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap 3:44
    2006 re-release track listing[edit]
    Disc 1

    # Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s)
    1 "Road to the Riches" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    2 "It's a Demo" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    3 "Men at Work" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    4 "Truly Yours" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    5 "Cars" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    6 "Trilogy of Terror" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    7 "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    8 "Cold Cuts" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl
    9 "Rhymes I Express" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    10 "Poison" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    11 "Butcher Shop" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    12 "Radio Album Introduction" N. Wilson
    13 "Radio Freestyle" N. Wilson, Craig Morgan Kool G Rap & Craig G
    14 "Radio Interview"
    15 "Riker's Island Radio Promo" N.Wilson, M. Williams Kool G Rap
    16 "Raw (Demo Version)" N. Wilson, Antonio Hardy Marley Marl Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap
    Disc 2

    # Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s)
    1 "It's A Demo (Original 12" Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    2 "I'm Fly (Original 12" Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    3 "Riker's Island (Original 12" Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    4 "Rhyme Tyme (Original 12" Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    5 "Poison (Hip Hop Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    6 "Poison (Dub Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    7 "Poison (Remix)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    8 "Men At Work (Extended Version)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl Kool G Rap
    9 "It's A Demo (Original 12" Version Instrumental)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl
    10 "I'm Fly (Original 12" Version Instrumental)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl
    11 "Riker's Island (Original 12" Version Instrumental)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl
    12 "Men At Work (Extended Instrumental)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl
    13 "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not (Instrumental)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Marley Marl
    14 "Men At Work (Acapella)" N. Wilson, M. Williams Kool G Rap
    Samples used[edit]
    The title track features a sample from Billy Joel's album 52nd Street. The track sampled, "Stiletto," precedes the hit track "My Life" and is used as a lead-in for the aforementioned song's music video.
    The song "Cars" samples the Gary Numan song of the same name
    The song "Trilogy of Terror" features a sample by the Edgar Winter Group called "Frankenstein."
    The song "Rhymes I Express" features a sample of Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express."
    Later samples[edit]
    "Road to Riches"
    "Disciple" by Nas from the album Street's Disciple
    "Bloodshed(Paint the Town Red) by the Harlem hip hop collective Children of the Corn on its only album, which was released years after the song was created and the group disbanded—Children of the Corn: The Collector's Edition.
    "Truly Yours"
    "Go With The Flow" by MF Doom, from the album Operation: Doomsday.
    "Poison"
    "Poison" by Bel Biv Devoe, from the album Poison.
  • Czarface - "Poisonous Thoughts" Feat. Mr. MFN Exquire (Produced by 7L)...
    "Czarface"

    Studio album by Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric
    Released February 19, 2013
    Recorded 2012
    Genre Hip hop
    Length 46:41
    Label Brick Records
    Producer 7L, DJ Premier, Spada4
    Inspectah Deck chronology
    Manifesto
    (2010) Czarface
    (2013)
    7L & Esoteric chronology
    1212
    (2010) Czarface
    (2013)
    Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
    Masta Killa:
    Selling My Soul
    (2012) Czarface
    (2013) Ghostface Killah:
    Twelve Reasons to Die
    (2013)
    "Czarface" is a collaborative studio album by American rapper Inspectah Deck and underground hip hop duo 7L & Esoteric. The album was released on February 19, 2013.[1] The album features guest appearances from Roc Marciano, Oh No, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, Cappadonna and Vinnie Paz. The albums production comes from 7L, Spada4 and DJ Premier.[2]

