Blac Monks – Secrets Of The Hidden Temple (1994)Standouts: “Getos In The Mind” “Aggravated Monkeys” “Death Before Dishonor”
Often sounding like a midpoint between the dark haze of Cypress Hill and the high-sprung energy of Souls of Mischief, the Blac Monks were Da, Awol and Mr. 3-2 for their debut album. The Blac Monks weren’t worried about infiltrating the streets or making hit records. They were coming straight out the jungle without a fuck to give – I mean, have you seen their second album cover? They had a Wu-Tang spirit but you can hear how clean the Mike Dean mixes are throughout the album. With production from DJ Ready Red, John Bido and Pedewestra, the Blac Monks may be one of the more forgotten Rap-A-Lot acts, but this album bangs from front to back.