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Natas - N Of Tha World
Rest In Peace:
Real Name: Donald J. White
Hailing From: East New York section of Brooklyn (Born In Manhattan)
Date Of Birth: April 7 1961
Date Of Death: October 2 1998
Cause Of Death: Died from a long suffered illness
Anyone who has ever picked up a can should know that Dondi is one of the legends of the graf game famous for destroying New York trains with wholecar productions, his work in the '83 film "Wild Style" and the legendary flick of him standing inbetween two cars pieceing.
Artist: The Goats
Album: No Goats, No Glory
Label: Ruff House
The Goats hail from Philadelphia and the group consists of eight members, Madd, D Rek and Swayzack are the frontmen on vocals and the rest are the live percussion. "No Goats, No Glory" is their second album, the first being the classic "Tricks Of The Shade". This one probably is not as good as the previous album although has some pretty mad tracks.
The album starts off with "Wake 'n' Bake" and "Philly Blunts" two nice tracks about weed followed by my favourite track "The Boom" although for some weird reason the hook is different on wax than it is on cassette and disc?
The Goats are a 90% hip hop group but do have the percussion of guitars and drums on a few tracks like "Rumblefish", "Blind With Anger" and "Idiot Business" which are all good tracks.
The album is produced by Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo who is responsible for some of fellow Philly rapper Schoolly D's production. Overall this album is pretty sick from start to finish if your into their style of hip hop like "Smokin' Suckas Wit Logic". Since this album in '94 they have released an album under the group name "Incognegro" called "Keepin' It Lovely", other than that I wouldn't have a clue what they've been doing.
The Goats - The Boom
Rating: 3 and 1/2 Daytons out of 5
Artist: Dayton Family
Album: Family Feud
Label: Fast Life Music, Inc.
"Family Feud" is the 4th album to be released by Flint, Michigan hip hop group Dayton Family. All three of their releases prior to this album and all of Bootleg and Shoestings solo albums have been sick so when I heard this album was coming out I had high expectations. The album has 19 tracks and features just 4 guest appearances from other rappers (Capone of CNN, MC Breed, Kurupt and Cormega). This is definately a positive because it is not often TDF release albums so they need to use every second of mic time that they can.
The first track on the album is the title track and it is crazy, mad fast paced rhymes over a quality beat and the hook is sick as well. The track sets the standard for the rest of the album, it's hardcore gangsta music from start to finish. Tracks 2 and 4 are both specific tracks, the 2nd track "Bulldoggin" is all about pitbull fighting and the 4th track "Chevys" is all about their love of their Chevys. Both of these tracks are pretty much flawless in every way and have alot of replay value.
The track "Murder On My Block" is one of the most gangsta tracks on the album and the energy in the track is incredible. The rhymes are delievered at a furious pace and the sample that starts off the track is mad as well, then theres the sick beat and the hook which isn't bad either, definately one of the best tracks on the album.
"What Is Your Issue" is another track worthy of a special mention, in the track they mention a whole lot of legendary hip hop figures such as the Juice Crew, Run DMC, Whodini, NWA as well as classic tracks like "Planet Rock" and UGK's "Pocket Full Of Stones". The track is about how long TDF have been putting in work and making moves in the drug game and the rap game.
It is hard to find stand out tracks on an album this good however along with the tracks I've already mentioned some of my personal favourites are "I'm A Gangsta", "Calico" featuring Kurupt from the DPG, "Formula 51" and "Everything's Chicken But The Bone". There aren't many hilights to speak of as such, but thats just because the album is so sick as a whole that it's hard for tracks to stand out. There isn't one track on the album I want to skip when I play the album, however there are a couple of tracks that aren't as good as the others but they are tracks that would stand out on alot of other albums.
This is one of the best albums released in 2005 and I highly recommend people go out and buy this album!
Dayton Family - Family Feud
Rating: 4 and 1/2 Daytons out of 5