Saturday, August 26, 2006

Part 10 - Slept On Hip Hop In The 90's(1999)

Part 10 (The Final Chapter) Slept On Hip Hop In The 90's (1999)

1999 was a down year... it seemed like it was the year for melodic hip hop to hit the mainstream. I remember spending alot of $ in 99 cause there was a release almost every week. Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Dre, Black Moon, GZA & MF Doom all released near classic albums...Here's a few I was feelin in 99 and still today!

A.G. - The Dirty Version
If you like hardcore hiphop this is somthing for ya taste true underground baby!! cool lyrics ill flava,dirty dirty. Guests include: Big Pun, Fat Joe, Gang Starr, Buckwild, KRS One, O.C., Ghetto Dwellas, Diamond, Show, Lord Finesse.

Jeru the Damaja - Heroz4Hire
99.9 Pa Cent & Billie Jean (Safe Sex)are two of my favorite Jeru tracks of all time...Jeru didn't have any of Primo's help with the beats. Although some of the beats could have used more work, Jeru's lyrical content more than makes up for it. -Brooklyn keeps on takin it!

Blackalicious - Nia
The Gift of Gab's rap skills on tracks like "Deception" and "A to G" put him in a league of his own, it's just one of those things you have to hear to believe. Nia's tight hooks and rhymes will earn itself a spot in your CD players regular rotation....a true breath of fresh air in 99.

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist - Brainfreeze
Brainfreeze is the uncut practice recording session that was to form a show as part of the Future primitive soundsession in february 1999. 1000 copies were sold by word of mouth, but due to great demand another 1000 copies were pressed up. Quite a groundbreaking effort in its own right, some of the tracks included in the mix were actually sampled by both "Shadow and Cut chemist" for thier individual works, "Pleasure webs, Music man", being one that comes to mind. This mix stands as a good reference for seeking out, obscure and some otherwise unknown "funk gems", if thats your thang.

Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves
Wow, what is there to say about this album? Classic front to back, classic storyline, classic music, classic. Appearances by Breezly Brewin, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Xzibit & Kool Keith ...theres no denying the greatness. Favorite tracks are Steady Slobbin', Maculas Theory, Mr. Large and You Got Shot!

Tash - Rap Life
Tash from Tha Alkoholiks tried his hand at the soloist world with success... RAPLIFE shifts from backdrops of Notorious B.I.G. to George Clinton to KC without so much as a wink, smoothly and naturally. A great funky no nonsence album. Features.... Kurupt, Raekwon, Tha Alkaholiks, Xzibit, Carl Thomas, E-Swift, J-Ro, Phillip Johnson, Phil The Agony, Big Boi & Dre, B-Real.

Handsome Boy Modeling School - So... How's Your Girl?
Prince Paul and The Automator makes for an interesting combo and an interesting recording with interesting guests. There is an astounding range of reference framed here and nothing sets in one place for too long. The record moves smoothly from start to finish. One of my personal favorites of 99.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with that 99.9% is is in jerus top 5 best but who made that beat?

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jeru himself

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all of the beats in that album he produced himself my favorites are Verbal Battle,Bitchez Wit Dikz, and Renagade Slave.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous qnzgrimiest said...

i have the first three album on top, that was a dope album from ag, but he had some filler material that i wasn't expecting like rude awakening, nice video by the way(lol), but other than that good album not a easy find,favorite cuts are Muddslide, All Eye Seeing, Weed Scented, Drop It Heavy, and Shout 'Em Out (i love this song alot because of the jazz sample that he used it fits him alot), and he produced that track. NIA by blackilicious was kinda weird for me good album but is rapping style is lil weird for me but he's good, and jeru's album was good but different because he made the beats himself, and he claimed in a interview that 99.9 wasn't a diss to gangstarr, my favorites cuts are Verbal Battle,Bitchez Wit Dikz, and Renagade Slave.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous qnzgrimiest said...

one more thing do u have the nots click album nots landing, this shit is hot philly cats good album i downloaded it from soulseek like 2 years ago but then im lookin' for it now and can't find it, i was wondering if u can post it, if not i understnad, but this album is mad rare, it came out in 1999 or 2000.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Crooklyn said...

Ive never heard of Nots Click...i'll look around for it tomorrow...good looks on all the support your givin this blog Qnzgimiest!! Any time you need an album drop me a comment or an e-mail and if i got it i'll send it to you. Peace!

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jeru made the beats shit he's as skilled with the beats as he is with the lyrics!

9:32 AM  
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Anonymous qnzgrimiest said...

@crooklyn, my email address is

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