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Four Underrated Albums From the '90's

by BC on October 3, 2009

Big Mike – Somethin’ Serious (Rap-A-Lot) – 1994 http://www.zshare.net/download/66408263bc581aa6/

I was a big Geto Boys fan back in the days. Big Mike joined them for Till Death Do Us Part, which was a big album for my friends and I in high school. On the strength of Death, I copped Big Mike’s solo LP and almost wore a hole in the disc.

Before the Geto Boys, I believe he was in The Convicts with 3-2. When I dug out the CD, I found out Havin’ Thangs is produced by the late Pimp C. I can’t claim to be a big UGK fan, but it was cool to see that credit. Back in the early to mid-90’s, I bought my fair share of Southern rap, before it had the sound/stigma that it has now.

One weird thing about this album is the last track. It seems to just stop, so I thought I had a bad copy, but the same thing happened on a friend’s, so either that’s how they ended the album, or there was a bad batch or something. Send your complaints to Rap-A-Lot.

The standouts are 1, 4, 5, 10 and 12.

1. Comin’ From the Swamp
2. World of Mind
3. Ghetto Love
4. Creepin’ – Rollin’
5. Smoke Em & Choke Em
6. Havin’ Thangs
7. On Da Real
8. Playa Playa
9. Southern Thang
10. Somethin’ Serious
11. Get Over That
12. Fire
13. Daddy’s Gone (w/ Scarface)
14. On Da 1

Da Lench Mob –Planet of Da Apes (Priority) – 1994
http://www.zshare.net/download/66407246064783d0/

I think this was one of those LP’s that I got because there really wasn’t anything that I wanted at the time, but of course, I wanted to spend some money on music. I remember being pleasantly surprised by this album at the time. It’s an odd concept that you would buy an album not expecting anything from it (I suspect that’s why a lot of people didn’t check this and the album didn’t sell like the first). Which is how I felt about the new Buckshot/KRS-One album, which turned out real good, as Travis mentioned in a previous post somewhere.

I can’t say this is a solid album all the way through, but I feel like a lot of people overlooked this when it came out. J-Dee went to jail after the first Da Lench Mob effort and they added a new emcee named Maulkie, who was superior to J-Dee anyway. The first song is all his, Chocolate City, I guess to introduce him to the 24 remaining fans of the group. I think it’s worth checking out.

In my opinion, the top tracks are #’s 2, 4, 8 and 11. Cube produced Mellow Madness and appears on the track as well. As the title states, it’s pretty mellow, but enjoyable.

1. Scared lil’ Nigga (Insert)
2. Chocolate City
3. Cut Throats
4. King of the Jungle
5. Who Is It? (Insert)
6. Planet Of Da Apes
7. Goin’ Bananas
8. Mellow Madness
9. Environmental Terrorists
10. Set the Shit Straight
11. Trapped
12. Final Call

Rottin Razkals – Rottin Ta Da Core (Illtown) – 1995
http://www.yousendit.com/download/ZW9CZFhqQ0NmVFpjR0E9PQ
They had a little shine, thanks to their affiliation with Naughty By Nature and some play on Yo! MTV Raps. Oh Yeah was the first single and was featured on Yo! and it’s a great track to this day. I don’t know a lot about them except one dude was Treach’s brother and they never put out another album.

Looking at the cover, I think the dude on the left looks like Treach, but I think that’s Fam and Diesel is the dude in the middle and the guy on the left, who looks just like Kay-Gee, is Chap, who must have been the DJ. Don’t quote me on that though. The liners basically credit all the music to Naughty By Nature, so if you like Naughty back in the day, you might like this.

Anyway, I liked this album back and the day and listening to it now, there are still some solid tracks on there. The best songs are 2, 3, 6 and 9.

