Sunday, April 15, 2007

News:: Jimmy Z is Ruthless on the Flute

All right, this one is for the Ack. When he mentioned his infamous Jimmy Z purchase in his last post, I knew I had to track down the album and post a couple songs. Jimmy z is Jim Zavala, and contrary to what Ack would have you believe, he played the Sax and harmonica in addition to the flute. How he ended up on Ruthless records is beyond me. The album is produced entirely by Dre, and features Dre rapping on Funky Flute, but the album on the whole is what I would refer to as garbage. Jimmy plays the flute (in a funky manner), the harmonica, and I believe he sings on a bunch of songs.

I love giving the Ack a hard time about the album, but if you were into the rap music like we were back in the day, that kind of thing happened all the time. The internet was still something you'd see in War Games, so you had to find new hip hop however you could. Like Ack mentioned, the liner notes in hip hop tapes were a goldmine for finding new music. You'd scan the thank yous in an album you loved, and then start hunting for anyone thanked that you hadn't heard of. "If this Larry Lar is down with Three Time Dope, then he must be awesome!" Being in Halifax meant we couldn't get half those albums here, so you had to get creative. I'd go on our summer trips through New England with a list prepared, or give my Dad a list to take with him when he went to the US for work. In fact, that's how I scored 3rd Bass before anyone else I knew. At the time, that was a huge deal.

So as you can imagine, hunting for music this way often led to some regrettable purchases. An example from my past that comes to mind is Oaktown's 357. This was a pair of Hammer's female backup dancers that he put on back when he was king of the saggy-crotch pants mountain. Why I thought that Hammer's endorsement was reason enough to buy this album is a mystery that will have to remain in 1989, as I have no idea now. But this is the kind of thing we did then; we were so hyped on finding new music that we could convince ourselves that Hammer's backup dancers rappin' might make for a good album, or that a greasy white dude named Jimmy Z might be a solid rapper because he's on Eazy E's record label.

But it was worth it. for every terrible album, you guessed wrong on, there was an album like Critical Beatdown, which I got my Dad to buy for me after I saw that Ultramagnetic was name-checked by PE in the liner notes for Nation of Millions. It's also why these old hip hop albums from the "Golden Age" mean so much to me. It was legitimately hard just to get this music back then. Not like now when you can spend 30 minutes on the internet and come away with 10-20 new albums. If you told 1990 Naedoo about how music is obtained in 2007, I'm guessing the lenses in his huge goggles would shatter in amazement.

I certainly wouldn't change anything about those days though, like Ack said in his post, I think that whole process helped me develop a love of music I still have today. Here's a couple Jimmy Z tracks, hopefully you'll still love music after listening to them.

mp3:: Funky Flute

mp3:: Muzical Madness

Posted at 10:42 PM by naedoo :: 1 comments

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At 10:04 AM, Blogger Hero did sayeth:

the bitterness is still hangin around... seriously.. a white dude on a flute with NWA? Not possible. I was hoping for something Everlast Rhyme Syndicate style... Jimmy Z in a nice tight suit.


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