ANTOINETTE - WHOS THE BOSS 1989
A REAL DEF FEMALE M.C.
Who's the Boss? is the debut album by rapper, Antoinette. It was released in 1989 through Next Plateau Entertainment and featured production from I.G. Off, Jay Ellis and the Ultramagnetic MCs. The album peaked at #47 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and featured several singles, "Shake Rattle & Roll", "Baby Make It Boom" and "Who's the Boss", but none made it to the charts.
POOR RIGHTEOUS TEACHERS - HOLY INTELLECT 1990
PEACE 2 THE GODS & EARTHS
Poor Righteous Teachers were a Hip Hop group from Trenton, New Jersey, founded in 1989. Often referred to as PRT by their fans, Poor Righteous Teachers were known as pro-Black conscious hip hop artists, with musical content inspired by the teachings of the Nation of Gods and Earths. Wise Intelligent, as the lead MC, was the most visible and well known member of the group. Culture Freedom provided backing vocals and production and Father Shaheed served as a DJ and producer. Its discography, for the most part on Profile Records, is out of print, and Profile Records is now controlled by Arista Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
MAIN SOURCE - BREAKING ATOMS 1990
AN ALL TIME CLASSIC. A MUST HAVE
Main Source was an innovative, acclaimed Toronto and New York-based hip hop group comprising Toronto natives Sir Scratch, K-Cut, and Queens native Large Professor. Later, Mikey D (also a Queens native) replaced Large Professor.
Their first album, Breaking Atoms, featured conscious MC tracks such as "Looking at the Front Door" and "A Friendly Game of Baseball" and "Watch Roger Do His Thing" as well as the first on-record appearance of Nas on "Live at the Barbeque", which also featured Joe Fatal and Akinyele. Because of business differences, the group broke up before their second album, tentatively entitled The Science could be released. However, Sir Scratch and K-Cut released a second album under the Main Source name, entitled Fuck What You Think, with new recruit Mikey D on vocals; however, the album was shelved due to inner conflicts between the record label and group management.
AWESOME DRE & THE HARDCORE COMMITEE - YOU CANT HOLD ME BACK 1989
A TRUE DETROIT LEGENDARY M.C. DEFINATLY IN MY TOP TEN HIP HOP CLASSICS
Awesome Dré & The Hardcore Committee are probably the first Detroit-based rap group to be signed to a major label in 1989 releasing You Can't Hold Me Back on Priority Records. Even with the singles "You Can't Hold Me Back" and "Frankly Speaking", the album reached #52 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts before Awesome Dré faded into obsurity. However, his short-lived legacy put Motown on the map, which had previously only been known for R&B and techno/house, and it would be a precursor for other rap acts that would come forth years later.
CHECK BACK FRIDAYS - ANTOINETTE, POOR RIGHTEOUS TEACHERS, MAIN SOURCE, AWESOME DRE & THE HARD CORE COMMITTE
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