“Can’t we just all get along? So I can put hickeys on your chest like Little Shawn?” I’m sure everyone remembers the reference made by Biggie on “Party & Bulls**t”. The first time I heard Little Shawn was on Special Ed’s classic posse cut “5 men & a mic” and I never thought much about him until the release of “Voice” in 92′. I picked this up in Ocean City, MD. and I can remember my cousin and I bumpin’ this out of our boom box on the beach while mackin’ all the fly skivies..yeah right! Anyway, with harmless rhymes and Howie Tee on the boards this album has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. You cant’ go wrong with “Hickeys On Your Chest” or “Tanya’s Freakin’ Me”, I did become a bit weary towards the end of this album when Little Shawn starting talkin’ about “Killing Rappers At Close Range”. At his best Little Shawn would’ve given LL a run for his money when dealing with the ladies.
Yeah, I know I’ma catch some heat for this one, but wait a minute I can explain. You know how you scrounged up all your hard earned or not-so hard earned funds to cop the latest releases come Tuesday? Well, I think this was the only thing released on that particular Tuesday. I’ll admit I never picked up any of the Fat Boys releases (the group which Markie Dee belonged to) and never felt I was missing out on anything. Well, this album turned out to be decent. Markie Dee was all about the ladies…period. Some of you may recall seeing Mark Moralles on a few production credits…well, this is that dude. The production was actually decent, but the lyrics where ehhh..Admittedly, I’m all about the production and honestly I wouldn’t give a rat’s ass what your spitting about. But a good MC does help the case drastically. Bumped this album for about a month straight and that was that, God I wish I could turn back the hands of time! Still, worth the pickup..just try to think it is 95′.
Alright, now I will defend this one for days. I loved this album to death in 88′ and I still think it is fresh today. Matter of fact, this was probably one of my first 20 Hip Hop purchases. Matter of fact, I loved these dudes so much I had my Mom (who has been an art teacher for the last 33 years) help me screen print their logo along with EPMD’s logo on the back of a Public Enemy T-Shirt….right below the words “Welcome To The Terrordome”. Yeah I know, that’s deep huh? I was first introduced to Wrecks via a taping of Yo!MTV Raps, which by the way my buddy Matt (R.I.P.) had to tape for me b/c my folks didn’t have MTV. “New Jack Swing” was the first single released off of this lp and created quite a phonomenom for a minute. But I’m telling you don’t sleep on “Peanut Butter”, “Leave The Mic Smokin’”, “Club Head” or “Juicy”(Hmmmm, that sounds familiar!). Teddy Riley laced these cats on the production tip. I was actually glad to see these dudes achieve some notoriety with “Rump Shaker” and even more when they used the “Blind Alley” loop for the remix. After “Hard or Smooth” it was over, and their 3rd release “Rap’s New Generation”…..afraid not fellas! This one is dope as all get out to me though and holds a place forever in my memories of Guilty Pleasures!