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One Album Wonder Wednesdays Pt.II & THOUGHTS

by Eric on April 4, 2007

In the Meantime…..THOUGHTS

  1. After watching last night’s NCAA men’s chip’…..2 things….Greg Oden made himself even more money, Joakim Noah may have fell out of the first round
  2. Kurious Jorge could’ve popped in when Al Tariq parted ways with the Beatnuts and no one would’ve noticed
  3. Listened to EPMD’s “Hardcore” featuring Redman yesterday…Was that Reggie’s best verse ever?? Now we’re subjected to “Red Gone Wild”…my, how things change!
  4. If I didn’t know better, I’d have sworn Primo did most of the production of Blahzay Blahzay’s “Blah, Blah,..I’m telling you, just listen to “God Cop, Bad Cop”…and yes, I know he did the “Danger” Remix
  5. Judging by the download tracker, I think we’ll be doing away with “Fly Female Fridays”, I think Boss’-Born Gangstaz” has had one download!!
  6. On the other hand, alot of cats must have been searching for CRU’s “Da Dirty 30″ about 59 DL’s since I posted it.
  7. “Bust The Facts” does a helluva’ job at posting some obscure stuff…Really, I mean OBSCURE..great job by Dread and Em’
  8. Pulled out “Low End Theory” on Sunday…how dope were ATCQ during that first 3 album run?
  9. No album should ever contain over 13 tracks…Period..Look at the cohesiveness of classics like “Illmatic”, “Business Never Personal”, “Dead Serious”, “Breaking Atoms”etc. The shorter the better but no less than 10 cuts
  10. If you listen to one album this week listen to Group Home’s “Livin’ Proof”…One word, PRIMO

Tracey Lee-Many Facez

“It’s party time, oh it’s party time”…Who can forget “The Theme(Party Time)”, a major hit that Tracey Lee scored back in 97′. Also, Tracey dropped the memorable “Keep Your Hands High”w/ the late, great Notorious B.I.G., which coincidentally was sampled by who?… guessed it, “What More Can I Say?” by Def Jam CEO Jiggaman himself. Overall, I’d say this was a notable first effort by Mr. Lee. I think that there is a 9th Wonder produced single from Tracey floating around the net’, I remember hearing it around this time last year but haven’t heard much since.

Blahzay Blahzay-Blah, Blah, Blah

Now, this is a crime!!! Damn, I loved Blahzay Blahzay!!! PF Cuttin’ & Outloud scored it big in 95′ with “Danger”. I’d go out on a limb and actually say that most folks preferred the Primo produced “Danger Pt.2″ better than the original which was a banger nonetheless. Like I mentioned in my “THOUGHTS”, PF Cuttin’s production is definitely Primo influenced. I still play this in the ride quite a bit and it still knocks like in did when the album was released in 96′. If you don’t have this one already be sure to cop it!!

Knuckleheadz-Stricktly Savage

I’m kinda’ on the fence with this one. The Knuckleheadz were Hit Squad spinoffs or outcasts so to speak. I’m sure most of you remember “Tom J in the House” from EPMD’s “Rap Is Outta’ Control” While the EPMD influenced production is on point, the Knucklehedz don’t discuss much but weed, brew & girlies…which, may have changed my opinion on this debut if I would’ve heard it when it was actually released. Instead, I heard this album for the first time last year, which sways my opinion a bit. Hmmm, maybe I’ll give this one another listen the week. As for now, the jury’s still out on this “One Album Wonder”

Son Of Bazerk-Bazerk, Bazerk, Bazerk

Talk about ahead of it’s time!! If this album were released today it would have faired much better than it’s release in 92′. I recall picking this one up the same day as L.O.N.S. “A Future Without A Past”, and I never really caught on to this one b/c I was bumpin’ the hell out of L.O.N.S. Oh, I also picked up Color Me Badd’s debut that same day as well…that’s another story though! Still, there are some decent tracks on this debut. The world famous Bomb Squad handled the bulk of the production on “Bazerk, Bazerk, Bazerk” and do so masterfully as usual. I love “J Dubs Theme”, which I can remember reading in The Source that Primo had placed it in one of his top 10 joints as well. I’m sure his opinion has swayed since 94′ though. Like I said, this would do extremely well in today’s music world.


