Archive for January, 2006

Parental Advisory

Parental Advisory

Maniac (Album Version)
Maniac (King Mix)
Maniac (Colin Vibe Mix)
from Ghetto Street Funk (1993, MCA Records)

Between sippin’ on Theraflu, Water and watching “Beef III”, I’ve been diggin’ in the crates for some shit I havent seen in a minute. What we got here is some homies representing outta the SWAT (Southwest Atlanta) by the name of Parental Advisory, otherwise known as P.A.

These guys have some major history behind them… Before ATL got taken over by the southernplayalistic, hard-hitting crunk style (which isnt a bad thing in my books), P.A.’s Melloo Capone, K.P. and Big Reese were doing some hardcore hiphop shit. They put out this single, “Maniac”, off their first album release entitled “Ghetto Street Funk”… They basically laid down the law as far as lyrics are concerned. A good mixture of dark grimey street tales and a lil’ braggadocio which dont hurt. You got 3 mixes of the same track, All which stand out separately, All produced by Organized Noize. Organized Noise eh? Looks like Parental Advisory happen to be 1st Generation Dungeon Family (OutKast, Goodie Mob, Witchdoctor, Cool Breeze amongst others) so the history goes back. Their first album was the only one which delved into the hiphop we like. Organized Noise and a few others did the production. One cat that struck me in particular was DJ Toomp. He alone has a crazy history, having worked with Raheem The Dream and DJ’ed for MC Shy D… You can thank him and Shy D for that cult-classic “Shake It”… If that wasnt enough, He went to work with Luke and The 2 Live crew before heading back to ATL where he discovered Lil’ Jon and The Eastside Boyz in the early 90’s… What more can ya say about that…

Later in their career, Parental Advisory swapped the hardcore style for a more Outkast-styled approach and dropped 2 albums as P.A., “Straight No Chase” and “My Life, Your Entertainment” which were real successful in the south markets. They soon disbanded and worked on other projects, getting production credits for TLC, Pink, Mystikal, Usher, Outkast and an endless list of others… K.P. went to become an A&R at some label… Maybe someone who knows can shine some light their current status. Enjoy the cuts and please, feel free to post your comments and feedback. Peace.


Insane Poetry

“How you gonna reason with a Psycho, Like Audio1?!!”
Insane Poetry

How Ya Gonna Reason With A Psycho?!!
If Rhymes Could Kill
from How Ya Gonna Reason With A Psycho?!! 12″ (1992, Nastymix/Ichiban)

I’ve been battlin’ a bad case of the Avian Flu (It sure feels like it…) and got around to diggin’ in the crates for some old hardcore hiphop. What I pulled out was some crazy madness from the likes of Insane Poetry, An LA-Based group who in 1992 dropped a real fuckin crazy album entitled “Grim Reality”.

“How ya gonna reason with a psycho?!!” is one of them tracks that leaves you scratching your head wondering, What the fuck did I just listen to… It’s a brilliantly hype track with some ultra demented messages. Its guys like Psycho who paved the way for MC’s like Cage and Necro, just spittin’ some horrorcore shit to their hearts content. Youll like the track, trust me… It’s funny as fuck and will leave you baffled at the same time. “If Rhymes Could Kill” takes the “Funky Worm” from The Ohio Players and takes it to the next level with Dark rhymes and metaphors like…

“If rhymes could kill
they’d have this nigga strapped in a strait jacket
cause my lyrics chop like a chrome-plated hatchet”

On this single, you find our old school homie DJ Joe Cooley and MC Psycho handlin’ the production duties. This group was seriously ahead of their time. Fans of Insane Poetry have them up there with Brother Lynch, Esham, Doomsday Productions and Tim Dog in the hardcore category. All Music Guide put their album as “among hip-hop’s underground cult classics of the early 1990s”… Imagine if you put Psycho and Tim Dog in the same room? Psycho defines their sound with his quote, “Shit, if I didn’t rap I’d probably be a serial killa / you’re lucky that I rap, but you don’t hear me, nigga.”


IV Life – Volume 1

King Tee

Where’s T? (feat. Dr. Dre)
Speak On It
Skweez Ya Ballz (feat. Baby S)
from Thy Kingdom Come (2002, Greedy Green Entertainment)

Bonus Cut
Freestyle Ghetto (feat. MC Breeze, Tha Alkaholiks and Xzibit)
from IV Life (1994, MCA)

King Tee never really achieved commercial success throughout his career, despite the large amounts of respect he earned from his peers.. He’s mentioned as “influential” and “historically important” but never in his own right, whether it be along side DJ Pooh or E-Swift.. or the loose affiliation he had with Tha Liks, up to being Dr Dre’s right hand man. I may be wrong but I think he is also the founding father of the Likwit Crew, for those of you who DON’T KNOW includes people like Lootpack, Defari, Tha Liks.. not to mention the extended fam entourage….

