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Ism & Blues
Hard 2 Obtain
Ism & Blues
Genres: Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
 
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In early 1994, Hard 2 Obtain caught fire with its smash underground single 'LI Groove', a tune that affirmed through a Rakim sample that the trio represented ''New York, from Long Island.'' On the strength of H20?s newfoun...  more »

      
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All Artists: Hard 2 Obtain
Title: Ism & Blues
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/1994
Re-Release Date: 7/5/1994
Genres: Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Style: Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075678251429

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In early 1994, Hard 2 Obtain caught fire with its smash underground single 'LI Groove', a tune that affirmed through a Rakim sample that the trio represented ''New York, from Long Island.'' On the strength of H20?s newfound respect among Hip Hop?s cypher legions, H2O dropped Ism and Blues to explore three true loves: weed, women, and Hip Hop. The album reflects this triple love affair, combining hazy funk and jazz echoes with a rapper?s delight format. MCs Taste and DL are B-Boys in the traditional sense, playing off each other nicely with call and response rhymes. LI Groove may be H20?s only real claim-to-fame track but Ism and Blues does contain a few other hidden highlights. The horn-heavy 'Ghetto Diamond' is a fortified ode to beautiful women of a Hip Hop persuasion and 'Heels Without Souls' fuses Hip Hop and the R&B-styled vocals of Vinia Mojica (Tribe Called Quest) with some flair. This largely slept-on album also features a guest appearance from New Jersey underground stalwarts the Artifacts and boats production from the Stimulated Dummies aka SD50s (beatmakers for K.M.D, Brand Nubian, Grand Puba) and Roc Raida (X-Men, X-Ecutioners). The album rooted in jazz, R&B, and an old school Hip Hop aesthetic caught a ripple of popularity with the non-mainstream Hip Hop audience but, rather unfortunately, the threesome were never heard from again, that is until now.

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A unknow pearl of reel hip-hop
Xavier Boillat | Lsne, Switzerland | 04/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you want to discover an album really great to hear, go for this one. Coming from the best years of the hip-hop, this album is the perfect exemple of the east coast style. Mix of beats, jazz and soul music, sometimes we are wishing that they gonna use the sample for more than what they did. They create their style and I love it"
Are you artifacts in disguise??
gavin redmond | rep of ireland | 01/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is an album that i admittedly slept on back in '94. Big mistake!!! With its horns, jazz loops, scratches+head nodding beats its EXACTLY what i love about hiphop+what i think its lacks so much nowadays. All the mc's are tighter than a chokehold, all the beats are bone crushing and all the tracks are infectious. Imagine if you will (and if you're familiar with) the artifacts with all beats done by the (sd50's) stimulated dummies production crew, who have worked with the likes of brand nubian, grand puba, 3rd bass, DEL, and most recently all of everlast's solo albums. The mc's styles and deliveries are brilliant and 1 mc actually sounds like+flows similar to tame one from the artifacts, who pop up nicely for a feature track, while another mc flows abit like grand puba. With anthemic tracks like "ghetto diamond", "time", "babble on", "jokers world" and "a lil'something" to name a few, it has tracks that everybody can feel. A hidden gem of an album that ive at last discovered. Go get it 'cuz if you dont feel the album you aint feeling real hiphop."
N.Y.C HIP HOP
O. KAKA | WOODBRIDGE, NJ United States | 05/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ism & Blues by Hard To Obtain is a well rounded album,Horns,snares e.t.c typical N.Y.C hip hop & ghetto diamond is the best hip hop/jazz song ever made."