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 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.
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.
The Hip Hop Supergroup that pioneered Horrorcore. Horrorcore? Yeah, they’re talking about tough topics such as suicide, death, killing or psychopathy. The album was titled Niggamortis at first but was changed to 6 Feet Deep for a better reaction on the American market. Overseas, the album kept its original title and included a bonus track called Pass The Shovel. Ah btw – it was produced by Prince Paul…
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.
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!
“Paid In Full” was selected to be the best album of all time by MTV. That’s how good it is! The record had to be finished in less than a week to complete it within budget. Rakim’s rapping pioneered the use of internal rhymes in Hip Hop. Unlike previous rappers as Run DMC who used to express their lyrics with high energy, Rakim changed the game with his rather relaxed and stoic delivery. Not to forget: The heavy sampling by Eric B. became influential in hip hop production.
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!
“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.