Wednesday, November 29, 2006


...for the lack of posts recently. This has been due to my continuing health problems.
I have an appointment with my neurosurgeon on Friday, who hopefully should be able to decide what happens next.

Please be patient - I will start posting again soon; hopefully this weekend but maybe not until the middle of next week.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Skinny Boys - Skinny... They Can't Get Enough

Write up to follow - just too damn busy at the mo!
Love this album... get it while you can

Skinny Boys - Skinny... They Can't Get Enough

Friday, November 17, 2006

Jungle Brothers - Done By The Forces of Nature

"Those who are deluded by the illusive power of Nature become attached to the work done by the forces of Nature" - Krishna

Released on Warner Bros in '89, "Done By The Forces of Nature" was the Jungle Brothers follow up to their inspirational, original, ground-breaking album "Straight Out The Jungle". Often labelled as "alternative", the JBs championed their afrocentric backgrounds & used religious influences in their lyrics in a way that few other hip hop artists had done before.

The most successful (commercially speaking) single from the album was "What U Waitin' 4?". Equally impressive are "U Make Me Sweat", "Black Woman" (feat. Caron Wheeler of Soul II Soul fame) & their collaboration with members of the Native Tongues Posse on "Doin Our Own Dang".

Jungle Brothers - Done By The Forces of Nature -

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Blog Check Update

Just a quick post to say I've updated the list of links in the sidebar to include 3 other blogs that have impressed me recently.

Firstly, there's Moshitup! ( -
They've currently got links to the hugely under-rated K Sol album "Tell The World My Name".

Secondly, there's Rap Dungeon ( -
A great site that's been around for a while. Look out for the VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2006 post - it's got artist tributes to Mc Lyte, Rakim, Ice Cube, Eazy E & Afrika Bambatta amongst others

Thirdly, check out Will For All ( -
currently got links to MC Shan's "Born To Be Wild" album

And finally, I know I've bigged up Bust The Facts several times on this blog before but I must do it again. Without doubt, from the sheer volume of links they produce, it's got to be my favourite blog at the moment & they've recently upped Original Concept - "Straight From The Basement Of Kooley High!" If you've never heard this album before, make sure you get it & listen to it. A true classic, in my opinion.

Stetsasonic - In Full Gear

Stetsasonic claimed to be the 1st hip hop "band"; using live instruments in the studio & on tour. This album (their second of three) demonstrates this fact quite well & was probably the first record to successfully introduce jazz to the rap scene, with probably the single that they were most famous for - "Talkin All That Jazz".

Released in '88 on the Tommy Boy label, this album comprises of 17 tracks; of which, very few can be considered "fillers". Highlights of the album for me are the title track, as well as "Pen & Paper", "DBC Let The Music Play" & "Freedom Or Death".

The fact that this album was re-released in 2001 (with 3 bonus tracks) speaks volumes about this album. It still sounds fresh today!

Stetsasonic - In Full Gear (Part 1)

Stetsasonic - In Full Gear (Part 2)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Def Jam - The No.1 Label of the Golden Era?

In my opinion they were THE label in the mid-late 80's, with a stable of top drawer artists consistently bringing out top quality records. Today's post is a link I discovered on the internet today (on some strange Hungarian music forum, of all places). It's the box set they brought out as a 10 year celebratory compilation. There are some real classics on here from the like of LL, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, 3rd Bass & Eric Sermon. Full track listing is in the comments below.

Def Jam 10th Year Anniversary - Disc 1

Def Jam 10th Year Anniversary - Disc 2

Def Jam 10th Year Anniversary - Disc 3

Def Jam 10th Year Anniversary - Disc 4

More Info - Official Def Jam sites

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Ten Top Old School Videos

Ok, ok... I know anyone can search on YouTube for videos & there seem to be more & more old school hip hop vids on there these days... but I thought I'd just give you a selection of 10 of my favourite old school tunes. The videos themselves aren't fantastic but it's a little insight, I guess, into some of the stuff I loved when I was a teenager. Thanks to all the original posters.

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message

Whodini - Freaks

Eric B & Rakim - Microphone Fiend

Stetsasonic - Talkin All That Jazz

EPMD - Strictly Business

Gangstarr - Positivity

Geto Boys - Do It Like A G.O.

NWA - Straight Outta Compton

Kool Moe Dee - Wild Wild West

Cool Chip & Chuck Chillout - Rhythm Is The Master


Thursday, November 02, 2006

A few random links...

