Label: Relativity - RPROLP-0525,Boondox Records - RPROLP-0525 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Promo Clean • Country: US • Genre: Hip Hop •
I tried to write a reader review, but your writing is so objective I can't match it. I remember when i went on my EPMD splurge i didnt care for Parrish Smith's first album so i didnt bother with the rest of his solo work, even though i prefer him over Sermon on the group stuff. I'll have to give this a listen. I enjoyed this album, and Leave Your Style Cramped is actually one of my favorite random tracks of all time. I think Angie Martinez hosted that. I need to dig out this tape again soon and give it Miss Virginia (Part 2) - Rickey Smiley - Off The Hook Volume IV listen See, here's the thing.
Yet this album also shows that he had a special ear for beats by other producers. The EP was the perfect drink to wash down the album's meaty meal Knick Knack 2, while far from the original, was still dope. If a rapper records a rap album intro that never gets heard because everyone always skips right past it, does it make a sound? Everyone in hip hop loves Brian De Palma's Scarface a completely overrated movie, by the wayand Parrish Smith is no exception, building 8-Off's instrumental around an extended sound bite lifted from the flick.
Instead, they've all been replaced by the darker, starker, boom-bap-aping New York-style street thug shit that hewed more closely to what was popular in our chosen genre at the time. And Every Time - Garnet Mimms - The Ultimate Collection, dollar signs taking the place of the letter "s".
Not a bad way to kick things off, even if it does take forever for the song itself to actually start. It's a good imitation, though, with a purposely suspenseful feel that may very well creep you the fuck out. PMD somehow fits two verses onto an audio track that runs for less than two minutes total, but he sounds decent while doing so, if not exactly comfortable with the overall vibe. After another long and unnecessary intro it runs for approximately twenty seconds but feels like a goddamn eternitythe hottest, grimiest, earworm-iest 8-Off beat on the entire album kicks in to brainwash listeners into believing that Parrish Smith could have had a better solo career than E-Double, had the odds been ever in his favor.
Now, our host doesn't sound quite as good over this masterpiece as I remembered, but he still connects where it counts, even though most of his bars sound like motherfucking t-shirt slogans. Our host was smart enough to realize that this song could most most likely epitomize his entire solo career, so we'll be revisiting this track before the evening is over.
Until then, just accept that this song is alright and move the hell on already. Whoever had the bright idea to feature the energetic, grammatically-chiggeddy-challenged duo Das EFX over a subtle, low-key Solid Scheme instrumental that is so boring that it sounds like it's about to croak while it's playing needs to be fucking tarred and feathered.
This shit was weak sauce. None of the threats on here sound remotely menacing: they may as well be knocking on your door, interrupting your dinner or your ritualistic marathons of Storage Warsto discuss your respective lord and savior when all you really want to do is to practice religious tolerance and shut the fucking fuck up.
You may think I went off on a bizarre tangent right now, but we've all been there, really. Which isn't entirely a bad thing, as Nocturnal doesn't sound bad: he comes across as a less gravelly-voiced Twin Gambino from Infamous Mobb.
But the star of this track is 8-Off, whose ill-as-shit instrumental sounds so fucking dark and Apocalypse Now -militant that the various members of Killarmy should have swiped it for their own personal use instead. This unfortunately-titled affair claims to hold Parrish Smith's declaration of dominance in this here rap 純情ってなんだい？ - Tomohisa Kawazoe - Water Colors, but, you see, that title.
Solid Scheme's instrumental, all dark and melodic, isn't the proper vehicle for a song about urological definitions, and our host doesn't sound convinced in his own work to help it stand out.
This song was, Kool Kat - PMD - Bu$ine$$ I$ Bu$ine$$ (Clean Album) , the pee. Not content with misspelling just one word in his song title, PMD goes balls-out in his battle with Merriam-Webster while simultaneously giving the listener a storytelling rap that doesn't seem to have any stakes whatsoever.
Not great, but could have been worse. Kool Kat - PMD - Bu$ine$$ I$ Bu$ine$$ (Clean Album) tries to be clever, directing this sampled-dialogue-driven interlude toward not just a certain Green Eyed Bandit, but toward everyone else who doesn't believe that he's a hard working man behind the mic a Mic Doctor, if you will.
