Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Steady Bootleggin',Video Clips
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
When it comes to raw shit from the Bronx, you can’t go past The Legion. Some of you might have written them off as nothing more than Black Sheep‘s baggage handlers, but a quick listen to their Theme + Echo = Krill1 LP will quickly erase that impression. While Cee-Low, Molecules and Chucky Smash hold it down with their old-school influenced tough guy mic techniques, the most impressive aspect of their album is the production, which they handled themselves on most tracks. Having learnt how to flip the SP1200 from Showbiz, they continued the BX tradition of hard drums and samples by the pound, putting down with classic lo-fi grit. They were also the first to flip a variety of loops that would be used years later by everyone from Mobb Deep to MF Doom, if you care about that kind of shit.
Why am I talking about The Legion in 2006? Because they were the Boogie-Down precursor to a QB’s Screwball, in that both groups are pure street over non-progressive beats, and their LP is the missing link between Runaway Slave and A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing.2 “We Boys” was one of the highlight of the bloated second Black Sheep album, with it’s sparse but satisfying track, while “It’s Thorough” may not have been the best song off the Legion album, but it rocks that ill loop that Smif ‘N Wessun later used for a white label. ‘Cules sets it off for his Show banger from the Japanese-only D.I.T.C. project with a big payback that JB would been proud of.
Black Sheep featuring The Legion - We Boys [Non-Fiction, Mercury, 1994]
The Legion - It’s Thorough [Theme + Echo = Krill, One Love/Mercury, 1994]
Molecules - Revenge [DITC‘s All Love, Next Level, 1999]
The Legion featuring Dres - “Jingle Jangle” video:
- 1. Catchy title, huh?[back]
- 2. Four years after their debut, they dropped a quality twelve inch called “Street Thing / Caught Up” on their own label.[back]
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