I haven’t done one of these lately. I’ve been more about ranting and raving about things than the actual music. Of course there is a reason for that. Actually several, but thats beside the point. Everyone is a little jittery about the big evil feds coming to crack down on all the slime and scum known as file sharers, bloggers, and just plain deviants. Yeah, well, I guess there might be a reason for the gun shy bloggers, but….eh I wouldn’t worry about it. But then again, you are talking to a man that attracts bad luck like a its going out of style so then again, you all might want to run for the hills.
With that said, lets jump right into some re-ups……..Let the spreading of the sin begin!
Gumbo – Dropping Soulful H2O On The Fiber (Chrysalis, 1993)
|1||No Need To Run Anymore|
|3||A Free Soul|
|6||I Know You’re A Virgin|
|7||Droppin’ Soulful H20 On The Fibre|
|13||Big Bowl Of Life|
This album is one of those that was part of the whole Arrested Development/Digable Planets, Daisy Age kind of things that was going on during this period. They were from the hip hop hotbed of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which as some of you might now was the original home of Arrested Development. The two groups were actually loosely tied together as affiliates of sorts known as the “Life Family”.
Gumbo used live instruments and used a heavy does of Afro-Cuban rhythms on their only album released. At the time, I admittedly was not a big fan of this release. In my older and (somewhat) wiser age I’ve learned to appreciate their music, although its still not in my realms of great music. Check them out if you haven’t heard of them before. They are certainly what positive music is all about.
|1. Swing of Things|
|2. Highway to Heaven|
|3. Now That You Know My Name|
|4. Them Boys Are Getting There|
|5. You Wanna Trip|
|6. Speak Softly|
|7. Rapping Is Fundamental|
|8. Ain’t No Smoke (Without Fire)|
|9. Whenever You Need an Mc/I’ll Be Around|
|10. Figurin’ to Get Ill|
|11. I Wonder If She Thinks of Me|
This is one of those fads that THANK GOD didn’t take off. Hip Hop on the smoothed out tip with a Doo Wop feel appeal to it. Easy Moe Bee’s group which you would think might be a kind of interesting thing and well, it IS kind of interesting. Interesting doesn’t always mean good though. Don’t get me wrong, I like Doo Wop and of course I like Hip Hop, but I also like hot dogs and ice cream, but I’m not about to mix them together.
You could probably write a thesis on the similarities between hip hop and doo wop and their orgins. R.I.F. even uses some samples from artists like The Videos and The Coasters (yes, I’m saying this just to make myself look like I know what I’m talking about) so obviously the Doo Wop influence can be heard through out the album.
Rumpletilskinz – What Is A Rumpletilskinz (RCA, 1993)
|1. What Is a Rumpletilskin?|
|4. Mad M.F.’s|
|6. Sweet Therapy|
| 9. Mushroo
|10. Is It Alright?|
|13. Hi Volume|
Finally another album I can get with. This group was a prime example of what you can accomplish if you know the right people or carry their weed long enough. You can get put on. Not saying this group didn’t have talent, because they certainly did and this album exemplifies that notion. Consisting of three MC’s and one DJ/producer, they were straight out of Long Island and tight with Busta Rhymes and his Leaders of the New School group. Fans of those LONS albums might remember these dudes as they showed up on “Spontaneous” and “Sound of the Zeekers”.
They were the proto-typical early 90′s hip hop crew, consisting of rugged/dirty beats and posse shouted choruses that were so previlant during the era. The thing is though, they did it better than most groups. They contained a hi-octane presence on the mic and reportedly on the stage as well. To me, if you were to have a time capsule and wanted representation of gritty NY hip hop back in ’93, this group would be in that. Check out “Attitudes” and “Hi Volume”, two of my personal favorites from the album. Hmm, I wonder why they have never made an appearance on WYDU classics? You might see them soon.
The Next School – Settin’ An Example (Chrysalis, 1990)
|1||Funk University (4:20)|
|2||Kick The Base (4:18)|
|3||Profits Of Unity (4:00)|
|4||Settin’ An Example (4:20)|
|5||Girls, Girls, Girls (5:16)|
|6||Take Me Home (5:07)|
|7||Good To Go (4:20)|
|8||Go Next School (4:00)|
|9||Isn’t It Funny (5:32)|
|10||Young Adults (4:18)|
|11||Versatylin’ Stylin’ (4:26)|
|12||Next School Shuffle (4:33)|
|13||United Nation (5:03)|
This album is one of those albums that isn’t really as bad as you might think. Ali Dee of “Who’s Da Flava” fame was the lead MC. I’m not a big fan of his solo album, but this group effort wasn’t all that bad. Now by saying they were “The Next School” they wanted to be on some next shit and I guess they were to some extent, but no more so than some of the excellent groups coming out during this time period as well