The East-Flatbush Project* ‎– A Madman's Dream / Can't Hold It Back

10/30 Uproar Records ‎– SB1906
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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A1 A Madman's Dream (Radio)
Featuring – PaydayWritten-By – T. Kingdom*
A2 A Madman's Dream (Dirty)
Featuring – PaydayWritten-By – T. Kingdom*
B Can't Hold It Back (Dirty)
Featuring – EsteemWritten By – S. Campbell



Produced by Spina (S. Bellamy) - Youthful Music, BMI.
Engineered and recorded at Ironbound Studios, Newark, NJ.


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November 21, 2016
Fun fact: in the last verse Payday spells his borough B-R-O-O-L-K-Y-N.


June 22, 2015
' A Madman's dream ' samples the bass line from ' Easy to be hard' by Three Dog Night


January 16, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
What a 12"!


January 22, 2011

The illest, or maybe just most overlooked, record by the East Flatbush Project. Tried By 12 was an instant underground classic, and rightfully so, but these two cuts have stood the test of time, in my opinion.
Esteem rocks a half Freshco half Tim Dog or K Solo style/voice on Can't Hold It Back. His energy, voice, and delivery make some of his average lines sound a lot better and make you wanna hear it over and over. And he can crack a joke while still sounding intimidating on here.
This is definitely my favorite usage of that certain Bob James sample.

On the flipside, Payday does his thing as well. Lines like "I never took a loss for nothing that I had g, since the age of 3 I ran the streets crazy" and "I take ya loot and ya chain moneygrip, cause I'm on some bullshit, if I can't have what I want then I'm taking it" show you the ruggedness off the bat. The way Spencer Bellamy flips that Roland Kirk sample is quite remarkable in itself and makes this a winner automatically.

So, all in all, my advise is that if you dig all those "random 90s rap" indie records, you should definitely pick this one up. It doesn't sell for a lot but it is a much higher quality release than a LOT of those $300 records.

I'm no journalist, critic, or reviewer, so this is just a comment, just my own humble opinion.

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