KMD-Mr. Hood (1991)

My Rating: 64% (C)

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Average Rating: 64% (C)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Mr. Hood at Piocalles Jewelry/Crackpot
  2. Who Me? (with An Answer From Dr. Bert)
  3. Boogie Man!
  4. Mr. Hood Meets Onyx
  5. Subroc’s Mission
  6. Humrush
  7. Figure of Speech
  8. Bananapeel Blues
  9. Nitty Gritty (Featuring Brand Nubian)
  10. Trial ‘N Error
  11. Hard Wit No Hoe
  12. Mr. Hood Gets a Haircut
  13. 808 Man
  14. Boy Who Cried Wolf
  15. Peachfuzz
  16. Preacher Porkchop
  17. Soulflexin’
  18. Gasface Refill

Label:

Elektra

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for an interesting undiscovered hip hop album.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

There’s a lot going on, but I kinda like it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really.

Final Thoughts:

Have you ever heard of Zev Love X? Yeah me neither, until I started looking into KMD a three man hip hop group. Mr. Hood is an origin story album, this is one of the albums before MF Doom was MF Doom, yes Zev Love X is Doom, this is when he was young and optimistic, then life hit and we were introduced to the Villain. KMD’s Mr. Hood sounds really familiar, because it’s pretty much like every other hip hop album of the time. There wasn’t a whole lot that was innovative about this record, just kind of a stick to the formula type album. KMD is pretty much a group for super Doom fans like myself, I love seeing Doom before he became the notorious emcee that he is, Mr. Hood shows a weird insight to the masked rapper.

Del Tha Funkyhomosapien!-I Wish My Brother George Was Here (1991)

My Rating: 93% (A+)

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Average Rating: 93% (A+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. What Is A Booty?
  2. Mistadobalina
  3. The Wacky World of Rapid Transit
  4. Pissin’ On Your Steps
  5. Dark Skin Girls
  6. Money For Sex
  7. Ahonetwo, Ahonetwo
  8. Prelude
  9. Dr. Bombay
  10. Sunny Meadowz
  11. Sleepin’ On My Couch
  12. Hoodz Come In Dozens
  13. Same Ol’ Thing
  14. Ya Lil’ Crumbsnatchers

Label:

Elektra

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Sick of gangster rap and want to have some fun hip hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s iconic.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

So badly, yes!

Final Thoughts:

If you asked me to create a list of the 50 Greatest Hip-Hop albums of all time I would include I Wish My Brother George Was Here. Without Del, we wouldn’t have guys like Tyler, The Creator or Watsky, they are so clearly influenced by his geeky/honest style. Del is Ice Cube’s cousin and he’s really marketing that on this album, smartly because this album may have fallen into obscurity without Ice Cube pushing it. Like Ice or not, he has done the underground a true favor by getting behind this album. This is Del’s Illmatic, I don’t think it gets much better than this.

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