Well, Thanksgiving is on the way and I decided to give everyone their turkey early this year since I’m taking a short break from posting to hang out with the family and get ready for my wedding next month. Of course, it kind of sucks that wifey and I can’t really get down and eat with the rest of family since we’re both vegan but at least she’s cooking something separate for us and most importantly, baking a sweet potato pie for me this year. I can taste it now!!! And even though the Eagles will probably lose on Thursday night and mercifully bench Donovan McNabb for the rest of the year, that pie will keep me happy through all the interceptions and fumbles we’re bound to see. Enjoy the holiday people!
This year, I consciously set out to listen to hip-hop music that I hadn’t previously listened to at all. On the list this year is DJ Quik, Too Short, E-40 and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. DJ Quik was a pleasant surprise earlier this year (along with the Nappy Roots album) and almost immediately when the summer rolled around, I was listening to Bone Thugs. I must say that way back in ‘94/’95, I pretty much hated their ‘sing songy harmonizing’ sound and style. Basically, if it wasn’t Black Moon, Wu-Tang, Nas, Redman, KRS-One, O.C., Biggie, Tribe, Gangstarr, etc. then it wouldn’t be purchased with my hard earned money. And back then, there was so much good music coming out (with limited funds), that it was very easy to ignore Bone. Heck, I even ignored Tupac until he died. So like I said, I decided to get into the music that I had previously ignored (for the record, 2009’s list includes UGK, Mia X and MC Breed) and give Bone a spin. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as awful as it had sounded to me back in the 90’s. It must be the age thing. And my fiancée looked at me like I had a butt face when she got in my car and hear me bumping ‘Thuggish Ruggish Bone” and “Days of Our Livez”. So I’m officially a Bone fan now and can safely say that the fat dude in the group (Greedy Bone or whatever his name is)shouldn’t even be in the group. His horrible voice pretty much distracts me from enjoying otherwise good music. E-40’s voice does that to me, too, but no one likes everything they hear, right?
Anyway, do you consider Bone to be one of the top ten hip-hop groups of all time? And who’s the best rapper in the group?
Some other highlights from this issue:
– Large Professor writes the monthly editorial
– C. Delores Tucker targets hip-hop and Time Warner
– Tupac gets married in prison – What ever happened with this marriage? Was it annulled?
– ‘Hip’hop gear’ is banned in high schools around the nation
– Gza with the hip-hop quotable for “Labels”
– (Lazy a**) Stephon Marbury hits The Source while still in high school
– Micrphone Check with Mack 10, Lost Boyz, Dove Shack, and DJ Polo
– Guns and gun violence in hip-hop and America
– Kevin Garnett’s going from high school straight to the NBA
Grand Puba – 2000 (4 mics)
Luniz – Operation Stackola (3.5 mics)
Mack 10 – Mack 10 (3.5 mics)
Prince Markie Dee – Love Daddy (3 mics)
Special Ed – Neva Go Back (3.5 mics)
VA – The D&D Project (4 mics)
MC Breed – Big Baller (3.5 mics)
Pistol – They Shoulda Kill’d Me (3 mics)
L.A. Nash – L.A. Nash (3 mics)
Mista Grimm – Situation Grimm (3 mics)
5th Ward Juvenilez – Deadly Groundz (3.5 mics)
Source August 1995 issue
August 1995 fat tape