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by Travis on May 28, 2009

Going back to WYDU’s origins, and my true love, we bring back a couple oldies but goodies from the ATL group, Success-N-Effect. For some reason, despite having rather lack luster albums, I’ve always considered myself a fan of the group. The group included DJ Pure Ruff Stuf, Livin Large, Big L, and Rich X as its core members. Their first album, the rather difficult to find In The Hood, is what hooked me as a fan. Although they hailed from Atlanta, In The Hood was more of a Miami Bass sound (Miami Bass is referring more to the sound than the actual city) and kind of reminded one of the Young & The Restless album that dropped that year as well, or maybe even another ATL resident, MC Shy D. They scored a marginal hit with “Roll It Up My N—-r” and the clean version (which was shown on Yo! back in the day) “Roll It Up My Homeboy”, that got some recognition. I had the tape at one time, but I haven’t seen the tape in my collection for quite some time, nor have I seen it on vinyl or CD in, well, I can’t ever recall seeing it. It’s a nice find if you come across it, prices on ebay and discogs have it going for over a $100 plus.

Their second album, Back-N-Effect, was released by Ichiban/Wrap records. The second album, is a little harder around the edges than their first, but still maintained a fun vibe for the most part. It also was entrenched with a lot of bass sound like their previous release, just listen to some of the bottom found on “Real Deal (Holyfield)”, which was a tribute to the Atlanta boxer. There are some interesting tracks on their sophomore release. During a time that everyone was releasing a house track on their albums, Success-N-Effect followed suite by dropping “Jump 2 It (House From The South)”, which worked about as well as the others that tried it, we’ll just leave it at that. The album is a good listen, which combines a lot of topics and vibes. The track, “Blueprint”, would give a preview of what their third and final album would be like.

The third album, Drive By Of Uh Revolutionist, is a far departure from their first two albums. This time, their sound came more in the mold of a Paris album, with it’s political views, Black pride and anger and west coast sounding beats. Gone was the Miami Bass sound, gone was the humor and party vibe. The album consists mainly of the previous mentioned topics, which makes for long listen without much variety. The album does feature a fairly unknown guest appearance from Public Enemy’s Chuck D, which unsurprisingly was the album’s second single. While I won’t say that the black rage direction of the album was contrived, they did have videos that dealt with the issue of the black race. I think Success-N-Effect came a little late in going with that direction as it came at the tale end of the Afrocentrism period that was found in hip hop in the late 80′s and early 90′s.

Success-N-Effect – Back-N-Effect (Ichiban/Wrap Records, 1991)

1 Angel Dust (5:45)
2 Blueprint (4:03)
3 Robo’s Housin (3:43)
4 7′G’s I’ll Flow (3:29)
5 Slick The Slick (3:20)
6 Real Deal (Holyfeld) (3:29)
7 Nuthin’ But Suc’cess (So Use It) (3:38)
8 Mack Of The Year (3:35)
9 Jump 2 It (House From The House) (4:15)
10 So Many Faces (4:44)
11 Slow Flow (3:11)
12 Nuthin’ But Suc’cess (So Use It) (Miami Style) (3:41)
13 360° (3:26)

Success-N-Effect – Drive By of Uh Revolutionist (Ichiban/Wrap Records, 1992)

1 Intro
2 Success N Tha House
3 Cinfrontation In Mosley Park
4 Bucking On Dope Niggers
5 Bullshit Views
6 Raised From Depression
7 Brainwashed Niggers
8 Real Black Souljas
9 Gameplan
10 Ultimate Drive By
11 Police Brutality
12 Fuck1 Time
13 Wblk (We Be Black)
14 Black Radio Aint Black
15 Pimps And Players
16 Out Ta Get Rich
17 Warr
18 Forty Aces And A Mule
19 Fuck The System
20 Comin’ Up
21 Voice Of A Black Revolutionist
22 The Other Levell
23 Change The Dial
24 Final Call
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