Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past

by Subnoize Souljaz
     
 
Cover songs have never been a major part of hip-hop the way they have been a major part of rock, R&B, reggae, and blues. Sure, rappers will sample their favorite recordings or incorporate the chorus of songs they like, but you seldom find rappers providing word-for-word covers of tunes by other MCs. And if you do find a word-for-word cover of a hip-hop tune, it's

Overview

Cover songs have never been a major part of hip-hop the way they have been a major part of rock, R&B, reggae, and blues. Sure, rappers will sample their favorite recordings or incorporate the chorus of songs they like, but you seldom find rappers providing word-for-word covers of tunes by other MCs. And if you do find a word-for-word cover of a hip-hop tune, it's usually from a rock artist (for example, alt-metal band Dope's remake of N.W.A's "Fuck tha Police" or former Veruca Salt member Nina Gordon's wildly ironic, Joan Baez-like folk-rock arrangement of N.W.A's "Straight Outta Compton"). So the fact that Blast from the Past is an album that exclusively offers rap covers certainly makes it a rarity. Actually, there is a strong rock influence coming from the Subnoize Souljaz collective, whose participants on this 2009 release include, among others, Sen Dog (of Cypress Hill fame), Big B, the Kottonmouth Kings, the Dirtball, Daddy X, Potluck, and Dogboy. Blast from the Past is the sort of album that is aimed at both hip-hop fans and rock fans, and the disc takes listeners down Hip-Hop Memory Lane with an abundance of songs from the '80s and '90s. During those decades, there was much talk of friction between East Coast rappers and West Coast rappers. But true hip-hop fans didn't get caught up in that regional nonsense; so appropriately, Blast from the Past gives props to both coasts. The Subnoize Souljaz acknowledge the West Coast with remakes of "Fuck tha Police," Snoop Dogg's "Murder Was the Case," the Luniz' "I Got Five on It," and AMG's "Bitch Betta Have My Money," while the East Coast is acknowledged with LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out," Public Enemy's "Bring tha Noize," EPMD's "Strictly Business," and Biz Markie's "Just a Friend." Blast from the Past doesn't get into really early hip-hop; the oldest tune covered is the Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere" from 1986, and the Subnoize Souljaz don't embrace anything by pre-Run-D.M.C. hip-hoppers like Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Flash, Spoonie Gee, T-Ski Valley, the Treacherous Three, the Sequence, or the Sugarhill Gang. But again, the Souljaz obviously wanted the rock appeal to be strong on this 57-minute CD -- and it wasn't until Run-D.M.C., the Beasties, LL, and the Fat Boys in the mid-'80s that rockers started discovering hip-hop in a major way. Blast from the Past might be too rock-minded for some hip-hop purists, but it's a fun listen if one is a rocker who is seriously into hip-hop.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2009
Label:
Suburban Noize
UPC:
0673951012028
catalogNumber:
120

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Performance Credits

Subnoize Souljaz   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Walter "Junie" Morrison   Composer
Adam Horovitz   Composer
Roger Ball   Composer
Ronald Bell   Composer
Bootsy Collins   Composer
George Clinton   Composer
Malcolm Duncan   Composer
Steve Ferrone   Composer
Denzil Foster   Composer
Jack Hill   Composer
Darryl McDaniels   Composer
Thomas McElroy   Composer
Robert "Spike" Mickens   Composer
Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks   Composer
N. Napier   Composer
Rick Rubin   Composer
Erick Sermon   Composer
Parrish Smith   Composer
Dan Spitz   Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
Hamish Stuart   Composer
Dennis Taylor   Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Composer
Roger   Composer
Richard Westfield   Composer
Carlton Ridenhour   Composer
Howard Thompson   Composer
Owen McIntyre   Composer
Clarence "Satch" Satchell   Composer
William Griffin   Composer
Marlon Williams   Composer
Patrick Shevelin   Producer
Andre Young   Composer
Irving Lorenzo   Composer
Eric B.   Composer
James McCants   Composer
Robert Beavers   Composer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Jerold Ellis   Composer
Anthony Gilmour   Composer
Daddy   Producer
Kevin Zinger   Executive Producer
Kumagai   Producer
Lamont Patterson   Composer
Otis Jackson   Composer
Delmar "Daz" Arnaud   Composer
Tupac Shakur   Composer
Marcel Hall   Composer
James Todd Smith   Composer
Mike Marshall   Composer
Casey Quintal   Art Direction
W. Morrison   Composer
Seymour Rosenfeld   Composer
Warren Griffith   Composer
Rojai Tarwick   Composer
Ricky M.L. Walters   Composer
Preston Joyner   Composer
Leroy McCants   Composer
Lamont Patterson   Composer
L. Monner   Composer
H. Schocklee   Composer
Gregory Jacobs   Composer
F. Bello   Composer
C. Benante   Composer
Alan Forrie   Composer
Joseph Bellardini   Composer
Mim Jones   Composer
Jack Hill   Composer
J. Atkins   Composer
George Brown   Composer
Ralph Middlebrooks   Composer
R. Mays   Composer
Robert Earl Bell   Composer
I. Lorenzo   Composer
M. Pierce   Composer
Garrick Husbands   Composer
Greg Webster   Composer
Donald Boyce   Composer
Edward Archer   Composer
E. Sadler   Composer
Jason Lewis   Composer
J. Simmons   Composer
Claydes Smith   Composer

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