V#2 Mind Playing Tricks On Me

What is probably the case for many people this track is one of my favorite Geto Boys tracks, but I must directly admit that I have lots of tracks of them that I love a lot.

It was released as a single with the cover being an iconic picture from the time that Bushwick Bill lost his eye. The track is of course also featured on the classic Geto Boys album ‘We Can’t Be Stopped’ which was released in 1991. A must have in your hip hop collection if you’re a collector like I am.

I also have always been a big fan of the video clip, goes very well together with the great story telling lyrics in this track.

Rest in peace Bushwick Bill.

Samples used in this track:
Hung Up on My Baby by Isaac Hayes (1974)
The Jam by Graham Central Station (1975)
Mind of a Lunatic by Geto Boys (1990)

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V#1 T.R.O.Y.

One of those classic early nineties tracks. When that sax sample kicks in you just know you’re listening to something special.

Goes perfectly together with the bass line and beat, so well put together by Pete Rock during a difficult time because of the passing of Troy Dixon who sadly died due to an accidental
fall. He was of course better known as Trouble T Roy, a dancer for Heavy D And The Boyz.

All this combined with the lyrics by CL Smooth about his fatherless childhood and Troy makes this one of
those tracks I put on regularly, it just captures it all, it’s just never grows old. Another example that music is timeless.

Released as a single and featured on the classic 1992 album Mecca and the Soul Brother. And of course also accompanied with a must see video clip for all real hip hop fans.

Samples used in this track:
Today by Tom Scott and The California Dreamers (1967)
When She Made Me Promise by The Beginning of the End (1971)
Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud by James Brown (1968)

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#2 Doggfather

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What about that second Snoop album, did you like it? I was a bit dissapointed after Doggystyle.

John Doe

First off, I loved the album myself when released. Of course it wasn’t a second Doggystyle, and I wasn’t expecting one either, when giving it a good and neutral listen this album doesn’t fully get the credit it deserves. Creating another Doggystyle would have been very difficult, for sure with Dr. Dre not being on board anymore.

Expectations were of course sky high after that first album which was of course a super classic. I bought The Doggfather on the day it was released in 1996 and as mentioned it before I liked it even though from friends I received mixed signals about it being a not so good album as many were expecting Doggystyle part II.

Personally I was pretty happy that it was totally different compared to his debut album. A different sound with funky beats and a different kind of lyrics. Great production by Daz, DJ Pooh etc.

I do think the album is a bit too long though, it’s well over 70 minutes and personally I’m not the biggest fan of long albums. I prefer short and powerful album, quality over quantity will always be the winning formula for me.

My Top 5 Tracks In Random Order

  • Doggfather
  • Up Jump Tha Boogie
  • Gold Rush
  • Vapors
  • Groupie

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#1 The Beginning

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In short, how did it all start for you?

Jane Doe

“Can I please, please, PLEASE have some money to buy a cassette? Please…”

The exact words coming out of my mouth in the late ’80s before buying what would become the first hip hop album in my collection.
The thing you need to know why I was so in “need” of money was:

1. I was around 12 years old and had no income.
2. I just received a kick *ss boombox from my grandparents

Of course, I received the money. Otherwise, the precious gift I just received would have been of no use.

So that day in the late ’80s, I clearly remember walking into the ‘Opus’ record store in Antwerp. A store that sadly, like many others, doesn’t exist anymore. I headed over to the tape section as that was the place to be and the search began…

You need to know that my mother has always been into classical music so my whole musical knowledge has been a quest, let me rephrase that, an amazing quest.

Back to the store though, the Licenced To Ill album by the Beastie Boys directly caught my eye due to the amazing cover art of which I later learned it was created by Stephen Byram and World B. Omes.

Later that day when arriving home and putting the cassette in the tape deck I was directly hooked to the “Rhymin & Stealin” track due to the use of the “When The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin. I re-winded that tape for sure a dozen times after hearing the first few seconds of the album.

My favorite track on the album has always been “Paul Revere”, that reversed beat that Yauch created is simply crazy. Creativity to the fullest!

Until this day I put on this album on a weekly basis, this always brings back awesome memories. And let’s be honest, this album has no tracks that need to be skipped, classic from beginning till the end.

My Top 5 Tracks In Random Order

  • Paul Revere
  • No Sleep Till Brooklyn
  • Rhymin’ & Stealin’
  • Fight For Your Right
  • Slow And Low

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