A welcome addition to the growing ranks of rap reissues is the famed 45 King Brainstorm EP, unoffically named after the incredible Latee track of the same name that’s contained amongst it’s six selections. I was lucky enough to get a copy of the original pressing of this a few years back, and as far as I know there were two pressings of this originally. The first issue of a mere 50 copies was pressed-up by DJ Mark The 45 King himself, and featured his head on the label on both sides, JB style (one on a yellow background and one on orange ). I believe he later did a second pressing of a few hundred due to popular demand, only this time one side had the 45 King logo and the other had the “Mark head”. Either way, it’s a tough piece to find for under $100, so the fact that Tuff City have issued a retail version is good news.
Even though there are five other songs on here, I never really bothered to listen to the other cuts properly in the past, and that’s not about to change now. It’s all about “Brainstorm”! This song, as the kiddies would say these days, is absolute “heatrock” material. Latee was a great rapper in 1987, and six years later he was still nice. His voice kinda sounds like Ju Ju from the Beatnuts on this, having toned down the gruff 80’s delivery that was characteristic of the Flavor U. La questions “Why waste time on a snowflake / when I can rock flavourful styles with the King on a slow break” and he lets us know that he’s got no hesitiation to “blast you through the hole in the ozone layer”. 45 King delivers an amazing track that ensures you’ll be grinning like a 14 year-old kid who just found his dad’s stash of Hustler mags.
No question about it, this is one of the best hip-hop songs of the ’90s that not enough people have heard.
45 King & Latee - Brainstorm [Brainstorm EP, 45 King/Ol' Skool Flava, 1993/2005]
Review copy supplied courtesy of Tuff City Records.
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