Da King & I – Contemporary Jeep Music (Rowdy)
Highlights: “Let’s Take a Trip,” “Flip da Scrip”
Take the weird, blunted vibes of Digable Planets, add the drum breaks of D.I.T.C., a touch of Black Sheep, and…oh, a flawless remix from Primo, and what do you have? Only the most underrated, underappreciated album from 1993, Da King & I’s Contemporary Jeep Music.
They’ve got a “Tears” to rival Wu-Tang’s “Tearz” before the Contemporary side ends and the Jeep side gets to jumping with “Ghetto Instinct." Izzy Ice and Majesty complement each other too well on every single track. Once more, Da King & I would stick around for one monster album, and then they vanished. Majesty would go on to produce some later Cella Dwellas material (when they became just The Dwellas), but nothing came out after this LP. It’s cool, though, because CJM doesn’t get old, no matter how many times you play it.
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