Not to shit on Nat Robinson or anything (I’m a big fan of both the Audio Two albums), but Bum Rush Records really should have fired their art director, because Barsha’s Explicit Lyrics album cover not only resembles some Keith Sweat gone wrong type of status with his leather vest and matching gloves, but also features an awful play on words with the whole “bar” thing. Just horrible. Suffice to say, it wasn’t until this CD hit the dollar bin twelve months after it’s release that I actually bothered to check the back cover and figured out that this was another King of Chill / Audio Two production and scooped it up.
While it could be argued that Barsha’s cover was even cornier than the Kings of Swing, he was light-years ahead of his label mates in terms of mic skills. “Brooklyn, Brooklyn” is a winner, as Bar goes for his over a hard drum track, detailing a run-in with some local stick-up kids and bigging-up the BK broads. The corny keyboard on the hook kind of spoils the mood though (I actually made a pause-tape remix of this track when I was a kid, replacing the chorus with the hook from Gangstarr‘s “Place Where We Dwell”. Apart from being completely different tempos, it kinda worked out). “Seminar 90” is an amusing anecdote about his NMS experience, while “Fundamentally Funky” stands out with a quality break. “A Quick One” has that laid-back, soul clap vibe that fits Barsha like one of those messed-up leather gloves he sported. Oh yeah, he also does a bunch of songs about how many girls he was banging.
I think this album was another CD-only joint, but you can score “Who’s The Master” / “Internal Affair” on 12″, and he did a nice cut with Pos K called “Impulse On Three” for the First Priority Music LP (another recent 80’s reissue).
Barsha – Brooklyn, Brooklyn (Explicit Lyrics, Bum Rush/Virgin, 1990)
Barsha – A Quick One (Explicit Lyrics, Bum Rush/Virgin, 1990)
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