Monday, September 25, 2006

1989 Revisited


Cool C - I Gotta Habit The beats and lyrics on this CD are incredible! The biggest single on this CD was the radio friendly "GLAMOROUS LIFE". But every thing else on this CD is strictly hard-core Hip-Hop! Unfortunately, Cool-C was executed in prison for the murder of a female Police Officer in a bank robbery turned sour.
Divine Styler - Word Power I think that is the first artist with creative & strange aspect of hip hop like freestyle fellowship or kool keith etc.. I say only one word this is hip hop!!
Geto Boys - Grip It On That Other Level This is the original version, grip it on the other level was released in '89. the geto boys self-titled album is the re-released version that was released in '90 because it was so classic in rhyming skills. to be honest, this version is much better because the other version doesn't include the original songs like the gangsta of love version and it also doesn't include search and destroy and no sell out.
King Sun - XL If you like genuine Hip-Hop, you gotta get this record. He is the first king of Hip-Hop, truth! Low Profile - Were In This Together Low Profile's "We're In This Together" was the beginning of the great floresence of West Coast sample-based hip hop lasting from 1989 to 1993. It was gangsta rap without the ridiculous gangsta posturing common to the likes of late 80's comtemporaries Eazy-E and NWA.
3rd Bass - The Cactus Album Let me just say that lyrically this album was way ahead of it's time and even now, the lyrics on this joint are far more complex than most mc's coming out. this is a true classic joint that stands the test of time and keeps hittin'.
Tuff Crew - Back To The Wreck Shop This has to be ranked along side "Paid In Full" and "Critical Beatdown",classic old skool beats and safe rhyme.You don't get much better.All rap artists these days are trying to top what Tuff Crew and UltraMagnetic did years ago.In the words of Tuff Crew,"Gimmie Some".
Chill Rob G - Ride the Rhythm "Motivation" "I'm shootin' my mouth. Cause suckas are shootable. I'm flauntin' my rhymes. Cause I'm black and it's beautiful." That was all it took for me to realize that Chill Rob G was Lyrical master.Being young, intelligent and a black college student became cool again and Chill Rob's brilliance as a writer and beat-oligist will forever live on.

9 Comments:

Blogger Stagalicious said...

That Tuff Crew is HARD. Always been one of my faves. Great post Crook!

4:53 PM  
Anonymous alley al said...

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yeah but ultra was out before divine styler.
i picked this up when de la dropped,
and tribe had bonita applebum,
and jungle brothers was the ogs.

what's interesting (to me!) is,
everlast (house of pain) already dropped
with "syndication".. he's got insane cameos
in the video and the cd sleeve name-drops
a gang of west coasters.. east coasters, too..
but i assume the album didn't do much,
but syindication got a lotta rotations
on video music box with uncle ralph macdaniels
and the vid kid. there were lotsa repeat episodes.

so, divine's cd sleeve questions everlast's
VIC status (very important caucasian)
jokingly, cuz they're boys..
then house of pain drops their insane single..
and it was a wrap!

and if you listen again, "ain't sayin' nothing"
and "jump around" have a similar-sounding beat.

then in one of the later house of pain cds,
divine gets put on w/cockni odire.

and of course, divine spawned styles of beyond,
who is now down with fort minor (linkin park).

it was divine who supposedly influenced
everlast's switch to islam..

dem nigguhz needed something to believe in,
cuz divine's next album was extra weird.
i mean, i was into new/next $#!T
but i couldn't mess with "spirals walls.."
cuz dude took too much shrooms and acid!?! lol
thankfully, directrix was decent.

thanks for the flashbacks, crooklyn!

ps:
don't lemme get into
3rd bass
kmd
zev love x = x evolvez, backwards
mf doom
viktor vaughn
etcera etcetra

arrrgggghh i love this hip hop shit!!
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5:04 PM  
Blogger Crooklyn said...

LOL.....great knowledge drop right there alley al

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man this is your best probaly your best post everything on here's a classic good shit

12:15 AM  
Blogger travis said...

Man, I want to hear that Zev-->3rd Bass-->Doom shit....kick the ballastics G!!! haha

I agree with everything wrote there though. I was a big Syndicate fan when this dropped, but I never caught the familar beat between "Ain't Sayin' Nothin" and "Jump Around" until you just said it, and I love those weird ass sirens and shit in beats back then.

Great post and I needed that Tuff Crew

10:32 AM  
Blogger travis said...

Oh, and I think the orginal re-release of the Geto Boys s/t album did contain the orginal version of "Gangsta Of Love" (the one that used the Steve Miller sample). I lost the album then bought it again and the orginal version was gone and they had the version with the "Sweet Home Alabama" sample

10:34 AM  
Blogger Crooklyn said...

Yea I guess the first print of the album had the original...then like you said they switched it...I think it was only on the cassette
version...

2:04 PM  
Anonymous go14 said...

Juice Crew Dis remains one of the hardest songs ever.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Screaming Donkey said...

Another great post. Thanks especially for Chill Rob G & Tuff Crew. Hope you don't mind but I mentioned your site on my new blog -
http://ego-trippin.blogspot.com/

If you have objections, please let me know & I'll take down my post.

Keep up the good work!

8:46 AM  

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