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by Eric on May 24, 2007

The Geto Boys-We Can’t Be Stopped

Before I say anything in regards to the Geto Boys’ classic “We Can’t Be Stopped”, I must mention the crowning moment of the album before going any further. It’s soo classic that anytime anyone brings up this album, it is the first thing that pops in my mind. Remember the snippet of Latifah’s “Ladies First” playing at the beginning of “I’m Not A Gentleman”….(ooooh, Ladies First, Ladies First)? Which is soon ended abruptly by the needle being jerked of the Latifah record…followed by Willie D with his signature Southern “twang”..”Ladies First, Who the fu*k made up that sh*t? 9 times outta’ 10 it was a bit*ch!!” As wrong as it may be on Willie’s behalf, he just makes it sound soo damn hilarious. Anyway. the classic “Mind Playing’ Tricks On Me” opened the Geto Boys to a whole notha’ audience (even though, I checked them out after they were receiving so much backlash for their self titled debut) and that would eventually enable the Geto Boys to capitalize off the success of “We Can’t Be Stopped”. Each member would soon go on to release solo efforts on their own which all did quite well I believe. Scarface, Willie D & Bushwick Bill always seemed to mesh their unique styles so well together to always drop some dopeness for the listener. Oh, and how about the cover of the album..Bushwick actually damn near shot his eye out during a failed suicide attempt, while having an argument with his then girlfriend. That’s gotta’ be one of the craziest album covers I’ve ever seen…NUTS! My favorite track off of “We Can’t Be…” has always been “Quickie” (which shared the same sample as Three Times Dope’s “Funky Dividends”), on which Scarface goes for dolo and discusses the… is what the title says! Funny Story, I work with probably the most “Deep South Country Boy” (Dude, is a helluva’ guy though!) EVER!!! We happen to share alot of clients, so we spend alot of time in the car with one another driving to see our clients that we have helped together. The thing is, I’m 6’5″ and when I attempt to ride as a passenger in his Mazda RX-7 (I think that’s what it is , it’s the Mazda sport car), I feel like a freakin’ gorilla in a golf cart!! So 90% of the time we end up taking my car. So he usually has to put up with my music “selections”, outta’ nowhere the other day coming back from a 2 hour drive…the dude, after putting a dip of Skoal (?) in his mouth…leans over to me and says “Hey man, Do you got that song “Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me”? (add deep southern drawl) Talk about throwin’ you for a loop! Just goes to show you how popular this album was at the time of it’s release. Although, I later found out that “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” is not his favorite “Rap Song” of all time….no that position is held by none other than Willie D himself with his song “The Clean-up Man”…dude is outta’ control!…-Eric

Slick Rick-The Rulers Back

I can’t remember who sent me the link to this the other day…but thank you! I actually just got a “used” copy in today from Amazon (sorry Trav there’s not a whole lot of “diggin” to be done in Arkansas..much to my dismay) and this has been in my headphones anyway for a good part of the week . Alright, take a deep breath….I dig “The Ruler’s Back” way more than his debut “The Great Adventures Of….”. Okay, let the comments “ring”..I’m surely prepared after the “Liquid Swords” anaylysis. So here is why, to be very honest I never heard anything Slick Rick did until hearing “Mistakes Of A Woman In Love With Other Men” being played during one of the “dance breaks” on an old episode of “In Living Color”. Damn, that’s a thought, give me every back episode of “In Living Color”, every back issue of the Source(at least all leading up until 1996), and every color of Guess Jeans (, green, turquoise)and I’m back in my “Glory Days”. Okay, maybe we can lose the Guess jean thing. Anyway, I’ve never heard anyone say they don’t love Slick Rick…dude is probably in my top 5 without a doubt and alot of folks share that same opinion. I “dug” “The Ruler’s Back”. To this day I would still say that the first verse to “I Shouldn’t Have Done It” remains one that I can recite effortlessly over and over again (and that’s sayin’ something cause’ I can’t remember sh*t anymore!)

