I’ve been putting this series off for a few reasons. First, it probably contains the most well known group of artists, which makes it hard for me to bring something to the table that hasn’t been rehased a million times, and also the fact, I’ve already covered a lot of these artists in some fashion or another. Second, these posts are time consuming and a bitch to put together that tied together with the fact I could probably write large posts on each artist alone, this has the potential to get out of hand and I could go overboard, which I have the tendacy to do from time to time.
None the less, I’m proud of the time and effort I’ve put into these posts covering this and hopefully everyone else has as well. It’s been fun, but all good things have to come to an end…..so we’ll jump into the last of the series. Ignore any pissyness I may display, I’m still a bit bent about missing the tornado out break that occured yesterday in Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado….fuck.
Where Are They Now (90′s Remix): Redhead Kingpin, The Original Spinderella, Robe Base, Father MC, Monie Love, Mike G, EST, Positive K, Das EFX, Lords Of The Underground & Dres (Black Sheep)
Shade of Red (Atlantic, 1989)
The Album With No Noame (Virgin, 1991)
React Like Ya Knew (Virgin, 1993) **As part of Private Investigators
(Taken from a previous write up)
First appearing with his F.B.I crew back in the late 80′s, Redhead Kingpin jumped on the scene as a “Yo! MTV Raps” darling, with his “Do The Right Thing” jam, a track that should have been on Spikes flick by the same name, but rumoredly was passed up in favor of P.E.’s “Fight The Power” for movie the anthem. Red’s main claim to fame was the jam “Pump It Hottie”, which was the joint during those times. He would also be one of the first to usher in the fad at the time, the New Jack Swing vibe. The Teddy Riley inspired (and in the case of Red’s first album, produced) jams packed the dance floors, but those of us listening to LL, Big Daddy, or NWA would cringe when the beats of NJS hit the airwaves. His debut album with his F.B.I crew, “A Shade Of Red”, dropped in 1989 which garned three “semi” hits in “Do The Right Thing”, “Pump It Hottie” and “Roc The Mic Right”. The rest of the album is actually pretty tight, “Superbad Superslick” was one of my favorites as well.
“The Album With No Name” dropped in 91′ when times were a changing in the Hip Hop world. This, along with the fact there that Teddy Riley wasn’t around this time to produce the album, left the album sounding some what out of place in the world of hip hop. It was in between the time when you were either Afrocentric, playing for the Radio glam, or jumping on the growing Gangsta bandwagon. The album has a little bit of everything and some very corny sounding moments….which is what appeals to me so much. Jams like “3-2-1 Pump”, “The Song With No Name”, and the message driven “We Don’t Have No Plan B” didn’t have the groovy New Jack Swing that the last album had, but had just enough to get your ass moving and singing along when no one was looking. It did have it’s VERY BAD moments, like “Get It Together” or “It’s A Love Thang”. Both were examples of R&B sung chorus over “uplifting” messages. The only thing uplifting up these songs were the uplifting of my lunch in my stomach after listening to these songs. The highlite of corniness though is the last song of the album with Kwame guest appearing. I love this song, it has some great lines in it, but it is the epitimy of corniness….
The New Jack Swing was no longer “cool” soon after the new wave of hip hop kicked in and Red kind of slipped off the map. He would reappear in a group of sorts the Private Investigators and the LP “Re Act Like Ya Knew”. Gone was his sense of humor, the new jack swing and honestly any creative music. Yeah, I’m not fond of this album. I waited a long time to get it, because I heard rumors it’s Red’s attempt at fitting in during the time, and they were right, he didn’t adjust very well, but some of you might find it entertaining….Okay, it’s not that bad, but it just lacks what made him appealing in the first place to me. “Mash Up The Mic” was the only single and wasn’t all that bad.
Redhead Kingpin & The F.B.I – The Album With No Name (Virgin, 1991) http://www.megaupload.com/?d=X9HH5UT0
1. All About Red
3. What Do You Hate
4. Harlem Brown
5. It’s a Love Thang (Word)
6. No Reason
7. We Don’t Have a Plan B
8. Nice & Slow
9. Song With No Name
11. 3-2-1 Pump
12. Wild Style Collage
13. Get It Together
14. Got 2 Go
15. Dave & Kwame (Gimme Dat Girl)
The Original Spinderella aka DJ Pam Green
DJ for Salt N Pepa’s “Hot, Cool, & Vicious”
Not sure what to say here about her other than the fact she was the original DJ for Salt N Pepa on the first album. She left the group to get married…..hmmm, wonder if she’s still married? None the less, she did her thing for the one album and she was hand picked up Hurby Azor (Hurby Luv Bug) to DJ the group when it first got together. I still think Dee Dee Roper was hotter (Spinderella #2).
Salt N Pepa Hot Cool & Viscious, (Next Plateau, 1986) http
|1||Push It (Remix) (4:26)|
|2||Beauty And The Beat (4:39)|
|3||Tramp (Remix) (3:30)|
|4||I’ll Take Your Man (5:04)|
|5||It’s All Right (4:11)|
|6||Chick On The Side (Remix) (4:54)|
|7||I Desire (3:56)|
|8||The Showstopper (5:01)|
|9||My Mike Sounds Nice (4:06)|
It Takes Two (Profile, 1988)
The Incredible Base (Profile, 1989)
Break Of Dawn (Edel, 1995)
Rob Base made is claim to fame with the 1988 smash single “It Takes Two”. This song would pack to dance floors for years to come and is still mentioned in all the “flashback” shows that deals with the ’80′s. I mean when you see Randy on “My Name Is Earl”, do the fishing dane bit, you know the song has crept its way into even the non hip hop listeners.
