Brooklyn emcee, member of a large posse of boosters called the ”Lo-Lifes” crew that terrorized most the retailers of the east coast for ”Polo” wears in the late 80’s and early 90’s and that originated from two different sections in Brooklyn that eventually flick together: ”The Ralphies Kids” from Crown Heights, and the ”Polo U.S.A.” from Brownsville. Two famous emcees still representing the ”Lo-Lifes” crew are Rack Lo and most especially Thirstin Howl III, but Boostin’ Kev was the first coming out on wax. Unfortunately he lived the lifestyle he rapped about and after being locked up commited suicide in his jailcell some years ago. ”That Be Boostin” was his sophomore album, released on Black Market Records in 1995.
Harlem crew closely connected with other Harlem crew The Children Of The Corn, composed of Napizm, White Bread, Futuristic, Beef Tha Thief, and Blinky Blink who is the brother of one time Bad Boy’s premier artist Mase (hence the connection). B.B.O. stands for Best Ballers Out, and sometimes is referred to as B.B.O. Enterprises although this is actually the name of the label they built to put out their only 12” single independently. They were supposed to drop their debut album entitled ”Across From 125th St.” sometime around ‘97 but it never happened, and the group basically vanished by the end of the next year.
Finsta Bundy | Sunnyside [Rich Blak Street Mix] | 1993
One of the greatest underground hip-hop groups from the 90s, Finsta Bundy originated in ‘92 when Finsta as a solo artist dropped a single called ”Finsta Baby” on CRACD Records. During one of his first shows, Bundy, who was his dj at the time, kicked a few bars and from that time he became his rhyme partner and they became officialy Finsta & Bundy. They never put out officially an album but throughtout the years have released a large number of singles. ”Sunnyside” b/w ”Spirit of the Boogie” was their first single, put out in 1993 on a company out of London called Big Willie Records which eventually became Tape Kingz.
With total indifference to the war that was going on between both coasts in the early 90’s, New Jersey and Oakland adhered for this sweet remix of Drayz And Skoob Effects' classic track from 1993, done by west coast producers E-A-Ski and his partner CMT.
World Renown | Come Take A Ride [West Coast Vibe Remix] |1994
World Renown was formed in the late 80s by Seven Shawn (cousin of K-Def), and John Doe (cousin of Marley Marl). They signed to Warner Music and recorded an album with 16 songs in it, but due to a restructuration in their black music department every rap group they had got dropped and their album got shelved. Being one of the most sought-after hip-hop albums ever, the album was said to have a reissue some time around 2009, but there’s no news of it so far. ”Come Take A Ride” was the first of the only two 12” singles they got to release out of it in 1994.
Dimples D & Marley Marl | Sucker DJ [Genie Mix] | 1990
Dimples D, whose real name is Crystal Smith, was one of Marley Marl’s first successes before his breakthrough on Roxanne Shante’s ”Roxanne, Roxanne” the following year. ”Sucker DJ” was not a big hit when it first came out in 1983, but charted across Europe in 1990 when this remix that lifts the American sitcom ”I Dream Of Jeannie” theme song came out.
MC Rell & The House Rockers | Into The Future | 1988
With the sudden emergence of Rakim Allah that revolutionised the rap artform during the last years of the golden era of hip-hop, many record companies pushed hard to find among their artists the new Rakim to add to their roster, although all of these would eventually prove to be - in the best case- just a Rakim sound alike. That was the case of MC Rell, a Philly-born, NYC-based rapper, signed to PolyGram in the late 80s alongside his crew of DJs The House Rockers. They only got to put out one album titled ”Into The Future” in 1989, and two promotional videos, ”Life Of An Entertainer” and the self-titled single the year before. ”Into The Future” features Cutmaster D.C. on the scratches and Chuck Chillout in the mixing.
One of the greatest songs of 1985 came by hand of The Treacherous Three, the hip-hop supergroup formed by Kool Moe Dee, LA Sunshine, Special K, and DJ Easy Lee (also was Spoonie Gee, but left in the late 70s). ”Gotta Rock” was released in the spring of 1985, as the b-side of the famous ”Turn It Up” song that led to the definite breakup of the group and the rise to Kool Moe Dee’s solo career. Curiously enough, that record almost didn’t happen: In 1985, Special K and LA Sunshine got so frustrated with the financial situation at Sugarhill Records they decided they didn’t want to keep making any more records with them, so the group had a fallout. They had already recorded ”Gotta Rock” and had planned to record ”Turn It Up”, but only Kool Moe Dee showed up to do the vocals, so he recorded it alone but under the name Treacherous Three.
Three years after her death, The Hollywood Reporter has recently reported that producer Paula Wagner has acquired the rights to the life story of the influential rap pioneer and producer Sylvia Vanderpool-Robinson, sometimes known as Little Sylvia, but widely known as ”The Mother Of Hip Hop”, founder and CEO of legendary Hip Hop label Sugar Hill Records alongside her husband Joe Robinson, and driving force behind two landmark singles in the genre: ”Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang, and ”The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. Her legacy in music is immensely rich and varied: she played all types of music genre, Blues, Rhythm And Blues, Rock-N-Roll, Soul, Funk, Disco, Hip-Hop…The influence she had on an entire genre and generation of music lovers is an undisputed fact, as it is the fact that without her, Hip Hop wouldn’t be where it is today.