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Two For One Friday: Travis' Fav's Part Four & Five

by Travis on August 18, 2006

Being hungover sucks. I got off of work early yesterday, met up with a buddy that had tickets to the Colorado Rockies game. One beer turned into two, two into three, three into four, then to a bar across the street from the stadium. Not sure when I got home last night, but getting up at 5 a.m. for work this morning was a bit rough. It’s still rough. Why do we do this to ourselves? I mean, really, I knew what the result was going to be when I downed my first beer. The good thing is I get off at noon (in two hours), then I’m going to, get this, a VIP tour of Coors Brewing in Golden Colorado. Yeah, that should be fun. Ain’t that some shit?

Some enough bitching and whining, I’m sure you’re not here to read about my hungover ass. You all came here for the beats, so I must deliver. I’m not sure how great this post will be since thinking much hurts my head, but here we go, the final two chapters of my own personal favorite albums.
J-Zone – A Bottle Of Whup Ass (Old Maid Entertainment
1. Hitchcock-
2. The Zone Mission (Part VIII)
3. No Consequences feat. Huggy Bear
4. Ego Bashin’-
5. 190 feat. Al-Shid
6. Ms. Platonic-
7. The Smurf Syndrome
8. Nose Job-
9. Orphan Babies feat. Huggy Bear
10. Recess feat. Al-Shid
11. Nocturnal Emission
12. Holy Water feat. Huggy Bear
13. Calamine Lotion (Part II)-
14. Extra Duck Sauce

The hip hop game today is waaaay to serious. J-Zone is the antithesis of that train of thought. Back in the day, it was alright to have fun on an album, but those days are long gone. With J-Zone you have a fun album that is crass, arrogant, and full of “bitch” “ho” and various other offending lyrics. If you don’t have a sense of humor, you won’t enjoy any of his albums. For those demented mother fuckers out there, this album is a lost classic.

As much as the lyrics are fun to listen to, the beats on A Bottle of Whup Ass are amazing. As you might be able to tell, I’m a fan of production that makes music out of noise, and Zone does just that. He’s very unorthdox behind the boards, he has lots of little sounds and sound bites dotted all over the album. I like to consider him this era’s Bomb Squad.

This album is available on wax still here, the cd though has long been out of print. I was lucky enough to grab it on hip hop site when they had it. If you are into this type of stuff, I highly suggest any of his albums. Not only is this one of my favorite albums, he is also one of my favorite artists.

Groove B Chill – Starting From Zero (A&M Records 1990)

A1 Starting From Zero (4:13) Producer – Pete Rock
A2 There It Is (3:51) Producer – Pete Rock
A3 I’m A Hook-Her (3:17) Co-producer – Groove B Chill Producer – Nate Tinsley
A4 Let It Roll (3:23) Producer – Prince Paul
A5 Hip Hop Music (4:18) Remix – Howie Tee
B1 Where Were You (3:53) Keyboards, Drum Programming – Nate Tinsley
B2 Swingin’ Single (3:58) Backing Vocals – Dave Hollister Co-producer – Nate Tinsley
B3 And You Don’t Stop (3:37) Producer – Rashan
B4 Top Of The Hill (3:05) Producer – Prince Paul
B5 Reminiscin’ (3:08) Drum Programming – James Tensly

Don’t let the cover fool you, this is an album with nine solid tracks (one attempt at a love song is pure fast foward material) that never gets it’s just due. For those of you not familar with Groove B Chill, they were a NY group that was trying to cash in the whole Daisy Age vibe going on at the time (although I’m not sure it was or intential or label influenced) and also made apperances in the “legendary” House Party movie as well, themselves actually. Daryl Mitchell would go on to act in several movies and would go on to be a good friend to the Christopher Reeves foundation after he himself would be wheel chair bound after a motorcycle accident.

The album is pretty happy go-lucky which goes with the whole Daisy Age thing. The beats are suprisingly good. It also marks, what I believe to be, the first apperance of Pete Rock

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