Friday, May 22, 2009

Hip-Hop Fridays: Artifacts "Between A Rock And A Hard Place" (1994)

Welcoming the rays of sunshine we've been receiving here in Vancouver, Thee Expressway is uploading one of the best summer hip-hop records. The Artificats, made up of New Jersey MC's El Da Sensei and Tame One, started off as graffiti artists before they made their debut with "Between A Rock And A Hard Place." Production here is courtesy of T-Ray and Buckwild, with the latter being on quite the roll (earlier he produced OC's classic "Word...Life" and would later produce some tracks on the Organized Konfusion's "Stress: The Extinction Agenda" and Big L's "Lifestylez Ov Da Poor And Dangerous.) The beat on 'Wrong Side of the Tracks' was so good that Madlib (via Quasimoto) would life the beat for a track, which is about the best compliment you could get for a beat nowadays. The rhyming is just as top notch, especially considering that these two graffiti kids from New Jersey hadn't done much at all before their debut. If you're into early 90s hip-hop and haven't heard this yet, please, do yourself a favor and download the album below.

Download "Between A Rock And A Hard Place" here.
Download the Instrumentals here. (via Tuttsu Fruttsi Icecream)

'Wrong Side Of The Tracks' video

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