Ism & Blues

Ism & Blues

by Hard 2 Obtain
     
 

In early 1994, H2O caught fire with its smash backpacker single "LI Groove," a tune that affirmed through a Rakim sample that the trio represented "New York, from Long Island." On the strength of H20's newfound respect among hip-hop's cypher legions, H2O dropped Ism and Blues to explore three true loves: weed, women,…  See more details below

Overview

In early 1994, H2O caught fire with its smash backpacker single "LI Groove," a tune that affirmed through a Rakim sample that the trio represented "New York, from Long Island." On the strength of H20's newfound respect among hip-hop's cypher legions, H2O dropped Ism and Blues to explore three true loves: weed, women, and hip-hop. The album reflects this triple love affair, combining hazy funk and jazz echoes with a rapper's delight format. MCs Taste and DL are B-Boys in the traditional sense, playing off each other nicely with call and response rhymes. "LI Groove" may be H20's only real claim-to-fame track but Ism and Blues does contain a few other hidden highlights. The horn-heavy "Ghetto Diamond" is a fortified ode to beautiful women of a hip-hop persuasion and "Heels Without Souls" fuses hip-hop and the R&B-styled vocals of Vinia Mojica with some flair. A propensity towards repetitive rhymes bogs this album down slightly and, despite worthy efforts, in the end H2O is found to be overmatched in the hip-hop game. This largely slept-on album also features a guest appearance from New Jersey underground stalwarts the Artifacts.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/12/2006
Label:
Traffic Ent.
UPC:
0829357551320
catalogNumber:
77513

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hard 2 Obtain   Primary Artist
Artifacts   Vocals
Miles Evans   Horn
Darryl Jenifer   Bass
Jay Nichols   Bass
Anton Pukshansky   Bass
DJ Nastee   scratching
Vinia Mojica   Vocals
Nicoli Telemaque   Vocals
Sugarpop   Keyboards
Six by Seven   scratching

Technical Credits

Roc Raida   Producer
L. Michael Smith   Composer
DJ Nastee   Producer
John Gamble   Producer,Engineer
D. Ross   Composer,Producer
Geeby Dajani   Producer
Jean Cronin   Art Direction
Stimulated Dummies   Producer,Executive Producer
Robert Perlman   Executive Producer
Mason   Composer

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