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Used CD Shopping Trip 5-18-07

by Travis on May 21, 2007

Friday, the end of the week, the day you spend the whole week looking forward to. If the Friday happens to fall on payday, ahhh fuck yeah, it’s on. This week was the first week of summer break (I should take summer classes, but fuck that) and the first week of my new work schedule, 5a.m. until noon. It works out good for my storm chasing and while it may suck getting up that early, it’s kind of nice getting off at noon. This past Friday, I got paid a nice FAT check (at least for me it was) and was off by noon. After a stopping at a sports bar for a burger and a beer with a co-worker, I decided I was in the mood to do some used CD shopping.

In my quest to doing this in the most efficient manner, I’ve gotten down a route to fit in the most stores I can without going way out of my way. The route is basically a big loop that starts from my apartment, heading north on Broadway up to 13th where I hit up Wax Trax on 13th and Washington. From there I head to Colfax Ave where there is Jerry’s Record Exchange (which I have yet to be in, but I plan on hitting it up one of these days), continuing east to Independent Records, also on Colfax. From there I head further east to Twist & Shout Records, again, on Colfax Ave. I then travel to Colorado Blvd and head south to Second Spin. The last stop, further south on Colorado Blvd is Cheapo Disk. From there is down to Hampden and back to my apartment. It works pretty well.

On this trip, I had more extra money than usual, but as always I had things I need money for as well. I had set aside some cash for my daughters 9th B-day that is coming up early next month. I also need to replace the phone jacks in my apartment as well and I want to finally hook up hi-speed internet as well. I had the target of $50 bucks I wanted to spend. The problem with this though, I’m kind of like a estrogen filled rich chick on a shoe shopping spree when I get going and today would be no different. It was one of the better days I’ve had digging through the used bins. I would walk with 12 CD’s, five of those I was very happy to find and drop a little over $75.00. Here is the trip in words.

Independent Records on Colfax Ave: Denver, Colorado. Total Spent $29.03

I started my loop and wanted to hit up Wax Trax first. Well, some of the streets leading to it were fucked up and there was a long line of cars backed up, so I quickly said “fuck it” and just drove to Colfax. From there, I drove right past Jerry’s Record Exchange not really finding a parking space. I figured I’d just go up to Independent Records. I had seen the store earlier this winter when I was meeting up for a friends birthday at a bar off of Colfax and had wanted to hit up, but this was the first time both thought about it and had the time. I thought I had never been there before, but once I got in there and looked around, I realized I had been there before. Back in ’97, my roomate and I flew to Denver. He wanted to see a Depeche Mode concert that was in town and I wanted to visit my childhood best friend that was living in Denver at the time. He lived off of Colfax and while we were in town, during one of my few sober moments of that weekend, we hit up this store since I always have to hit up some mom & pop record store in any larger town I visit. It was kind of cool knowing I had been in this same store 10 years earlier.

As I was walking up to the store I saw an old poster for The Roots in the windows store. This was a good sign. Since it was off of Colfax, it was likely to be more “urban” in nature. For those of you unfamiliar with Denver, parts of Colfax are kind of “shady” in nature. You can find a cheap “female friend” that charges by the hour or your drug of choice in certain areas. This wasn’t really one of those areas, but it a cheap hooker wasn’t too far away either.

I was straight outta work, and funny enough, Friday’s are “Hawaiian Shirt” day at my office (no shit). I was sporting mine as I headed to the hip hop section. The first downfall of the store is they lump all “black music in the same section. All R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz, Funk, it’s all lumped together, which makes it difficult to dig through. It made for a hell of a section though, taking up probably 60% of the store. I started at the “A’s” and started making my way down the rows. Right off the bat I noticed shit is kind of expensive and the used CD’s are mixed in with all the new ones, making this an even more difficult endeavor. All CD’s were at least $4.99, most being between the $7.99-$9.99 and a few CD’s on the top rack that were between $1.99-$4.99. As a rule, I’ll rarely spend over $7.99 for a used CD, if I’m going to spend more, I might as well by it new if I can.

