Repress of a classic!Bl_ck B_st_rds was voted in Ego Tripï¿½s Book of Rap Lists as the most notable rap album of all time that was never
released commercially, and with good reason. The fact that this excellent album, slated for a 1994 release, did not seen the light of day until 2001 (its first issue - now out of print) testifies to a time when shortsighted industry backlashes against records that inflamed Middle America were in vogue. Elektra Records higher-ups canned the project due to its controversial cover art, which shows a Sambo figure being lynched. This must-purchase concept album is worth the wait.
From the jazzy, hypnotic samples on the title cut to ï¿½Sweet Premium Wine,ï¿½ a farcical ode to swigging
40-ounce bottles of brew, you know youï¿½ve found rap heaven. Classic headbanger ï¿½What a Nigga Know?ï¿½ (and the remix featuring partner-in-rhyme MF Grimm) is equally off the chain. ï¿½Constipated Monkeyï¿½ and weed anthem
ï¿½Suspended Animationï¿½ are testaments to a time in Rap music when experimental beats and obscure sampling ruled the roost. Bl_ck B_st_rds is where Brand Nubian meets De La Soul at the local bodega, heads wear Muslim kufis for kicks, and ï¿½word to the muthaï¿½ï¿½ actually refers to themes of pan-Africanism, repatriation, and reparations. Itï¿½s a place where Sambo-ism doesnï¿½t sell. Features artwork and track listing from the original Ready Rock issue.