Archive for June, 2009

Vic recommends: Road to the Riches

Author: Vic

9 Jun

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo’s Road to the Riches from 1989 is definitely one of the best hiphop albums of the 80’s (one of the best albums ever if you ask me). In contrast to later recordings, Kool G Rap doesn’t always try to rap all fast with as a few pauses for breathing as possible. Instead he makes it sound real simple, but with a rhythm in his rhyming that puts him among the best rappers of all time.

While newer hiphop generally tries to sound more improvised and spontaneous, Kool G Rap leaves nothing for chance. Road to the Riches gives the impression that every word on the album is pronounced with full certainty and with absolutely perfect timing, like the verses are calculated mathematically and planned to result in the maximum effect. Marley Marl stands for the surprisingly varied production, and DJ Polo makes some really nice cuts.

Especially listen to She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not, Road to the Riches and Cars, available on Youtube. In fact the whole album can be found in this youtube playlist.

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Road to the Riches

Road to the Riches by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, 1989.

Funk Valley Spotify Mix #2 (June 2009)

Funk Valley mix, old school edition.
A sweet mix with some of the freshest MC’s of the 80’s.