So yeah, website like this been forever. On one level we have strictly tracks from the 1990s, clinic and on another level we have the art of storytelling coming in at various angles. I’ve been meaning to do something like this for a minute, so let’s get into it.

Introlude: The Pharcyde – Groupie Therapy

Top Choice Clique – Peace of Mind. Apparently this record, produced in 1990, never saw a proper release – until maybe a year ago. Word has it A&M label politics ended in all recorded material being canned, minus a few promo records that Esoteric found, baked in his oven to straighten them out, and well, here we are, 19 years after the fact. I ended up cutting part of this off because it’s too long for my tastes, but for those who dig it – go find the original. m/jawnp78.

Royal Flush – I Never Made 20. I remember reading about this cut in a Bun B interview, I think, and the dude was right – this song goes really hard. Anyone who’s been listening to rap for more than a week or so knows that some songs just sort of go in one ear and out the other, and others really feel like someone’s sitting you down and telling you something and you have to listen. This is one of those songs. m/streetboss.

Psychoward – Rockslangas. I’m probably one of the worst basketball players in the world. m/psychowarddotcom.

Hieroglyphics – Cab Fare. I didn’t actually hear this one until maybe like 04 or so, when a good friend of mine introduced me to this song. I used to sit at her house and just play it on repeat. Hi, helen. m/hieroglyphics.

CRU – Just Another Case feat Slick Rick. This is the only song on here that I actually heard when it came out. I remember the video being sort of scary (I mean, I was like 12), when it switched up into that PRONTO PRONTO craziness. The sample on this is pretty great.

Freddie Foxx - Man Destroys Man. Another previously unreleased jawn. Okay, so this is the song I was talking about in the intro. Let me be clear up front – I thought twice about putting this out because I didn’t know if people would be able to see past the language here. However – that’s actually not even the point here, because if you actually listen closely to the story as it plays out and if you listen closely to some of the clues dude drops in the middle – e.g. “it really was about who was the baddest” is a big one – you’ll see what Freddie, regardless of whatever homophobic issues dude is dealing with personally, is actually talking about here (hint: it’s in the title). If you think about it in this sense, this is actually a really interesting record. m/theogbumpyknuckles.

The Geto Boys – 5th Ward/South Central Malt feat Ice Cube. So for the few who didn’t know, St Ides was running this massive campaign to get as many dark people to drink malt liquor as possible back in the 90s, and a lot of rappers happily signed on. The scary thing is that a lot of these tracks – there’s around like 30 of them – including videos for 2 that I know of – were really great. This is only one of them. Shouts to Gavin for reminding me of this. m/getoboysfromthesouth.

So yeah, that’s what it is for this week. What’s good with you all?

PS: bonus points for anyone who knows what the picture on the episode cover is.

10 thoughts on “MIXTAPE 125 – STORYTIME IN THE 90s

  1. So I’m digging this ep cause I’ve been on the old school tip lately, Pete rock and cl smooth… Digable planets. My fav is probably thee most vulgar rap I’ve ever heard from this timeline, man destroys man. Dope ep Dex, thanks again….. I feel like you Should be getting paid to be this nice.

  2. Did you leave out Outkast’s “Da Art of Storytelling” because it was too obvious?

    Easily one of their top 5 dopest tracks

  3. Sara – Yeah. That man destroys man is totally disturbing, but it’s still great. And getting paid is still for suckers.

    Sundar – Yeah, way too obvious. Not that it’s not a dope song (it is). Somehow this one ended up being really East Coast biased and I want to do something Southern in the future, so there was that too.

    BC – I didn’t know what you were talking about until I google imaged it. And oh my god fam I had forgotten all about that game. I played it once in an arcade at a soccer pizza party when I was like 12 with my brother and a friend and it blew our minds (it’s really only for two players, one on wheel+gun and another on gun only, but if you drive and let another kid do your gun, you can get extra mileage out of each quarter). I’ve been looking for it ever since.

    But nope, answer’s incorrect. As a hint, it’s a comic book published from 85 to 94.

  4. Nice to see this. I been waiting for this for a while.. :) Funny you’ve got Cab Fare; I was just listening to that.

    So on this 90s flip, I’ve been hearing that ATCQ are going to release a new album because it’s in their contract to do so. I’m looking forward to hearing that.

    Also, I’ve got some more loot on this new Gil Scott-Heron album; namely, this http://imnewhere.net/ Check it out if you can because, so far as I can see, this is gonna blow people away.

    By the way, if you’re going on this old school tip, I seriously suggest checking out DJ CAM. He’s a French DJ that combines Jazz and Hip Hop. I dug this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HTu9lIGGIg but ask me if you want any more.

    That’s all I got. Peace.

  5. Dex, mate, I have to say .. this episode is just awesome.
    I don’t want to give too much personal information for fear of compromising my secret identity – but I can share that I jog to & from work every day.
    Thisafternoon, I couldnt jog home, I had to stop and walk and listen to this Ep twice over, with a big grin on my face while I was grooving to the music.
    Great selection. Keep up the good work.
    Your friend,
    Captain Australia

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