Friday, April 17, 2009

Comin' Through

Before Ice T was content playing streetwise cops on second rate TV shows he was a gangsta rap entrepeneur and pioneer. In 1988 he sought to uplift the careers of some of his favorite young MCs with this compilation Rhyme Syndicate Comin' Through. Sure this stuff is pretty dated but this has to be my favorite era for hip hop, the late '80s. Ice T himself kicks off the party with the Rhyme Syndicate theme song and comp title track, "Rhyme Syndicate Comin' Through." What follows is a number of young acts looking to make a mark, but the rhymes are varying in quality from awesome (Domination's "You Haven't Heard Nothin') to good (Low Profile's "Think You Can Hang") on down to forgettable ("Syndication" by a pre-House Of Pain Everlast) and bad (Bango's "Ghettosih.") Still, Rhyme Syndicate Comin' Through is an excellent chronicle of a specific scene, and ultimately that is what a good comp should do. I have to give mad props to the amazing Back 2 Da OG/Don't Bite Tha Phunk/One Eight Seven blog for bringing this back into my hopelessly caucasian life some twenty years later, thanks for not being all whack and shit. 

8 comments:

Charland Nurknard said...

Ha! I still have this record. BANGObangBANGOH!! I love how young and innocent and vulnerable Everlast looks on the inside cover.

Nils said...

fuck tha police no justic no peace, they got me, face down in the middle of the street

hells yeah

Manderville said...

I realize after listening to this that I should be using the phrase "Tell (him/them) what TIME it is." more regularly.

Great post.

Eons One said...

one of the hardest album covers.

Anonymous said...

I got this one on wax,half good/bad stuff here still better than 95% of the rap out today....Mike

genericblogname said...

Can you believe Ice tea helped make a Six Feet Under album?

Nickthrone said...

on the real that niggaz dope and shit. live N.W.A. word life money bitches

-Pod- said...

This brings back lots of memories!! Sick record!