In 1993, out of nowhere, a Hardcore Hip Hop group released “Bacdafucup” and won the Soul Train Award even acing out Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic”! The group was founded in a small barber shop in Queens where Fredro Starr and Stinky Fingaz were working at the time. After they presented a demo to Jam Master Jay at Def Jam they were promised an album – and what an album it is! Their rap style was unique back then – shouting & screaming to put it in a nutshell. Atak of da Bal-Hedz!
In 1989, a new white Hip Hop group was signed to Def Jam after the Beastie Boys left the label. At thirst they called themselves “3 The Hard Way” but during the course of recording the album they changed their name. A very fresh debut for 1989. Don’t miss out on this one.
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!
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.