Go figure. Not that our host was necessarily finished talking about his then-former partner, mind you. In which the Green Eyed Bandit is rechristened the Green Eyed Monster better known as jealousy, a character trait that can cause friends to turn on you.
It's important to note that Erick Sermon himself is never actually named on this song, but after that previous interlude, well, come on. PMD reaches out of his Hit Squad comfort zone to connect with the Mash Out Posse, who do what they can over a Fabian Hamilton beat that isn't quite in their wheelhouse.
Aside from the fact that the guest stars don't get free reign Billy Danze's final verse is even cut off prematurelythis I Could Have Told You - Johnny Martizia - Sun Valley Guitar awful, although PMD isn't exactly high on the list of artists that I would actually want to see collaborate with M. So this song obviously came from some aborted Das EFX twelve-inch single since they boast about In The Evening By The Moonlight - Various - Some Enchanted Evening shit being a b-side.
After listening to this song, with its dank DJ Scratch instrumental that doesn't fit the subject matter but wouldn't Kool Kat - PMD - Bu$ine$$ I$ Bu$ine$$ (Clean Album) bad when played all by itselfI'm not convinced that Parrish Smith even knows what a b-boy even is.
I told you we would be getting back to this track. This remix, which chops off the ridiculous intro but utilizes the same banging beat otherwise, shoehorns Das EFX into the proceedings, making this sound like an alternate-universe take on the same material.
Also, the inclusion of Das EFX on the hook only increases the likelihood that the listener will shout along. This was an excellent way to end things. Said twelve-inch single actually contained several tracks, including Kool Kat - PMD - Bu$ine$$ I$ Bu$ine$$ (Clean Album) unreleased songs, which categorizes it more as an EP than as a single release.
As such, I felt that it was worthy of inclusion in this post. Please note that Skateboard P, also known as Pharrell Williams, has to not exist in order for that previous sentence to make logical sense. Over a driving Havoc instrumental that sounds much better than the original version, Parrish Smith and Cellblock P Mobb Deep receives the actual credit, but Prodigy is the only one of the duo to make an vocal appearance, as Havoc was probably happy enough to stay behind the boards trade verses that share no relation to the source material.
This was recorded way back when Prodigy actually was a good rapper, so it isn't surprising that the dude sounds hungry enough, even though he's ultimately saying nothing, but the real shock comes directly from our host, who easily holds his own.
This wasn't bad. At all. The hype beat, handled by our host, gives an old-school flavor, but luckily, it's reminiscent more of an EPMD throwback than it is a Shade Business clone. Parrish unleashes three verses over the never-changing instrumental, but he matches the energy of the music, which is all that I can ask of him. Parrish Smith and his various weed carriers tackle an EPMD classic in the only overt nod to our host's past, music-wise, of the entire write-up, with varying degrees of success.
Besides, L Da Pro sounds like he's trying too hard to be a certain Reggie Noble during his verse: it makes complete sense that most Kool Kat - PMD - Bu$ine$$ I$ Bu$ine$$ (Clean Album) PMD's Hit Squad brethren fell by the wayside once Erick Sermon Kool Kat - PMD - Bu$ine$$ I$ Bu$ine$$ (Clean Album) knocking on the man's door to kiss and make up.
And we're done. Yes, there are a handful of potshots taken at Erick Sermon's expense, but far less than there were on his debut, and Parrish himself even seems to have moved beyond cheap insults and shit-talking. Not every song holds up: the s street sound was a skill set that not every producer was capable of replicating, and even fewer could craft timeless compositions out of that era.
But PMD does his best to hold the listener's attention, and for the most part, he wins you over; Parrish Smith has always been the more lyrical to a point half of EPMD, and he just wasn't able to prove that he was deserving of that title with Shade Business. PMD fares much better on here, even if most of Destiny - Otis Redding - Recorded Live (Previously Unreleased Performances) still isn't really what I would consider "essential listening".
A burn is Kool Kat - PMD - Bu$ine$$ I$ Bu$ine$$ (Clean Album)but if nothing else, you should definitely check out the songs listed below, as they represent a solo Parrish Smith in his prime. Catchup with Parrish Smith by clicking here. Anonymous January 27, Michael January 27, Anonymous January 29, Michael January 29, Anonymous January 28, A Funky Diabetic January 29, JayinPhiladelphia February 10, Anonymous December 26, Newer Post Older Post Home.
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