Organized Konfusion – Organized Konfusion (1991)

Organized Konfusion is an alternative Hip Hop duo from New York. Starting their careers as “Simply II Positive MCs, they were convinced by Russell Simmons from Def Jam that the name was whack and changed it to “Organized Konfusion”. They released their self-titled album in 1991 – a debut with great use of samples and an overall very positive vibe to it. Recommended greatly, one of the most underappreciated Hip Hop records of the 90’s.

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DJ Quik – Quik Is The Name (1991)

DJ Quik was signed by Profile Recods after they heard his mixtape “The Red Tape”. Even this album was supposed to be sold in the hood! It was recorded in only 17 days and sold over 1 million copies in the US. The production was mainly handled by DJ Quik himself and his smooth rapping accompanied by the funky beats is just a timeless classic.

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Digital Underground – This Is An E.P. Release (1991)

Digital Underground - This Is An EP Release

Digital Underground’s second release contains two remixes of their debut album, three new songs and a skit. “Tie the Knot” and “Same Song” were featured in the film “Nothing But Trouble”. If you like Digital Underground this E.P. is a no brainer. To everyone else: If you like funk and you’re okay with not getting pure Hip Hop you’ll enjoy it. Oh, I almost forgot: 2Pac makes his first appearence to the Hip Hop world on the track “Same Song”.

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Public Enemy – Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black (1991)

Public Enemy - Apocalypse 91

This is their forth album and my favourite one. Why? It is highly consistent and features some dope tracks like “Can’t truss it” or “Shut’em down”. They continue to be very political even though they already lost one member due to antisemitic remarks. Racism towards the black community is the main topic. In combinance with the hard beats those political messages need to be played out loud. So turn up the volume!

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Main Source – Breaking Atoms (1991)

Main Source - Breaking Atoms

One of the most influential East Coast albums of the early 90’s. The production stands out with its original use of jazz and soul samples. Released on Wild Pitch Records the album was out of print for many years but is now available again so get it if you ain’t got it! As a side note: Nas made his first appearance on the track “Live at the barbeque”.

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3rd Bass – Derelicts of Dialect (1991)

3rd Bass - Derelicts of Dialect

Two white rappers & a black DJ? That gotta be whack, right? Hell no! As their successful debut “The Cactus Album” their second real release is a long album with some skits that draw direct influences to De la Soul’s debut “3 Feet High & Rising”. Overall it’s very consistent and still sounds fresh today. Not only the rapping is great but most of all the production is outstanding and ahead of its time.

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