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NEWS: An Album Of New Music By, “A Tribe Called Quest”, Coming Soon! [KingpinTV.net]

It’s the first new A Tribe Called Quest album in 18 years.

Legendary music exec L.A. Reid has hip-hop heads losing their collective shit after revealing there will likely be a new A Tribe Called Quest album dropping in the near future. While guesting on the Rap Radar podcast, the former Island Def Jam CEO was joking with the hosts about bringing OutKast “out of retirement” when he nonchalantly switched the focus, Continue reading

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HIP HOP CLASSIC VIDEO x 2: Crooklyn Dodgers – “Crooklyn & Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers” (1994 & 1995) [TekniqueTheKingpin.com]

The Crooklyn Dodgers are a hip-hop supergroup based in Brooklyn, New York City, consisting of rotating members.

They appeared in three separate incarnations since 1994. This post focuses on the the first two. These two classic joints were recorded for the soundtracks for Spike Lee films, Crooklyn and Clockers, respectively. The theme connecting The Crooklyn Dodgers songs, aside from the Spike Lee films for which they were made, is their topical concerns, which comment on the state of affairs in and around urban New York, as well as other issues affecting everyday life.

The first group was composed of Buckshot, Masta Ace and Special Ed. Their one and only record was “Crooklyn,” produced by Q-Tip, and was featured in the 1994 film Crooklyn. It contains scratch samples from “Who Got Da Props?” by Black Moon and “The Place Where We Dwell” by Gang Starr. It also features samples of a radio broadcast of a Brooklyn Dodgers game. The music video featured appearances by Brooklyn-born athletes Michael Jordan and Mike Tyson.

The second group was composed of Chubb Rock, Jeru the Damaja and O.C. Their one and only record was “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers,” produced by DJ Premier, and featured in the 1995 film Clockers. This incarnation was credited as Crooklyn Dodgers ’95. This version is also the most acclaimed out of the three incarnations.

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