Remastered from the original tapes and pressed on loud double vinyl In 1995, fresh off the success of Nas's landmark debut album Illmatic the year prior, Columbia Records released Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerouz, the first LP by a relatively unknown Harlem MC named Big L. Few at the time would realize that Lifestylez — which was only a modest commercial success at the time - would go on to be considered a true classic of the era, comparable to Illmatic itself. Armed with a cocky Uptown attitude, a sharp wit and production from the likes of Lord Finesse, Buckwild and Showbiz, Big L established himself as one of New York's Hip Hop heavyweights with an album that balanced radio appeal with uncompromising hardcore lyricism. From the smooth sounds of 'M.V.P.' to raw posse cuts like '8 Iz Enuff' and 'Da Graveyard' (which featured a rookie MC from Brooklyn by the name of Jay-Z), Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerouz solidified Big L's status as a Hip Hop legend despite being the only studio album released prior to his tragic death in 1999. Traffic Entertainment is proud to release Big L's classic debut album in a double-LP pressing for the first time ever, with a fold-out poster featuring the iconic album cover included. SIDE A 1. Put It On 2. M.V.P. 3. No Endz, No Skinz SIDE B 4. 8 Iz Enuff 5. All Black 6. Danger Zone SIDE C 7. Street Struck 8. Graveyard 9. Lifestylez Ov da Poor and Dangerous SIDE D 10. I Don't Understand It 11. Fed up Wit the Bullshit 12. Let 'Em Have It 'L'
MF DOOM's debut album was a complete game-changer when it was unleashed on unsuspecting hip hop heads. Backpacker types immediately became enamoured with DOOM's left-field beats which drew upon obscure funk, soul, jazz and cartoon/comic book samples, providing the perfect backdrop for the masked MC's abstract wordplay and complex rhymes. Just remember it's all caps when you spell the man's name!
Tyler, the Creator, is a founding member of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (ofwgkta), a 10-person hip hop collective. This is going to have the same effect on hip hop as other landmark moments - the first Wu-Tang long player, the Beastie Boys dropping License to Ill, Dr Octagon's Dr Octagonand Public Enemy's Yo Bum Rush the Showand provide a much needed antidote to where hip hop is now. Their show's are more like punk shows and their love for skating, supreme and bacon far outweighs their love for the music industry. He's an accomplished musician, a stunning wordsmith and definitely not someone to be taken lightly - not bad for someone who's not even 20 yet! this is more than style over substance and definitely not horror core - it's hip hop in it's rawest form and what we really need right now! production on the album is handled almost entirely by Tyler apart from The Other One which is produced by Left Brain and features from ofwgkta members Frank Ocean, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, Mike G, Taco and Jasper the Fucking Dolphin.
OPERATION: DOOMSDAYIS NOW AVAILABLE ON A SERIES OF DELUXE 45S, and here is "Gas Drawls." Sampling Steely Dan's "Black Cow," the song is MF DOOM's homage to his guest appearance, as Zev Love X, on KMD's "Gas Face." The beat knocks DOOM delivers memorable lines like "Two times a day with brothers that's tight like a noose / With more rhymes in use than Dr. Seuss of motherfuckin' mother goose"—this is a must-pick up for fans and/or DJs. Full color picture sleeve w/ artwork by Lord Scotch who designed the cover for the album, each cover fits like a puzzle with other 7" release to form a larger DOOM image. Also includes "?" and "Hero Vs. Villain."