Filed under: Albums,Bronx Bombers,Reviews,Speaker Smashers,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
You can’t go wrong with this compilation, since even if you own most of the B-Boy Records discography on 12″, it’ll save you the trouble of ripping all them shits onto your hard drive. Not only that, but the Traffic crew have mined through some of the original reels to provide us with some unheard exclusives. This collection is reflective of the nature of the B-Boy catalog – some true classics (Waxmaster Torey‘s “Duck Season”, Levi 167‘s “Something Fresh To Swing To” and Busy Boys‘ “Classical”), some forgotten gems (“911 Volts of Noise”, Kay Gee’s “No One Cares”) and some stuff that was best left in the vaults (JVC Forces‘ House mix of “Doin’ Damage”, BDP member Castle D‘s solo shot).
The question is, will rap fanatics weaned on 90’s material want to bump this? Tough call. Other than the novelty of hearing some lesser-known BDP and Ced-Gee beats, if you were raised on Main Source and Diamond D you may find two discs of drum machine beats and rough scratching to be hard work. For all us old fuckers (anyone over 25 apparently), this collection provides equal parts speaker smashing satisfaction and often amusing vocal work. It also serves as a timely reminder that for all the shitty rap monikers currently doing the rounds, you’re hard pressed to find a worse nom-de-plume than Spicey Ham!
Wax Master Torey – “Duck Season”
Kay Gee The All & DJ Drew – “No One Cares”
Review copy courtesy of Shogun.
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