Awesome piece on independent hip-hop published in The Source in june 1997, written by Elliott Wilson & T-Love, with additional reporting by Max Glazer and Jazzbo.
Like most rap artists signed to WEA and its branches (Omniscience, Juggaknots, Deda, INI, Supernatural, Agallah, Lin Que, KMD, Ador, Coz… who else ?) in 1994/95, Ill Biskits dropped a couple of 12″ before their album got shelved for 13 years. Their 15 minutes of fame included a few interviews like this one, from Seattle magazine Flavor in september 1995.
Review of the long forgotten Streetwise album by J Rock, better known as that-guy-who-worked-with-Premo-before-anybody-else-care. Soon to be reissued by the good folks at Traffic.
J Rock : Neighborhood Drug Dealer (DJ Premier remix) (DivShare)
Underground favorites Legion Of Dume appeared in The Source in the Unsigned Hype column of may 1992.
Funny thing is that (according to Jaz , Matty C aka Matt Life was a member of the group ! I guess nepotism has always been the norm in the mag.
Short feature on Brooklyn’s Black Madness from Rapmasters in July 1993, written by Tony Patrick.
Black Maddness : Igpay Aatinlay
Vital Statistics : Christopher Clark, Warren Covington, ages unknown
Hometown : Brooklyn, New York
Record/Album : Igpay Atinlay
Label : Select Records
Bio in Brief : Formed three years ago in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Black Madness first originated when Christopher, aka Blackman and Warren, aka Madd Poet, came together through their mutual love for sports and aspired to one day become professional athletes. It was in their spare time that they enjoyed listening to old-school jams on their parents stereos and rhyming to the beats.The pair soon realized their lyrical talents on the mic as well as on the playing field, and in time, both of them made it a point of duty to perform at local talent shows, churches and colleges. At these local events, the group received an overwhelming response and soon aquired a large and loyal following. This, along with some encouragement with some music industry insiders, inspired them to take their skills to the next level.
“We liked it, practiced it and kept on doing it. We got busy,” says Black Man, the most hardcore of the duo. “You may have heard some of the music and the style that we use, but you never heard it the way that we do it. We’re here to bring some new flavor to hardcore [hip-hop] music.”
Feature on The Wascals, one of those groups produced by J-Sw!ft who never made it. Buckwheed later changed his name to Buck 50.
Wascals : Class Clown