Eazy-E ~ Eazy-Duz-It (1988)

November 3, 2013

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This is one of the most popular albums from Hip Hop’s Golden Era; although, ironically, it’s also one of the least acknowledged in terms of quality and replay value. Eazy-E (Eric Wright), the mastermind behind the “World’s Most Dangerous Group” NWA, was a Compton, California drug dealer turned record executive. By pure twist of fate, […]

De La Soul ~ De La Soul is Dead (1991)

July 14, 2013

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In 1989, when De La Soul first stepped onto rap’s main stage, the Long Island trio immediately distinguished themselves from their peers, during Hip Hop’s most competitive time period. Under the tutelage of their mentor-producer Prince Paul, MC’s Posdnous (Plug 1) and Trugoy the Dove (Plug 2), along with DJ Pasemaster Mase (Plug 3) melded […]

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Heavy D and the Boyz ~ Big Tyme (1989)

June 2, 2013

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Heavy D & the Boyz were trailblazers in the worlds of both Hip Hop and rhythm and blues, though they’re seldom credited as such. The Mount Vernon, New York quartet, comprised of emcee Heavy D, DJ Eddie F, and dancers G-Wiz and Trouble T-Roy, rocked boulevards and nightclubs from 1987 through 1994; with a flavorful […]

Biz Markie ~ Goin Off (1988)

June 2, 2013

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The Golden Era of rap, which began in 1987 and ended in the mid 1990’s, provided the artform with some of its greatest music; music created by artists who’d become iconic figures in the years to come. One can’t think of this period without giving a respectful nod to the Juice Crew, an all-star collective […]

Pete Rock and CL Smooth ~ Mecca and the Soul Brother (1992)

May 19, 2013

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This album embodies the word “classic”; an overused term in modern Hip Hop, but one that certainly applies in this case. Mecca and the Soul Brother was the first full-length set from Pete Rock & CL Smooth, a duo from Mount Vernon, New York that debuted in the summer of 1991, with a sublime 6-song […]

LL Cool J ~ Bigger and Deffer (1987)

May 5, 2013

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By the year 1986, 18-year-old James Todd Smith, a.k.a. LL Cool J, was running full throttle career-wise. The Queens phenom had dropped a classic, platinum-selling debut (1985’s Radio), helped build tiny Def Jam Records into a respected label, and became one of rap’s biggest stars. At the time, some wondered if Cool J’s success was […]