Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Respect The Architects: Juice Crew Allstars (1987)

Sadly, the era of the New York City based Hip Hop super crew is over or, @ the very least, is in a coma. Before the Wu-Tang Clan introduced the world to the pissy staircase sound of Shaolin's (Staten Island) dirtiest projects, Fly Ty and Marley Marl and Mr. Magic on the wheels of steel on NYC's very own 107.5 WBLS assembled The Juice Crew - the original and the ultimate Hip Hop supergroup. Look @ the roster my nigga: MC Shan, Roxanne Shante, Craig G, Glamorous, Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Kool G. Rap, a very young Tragedy (before the "Intelligent Hoodlum" or "Khadafi" monikers) and Biz Markie.

Be it because of ego, money, the commodification of every single aspect of Hip Hop culture or a conspiratorial combination of all 3, Y.O.U. may never see or, in this instance, hear this much raw talent again on 1 track. 1988 is regarded by most Hip Hop fans and hustlers alike as a banner year in the streets and on the beats, however, I submit that this classic record, "Juice Crew Allstars" released in 1987 is 1 of the main joints that ushered in Hip Hop's truck jewelry laced "Golden Age". Shout out to my nigga Menace AKA Tony Jah ... he loves this song yo. Good shit.

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