Friday, June 26, 2015

ESCO Presents New York State of Mind: The 90’s Sound

“New York State of Mind: The 90’s Sound” is meant to represent the classic New York Hip Hop sound associated with producers from New York City in the early to late 1990s, such as DJ Premier, Pete Rock, KRS-One, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, EPMD, RZA, Marley Marl, Large Professor, Prince Paul and Scott La Rock. This golden age New York based sound is characterized by skeletal beats, samples cribbed from hard rock or soul tracks, complex wordplay and tough dis raps. Another definitive characteristic of this sound is the ability to sample different beats from a wide variety of sources ranging from jazz, funk and soul to rock & roll. Many of the sample-laden albums that were released during the 90’s would not be able to receive legal clearance today. Although it is still made by artists such as Joey Bada$$, Capital Steez, Astro and ROBBYWAYNE, the classic 90’s New York Hip Hop sound is no longer the dominant style or sound of production today, remaining somewhat prominent in alternative Hip Hop but rarely appearing in Top 40 Hip Hop singles. This compilation is a collection of some of the rarest Hip Hop songs from the 90’s by some of the best Rap artists of that time from New York City which truly represent the authentic, 90’s New York Hip Hop sound.    ESCO  

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