After spending close to 45 minutes going through everything (and probably not as good as I should have), I took my five CD’s I found and headed up to the counter. Now, before I say what I’m about to say, I have always wanted to work in a record store and if I ever win the lottery, I’m going to open one, but there are always some of the most “eccentric” people working in these stores. At the counter at this store was a chick. She might not have been that bad looking if she didn’t have tats all over (and not pretty ones, I mean the jail yard specials) and more metal on her face than MF Doom has on his. She was wearing a “Twizted” throw back jersey and a hat turned to the side as well and I’m wondering to myself “Wow, is she for real”? She starts ringing me up, and remember, I’m looking whiter than white with my dress shoes, slacks and Hawaiian shirt, the only thing I had on remotely “hip” was the baseball cap that I always keep in my car and my bald head. She starts talk all ebonics on me “Old School stuff huh? That’s funk fresh”! Wow, this is…. interesting. She hold’s up one of the CD’s I’m buying and says “This shit is fly”! Yikes. I try not to laugh, wondering if she realizes she is a caricature of every ster
eotype I had for record store clerks. I chuckled as I walked out the store into the bright and warm late spring day and toss the panhandler outside a buck.

Here is the bounty from Independent Records:

1. Six Bad Brothers
2. Rated R
3. Don’t Mess
4. New Funky Nation
5. Once upon a Drive By
6. T.R.I.B.E.
7. Walk the Line
8. R.A.I.D.
9. Psyko Funk
10. Riot Pump
11. Pickin’ up Metal

Before Suge Knight was on the scene, these were the dudes in Hip-Hop you didn’t want to fuck with. Six, big, strong Samoans, they rolled deep and you didn’t want to get on their wrong side. I have a crazy story about trying to stop, unsuccessfully, a group of Samoans from rioting in a bar I was a door man for once, but I’ll leave that for another day. I seem to recall them getting after some rap crew back in the day, but I can’t remember who or the specifics.

This is actually a pretty good record. They incorporated live instruments before it was cool to do so (maybe Digital Underground & Stet were the only groups doing it at the time). They had production from Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo, who is highly underrated from that time period. He is also the executive producer for the album. “The Butcher” had hands in many albums as an engineer and also in production. I think he did a chunk of 7A3’s album, along with Steady B, Schoolly D and many of the Philly MC’s from the time. The Dust Brothers of Paul’s Boutique fame are also on board, producing three tracks including two of the best songs on the album, Rated R and Don’t Mess. West Coast legend, Tony G also does a couple tracks, including the single “Psyko Funk”.

The album sounds like an old 70’s funk album for the most part, and being a big fan of funk, it’s one of the reasons I’ve always liked it. I first heard of Boo-Yaa from “Yo!” when they played the Pysko Funk video quite often. Me being the curious mind I was in those days, I went out and bought the tape. I can’t say it got a lot of play from me, but it did spend a lot of time in my glove box in my black Jetta in those days. I never went and bought it on CD. I hadn’t heard for ages until a couple years ago, someone posted it up on Cocaine Blunts and I realized that this was a pretty good album that I kind of overlooked in it’s time. I had no problem shelling out $4.99 for it. You might be able to find it some baragin bins in certain places, but I hadn’t seen this for awhile, so I wasn’t going to pass it up.

Chubb Rock – The One (Select Records, 1991) $7.99

If Polarity were to do that top 25 list, this album would have been in his top three more than likely (where is that fucker, I haven’t seen him forever, Polarity that is….Where you at Po!?!). I’ve always liked it as well, as I think the first three songs are one of the best sequence of three songs in a row on any album there is.

I’ve been meaning to buy this forever. I only had it on tape and Polarity sent me a vinyl ripped version on disc, but the vinyl version is missing a couple songs. Every time I find it, it’s always more money than I really want to spend, but I finally said “Fuck it” and grabbed it this time. For $7.99, it’s on my high-end limit, but this is near classic in my book (if it would shed a couple songs, it would be classic) so I shouldn’t bitch too much about dropping the cash on this.

