Rumpletilskinz – What Is A Rumpletilskin? (RCA)
Highlights: The whole thing
This group’s attitude was fucked up and real shitty before Houdini P said so. Maybe one of the weirdest groups to ever surface in hip-hop for one album, Rumpletilskinz are an anomaly on rap’s timeline. They were angry yet eccentric, knowledgeable yet fun. They had a special gift of balancing jewels with grooves, but with little promotion, the label basically relegated the group to no-name status, besides a feature on “Sound of the Zeekers” from LONS’ A Future Without A Past. Little known producer R.P.M. serviced all but three beats on the album, making for a cohesive boom bap aesthetic that was recorded and mixed in the legendary Chung King Studios in New York City. And then they disappeared.
We can whine about how much dope music Jeranimo, LS, Sha-now and R.P.M. could have made with better label treatment, or we can just kick back and appreciate this thorough work of art. Play it front to back. You won’t be disappointed.
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