The July 1993 issue of The Source featured Cypress Hill on the cover. I remember them literally coming out of no where with their first album. And who would have thought that the parties we had in school back in ’91 didn’t really get jumping until someone played ‘How I Could Just Kill A Man’ to get the guys off the wall? They garnered a mega huge following their debut but after their first album, they fell off in my opinion. The funny thing is that I never really figured out why. Were they too commercial? Trying to be too hard and too high? Or was it the Lollapalooza tour? I don’t know but after listening to their second album (Black Sunday) a couple of times after I bought it that summer, I was bored and haven’t touched it since. It didn’t seem like they had grown as artists or even cared to change up. As a matter of fact, they may be doing the same old, same old today. What happeend to experimenting with music? Anyway, that Black Sunday CD now sits in “The Box” I have in my basement full of at least 200 CD’s I pretty much refuse to listen to anymore. Now that I think about it, I have a ton of albums in that box that were/are less than average to me (Dr Dre 2001, The Fugees Blunted on Reality, KRS-One I Got Next, Jay Dee Welcome to Detroit, Smif N Wessun Dah Shinin’, Wyclef The Carnival, Leaders of The New School T.I.M.E., Big Daddy Kane Prince of Darkness, Tracey Lee Many Facez, Warren G Regulate, etc.). Maybe I should sell those CD’s on Ebay. And does anyone know if there’s a market for old hip-hop vinyl? I have quite a few vinyl records and 12 inch singles from the mid to late eighties and early nineties just sitting in my basement. Those turntable days are long gone for me.
Some other highlights from this issue:
– Big Ill The Mack (from Ill and Al Scratch?) as the unsigned artist – I have the tape of him at Big Daddy’s Kane’s birthday party. He wasn’t as good as Redman (Redman was on FIRE!) but if I’m not mistaken, Ill dissed Kane at the party.
– Rage with the hip-hop quotable for ‘Puffin on Blunts and Drankin’ Tanqueray’
– R.I.P. Subroc from KMD
– Flavor Unit Management (Queen Latifah and Shakim) takes off
– Big Daddy Kane tries to come back hard and flops – He should have paid Pete Rock for those beats and not been so cheap.
– The Jungle Brothers also come back – Is Afrika really into guys now? That’s crazy! He needs to go back and listen to their first album (Straight Out the Jungle) immediately. By the way, that album was a great Walkman album back when I was in high school in ’88 and it’s still relevant today.
Record Report highlights:
– Yo Yo – You Better Ask Somebody (4 mics)
– Biz Markie – All Samples Cleared (3.5 mics)
– Menace to Society – Soundtrack (3.5 mics)
– Big Daddy Kane – Looks Like a Job For… (3.5 mics)
– C.E.B. – Counting Endless Bank (2.5 mics) – Ahhh…the good old days for Steady B and Cool C. I remember seeing them on 60th Street back in the 80’s.
– Funkboobiest – Which Doobie U B? (3 mics)
– The Jungle Brothers – J Beez Wit the Remedy (3 mics)
– Flavor Unit – Roll Wit’ Tha Flava (3.5 mics)
July ’93 issue