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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
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"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
"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
"Kama (Part I)" by Michal Urbaniak
"Cummin' Thru Ya [email protected]*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


[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"
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)