Tuesday, 19 August 1997 |
Jewelz, Payday Records
Performance 9 Sound 8.5
"Word . . . Life" most of the rap world has been wondering one thing
about OC. Was it a fluke? submitted for your approval, is "Jewelz," and
it's submitted without a trace of a sophomore jinx. Bred in the lyrical
stylings of Rakim, OC dismisses any critics he might have had with this
gem and serves notice that he simply might just be the best single MC
out there today.
Tuesday, 12 August 1997 |
| Performance 4 | Sound 3.5 |
in our haste to witness what the media would like us to believe is the
'rap war' between the NYC and LA, we forget that there are other spots
on the map that put out almost as much rap as either of these cities.
Far away from the stairways of the Queensbridge projects and even
farther from Slauson and Crenshaw, there is the rap that comes out of
the south. Some call it 'booty-rap' and dismiss it as mindless music
that wouldn't exist if it weren't for southern club DJ's spinning these
records to no end. Unfortunately to buy into that dismisses the fact
the Master P. and No Limit Records are selling millions of records.
Tuesday, 12 August 1997 |
Tab Two, Virgin Records
Performance 7 Sound 7.5
one thing about The Audio Revolution. We hate fusion. We don't even use
the term in the hopes that one day it will all just go away. Still, Tab
Two are an interesting act. They're just techno enough to escape our
sweeping denouncement of the 'f' word. Coming straight out of Europe to
turn us in the right direction is what this two man band is all about.
Tuesday, 05 August 1997 |
Quiet Weapons For Silent Wars
| Performance 6.5 | Sound 6 |
you haven't already prepared yourself for the Wu-Tang invasion, you're
best advised to get with the program because you're behind the times.
The first full-fledged spawn of Shaolin's finest is Killarmy (soon to
be followed by Sunz of Man--just so you know). The high points of this
album are that nearly all of the members of this camp have the tools to
slay MCs with their bare hands. They also use enough samples from the
movie 'Full Metal Jacket' to reinforce the central theme of their
mission--world domination. We love world domination. Why do you think
we're on the internet?
Tuesday, 29 July 1997 |
Jerry Del Colliano
Live At Carnegie Hall, Epic 1997
Performance 9 Sound 7
do I miss Stevie Ray. This new live 1984 recording of Stevie Ray
Vaughan with Double Trouble and special guests: Jimmy Vaughan, Dr.
John, Roomful of Blues Horns and Angela Strehli, truly captures the
essence of the live event. Like a best of album, "Live at Carnegie
Hall" features some great versions of Stevie Ray's most popular songs
like "Scuttle Buttin", "Honey Bee", "Cold Shot", "pride and Joy" and
"The Things That I used to do".