Friday, August 25, 2006

Part 9 - Slept On Hip Hop In The 90's (1998)

September 29th 1998 was supposed to go down as the greatest hip hop album release date of all time. I was in line at midnight (along with 200 others) to pick up new joints from A Tribe Called Quest(The Love Movement), Jay-Z(Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life), Outcast(Aquemini), Killarmy(Dirty Weaponry), & Brand Nubian (The Return). I can honestly say i was not too thrilled with the outcome...Tribe's album was terrible.. Brand Nubian was somewhat disapointing... Jay-Z & Outcast's were aight...but out of them all Killarmy (the one i almost didn't buy) turned out to be the gem!

M.O.P., Pete Rock, Scarface, Big Punisher & DMX all released some great albums that year also....but for me it was the year of the WU-Tang affiliates (Killah Priest, Sunz of Man, GP-WU & Killarmy).

GP-WU - Don't Go Against the Grain
I was always told different stories if GP was an official WU affiliate or not..but i do know that they are from the same neighborhood as Wu-Tang. This album is a personal favorite of mine. The beats are rugged, some actually sounded as if it came from Wu Tang's 36 Chambers. "Chamber Danger" is the banger on the album...listen to it LOUD!

Sunz of Man - The Last Shall Be First
Sunz of Man is Hell Razah, 60 Second Assassin, Prodigal Sunn, and Killah Priest with RZA on production. This album was torn apart buy hip hop critics but what do they know...The Last Shall Be First can be played from the beginning to the end without repetitiveness & is very creative. I would only recommend this to the die hard WU headz such as myself!

Killarmy - Dirty Weaponry
Password: povertyproperty
The formula stayed the same as did their first LP, though this one didn't have the same intensity on the production. They speak on real topics, they are so far away from speaking on a commercial/mainstream rap sounding topic it isnt even funny. These guys can spit, and thats that. If you like lyrics, then you'll love this album.

Devin The Dude - The Dude

This album is all about the Weed, Women, & Alcohol. Rap-A-Lot's Devon The Dude has that laid back flow & beats to back it up..he tells funny stories kinda like Akinyele did back in the day. Guests include... Scarface, DMG, Odd Squad, & Kuirshan.

Hieroglyphics - 3rd Eye Vision
Great LP featuring the entire Heiro camp (Del, Souls Of Mischief, Pep Love, Casual, etc).If you're unsure of what 3rd Eye Vision even sound consists slightly of A Tribe Called Quest music with a Jurassic 5 style harmony. Left Coast hip hop at it's finest!

Kool G Rap - Roots Of Evil
By far this is my favorite (post) DJ Polo album....G.Raps story telling is above all others on A Thugs Love Story (Chapter I, II, III). Why it didn't get the pub it deserved is strange to me. This is also the very first apperance of Papoose on the banger Home Sweet Funeral Home. Let the cd play from start to finish without skipping any tracks, its that good.


Anonymous GO14 said...

Im sorry, "Aquemini" was an abashed classic. It blows everything else on that day out of the water. "Dirty Weaponry" wasnt even as good as "Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars"

7:59 PM  
Anonymous qnzgrimiest said...

this album and 4,5,6, album is his best solo effort, and whats amazin is that this album is really really dark, which i like but 4,5,6, is dark too, just not as dark,and this album needs to be heard, its very underrated.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Crooklyn said...

just my opinion GO14.....Im an East coast head so Aquemini wasn't my style....and Killarmy is one of my favorite groups...i felt that shit on a personal level!

8:34 PM  
Blogger Crooklyn said...

@ qnzgrimiest That shit was beyond was str8 midnight with no moon!!!!

8:49 PM  
Blogger Tommy B. said...

Yo crooklyn! I just found your blog and damn! you have some classic joints in this piece. Much respect man!


11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

killarmy shits on outkast

2:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't sleep on the GP WU album it's a classic.
and does any one have a link for POP THE BROWN HORNET or RUBABANZ solo joints?

2:58 AM  
Blogger Crooklyn said...

Pop Da Brown Hornet -The Undaground Emperor

Never knew Rubabanz had a solo joint....I'll look it up!

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah thanks for that been looking for it for a while but theres no rubabandz solo i thought there was for some reason.Keep it up no doubt this is the best blog on the net.

10:26 PM  
Anonymous KLord Assassin said...

Damn, i had to blow the dust off of that Sunz Of Man joint, shit is banging!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The GP-WU file is corrupt, is there any chance you could re-up it. It would be much appreciated man

12:18 PM  

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