His first album would be as “Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock” which was released as “It Takes Two”. Base and EZ Rock had been childhood friends that were orginally part of a group, but over the years, they would be the only two left. In 1987, they released a 12 inch single “DJ Interview” on a small independent label which would serve as a jump off into a recording contract from then heavyweight label, Profile.
The album seems somewhat rushed and probably will never hold up on it’s own as a hip hop classic, but it does have it’s high points with jams like “Joy & Pain” & “Times Are Gettin’ Ill” and both the single and album went platinum. I picked this album early on in my “Yo! MTV Raps” watching career. I played it a lot, mainly just for the single, but Big Daddy Kane caught most of my listening time.
There was some rumored personal and professional problems with both Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock. The sample for “Joy & Pain”, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, sued them over the use of the sample. There were reports of substance abuse as well. The result of all this would be the absence of EZ Rock from the next album “The Incredible Base”. The album was some what like the first one, with it’s highlights and lowlights and honestly didn’t age all that well.
The third album is, in my opinion, pretty horrid, but it is what is. Rob is still out and about touring and doing his thing.
Rob Base – The Incredible Base (Profile, 1989)
10.Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing
Father’s Day (Uptown/MCA, 1990)
Close To You (Uptown/MCA, 1992)
Secrets ( My (Empire Musicwerks, 2003)
This could be interesting since I’ve can’t ever recall hearing a full album for homeboy. So needless to say, I’ve never been a fan of his music. It’s just another wonderful discovery we can thank Sean “Puffy” Combs for. He was discovered and put on Uptown and quickly became an example of “New Jack Swing” gone wrong.
His “hit” of the day was “I’ll Do For You”, which I’ll admit to listening to, mainly on a Kid Capri mixtape I had back in the day. He also and a nice enough track on the “Who’s The Man” OST, with Pimp Or Die, which at the time actually kind of surprised me, but not enough to ever fork out any money for his music.
From what I remember, he had an ego that would rank up there with Kanye. I’m sure there is more to be found on our good friend, Father MC, but honestly, I don’t feel like wasting anymore time on him…..
If you must have an album from him, here you go….
Father MC – Father’s Day (Uptown/MCA, 1990) **albumbase link**
|1. I’ll Do 4 U|
|2. Treat Them Like They Want To Be Treated|
|3. Lisa Baby|
|4. Tell Me Something Good|
|5. I Come Correct|
|6. I’ve Been Watching You|
|7. Ain’t It Funky|
|8. Father’s Day|
|9. Dance 4 Me|
|10. Why U Wanna Hurt Me|
Down To Earth (Warner Bros, 1990)
In A Word Or 2 (Warner Bros, 1993)
She was born in England, and honestly, would be one of the first UK MC’s to cross over to the states (the first I can really remember is Derek B). She would start off in a rap group in the in 1988 called “Jus Bad” with some other members. The crew would release a single on an independent UK label. Monie Love first gain American recognition for appearing on Queen Latifiahs “Ladies First” single. She then go on to appear in some Native Tongues projects, most notably on De La’s “Buddy” along with a Jungle Brothers collabo as well. On strength of those appearances, she would parlay them into a recording contract for Warner Brothers, and would become one of the first UK artists to get a major recording contract from a US label. She would aim for a solo project that earned the attention of the male world.
The album “Down To Earth” was, for the most part, a success. Her first single “Monie In The Middle” got enough air play in the clubs and on the video outlets that it would get a Grammy nomination, an honor that would also be besiged upon the second single “It’s A Shame” as well.
I for one, was also caught up in the buzz. From my foggy memory, I believe she might have been the very first female artist I went out and bought (someone gave me an MC Lyte tape, but Monie was the first buy). The album is decent. It contains some of the corny hip house stuff that was going on at the time, but it also has one of the first Beatnut beats that I can remember on “Pup Lickin Bone”. Unfortunately, there is no Native Tongue appearances, but Monie drops an enjoyable album for the most part.
The second album, entitled “In A Word Or 2″ never really caught my attention. The lead single, “Born To B.R.E.E.D.”, was produced by Prince of all people. At that time in my life, I wasn’t going to fuck with it, but I wouldn’t mind hearing it again. She also had Marley Marl on the album, but I couldn’t tell you how it sounded.
Monie would pop up next as a morning DJ on a Philly radio station in 2005. Last year, she would make headlines with an on air debate with Young Jeezy about the state of Hip Hop, in which she schooled the gangsta rapper, but would end up leaving the station.
Monie Love Down To Earth (1990)
1. Monie in the Middle
2. It’s a Shame (My Sister)
3. Don’t Funk Wid the Mo
4. Ring My Bell
5. R U Single
6. Just Don’t Give a Damn
7. Dettrimentally Stable
8. Down 2 Earth
9. I Do as I Please
10. Pups Lickin Bone
11. Read Between the Lines
12. Swiney Swiney
13. Grandpa’s Party