Posts Tagged ‘90’s hip hop

09
May
08

Dig Deeper Vol. 3 Mix

The last installment of my Dig Deeper series, where it’s all about slept on underground Hip Hop albums and artists from the 1990’s.

Dig Deeper Vol. 3 Mix

15 songs, 61 minutes, STREAMING/DOWNLOAD LINKS BELOW

1. We Rock Like So (feat. Dug Infinite) by No I.D.: “No I.D. my mentor, now let the story begin.” Not only was No I.D. Kanye’s mentor, but he also produced most of Common’s classic album, Resurrection. After that, he dropped an album in ’97 called Accept Your Own and Be Yourself which featured top notch production and most of the emceeing handled by Dug Infinite. A very underrated album from a very underrated producer.

2. I Been Gettin’ So Much $ by Royal Flush: Royal Flush is a rapper who just came out at the wrong time. He dropped his debut album (after building a name working with Mic Geronimo) Ghetto Millionaire in 1997, a time when Hip Hop was changing and there were already too many New York rappers rapping about the same thing. So his album got lost in the shuffle, but looking back, it still features great production and good lyrics.

3. Danger by Blahzay Blahzay: Blahzay Blahzay are a duo from Brooklyn. They released their debut album Blah, Blah, Blah in 1996 with this hit single. It went on to be remixed by DJ Premier and DJ Rectangle. The album is just classic boom bap rap.

4. Gods, Earths, and 85ers (feat. Nine) by Poor Righteous Teachers: I was always disappointed that PRT didn’t get the recognition they deserved. They were real political, yet seemed to be overshadowed by groups like Brand Nubian. They’ve been releasing quality album after quality album since 1990. This song is off their ’96 album New World Order, which is my personal favorite of theirs.

5. World Ultimate by The Nonce: The Nonce, a duo from L.A., released World Ultimate in 1995. It is considered an underground classic by many. The album has a real jazzy feel to it, and is perfect to just throw on and relax to.

6. Cabfare by Souls of Souls of Mischief: Souls of Mischief got some respect, but not enough. Most people know them for their now-considered-classic album ’93 Til’ Infinity. I know a lot of people have heard that album, so I chose this unreleased song of theirs instead.

7. Kings of Kaos by Sleestack’z: I’ll be honest, I don’t know a thing about Sleestack’z. All I know is that they released their debut album, Behind The Iron Curtain in ’96. It went unnoticed, but really is a diamond in the rough. Four different emcees trade verses over some quality abstract beats. This album still gets a lot of plays from me, even though not many know about it.

8. Keep Movin’ by Grav: Grav is from Chicago, and he released his debut album Down To Earth in ’96. The production is what makes this album. It’s got beats from No I.D., Dug Infinite, and a young kid nobody heard of at the time named Kanye West (he produced this track). Sure, these beats could have gone to a better emcee, but Grav still made an enjoyable album.

9. In The Game (feat. Big Daddy Kane & Rich Nice) by Red Hot Lover Tone: Red Hot Lover Tone used to be a part of the Trackmasters, a production duo that produced for artists such as Nas, Kool G Rap, and Will Smith. Tone came out with #1 Player in ’95. Along with this song, it had some great posse cuts that you’ll have to check out for yourself.

10. Real Live Shit by Real Live: I don’t know how this album never caught on. Maybe it’s due to timing again. Real Live came out with The Turnaround: A Long Awaited Drama in ’96. K-Def’s production is the highlight of this album. It’s got that grimy New York sound that was sadly starting to fade away.

11. 3 In The Mornin’ by UGK: Lately, UGK (R.I.P. Pimp C) have been getting the respect they deserve. But for a time, UGK was only getting play in the South. They’ve had so many amazing albums, but I think their best, and an undeniable classic, is Super Tight. A very underrated album that embodies Southern Hip Hop.

12. Enter The Center by A.D.O.R.: I don’t know that much about A.D.O.R. either. He came out with his debut album Shock Frequency in ’98 and somehow had a Pete Rock & Diamond D produce some cuts for him. The album is ok, but PR definitely hooked him up with some dope beats, including this one.

13. Why Me by Hyenas In The Desert: Hyenas In The Desert were a group signed to Chuck D’s Slam Jamz label. They came out with this dark EP, Die Laughing in ’97. The production is really impressive, and reminiscent of Gravediggaz. The lyrics range from many topics, making this EP a promising glimpse of what was to come from this group. Sadly, nothing came.

14. All Right by Lost Boyz: I saved some of the best for last…and fuck it, I’ll say it, Legal Drug Money is one of the most underrated Hip Hop albums of all time. It’s produced perfectly, and Mr. Cheek’s lyrics work perfectly with Freaky Tah’s (R.I.P.) hype man skills (there were some other guys too…but I could never figure out what they did). Definitely a must have for any true Hip Hop head. Great album, it saddens me that it doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

15. Loosifa by Juggaknots: Heres another criminally underrated group. The Juggaknots came out with a 9 track EP called Clear Blue Skies in ’96. It had enough of a following that they released a full, 20 track version called Re: Release in 2003. Breezy Brewin’ is one of my personal favorite emcees. His flow is just so hypnotic, and the production style that the Juggaknots have works perfectly. This album is the definition of a slept on album.

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