O.G. Style: Catch ‘Em Slipping (Rap-A-Lot, 1991, I Know How To Play ‘Em
Just because you were on Rap-A-Lot didn’t mean you couldn’t be flipping jazz samples back in ’91. (This whole album is absolutely worth copping).
365 Days of Soul, #94
NhTBoyz: 6 In the Mornin’ (NhT Boyz Music, 2010, Power Triangle)
First off: unexpectedly good video, esp. with all that ambient shit at the beginning.
Second: those first set of verses, where he’s playing on S.F. puns, are just golden.
“Grabbed my .40 and my 9 like I’m from Frisco
East Oakland, represent!
365 Days of Soul, #93
The Mudkids: Another Journey (Surf, 2000, 12″)
Always loved how this one sounded; that guitar (steel?) loop is so distinctive and the track’s got this great energy to it. I ran into one of the group’s main members in a record store in Indiana circa 2002; I think I had forgotten they were even from Indy until that moment.
365 Days of Soul, #92
Large Professor: Listen (Blast Off) (Geffen, 1996, 12″)
Junket’s Robbie Ettelson has part of the story behind what the hell happened to Large Pro’s solo LP but all I know is that folks were hype in ’96 at the idea that LP was about to drop The LP. As far as teaser 12″s go, this 3-song single was both enough to whet our appetite and then, as it turns out, hold us over for a while until we realized “uh oh, something went wrong.”
Love the “Blind Alley” flip on “Listen,” by the way.
365 Days of Soul, #91
Kendrick Lamar: Rigamortis (TDE, 2011, Section 80)
No doubt, I’m loving To Pimp A Butterfly (just wrote a new piece about its L.A. connections) but especially with all the hyper-jazziness of parts of that new LP, I keep coming back to my intro to K. Dot. “Rigamortis” still feels like a cotdman revelation every time I hear it.
365 Days of Soul, #90