I had an adventurous evening getting the scanner to work for the first time. I never thought I’d one day say that scanning magazines was intense and tiring. But as I get older, everything is becoming more tiring. Anyway, after some trial and error, I scanned a few issues successfully. The first to be posted here is from January 1991. Don’t be surprised when you see that the cover photo above doesn’t match the one I scanned. I bought mine during the holiday break from college back in December 1990. When I got to the store, they only had one leftover issue with the original “Source” header torn off. Oh well, I didn’t complain then and neither should you since it’s free. This is the 1990 year in review issue and it’s clear that hip-hop was a different animal back then. And as I mentioned in a previous post, I won’t be scanning any ads because they increase the size of the files dramatically.
Here are some of the interesting tidbits from this issue:
-Large Professor had the hip-hop quotable of the month for “Looking At The Front Door”
– DMX “The Great” was the unsigned hype featured artist
-Hammer and Vanilla Ice’s impact on the future of hip-hop music was a heavy topic
– The reader’s survery detailing their favorite everything for the year (artist, album, producer, video, etc.)
-Tribe’s “Peoples Instinctive Travels” and Eric B and Rakim’s “Let the Rhythm hit Em” both received 5 “records” (later on they would change it to mics) but were considered slept on
Record Report (at this time they were still reviewing and rating singles as well):
Run-DMC – Back from Hell (rated 3.5) – and I bought the record instead of the tape back then. What was I thinking?
Father MC – Father’s Day (rated 2.5)
Groove B Chill – Staring from Zero (rated 3)
Lakim Shabazz – The Lost Tribe of Shabazz (rated 2.5)
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It/If the Papes Come (rated 4) – and I bought this on record, too. Thank goodness for mp3’s.
Gangstarr – Just to Get a Rep/Who’s Gonna Take the Weight (rated 4)
There’s more but you can read and discover for yourself. One more comment on these earlier issues. The Source staff covered a lot more of the culture, politics and social impact of the music than they would in later years. It’s a shame because that’s what made the magazine great (and balanced) in my eyes. Oh well.