Cut At Elysian Masters Under the Supervision Of Dave Cooley and Pressed At Memphis Record Pressing
Young MC's seminal 1987 debut Stone Cold Rhymin endures as a quality listen because of the rapper's wit, wordplay, and dazzling elocution...not to mention the funkiness of the music. The album bridges old school sounds and what at the time passed for cutting edge production. Helmed by Michael Ross and Matt Dike, "Bust A Move" is the song that broke Young MC. It won him a coveted statuette for Best Rap Performance at the Grammy Awards, where he beat out Delicious Vinyl label mate Tone Loc's "Funky Cold Medina," a song whose lyrics Young had also largely written. The follow-up to "Bust A Move" was "Principal's Office." A midtempo mixture of high school lyrical high jinks over a hurdy-gurdy sample, the track gave Young MC his second consecutive Top 40 hit, and helped propel sales of his debut to double platinum.
Another stand-out cut, "Know How" is an early production by Dust Brothers Michael 'EZ Mike' Simpson and John 'King Gimzo' King. The song begins with a straightforward, even obvious stacking of samples but at the two minute mark it explodes into a sequence of searing rock guitar licks and tasteful, precise, stereo-panned scratching by EZ Mike. With an astutely funky bass line, the song's tight cuts and stacked breaks are the closest prequel to the Dust Brothers subsequent cosmic cut collage on Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique. With contributions from Michael Ross, Matt Dike, The Dust Brothers, Flea, Quincy Jones III, Kevin O Neal and Mario Caldato, Jr., Stone Cold Rhymin was a monumental achievement for modern hip-hop and pop music.
Available on vinyl for the first time in nearly three decades, this new reissue of Stone Cold Rhymin was cut at Elysian Masters under the supervision of Dave Cooley and pressed at Memphis Record Pressing.