College Boyz – Radio Fusion Radio (Virgin, 1992) $2.99

1. Victim of the Ghetto
2. Iinterlude: Radio Fusion Radio
3. Hollywood Paradox
4. Politics of a Gangster
5. Underground Blues
6. Interlude: The Homeless
7. Rigmarole
8. Interlude: After These Messages
9. Interlude: Peter Pump
10. Interlude: I Gotcha
11. Humpin’
12. Interlude: Phone Sex
13. College Boyz in the House
14. Interlude: Concerned Parent
15. Real Man
16. Interlude: Highroller Parade
17. How Ta Act
18. Interlude: Tips of the Day
19. Funky Quartet of the Day
20. Interlude: Who the F… Is This?
21. Politics of a Gangster Dub

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I can’t say I was ever a huge fan of this group. I can’t ever recall owning the CD or tape back in the day. I did like “Victim Of The Ghetto” when “Yo!” played in their regular rotation back in day. Their other single, “Hollywood Paradox” was the first example of the use of “Between The Sheets” from the Isley Brothers, which Masta Ace would use better on the INC Ride a few years later. I seem to remember an interview with them explaining why the groups name was College Boyz, but I can’t recall the details to it. The production is your typical west coast staple during the time, nothing special and I don’t recognize any of the producers in the liner notes.

The group would only drop two albums during the era which was the rise of the west coast, this being the better one of the two, IMO. Someone asked for a re-up of “Victim Of The Ghetto”, which I think I put on a WYDU Classic a few months ago. I was going to do it last week, but brought their second album “Nuthin Less, Nuthin’ Mo” instead (hope to eliminate this kind of thing when I finally get hi-speed), so it’s kind of ironic I found it this week. It was only $2.99, so I didn’t have a problem dropping the dough down for it. It’s something to add to the collection.

UMC’s – Fruits Of Nature (Wild Pitch/EMI, 1991) $6.99

01 One To Grow On (3:33)
02 Kraftworks (3:40)
03 Morals (3:27)
04 Blue Cheese (3:31)
05 Swing It To The Area (3:14)
06 Never Never Land (4:12)
07 You Got My Back (4:05)
08 Jive Talk (3:34)
09 Feelings (3:58)
10 Any Way The Wind Blows (3:22)
11 Pass It On (4:20)
12 Woman Be Out (3:36)
13 Hey Here We Go (3:20)
14 It’s Gonna Last (4:00)

I was pretty stoked to find this CD. For the past six months, there has been a CD single from their second album at one of the stores I go to all the time and every time I think it’s this album until I realize it’s the same ole thing. When I ran across this on Friday, I almost passed it over thinking it was the single until I did a double take and realized it was the actual album. This is the kind thing that makes me LOVE digging through all the crap to find. This is why I’ll never stop going to old beat down records stores and digging for an hour. This is why I don’t do all my shopping on Finding that gem in the pile of pebbles makes it all good.

In all honesty, I HATED UMC’s back in the day. I wanted nothing to do with this album. I wanted nothing to do with “Blue Cheese” or “One To Grow On”, the two singles, which “Yo!” seem to play at nausea (for me at least) back in the day. Of course I wasn’t a fan of either the first De La album or Tribe effort either. To me, they seemed soft. I was into the “hard” stuff, PE, Rakim, Kane, and LL, all the “in your face” type of hip hop. I didn’t want to hear this soft corny shit.

Fast forward to 2004, Polarity and I traded some MP3 disks through snail mail and after I said I didn’t want or need to hear the UMC’s, he went ahead and sent it to me anyway. “Dammit, what am I going to do with this shit?”, I thought to myself. Well the disk he put it on had some good albums on the disk (I always wondered if he did that purpose) so one time while listening to the MP3 disk, I figured I’d listen to it. Low and behold, I liked it. I listened to it again, and again, and again, you get the picture. Chalk it up to being older and wiser. I threw down $6.99 for it and I would have paid more for it. I don’t remember what it was going for on, but I think there was a reason I didn’t buy it on there sooner. I never really thought I’d see it out on a trip.

