There are probably quite a few of you out there who were Death Row fanatics in the mid-90’s. And it was probably because of The Chronic and/or Doggystyle. However, before Tupac was bailed out of prison, it was time for the ‘other’ crew members to get some shine. I never cared for Daz and Jewell but I must admit, I was a full-fledged fan of Kurupt and Rage. In fact, I’ve always held Rage in higher regard lyrically and was upset that she wasn’t allowed to drop an album after ‘Afro Puffs’ hit. It would have been perfect timing in ’95, too, and I’m sure she could have borrowed a few of the DJ Premier beats that he gave to Group Home. Too bad we can’t change history.
Some other highlights from this issue:
– Graf artists getting shot?
– Colin Ferguson is convicted – Did anyone else see this on cable back then? This case is one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen. Colin represented himself as his own attorney in court and cross-examined himself. Hilarious!
– Republicans strike back in Congress
– Redman with the hip-hop quotable for “How’s That”
– Microphone Check with Mobb Deep, Supercat, Jayo Felony and 95 South
– The original Playstation is released and is on sale for $410
– Years before becoming a world class track star, Marion Jones is a college basketball star at North Carolina
Naughty By Nature – Poverty’s Paradise (4 mics)
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (4 mics)
The Alkaholiks – Coast II Coast (3.5 mics)
E-40 – In A Major Way (3.5 mics)
Dee-Lyrious – Psyco-Funk (3 mics)
Dream Warriors – Subliminal Simulation (3 mics)
Sha-Key – A Head Nadda’s Journey to Adidi Skizm (3 mics)
Source May 1995 issue
The fat tape is missing the Scarface track. If anybody has it, then please post a link in the comment section.
May 1995 fat tape