DITT: MC Rell & The Houserockers - Life Of An Entertainer

MC Rell & The Houserockers released Into The Future on Polygram records in 1989. I believe it was MC Rell's one & only release, but that's hard to confirm as the Internet isn't brimming with info on MC Rell or his Houserockers. Which is fine as I'm not sure there were actually any houserockers. Cut Master D.C. is billed as doing all the cuts on the album and various people are given credit for drum programming. Salaam Remi (who's worked with Nas, The Fugees, Ludacris, and Ricky Martin?) does some drum programming and also makes a "rhythm contribution" to one song. This must be before the hip hop producer was clearly defined. The Awesome Two, Special K & Teddy Ted, contribute some production and Chuck Chillout provides the mix for one song (whatever that really means).

MC Rell sounds like a poor man's Rakim on the mic. Which isn't to say he's bad, just that Rakim is on that other level, so any sound-alike is going to get the poor man's label. But Rell's real name is Terrell Davis, like the former Bronco running back, so he gets bonus points for that. No word on if MC Rell did the military style salute after each song though. But Rell does a decent job on the mic and is fairly charismatic; his flow is pretty standard for 89 hip hop. Beat-wise, the album is an enjoyable listen. The beats are sort of sparse which matches Rell's straight up flow pretty well. There aren't a ton of familiar samples on this album like you might find on other 89 releases. The various houserockers rely mostly on programmed drums with samples to help fill in the background.

The subject matter on Into The Future is actually pretty varied. The title track is sort a concept track that has Rell kicking fast rhymes over an uptempo track with a space-age voice in the chorus describing how MC Rell & The Houserockers music eventually takes over the globe. Common Knowledge is a kind of "conscious" track where Rell schools folks on how far they can get if they use their nogin. Life Of An Entertainer lets all wannabee MC's that the rap life isn't as glamorous as it looks. Hole In My Pocket talks about how easy it is to spend them rap duckets and Brainstorm is kind of a crazy concept jam where Rell's rappin' brainwaves cause some kind of super-intense thunderstorm.

I have no idea what became of MC Rell or the Houserockers. As far as Google tells me, MC Rell only released this one album. It's somewhat ironic that Into The Future mentions a fictional 1994 and 2001 where MC Rell's music is listened to by everyone, when in reality it seems by 1994 he feel off the face of the earth. Oh well, predicting the future isn't easy, even for a Houserocker. But MC Rell lives on in MP3 format, so enjoy the two singles from this album, Into The Future and Life Of An Entertainer.

Into The Future

Life Of An Entertainer


@ 4:10 AM, Anonymous Ronnie kicked the following game:

MC Rell was a very dope MC

By the way King Sun was a poor mans Rakim like Barsha was a poor mans Kool G Rap

 

@ 12:03 PM, Anonymous Naedoo kicked the following game:

Rell certainly was a dope MC, check our review with him.

I dunno if I see the King Sun, Rakim comparison, I guess I'd have to go back and listen to him again. And I never heard of Barsha until this minute, so I can't speak on him.

 

@ 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous kicked the following game:

At least he had lyrics. I miss emcees just going for theirs even though that type of rap never sold all that well it was something to hear.

 

@ 10:51 AM, Blogger naedoo kicked the following game:

Mr. Anonymous,

You are correct, I wasn't dissing Rell at all, despite the poor man's Rakim comment. Being the poor man's Rakim still makes you the Billionaire's 50 Cent(s). This album was always a favorite of mine, I wouldn't have taken the trouble to convert it and post on it if it wasn't.

I actually interviewed Rell after posting this. I should actually look into re-posting that interview.

 

@ 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous kicked the following game:

MC RELL WES THE MOST SLEPT ON ARTIST
I STILL PUMP HIS ALBUM LIKE IT CAME OUT TODAY & IM NOT STUCK ON OLD SCHOOL I JUST RESPECT REAL HIP HOP
BIG UPS TO MC RELL THE REAL MC RELL
IM OUT

INTO THE FUTURE
U SUCKERS

 

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