July 29, 2014

Reader Review: Das EFX - Dead Serious (April 7, 1992)

(After a discussion on Twitter, in which I revealed that I don't give that much of a shit about Das EFX (nothing personal against the guys: I just picked the side that Reggie Noble ended up with and kind of ran with that), Shoe-In took it upon himself to at least try to convert others who hadn't yet made up their minds about the duo. Continuing with his Hit Squad theme, here's the write-up for Das EFX's debut, Dead Serious. Leave some thoughts for Shoe-In below.)

July 25, 2014

Pete Rock - NY's Finest (February 26, 2008)

Have you ever created something (a story, a painting, a blog post, whatever) that you originally didn't let everybody see because you weren't thrilled with the end result, and then several years later, you happened across it and decided to purge in order to clear out some space?  That's what today's post is: a purging.  I wrote this shit about a year ago, and while I'm still not thrilled with the post itself, I figured it's time to accept it and keep it moving.

July 22, 2014

Reader Review: Lil Ugly Mane - Mista Thug Isolation (February 11, 2012)

(Today's Reader Review is for something I'm pretty sure most of you two aren't familiar with. Andrew, who last treated us to a Lil Boosie review, is back with the next chapter in his “rappers with the word 'lil' in their names” series, as he gives his thoughts on Lil Ugly Mane's Mista Thug Isolation. Leave your thoughts for Andrew below.)

July 18, 2014

The Alchemist - 1st Infantry (June 29, 2004)

After multiple mixtapes and false starts, Alan "The Alchemist" Maman finally managed to release his debut album, the long-promised 1st Infantry, ten years and a few weeks ago, thanks to the help of the Koch graveyard system, which had been floating hip hop albums onto store shelves with little to no publicity since God knows when.  To celebrate, Alan decided to take a shit near a fabricated street curb in front of a green screen, which, honestly, isn't much worse than what most other artists put on their album covers.

July 15, 2014

A Reader's Gut Reaction: Diggy - Unexpected Arrival (March 20, 2012)

(Today's Reader Review comes from Justa, who decided to tackle Unexpected Arrival, the debut album from Rev. Run's son, Diggy. Which I probably should have ran during that unofficial “teen rapper” week, but whatever. Leave your thoughts for Justa below.)

July 11, 2014

EPMD - Out Of Business (July 20, 1999)

1999 was a funny year for Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith. They had already seen their duo, EPMD, both break up (for reasons I've already documented elsewhere and am too tired to retread) and reunite, all to the tune of dollar signs and cash register chimes, as their fans rushed to snatch up any release from the seminal team (but not necessarily any of their solo offerings, at least when it came to PMD). That reunion project, Back In Business, went especially far in rebooting EPMD for a new era within our chosen genre, one where multitudes of funk samples were overridden with New York street talk and gloomy beats, and both Erick and Parrish acquitted themselves quite nicely. It helped that neither man had ever left hip hop during their group's hiatus, obviously.

So the only thing that remained was to retire.

July 8, 2014

Reader Review: K-Solo - Tell The World My Name (May 31, 1990)

(Today's Reader Review comes from Shoe-In, who took issue with the lack of Hit Squad representation on the blog (Redman, Keith Murray, Jamal, and EPMD themselves not counting, obviously), and decided to actually do something about it, bringing you a review of lost member K-Solo's debut album, Tell The World My Name. Leave your thoughts for Shoe-In below.)