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Kwest Tha Madd Lad This Is My First Album American • 1996

In a time when East Coast hip hop was rugged and raw, Kwest came on the set with this funky, nasty album on Rick Rubin’s (co-founder of the Def Jam label) American Recordings. The album is all about meeting girls and hittin skinz. A subject we’re always into. The songs are smooth and buttery without sounding too soft, just funky ass tracks with ill breaks. It has influences from A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Organized Konfusion but especially from West Coast’s finest Souls of Mischief and The Pharcyde.

The Madd Lad rhymes relaxed, smooth (almost freestyling) and with a special voice timbre. The album sets off with one of the funniest intro’s hip hop has witnessed, 'Everyone Always Said I Should Start My Album Off With A Bang' has a girl screaming while receiving some sexual healing from Kwest. The opening track is a banger: '101 Things To Do While I’m With Your Girl' (hahaha), produced by American A&R Dan Charnas. It’s a funky beat with a clever guitar break and an interpolation from Dre’s 'Nuttin but a G-Thang' and Kwest kickin it 'Don’t take it personal, I’m tappin your Miss', woeha, this guy kills me. Other Charnas productions are 'I Met My Baby At V.I.M.' with a Chuck Leonard sample MF Doom used a few years later on the 'Operation Doomsday' album (the song 'Red and Gold'), and 'What’s the Reaction?', a nice jazzy track with EPMD’s 'Please Listen To My Demo' sampled in the chorus.

Another producer on the album is no one other but Tony D, a hip hop veteran, famous for his 'Droppin Funky Verses' album and production credits for YZ, The Poor Righteous Teachers and many others. Great album.

POSTED ON 03|25|2004 by cpf

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