This album contains a variety of songs recorded in the late 80’s. After recording “It’s a demo” in one night Marley Marl was so impressed that he instantly embraced Kool G Rap and DJ Polo as Juice Crew members. Kool G Rap’s delivery, flow and wordplay are incredible. Released in 1989 on Cold Chillin’ Records “Road To The Riches” became a Hip Hop classic.
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.
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.