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Black SheepA Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

Label:Mercury – 848 368-1, Mercury – 422 848 368-1
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Hip Hop
Style:Conscious

Tracklist

A1Intro0:49
A2U Mean I'm Not1:25
A3Butt...In The Meantime
Backing VocalsRed Alert, The Violators
4:13
A4Have U.N.E. Pull
Vocals [Additional Vocals]Angelique Bellamy
3:48
A5Strobelite Honey
Backing VocalsChiali*
3:05
A6Are You Mad?
Voice [Hard Fellows]Baby Chris*, David L., Drexell, Sir (3)
0:43
A7The Choice Is Yours3:23
A8To Whom It May Concern4:04
A9Similak Child4:27
A10Try Counting Sheep4:24
B1Flavor Of The Month
Trumpet [Sampled Trumpet Solo]Herb Albert*
4:17
B2La Menage
FeaturingQ-Tip
3:23
B3L.A.S.M.2:12
B4Gimme The Finga4:25
B5Hoes We Knows4:20
B6Go To Hail1:02
B7Black With N.V. (No Vision)3:56
B8Pass The 40
Rap [Featuring]Chiali*, C. Lighty*, Dave Gossett, J.Jones*
4:46
B9Blunted 101:56
B10For Doz That Slept2:39
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Notes

℗© 1991 PolyGram Records, Inc.
Manufactured and marketed by PolyGram Records, Inc.
Printed in the U.S.A.
Remastered at: The Hit Factory
Recorded at Calliope

A3 contains a sample from "I Don't Wanna Go" performed by Paul Butterfield and "Upon This Rock" by Joe Farrell
A7 contains a sample from "Big Sur Suite" (J. Hammond)
A8 contains a sample from "Love Now Is Forever" performed by Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins (C. Haskins)
A10 contains a sample from "I'm Losing You" performed by Rare Earth
B1 contains a sample from "In A Little Spanish Town" (M. Wayne, S. Lewis, J. Young). Sampled Trumpet Solo: Herb Alpert
B4 contains a sample from "I Know 've Been Wrong" performed by Mashmakan (P. Senecal)
B5 contains a sample from "Melinda" (Butler / Peters)
B7 contains a sample from "Povo" by Freddie Hubbard
B8 contains a sample from "Blue Juice" performed by Jimmy McGriff

Vocals credits for Chiali & Angelique Bellamy have been mixed up on the back cover:
Chiali speaks the intro to A4 and Angelique Bellamy does additional vocals on A5.

Cat# on the spine & sticker: 848 368-1
Cat# on the labels: 422 848 368-1

Original first pressing with genuine "Parental Advisory" sticker attached to the cover and a red sticker on the shrink

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 422-848368-1
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): 422 848-368-1-AS-DMM-SP- SP 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): 422 848368-1-BS-DMM-SP SP 1-1
  • Pressing Plant ID: 49
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Reviews

  • parabolica's avatar
    parabolica
    Bassline on " To Whom It May Concern " taken from Gary Bartz NTU Troop " Celestial Blues " !!!!
    • zbarbera's avatar
      zbarbera
      Had this on cd back in the day. Great mid-year hip hop. Back when the lyrics were playful and not dumbed down and the sampling was still very experimental and varied. Some fantastic tracks on this record.
      • LinzBinz's avatar
        LinzBinz
        I also agree. This is a top 5 all time hip hop album. They might not have done a lot, but this album is just fantastic. Smart, funny, serious, tough, slick; it has it all.
        • puzl_munkey's avatar
          puzl_munkey
          Easily one of my top 5 hip hop albums of all time. There really isn't one beat, rap, or concept that I find weak on this LP. Dres is one of the smoothest MC's since Slick Rick. Very sly, intelligent, and witty. His cadence and flow still stand up today as top notch; definitely some of my favorite and most memorable raps.

          Lawnge's beats are extremely underrated... he chops and layers almost as well as Premiere, and his tracks generally have more scene changes and movements than any vocal hip hop I've heard before or since. Very original sample usage. 'Similak Child' is a good example... most producers would have ran the Jefferson Airplane guitar loop throughout the track as the base. Lawnge instead combines it with a few other pieces and actually drops it out all-together for the majority of the verses; using it instead as a layer, scene change, and breakdown. Essentially, Black Sheep combined about 3 different loops that could have been 3 different songs into one song... making for a much more full and layered listening experience... it actually goes places instead of being a static loop to rhyme over (as is the case with the majority of sample-based hip hop).

          Last, but not least, Black Sheep also win tons of points for their sense of humor. 'U Mean I'm Not' absolutely killed me when I first heard it back in the day. I knew of Black Sheep because of their single 'The Choice Is Yours'... so, I bought the cassette looking for more of the same.... when that track opened up, I had no idea what was going on. Hahaha... one of the funniest hip hop moments on record. Their sarcasm and sly humor is present throughout, providing a well-balanced mix with some more serious subject matter, story-driven tracks, and some of the slickest raps out there.

          All-around incredible Hip Hop record... highly recommended for anyone who doesn't already own it.

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