Monday, August 25, 2008

Old School Mondays:: Arabian Prince

It always makes my life easier when one of the loads of PR emails we get gives me an idea for OSM. It doesn't happen often, but it is an occasional occurrence. We got just such an email last week, but unlike 90% of the other bloggers that received news of Stones Throw's new compilation of LA Old Schooler Arabian Prince's electro hip hop jams, I actually own an Arabian Prince album. That right there probably sums up my music blogger creds just about perfectly: Do I own any Beatles albums? No. Do I have a cassette copy of Arabian Prince's Brother Arab? Yes, yes I do.

Which is to say I have no cred at all really, but that's how I like it. Anyway, I bought Brother Arab for the only reason any other Caucasian kid would've: his association with NWA. I had no idea he was one of LA's pioneering electro DJ's, and being perfectly honest that information would've made me less likely to buy the album. I preferred to see him as the hardcore, jheri-curled deliverer of such gems as She´s Got A Big Posse and It´s Time to Bone. I mean he was on the cover of Straight Out Of Compton after all (he's on the left, by Cube), so how could his solo album on Orpheus records not be awesome?

Well perhaps the fact that the only song he appears on during Straight Out Of Compton is Something 2 Dance 2 should've been some kind of indication. I keed, I keed. The Prince is a founding member of NWA, so I don't want to try and steal his thunder. Brother Arab isn't a bad album really, it's just not as hardcore as the NWA material and is focused more on getting down with the ladies (It´s Time to Bone anyone?). But, I do remember being psyched on some of the songs, including the funk of the aforementioned She's Got a Big Posse. The title seems to have a number of meanings, all related to the Prince getting with a skeezer at the club after one too many beverages. Oh well, the beat is funky as hell and there's some classic lines, so I enjoy it. Situation Critical is also pretty awesome, with a big spacey beat and Brother Arab exhorting everyone to hit the floor (he also references Panic Zone, another classic NWA dance jam from the infamous NWA and The Posse album).

The Arabian Prince has had himself an interesting career so far, there is no doubt about that. The electro hip hop sounds he helped pioneer (he produced Supersonic, which I didn't give him credit for in my recent post, but that is likely the biggest LA-electro rap jam ever) in LA back before the gangster image took the music away from dancing has made a return, so I can see why the timing for this anthology of his early work makes sense now. So check out a couple jams from Brother Arab as well as Let's Hit The Beach from Innovative Life, his new anthology.

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