    Background[edit]
    In February 2013, during an interview with HipHopDX, Inspectah Deck spoke about the origins of the album, saying: "I really don’t think there were a lot of goals or things like that. For me right now, it’s taking off better than anticipated because I guess I underestimated the people’s need to hear something worth listening to. So I did [CZARFACE], I’ve done a couple records with 7L & Esoteric back in the day with “Speaking Real Words” and another ["12th Chamber"]. I’ve done two songs with them already, and we built up a lot of buzz just off of those two songs, and it took a while. I went on tour with the [Wu-Tang] Clan, but we all talked about it a while ago—about doing this type of project. It all just came together at the right time, and the whole CZARFACE thing was supposed to be a hero to save Hip Hop. I didn’t really have the whole cartoon, comic book vision all in my head at that time. I sat down with Esoteric, he brought that thought to light and I thought that would be a good idea. A lot of the real Hip Hop heads, the true school Hip Hop generation, they know what that cover’s all about. We grew up with those comic books, some of us are still die-hard fans of that, and I thought bringing that together with just being the classic Hip Hop beats and rhymes of the '90s and before. I thought that combination was going to bring something to the game. I think CZARFACE is the blue-collar album of Rap right now. I think it’s the Detroit Pistons when they won with Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace and them. They really had no star but the whole team was blue-collar, and everybody gave that effort. I think this is one of those underdog albums that, when the smoke clears from all of those big guns going off, you’re still going to hear these shots going. I listened to the project really head-to-toe for the first time the other day and I’m like, “It sounds good man.” Just let it play from beginning to end, that’s how we used to do when we had cassette tapes; just let it roll then go to the other side. I think this is one of those personally, just listening to the sound I think. We leaked three songs—the one with Roc Marciano ["Cement 3's"], the one with Action Bronson [“It’s Raw”] and the one ["Shoguns"] with Vinnie Paz. I believe that created a real buzz for it right now, so it’s getting good feedback and a good vibe. I think this is one of the smart choices for 2013."[3]

    Esoteric also spoke about the origins of the album, saying:

    "Basically it started out as 7L’s idea to put out something like a white label or kind of a diamond in the rough slab of vinyl that really had no promotion at all and was just kind of leaked out there. You know we still have that '90s mentality. With me and [Inspectah Deck] on the mic [and] 7L on production, we were just going to have it sneak out. As we started recording, we thought we could actually sell this, so we started to conceptualize the idea of CZARFACE and having that be the name of the group. The character represents the three of us when we’re on the mic and doing damage or whatever. The idea was to make a few records, keep it really lyrical and give the people what they wanted and expect from the Wu-Tang Clan’s most heralded swordsman so to speak, and me and 7L from Boston. So it was just doing what we do in the past but just come out swinging in 2013."[3]

    Esoteric also spoke about the features on the album, saying:

    "It was just important for us to work with lyricists that we respect and just keep it a really organic record. We’re not trying to dial in an Akon hook or something like that that’s going to make a record blow up in a way that doesn’t really suit us. I think the natural thing to do is to get some Wu members, some members from my crew—we’ve got Vinnie Paz on the record. Everyone was really excited and easy to work with because they saw our vision. Obviously the Wu guys with an allegiance to Deck just made it a real easy thing. And 7L wanted to get Action Bronson and Roc Marciano on the record ‘cause these guys are really poppin’ right now. It might add a little flavor to the record for maybe a younger listener who is more in-tuned to what they’re doing right now, and obviously they destroyed it. I have a tremendous amount of respect for them, so it was just a good fit for the album."[3]

    Esoteric also spoke about the comic book inspired album cover, saying: "Well that was something that I wanted to do for the album. One of the things that always stood out to me with Deck was that he’d reference superheroes every once in a while—something about the claws of Wolverine, Peter Parker…all these different things. I’ve always been into comic books, and I think our discography kind of shows everything with that. But I kinda think that’s how we meet too, and if we had a figurehead for the album, I came up with CZARFACE the name. I ran it by Deck, and he loved it, and then I had to find an artist that kind of brings CZARFACE to life. I wanted it to be very Jack Kirby influenced. I just love Jack Kirby’s art. Lamour Supreme, who works for Mishka, had done stuff for Jack Kirby’s museum, and it made a lot of sense for him to do the art and he killed it. He developed CZARFACE based on the ideas I gave him, in terms of what I wanted it to look like and what he represented. I would reference Ultron and Major Blood and all these different metal-clad villains or heroes, and he just went with it. We’re really happy with what he created."[3]

