Heavy Rhyme [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
"Brand New Heavies play the sh*t that/People used to listen to in '70s Chevys." With that succinct and flawless couplet from the awesome opening track, "Bonafide Funk," Large Professor helped to explain why there was a certain herd of influential rappers who were enthralled by the Brand New Heavies' sleek some would say slick and urbanely stylish Anglo take on classic American funk and soul after the quartet released its eponymous debut in 1991: They were pulling the very same vintage-groove LPs from their crates for inspiration. When the Heavies made their first trip to American shores, both Q-Tip and 3rd Bass' MC Serch were quick to show their respect by hopping ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
"Brand New Heavies play the sh*t that/People used to listen to in '70s Chevys." With that succinct and flawless couplet from the awesome opening track, "Bonafide Funk," Large Professor helped to explain why there was a certain herd of influential rappers who were enthralled by the Brand New Heavies' sleek some would say slick and urbanely stylish Anglo take on classic American funk and soul after the quartet released its eponymous debut in 1991: They were pulling the very same vintage-groove LPs from their crates for inspiration. When the Heavies made their first trip to American shores, both Q-Tip and 3rd Bass' MC Serch were quick to show their respect by hopping on-stage with the band likely the event that planted the seed for Heavy Rhyme Experience, and the latter rapper even predicted that The Brand New Heavies would be the source material for a decade's worth of loops and samples for rap producers. Serch's enthusiastic forecast never quite materialized, but it is hard to argue with his logic after you hear this landmark collaborative experiment. A live hip-hop band wasn't a complete novelty at the time -- proto-rapper Gil Scott-Heron utilized jazz backing, Tackhead was the house band for Sugarhill Records all the way back in the late '70s, and the self-proclaimed "world's one and only hip-hop band," Stetsasonic had been fully live for several years by that point -- but never before had rap taken such an on-the-fly, jam-like approach. Spontaneous combustion resulted. Never before and perhaps never since had the Heavies managed to sound this deliciously in-the-pocket and playful, and the MCs beautifully follow their lead. Guru sounds looser and more whimsical on "It's Gettin Hectic" than on any Gang Starr track. Simon Bartholomew's teasing guitar lines poke holes in Grand Puba's swollen-tongued bluster on "Who Makes the Loot?" Kool G. Rap is given the blaxploitation backing he had always deserved. And Ed. O.G. and Pharcyde do verbal gymnastics that must be heard. But every vocalist here blooms from the pairing. The only regret is that N'Dea Davenport was not included in some capacity, considering how much she added to the Heavies. Too bad, as well, that there was never a volume two. One wonders what sort of magic Posdnuos and Trugoy of De La Soul, the Leaders of the New School trio, Rakim, or Chuck D. could have conjured had they been tapped as collaborators, or from the West Coast Ice Cube and Del tha Funkee Homosapien. Still, Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1 is a match made in heaven.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2001
  • Label: Delicious Vinyl
  • UPC: 081227676728
  • Catalog Number: 76767
  • Sales rank: 79,093

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bonafied Funk (3:58)
  2. 2 It's Gettin' Hectic (4:00)
  3. 3 Who Makes the Loot? (3:24)
  4. 4 Wake Me When I'm Dead (3:41)
  5. 5 Jump N' Move (3:18)
  6. 6 Death Threat (3:21)
  7. 7 State of Yo - Black Sheep (3:35)
  8. 8 Do Whatta I Gotta Do (3:22)
  9. 9 Whatgabouthat (3:07)
  10. 10 Soul Flower (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Brand New Heavies Primary Artist
Gang Starr Track Performer
Mike Smith Saxophone
Main Source Track Performer
The Pharcyde Track Performer
Grand Puba Track Performer
Simon Bartholomew Guitar
Paul Daley Percussion
Jan Kincaid Drums
Andrew Levy Bass, Bass Guitar
Kool G Rap Track Performer
Martin Shaw Trumpet
Technical Credits
Gang Starr Contributor
Tiger Contributor
The Brand New Heavies Producer
Main Source Contributor
Black Sheep Contributor
The Pharcyde Contributor
Grand Puba Contributor
Orlando Aguillen Producer, Executive Producer
Jeremy Allom Engineer
Simon Bartholomew Producer
Ed O.G & da Bulldogs Contributor
Steve Gursky Engineer
Scott Harding Engineer
Paul Hussey Engineer
Jamal-Ski Contributor
Jan Kincaid Producer
Jay Lean Engineer
Andrew Levy Producer
Joe Primeau Engineer
Anton Pukshansky Engineer
Kool G Rap Contributor
Bulbie Engineer
James Bernard Liner Notes
Lisle Leete Engineer
Tim Orford Engineer
Michael C. Ross Executive Producer
Eddie Piller Executive Producer
Masta Ace Contributor
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