Posted by: vincentlopez | January 1, 2009

The Source December 1995 issue featuring LL Cool J

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’ll get back to ‘normal’ with the 1996 issues.

 

Record Report:

 

LL Cool JMr. Smith (4 mics)

Erick SermonDouble or Nothing (4 mics)

Gza/GeniusLiquid Swords (4 mics)

Cypress HillCypress Hill III: Temple of Boom (4 mics)

Goodie MobSoul Food (4 mics) – I’ve been listening to this for the past 2 weeks straight! I hated their voices in 1995 but after 7 or 8 years they grew on me.

The PharcydeLabcabincalifornia (4 mics)

Group HomeLivin’ Proof (3.5 mics)

Mack Da ManiakLoco Motive (3 mics)

Mic GeronimoThe Natural (3.5 mics)

The ClickGame Related (3.5 mics)

JamalLast Chance, No Breaks (3.5 mics)

 

December 1995 issue

 

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December 1995 fat tape

 

 

~Vincent~

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Responses

  1. Also known as the “4 Mic” issue.

  2. BS on Liquid Swords!

    I know The Source acknowledged it as one of the top 100 rap albums, but it at least deserves 4.5 mics!

    Can’t wait till you release the issue with review 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me. I was always curious with the reasons with why they rated it 5 mics (according to Wiki). Great album, but too much filler on 2nd disc…

  3. @OabAli- The 5 Mic rating they gave it was when they did the 2002 5-Mic handout of the albums they felt they missed (All Eyez On Me, Me Against The World, Ready To Die, Reasonable Doubt, The Diary, The Score, Breaking Atoms, Critical Beatdown, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, The Infamous, Enter The Wu-Tang). I heard All Eyez On Me wasn’t originally rated.

  4. Yeah they never rated All Eyez… but there ain’t 1 wack track on the 2nd Disc. The culprit is “What’s Your Phone #” on the first disc…

    In retrospect, Liquid Swords is a 4.5 but 5 it is not.

  5. im goin in vincent, good to see u back!

    LL Cool J- that album to me is 4.5 or heck even 5 mics! That album is that ill too me, i used to bang that LP everyday!!

    Erick Sermon- another LP that i think is 4.5 or 5 mics! Im tellin yall, me and boys used to bang this album everyday! Welcome, Bomdigi, Move On, Tell Em??!!! cmon b!!

    GZA- cmon now, this is 5 mics easy! nuff said

    Cypress Hill- 4 mics??? i dont know, the only joints i liked off of that LP is Illusions & Boom Biddy Bye Bye.

    Goodie Mob- cmon vincent, u just now bangin that? Cell Therapy the track didnt get u opin on these dudes? im from TX, so already know what it is when they came out. Everybody had this LP, this is 4.5 easy!! or 4 is cool.

    Pharcyde- this LP is 4.5 or 5 mics to me. if yall think Runnin & Drop is the best songs off this LP man u are smokin!! Dilla’s production on this LP is flawless!!

    Group Home- this LP to me is damn near 10 mics!! The production on this LP is outta this world!! i still listen this LP on the regular!! Primo was in the zone when he made this LP!!

    Mack da Maniac- ???

    Mic Geronimo- this LP is my shit, i dont give a fuck!! Masta IC is my damn theme song, this LP is 4.5 easy!! this nigga was my man when he 1st came out!!

    the Click- 3.5 mics is generous for LP. the one joint on here is Hurricane, it also helps that, that song is a classic. neither than that its a 1 hit lp.

    Jamal- 3.5? hell naw, 4 or 4.5!! this LP is pure dope!! the beats on here is straight crack!! This album was gettin mad rotation around my way!!!

    • Kick back brandon you thing everything is dope

    • -Dilla didn’t produce the entire album. And even with what he contributed (along with M-Walk, LA Jay, Diamond D and the group (Brown,Slim and Fat), 4 mics is a fair rating.

      -If Living Proof was a DJ Premier beat tape, I can understand a 4.5 rating. But with Dap and mostly Nutcracker’s lyrics=3.5 mics is fair.

      -Mic Geronimo’s The Natural, I wouldn’t have been shocked if it received 4 mics, but 3.5 is suitable.

      -Mack Da Maniac – Loco Motion=2.5 mics

      -LL Cool J – Mr. Smith=4 mics was a fair rating (the album version of “Loungin” is atrocious). It still stands as L’s best albums in the last 20 years. Maybe G.O.A.T. 2 will prove us wrong.

      -Double Or Nothing=4.5 mics would’ve been alright. This LP was a huge sleeper. My opinion, E Double was at the top of his game in 95′ and 96′ when it came to production.

      -Jamal – Last Chance, No Breaks=3.5 is also fair. 3 mics even would have been alright.

  6. I AM A FAN OF THE SITE MAN , THIS IS A VERY GOOD JOB WHAT YOU DOING HERE… PEACE FAM

  7. I guess here is the best place as ever to ask: Does anyone know which issue of The Source it was that had a Father’s Day piece with photos of various artists including a pic of Havoc with his son on the MPC 4000.

    If anyone does, please let me know. And, if it’s up on here, please point me in the right direction.

    Thanks.

  8. @Harmonix – I think the issue you’re looking for is the June 1997 issue. But I haven’t gotten to the 1997 issues yet. Check back in a couple of months.

  9. Thanxx!!! And Happy New Year!

  10. FOUR MICS FOR LIQUID SWORDS (YELLS SO LOUD THAT NIEGHBORS STOP BY TO ASK WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED)

    FIVE MICS FOR LIQUID SWORDS (“F” WHAT EVER ARGUEMENT YOU THROW IN ME DIRECTION, I JUST THROW THAT “ISH” AT A DEAD-END INTERSECTION, AND WATCH IT COME BACK MORE MESSED UP THEN THE SOURCE WRITERS REFLECTION(THAT IS FOREVER ETERNAL)).

    Other than that, it was all good in this issue and May day went good as usual.

  11. WHAT!!! how can they give labcabincalifornia a higher rating than bizarre ride which is an artistic showpiece, a masterpiece…. they were clearly packing too much of the pipe

    also reading these comments its a good job BRANDON doesn’t work for the source, there would be a 5 mic album every issue!… were all entitled to our opinions… i guess

    • I too am glad Brandon doesn’t work at Source Magazines, cause I’d be showing up at his doorstep, demanding he pays me back the money I spent on an average album he gave 5 mics to.

  12. GZA-Liquid Swords: Should have been 5/5 instead of 4/5.
    Goodie Mob-Soul Food: Should have been 5/5 instead of 4/5.
    Pharcyde-Labcabincalifornia: Should have been 4.5/5 instead of 4/5.


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