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“30 Albums To Get You Thru November” (an album a day) aka “Eric’s Most Overlooked LP’s” #21

by Eric on November 11, 2008

“Criminal”-Scientifik (1994, Definite)

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From “Ego Trip’s Book Of Rap Lists”: “A criminally underrated, underground effort featuring production from Diamond D, Buckwild & The RZA. Tragically, the Bostonian was killed in a car accident in 1998.”

Eric says:  “Man, count me in as a “sleeper”!! I honestly probably never  had heard of this album until late 2003-early 2004 when I downloaded “Criminal” off of SoulSeek. Even more to my surprise was learning of his inclusion in the “Bulldogs”, aka Ed. O.G.’s posse that went along for the ride on early Ed O.G. releases such as “Like Of A Kid In The Ghetto” and “Roxbury 02119″. Someone help me out here, I can’t tell if that’s Scientifik that appears alongside Ed O.G. on the cover art for “Roxbury….” or not. Anyway, supposedly released on the Definite label imprint in 1994 “Criminal” has become somewhat of a myth and has been hyped to monstrous proportions due to in large part to it’s all-star production cast. Hmmm, “Ego Trip” states that Scientifik died in a car accident in 1998, but I also recall reading somewhere recently that he shot his wife/girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself. Don’t ask me, I’m just judging by hearsay.

Sadly, this album has basically been subjected to download based on the limited distribution of the album (if there was any at all). Although, “Criminal” was actually re-released by Traffic Entertainment Group in 2006….the dude who I imagine would really be able to hip you to the saga of Scientifik would almost have to be fellow Bostonian Dart Adams @ Poisonous Paragraphs. I would consider “Criminal” to be “slept-on” no doubt…but, the album at 10 tracks deep is nowhere near “classic” status. I’d give it a solid 7/10 no more, no less. The Jeru sampled “Jungles Of Da‘ East” is hard not to like with it’s soulful yet bouncy production that would’ve no doubt rocked mixtapes up and down the East Coast border had the album received it’s proper due in 94′. The Diamond D assisted “I Got Planz” is another banger that leans to Diamond’s quality production featured on “Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop” rather than his lazy production from his follow-up “Hatred, Passions & Infedility“. All in all, I’ve enjoyed this album enough to purchase it which speaks volumes about this overlooked release from yet another emcee that left us way to soon”.

“Jungles Of Da East”

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Dart_Adams November 11, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Scientifik was people with Ed O.G. but the B.U.L.L.D.O.G.S. was a whole bunch of heads but only T-Nyne, DJ Cruz and another random guy would ever tour or be on records. Scientifik was from Lawrence (home of Krumbsnatcha, Reks, Termanology, Statik Selektah, some other members of ST Da Squad and The W.O.L.V.E.S.) and he was so nice that word of this dude reached Boston, all throughout New England and then into New York and New Jersey.

Scientifik was so nice that RZA wanted to sign him first but Ed wanted to get an imprint with Mercury (3 Top 5 hits will get you stuff like that) and sign him himself but Chemistry/PWL/Mercury Records was on some ol’ bullshit and losing their distribution. Once Ed O.G. got off the label following “Roxbury 02119″ he made an EP with Scientifik and they looked for a deal.

Scientifik made “Criminal” and hoped to get a major to put it out but he made more money selling it himself going from city to city, radio station to radio station and promoting it and getting it in each mom and pop shop (remember those?).

He recorded another album with Vinyl Reanimators (Joe Mansfield’s crew) from around that era that Travis posted up last year. The story surrounding his death is fucked up and purely conjecture…it hurt so much to even think about it and it’s been 10 years now.

R.I.P. Scientifik. Krumb, Reks, Term and Statik are blowing Lawtown up worldwide. You started it all.


Vincent November 12, 2008 at 12:05 am

Definitely overlooked and a very good album. I was bumping this last week while driving to work.


ENIG MUE November 14, 2008 at 9:21 am

(I know he’s from Lawrence)

I’m glad this made the list because it is still dooope to this day.

Espee November 14, 2008 at 4:24 am

Dope MC- but it wasn’t a car accident that killed him. Ask around.

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