Friday, March 6, 2009
Hip Hop Fridays: Rumpletilskinz "What Is A Rumpletilskin?" (1993)
After last week's post on Raw Breed I pulled out my copy of Rumpletilskinz, "What Is A Rumpletilskin?" The two groups share the same style of group-shouted choruses and intense, spitting lyrical flows. Anyone who was into the Raw Breed album from last week will be sure to love this.
Rumpletilskinz hailed from Uniondale, Long Island and were childhood friends with Bustah Rhymes. It seems as if Bustah's hoarse and excitable vocal delivery rubbed off on these 4 cats (or vice versa), as they ooze the same vibe. They first appeared on the Leaders of the New School posse cut 'Sound of the Zeekers @#^**?!', which dropped in 1991 on LONS' debut. The group cut a few 12"s and finally released their debut in 1993 on RCA. Rumpletilskinz didn't make it much farther than cult status, and the group disbanded soon after. I think one of the members had a solo record a few years later, though I can't seem to find any info on that.
Anyways, unlike Raw Breed, who relied heavily on hard/dark funk samples to back up their rough sound, Rumpletilskins tend to use lighter jazz samples, which makes for an interesting juxtaposition. Sorry kiddies, it's getting late and I don't have many more words for this. It's great. Download it. Drop some comments.
Leaders of the New School "Sound of the Zeekers @#^**?!"
Download What Is Rumpletilskin here.