I flew home (PA) in March to play in a basketball tournament and while staying in my old room at my parents’ house I found an old mixtape (actually it was Twin Hype’s debut with scotch tape placed on both indention’s on the top of the cassette, enabling you to re-record over it) in the sock drawer that had Ricky’s “Moses” placed between Brand Nubian’s “Step To The Rear” and Del’s “Pissin’ On Your Steps”…damn, I’m kickin’ myself for not bringing that tape back home with me! The aforementioned “Moses” is still my favorite cut on “The Ruler’s..”, while a track (“It’s A Boy”) that flips the same “Honey Drippers” (hmmm…I just..yeah, I had an idea!) sample that is my second favorite sample next to “Blind Alley”, comes in a close second. There is definitely some “filler” on here, which I don’t know if I’d even label it “filler” being that it is only a 12 song album. The final cut “The Ruler”, produced by Mr. Lee (who was BIG during the whole Hip-House phase) should have been left on the drawing board, as well as “Top Cat” which sounds lame compared to usual Slick Rick entries. Oh, and a question for you ….Was this recorded before or after Slick Rick was detained for the attempted drive by?…Eric

Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs-Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto

“I stay hard like an erection, I’m burnin’ suckas’ so wear protection…So who’s next when Ed’s flexin?” Ahhh….classic material. The opening bars to one of the best songs ever “I Got To Have It” from a fellow who has sorta’ become an MC with longevity that parallels the one and only Master Ace. I loved “I Got To Have It” so much when it dropped that it actually pissed me off when Pete Rock looped the same sample for Heavy D’s “Love Sexy”. Now, that is coming from a dude who not only loves everything Pete Rock touches but whom also would put “Blue Funk” in his top 20!! Fresh outta’ Roxbury, MA Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs dropped a….not quite a classic for the masses in 1991. I was first introduced to Ed O.G. via the “Be A Father To Your Child” video on Yo! that played right after my introduction to Gang Starr(the video for “Just To Get A Rep”) and I became a fan shortly thereafter… picking up “Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto) from the local Camelot Music just a few days later. The album is solid from start to finish, with the only throwaway track being the lame New Jack Swingish attempt “Let Me Tickle Your Fancy”. Kinda’ hard to believe that Special K & Teddy Ted did the majority of the production on here along with Joe Mansfield (?) because the production is PROPER…what’s yo

u say Hamma?….PROPER (damn, where did that come from?)!! Again, I still like EDO’s second effort “Roxbury (add zip code)” a little bit more than this, solely based on the even better production. Still, a big contributor to a monumental year in Hip Hop…-Eric

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Mike Dikk May 24, 2007 at 3:08 am

“.I dig “The Ruler’s Back” way more than his debut “The Great Adventures Of….”. “


axe May 24, 2007 at 3:24 am

Glad I could hook you up with that Slick Rick. That being said…The Great Adventures Of is number eight for me all time. The Rulers Back is a quality album and worlds better than most shit but The Great Adventures Of is one of those albums that has special meaning to me. Both own Behind Bars ultra cornyness. Which I actually like on some level but against those two? Shit. No comparison.

StL May 24, 2007 at 3:30 am

That Ghetto Boys brings back memories like a muhfuka. They were St. Louis staples from the week that Grip It dropped. I remember buying that tape at Camelot in the mall, dippin’ to Merry-Go-Round for a new outfit and going to see them boys on the Eastside do there thing. Funny part was either they had just been to Arkansas or just really hated the state because between songs they had the audience doing chants, and one was “Arkansas, F*&K dem over there, real parties over here”. They did it with a couple states but I remember that shit got the crowd screaming.

Cartel May 24, 2007 at 1:38 pm

While I liked the Ruler’s back… it still doesn’t hold a candle to his debut. Shit… my cousin used to run with his dj so I had slick tapes from all the shows he used to do in all the different boroughs and then when that first album came out it was crazy!!! The second one was hot as well though.

I got put onto the geto boys from this cat from jail who was saying that they were better than NWA (see not all New York cats hate on the South). I listed… and I liked the album as whole though I was not impressed with the lyrical abilities of Willie D and Bushwick Bill.

Though I liked, “Be A Father to your child”… I never really got into EdoG.

Krisch May 24, 2007 at 2:53 pm

The Edo – Masta Ace comparison is on point.
K-Def did a lot of production work on “Life Of A Kid…” but didn’t get no credits.

Yohan May 24, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Thanks for the great albums! Been a long time since I last heard the Slick Rick and Ed OG joints. Keep it up!

Anonymous May 24, 2007 at 5:05 pm

yo that “what you say hammer – proper?” line came from ‘bammer weed’ off the first rbl posse tape….

Dee El May 25, 2007 at 6:35 am

Dope post for real!! Great idea about Impeach the President!!!! I’ve been thinking about that for years but never had the motivation to scour the earth for all the joints that sampled it. You could probably make about 10 volumes with song featuring that sample, for real!!! Keep up the great work. I mos def feel the same way about the rulers back maaaaaadddd underrated.

Dee El sends

Anonymous May 26, 2007 at 11:40 pm

always did like vance wright beats… and damn when slick has to be one of the better singing mc’s, dude sounded smash on that venus joint…
the ed og had its moments, copped that after hearing got to have it on a red alert mixtape

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