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Mista Lawnge formerly from the duo known as Black Sheep has finally released the instrumental tracks that he produced for their albums “A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing” and “Non Fiction”, nearly 20 years ago. No one has ever had access to these tracks, not even the record label, until now. This album “Silence of the Lambs” has quickly been considered a collectors item and rightfully so, as each of the instrumentals reel you in. Even cuts like “Butt In The Meantime” and “We Boys” take on a whole ‘notha meaning without the playful lyricism of Dres (not that it’s necessarily a bad thing).
Black Sheep was the result of a collaborative effort between Mista Lawnge and Dres. In the early 80′s and 90′s, the structure of a rap group was the artist/duo/group and then the DJ. There was no Dres without Mr. Lawnge, and vice versa, as the duo built an audience and fan base from the combined efforts of Mista Lawnge’s production ear and Dres’ lyrical talents. The duo also co-wrote and produced tracks for their well known albums, the classic “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” and “Non-Fiction”. Their biggest hit “The Choice is Yours” can still be heard today almost 20 years later, in the 2010 Kia Motors Commercial, “A New Way To Roll”. Even the hamsters in this commercial portray the duo.
However, since 2006, the duo has gone on to release completely separate projects. Mista Lawnge (now Mr. Long) produced and wrote “The Class of 89″ and now “Silence of the Lambs”. Dres has released “8WM” and “Black Pool of Genius”. However, after almost 20 years, the duo has decided to reunite to plan a tour in order to give their fans the original Black Sheep music that they still enjoy today.
Black Sheep’s first album was comprised of some of the best sample based Hip Hop production of the 90’s behind clever rhyme displays and comedy relief unlike any other group at that time. In retrospect, when you consider the production of Black Sheep and the amount of samples they used to create the great music on the first two albums, you know it would be virtually impossible to release music like this on a major label today. So I’m excited about this release to finally see after 20 years Black Sheep beats on wax! Mista Lawnge presents some of the lost beats from Black Sheep’s first two albums on “Silence The Lambs, Vol. 1″. Hopefully volume 2 will feature more incredible beats from the classic first album compared to this one.