    Critical response[edit]
    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Source Rating
    Exclaim! 7/10[4]
    HipHopDX 4/5 stars[5]
    PopMatters 6/10[6]
    Q 4/5 stars[7]
    XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[8]
    Czarface was met with generally favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 78, based on 6 reviews, which indicates "positive reviews".[9] Omar Burgess of HipHopDX gave the album four out of five stars, saying "CZARFACE has no major flaws. It’s obviously not for everyone, yet even when incorporating current critical favorites like Action Bronson and Mr. MFN eXquire, no compromises are made. Inspectah Deck, 7L & Esoteric use '90s East Coast Hip Hop as a blueprint to innovate, and ultimately, that’s what made that era so special in the first place."[5] Bogar Alonso of XXL gave the album an XL, saying "Mention of the ‘90s, hip-hop’s supposed last golden era, might make some queeze, and for good reason. Hip-hop purists have long sucked on the decade like a warm thumb, afraid of the cold, mean world that lay ahead. But CZARFACE, also the name for Deck and co.’s group, keeps matters as fresh. The album’s marquee—with names like Roc Marciano, Action Bronson, and Mr. MFN eXquire—assures just that. “Cement 3’s,” “It’s Raw,” and “Poisonous Thoughts”―listed in the order of appearance of the guests mentioned―come off as love letters rather than industry rub-offs. If the above trio were operating in the late ‘90s, they’d be dropping similar heat."[8]

    Bryan Hahn of The Source gave the album a positive review, saying "Czarface doesn't fall short of what it wanted to accomplish-knocking the chumps out the ring. It doesn't pretend to deliver positive messages for the kids or even tell heart wrenching stories about the hood. Plain and simple, 7L masterminded sinister beats while Esoteric and Inspectah Deck recruited some fellow emcees to show the potential of the often-mislead art of lyricism can sound like. Long live, Czarface."[10] Matthew Fiander of PopMatters gave the album a six out of ten, saying "Song to song we see confident production and expert rhyming from guys we know can do both. But while Inspectah Deck may be one of the most effortless emcees in Wu-Tang, he’s not the most narrative. Neither is Esoteric. So while the songs here bang in all the ways you want, they rarely catch you off guard and they rarely tell you where they’re going. Not that they need to, but that sense of direction, out of the past and toward something new, might have elevated a good album to something great."[6] Mark Bozzer of Exclaim! gave the album a seven out of ten, saying "Minus all of the corny sound bites, this album undoubtedly keeps the underground renaissance sizzling."[4]

    Commercial performance[edit]
    The album debuted at number 34 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in the first week of its release.[11]

    Track listing[edit]
    No. Title Producer(s)[12] Length
    1. "Czarface (Intro)" 7L 1:16
    2. "Air ‘Em Out" 7L, Spada4 2:41
    3. "Cement 3′s" (featuring Roc Marciano) 7L, Spada4 3:25
    4. "Czar Refaeli" (featuring Oh No) 7L, Spada4 4:00
    5. "Rock Beast" 7L, Spada4 2:55
    6. "Savagely Attack" (featuring Ghostface Killah) 7L 3:20
    7. "Marvel Team-Up" 7L 2:27
    8. "It’s Raw" (featuring Action Bronson) 7L, Spada4 4:47
    9. "Let It Off" DJ Premier 4:22
    10. "Word War 4" 7L 2:51
    11. "Dead Zone" 7L 2:56
    12. "Poisonous Thoughts" (featuring Mr. Muthafuckin' Exquire) 7L 4:04
    13. "Shoguns" (featuring Cappadonna and Vinnie Paz) 7L 4:40
    14. "Hazmat Rap" 7L, Spada4 2:57
    Total length:
    46:41
    Extended Second Edition Bonus Track[13]
    No. Title Producer(s) Length
    15. "Rock Beast (Death Czar Remix)" 7L 2:37
  • Wu-Tang Clan - "Projects" (International Remix) (4.00)
    "Wu-Tang Forever"