After dropping a banger with “Toss It Up”, this five MC crew all but faded to black. Salaam Remi’s production carries this debut without a doubt. For you young “heads” Remi also produced Nas’ “Made You Look” and I believe he’s also produced some recent cuts for Brit Queen Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black”. None of the five MC’s have serious skills but they do seem to mesh together quite nicely. The good cuts on this debut are exactly that “GOOD” but the bad cuts are HORRIBLE. Fortunately, the good outweighs the bad on this debut from the forgotten crew from Harlem.

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Crooklyn April 4, 2007 at 5:58 am

Great post….same thought on that blah album…K-Def took alot of his style from Premo

Dan Love April 4, 2007 at 11:55 am

Easy mate,

Of course the first 3 atcq albums are absolute classics, but I would go as far as to say that beats, rhymes and life is also a quality album that doesn’t pick up enough props. Maybe I’m biased, as it was one of the first hip hop albums I personally owned on CD, but there are some great tracks on there.

Keep up the good work.


Eric April 4, 2007 at 1:23 pm

Thanks the new look on your blog as well. Have a good trip dude. I’m actually heading to Chi-Town on business next week as well.

Just Ice April 4, 2007 at 8:28 pm

I absolutely love that Son of Bazerk album. His style is sorely lacking in today’s rap era. His originality and rap style is missed. So…you copped Color Me Badd, huh? Thank God I’m not alone in that regard :D

travis April 4, 2007 at 10:19 pm

Ahhhh, Bazerk, BAZERK!!!!

I love that album, always have. As far as just straight up producton, I’d rank that up in my top 5 albums as far as production value goes.

alley al April 5, 2007 at 5:08 am

thanks to travis for bringing me here.
thoughts on thought #9: i dug many of the native tongues albums, many of which had over 13 tracks. some had waaaay over 13 like the de la shit, and even those i loved the skits.

Spek1 August 12, 2007 at 10:54 pm

Hey, I was just googling around and found your blog entry, so I figured I’d comment.

Group Home’s “Livin’ Proof” goes down history for me as the biggest waste of Premo’s talents EVER. Absolutely brilliant production, bogged down by the worst delivery, lyrics, voices etc. by way of Lil Dap and Malachi. Every few years I blow the dust off of this album, just to see if I can enjoy Premier at his finest. No dice, those two clowns bug me too much to listen to the album.

Never copped Tracey Lee. It might be a harsh judgement, but back then he seemed like a poor man’s Rampage (another artist I really didn’t feel)

Blahzay Blahzay, I thought the album was okay, but not amazing. Unfortunately after first hearing “Danger” I was expecting amazing. “Pain I Feel” was my track.

Never seen nor heard Stricktly Savage. I was really anticipating the album after I picked up the single. LOVED LOVED “Hed Rush” but never saw the album, nor knows anybody who has.

Son of Bazerk? Always one of those albums I saw back then and figured “I’ll buy it later” and later never came.

I didn’t know anything by Zhigge but the single, and I remember my boy used to play it non-stop.

Dirk April 1, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Thanks for posting that Knuckleheadz album. I’ve been looking all over for it. “All She Wanted” was a banger. Used to bump that one all the time back in high school.

Jaz August 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Eric, you are wrong about the Hedz being spin-offs or outcasts, Tom and Steve had been down with EPMD since the late 80′s and they were the next in the Hit Squad cannon, listen to EPMD’s-Nobody’s Safe Chump where they are mentioned in the Hit Squad roll call, sure the albums’ subject matter is boring, but it’s a dope album to me and I love the production and the only reason this was a one hit wonder album was because Tom and Steve got disillusioned with the music business and quit.

I am looking for the album on CD.

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