January 29, 2009
01 - Strategy (3:33)
02 - Betty Boop (2:39)
03 - Nod Your Head to This (3:25)
04 - Show 'Em What U Got (4:16)
05 - U Know I Love U Baby (4:46)
06 - Two Minutes of Funk (2:11)
07 - Swing Fever (3:43)
08 - Funky Breakdown (3:57)
09 - Rumors (4:01)
10 - The Hustler (3:44)
11 - Go Cocoa (3:24)
I don't know how obscure this album is, but I dig it and thanks to thomas v from the infamous Philaflava, T.R.O.Y. forums I can give you a link, this is one of those albums that isn't really classic but it is dope, it's just good simple Hip Hop, basic loops,dope breakbeats and rhymes that just worked well throughout (just tell me that you won't be humming the bassline from "U Know I Love Ya Baby" and want to go straight to Ed OG & Da Bulldogs's "Bug-A-Boo" 1991) or the dope loop of Tony Avalon & The Belairs' "Sexy Coffee Pot" making up "Nod Your Head To This" (you will probably want to go straight to Eric B & Rakim's "Run For Cover" (1990) or Cypress Hill's "Real Estate" (1991).
Kings of Swing were down with Audio 2 (Milk & Giz produced 2 tracks on the album, "Show Em What U Got" and "Funky Breakdown") and the First Priority Music Family and contained the female DJ/MC/Producer Cocoa Channelle after just being a duo in the late 1980's, when they released the great "Stop Jockin James" 12" in 1988.
Stop Jockin James (1988)
Microphone Junkies (1988)
They only released the one album, Strategy in 1990, but also released a 12" in 1993 "This Is The Way We Rock The House b/w "Blunted"(does anyone have that?) after that, your guess is as good as mine, oh and ignore the tags on the download ha ha...Harry James, Benny Goodman?, great swing artists... sure, but they are not on this album.
Lastly, Super Duper Crazy Props go out to Werk for the ill Cold Rock Da Spot piece
January 7, 2009
Happy New Year party people in the place to be, I hope you are all well...now let's kick off 2009 right...>>>
I was first exposed to the great New Rochelle, New York collective back in 1990, through their dope single One For All and later the great album One For All, I enjoyed the vocal styles of Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and Sadat X a lot (can't forget DJ Alamo), they each had dope and distinctive voices and I followed them their music through out their lengthy career, to be honest I had heard some of the Masters Of Ceremony in the 80's but I didn't know that Grand Puba was in the group till the 90's and I recommend the Dynamite album.
First forming in 1989, after the Masters Of Ceremony went their separate ways, Brand Nubians were signed to Eletkra records by Dante Ross (SD50's) and they released thier first single Brand Nubian b/w Feels So Good, the singles from the One For All album, One For All, Wake Up and the Edie Brickell sampling Slow Down all fared well on the Billboard charts and are still fondly remembered to this day.
Brand Nubian delivered heavy message filled (often with 5 Percent Nations references and notions) Hip Hop that spoke on injustices in the World over fat production you could easily dance to or just nod your head like crazy, I guess that being a white man, a lot of what Brand Nubian were talking about had nothing to do with me, but they made great music all through out the 90's and it was very hard to ignore them.
In 1992 there was friction within the Brand Nubian camp and Grand Puba left the group and took DJ Alamo with him, during 1992 both Brand Nubian and Grand Puba worked on albums, Puba on his first solo album Reel To Reel had a hit with 360 Degrees (What Goes Around), Puba was the first to release an album, and Reel To Reel was a nice little album, nothing classic, but a lot of head nodding beats and amusing rhymes from the Grand Pu.
Brand Nubian enlisted DJ Sincere and in 1993 released the often hardcore, dark and dope In God We Trust album, Lord Jamar and Sadat X proved that they didn't need Grand Puba, the first single Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down was aimed at The Future Sound (I'm not sure why) and some have said Grand Puba as well, there was controversy over one of Sadat's lines being homophobic and this led to editing in the track on later versions released, on the 12" inch Diamond D featured and did an ill remix of the track, one of the best remixes in Hip Hop in my opinion.
In 1994 Brand Nubian released the Everything Is Everything album, which was an interesting mix of dark, smooth and moody tracks,Buckwild produced a dope remix for the Word Is Bond single and Saalam Remi did a dope remix for Hold On the album didn't fare to well sales wise and led to the group splitting up in 1995, that same year Grand Puba released his second solo album 2000, which was in my view a lot better than Reel To Reel and had some really dope production and clever rhymes from the Grand Pu (Sadat X appeared on the track Play It Cool squashing the beef they had), Pu had another hit with I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are) which included a dope SD50's remix
In 1996 Sadat X released his first solo album, Wild Cowboys,it was met with mixed reviews, some people loved it, others not so much, me?, I thought it was a solid and dope album, with a lot of great beats and rhymes (Sean Black was ill) and I defintely would recommend it, in 1997 the whole group reformed and had a track on the Soul In The Hole movie soundtrack and then later a new album in 1998, Foundation which featured production from DJ Premier, Lord Finesse,Buckwild and Diamond D, it was a good album, but not as great as it could have been.
-Grand Puba released his quickly forgotten third solo album in 2001, Understand This, Pete Rock remixed the track Issues in 2002
-Grand Puba released the Real Talk 12" produced by Lord Finesse in 2006
-Sadat-X continues to release albums and recently spent a stint in prison, his last album was Generation X (2008)
-Lord Jamar has released one solo album The 5% Album in 2006.
-The last album the group released was 2004's, Fire In The Hole, which suffered from to many commercial tracks and was in a word, boring.
-An album of unreleased material surfaced in 2007, Times Runnin Out, tracks on this album were recorded between 1997 and 1998
Here is a compilation I have put together to celebrate Brand Nubian and Grand Puba's Remixes, I hope you enjoy it..
crds presents the brand nubian/grand puba-remixes
1. brand nubian - concerto in x minor (remix)
2. brand nubian - all for one (radio mix)
3. brand nubian - allah u akbar (remix)
4. brand nubian - love me or leave me alone (remix)
5. brand nubian - steal ya ho (remix)
6. brand nubian - all for one (tramp remix)
7. brand nubian - slow down (pete rock remix)
8. band nubian - hold on (remix)
9. brand nubian - wake up (sd50's remix)
10. brand nubian - word is bond (remix)
11. grand puba - a little of this (stud doogie remix)
12. grand puba - i like it (buckwild remix feat. sadat x)
13. grand puba - check it out (remix)
14. grand puba - thats how we move it (remix)
15. grand puba - ya know how it goes (t-ray remix)
16. grand puba - check it out (stimulated dummies remix)
Bonus: brand nubian ft diamond d-punks jump up to get beatdown (remix) (sorry I forget to put these on the comp, they were on the original list I had)
Bonus: grand puba-360 (what goes around comes around) (sd50 remix)