The Flip Squad All-Star DJs

The Flip Squad All-Star DJs

by Flip Squad

CD

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Overview

The Flip Squad All-Star DJs

Employing eight hip-hop DJs (including Funkmaster Flex, DJ Hollywood, and Mister Cee) and various East Coast rappers (most notably, Lovebug Starski and the goofy Biz Markie), the Flip Squad All-Star DJs are the rap equivalent of a hard bop jam session. Just as jazz saxmen and trumpeters would tend to be especially extroverted at a jam session and show their chops off, the Flip Squad is essentially about rappers showing off their "flow," or rhyming technique. No particular MC dominates the microphone; Biz, Starski, Canibus, McGruff and others take turns rapping and emphasize flow, flow, and more flow. Most of the time, the results are exhilarating, if limited. But a few of the tunes tell a story rather than simply concentrating on technique. "Get Tough '98" and the menacing "Villain Guys" address the dangers of the inner city, while "Turntables" angrily speaks out against materialistic, gold digging women who dis rappers when they're poor but try to seduce them after they've made some money. Some politically correct types will whine that "Turntables" is sexist or misogynist, but in fact, the song is simply telling it like it is. "Turntables" doesn't insult women in general -- only gold diggers. Flip Squad All-Star DJs isn't without late 1990s influences, but much of the material is a throwback to the New York hip-hop of the 1980s. "How Ya Like Us Now," in fact, isn't unlike something the Treacherous Three, Grandmaster Flash or Kurtis Blow would have done 10 or 15 years earlier. Although not essential, Flip Squad All-Star DJs is a spirited effort that seasoned hip-hop fans will find enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/1998
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811181529
catalogNumber: 11815

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Flip Squad   Primary Artist
Biz Markie   Track Performer
Kia Jeffries   Vocals,Track Performer
Uneek   Track Performer
Funkmaster Flex   Track Performer
Big Kap   Track Performer
Villa   Vocals
B.O.E.   Vocals
DJ Hollywood   Track Performer
Mister Cee   Track Performer
Jiv Pos   Track Performer
McGruff   Track Performer
Canibus   Track Performer
DJ Enuff   Track Performer
Sexxx   Vocals
Papoose   Track Performer
Ghetto Inmates   Track Performer
Cipha Sounds   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jesse West   Producer
Biz Markie   Producer
Large Professor   Producer
Funkmaster Flex   Producer
Big Kap   Producer
QDIII   Producer
Jiv Pos   Producer
DJ Enuff   Producer
Mike Lowe   Producer
Cipha Sounds   Producer
Period   Producer
Mark Ronson   Producer
Doo Wop   Producer,Executive Producer

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