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Eric's "Top 100 Tuesdays" (68-70) with commentary by….Guess Who's Bizzack?….RASUL!!!!

by Eric on June 26, 2007

68. Ghostface Killah-Supreme Clientele


1995′s “Only Built For Cuban Linx” is arguably one of the best Hip Hop albums of all time for many eclectic reasons: It contained some splendid production challenging the technique and method of other beatsmith at large, it portrayed some of the most notable lyricism up to this very day, and most of all, it legitimized east coast artist to fabricate some outlandish gangster chronicles (do the math). So anything, or anyone, stemming out of this masterpiece of rare comparison, should head for glory and fame. Well, presumably… While the leading head honcho Rae turned himself to sorrow, grief and eternal immaterialnesss for reasons beyond my intellect (I actually do have some suggestions), Ghost managed to stay relevant and in popular demand up to this very day! Personally, “Supreme Clientele” flew beyond my apprehension and has never been one of those albums that I would go back and listen to and celebrate! Back in 2000 when the album hit the shelves, your boy was too busy doing everything at the same time (read the “I Am”-Post and you’ll get an idea) and this joint didn’t quite hit me with a baseball bat- and me growing exuberantly tired of the whole Wu-Movement played a major role too. So what did I find when I bumped the 20-something strong “Supreme Clientele” after Eric asked me to write a few lines on it? Pure bliss!!! I knew half of the songs by heart (the beautiful “Nutmeg”, “Saturday Night”, the Hassan of the late UMC’s fame produced “Apollo Kids”, the out of this world “Buck 50″, “Mighty Healthy” with his war-drums and my personal favorite “We Made It”) and the question at hand is a simple but a confusing one: Why the hell was I surprised to find this odyssey of sound on Eric’s list? I HAVE NO FREAKING IDEA!!! All I know is this: I’m going to listen to this for the next couple of days and I’ll personally write a letter of gratitude to Eric for reminding me what a fantastic album this is… The man is one knowledgeable dude….-Rasul

69. Lords Of The Underground-Here Come The Lords


I love lyrics. I love to hear poets giving their brainstorms a figurative form of speech and create images. I love metaphors, similes and allegories but most of all, I love a profound concept transformed to rhythm with intricate wordplay. “Here Come The Lords” doesn’t have none of that! I assume that everyone visiting this or similar sites on the regular basis is very familiar with this album and the group Lords Of The Underground (I know, this one pops up every other week on some other blog but this is Eric’s Top 100 list. Besides, the man doesn’t have to impress no soul with some crazy “surprising” selection- we’ve already passed that), and I do believe that these guys maintained a solid following through the years, mainly based on this single offering. So what can I write that you guys don’t know?! I never particularly liked the MCs: They sure did look funny and as I’ve mentioned before, the lyrics were all the way damp and abrasively moronic, sounding somewhere between Das Efx, Onyx and Naughty By Nature- but with far less edge! What defined this album was its moving production! Courtesy of 90% K-Def (remember Real Live?!) and 10% Marley Marl, this was a true head’s heaven of creativity and magical bloom: hard hitting drums (literally, the most notorious break-beats of all time are all chopped and “screwed” on this album), obscure but compelling backgrounds, a whole lot of horns samples (they pretty much bit Pete Rock’s style of taking the horns and delaying / echoing them; The formula worked for them since their drum-patterns were far harder then Pete Rock’s) and good hooks (hooks in terms of, damn I can’t get this nonsense out of my mind- “hey mom what’s for dinner”… horrible but effective). So overall, while this collection would probably not get close to my personal top 100 albums of all time, I totally understand Eric’s and 85% of other die-hard Hip Hop fans when they claim this to be a great album. Just imagine Redman or Pharoahe Monch on them beats and you’ll understand where I’m coming from…-Rasul

70. House Of Pain-Fine Malt Lyrics


Authenticity! If I had to choose one single term to describe House Of Pain and their well-respected legacy, it had to be authenticity. Let me disregard Everlast his affiliation with Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate and his 1990 debut “Forever Everlasting” (not a bad album if you’d ask me) for a slight second and dwell on the formula that made this ensemble find their spot in the Hip Hop cosmos: Everlast, his old buddy Danny Boy and DJ Lethal acted as “white” as it gets, sporting worn out baseball caps and Celtics-Jerseys, talking about malt liquor, crashing parties, getting smoked out, and hooliganism as a sport (although hooliganism has a totally different approach when you grew up in Europe and loved soccer). What their Soul Assassin brothers from Cypress Hill had already manifested under their Hispanic umbrella seemed to work without any friction for this crew and what they called Irish pride. Well, I don’t know much about the components mentioned above (read: I don’t get smoked out, I don’t beat up people with no apparent reason and I love to rock “fresh” cloths); all I know is whenever I hear “Jump Around” (the original version; I love the Pete Rock remix but the original’s always worked for me. By the way Eric, what about a Pete Rock Remix-Special? I think a lot of people would enjoy that…), something moves within me and although I’m way too old and way too cool to actually “jump around”, my imagination runs loose and I start to picture myself hopping around the room like a kangaroo with no remorse (pretty weird, I know)… Anyway, this is very good album: The production is Muggs at his best (not that he produced the album: It just sounds like he did!) with gritty drum-patterns and gloomy sound bites, displaying a diversity of detail. Everlast steals the show, remaining very likeable (Oh just another thought Eric: you were absolutely right about your assumptions on Serch and Pete Nice!), while Danny Boy did a confused version of Sen Dog, acting and sounding silly. Low and behold, I prefer this over any Cypress Hill album because it’s dope. I just have to find a way to get that disturbing image of me hopping around out of my head…-Rasul

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{ 5 comments }

Commish CH June 26, 2007 at 10:39 pm

damn, for some reason, “Here Comes the Lords” has been on the net hard lately. That’s my ish, one of the only CDs I had to repurchase b/c I played so much.

And “put Your Head Out” is still one of the fiercest sounding joints ever.
One.

big fonz June 27, 2007 at 1:47 am

You got a PW for the HOP? Thanks. Great post fellas. Takes me back.

Mystik Journeyman June 27, 2007 at 11:07 am

Check this Ghostface analysis – http://www.ohword.com/features/38/wooodrow-skit-revision.

Plus, love Chief Rocka and the Pete Rock remix of Flow On. Nice.

Anonymous June 30, 2007 at 5:49 am

Seriously, is there a PW? Other than that, one of the finest MF’n blogs out there. Some fine writing and some great tunes. Peace!

Anonymous July 8, 2007 at 8:22 am

Try “Ghostfaize” for PW. It worked for me

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