Old School Tuesdays:: Da King & I

Well HPX ’11 has come and gone, and with it goes the quest to try and post a song from every HPX band (I failed! It was close though! I think, I kind of lost track) which was taking up all of my hill-time, so it’s back to regularly scheduled programming now. So what better way to get back on the post train than with an Old School Monday (Tuesday) post? Exactly right my friend, it is clearly the best way.

 

Well, it’s at least a way, and it’s a good way when we’re featuring a little-known (to non 90′s rap nerds that is) gem like we are today: Contemporary Jeep Music from Da King & I. This NY duo, comprised of MC Izzy Ice and producer (and DJ?) Majesty, popped up on Skratch Bastid’s recent Sneaker Freaker mix (SB uses the awesome Tears as the mix’s closer), and it put me in the mood to hear this album again. I have no idea what made me buy this back in the day, likely a brief mention of it in the Source I’m guessing, but I’ve always enjoyed it and have been meaning to dedicate an OSM to it for a while.

 

So I spent some time listening to Contemporary Jeep Music today, and although my fond memories of pumping this tape in my Walkman on the way to High School likely colours my judgement, I think it still sounds awesome. It was released in ’93, and musically it’s a perfect representative of NY hip hop at that time: rugged drum tracks layered with jazzy horns & keys. Izzy Ice is also a pretty great MC - lyrically nimble, equally comfortable taking out suckers fast-rap style or taking the mellow storytelling approach, and really just enjoyable to listen to. This album was one & done for the duo I’m afraid, but they managed to put out a few videos, a couple of which I’ve posted below. If you like that 90′s boom bap sound, I’m sure you’ll dig these guys, or perhaps you’re like me and it’ll bring back some fond memories. Enjoy.

 

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MP3:: Da King & I - Tears

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MP3:: Da King & I - Krak Da Weazel

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MP3:: Da King & I - Flip Da Scrip

VIDEO:: Da King & I - Tears

VIDEO:: Da King & I - Krak Da Weasel

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