The Goats ‎– Tricks Of The Shade

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The debut album from Philadelphia hip hop band The Goats.

Tracklist

We Got Freaks 1:00
Typical American 4:36
Hangerhead Is Born 1:24
Whatcha Got Is Whatcha Gettin' 4:13
Columbus' Boat Ride 1:17
Ru Down Wit Da Goats 4:21
Cumin' In Ya Ear 2:49
Noriega's Coke Stand 2:28
Wrong Pot 2 Piss In 3:42
Leonard Peltier In A Cage 1:24
¿Do The Digs Dug? 4:31
TV Cops 4:23
Tattooed Lady 1:36
Rovie Wade, The Sword Swallower 1:09
Aaah D Yaaa 3:26
Drive-By Bumper Cars 1:48
Burn The Flag 3:53
Hip-Hopola 4:42

Versions (12)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
C 53027 The Goats Tricks Of The Shade(LP, Album) Ruffhouse Records C 53027 US 1992 Sell This Version
CSK 5023 The Goats Tricks Of The Shade (Designed For Radio Airplay)(CD) Ruffhouse Records, Columbia CSK 5023 US 1992 Sell This Version
CAS 5023 The Goats Tricks Of The Shade (Designed For Radio Airplay)(LP, Album, Promo) Ruffhouse Records, Columbia CAS 5023 US 1992 Sell This Version
COL 472680 2, 472680 2 The Goats Tricks Of The Shade(CD, Album) Columbia, Ruffhouse Records COL 472680 2, 472680 2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
CK 53027, 53027 The Goats Tricks Of The Shade(CD, Album) Ruffhouse Records, Ruffhouse Records, Columbia, Columbia CK 53027, 53027 US 1992 Sell This Version
CK 53027, 53027 The Goats Tricks Of The Shade(CD, Album) Ruffhouse Records, Ruffhouse Records, Columbia, Columbia CK 53027, 53027 US 1992 Sell This Version
CT 53027 The Goats Tricks Of The Shade(Cass, Album) Ruffhouse Records CT 53027 US 1992 Sell This Version
COL 472680 4 The Goats Tricks Of The Shade(Cass, Album) Ruffhouse Records, Columbia COL 472680 4 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
CT 53027 The Goats Tricks Of The Shade(Cass, Album) Ruffhouse Records, Columbia CT 53027 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
ACC53027 The Goats Tricks Of The Shade(Cass, Promo) Columbia, Ruffhouse Records ACC53027 US 1992 Sell This Version
472680 1 The Goats Tricks Of The Shade(LP, Album) Columbia, Ruffhouse Records 472680 1 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
188.297 The Goats Tricks Of The Shade(LP, Album) Columbia 188.297 Brazil 1993 Sell This Version

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SirDzl

SirDzl

November 14, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Tricks Of The Shade, LP, Album, C 53027
INCREDIBLE album. When the hell is someone going to re-release this on dbl vinyl with ALL the songs?! All the current vinyl versions are missing 4 essential tracks and 3 skits, including the title track and the climax to the story! Madness.
humanagain

humanagain

January 13, 2017
referencing Tricks Of The Shade, LP, Album, 472680 1

Not many albums I would give the perfect 5 stars to but this is one of them. It was an amazing time for Hip Hop and a big record label would take a chance on a bunch of unknowns and let them do whatever the hell they wanted in the studio and produce amazing results. Political, funny, poignant. They made a perfect album. There's no reason not to own this if you claim to have any interest in Hip Hop.
kamikaze_deadboy

kamikaze_deadboy

October 11, 2014
referencing Tricks Of The Shade, CD, Album, COL 472680 2, 472680 2
A solid live instrument hip hop for its time. heavy embedded in Politics but not as politically aware as material by Public Enemy or Paris, but still packs a punch! each MC has their own unique flow and frustrations towards the US government, racism, and police brutality. definitely worth picking up for the interludes alone, which tell the tale of Chicken Little and his little brother Hangerhead as they search for their uncle scam (aka George Bush, Snr.) and meet some odd characters along the way. This album is a LOT better than the followup No Goats No Glory, which the band lost their touch in politics, Oatie Kato and sound.. ToS is usually cheap, so grab yourself a copy and enjoy!
HeadFullOfHipHop

HeadFullOfHipHop

March 17, 2013
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Tricks Of The Shade, CD, Album, CK 53027, 53027

One of the most under-rated Hip-Hop albums to date, and by far my favourite!
DomCasual

DomCasual

July 28, 2010
referencing Tricks Of The Shade, CD, Album, CK 53027, 53027

Easily one of the best and most overlooked albums of the 1990s, the debut by The Goats tells a harrowing tale of political misdealings, racialized social relations, bureaucratic abuse, unjust war, and simple rage at an outdated moral system that was in power at the time (the initial George Bush). All of this is chin-strokingly fine for those looking for heavy content, but the record matches the fury of the lyrics with intense production, where samples and live instruments do battle with each other on the way to your ears. At the time, many live rap acts were coming with a bohemian, jazz-based stance. Not so the Goats, as the beats come hard and the band is working at complicating and adding mood to the sound, not easing it up for jazz instrument solos. This was the beginning of a sprawling body of work, as the three vocalists of the Goats (Madd, Swayzack, and Oatie Kato) managed one more album after this before breaking into a diaspora that continues today. Black Landlord, Jimmy Luxury and the Tommy Rome Orchestra, Rooster, and Incognegro were some of the acts that spun out of this nebula begun by three guys (2 African-American, 1 Italian-American) who met as push-cart vendors in Philadelphia.

What to say about this album? It's a concept piece, where Chicken Little and his kid brother Hangerhead (product of a botched abortion) go stumbling through Uncle Scam's Federally Funded Wel-fair and Freakshow, running into everyone from the caged Leonard Peltier to Manuel Noriega while looking for their mother. The twisted carnival motif manages to push all the hot-button issues of the early 90s, from flag-burning to police harassment to the initial Iraq war, but the concept never overrides the tracks themselves. "Not Not Bad", "Typical American," the haunting "TV Cops", and the mellower "Aaah D Yaaa" all hold up the weight of the topical material as well as the strength of the MCs. The CD booklet contains ALL the lyrics and believe me it was well worth reading. Personally, this album was a pivotal moment when I encountered it back in '92.

It languished in CD dollar bins for years, but seems like the Goats never lost their core following. Black Landlord is active with Madd at the mic stand, and the Goats feature both a Myspace and a website (off the Jimmy Luxury one). It's still a document of the time, but this record has definitely dated quite well as an excellent rap classic of the 90s.
Bearskillz

Bearskillz

April 13, 2005
edited over 16 years ago
referencing Tricks Of The Shade, CD, Album, CK 53027, 53027
Awesome political LP. Heavy beats and heartfelt, powerful and intelligent rhymes the likes of which haven't been seen since. Also one of the few albums ever to pull of skits succesfully as the narrator tours through a theme park as an analogy to modern day America.
One of the craziest things about this album though, is that the sentiments are just as valid in this day and age....