Old School Tuesdays:: Masters of Ceremony

We’re going with the Old School Tuesday plan this week due to the holiday yesterday - it made no sense to post yesterday considering this was one of those rare occasions when it was a holiday in both the US and Canada. But we’ve got a good one today, songs from a group we’ve never posted on before: Masters of Ceremony.

 

The Masters of Ceremony is of course the name of the legendary Grand Puba Maxwell’s first group. Considering I’ve been a pretty big Puba fan, both in his Brand Nubian and solo incarnations, it seems odd that I’ve never posted anything from the MC’s before, but better late than never I suppose. It was the chapter on Brand Nubian’s One For All in Brian Coleman’s excellent book Check The Technique that gave me the idea for this post. The book mentions that Puba, Sadat X, and Lord Jamar are all from New Rochelle, NY, and that they got together after Puba’s first group, the aforementioned MC’s had a little success, but ultimately never got a real big break, and broke up.

 

Comprised of Puba, Dr. Who, and DJ Shabazz, the Masters of Ceremony are a real old school, NY group, with melodic songs that feature plenty of funky samples and a smattering of keyboard beats, along with solid MC work from Puba and his cousin Dr. Who. Their first 12″ release was the Teddy Riley-produced Crime, which seems to have come out around 1985, and if you give it a listen below you can see the group has a real traditional style at that point. Their one & only full-length Dynamite came out in 1988, and you can see they’ve moved forward with the times - their beats are much rougher and more sample-heavy. I like the more aggressive, braggadocios songs like Keep It Moving, One To The Knot, and Rock Steady. But they also had some smoother moments, with some dude named Don Barron doing some Heav-D-esque reggae styling on a number of songs (like the single Sexy which is likely more a sign of the times than an indication of what kind of music the group wanted to make).

 

In the end, I’m not mad that the Masters of Ceremony weren’t more successful, because that means Brand Nubian and especially One For All might not have seen the light of day, but Dynamite is a pretty solid album, so I’m gald I got to hear it now anyway. Enjoy.

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MP3:: Masters Of Ceremony - Crime

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MP3:: Masters Of Ceremony - Keep It Moving

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MP3:: Masters Of Ceremony - Rock Steady

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2 Responses to “Old School Tuesdays:: Masters of Ceremony”

Mario September 7th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I’d like to see an OSM on Awesome Threesome…they had one “awesome” song…”Nice and Slow”…they were 3 young kids

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