Subterraneous Records Presents WaterWorld Too (Subterraneous Records) $3.99

  1. “Emerge-In-Sea Intro”
  2. “Substance” feat. Magestik Legend, Malaki, One Be Lo; prod. One Be Lo”Subterraneous” feat. Magestik Legend, One Be Lo; prod. Ironiclee
  3. “The Saga Continues” feat. Kodac, Decompoze, Illite; prod. One Be Lo
  4. “Splash” feat. One Be Lo, Decompoze, Kodac, Buff; prod. One Be Lo
  5. “Rivers Run Wild” feat. One Man Army, Kodac, Illite, Magestik Legend; prod. Decompoze
  6. “Monsters” feat. Magestik Legend, One Be Lo, Malaki; prod. One Be Lo
  7. “Mag(nificent) 7″ feat. Magestik Legend, Illite, Kodac, Nova Cain, Malaki, One Be Lo, Vital; prod. One Be Lo
  8. “Waterlude” feat. Illite, Malaki; prod. One Be Lo
  9. “Player Haters” feat. Magestik Legend, Kodac, One Be Lo, Illite, Octaine; prod. Chic Masters
  10. “Word Em Up” feat. Boy One Da, Magestik Legend, Illite, Kodac; prod. Phrikshun
  11. “Life In The Fast Lane” feat. One Be Lo, Il
    lite, Magestik Legend; prod. One Be Lo
  12. “Pistons” feat. Illite, Kodac, The Anonymous, KLM; prod. Chic Masters
  13. “Jokes On You” prod. Chic Masters
  14. “Mental Planes” feat. One Be Lo, Magestik Legend, Malaki; prod. One Be Lo
  15. “Double Essay’s (S.S.A)” feat. One Be Lo; prod. Phrikshun
  16. “Millipede” feat. One Man Army, Decompoze, Magestik Legend; prod. One Be Lo
  17. “Beat Break” feat. DJ Virus
  18. “Waterworld Wide” feat. Nick Speed, Magestik Legend, Illite, Kodac, One Be Lo, Malaki, Octaine; prod. One Be Lo

This is the “newest” album I bought in terms of release dates. I couldn’t find a year on the CD, but I found it on Soulseek back in ’04 and it came out after “Masters Of The Universe” which dropped in ’00 (I think, I’m doing this post off the head, so I can’t verify it exactly). The album, which is a collection of Subterraneous Records artists, is also void of Senim Silla, who was the second half of Binary Star. He left the group, I want to say, in ’02. So I’m guessing this dropped sometime between ’02 and ’04.

For those of you unfamiliar with Subterraneous Records, it’s the home of One Man Army aka One Be Lo who, with Senim Silla, formed Binary Star. They released “Water World” in the late ‘90’s then basically re-released it as “Masters Of The Universe” with a few extra songs. “Masters…” is one of my favorite albums of this decade, it’s a great album that has a certain sound that also encompassed on this compilation as well as well as it should since the “Trackzoids” and Decompoze produce most of this album, and they were also responsible for “Masters..” as well.

As I said, I’d never seen a real copy of this, so when I saw sitting there for $3.99, I had no problem grabbing it. All fans of One Be Lo and Binary Star should pick this up. It does have some second rate MC’s on it, but for the most part, it will satisfy your hunger for that Subterraneous sound.

