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LABELS-Select Records "Selections" Pt.III

by Eric on June 12, 2007

Brothers Uv Da Blakmarket-Ruff Life

Ok, first and foremost after much demand for this disc via requests, e-mails and what not…over the past few weeks I’ve seen this album pop up on more than it’s fair share of “prevelant” blogs out there. Even so, if you missed out on this 1992 release “Ruff Life” by the Brothers Uv Da Blakmarket here’s your chance to take in some quality stuff from the little known duo down with the Naughty By Nature click. I remember picking this album up the same time I picked up The College Boyz‘ “Radio Fusion Radio” (now, that’s an album that I couldn’t tell you what the basis for picking it up was….The Source maybe?), and can remember hearing “Not U Again” all over the radio in Philly at the time of it’s release. Hailing from New Jersey (hence their relationship with Naughty, whom actually produce two cuts under the alias “The Naughty Boys”), MC Cee along with DJ Mental quickly fell into the “One Album Wonder” classification after the release of “Ruff Life”. Though, if I’m not mistaken they did appear on the classic Flavor Unit “Roll Wit Da Flava” from the compilation of the same name…that actually does make sense since I see that Shakim (Flavor Unit Exec.) was the executive producer on “Ruff Life”. Anyway, getting back to the album’s core which is songs like the classic “Not U Again” as well “Livin‘ In Da Bottle” that production wise resemble much of Kay Gee’s earlier bounce he crafted for Naughty. “Ruff Life” remains one of those gems that I still like to listen to while washing the ride, or cruising to work on a hot summer day and oddly enough it still never seems to disappoint. Check it out…you won’t regret it!-Eric

“Not U Again”-Brothers Uv Da Blakmarket

Main One-Birth Of The Ghetto Child (Select Records 1995)

Yet another Select Records release that gained little notoriety upon it’s release in 1995, Main One dropped a fairly decent album with “Birth Of The Ghetto Child”. I really wasn’t expecting all that much quality-wise when I picked this up along with The Clockers OST (hmmm….wonder why I picked that one up?!)and Fat Joe’s second LP “Jealous One’s Envy”, but much to my surprise “Birth..” is filled with 19..well, actually 17 (two of the tracks are “skits”) cuts that will definitely satisfy anyone out there looking for what is missing in today’s Hip Hop….at least beat-wise. Lyrically, Main One won’t make anyone hit the rewind button like…”Damn, what did money say? Rewind That! Rewind That!”…but, he does just enough to get by with production from a selection of East Coast “Heavyweights” Ski, Domingo & Buckwild. Check for Ski’s production on “Check Da Skillz” (damn, everyone had Skillz back in the day, huh?) which sounds eerily similar to his production on Bahamadia’sUknowhowedo“..hell, even the chourus is a blatant rip-off. Also, there are guest appearances galore on “Birth..” as Fat Joe, Kurious, Prince (from Powerule) and Fatal (of “Live At The BBQ” fame) all drop by for the boom bap smash of “El Gran Combo” (damn, just sayin‘ that makes me wanna’ hit the drive through at Taco Bell!). Something that I remember being quite interesting, Main One released the single “Bring the Gramma” with O.C. plus the single “Bring the Drama” with Chino XL later that same year. Thank God, Main One left it up to Method Man to “Bring The Pain”….uhh, damn that was corny Eric. Anyway, my internet is kickin‘ me on & off the net…so, do yourself a favor a peep Main One’s “Birth Of The Ghetto Child” one of the more obscure albums you’ll find here on When They Reminisce…-Eric

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Dart Adams June 12, 2007 at 12:41 am

Am I the only one that remembers back when Main One and Young Zee used to rhyme over the music during episodes of New York Undercover? Or how about when Nine, Fredro Starr, Sticky Fingaz and yoyo all had guest spots? Damn 1994 to 1996 was a different age. One.

sean June 12, 2007 at 3:52 pm

great beats on the album.

range June 19, 2007 at 2:39 pm

been looking for this for a long time. big props

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