With guest spots from Craig G. It was leaked in however, quickly becoming an underground classic. On When Disaster Strikes he continues in that vein and that of The Coming : delivering an album full of club bangers with his typical manic rhymes and energy.
This is the album that catapulted Bus-a-bus to the top of the hill, No Scheme For Cream - Spooky Squad - Squad Radio (Cassette. Prince Po and especially Pharoahe Monch are excellent emcees who throughout the whole album deliver lyrically tight and dense verses that will leave your ears burning.
This album would have been virtually flawless if they would have released it as a 12 or 14 song record, without all the skits to distract us. After label- and legal troubles kept him from releasing music for years, his solo debut in was highly anticipated by all those who consider Rakim one of the best, if not THE best emcee of all time.
After four back-to-back genre-defining classics with former partner Eric B, it would always be next to impossible to continue that same level of quality.
Problem with The 18th Letter is its inconsistency. DJ Premier gives Rakim some of his best beats and Rakim kills it on those Album). All in all, not a bad album at all — but it is a Rakim album it could and should have been so much better…. Problem is that overall it is a bit too inconsistent most notably because of a failed experiment with a metal crossover track and especially because of Album) ill-conceived track with Puff Daddy and feels too disjointed to be rated higher.
Quik, tell me, who do you expect? A forgotten but dope album, that deserves to be mentioned when West Coast gems are talked about. Critically acclaimed, but sadly overlooked. Yet another quality Beatnuts album. The Beatnuts just have to be one of the most underrated crews around. On their debut Atmosphere still was a trio, consisting of Slug and Ant, and an emcee named Spawn. Its release was only on the Hieroglyphics website and as a cassette in Japan.
It was rereleased in America as a CD in It was still able to achieve decent success, selling overcopies worldwide. A must-have for Hieroglyphics completists at least. In the group came back with God Soundnot quite as strong as its predecessor but still more than a worthwhile listen.
Strictly East Coast, full of wisdom, social commentary, and spiritual nourishment. Musically sparse but very tasteful. A solid effort. They came back with the experimental J. Beez Wit The Remedy in which was not quite up to par with their earlier efforts.
Raw Deluxe is somewhat of a return to form, although still no way near the superb level of their first two classics. Raw Deluxe is a must-have for any Native Tongue fan. Tha Alkaholiks third album does exactly what the previous two did: giving us uncomplicated, unpretentious, good old fun Hip Hop.
C boom bap. This album is so slept on! Excellent Cali MCs Lateef the Truthspeaker and Lyrics Born deliver an album that may be a little bit too experimental, obscure and abstract for most but deserves more attention nonetheless.
Lyrics Born produced most of the album, with some cuts done by the supreme DJ Shadow. The off-the-wall production, combined with outstanding lyricism makes for an album that deserves a place in any alternative Hip Hop fans collection. These guys refreshingly stay away from gangsta cliches and represent real Hip Hop culture.
Great album. Also noteworthy because of two guest appearances by Percee P — one of the greatest emcees ever, who sadly never made it big. A must have for Southern rap fans and fans of the Memphis duo.
Renowned for his production work Album) Common and others, Album) I. It is a solid enough album though, especially shining on the production side of things. Underrated and slept-on. Flush is an emcee with style and charm, and he has a nice flow and delivery. His subject matter is nothing special — mostly the Queens street lifestyle — but he does it well.
A long but consistent album that is more than worth checking out. Check out their full upcoming lineup at Madhouse PDX! Part alien. Part human. Hatiras arrived back in and has been subconsciously penetrating the worlds ears, hearts and dan ce-floors with his pulsating, intergalactic house rhythms. His initial foray into the electronic music scene was as a promoter in the mid 90s. His Liquid Adrenaline parties shaped the oncoming rave revolution in North America. With average attendances of 5, per show and a peak at 10, Hatiras made a huge mark in the scene before he developed into the artist he is known as today.
As a music producer, his first UK top ten and worldwide hit Spaced Invader put him on the map back in Things skyrocketed from there with radio stations around the world supporting Hatiras and artists like Erick Morillo, The Chemical Brothers, Danny Tenaglia, Boy George, Darren Emerson and the rest of the cream of the crop peppering their performances with music by Hatiras.
The album and videos are currently exploding on Youtube, Album). While some artists quickly fade in and out of the scene, Hatiras has continued to produce quality music while relentlessly touring the globe. Stay tuned for more exciting content by the man who has undeniably proven to be one of the true innovators, mainstays and leaders in dance music.
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