Twist & Shout on Colfax Ave: Denver, Colorado $47.32

I won’t get much into the specifics of the store because I’ve posted them before for this place. It’s basically one of the larger independent record stores in Denver. It has it’s own “Hip-Hop room” and has a wide selection of CD’s that are usually difficult to find. The wax selection is probably second best after Wax Trax. Their used section is, most of the time, not all that great and tends to be more expensive than most other places. I’ve never bought more than three used CD’s at a time there. I honestly went there with the intention of buying the Traffic release of Ill Biskits LP that finally saw a proper release last month after trolling around the internet as one of those lost hip hop gems. I went straight to the “I’s” and picked it up. “It can’t hurt to look at the used stuff while I’m here”, I thought to myself. By the time I was past the “E’s” in the used section, I already had seven CD’s in my hand. “I’m going to have to save this Ill Biskits for another time”, I realized as I put it back. Lucky for my wallet, I didn’t get anymore CD’s after the E’s, but it was a good run of used gems while it lasted.

Audio Two – I Don’t Care: The Album (First Priority Music/Atlantic, 1990) $7.99

1. On The Road Again
Interlude One
2. Get Your Mother Off The Crack
3. Undercover Hooker
4. Worse Than A Gremlin
5. Whatcha’ Lookin’ At
Interlude Two
6. I Get The Papers
7. Milk Does The Body Good (Remix)
8. Start It Up Y’all
9. When Milk’s On The Mic
Interlude Three
10. Build Up Back Up
11. The Nasty
12. 6Teen
13. Step
14. Many Styles

You would think as big of an Audio Two and FPM fan that I am, I would already have this album. Nope, I had it on tape, but never could track done the fucking CD….until now. This is my crowning moment of the day. Again, that feeling of elated joy hit when I ran across it. I could have done cartwheels across the store and I’ve never been able to do cartwheels before. I love this album, always have. I’ve always had the tape close by until I tracked it down on MP3.

I can’t say anything that I haven’t already said on the other two or three times I’ve posted up this album, I just love these guys. I was thumbing through the liner notes and ran into something interesting in there that got me thinking:

“Every once in a while there comes an album with lyrics and music that can create controversy and discussion coast to coast. Audio Two’s new album “I Don’t Care” is such an album. Audio Two a.k.a. Milk and Gizmo are responsible for some of Hip-Hop’s finest productions, remixes and lyrics and with “I Don’t Care” they continue the tradition and take a brassy no-nonsense approach to the music they create. It is certainly a breath of fresh air in this age of R&B and commercialized Hip-Hop.
- Jamie Christian

The album did create some controversy in its time for Milks homophobic lyrics on a couple songs and at the time, I loved them, since I was a bit homophobe at the time myself. I can’t say it was a HUGE uproar, but it did get some mention in magazines and the such. Milk was also one of the first MC’s to dis MC Hammer as well with “Yo Hammer can’t rhyme and .357 is a bunch of hooooo’s” line. This was when Hammer was reigning hard. What really caught my attention is the last line. Doesn’t that sound familiar? Isn’t that basically what we are saying in our present? This was in 1990 remind you. I always thought out of the expanding “Golden Age” of hip hop that can arguably be classified fr
om ’86-’96, that 1990 was by far the weakest year. There was an over running of commercialized garbage with Hammer, Gerardo, Young MC, Tone Loc, Vanilla Ice, Wreckx N Effex and other artists trying to capitalized on Hip-Hop’s rising popularity at the time. Are us “old-timers” just forgetting that some of the same things were happening then that is happening now? True, I’d much listen to almost any of those fore mentioned artists (okay, maybe not Gerardo) than most of the radio crap now a days, but a lot of that music got hated on for it’s commercialized origin. This is heading into a whoooooole other post, so I’ll step off the philosopher’s box for now. Needless to say, I would have paid new price for this album, so $7.99? No problem!

