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by Eric on June 30, 2007

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien-I Wish My Brother George Was Here

Let’s state the obvious. Most of you may already know that Del was indeed the “little” cousin of then West Coast stronghold Ice Cube. We also know that Cube handled the duties of Executive Producer on “My Brother George…” ( what does and executive producer do anyway?? I sure do see Jay poppin‘ up as executive producer everywhere), but would one dare to say that this release paved the way for much of the thriving underground LA underground scene that would soon include Del’s Hieroglypics co-horts as well as the likes of the Freestyle Fellowship? I mean really, who actually bought the Fellowship’s debut? You where probably much like me and didn’t catch on until “Innercity Griots“. If not, it’s hard to disagree with the fact that Del’s debut would’ve been considered ahead of it’s time when it was released. You must admit, with songs like “Mistadobalina“, “Dr Bombay” and “Sunny Meadowz” you had to have been a bit confused after the first few listens. This album was definitely a “grower” for me, being 13 at the time it was really difficult to grasp much of Del’s lyrical content. Once I did “catch on” it quickly became an album that I would enjoy for much of my High School years…especially “Sunny Meadowz” if you catch my drift. Even the production was advanced by 1991 standards, as the Boogiemen with a helping hand from Cube assisted Del with perfectly paired sound schemes for Del’s subject matter. This album is fairly overlooked in Hip Hop, as most of Del’s fans prefer his latter work, but I feel that this album was fairly daring for 1991 and more folks seem to have “caught on” as the years have passed by…-Eric

KMD-Mr. Hood

Damn, who would’ve thought the first time that you heard Zevlove X bust on 3rd Bass’ CLASSIC “The Gas Face” that he would develop this almost “cult-like” following and rise as the cream of the crop in this never ending quest for the “King of Ungergroundoom“? Not I, said the brown cow! In what was a a fairly decent rookie effort released on Elektra Records in 1991, “Mr Hood” featured playful rhymes & heavily sampled production provided in part by the SD50s. In what some folks labeled as a more lighthearted version of Brand Nubian (who also appeared on “Nitty Gritty”), KMD followed the footpaths of their aforementioned predeceases in many ways except for one….Lyrics! Thinking back on “Mr. Hood”, I can recall Doom’s errrr…sorry, Zevlove X’s voice being quite annoying throughout most of the album. Partner in crime, Onyx wasn’t really that impressive to me either and DJ Subroc (R.I.P.) well,….I can’t even remember if he added a few lines here and there or not. KMD’s first single “Peachfuzz” did develop quite a buzz upon it’s release as well as it deserved to, IMO it was aimed to be the most commercial friendly cut on “Mr. Hood”. I don’t know this is just one of those albums that really flew over my head in an era in which most of my listening consisted of Public Enemy, BDP, The Geto Boys and N.W.A. Basically, I just wasn’t trying to hear these Native Tounge knockoffs…sorry. While, I’m sure I receive a few negative comments in the C Box for the overview of “Mr. Hood” (Lord knows, that half the Internet’s population consists of die-hard “Doom” fans) it just wasn’t up to par with the group’s “halted” second disc “Black Bastards”. I’ll take “One For All”, “A Future Without A Past” or “A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing” anyday over “Mr. Hood”…-Eric

Ice-T-O.G. Original Gangster

Where do I begin when breaking down Ice T’s 1991 opus “O.G. Original Gangster”. Well, first of all I became familiar with Ice T’s work through an album cover. What do I mean? Well, if you know you’re history you too should be very familiar with the cover art for T’s 1988 CLASSIC (no, I don’t think it’s a classic) “Power” which in my opinion (thanks to the appearance of his wife or then girlfriend Darlene) was a damn good idea to feature here so beautifully clothed beside Ice and his DJ. Talk about twisting a young 11 year old’s mind, and instantly making “Power” a must have! Clever marketing scheme Ice! For those of you who have absolutely know idea what I’m referring to click HERE to see just what I’m talking about. Getting back to business, I really got into Ice T around the time the film which he was featured in (New Jack City) hit the silver screen along with the accompanying hit that shared the same name as the album title, which featured slammin‘ (oooohhh! slammin, now that’s really takin‘ it back to 91′) production from then Low Profile (along with WC) and Rhyme Syndicate member DJ Aladdin, who also contributed 6 cuts in all for “O.G….”. Whatever you were lookin‘ for this album had it, from social commentary to violent storytelling to sex,sex and more sex. If you walked away after hearing “O.G. Original Gangster” wanting more you probably weren’t listening in the first place. Of course, this review or should I say “analysis” of Ice-T’s finest piece of work is coming from quite possibly the worst Ice-T fan ever. I’ve never been big on anything that Ice-T put out, even though many folks have labeled albums such as this coupled with “Power” as Classics…I’ve just never really caught on the way some cats have. In the end though, there is no denying that this album was dope from start to finish (as much as I hate to say it). There is no doubt that Ice-T won’t make your list of “Top 100 MCs“, but it is what it is and Ice-T has served as a very important factor in Hip Hop History. Who can forget the whole Body Count ordeal? What was I thinking? I mean, blasting the L.A.P.D. is all good, but doing it with a heavy metal group? C’mon Ice, we never fell for that sh*t! If for nothing else, Ice has had a damn good taste in women. Although, his new wife is made of soo much plastic that I’d be petrified to pump gas next to her for fear of spontaneous combustion. All I know is that Ice-T must’ve had some damn good lighting for the cover shoot for this album, I can’t ever remember dude being that swole. Oh, and I almost forgot….For all those fans of the infamous Darlene cover from “Power” check out THIS tee. Seriously though, check this album out for a nice little trip back to 1991. As a matter of fact, I think that this album was released around this exact same time of the year in 91′…who knows, maybe it’ll be good for a few summertime plays for you. Enjoy!!…-Eric

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Baysic June 30, 2007 at 10:14 pm

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Anonymous July 1, 2007 at 4:01 am

The Del album I wish my brother George was here was a great album and I used to rock it all the time. The videos werent too bad either. “Butt so big when she walks it claps” Who was George? is it the great George Clinton? that was my guess since most of the beats were influenced by the funk.

The current state of hip-hop/rap is in shambles. Recently all I can/have been listening to is Reef the Lost Cauze, Jedi Mind Tricks & Army of the Pharaohs. I tried giving Ill Poetic and for some reason I aint feeling it.

Great blog, how do you register?


Swiftus July 1, 2007 at 1:59 pm

Del = one of the most underrated MC’s ever…

Anonymous July 3, 2007 at 3:09 am

great choice in music sick oldschool 90s style. one of the best mp2 blogs i ever seen. DEl! yes your a hieroglyphics crew fan … can i make a request you might have these albums …
hieroglyphics – revolution 12”
any oldschool hieroglyphics records or cds rarities also

RAS KASS – soul on ice cd

Anonymous July 4, 2007 at 5:24 pm

mr.hood is unavailable

Anonymous July 17, 2007 at 6:24 pm

The KMD album is one of the most original. The Evidence album that was the blogger hyped blew so hard. so god damn sloooooow.

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