In the spirit of [THROWBACK THURSDAY] I would like to introduce some new artists you guys might not be too familiar with or have heard before. Each thursday I'll pull one producer act and one rap act out of my hat and introduce you chronologically to some of their best and most memorable work. These artists are revered and often hailed as huge influences for todays generation.
I'm gonna try my best to not get too close to the classic essentials list. I won't be bringing up anything from the albums mentioned there but I might mention the artists in relation to other projects or collaborations.
Remember, this is throwback thursday, so I'm keeping it pre 2003 (as best as I can). Even if you're not a huge fan of the old school or "golden age" outside of acts like Wu-Tang, Nas and early Jay-Z; I recommend checking it out because there is a lot of gold out there.
Hope you find something you like, and if not, there's always next week!
The first edition of TUNABACK THURSDAY seemed to be a success and you guys had nothing but kind words, so thanks for that. I'm gonna do my best to keep the quality of these up to par each week.
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This week's producer is: Easy Mo Bee
Osten Harvey, Jr., better known by his stage name Easy Mo Bee, is a hip hop/R&B record producer, known for production work for late 80's artists such as Big Daddy Kane and Miles Davis, but most notable for his affiliation with Bad Boy Records in its early years and his heavy production involvement in The Notorious B.I.G.'s acclaimed debut Ready to Die.
If you've been listening to hip hop, and especially from the 90s, I can almost guarantee you've heard some of this guys work. Known for his jazz inspired production it's not hard to hear or understand why he's considered one of the all time greats. For me he's definitely in the top 10 tier. I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite work of his. So without further ado:
So, there you are. Some of my favorite Mo Bee tracks. Enjoy.
This week's rap act is: Masta Ace
Some of you know this guy, like, you know his discography front to back. So I'm guessing if you're already a big fan, you'll understand why I'd want to pick this guy for the rest of the users to listen to. And with MMLP2 dropping, it's probably a good idea to mention the influence he's had throughout Eminem's career.
Duval Clear (born December 4, 1966), known better by his stage name Masta Ace, is an American rapper from Brownsville, Brooklyn. He appeared on the classic 1988 Juice Crew posse cut "The Symphony" (shout out to /u/Snacks11 for posting that earlier).
This guy has a pretty comprehensive discography, including two albums with his group Masta Ace Incorporated which are amazing.
I'm only gonna pull some stuff from his solo albums but I highly suggest checking out the group albums.
His debut album Take a Look Around from 1990:
In 2001 he released Disposable Arts. His first solo release since Take a Look Around:
I'm gonna include his 2004 album A Long Hot Summer because I can, and it's perfect in every way possible:
As a bonus, here's some notable features he's done:
Hope you guys enjoy this edition of TUNABACK THURSDAY. As always; hatemail, suggestions and feedback can be posted below.