    Studio album by Wu-Tang Clan
    Released June 3, 1997
    Recorded 1996-1997
    Genre Hip hop
    Length 44:58 (Disc 1)
    67:08 (Disc 2- US)
    77:53 (Disc 2- International)
    Label Loud/RCA/BMG
    07863-66905 (North America)
    74321-45768 (international)
    Producer RZA, 4th Disciple, True Master, Inspectah Deck
    Wu-Tang Clan chronology
    Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
    (1993) Wu-Tang Forever
    (1997) The W
    (2000)
    Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
    Ghostface Killah:
    Ironman
    (1996) Wu-Tang Forever
    (1997) Method Man:
    Tical 2000: Judgement Day
    (1998)
    Singles from Wu-Tang Forever
    "Triumph"
    Released: February 11, 1997
    "It's Yourz"
    Released: September 23, 1997
    "Reunited"
    Released: March 30, 1998
    "Wu-Tang Forever" is the second studio album of American hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, released June 3, 1997, on Loud/RCA Records in the United States. Pressed as a double album, it was released after a long run of successful solo projects from various members of the group, and serves as the follow-up to their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Forever features several guest appearances from Wu-Tang affiliates Cappadonna, Streetlife, 4th Disciple, True Master, and Tekitha.

    Despite limited radio/TV airplay, and a lead single that famously clocked at nearly six minutes with no chorus, Wu-Tang Forever debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 612,000 copies sold in its first week.[1] The album was certified 4x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on October 15, 1997 (each disc in the double album counted as separate unit for certification purpose),[2] and has sold over 2 million copies in the United States.[3] It is the group's highest selling album to date. Upon its release, Wu-Tang Forever received favorable reviews from most music critics, while it also earned the group a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998.

    Contents [show]
    Music and lyrics[edit]
    Production[edit]
    While the group's previous album is known for its minimalistic production style, producer RZA had been expanding the musical backdrop of each solo Wu-Tang album since then. Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., in particular, was praised for its cinematic feel. RZA earned accolades for his new dense style of production; incorporating strings, heavy synthesizers, and the kung-fu samples of old. The production of the record also pioneered RZA's technique of chopping up and speeding up soul samples to where it is unusually high-pitched. This style of production would be influential on later producers such as Just Blaze and Kanye West.[4][5] Wu-Tang Forever marked the first group album in-which RZA assigned some of the album's production to Wu-Tang protégés True Master and 4th Disciple, as well as Wu-Tang member Inspectah Deck.

    Lyrical themes[edit]
    The group's lyrics differed in many ways from those of 36 Chambers, with many verses written in stream-of-consciousness style, while being influenced by the teachings of the Five Percent Nation. The group showed some mature depth as well, speaking on the pitfalls of life's vices ("A Better Tomorrow") and the harsh realities of the inner city life. "Impossible," for instance, even touches on the less glamorized realities of the same violence that the group often paraded.

    The Wu-Tang Clan took advantage of the double-disc format, allowing each of the nine members with a significant number of appearances, including four solo tracks. Several of the members have been recognized for particularly strong performances:

    Inspectah Deck raised his stock in the public eye with The Source's Hip-Hop Quotable for his performance on "Triumph".[6] This verse is also considered by many to be one of the greatest hip-hop verses of all time.[7] Despite being one of the last group members to release a solo album, his contributions throughout Wu-Tang Forever led to being a highly sought after guest collaborator; appearing in the near future on tracks for Gang Starr, Pete Rock and Big Pun, among others.

    Ghostface Killah continued his rise to fame with his verse in "Impossible," which was hailed by RZA in the Wu-Tang Manual as "the greatest Wu-Tang verse ever written," and was also featured in The Source's Hip-Hop Quotable. "Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours" has also been noted as one of his memorable verses on the album, for his verse cut-off, first popularizing the feel that he could "go on forever". Ghostface Killah would follow up his work on Forever with Supreme Clientele, which is generally regarded as a classic in the Hip Hop Community.[8]

