Very rare. Hamilton, NJ.
Dougie Dee released the full-length Do Ya Wanna Ride?, with support from EPMD’s Erick Sermon, in 1993. The album was supported by two singles: “Do Ya Wanna Ride?” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.” ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
Blade carved himself a career out of sheer will power. Despite cementing a fierce reputation on the UK hip-hop scene in the mid-80s, the Armenian-born rapper’s attempts to court a major deal came to nought. Resourceful as ever, he went it alone. Yet running his own ship was fraught with danger one pirate attack from a nearby European stronghold leaving the rarely flush Blade in serious career-threatening arrears after he ploughed every last penny into 1992’s debut LP Survival Of The Hardest Workin’. While many would have raised the white flag, Blade concocted an ingenious solution asking his loyal fans to stump up in advance for his next album. Blade repaid the willing faithful in droves. An intense 16-day studio stint yielding the 26-track magnum opus THE LION GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH (NO COMPROMISE) hip-hop’s first double album.
Its considerable fluency and power was all the more remarkable considering the shift in Blade’s personal circumstances: his father had just passed during a visit from Iran, while his girlfriend was pregnant with his first child. And while its skits were more living therapy than light relief, there’s no mistaking the potency of solid diatribes like Hold Your Own, Fuck The System and Start The Revolution the titles emblematic of their author’s triumph over bitter odds.
The Brotherhood were a pioneering UK hip-hop group with a solid following across the UK from the early 1990s. Releases with seminal UK Hip Hop label Bite It! Recordings were followed by a later move to Virgin. The 1996 album Elementalz has been described as one of the best UK hip hop albums ever made and “a staggering achievement in British music”. The band finally split in 1998 and have since been credited as one of the most influential bands on the 90s UK hip-hop scene.
Great Compilation from UK.
Thansk to Ernesto!
Hey everyone! Consider this a one-day-late-Christmas greeting from me. What we see here is ‘Christmas at Luke’s house’ compilation. Not the easiest thing to find, to be honest. It was released by Luke Records. Yes, the same Luke, who is the founder member of legendary 2 Live Crew but don’t expect x-rated lyrics and Miami style bass. This one here contains easy listening Hip-hop style RnB/Swing/Soul Christmas songs that should help guiding you through these holidays! Enjoy!
Thanks to Ernesto!
The Speak of the Devil LP was mostly recorded in 1993 by the Trenton, NJ collective, “The Mighty Buddha Heads.” The album was led by Shawn Lov, then a young teen, recording under the MC name “Caspa.” Also featured as core group members were Neff Starr (Then B-Fine,) and Scrappy Boob (dancer and hype man.) Shawn produces and performs on the majority of the LP along with additional contributions from Fatha Ramzee (Suicide Posse, Royal Family,) Sole Survivors, JaQuest (who later became Masada of Intelligent Muzik,) and DJ Reggie Reg (Producer of the Courageous Chief Warpath EP.)