ChoiceCuts Presents: Each One Teach One [1-4]
Just in case anyone forgot, the 90’s were an incredible decade for Hip Hop . Over the next while we’re going to dissect 10 Hip Hop albums released during that period and wax a little about the original tunes that were sampled so beautifully for these seminal classics. So read our ‘Each One Teach One’ series of articles…
Black Sheep debuted in 1991 and was composed of Andres “Dres” Titus and William “Mista Lawnge” McLean. The pair are native New Yorkers but met as teenagers in North Carolina, where both of their families relocated. The group was an affiliate of the Native Tongues, which included the Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. “Flavor of the Month” was their first single and shortly after the group released their first album “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” which we have tried to deconstruct as best we can here.
Breaking Atoms was released on July 23, 1991 on Wild Pitch Records. It was Main Source’s debut LP and although the group is credited on the sleeve of the LP as collectively being responsible for production, it’s the Large Professor (aka Large Pro aka Xtra P) that is mainly responsible for the ground breaking sound of the group.
Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) was Digable Planets’ official debut offering released back in 1993 on Electra Records. The record is well known for the track Rebirth of Slick (cool like that) which was a big hit back in that period and a track that gained the group a lot of air play and recognition. The entire album was produced by Butterfly who tended to dive into the jazz fusion side of things in his production, and the album as a whole could be filed under or seen as a ‘jazz-rap’ project. It was this initial sound that gained them success and one they drifted away from with their future release ‘Blowout Comb’ in 94 which was not as successful as Reachin’ but still contained some strong stand out tracks such as 9th Wonder (Blackitolism) for example.
Wrath of the Math is Jeru the Damaja’s second album and is entirely produced by DJ Premier. It was released on Payday Records back in October 1996 and was the follow up to Jeru’s debut release on the same label ‘The Sun Rises In The East’ which again featured the midas touch of Premier. The inner notes on the cover read “This album was created to SAVE hip-hop and the minds of the people who listen to it” and Jeru sticks by this statement with mentally stimulating lyrics that aimed to spark the minds of listeners and also by having pops at the likes of Puff Daddy and commercial hip-hop in general.