    Accolades[edit]
    "Wu-Tang Forever" was ranked as one of the best albums of the year by several notable publications, such as Spin, The Village Voice, NME and Melody Maker.[19] Popular Belgium magazine HUMO, and popular German magazine Spex both ranked it number six on their albums of the year lists.[19] In 1999, Ego Trip ranked Wu-Tang Forever number three on their Hip Hop's 25 Greatest Albums by Year 1980-98 list.[19] In their March 2005 issue, Hip Hop Connection ranked the album number 57 on their 100 Greatest Rap Albums 1995-2005 list.[19] Also in 2005, Blow Up magazine from Italy included Wu-Tang Forever in their 600 Essential Albums list.[19]

    Track listing[edit]
    Disc one[edit]
    # Title Producer(s) Performer(s) Samples Time
    1 Wu-Revolution RZA
    Popa Wu & Uncle Pete
    Dialogue from Shaolin Temple
    6:46
    2 Reunited RZA
    Intro/outro: Ms. Roxy
    First verse: GZA
    Second verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
    Third verse: RZA
    Fourth verse: Method Man
    5:21
    3 For Heaven's Sake RZA
    First verse: Inspectah Deck
    Second verse: Masta Killa
    Third verse: Cappadonna
    "Don't Leave Me Lonely" by King Floyd
    4:13
    4 Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours (Still Don't Nothing Move But The Money) 4th Disciple
    First verse: Raekwon
    Second verse: Method Man
    Third verse: Ghostface Killah
    "The End of the World" by Skeeter Davis
    3:01
    5 Visionz Inspectah Deck
    First verse: Method Man
    Second verse: Raekwon
    Third verse: Masta Killa
    Fourth verse: Inspectah Deck
    Fifth verse: Ghostface Killah
    3:09
    6 As High as Wu-Tang Get RZA
    Chorus: Ol' Dirty Bastard
    First verse: GZA
    Second verse: Method Man
    2:37
    7 Severe Punishment RZA
    First verse: U-God
    Second verse: GZA
    Third verse: Raekwon
    Fourth verse: RZA
    Fifth verse: Masta Killa
    Dialogue from Three Evil Masters
    4:49
    8 Older Gods 4th Disciple
    First verse: Ghostface Killah
    Second verse: Raekwon
    Chorus: Ghostface Killah & Raekwon
    Third verse: GZA
    3:05
    9 Maria RZA
    Intro/first verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
    Second verse: Cappadonna
    Third verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
    Fourth verse: RZA
    "I Love You More than You'll Ever Know" by Blood, Sweat & Tears
    "Get out of My Life, Woman" by Lee Dorsey
    Dialogue from Marco Polo (AKA 4 Assassins)
    2:55
    10 A Better Tomorrow 4th Disciple
    Intro/first verse: Inspectah Deck
    Second verse: Masta Killa
    Third verse: U-God
    Fourth verse: RZA
    Fifth verse: Method Man
    Chorus: Inspectah Deck & Masta Killa
    "A Time For Us" by Peter Nero
    4:55
    11 It's Yourz RZA
    First verse: Raekwon
    Second verse: U-God
    Third verse/chorus: RZA
    Fourth verse: Inspectah Deck
    Fifth verse: Ghostface Killah
    "Look on a Soft Side" by Jean-Pierre Decerf and Marc Saclays
    "Sing Sing" by Gaz[disambiguation needed]
    4:17
    Disc two[edit]
    # Title Producer(s) Performer(s) Samples Time
    1 Intro RZA
    RZA, GZA
    Music from the Kung-Fu Movie Duel to the Death
    2:02
    2 Triumph RZA
    Intro/intermission: Ol' Dirty Bastard
    First verse: Inspectah Deck
    Second verse: Method Man
    Third verse: Cappadonna
    Fourth verse: U-God
    Fifth verse: RZA
    Sixth verse: GZA
    Seventh verse: Masta Killa
    Eighth verse: Ghostface Killah
    Ninth verse: Raekwon
    5:38
    3 Impossible 4th Disciple,
    Co-produced by RZA
    First verse: RZA
    Second verse: U-God
    Third verse: Ghostface Killah
    Chorus: Tekitha
    Outro: Raekwon
