Over the years there’s been a few decent albums that I’ve picked up in the dollar bin, having previously ignored them when they were originally released on account of their cheesy, R&B style cover photo. That’s right…this is a new series called “Decent Rap Albums with Awful R&B Covers”. Greyson & Jaysun were not only hampered by a corny group name, but also lost many potential buyers by sporting a smoothed-out album cover, which found the fellas sporting Hugo Boss suits while posing in a shower block (pause…), while some skeezers in mini-skirts hang out in front of the window, “sweatin’ ’em”. When it hit the shelves in 1991, I assumed it was another poor BBD imitation and kept moving. It wasn’t until I heard the superior “Livin’ Like A Troopa” during a DJ Clark Kent radio set that I figured out Sweatin’ Me Wet might be worth checking out.
As it turns out, “Troopa” was actually the best shit on there, but the whole album was pretty decent nevertheless. Apparently these guys were Slick Rick‘s weed carriers, and as a result were blessed with Vance Wright on the boards, who delivers a selection of well-programmed (although familiar) loops. In terms of subject matter, Lord Greyson delivers equal parts classic brag rap and cautionary tales, but most of the tracks are pretty good thanks to his sense of humor and the fact that he’s got an ill voice.
“Livin’ Like A Troopa” ended up as a single with a quality Eric Sadler remix, but I prefer the original version, as it remains my pick for best use of “The Big Payback” ever. These kind of “message” songs were a dime-a-dozen once apon a time, much like indy rap songs that use the “I Used to Love H.E.R.” concept these days. “Hard As They Come” (*pause*) is on of the better ego trippin’ selections, while “Laura”, “Intoxicated” and “Basketball” are all fairly predictable but still entertaining. The “Get Bizzy” 12″ features a b-side that didn’t make the LP called “No Shortz”, but let’s just say that not all b-sides win, despite what Carlton Ridenhour might have you believe.
Here’s the original review from The Source, written by J-Smooth (aka Jay Smooth from hiphopmusic.com):
Greyson & Jaysun – Livin’ Like A Troopa [Sweatin’ Me Wet, Atlantic, 1991]
Greyson & Jaysun – Hard As They Come [Sweatin’ Me Wet, Atlantic, 1991]
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