After making a reference to Make Room from The Alkaholiks classic debut 21 & Over in the intro of my review of Toolshed’s great new album The Lost, I knew a couple things were going to happen:
1. I was going to listen to 21 & Over a bunch of times.
2. I was going to post a 21 & Over-inspired OSM today.
Well item 1 has been taken care of, as I’ve already listened to 21 & Over 4 or 5 times today alone, and as you can see, item 2 is well underway. If you’re old like us, you might have similar fond memories of the ‘liks and their debut, which dropped in ’93 (I was in grade 12, see, old!). They were down with the forever under-appreciated King Tee, who I already loved, and they made the awesomest, beer-stained & punchline-filled hip hop I’d ever heard come from the West coast. Their beats were crazy funky, sample-filled affairs that you wouldn’t expect to come from the left coast – NY, sure, but this was after the Chronic dropped, so everyone wanted was looking to the west for the next Parliament-sampling OG anthem or smoothed-out G-Funk hit.
But I guess it shouldn’t have actually been a surprise, as 2/3rds of the ‘liks hailed from Ohio, including the group’s DJ/producer (& sometime MC) E-Swift, and he was likely inspired by NYC hip hop aplenty in his formative. As for the groups two main MC’s, J-Ro and Tash, they are two of the 90’s most skilled, charismatic & comedic mic-rockers, and I find countless examples of lyrics on 21 & Over (not too mention their subsequent albums) that still make me smile. Like the one from J-Ro that I mentioned in the review:
Like a Kung Fu flick, I’ll stick you in the dick with my toothpick, tell ‘em Rick (Slick Rick sample) you hit ‘em harder than a fuckin’ brick
So much fantastic nonsense. Also, I just realized today that the Tash line “like Calvin flips fries and quarter-pounders” from Last Call likely refers to the Calvin from the classic WackDonalds commercial. That made me laugh, not exactly sure why. Anyhoo, on to some songs from 21 & Over then. We’re starting with Only When I’m Drunk, which uses the same bassline as EPMD’s It’s My Thing, and was always a favorite of mine. Then, of course, we have Make Room, and then for something different, we have the remix version of Mary Jane (done by E-Swift I think). We’ll finish up with the B-side of that 12″, Relieve Yourself.
Classic Likwit material, enjoy!
VIDEO:: The Alkaholiks – Make Room
VIDEO:: The Alkaholiks – Likwit/Only When I’m Drunk
VIDEO:: The Alkaholiks – Mary Jane