Various ‎– UK Rap Pack 1

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Sleeping Bag Records ‎– SBUK LP11
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A1 2 Smooth M.C.'s* The Inventor
A2 Nice & Smooth No Bones In Ice Cream
A3 Just Ice* Going Way Back
A4 T La Rock On A Warpath
A5 E.P.M.D.* It Wasn't Me It Was The Fame
A6 Cash Money And Marvelous* Play It Kool
B1 Nice & Smooth Funky For You
B2 Solid Posse Unity Rap
B3 Cash Money And Marvelous* New Sheriff In Town
B4 Just Ice* The Ice Man Cometh
B5 T La Rock Bass Machine
Producer – Mantronik*
B6 T La Rock Come And Give It To Me (Ecstasy)
Producer – Todd TerryRap [Featuring] – MC Glamorous*

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Jonny_Fused

Jonny_Fused

March 26, 2010
Confusingly-titled (none of the artists are from the UK, it's a UK release) but solid Golden-Era hip-hop compilation, released in 1990 but reaching back a couple of years for the tracks.

Stand-outs include "No Bones In Ice Cream" -- one of Nice & Smooth's finest & most surreal outings from their early days, and pretty hard to find at the time (no LP release, only on the "Funky For You" 12 b-side). Nuts lyrics, a dope little piano loop and what sounds like pitched-down Synthetic Substitution drums, what more do you want?

Add to that two bona-fide classic Just-Ice tracks which need no introduction to the hardcore (both sampled/cut-up to death ever since) and it's already a winner. "Going Way Back" harks back to first-gen hip-hop and features KRS on production & backing vox, whilst "The Ice Man Cometh" cheekily lifts the same bassline as Biz's "Albee Square Mall" for guaranteed smiles despite the typically fierce delivery from Just.

T La Rock's classic "On A Warpath" exemplifies the uptempo battle style popular at the time ("This is only the half / Of T La Rock's wrath") and is one of T's most ferocious tracks, DJ Hollywood on top production from bringing tuff drums and varied sample drops that sit together beautifully, still more than capable of destroying savvy dancefloors.

The EPMD and Cash Money & Marv contributions are certainly not their finest early tracks, and are widely-available -- but are much, much more than mere album fillers. "Play It Kool" (some of Marv's best rhymes and exemplifying his patented "back & forth" style -- surely it's time for a modern bite of this?) and "It Wasn't Me, It Was The Fame" still sound dope in 2010. The Solid Posse's "Unity Rap" is relatively unknown compared to the rest, but it's much slept-on these days and was huge in UK clubs at the time thanks to the Bob Marley hook.

Add a nice slice of the immortal Mantronik's 808 beat magic featuring T La again, and err a dodgy swingbeat number from Todd Terry of all people, and you got a nice find if you're missing any of these tracks. I can forgive the latter, as seemingly all US hip-hop LP's from the time had to finish with a wack hip-house, ragga or swingbeat track, so I put it down to tradition :)

"Time is up -- later."