When Philly’s Tuff Crew combined forces with New Jersey’s Krown Rulers for the P.H.A.N.J.A.M. (PHilly And New Jersey All-Star M.c.’s) album which included electro-jams such as “Techno Tuff” and the bizarre “Art of Love”, they wisely connected with Ced-Gee and Kool Keith for some much-needed production help. Apparently, Ced schooled them on how to use the SP-1200, which is apparent when you listen to Danger Zone‘s much-improved beats.
The two Ultra crafted tracks, “B-Boy Document” and “Kick The Ball” still hold up as hardrock anthems to this day. “…Document” mixes sparse “Bridge”-like whines with a menacing piano riff and a booming drum track, while MC Grand Poobah delivers a take-no-shorts vocal perfomance that has cemented this as Philly rap standard. High & Mighty loved this song so much that they recorded no less than two vastly inferior remakes showcasing the Rawkus roster of the time.
When the Rulers delivered their own album, they included the same version of “…Document” and two remixes of “Kick The Ball”, however production for Paper Chase was credited to “Dave from the Tuff Crew” with no mention of Ced? Regardless, the P.H.A.N.J.A.M. album has finally been bootlegged recently after having maintained it’s status as an extremely rare LP amongst rap junkies for years.
Krown Rulers – B-Boy Document (P.H.A.N.J.A.M., Soo Def, 1987)
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