Archive for September, 2011

Best Albums of 1991

The 1990s were filled with greatness, and ’91 kicked it off with a bang

1. Ice Cube – Death Certificate
Cube tackles lists of political issues, addressing everyone from the police to white supremacists.
He reserves nothing for his best album. He also puts blame on black gangs for the problems of the
county. He goes deep- something most people wouldn’t expect from
“Ice” Cube.

Highlight Tracks:
“The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit”
“Steady Mobbin'”
“A Bird in the Hand”
“I Wanna Kill Sam”
“True to the Game”
“No Vaseline” (NWA Diss)

Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill
B-Real leads the all-Hispanic west coast group with great rhymes and unforgettable beats.
DJ Muggs leads the production with beats that are truly “Insane in the Brain”. The album
has song after song of chill music that is still in your face.

Highlight Tracks:
“How I Could Just Kill a Man”
“Hand on the Pump”
“Latin Lingo”

3. Geto Boys – We Can’t Be Stopped
Hip Hop needs groups like Geto Boys that never act too serious but still have great respect. They have
fun music that you can boom whereever you go. It also has the most hilarious album covers ever.

Highlight Tracks:
“Mind Playing Tricks on Me”
“Ain’t with Being Broke”
“Rebel Rap Family”

4. Del tha Funky Homosapien – I Wish My Brother George Was Here
While his cousin Ice Cube was busy on the gangsta rap scene, Del was making a
foundation for what would become a alternative-hip-hop landscape. Del has skill beyond his cousin (Ice Cube)
but in the 91 album he was still finding his voice and forming a brand that is still alive today.

Highlight Tracks:
“Mistadobalina”
“Ahonetwo, Ahonetwo”
“Dr. Bombay”

5. Main Source – Breaking Atoms
It is one the most important albums ever, of any genre. The techniques used are still being replicated today.
The sample heavy album highlights the production of itself. It is responsible for countless rap careers of the artists it has inspired.

Highlight Tracks:
“Snake Eyes”
“Scratch and Hit”
“PEace is Not a Word to Play”
“VAmos a Rapiar”
“Live at the BArbque”
“Roger Do his Thing”

6. De La Soul – De La Soul Is Dead
De La Soul’s second album has a different feel and style while still staying true to the original sound.
The trio plays off each other to create another classic album.

Highlight Tracks:
“Oodles of O’s”
“My Brother’s a Basehead”
“Talkin’ bout hey Love”
“Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)”

Honorable Mention:
N.W.A.-Efil4zaggin’

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When Fish Ride Bicycles…

The Cool Kids duo consists of rappers Antoine “Sir Michael Rocks” Reed and Evan “Chuck Inglish” Ingersoll, the group is based in Chicago, Illinois and Detroit, Michigan. They are known for sound that is similar to the “Golden Age” of hip hop, similar to Rakim and Eric B.
 
 

The album starts out with Rush Hour. It has a tight 80’s/early 90’s beat filled with clingy vocal breaks. The chorus has a new age style mixed with a sound unique to The Cool Kids. The production from Chuck Inglish stays on the fine line between gritty and minimal. Some tracks such as Boomin’ and Bundle Up have the outcome of being minimal, with a repetitive drum loop that may make you want to change the track. The album  has the potential to become a influential hip hop staple, but ends up falling short in depth and connection.

The duo still provides solid tracks the boast commercial marketability and feel good vibes. like Rush. With guests of Pharrell Williamsof the Neptunes, and Travis Barker, along with appearances from Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Travis Barker, and Asher Roth the album has added appeal and added volume. The highlight is the outro song Summer Jam, partly because of The Neptune’s production and the fact that The Cool Kids put everything they have on it (as far as lyrical skill) to create their version of a perfect summer jam. Even without large success on the billboard, their songs still have mass appeal for ads, video games and in show music.

Standout Tracks:
Rush Hour
That flip face touchscreen remote controll and all dat, Bass trebble is and it smell like a loud pack. That AC fan, Strawberry airfreshners to mix with the scent (windows way down) shooting free throws for the win
-Chuck Inglish
Swimsuits
Two straws is pokin’ out the coconut, I gave her a sip
Showboating, now I’m all in the mix
Only toasting purp weed. Degrees in the high 80’s
‘Fore I even said “Hi ladies”
Said I seen you on Collins, The car you was driving
The lights turned on like eyelids
-Mikey
Summer Jam
Two go in at once
Fresh out the shower and her towel rolling up
I’m in the kitchen cooking lunch business done
Chopping onions turn sauces whipping up
Bar-B-Q’ing barracudas at resorts in Bermuda
She trying on that new bathing suit that she bought at the mall in the
Mirror like, (for your eyes only)
The album’s driving 808 thumps and echo snares can’t save it from the reality that it will fade into the background of the music scene. If you are looking for music for pure enjoyment and not critic analysis, When Fish Ride Bicycles is a must download.
3/5