Old School Mondays:: Acknickulous Edition

One of the fun parts of doing these Old School Monday posts is when we hear back from the artists themselves. I mean I’d doing them regardless, but having Donald D take us to task for saying he had a shouty MC style, or having Yo-Yo send us a Facebook message is just further proof that the Internet is rather excellent.

 

The latest such incident of this phenomenon occured last week when legendary (say what you will, he’s legendary here at the hill, and likely in Philly as well) MC Larry Larr left a comment on our post about him thanking us for the love. Well it’s our pleasure Larry! You should check out that post (the songs have been re-upped) for the full scoop on the hill’s history with the helium-voice Larry Larr, but it’s safe to stay he remains in our Golden Age hall of fame.

 

So, thanks to that momentous comment/occasion last week, I wanted to to put up something Philly-related for today’s OSM. That plan was hampered slightly by heading to the Ack’s last night to watch the Mavs close out the ill-fated Heat in game 6 of the NBA Finals (The Jet! The Matrix! The Custodian!!! Oh, and Dirk too), but as it happens, The Ack casually mentioned Three Times Dope’s second album Live From Acknickulous Land (a great title for an Ack-penned column if anyone’s looking), and so I’d been thinking of basing a post on it. The fates have intertwinned, and here you have that very post!

 

I don’t know about you, but I love me some Three Times Dope. I don’t think the Philly trio of EST (MC), Chuck Nice (producer), and Woody Wood (DJ), are remembered as fondly as some of their NY peers of the same time period, but they should be. As I mentioned in this rather-long post on their debut album, Original Stylin’, their sound has aged very well all and for the most part that is also true for their Sophomore effort Live From Acknickulous Land. I’m guessing that perhaps that album’s title, featuring the group’s rather lengthy, made up synonym for “dope” might have put people off a bit back in the day. I suggest this because 3XDope’s debut is almost always described as being their best, but there are good songs on Acknickulous as well.

 

So then, let’s sample some of those songs that were released in 12″ form. We’ll lead off with the album opener Mr. Sandman, which is a funky slice of funky-worm-infused braggadoccio that also samples the oldie of the same name by The Chordettes (I think, don’t know if it’s their version they used). Then we’ve got the “video version” (it’s actually one of the 12″ remixes, no idea which) of Weak In The Knees, which, despite all it’s R&B leanings, I always liked, mainly due to the nutty steez of the guy singing the hook. We’ll finish with two versions (including the awesomely-named Pump ‘n’ Hip Hop (No Rif Raf) remix) of the excellent No Words, which is kind of like Funky Dividends part 2, but it’s a solid jam featuring EST in fine form. Enjoy!

 

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MP3:: Three Times Dope - Mr. Sandman

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MP3:: Three Times Dope - Weak At The Knees

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MP3:: Three Times Dope - No Words (Album Version)

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MP3:: Three Times Dope - No Words (Pump ‘n’ Hip Hop (No Rif Raf))

 

Video:: Three Times Dope - Weak At The Knees

 

Video:: Three Times Dope - No Words

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One Response to “Old School Mondays:: Acknickulous Edition”

Jahah June 13th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

These dudes were dope. I was a little kid but I remember “The Dividends”! My big brother use to rock that shit and I loved it!

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