The June 1992 issue of The Source featured TLC on the cover. It was sheer blasphemy at the time to feature an R&B group on the cover of a hip-hop magazine and I still think it was a horrible decision today. They should have NEVER been on the cover and I believe that LA Reid and Babyface must have paid a little extra to David Mays behind the scenes. I know that they were new and talking about women protecting themselves during sex and all but where did they fit in with the great hip-hop music of that year? You should have seen me at the record store trying to figure out if it was Essence magazine or a practical joke. I didn’t even want to touch it. If it weren’t for the Ultramagnetic MC‘s interview and the Gangstarr review, I probably wouldn’t have even bought it. Anyway, it goes without saying that I have never even read the TLC interview in this magazine and I probably never will. I’m sure you’ll ignore it to.
Some other highlights from issue:
– Check out the Source Chart for the month. There were a few missteps there (Kriss Kross, Penthouse Players, etc.) but for the most part, the list of albums out at that time was incredible.
– X-Clan and KRS-One squash their beef
– Skoob of Das Efx with the hip-hop quotable for “East Coast”
– The Beastie Boys come back to Check Your Head
– Lord Finesse drops a little science
Record Report highlights:
– Gangstarr – Daily Operation (3.5 mics) – My all time favorite album by them. It should have received 4.75 mics. How many hip-hop groups have multiple albums that sound great a decade or more later? From Step in The Arena (’91) to Moment in Truth (’98), their four 90’s albums (not counting Full Clip) have aged very well and since Guru was a mature (older and maybe wiser) rapper, there was little to no kiddie nonsense in his lyrics. I think the older hip-hop fans still appreciate the sound of their 90’s albums today. Long live Primo!
– Spice 1 – Self Titled (4 mics) – I can’t understand how this album could EVER be rated higher than a Gangstarr album. That’s just plain crazy!
– Penthouse Players Clique – Paid the Cost (3.5 mics)
– Mellow Man Ace – The Brother With Two Tongues (3.5 mics)
– Showbiz and A.G. – Self Titled EP (4 mics)
June ’92 issue