1. Wake Up People
2. Trip 2 The Suburbs
3. Get Em Now Bad Influence
4. Crack Ya Back
5. Flavor Wit The Neighbors
6. Girls Like We Know
7. Warning Flammable
8. GTO And The Funky Horns
9. Skull Funkin
10. Talk That Talk
11. Ki Ki Bobo
12. Hot Summer Days
13. Understand Me Vanessa
14. To The Climax
15. As The World Turns
16. Dedicate
17. Oh Olivia

This is one of those albums I discovered on Cocaine Blunts message boards during its height in popularity. Before that, I knew nothing of Anttex and still don’t know much about him and since I’m doing this from off the top of my head, I’m not going to try to get to fancy with this. After I downloaded it off of Cocaine Blunts, I gave it some listens and really liked it. It’s not a great-lost treasure or anything, but it’s that hard, early 90’s hip-hop that I was into at the time. Don’t make the mistake and think this is some soft bubble gum music from its title, cause it’s not, its pretty hard. If I remember right, he is from the outskirts of NY, Long Island maybe, which is the reasoning for the title.

This was recently issued the re-release treatment, oddly enough, so when I ran across this, I expected it to be the re-release version, but much to my surprise, it’s got a copyright from 1991 and I don’t see anything that would lead me to believe it’s the re-release version. Not that I’m one of those nerds that wants the original versions if the re-release version is the same thing. Some re-releases have different samples because of clearance problems, such as some of Mix-A-Lot’s early records and Geto Boys (Gangsta Of Love had the Steve Miller sample on the original). The original release of NWA’s “NWA & The Posse” had a Doctor Funkenstien track instead of Cube’s “A Bitch Is A Bitch” track (I still need that original NWA, so someone hook a brother up). What I’m trying to say, for $4.99, I think this was a good purchase and something I was happy to have.

Doctor Ice – The Mic Stalker (Jive/RCA, 1989) $8.99

1 Bass Up – Bass Down (4:09)
2 Everybody Git Funky (3:14)
3 Nobody Move (3:21)
4 Love Jones (5:05)
5 Sue Me! (4:10)
6 Brooklyn To L.A. (3:41)
7 Fever (3:51)
8 Feelin’ Irie (5:12)
9 The Mic Stalker (2:56)
10 Word To The Wise (3:21)
11 The Chillologist (4:39)
12 Word Up Doc! (3:21)
13 I Ain’t Goin’ (4:07)
14 Just A Little Bit (Oh Doctor, Doctor) (3:02)
15 True Confessions (5:44)

I know, I know, what the fuck is Trav smoking now, paying $8.99 for this trash? This album might not have aged all that well, but this was one of my favorite albums my Soph/Junior year in High School in ’89. My Alpine deck in my little Jetta played this tape many times. Even my non-rap friends started liking this tape before it was all said and done, so it has a lot of sentimental value to me. I enjoy listening to this album still to this day and was really excited to run across it on CD.

Doctor Ice was from UTFO, who ironically, I wasn’t a big fan of in the day. I’m not sure what even got me to buy this, probably like usual, there was a video they played, but I can’t say which song it would have been, maybe “Everybody Git Funky”. The album has some great one-liners that I remember my buddies and I saying back then. The album itself is a hodge podge of all different styles. The album contains some reggae-influenced tracks (he had an alter ego named Dread Doc on the album) like “Feelin’ Irie”. There is some gangsta shit with lots of cussing such as the track “Sue Me!”, which as a 15-16 year old, I liked. There are some tracks with heavy bass that I liked for the two 12’s I had in the trunk and there are some HORRIBLE love songs as well. Do I f
eel bad about spending $8.99 for this? Hell no!

Dana Dane – Dana Dane 4 Ever (Profile, 1990) $5.99

1 Dedication 2 (0:46)
2 Dana Dane To It (3:52)
3 A Little Bit Of Dane Tonight (5:12)
4 Tales From The Dane Side (5:16)
5 What Dirty Minds U Have (3:50)
6 Makes Me Wanna Sing (4:39)
7 Dana Dane 4-Ever (3:25)
8 Lonely Man (5:05)
9 Johhny The Dipper (4:15)
10 Something Special (4:50)
11 Bedie Boo (2:22)
12 Just Here To Have Fun (4:18)

I think this was about the point in the shopping spree that I didn’t care about the price or what it was, if it was something remotely interesting, I grabbed it. Maybe it was the fact I didn’t actually have any hard copies of any Dana Danes ablum (I had his last album, but it’s been missing for awhile now). How can you be an “Ol Skool” hip-hop head without any Dana Dane in your collection? I wish it was his first album, which is going for a steep price, but as I said, at this point, nothing mattered. Would I spend $5.99 on this again if I had to redo it? Hmmmm, probably not, I think I’ve past this up before, but at least I have a Dana Dane album in my collection…hahaha.

