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.
The Nonce is a Hip Hop duo from Los Angeles. “World Ultimate” is their debut album and it’s a shame they never got much credit for this great release. The whole record is of high quality and consistent from start to finish. The jazzy production and their smooth flow reminds one of groups such as A Tribe Called Quest. Get this and you’re always good to go.
Dred Scott is an American Hip Hopper who was early on influenced by Jazz music but chose to be a rapper thanks to Run D.M.C. Nonetheless Jazz Music is an essiantial element in his music, combined with the Boom Bap Beats and his dope delivery it was something new compared to the rather smooth sounding Jazz Rap released up to 1994. An underrated and underappreciated record, don’t skip on this one!
The Artifacts are a Hip Hop Duo from Newark, New Jersey. Between A Rock And A Hard Place was released in 1994 and is regarded as a classic today. The album is consistent from start to finish and features Boom Bap that wants you to bob your head all day! Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
A lot of people might know MC Solaar from Guru’s Jazzmatazz Vol. 1. But there is a lot more to him than just that. He was the first french MC to get popular. The fusion of jazz & funk samples combined with his smooth flow was just irresistible. A year after the release of his second album “Prose Combat”, he received an award for Best Male Singer of the Year at the 10th edition of the French “Victoires de la Musique” awards.
The Jungle Brothers belong to the native tongues just like De La Soul or A Tribe Qualled Quest. The music sounds alike – It’s a fusion of Jazz & Hip Hop with influences of other genres such as Soul or House. The album was produced by the JB’s & the legendary Kool DJ Red Alert. With Afrocentric lyrics and innovative beats this record became a classic but is not quite as good as De La Souls debut “3 Feet High…” released in the same year.
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.
Right from the cover and the title of the album you might get what you’re about to listen to. Pure West Coast Gangsta Rap at its best! MC Eight’s rap style differs from most rappers, it’s quite slowish but fits perfectly to the typical west coast sound being used. This is a must have for hardcore hip hop heads. Chyeah!
Hailing from Oakland, CA, Souls of Mischief released a classic with their debut “93 til Infinity”. They are not your typical west coast rap group. Characteristic is the heavy use of internal rhymes which makes their style unique but at the same time just doesn’t sound as smooth as most rappers. Nonetheless the whole record is dope – 93 til Infinity!
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”.