    Pathetique Sonata by Beethoven
    4:28
    4 Little Ghetto Boys RZA
    Intro: Raekwon, RZA, Cappadonna,
    Ghostface Killah, & Method Man
    First verse: Raekwon
    Second verse: Cappadonna
    "Little Ghetto Boy" by Donny Hathaway
    "Ghetto Child" by O.V. Wright
    Dialogue from Invincible Armor
    4:49
    5 Deadly Melody RZA
    Intro & first verse: Masta Killa
    Second verse: U-God
    Third verse: RZA
    Fourth verse: Method Man
    Fifth verse: RZA, Masta Killa,
    U-God & GZA
    Sixth verse: Method Man
    Seventh verse: Streetlife
    Eighth verse: Ghostface Killah
    Ninth verse: Streetlife
    Post-song dialogue: Dreddy Kruger, RZA,
    Method Man, Inspectah Deck
    4:20
    6 The City 4th Disciple
    Inspectah Deck
    "Living For the City" by Stevie Wonder
    4:05
    7 The Projects RZA
    First verse: Shyheim & Raekwon
    Chorus : U-God & Raekwon
    Second verse: Method Man
    Third verse: Ghostface Killah
    "Cry Together" by The O'Jays
    3:17
    8 Bells of War RZA
    First verse: U-God
    Second verse: Method Man
    Third verse: RZA
    Fourth verse: Masta Killa
    Interludes: Method Man & Raekwon
    Fifth verse: Ghostface Killah
    Outro: RZA
    "Sneakin' in the Back" by Tom Scott
    5:12
    9 The M.G.M. True Master
    Ghostface Killah & Raekwon
    2:38
    10 Dog Shit RZA
    Ol' Dirty Bastard
    Interludes: RZA & Method Man
    3:34
    11 Duck Seazon RZA
    Intro & first verse: Raekwon
    Second verse: RZA
    Third verse: Method Man
    Fourth verse: Raekwon
    Dialogue from "Unbeaten 28"
    5:42
    12 Hellz Wind Staff RZA
    First verse: Streetlife
    Second verse: Ghostface Killah
    Third verse: Inspectah Deck
    Fourth verse: Method Man
    Fifth verse: RZA
    Sixth verse: Raekwon
    "Signed D.C." by Love
    Dialogue from "Unbeaten 28"
    4:52
    13 Heaterz True Master
    First verse: Raekwon
    Second verse: Inspectah Deck
    Third verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
    Fourth verse: U-God
    Fifth verse: Cappadonna
    "Giving Up" by Gladys Knight & the Pips
    5:26
    14 Black Shampoo RZA
    U-God; Post-song dialogue: Method Man
    3:49
    15 Second Coming RZA
    Tekitha
    4:39
    16 The Closing RZA
    Raekwon
    2:37
    *17 Sunshower
    (international track only) RZA
    RZA
    6:11
    *18 Projects (International Remix)
    (international track only) RZA
    Identical to original
    4:34
    Personnel[edit]
    RZA - performer, producer, engineer, mixing, executive producer
    GZA - performer
    Ol' Dirty Bastard - performer
    Method Man - performer
    Raekwon - performer
    Ghostface Killah - performer, executive producer
    Inspectah Deck - performer, producer, mixing
    U-God - performer
    Masta Killa - performer
    Cappadonna - performer
    Street Life - performer
    Tekitha - vocals
    Popa Wu - vocals
    Uncle Pete - vocals
    Fourth Disciple - producer, engineer, mixing
    True Master - producer, engineer, mixing
    Mitchell Diggs - executive producer
    Oli Grant - executive producer
    Divine - production coordination
    P.O.W.E.R. - production coordination
    Ney Pimentel - Creative direction, album artwork, design and layout
    Carlos Bess - drums, mixing, mixing engineer
    Ramsey Jones - drums
    Miri Ben-Ari - violin
    Scott Harding - mixing, mixing engineer
    Michael Reaves - mixing
    Troy Staton - mixing
    Tom Coyne - mastering
    Eugene Nastasi - editing
    Arlene Godfrey - A&R
    Che Harris - A&R
    Laurie Marks - A&R
    Ola Kudu - design & layout
    Sherin Baday - photography, A&R
    Bob Berg - photography
    Philippe McClelland - photography