This list is not fitting into the timetable I had hoped for – with some luck though, I should make up some ground at the weekend, but until then you’ll just have to bear with me as I struggle through the week in fits and starts. All this checking of older stuff though has made me realise that in the last few months there’s been NOTHING worthwhile to listen to, commercial or underground – I know the big guns are keeping their powder dry (nullus) for the beginning of the autumn, but for real, its been a generally quality-free summer…
Anyway, here’s some more to tick off on your lists…
23) Geto Boys – Geto Boys
I guess this and “Grip It! On That Other Level” are pretty much interchangable, but I’ll go with this one because ‘City Of Siege’ is on here. I remember a review in HHC of either the ’89 or ’90 New Music Seminar which went to great lengths to appeal to muhfuckas not to EVER touch Geto Boys product based on their live show. Remember this was slap bang in the middle of the ‘Fight The Power’ era, went heads were running-manning all around the place in Fruit Of Islam bowties, so a midget with a chainsaw screaming about Chucky and how “size ain’t shit” evoked moral condemnation from the HHC scribes. Luckily most of us ignored their pleas, and were rewarded with a hardcore album comparable in places to NWA, but whereas the Compton crew seemed to ‘Hollywood’ their shit up at times for that extra-sales notoriety, our 5th Ward homeboys really did seem that they were down to beat that ass (zing) in a heartbeat. ‘Do It Like A G.O.’ is still one of my favorite singles ever in the history of phonecalls-starting-a-song intros.
24) Geto Boys – We Can’t Be Stopped
When it comes to this album, Bushwick’s one headlight on the front cover often helps distract people from the fact that this isn’t a particularly strong joint all the way through – I wouldn’t miss the title track, ‘Homie Don’t Play That’, and ‘I’m Not A Gentleman’ for starters – but the on-point tracks still push this into the ‘must have’ category. Of course everyone knows about ‘Mind Playing Tricks On Me’ by now, but ‘Another Nigger In The Morgue’, I decree, is THE track that builds a platform for Scarface to launch his solo career – because think about his first solo LP and how it was all Tony Montana samples and shottys to the body… the more introverted, depressive stuff largely came AFTER “Mr Scarface Is Back”, but it was THAT album that allowed him the freedom to explore his inner demons on subsequent albums. Anyway. The second half of “We Can’t Be Stopped” is a hit from the opening of ‘Gotta Let Your Nuts Hang’ to the end of the Grammy-dissing ‘Trophy’, and is the main reason this album makes the list.
25) Scarface – Mr Scarface Is Back
You know this had to make it too, being as it sounds like it was recorded right in the middle of the sessions for the above two albums. Similarly sounding, with a little more emphasis at times on the mental reasons for blowing holes in policemen as opposed to simply mindlessly wiping them out, this album is the final one where samples from the Scarface flick held any level of cool. Face it fuckers, Brad did the shit to death on this joint, so you running around calling everybody ‘cock-a-roaches’ years later ain’t cutting it no more. Oh and Brad and co almost did for James Brown samples too… but we’ll give them a pass on that score. Oh and ‘Money And The Power’ is some eerie shit when you chop and screw it. Ipso Facto Cunto.
26) Heavy D & The Boyz – Peaceful Journey
This is an album that many turned their backs on following the pop success of debut single ‘Now That We Found Love’. Guess what though, suckas – ya missed out. This album, recorded following the tragic death of Trouble T-Roy, contains some genuinely emotional music at times, where Heavy D speaks pours out his feelings over some soulful Teddy Riley beats. At other points on the album though, Pete Rock is smashing craniums with his production efforts on this joint… ‘Don’t Curse’ is of course the hype joint that everyone recognises, but ‘Let It Rain’ and ‘Cuz He’s Always Around’ come hard with the horns and funk, and ‘Do Me Do Me’ despite teh ghey title is straight up jeep music. Its the perfect mix of mellow swingbeat stuff for the ladies, and harder-edged stuff for the Cross-Colors-rocking street heads of 1991. Ya half-yellow-half-lime-pant-rockin’, Sprite-can looking, retarded ass muhfuckas.
27) Poison Clan – 2 Low Life Muthas
I really have no idea what happened after this album. Debonaire and JT Money laid a classic, and then fell the fuck off the face of the earth. JT Money returned with a rejigged PC line up (no Dave Chappelle) but the chemistry wasn’t there, and a couple of mediocre albums later he was throwing money at Sole in the club and going for dolo. Luckily though we can still pull this out (oo-er) from time to time to be reminded of how things were in happier days, when Deb was leaving bitches’ ‘pictures on a milk box for talking shit’ and JT was dissing jeri curl wearers worldwide. Mr Mixx pulled some fucking bass heat out for this shit with 808 goodness and manic scratching supporting the Baby 2 Live Crew as they did their foul-mouthed thing with a lot more panache than Fresh Kid Ice and Marquis ever had.
Edit: I know I said I’d tack some more on here as this section was so short, but on second thoughts I figured it’d better to just skip to part 4.