Saturday, 26 April 2008

Main Source - Breaking Atoms

Moving slightly out of the mid-80's hip hop comfort zone now and stomping into the 90's, I present to you a very personal album.

Quite simply one of the best hip hop albums ever recorded from a group who, though not strictly one-hit wonders (they did kind of release another album after Breaking Atoms entitled Fuck What You Think but due to the group disbanding it got put on the back burner in 1994) gave the world their one solid LP.

Everything from the production to the logo to the cover art to the actual guest rappers (Nas, Akinyele) screams perfection. I rate it up there with A Tribe Called Quest's Low End Theory and that is saying something. The Source magazine even gave it 5 mics at the time.

It is another example of music from hip hop's great Golden Age (roughly 1988-92) which is a million miles away from most of the crap which passes for hip hop at the moment.

If you haven't heard this album yet then I implore you to find some time to just relax and listen to it in one sitting. What I would give to be able to do that again!
(n.b. Peace Is Not The Word To Play seems like it has been ripped from a dodgy cd as playback results in a jittery, skippy mess. The rest of the album is fine.)

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