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Random "Relativity" Recordings

by Eric on June 25, 2007

M.O.P.-First Family 4 Life (Relativity 1998)

For one thing, M.O.P. and my temper just don’t mix! Let me expound, back in the warm fall of 1998 “First Family 4 Life” was in pretty frequent rotation in my bachelor pad that I shared along with my cousin (who was a High School history teacher) and one of my summer league Basketball croonies (whom I don’t think ever paid a month’s rent or cleaned his nasty-ass room during his seven month stay). First off all, I was only “living” there because my girlfriend/beeyatch! of 3 years and I were on a temporary “hiatus” so to speak (read: boyfriend liked to drink and blow money, which could’ve been the result of “I was 21 and she was 29″) and my cousin/roomate did me a solid and let me crash there until I got my sh*t together (I think I was working morning shift at UPS during this whole time frame). Okay, before I rant on some “it doesn’t pertain to me Eric, so what’s your point!” bullshit, I’ll do just that …..get to the point. As I mentioned “First Family 4 Life” along with Fat Joe’s “Don Cartegena” (not one of my finer moments in Hip Hop) were constantly on “blast” throughout our weekly C0llege Football Saturdays/NCAA Football98′ on Playstation between games rivalries. Now, these NCAA 98′ games got to be pretty freakin‘ heated, with me being the hothead/shit talker that I’ve always been and my cousin who also ran about 6’5″ 230/240 being neck and neck with me as far as temperament. Well, let’s just say that I’m glad we had some cheap ass furniture becomes most of it ended up in shambles as the result of M.O.P./Captain Morgan & Coke/Two equally competitive natures equalling a fistfight or wrestling around on the floor like madmen trying to get a good lick in. What about the album Eric? I really don’t have shit to say about “First Family 4 Life” other than it’s M.O.P. and M.O.P.=QUALITY. I will say this though, listening to “New York Salute” off of the album today made me realize… one has hooked me up with the Da Beatminerz remix of D’Angelo’s “Brown Sugar” yet (it uses the same sample as “New York Salute”). Whaddup peoples….hook a brotha‘ up! Dayum!!…-Eric

Fat Joe Da Gangsta-Represent (Relativity 1993)

Let’s be up front here, we all consider Fat Joe’s debut “Represent” the “lyrically challenged” version of the Bronx bomber. Not that Fat Joe “Da Gangsta” is anywhere near the lyrical status of your favorite MC (unless Fat Joe is your favorite, in that case you NEED to get out the house!)in today’s world of the commercialized MC, but one must admire the improvement the of lyrical capacity that Joe displayed between the release “Represent” and Joe’s sophomore effort “Jealous One’s Envy”. If I remember correctly, “Represent” wasn’t all that well received by the masses and Joe’s lack of any lyrical dexterity was blatantly noticeable. Joe’s elementary rhymes at times, wer very hard to mask even with the backing of the original D.I.T.C.(Showbiz, Diamond D & Lord Finesse)behind the boards grinding out bangers. While Fat Joe’s rhymes can be described as “juvenille” at best, he does captivate more with his delivery on cuts like the first single “Flow Joe” more so than anything else. Not that “Represent” is a total throwaway, tracks like the Apache & Kool G Rap featured “You Must Be Out Of Your Fuc*in Mind” are dope along with the original “Shit Is Real” (not the Primo remix featured on his second disc)which found The Beatnuts (one of my favorites of all time) lending Joe a helping hand on the beat. In no way am I intending to sh*t all over “Represent”, but I do feel that “Jealous One’s…” was a much more mature album from Joe that I preferred over “Represent”. If you’ve never heard Joe’s debut I wouldn’t necessarily suggest that you bypass pass it, I’d just point you in the direction to the instrumental version of “Represent”…-Eric

Frankie Cutlass-Politics & Bullsh*t (Relativity 1997)

Recorded at the now legendary D & D Studios and released on Relativity in 1997, DJ/Producer Frankie Cutlass gathered up some of the finest in East Coast emceein‘ for the final product of “Politics & Bullshit”. With a line up of “proven” artists that included Heltah Skeltah, Redman, The Lost Boyz, M.O.P., Fat Joe, Kool G Rap, Biz Markie, etc….well, let’s just say that Frankie didn’t necessarily set himself up for failure. This Puerto Rock DJ began his stint in Hip H

op as part of the Funkmaster Flex founded Flip Squad, and not many folks may know this but some of Frankie’s earliest productions were for the likes of K7(off the “Cum Baby Cum” fame) and The Cover Girls (WTF?). Frankie later sealed a production deal on the success of the Puerto Rican anthem “Puerto Rico, Ho!” (I’m sure you’ve heard that in the mix countless times) and “Bouriquas On Da Set”. Frankie’s admiration for the “Old School” is quite noticeable on tracks like “Da Cypher Pt.III” which features the “Chocolate Lover” himself Big Daddy Kane, Craig G, Roxanne Shante and The original B.I.Z….Biz Markie. Damn, I shoulda‘ just said the “Juice Crew” and it woulda‘ saved me some effort and key strokes. The highlight of “Politics & Bullshit” for me had to be the Lost Boyz & M.O.P. teaming on “Focus”. Over the same Eugene Wilde sample (“Gotta’ Get You Home Tonight”) that Foxy Brown & Blackstreet creamed all over for Foxy’s “Get Me Home”, Lil’ Fame & Billy Danz along with Mr. Cheeks form a nice “chemistry”…so nice that one may not hesitate to go as far to say that Mr. Cheeks would’ve made a good “3rd Wheel” in M.O.P. I also enjoyed the aforementioned, Evil Twins & Fat Joe featured “Boriquas On Da Set” with it’s bouncy production, did an excellent job of hitting pretty hard in the trunk. Is this the best compilation ever put together comprised of well established emcees? Not quite, but if I did have to chose a word that would best fit “Politics…” it would have to be “solid”. Frankie’s idol Marley Marl would have been proud!…-Eric

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jrrider June 26, 2007 at 4:39 am

That Frankie Cutlass is the shit. So much good stuff there. Keith Murray totally ripping Pay ya dues or the Juice Crew crew reunion to answer Westside Connection’s shit talkin’ by jacking their West up diss track. I love Craig G’s line: Let me show you new rappers how to make a posse cut. Also stand out verses from Red, Rampage and Kool G Rap come to mind. This was a great album and a bitch slap to Cube and his crew. Partner you ain’t got no ends in mi casa

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