Thursday, December 16, 2010
Album cover by Seen & Duster UA 1984
Business as Usual is the third album from rap duo EPMD,
and their first on leading rap label Def Jam as a result
of being signed over (along with Nice & Smooth)
from their former label, Fresh Records.
This album was also the first release by Def Jam
as an imprint under its new Rush Associated Labels subsidiary,
which allowed founder Russell Simmons more control
and more ownership over its material,
as the masters for proper Def Jam releases at
that time were primarily owned by Sony Music's Columbia Records.
Business as Usual was not as acclaimed as their first two albums,
but was not considered to be a failure either.
One notable aspect here was the debut of future Hip Hop star Redman,
who appears on the tracks "Hardcore" and "Brothers on My Jock".
Three singles were released from the album,
"Gold Digger", "Rampage (Slow Down, Baby)"
featuring LL Cool J and "Give the People".
In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.
"100 Miles and Runnin'" was the N.W.A's first track
to gain radio airtime and appear on TV with its music video.
Dr. Dre, who had just finished working with The D.O.C. and Above the Law,
added atypical funky beats and the slow synth groove on "Just Don't Bite It".
A sadistic parody of the police on a skit featuring
The D.O.C. from the group's 1-900 hotline introduces "Sa Prize, Pt. 2",
a sequel to the controversial "Fuck tha Police,"
originally from the Straight Outta Compton album.
Doggystyle is the debut album from
American hip hop rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg,
released November 23, 1993 on Death Row Records.
The album was recorded soon following the release
of Dr. Dre's landmark debut album The Chronic (1992),
to which Snoop Dogg contributed significantly.
His musical stylizations for the album share
similarity to those featured on Doggystyle.
Critics have praised Snoop Dogg for the lyrical "realism"
he delivers on the album and for his distinctive vocal flow.
Despite some mixed criticism of the album initially upon
its release, Doggystyle has earned recognition from many music
critics as one of the most significant albums of the 1990s,
as well as one of the most important hip hop albums ever released.
Much like The Chronic, the distinctive sounds of Doggystyle
helped introduce the rap style of G-funk to a mainstream audience,
bringing forward West Coast hip hop as a dominant force in the early 1990s.
As of 2008, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
has certified Doggystyle quadruple platinum in sales,
as it serves as Snoop Dogg's highest-selling album.
"Renegades of Funk" is a song written by
Afrika Bambaataa, Arthur Baker, John Miller & John Robie
and recorded by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force.
Released in 1983 as a single on the Tommy Boy label,
it was also included on the 1986 album Planet Rock: The Album.
The song is an eclectic fusion of electronic music
and heavy percussion, with politically fused rap lyrics
that draw a connection between past revolutionaries
and bohemians to present day street artists.
It was produced and mixed by Arthur Baker and John Robie.
Mastering was by Herb Powers Jr.
It was not until 1986 until the song appeared on
Planet Rock: the Album.
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