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When They Reminisce Is For The Children!!!!

by Eric on May 26, 2007

Illegal-The Untold Truth

Comprising of Lil’ MC’s Jamal & Malik, Illegal dropped what was one of the more hardcore albums during what was considered the “kiddie craze” (about 92′-94). Hoping to capitalize on the massive success of Kriss Kross, major labels were putting up large amounts of dough to put out younger acts such as QUO, Da Youngstas, Shyheim, The FamLee,etc. Released on the Rowdy Records label, “The Untold Truth” hit the streets sometime in 1993 with the lead single “Head Or Gut”, which was produced by “The Green-Eyed Bandit” himself..Erick Sermon. I really wasn’t that impressed with “Head Or Gut” being that the production sounded like it was a leftover track from Sermon’s first solo outing “No Pressure”, and hearing a couple of 14 year olds boast about how they’ll do this and that to basically fu*k up your life…wasn’t something I was tryin’ to hear at the time. Although, “The Untold Truth” does boast some decent production which is attributed to the almost “All Star” lineup of producers i.e, Diamond D, Biz Markie, Dallas Austin, Lord Finesse and the previously mentioned Erick Sermon. I liked Jamal and Malik better as solo MC’s as they would mature much more as artists over the years. Jamal’s first solo effort “Last Chance, No Breaks” has some real BANGERS and Malik almost stole the spotlight from Snoop on “Pump Pump” off of Snoop’s classic “DoggyStyle”. I don’t think that Malik ever put out a solo joint, which is unfortunate as I always felt he was the more prolific of the duo. Anyway, I probably should’ve given this another listen recently but I always reach for Da Youngsta’s “The Aftermath” instead…-Eric

Da Youngstas-The Aftermath

Would I be jumping the gun if I said this is the best youthful album ever put out?? Probably not, as I know more than a handful of folks who share my sentiments as well. And let’s be real here, your lying to yourself if you think that Mobb Deep’s “Juvenile Hell” was a better album than “The Aftermath”. I’ve never really peeped Qu’ran Taji & Tarik’s debut album “Somethin’ 4 Da Youngstas” and I do think it’s probably in my best interest that I don’t. Da Youngstas actually put together a pretty decent three album stretch with “The Aftermath”, “No Mercy” & “Da Illy Funkstaz”. Once Again, I first saw Da Youngstas performing “Crewz Pop” (which was produced by Naughty’s Kay Gee..actually, it’s 118th St. Production but you know what’s up) as the ending act on “In Living Color”. I was impressed enough to pick this album up based on the overall sound and production of “Crewz Pop”. Of course, my decision was only solidified when I saw the producing lineup for “The Aftermath” in an issue of The Source. Are you kiddin’ me?? Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Kay Gee, The Beatnuts & DJ Premier all contributed beats for Da Youngtas sophomore success. Tell me somebody didn’t have the hookup!!! Jesus, that’s quite an impressive production assembly for a few teenagers…SH*T! It is what it is, and that’s what makes this album so special..because honestly I couldn’t recite one line from any song on this album but the beats are incredible. I don’t know if an instrumental of “The Aftermath” was ever released but it needed to be, because this is some of the best production on an LP from what many of us have deemed “The Golden Era”. Don’t be mistaken, Da Youngstas are decent MC’s (albeit the moments in which they try to sound like a young Onyx..but who wasn’t at the time??), but the production is almost flawless on each and every cut. If your looking to indentify a “sound” for mid-90′s production, it’s very easy to put your finger on it with “The Aftermath”…-Eric

Shyheim-AKA The Rugged Child

“On & On”…dum,dum,dum,dum,… “On & On”…Virgin Records couldn’t have picked a better time to drop “AKA The Rugged Child” for the masses. Hot off the heels of the now-classic Wu Tang Debut, Wu affiliate “young un” Shyheim surprised alot of folks with his lyrical skill and prowness as a then 14 year old MC. With much of the production handled by RNS (RZA does produce “Little Rascals”) “AKA The Rugged Child” flows together quite nicely. “On & On” is the obvious selection for “best song on the album”, but I kinda’ liked the boom-bap bounce on “The Rugged Onez” as well. Admitingly, RZA’s aforementioned production “Little Rascals” is really nothing to write home about…it’s actually un-characteristicly “average” for usual RZA standards. I rembember when this album came out, The Source gave it 4 mics and had hyped it up like…”Make way for Shyheim, he’s the next generation of MC’in”. I wasn’t seein’ it then and it obviously never came to fruition. I must say, the difference between this album and Da Youngstas “The Aftermath” is that other then “On & On” this album struggled to keep my “16 year old A.D.D. ass” awake…even today it’s a borderline boring listen. Give me Shyheim’s follow-up “The Lost Generation” any day and I’ll be much more attentive!…-Eric

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YoYo May 30, 2007 at 8:20 am

Real talk, but on that Illegal album. “We getz buzy” was the first single off of that album. It banged harder than “Head or Gut”.

Blu April 21, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Did Shyheim’s first album ever got plat?

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