Re-Release Tuesdays “Throw Ya Gunz In The Air”

It’s the mad face invasion! Hip-Hop’s Heavy Metal (this and M.O.P.). Loved this album back in the day. Remember when Biggie said, “I let my tape rock until my tape popped”… That was this Onyx album for me. They were radically different for what East Coast Hip-Hop was doing in the very early 90s. Classic material right here… This week’s Re-Release is Onyx’s “Throw Ya Gunz In The Air”.

Onyx‘s shouting, in-your-face brand of high-volume rapping proved to be more at home in the slam pit than on the dancefloor and brought the rap quartet instant chart success. Originally formed in Queens, NY, during 1990, the members of Onyx (Fredro StarrSticky FingazBig DS, and DJ Suave Sonny Caeser) met while working as barbers. The band honed their rhyming skills and act by performing at local clubs, which eventually gained the attention of Run-D.M.C.‘s Jam Master Jay, who signed the group to his label, JMJ Records, and even helped produce Onyx‘s debut full-length, Bacdafucup, in 1993. The album turned out to be a platinum-certified smash, spurred on by the runaway success of the hit single “Slam,” which went on to become one of the year’s biggest rap hits.  -Allmusic.com

50 Cent “Before I Self-Destruct”: Album Review

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I love a good Maritn rerun every now and again. Even though I may know the episode word for word, I must watch. Even though I’m able to anticipate every single detail in every scene, I love it like it’s the first time.

50 Cent’s “Before I Self-Destruct” is, without a doubt, a rerun. Of course, like “Curtis” & “The Massacre“, it doesn’t come close to his smash debut “Get Rich or Die Trying“. This album also doesn’t have a track that’s on par with his last major hit “I Get Money“.

This album is a rerun in the sense that the formula is the same as his previous work. It has become very predictable over time. If you love 50, this album is dope. It has everything you need. If you feel 50 fell off, this album is another nail in that coffin.

I’m somewhere in the middle. I love joints like “Invitation” and “Death to My Enemies”. It’s songs like “Gangsta’s Delight” and “Get it Hot” that leave me like, “What the f@ck is this?!”

Maybe this album was done this way to fufill his last contractual obligation to Interscope. The album has pushed back since 06′.

It’s kind of dissappointing to see how politics and label nonsense directly effect music. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. As a fan, I just want to put the cd on and rock but it’s hard to do that when business is such an open book in the music industry.

If you are happy with the 2009 version of 50 Cent, you won’t be dissappointed. Especially with the movie and documentary bonus.

If you’re looking for “Get Rich or Die Trying”…keep trying. Not feeling this one people.

RUN DMC TRIBUTE

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Head on over to my weekly mix show! I put together a tribute for these brothers. Click on the Photo (above) to listen to the mix. Here’s my blurb on the legendary hip-hop group Run Dmc:

“This week it’s a tribute to the greatest hip-hop group of all time…RUN DMC JAM MASTER JAY! The group is soon to be inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! This is a great achievement for a group who paved the way for so many hip-hop artist. They were hardcore and mainstream at the same time. They made the rap/rock collaboration cool, and they had platinum sales back when hip-hop was shooting for gold records. Salute! Rest In Peace Jam Master Jay… Enjoy!”