Since I've been gone a while, I wanted to put a couple of posts up today.
This one's just a selection of random links from non-predominantly hip hop blogs.
Thanks to all the relevant blogs for sharing. Respect due....

Treacherous Three - The New Rap Language & Spoonie Gee - Love Rap

NWA - Straight Outta Compton

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - Greatest Hits

And this is something VERY special. Big props to corneliussaid for this one....

Various Artists - Unreleased Demos (from 86-89)

It features demos from the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Chill Rob G & The Jungle Brothers amongst others

Artist Profile: Kool G Rap & DJ Polo

Some say James Brown was the godfather of soul, George Clinton was the godfather of funk... and some say Kool G Rap was the godfather of gangster rap.

Raised in Queens NY, Kool G Rap (Nathaniel Wilson)got his first break through being a friend of Eric B's brother. Via gentle persuasion from Eric B himself, G Rap was then introduced to DJ Polo in '86. Polo, being a schoolfriend of Marley Marl, took G Rap over to Marl's house one night & the three of them started work on a record - which turned out to be their first single - "It's A Demo". G Rap & Polo were now fully fledged members of the Juice Crew & had signed to Marl's Cold Chillin label.

It was clear from this 1st song that Kool G Rap (Kool Genius of Rap), despite having an audible lisp, was a very talented rapper. As his write-up on Wiki states, "He trademarked the ability to rhyme the same syllables in the same combinations, though with different words, for a whole verse (16 bars long)". And through this style, he can be clearly seen as influencing other rappers such as Rakim, Kane, Big Pun, Nas & MF Grimm (the last two he practically introduced to the hip hop world).

Throughout his career, his experiences of life growing up in Queens & his fascination with mafioso/the gangster scene are all very apparent. There are often references to Al Capone, Sam Giancana (ex Mafia boss) & ganster films such as Scarface & The Untouchables. He loved to rap about his ambition of bettering himself - shown no more evidently in the title track of his first album "Road To The Riches", released on Cold Chillin in '89. This song, even though he was only 21 yrs old at the time, is probably one of the best autobiographical hip hop records of all time; the lyrics written with passion & power & a real insight into his struggle for a better life.

In my opinion, the "Road To The Riches" album was G Rap & Polo's finest work - featuring underground classics like "It's A Demo", "Men At Work", "Posion" and the Gary Numan sampling "Cars". The album features many of the (at that time) staple samples such as "Funky Drummer" by James Brown & "Apache" by The Incredible Bongo Band but also used more unusual samples such as "Stiletto" by Billy Joel & "Overnight Sensation" by Avalanche to give it a feel of real depth & character.

G Rap & Polo went on to make two further albums together - "Wanted Dead or Alive" & "Live & Let Die" before parting company & going their separate ways. There seems to be little info around about the split & G Rap always seems to be cagey about giving too much away. In one interview in 2003, he says "I haven't spoken to Polo in a long time. Me and Polo don't talk and all that. I haven't seen him for years. We're cool. There ain't any animosity or anything".

Polo's career after the split is less visible. I understand he remained in the production side of things for a while & he released "Freak of the Week" in '96, which was quite successful in the Miami Bass scene. As for G Rap, he re-emerged as a solo artist in '95 with the album "4,5,6" - which he says is one of the albums he's most proud of. Maybe this was because of it's success. It was his biggest selling album, even reaching no.24 in the US Billboard Top 200 album chart. This was followed by the less commercially succesful "Roots of Evil" album in '98 & then the long awaited "The Giancana Story" in 2002. The latter being a disappointment to both G Rap and his fans. Originally planned to be released on the Rawkus label, it was subsequently released by Koch after Rawkus went under & some of the material that G Rap planned to include on this record was taken off of it in the "infinte wisdom" of Koch's marketing dept.

Since then, Polo has released "Click of Respect" with the 5 Family Click - a team made up of his wife (Ma Baker) and various relatives. Though he himeslf is proud of this album, to me it pales in comparison to his earlier work. And it's his earlier work that most will remember him by. As Saigon once said "We all have to pay homage to Kool G Rap. G Rap is like Dr. J of Rap, Jordan got all the accolades but he learned a lot from Dr. J."

A few links for y'all....

Kool G Rap MySpace page -

Kool G Rap official site -

Kool G Rap interview on BallerStatus -

"Road To The Riches" video (thanks to AngryMidget) -

"Road To The Riches" Lyrics -

"Road To The Riches" album -

"Wanted Dead Or Alive" album (thanks to Da Underground Kingz blogspot) -