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.
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”.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are about to present you one of the most influential Hip Hop albums of all time: 3 Feet High And Rising. Produced by the later so famous Prince Paul it features really nice, poppy sounding samples which made the album such a high seller. Being members of the Native Tongues Posse, De La Soul were just the total opposite to groups such as N.W.A. transporting gangster themes. Instead a positive attitude toward life and peace & harmony characterized their lyrics.
An underrated gem by Digital Underground, a crossover band with origins in Oakland, CA. They heavily sampled funky songs from the 70’s. It really pays off here. Mellow voices rap and partially sing about having fun, talking about sex and partying. The whole record is highly consistent and a joy to listen to.
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…
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.
Digable Planets’ debut album Reachin’ is a very relaxing joint. Funk and jazz samples are heavily being used and the mellow voices of Butterfly, Doodlebug & Ladybug are just the perfect addition. Today this album is regarded as a classic. Maybe the only downside is that they aren’t great rappers but it really doesn’t matter here.