Stud Doogie, Honey..

23/01/2009

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Another New York-native to bless this blog is Maxwell Dixon. You might not know him by name, but any hiphop head with respect for himself knows his moniker – Grand Puba.

Puba was a member of the crew “Masters of Ceremony” who dropped “Dynamite” in 1988, but due to lack of sales due to critical acclaim, they went for self and Puba would end up in Brand Nubian.

His commercial success hails from his time in the group Brand Nubian, even though he only spend two years in the group. In 1990 they dropped “All For One” which was innovative and one of many self-conscious rap albums from that era.
On “All For One” Puba’s presence was undeniable and his style and personality was big. Maybe too big for Brand Nubian, which might have led to the split with the group.
Lord Jamar and Sadat X continued with Brand Nubian, but it wasn’t the same without the subtle and yet loud Puba.
In 1992 Grand Puba went for himself and dropped “Reel To Reel” in ’92. The lead single “360° (what goes around)” became an instant hit and rose to the top of the charts leaving Brand Nubian in awe.

The ’92 solo joint, which to me is a classic, was more or less produced by Puba himself and featured funky breakbeat productions with the smooth Puba blessing the tracks.

It peaked at a #28 spot on the Billboard 200 and left heads fiending for more.

And their praises were heard in 1995, when he dropped “2000”. Despite of the hit “I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are)” the album didn’t rise to the success as his previous album. Nonetheless the album had smooth productions and Puba was still Puba.
“A Little Of This”, “I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are), “2000” and “Amazing” are perfect examples on how Puba juggles the funky and somewhat commercial type tracks of that time with the raw and smooth lyrics peppered with Nation Of Islam beliefs, mixing it into a nice drink – perhaps with a little too many ice cubes in comparison to his days with Brand Nubian and his first solo cut.
Puba would return in 2001 with his third solo album “Understand This” that didn’t pop eyes like the earlier albums and a reunion-album with Brand Nubian in 1998, “The Foundation” assembled Brand Nubian but not for a longer period of time.

However, I fucking adore Grand Puba. His flow, his charismatic way to rip a track and his voice makes him one of my favorite MC’s of all-time. I will make another Puba post with his guest verses, which to me, are just as good, if not better, than his own material.

Take care.

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2000


Queens, Get The Money: Part I

22/01/2009

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By now we all know that the Mobb comes equipped with warfare, but that’s all because of the following album.

In 1993 Albert Johnson and Kejuan Muchita dropped “Juvenile Hell” on Island Records featuring productions from primetime beatmakers as DJ Premier and Large Professor. The album didn’t rise the Mobb to much stardom, but nonetheless it paved the way for what was to come.
In 1995 the Mobb dropped “Shook Ones Pt. II” as their lead single off of their album that was to come, “The Infamous”.
The lyrics were as hard as steel and dirt-under-your-fingernails kind of raw and backed up by soulful and yet rough productions by Havoc with assistance of Q-Tip.
On “The Infamous” the Queensbridge natives complimented one and other with Prodigy holding the torch that Havoc kept blazin’ with beats. “The Infamous” received 4.5 mics in The Source and is recognized as one of the cornerstones of eastcoast hiphop. The Mobb dropped “Hell On Earth” the year after the release of “The Infamous” and they kept bringing that stab-your-brain-with-you-nosebone type music.

The Mobb was mad Deep in the mid-90’s and that’s only to our enjoyment!


MCMXCV

21/01/2009

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Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won their 4th NBA championship.
The 49’ers became the first franchise to win 5 Lombardi trophies.
O.J. Simpson was found not guilty for the double murder of his former wife and her lover.
And oh yeah, rap sounded like it is supposed to.

I have collected 5 remixes from 1995, which, to me, are absolute classics.
So without further ado, I would like to let them speak for themselves.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Brooklyn Zoo (Lord Digga Dirty Remix)
Sleestack’z – Ruination (Spearhead X Remix)
Das EFX – Microphone Master (The Dome Cracker Remix)
Kool G. Rap – Fast Life (Norfside Remix) Featuring Nas
Channel Live – Mad Izm (Buckwild Remix) Featuring KRS-One

MCMXCV

And yeah, I am aware that the Channel Live  joint dropped in 1994 on a 12″ hence it does not feature on their studio album, “Station Identifaction”, from 1995. I had to post it. It is too good to be let out.


Welcome..

16/11/2008

I won’t start hyping my blog, as it will function as a site where you can download out of print records, classic albums and other forgotten gems.

Without further ado, I’d like to bring out the first record..

The Yamasuki Singers – Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki

The french power-duo of the 70’s, Daniel Vangarde & Jean Kluger, joined forces in 1971 and made the album “Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki” under the moniker Yamasuki aka The Yamasuki Singers.
A japanese concept album, consisting of pop songs with funky drumbreaks, heavy basslines and japanese vocals sung by french school children.

Today the record is highly sought after, as the album in its entirety is incredible sample-materiale!
The second track on the record, Kono Samurai, was sampled in 2008 by Otis Jackson Jr. aka Madlib for Erykah Badu’s fourth studio-album; “New Amerykah Part One (World War 4)”.

Fun fact: Daniel Vangarde, who is behind The Yamasuki Singers, is the father of Thomas Bangalter, who is known for being 50% of the group “Daft Punk”.

The Yamasuki Singers – Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki
Enjoy!