… is about to kick in!
I was looking for inspiration what I could throw into my car’s cd player and there it was: House of Pain (of course by House of Pain 🙂 ). A record that I nearly had forgotten about in all the new Hip-Hop-down-the-drain-with-songs-by-50cent mood that I was in… But then I started listening again and I began to re-discover Hip-Hop as it should be.
Well, I must admit that when my favourite 90’s Rap act entered the scene, it was not only the music but also the possibility to identify yourself (being european) with the Hip-Hop thing that was going on. I mean: Everlast (the main singer/rapper of the group as you might all remember) was WHITE! And the whole crew was. But they bridged all that racist crap that might have occurred by collaborating with a lot of different rap stars of the time. The album was produced by DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill and if I remember correctly there have been songs with Cypress Hill and Sundoobie of Funkdoobiest on the album. I liked that! That was the way to do stuff back then. And the output was GREAT! Just listen to the following tracks:
- Jump around
- Shamrocks & shenanigans
- Put on your shit kickers
I remember clearly how proud I was memorizing the whole lyrics of Shamrocks & shenanigans (maybe you know it under boom-shalack-lack-boom).
For me, that group really pushed things forward. And if you look at the careers of two of their members you might agree: Everlast persued a successful solo career with quite a few records sold and DJ Lethal is part of the notorious Limp Bizkit who have sold even more CDs (if that ever was/is a criteria for being successful).
That’s it for me today: Always remember: "I don’t have dreads ‘cuz I shave my head daily!"