Friday, January 28, 2005

Fat Joe Says: "Use A Dental Dam!"

It's amazing how many quality tracks are on this compilation, considering that most "benefit" albums are garbage. And while there are plenty of disposable tracks to be found on America Is Dying Slowly, the all-star line up yields some rewarding combinations. OC and Buckwild add-on to the Word...Life legacy with "What I Represent", which was the last track I can remember hearing O kicking his super-lyrical, humble-magnificent style which was largely abandoned for the arrogant, dumbed-down verbal techniques he served-up on most of Jewelz. Check for some kid attempting to "drop science" at the end for some bonus skit action. "Nasty Hoes" is strictly some dope Bronx material, as Sadat X and Joey Crack get down over another quality Diamond D track, all the while managing to actually stick with the topic of the album. Gutter legends Money Boss Players don't bother with all that safe-sex talk, as they stick to what they do best - kicking that hardcore street shit - over a priceless Minnesota soundtrack. There's also good shit from De La Soul, Organized and Mobb Deep - plus a bunch of stuff not from New York that I didn't listen to - but you'll have to cop the album to get the rest of it. Oh yeah, and the CD version is "Enhanced" with artist interviews, song lyrics and Mix Master game, which basically consists of low-resolution, five second clips of rappers saying stuff like "AIDS is bad and stuff".

O.C & Buckwild - "What I Represent" (America Is Dying Slowly, East West, 1996)

Sadat X, Fat Joe & Diamond D - "Nasty Hoes" (America Is Dying Slowly, East West, 1996)

Money Boss Players - "Games" (America Is Dying Slowly, East West, 1996)

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Top Notch - Kurious Guest Shots

If you're not up on Kurious Jorge and his Constipated Monkey (Hoppoh/Columbia, 1994) album, you need to get your shit together and track down a copy. Here are a couple of cameo appearences from the Magician. "Young Stars From Nowhere" featured on Powerule's Volume 1 LP, and finds Curious Jorge doing his thing alongside Rebel, Johnny Jay and the The Prince Power. Prince and Kurious teamed-up again four years later to grace Main One's debut album, combining with Joe Fatal and Fat Joe for Domingo's Spanglish contribution, "El Gran Combo".

Powerule - "Young Stars From Nowhere" (Volume 1, Poetic Groove/Interscope, 1991)

Main One - "El Gran Combo" (Birth of the Ghetto Child, Select, 1995)


Thursday, January 13, 2005

The Anthem

No time for a write-up but I had to put the official anthem up.

Brand Nubian - "Steady Bootleggin'" (In God We Trust, Elektra, 1992)

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

The Saga Begins

The opening installment of the First Family was brought to us by a 4th & Broadway compilation album put together by producer Silver D (who also did some tracks for Positive K's album).

"Produced in the violent, impoverished Brownsville section of Brooklyn, The Hill That's Real is a frank depiction of the streets by young adults who risk their lives everyday by simply existing in an enviroment that's rough, rugged and raw." (taken from the back cover). It's also Li'l Fame's first appearence on record, before he was joined by fellow Mash Out Posse member Billy Danzenie to ask the world "How About Some Hardcore?".

Fame also penned a couple of tracks on the album for some broad named Big Ken (?). With songs like "4 Star Bitch" and "All About The Pussy", she was either Brownsville's version of Choice or the blueprint for Lil' Kim, depending on your point of view. A few people also liked "Wrek The Art" by ASAP, but who gives a shit about the other guys from this's all about M.O.P!

Li'l Fame - "Neighborhood Hood" (The Hill That's Real, 4th & Broadway, 1992)

Li'l Fame - "Bring The Rukus" (The Hill That's Real, 4th & Broadway, 1992)

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Still Queensbridge's Most Dangerous

Ever since "Wopp Sensation" and "Beat You Down", Poet has been a hard-head. Jumping in to protect the name and reputation of Queensbridge when BDP were tearing shreads off Shan, Poet also felt the wrath of KRS at his prime when the Numero Uno remix of "I'm Still #1" dropped. Nevertheless, he kept trooping and teamed-up with DJ Hot Day to form the imaginativly-titled PHD (Poet & Hot Day). After serving some hard time on Tuff City, Poet went back to the corner for a minute, and it wasn't until he joined Hostyle, Solo (aka Kyron) and KL to form Screwball that we returned to the booth officially.
Poet & Premier's "F.A.Y.B.A.N." and "Seen It All" provided two of the highlights of Y2K, so it was no suprise when I heard them combine forces for Poet's latest solo venture. The strange thing is, the single on Year Round wasn't the same cut that anniliated the competition on Marley Marl's Future Flavas Vol. 1 CD from a couple of years back. "Poet Has Come" and "A Message From Poet" were both quality efforts, but "Poet's Comin'" (confused yet?) is easily the best thing that either party has done in a long time. Since it seems unlikely that the Blaq Poet album is going to include this banger (unless every fuckin' track contains the word "Poet"), I thought I'd share it to kick off this new, illigitimate spawn of A Tribute To Ignorance.

Poet - "Poet's Comin'"(unreleased, 2001)