Sunday, May 13, 2007

Listen closely, so your attention's undivided.

1990! Check out this list of releases:
A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
Brand Nubian - One For All
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Wanted: Dead or Alive
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
Digital Underground - Sex Packets
Eric B. & Rakim - Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em (The Source gave it 5 mics!)
Boogie Down Productions - Edutainment
Grand Daddy I.U. - Smooth Assassin
EPMD - Business as Usual
Poor Righteous Teachers - Holy Intellect
X-Clan - To The East, Blackwards
D-Nice - Call Me D-Nice
And Heavy D makes the poor judgment of hiring a young college student/dancer named Sean Combs as an intern. (Mr. Combs later revealed the fact that he had sold his soul and was on a mission to try and ruin the very thing we all loved so much.)

Which leaves us with the unsung hero of the mighty, mighty Juice crew, (Everyone knew Kane, G. Rap and Biz were classic, even way back then) Master (Masta) Ace. This dude killed The Symphonies. He killed Crooklyn Dodgers. SlaughtaHouse was a much needed mirror on the state of hip hop at that time. Also, and most importantly, he graduated from URI (all my 401 heads reprazent.) Ace’s “Take A Look Around” was one of those records that just kept hitting you track after track. Another Marley masterpiece in production. I just think it was one of those records that gets overlooked a lot and I think, lyrically, he was at the top of his class back then. Enjoy.

01. Music Man
02. I Got Ta
03. Letter To The Better (Remix)
04. Me And The Biz
05. The Other Side Of Town
06. Ace Iz Wild
07. Four Minus Three
08. Can't Stop The Bumrush
09. Movin' On
10. Brooklyn Battles
11. Maybe Next Time
12. Postin' High
13. As I Reminisce
14. Take A Look Around
15. Together

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