domingo, diciembre 24, 2006

Mad Flava - From Tha Ground Unda (1994)

In hip-hop parlance, "flow" is a term that refers to a rapper's delivery or rhyming technique -- what a musician calls "chops," a hip-hopper calls a "flow." On From the Ground Unda, Mad Flava emphasizes flow, flow and more flow. While other rap CDs might concern themselves with telling some type of story or pulling the listener in with hooks or beats, the main purpose of this CD is showing off Mad Flava's flows. To be sure, the members of Mad Flava (an obscure group from Dallas) have a strong technique, but unfortunately, hearing them do nothing but show it off wears thin after awhile. At first, the group's rhyming skills are admirable, but the approach seems limited after being inundated with nothing but technique for over an hour. When Mad Flava does nothing but boast on song after song, you find yourself wishing they would bring some much needed variety to their lyrics. From the Ground Unda fell through the cracks, and when the 1990s were coming to an end, Flava had yet to come out with a second album

jueves, diciembre 21, 2006

D-Loc - Split Personality (1990)

D-Loc's "Split Personality" is a well rounded balance of West Coast house party music and 80's New York style Hip-Hop. This album was an independent Bay Area release in early 1990 but the songs were recorded in 89'. This was before the Northern California rap scene found it's own style and sound through hardcore music. There is no cursing with the exception of Bit** being said once on "Ace In The Hole". Songs like "Be A Friend To The End" and the last track "We Can Do This" contain positive social commentary over backpack rap beats that would make Mos Def and Talib Kweli smile. The only problem is that the liner notes credit D-Loc's partner in rhyme Richie Rich for writing all of his lyrics, a Hip-Hop no-no in any generation. That destroys D-Loc's credibility on track 6 "WorldWide MC" but he still has the voice and charisma to carry the whole album. Other than that, this is excellent music for its' time. The production sounds like something that was released on a major label in the 80's. I could imagine this record being important back in the day when the Bay Area ghettos needed their own Hip-Hop voice.

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  • lunes, diciembre 11, 2006

    Brotha Lynch Hung - 24 Deep (1993)

    This album can only be described with two words, PURE SICCNESS! No other rap album can hold the lyrical intensity and prowess or funkified beats this album has to offer. Every single track on this bumps and flows from start to finish. Brotha Lynch has outdone himself and pretty much everybody else when he made this. No other rapper can potray such a gangsta-azz image like Lynch does or spit it as hard, AND he does alot of his sh** while under the about true to the game, killa. Brotha Lynch is the epitomy of west coast gangsta rap, bar none!
    I've been into brotha lynch fo a while and this is by far his best cd, along with season of da sickness becuz that takes it to a whole new level. 24 deep was made in 1993, no rapper in 1993 could even touch this ... even now. wit songs like lose a hoe gain a hoe, they are bomb songs. lynch has the best beats around, along wit mr. doc and x-raided, and all his west coast homies, these instant classics, cant wait for another lynch CD so it can be off the hook.

  • sábado, diciembre 09, 2006

    Hyenas In The Desert (1997)

    Hyenas in the Desert are a rather obscure group associated with Chuck D's slam jamz label. However, this album is more similar to Mobb Deep or Jedi Mind Tricks's earlier albums. its dark, huanting, and nicely menacing. The emcees are all very capable, and overall this is an enjoyable, if not highly innovative album.