He was featured on Dr Dre Presents Aftermath, although his input was marginal and his solo release Thy Kingdom Come wasn’t received too well.. I have no idea why! Here’s 3 tracks from the aforementioned King Tee solo, which was intended to re-launch the career of Tee. Either way, he never really cut it on his albums despite being involved in some legendary sessions, one of which I’ve included as a little bonus; “Freestyle Ghetto” gave Xzibit one of his primary opportunities to get on the mic, with Tha Liks alongside him.

I’ll let the tracks do the talking from here.. Enjoy

– Matt B

All Balls Bounce in Magnificent City


Mic Check
Headaches and Woes
Feet Upon The Table
Headaches and Woes (Remix)
from Mic Check 12″ (1995, Capitol)

Fire Download
from Magnificent City (2005, Decon)
Release date Feb. 2005

Lets take a lil trip back in time… I can remember coming home from school one day, turning on BET’s Rap City and seeig Aceyalone for the first time on video… Actually, He was on The Nonce’s “Bus Stops” video on the hooks, but this time, He was in full rhyme mode. Mic Check, which is considered one of the best syllable/lyrical flipping tracks of all time. More uptempo beat provided by Vic Hop with Aceyalone bouncing around the track with some ill lyrics.

“Headaches and Woes” is another incredible track from the B-Side of the “Mic Check” single… Acey on the MIC, Onaji Murray on Vibraphones and Punish handling the beats with a crazy off-beat track. It’s not off-beat but seems offset by a bar, yet Acey manages to keep it all in line. I also include the “Headaches and Woes (Remix)”. This time you got the trio of Chillin Villin, Empire and Aceyalone reconstructing the beat, giving it that Run DMC-ish 80’s backbone… The lyrics are the same as the original with a couple of words and phrases changed around a bit. He took a more laid back approach on this version compared to the original where he was just blastin’ off like a G.

One of the doper posse cuts from Aceyalone’s catalog is also part of this 12-Inch. “Feet Upon The Table”, features lyrics from Vic Hop, Riddler, Aceyalone, LA Khule, Fish, Mark The Murderer (Chill) and Abstract Rude with the beats handled by Butcha’ Bro Homicide (DJ Homicide??)… This one baffled me years ago since I thought it was just Acey switching his styles every 8 bars, but indeed its his Freestyle Fellowship peers who join him on a nice rhyme attack over a knockin beat and dope skratch hooks.

10 years later and Mr. Aceyalone is still killin’ em on the mic. This week, I got sent the promo single to Aceyalone’s upcoming album, “Magnificent City”, which will be available on Feb. 7th 2005 on Decon. The single is entitled “Fire” and is produced by beat wizard RJD2. You have a more relaxed, laid back Aceyalone on a party vibe. Good lyrics, good beat and Acey still killin’ it. Def some good music to look forward to heading into 2006.


Cool C on deathrow.

Rapper Cool C’s Execution Warrant Signed by PA Governor Ed Rendell
By Seandra Sims
Date: 1/11/2006 4:15 pm

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell signed the execution warrant yesterday for former Philadelphia rapper Christopher “Cool C” Roney.

Roney, 36, is currently an inmate at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution at Greene and is set to die by lethal injection on March 9.

In October 1996, Roney was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Philadelphia police officer and nine-year veteran Lauretha Vaird during a botched January 1996 bank robbery that included rap partner Warren “Steady B” McGlone and a third man.

Vaird was Philadelphia’s first female officer ever killed in the line of duty.

While McGlone was convicted as an accomplice and getaway driver, later receiving life in prison, prosecutors asserted that Roney was the triggerman and sentenced him to death.

The sentence was affirmed by the state’s Supreme Court a year ago, and a subsequent plea to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied in October 2005.

Roney was a member of rap crew The Hilltop Hustlers in the late 1980s and helped put Philly rappers on the map with singles such as
“Juice Crew Dis” (which was later used by Philadephia rappers Beanie Sigel & Peedi Crack on ‘When You Hear’), as well as 1989’s hit single, “Glamorous Life.”

As a rapper, Roney released two albums, 1989’s I Gotta Habit and 1990’s Life in the Ghetto.

In 1993, he joined Steady B and Ultimate Eaze to form the group C.E.B. and released the album Countin’ Endless Bank in 1993 on Ruffhouse Records.

Why’s he YZ?


The Return Remix
It’s Got to Stop
from The Ghetto’s Been Good to Me (1993, Livin’ Large)

Enter YZ. New Jersey native continued to drop some knowledge on this solid sophomore effort LP. Not so much info for YZ other than he had beef with Big Daddy Kane declarin he dropped the song “Thinking of a Master Plan” first. I’m still in search of his first Sons of the Father LP. He also released a self-titled
EP in 1990 with production with Tony D.

These songs I tried to get an array of styles he rips on the LP. Overall, YZ had some nice witty flow on “The Return”, with Trackmasterz on production. His song “Newborn” is one of the few songs I hear an MC hyped to make families for social justice “Youth is my weapon so I don’t need a knife”, and the mandatory “It’s Got to Stop”, an ode to the sucka mc’s. Peace.