Saturday, September 29, 2012

Forgotten albums: Session 6


This was one unique album cover to say the very least. Rampage (AKA The Last Boy Scout) is best known for his early association with Busta Rhymes and the early days of the Flipmode Squad, as well as his verse on Craig Mack's classic "Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)", and that probably was his best verse ever too. I can honestly say I wasn't anticipating a solo album from him, although he was fairly decent on the mic. That changed a little when I first heard "Wild For The Night" in the summer of 1997. That song is still tight to this day. An interesting story on this if I may. After a while, I really wanted this album in 97, going into 98, but for some reason, I never got around to hearing it or buying it, and that's probably because I was buying other stuff at the time. Due to this album being out of print, I had to do a RARE thing and get this used (via Ebay) last year, so talk about something that was YEARS in the making! And this was not the only album to share that same fate, and we'll get to more of those later! Regarding the album itself, it's very good, but not a classic. If you remember the initial Flipmode sound, then you'll know what I'm referring to. He stayed in his lane for the most part, even with the clear attempt at commercial success with "Take It To The Streets" featuring Billy Lawrence (remember her?).

Why I feel it's forgotten
1997 wasn't a stacked year like previous years, but this album came out the same year (and before) Busta Rhymes' sophomore album "When Disaster Strikes", so when Busta dropped the first single off that album ("Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See"), that kinda indirectly shifted the buzz away from Rampage's album, and it was a little high when "Wild For The Night" came out.
Rating- 3.5 stars

5 favorite songs- Wild For The Night, Flipmode Iz Da Squad, Talk of the Town, Get Da Money & Dip, & The Set Up

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