Filed under: Steady Bootleggin',T La Rock Special
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
The title track from T La Rock‘s first album was also one of it’s strongest. Many of the other songs had extended versions released as single’s with extra verses and edits (“Breakin’ Bells”, “Back To Burn” and “This Beat Kicks”), but “Lyrical King” never made it beyond LP status. For some reason, “Live Drummin’ With The Country Boy”, “Havin’ Fun” and “Three Minutes of Beat Box” were included on the album instead of some of his better b-sides. I guess we can blame Virgil Simms from Fresh/Sleeping Bag for that. “Havin’ Fun” and “Live Drumming…” are some of the few extended skits to be featured on an 80’s rap album (the only other one that comes to mind is JVC Force‘s equally unnecessary “Force Is Buggin'”), and contain the painful comedy stylings of T, “Japanese” Greg Nice and DJ Louie Lou performing poor imitations of Tony Montana and a hillbilly. Not only does the listener have to endure this obvious time waster, but they also included three minutes of Greg Nice making the music with his mouth, which is about two minutes longer than it needs to be.
But back to the track at hand – Mantronik delivers another heavy drum machine track for T to get loose on, as he reminds us that he’s repping for the Boogie Down. Despite being labeled as a “disco faggot” by Just-Ice after they parted ways following the recording of Back To The Old School (although they would later patch up their differences to work together again for the Girls & Guns LP), Mantronik boasted of having the most expansive and up-to-date studio of the time and has an extensive list of classic hip-hop beats under his belt. Sadly, he was lured by the ever increasing tempo’s and “complex” programming of dance music after a couple of increasingly smoothed-out Mantronix albums (following MC Tee abandoning rap for a career in the airforce).
T La Rock – Lyrical King [From The Boogie Down Bronx] (Lyrical King, Fresh, 1987)
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