1. Intro
2. Batter Up
3. Oh Yeah
4. Frustration
5. A-Yo
6. Hey Alright
7. Lik A Shot
8. One Time For Your Mind
9. Get Up, Stand Up
10. Life of a Bastard (w/ Treach)
11. Homiez Niggaz
12. Come On Y’all

The B.U.M.S (Brothas Unda Madness) – Lyfe ‘N’ Tyme (Priority) – 1995
http://www.sendspace.com/file/xd6vjb

I can’t find a lot about these guys at all. As far as I know, this is the only release from the group (Evocalist and D. Wyze?). They were from Cali, but came out during the funk obsessed/gangsta rap of the mid-90’s. That is why I checked this album out. I don’t remember hearing anything off this LP before I bought it, but they were on that Street Fighter soundtrack. Exec Producers: Sway and Tech.

To me, there was a lot of unoriginality coming from the West around this time, so I found them and The Pharcyde refreshing, and a few others. A lot of good music came from LA back then, but I was annoyed that almost everyone used the same formula, like the South right now. It was rare to see someone not using funk samples.

Anyway, that being said, I don’t think this album is great, per se, just overlooked and unknown. Overall, it’s good, and features 3 phenomenal songs, so basically, I thought they had a lot of potential, then they basically disappeared. Those songs are 14, 16 and 19.

1. Brothas Unda Madness
2. Non-Stoppin’ the Groove
3. I Don’t Know
4. Wreck your Ears (Can Do)
5. Cup of Joes
6. Take a Look Around
7. 6 Figures and Up
8. Flex Uv a Finga
9. Diggin’ in the Crate
10. Let the Music Take Your Mind
11. Suck My…
12. Elevation (Free My Mind)
13. Food For Thought
14. West Coast Smack
15. Harry Joenick
16. Lyfe ‘N’ Tyme
17. For My Brothas
18. Wake Up
19. Can You Do Without?
20. Who Gives You the Right

One thing I’ve (re)learned is the art
of purposely misspelled words. It’s still prevalent (not as much though), but nothing like the 90’s. Or, da 90’s.

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{ 9 comments }

taeOne October 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm

that bums album was mah shit. thanks for the reminder

Anonymous October 5, 2009 at 7:44 am

ur roteen raskalz link is wrong

BC October 5, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Yeah, I really wish they got to put some more stuff out. They had mad potential.

Anonymous October 6, 2009 at 10:13 am

one of my favorite album of the 90´s. big mike was the shit. playa playa was…and still is my shit:)

peace

jrrider October 6, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Having Thangs was the shit from Something serious. Damn I miss these kinds of posts from WYDU. Nice effort, but no way Maulkie is superior to JD. That could be the funniest shit I ever heard. Shit any track off Guerillas in the mist blows this whole album away. No Cube, No JD and average production, it is blah at best. A very disapointing follow up to a classic album.

Travis October 6, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Yeah JR, we gotta do more like this, but sometimes I feel like I've covered every ablum that I know…I guess that's what happens when you've been doing this for four years. Good to see you, but the Cowboys still suck.

I forgot Maulkie was part of the LM the second time around. He had that album on Ruthless in the early 90's as well.

jrrider October 6, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Yeah I know you probably have covered every album Trav but I will always appreciate the effort and conversation.

I think Maulkie is from the group Yomar and Maulkie who put a terrible album in the early 90's (I think I still have the tape from a clearance bin somewhere).lmfao Nobody is superior to JD. Doing 35 years in Pelican's bay for some lame car wash beef he had to handle. That's a tough act to follow.

Keep up the good work Trav. I still check in trying to keep up with this new underground shit you keep pumping, but nothing gets me going like talking about the golden era.

PS: we aren't even going to talk about my boys until wackass Wade Phillips is fired. Until then we will still be a laughing stock.

Be easy

BC October 7, 2009 at 2:05 am

The first Lench Mob LP was definitely better, but I never thought J-Dee was that great. Not like Maulkie was the hot shit, but I did like that 2nd LP.

jrrider October 7, 2009 at 5:20 am

Much respect for your post BC. JD is a typical west coast storyteller. He didn't wow you, but he put it down every time. Ain't got no class comes to mind right away. Regardless keep shining light on the Golden Era as the BUMS and Big mike are bangers. Keep up the good work.

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