Archive for December, 2004

Ras Kass Free At Last

Ras Kass

Billboard #1
from Ras Kass Presents: The Re-Up (2003, Empire Musicwerks)

Where My Bitches At
from White Label 12″

Come Widdit (with Ahmad and Saafir)
from Street Fighter Original Soundtrack (1994, Priority)

One of my favorite west coast MC’s. Ras Kass was just released on December 21st, 2004 after serving for 2 years in a California Correctional Facility. Word has it he’s written over 100 songs. I hope that in some of those he takes it back to his Soul On Ice and Rasassination styles. Like many a west coast MC, Ras Kass mixes thought-provoking lyrics with street-styled aesthetics and crazy metaphors leaving listeners wondering what the fuck he is referring to. We give you 3 samples of Ras Kass. Cant wait for this cat to return in 2005 and rip the mic like he did 10 years ago.

Post holiday greetings

Def Jef

Do It Baby
Droppin’ Rhymes On Drums
from Just A Poet With Soul (1989, Delicious Vinyl)

Hope everyone had a good holiday. Here’s my special stocking stuffer: more slept on hiphop from early golden era a la Def Jef. His uptempo flow reminds me of a mix of Grandmaster Melle Mel and Rakim. His first album is sprinkled with production from the Dust Brothers. “Do it baby” is a pretty chilled out beat as Jef flexes his skills, he trades verses on the mic to himself throughout the track, sounding like he sampled himself at some parts. But his rhymes really set off with the crazy hype LP opener, “Droppin rhymes on drums” . I was pretty surprised to hear pretty known bboy samples in the album and I remembered uptempo funk was really the template for a lot of late 80s hiphop, as MC’s had a more higher tempo aesthetic in general. Enjoy!

When Eminem was dope

OldWorlDisorder feat. Eminem
from ThreeSixFive 12″ (1998, Beyond Real Recordings)

Bad Meets Evil
Scary Movies (Future Type Joint Remix)
from White Label 12″ (1999)

Murder Murder
from The Slim Shady EP (1998, Web Entertainment)

“Eminem does have (or at least, used to have) some BOMB ASS undeniably radical flow. In fact, sometime soon, I’m going to buy his first album and listen to it again…. that was when his shit was, like, actually FUN TO LISTEN TO!! For Christ’s sake, Marshall, does every song have to be some societal message and shit?

Come on dude.

You have a song named “My Fault” that says “I never meant to give you my shrooms, girl.”

He started believing he was this super-hated Marylin Manson of Hip Hop.

“I am whatever you say I am, Egotism is exactly why I play this jam.”

So to everyone who was big on Eminem before he got on all the teeny-bopper magazines, Heres 3 tracks to take you back to the struggling detroit MC living out of his Monte Carlo.

Happy Holidays.

Alakazam, Here I Am

Funky Aztecs
Salsa Con Soulfood (feat. 2pac and Money B) Download
from Chicano Blues (Backseat Records, 1992)

Alakazam, Here I Am…
the opening lyrics to today’s Broke BBoys selection. Salsa Con Soulfood from Funky Aztecs features some incredible rhymes from a Pre-Thug Life 2pac and Money B. Catch them dropping science about the government, media, and unity amongst black/brown folk as well as hiphop in general. Funky Aztecs are better known for their dark graphic tales about life in the barrio. On this release, they’re album was on a more socio/concious tip. Somewhere between 1992 and 2004, people forgot that putting a positive message in your music was commonplace in HipHop. We’ve come full circle with cats like Nas, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Public Enemy and Eminem voicing opposition against the bullshit. Chicano Blues is a really slept on album, not only for fans of Chicano Rap, but for anyone in to HipHop. Alot of HipHop acts could take cue from what the Aztecs were saying back then, and apply it to now.

Stop N Listen Kids…

JVC Force: Stop N Listen
from Force Field (Warlock, 1990)

What’s up Internet? Let me welcome you to the opening of our wonderful blog, The Broke B-boys. We named it because we’re just that, broke b-boys who stop-n-listened, got hooked on some bboy shit, spent our lunch money, and rocked malnourished power moves.

We’re going to set it off with JVC Force’s Stop-n-Listen. I picked it because it shows that hiphop can come outta nowhere, slappin you when you thought you knew. The Long Island JVC Force kept it simple yet funky with their two albums, Doin Damage and Force Field. for those of you who want to know more about JVC, feel free to hit up AJROK, one of the MC’s over at the board. In the meantime, keep a look out in the future for anything and everything broke bboys spent their money on.

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