OG STYLE: ACTIVATE WHILE I CAPITVIATE

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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

NHT BOYZ: RUNNING DOWN MAC

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
Let his ass Fillmo’ like he from Frisco
Left from red for his gold like he from Frisco.”

East Oakland, represent! Oakland tree sticker

365 Days of Soul, #93

MUDKIDS: OVER YOUR HEADS LIKE CUMULUS

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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: WHO REMAINS CHECKING

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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: CHURCH

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