Old School Mondays:: Larry Larr Re-Up Edition

Da Wizard of Odds

I’ve been doing some tidying around the hill over the last few days, and it’s given me the chance to re-visit a bunch of fun stuff from the past. One perfect example of this is the short lived DITT, or Diggin’ In The Tapes series of posts I started doing quite some time ago. Basically I started converting some of my old, more-obscure hip hop tapes to mp3 format, and I’d post some of the songs with a little blurb. This was of course before I realized everyone else was doing the same thing, and it seemed a little redundant to be doing the same when I could use the ole Google to get digi copies of my favorite old albums.

 

Anyway, somehow I came across this post of Philly Old-Schooler, and hill fave, Larry Larr, and because the Ack and I still reference Larry on occasion, I thought I’d re-post my original thoughts on the album and put Larry’s songs back up, Enjoy!

 

Larry Lar dropped his debut album, da Wizard Of Odds, on Ruff House records in 1991. Larry was from Philly and his album had DJ Mad Ice doing the cuts and the production was handled by Chuck Nice of Philly legends Three Times Dope. The rappin’ third of Three Times Dope, E.S.T., joins Lar and The Boy Genius, Kwame, on My Ace, My Pal, My Partner. So why do I own this tape? A good question…

 

Back in the day, or more specifically, before the internet, you had to be somewhat resourceful if you wanted to find new hip hop music. Once the Source became readily available (but before it sold out and fell the fack off), it made things a little easier, but before that, one of the best places to look was the cassette insert. Looking back, it sounds kind of desperate, but it worked at the time. With each new tape, I’d read through the tracks and the artist shout-out’s to see if there was any groups or MC’s listed I didn’t recognize. That’s how I found our friend Larry Lar. He appeared on two tracks on Three Times Dope’s sophmore album Live From Acknickulous Land, and I picked up Da Wizard of Odds on a trip to the States.

 

Listening to the album again after many years, it’s still enjoyable. Larry has a crazy high pitched voice that makes him sound 13, but I have no clue how old he was when he recorded this, so he might have actually been 13. But the voice sounds cool and like Cheez Whiz, he’s got personality, so it works. The beats are full of familiar samples, and due to that they all sound good. Jazz It Up uses the same samples as both Cypress Hill’s Hand On The Pump and Tribe’s Check The Rhyme. But this was the early 90′s when samples like that weren’t played out yet or completely identified with classic jams. The hit single from the album Larry, That’s What They Call Me samples Bobby Brown’s rap from the remix of Every Little Step, so that makes it a winner by default. The B side opener, Confused, was also a favorite jam from this album with it’s hyper beat and Atomic Dog drums.

 

So there you have it, Larry Lar. Enjoy the two tracks below from the album. I have no idea what Larry Lar is up to now, so if you have any info, post a comment.

 

Wow: But the voice sounds cool and like Cheez Whiz, he’s got personality, so it works. A Cheese Whiz ref! That line has held up way worse than Larry’s album I’d say. Right then, here’s the songs I put up with the original post, Larry, That’s What They Call Me, and the much-better original version of Confused, which got a weak-sauce, R&B New Jack-Swingover for the video I guess.

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MP3:: Larry Larr - Larry, That’s What They Call Me

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MP3:: Larry Larr Confused

VIDEO:: Larry Larr - Larry, That’s What They Call Me

VIDEO:: Larry Larr - Confused

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