Old School Mondays:: Special Ed’s Homemade Blazer Edtion

For today’s OSM we’re going with a quick post featuring a few songs from Special Ed’s 2nd album, Legal. We’re discussing this album for a couple reasons, first, I was sent a link to J-Zone’s blog early last week (thanks KWES!), which I’d visited in the past, but hadn’t been to in quite some time, and I was happy to be reminded how great it is. This particular link was to a post entitled 10 Unpopular Hip-Hop Opinions, and while the whole thing is great (I could likely get an OSM from items 1 through 10), J’s claim that Special Ed’s second album was better than his first made me laugh.

 

I own cassette copies of both albums (real G’s rock tapes after all - c’maaan, this is a J-Zone related post, had to), and I think he might actually be right, Legal is mighty solid, but his reasoning is great: “Like many albums in 1990, Legal suffers from it’s artwork (which features pics of Ed in some horrendous homemade gear and laid out in vogue shots).” Very true. I remember looking at that cover and thinking “Really, this is what a NY rap star wears?”, but my grade 9 or 10 self was likely just skeptical of the lack of Starter gear in such an ensemble. But I’ve always been a Special Ed fan, and have often wondered why he never blew up more - perhaps this is one reason, the homemade gear was akin to Kwame’s polka dots perhaps, yet not as fatal to Ed’s career.

 

Anyhoo, the other reason for putting up Legal today is that in a quite un-related, but completely un-surprising turn of events, last week the Ack and I found ourselves in a(nother) description about the sublime ridiculousness of The Mission. Seriously, if you’re new to hip hop, and you think being a good rapper is a tangible skill that’s easy to identify, then you need to just listen to The Mission a few times. It is story-telling rap at its most far-fetched and nonsensical, yet it is perhaps one of my favorite hip hop songs ever. Try and imagine any of today’s popular rappers pulling off the following verse and not sounding like the corniest dude ever:

 

Loaded up the sawed-off, the double-barrel
The Rambo knife with the hunting apparel
Threw on the trench, kissed the girl good-bye
She said, “Special Ed, don’t go, you might die”
Started cryin’ and huggin’ on me, so I shot her
I said, “Sorry baby, but I gotta do what I gotta”

 

It’s great stuff, and I miss Special Ed. Yes, I know he’s still alive, we follow him on the Twitterz, but it was more of a allegorical statement about missing the hip hop from my youth…bah, forget it. Here’s a coupe solid jams from the album Come On, Let’s Move it and Ready 2 Attack, along with two versions of The Mission. Enjoy.

 

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MP3:: Special Ed - Come On, Let’s Move it

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MP3:: Special Ed - Ready 2 Attack

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MP3:: Special Ed - The Mission

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MP3:: Special Ed - The Mission (Remix)

 

VIDEO:: Special Ed - The Mission

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2 Responses to “Old School Mondays:: Special Ed’s Homemade Blazer Edtion”

Mario October 19th, 2010 at 6:18 am

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Herohill » Blog Archive » Old School Tuesdays:: Special Ed - Legal January 16th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

[...] cop to this post essentially being a re-up (except for the Come On Let’s Move It remix) of this rather enjoyable OSM from a couple years ago, but at this point I’ve done so many of these old school posts that repitition is inevitable. [...]

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