Of all the uses for the internet (watching movies, online banking, ESPN updates, booking flights, etc.), finding difficult to obtain music is one of the most useful. Especially finding those rare out of print vinyl 12” rips of mid-90’s hip-hop. So when the first album on this list (K.M.D.’s Black Bastards) fell into label limbo at a time when the internet wasn’t even being used around my way, I didn’t know if I’d ever hear it. I had been following K.M.D. ever since ’89 when Doom (known as Zev Love X back then) was in that ‘Gas Face’ video schooling the masses alongside 3rd Bass. After buying all of their vinyl singles and two copies of their debut album, Mr. Hood, on tape and CD in 1991, I wanted to know how they would continue their zany style on their sophomore album in 1994. But after reading about their label troubles because of the new album’s artwork (read about it in the June 1994 Source), I was a little disappointed. Fast forward to around 1999 or 2000, when I read about the album finally being released on another label. The internet had come through again. I think I bought it over at http://www.hiphopsite.com/ back in 2000 or 2001 and it was as enjoyable, yet darker, than the first album. Be sure to check out all of these albums if you haven’t heard them before.
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