OLD SCHOOL HIP-HOP 1988

  • 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 - "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.