Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. – New Funky Nation (1990)

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - New Funky Nation

The Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. consists of six brothers from Samoa. After their youngest brother got shot they decided to stop with their gangster life and toured in Japan in the late 80’s and got popular there. Eventually, they would return to California where A&R Chris Blackwell of Island Records got interested in them. This album is the result, very funky – and they played the instruments themselves.

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Above The Law – Livin’ Like Hustlers (1990)

Above The Law - Livin' Like Hustlers

The debut by Above The Law was a milestone for Westcoast Gangsta Rap. Nobody else but the almighty Dr. Dre was responsible for production. Introducing the so called “G-Funk” the album was a real zinger. It is very funky indeed and highly consistent as well. Untouchable? Well, judge for yourself…

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X Clan – To the East, Blackwards (1990)

X-Clan - To The East Blackwards

“Vanglorious – This is protected by the red, the black and the green with a key. Sissy!” You gonna hear that in every song. Professor X drops some wise words here and there. Brother J follows with afrocentristic lyrics. What makes this album so good is his voice and the way he’s rapping in combination with funky samples. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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Poor Righteous Teachers – Holy Intellect (1990)

Poor Righteous Teachers - Holy Intellect

This album is a true classic. Released in 1990, it features some dope conscious rap. The leading MC Wise Intelligent has a great flow thanks to his jamaican roots. Characteristic is the rolling R and melodic rhyming in general which is unique. The whole record is very consistent. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s addicted to early 90’s Hip Hop. Ah by the way – it ain’t out of print anymore…

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Brand Nubian – One for all (1990)

Brand Nubian - One For All

Brand Nubians debut album is a very funky one. The MC’s Grand Puba & Sadat X have a great flow and a very characteristic voice. They outshine the other rapper Lord Jamar but that doesn’t make the album any worse. It’s very consistent – however every track is unique. A few ones stand out like “Slow down” or “Dedication”. If you like early 90’s Hip Hop you can’t go wrong with this record.

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