D.J. Magic Mike – This Is How It Should Be Done (Magic Records, 1993) $4.99

1. It’s Star Time
2. Last Person To F–k With
3. Magic’s Funky Jeep Beats
4. Keep It Goin Now
5. Fury Who?
6. Magic & Bartell
7. Feel The Beat
8. Rhyme After Rhyme
9. Past And Present Times Of A Black Man
10. Magic’s Cuttin Up!
11. To The Fans II
12. Do You Like The Bass II
13. 20 Degrees Of Bass
14. Get Wicked
15. Bass Check I
16. Magic’s Machine #3
17. Prelude To The Years
18. Through The Years
19. This Is How It Should Be Done
20. 2 For The Bass
21. Royal Brothers In The House

“Is that a Magic Mike CD I don’t have?!?!?!! I must have it!” that was the thought that was going through my head when I saw this. In my ultimate quest to have every worthwhile DJ Magic Mike CD there is, I grabbed this. Don’t ask me why I feel I have to have his catalog, I just do, no one understands it, not even myself. One of these days, I’m going to write up a post on the brillance that was Magic Mike, but not tonight. For $4.99, I’ll take this, even those its mostly instrumentals with wicked bass that I really don’t have a way to play to its full potential.

De La Soul – Ego Trippin’ (Part Two) (Tommy Boy, 1993) $3.99

1 Ego Trippin’ (Part Two) (Original Version) (3:52)
2 Ego Trippin’ (Part Two) (LA Jay Remix) (4:13)
3 Ego Trippin’ (Part Two) (Gumbo Funk Remix) (5:46)
4 Lovely How I Let My Mind Float (4:02)
5 Ego Trippin’ (Part Three) (4:40)

If I had to pick a favorite group in all of hip-hop, it would probably be De La Soul, so I try to pick up anything out of the ordinary they are on. I usually don’t bother with CD singles, but this contained two remixes (the Gumbo mix is kind of cool) I had never heard before plus two of my favorite “b-sides” in “Lovely How I Let My Mind Float” and “Ego Trippin’ (Part Three)” so I had to grab it and $3.99 was a cheap price to pay. If you have never heard Part Three (it’s a totally different song), and like De La, you MUST download this NOW!

Eric B & Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em (MCA, 1990) $6.99

I know, I know, there most definitely has to be some kind of hip-hop law against not owning all of Eric B & Rakim’s albums. For some reason, I have the damnedest time holding on to their albums. I’ve had all of them at one time or another, but they always seem to disappear over the years. I have all on them on tape, but CD’s just don’t hang around much. The only other Eric B & Rakim CD I had was “Follow The Leader”, which means, damn, I don’t have “Paid In Full” on CD. I’m going to have to change that.

This one is probably my least favorite of their discography, meaning I like it a lot, just not as much as the others, with “Don’t Sweat The Technique” barely beating this out. $6.99 is probably the cheapest you are going to find their albums used, unless you find them in the pawnshops, so I had didn’t have any qualms about the price.

Needless to say after dropping nearly $50 bucks at Twist & Shout, I decide to skip the last two stores, even though I was driving right by them. I’d dropped enough cash for the day. Funny enough though, on the way home, I bought a coke and $5 bucks worth of scratch tickets and won $25 dollars, so it’s kind like I was close to my target allowance anyway.

That’s another shopping trip in the books. May all your CD’s be rare and prices be cheap…..

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