Monday, January 21, 2008

Old School Mondays:: Def Jef & Master Ace (Delicious Vinyl Edition, Vol. 1)

As I watch the Giants and the Pack battle it out for the right to get pantsed by the Patriots in front of half the planet, I'm hoping to bang out a quick version of OSM in anticipation of a jam-packed day tomorrow. Today's version of our weekly old-school homage took shape last week when the Ack made a Def Jef reference. I certainly enjoyed Def Jef, I have his first two albums in cassette format, but the conversation quickly morphed to the excellence of his label, Delicious Vinyl. Delicious Vinyl is a west coast record label founded in the late 80's, perhaps most famous for launching the careers of early-rap superstars Tone Loc and Young MC, the label is revered by many for it's iconic logo.

Whereas Tone Loc and Young MC are now the frequent targets for the sardonic wit of "funny" guys the world over, the Delicious Vinyl logo has somehow still managed to maintain it's cache. Back in the late 80's and early 90's, if you were sporting a Delicious Vinyl T, you'd likely get a number of knowing glances from any hip hop enthusiasts in the know that crossed your path. But the label also put out some quality albums, so I thought I'd feature a couple songs here with the intention to post more in a future addition. Of course I had to go with Def Jef, so we have his first single, Droppin' Rhymes On Drums and although I'm sure you were dying for something a little Younger or a little more Tone Loc-ish, I had to go with Master Ace's Saturday Night Live

MP3:: Def Jef - Droppin' Rhymes On Drums
This song was the lead single from Def Jef's debut album, Just a Poet With Soul, and one look at the album cover will tell you that clearly Jef was a man with soul. As I mentioned, I have this album on cassette, and I bought it from Sam The Record Man in the Bayers Road Shopping Mall without having any idea who he was. I did know his name was Def Jef and he was on Delicious Vinyl, so that was enough for me. I'd say it was a gamble that paid off, I enjoyed the album back in the day, and hearing this song again for the first time in a while, I like it as much as I ever did. Jef was the poet with soul, but Etta James is the one really bringing the soul in this case. This was kind of an odd pairing, as at this point most old school R&B; folks weren't really down with the rap music, but it works rather well. I have to say, I always like Jef and his defness. He was a quality MC, good with the flow - he was one of those guys that added a certain bit of flavour, made him enjoyable to listen to - and also versatile with his lyric content. Anyway, if Jef and Etta don't get you on this one, the frenetic drums make it impossible to sit still. Does the fact that Jef produced the theme song for That's So Raven make you more likely to check out this song? No? Oh. Well check it out anyway.

MP3:: Masta Ace Inc. - Saturday Nite Live
In the early 90's, before the rest of us, Master Ace got very tired of the music biz. So he changed his name to the cooler Masta Ace, formed a new crew, the appropriately named "Masta Ace Incorporated", and released Slaughtahouse, an anti-commercial rap opus. I bought this album (also in cassette format), and loved it, although it didn't get much coverage. In fact I remember reading so little about it that I thought "doesn't anyone else like this album?". I was so ahead of my time. Anyway, this is the last song on the album, and it features Masta Ace Inc. crew member Lord Digga and Eyceurokk, whoever that might be. This is one of the better jams on the album, which a catchy BDK sample getting the scratch and cut treatment, and all the MC's breaking out the battle rhymes over an awesome beat with a piano loop that I absolutely know, but can't place for some reason. Really a great jam, have a listen.

Video:: Def Jef - Droppin' Rhymes On Drums

Video:: Masta Ace Inc. - Saturday Nite Live

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