Alright, I’m gonna be busy for the rest of the weekend so today and tommorows updates are written in a hurry, last minute, at the wee hours of the morning. I ask your forgiveness in advance.
Today by special request I’m gonna talk about an underappreciated album that features both DJ Hi-tek and Talib Kweli throughout, wasn’t released by Rawkus, and quite honestly not too many people are even aware of. The album I’m speaking of is Doom by the group Mood.
The album was released in 1997 while I was going to high school in Georgia. At the time I was bombarded daily by nothing but booty-bass music and over-enthusiastic rants about how anything released by No Limit was a masterpiece. So along with my homie Pito from NY I clung whole-heartedly to any outlet of non-Southern based hip-hop we could find. Call it reactionary if you will, but you wouldn’t believe how hard it was to find a real appreciation for anything else at the time (Outkast excluded).
I first became aware of Mood when their single Karma started getting rotation on Rap City.
Mood – Karma
and for those of you digging that sample
Of course at the time I didn’t know who Hi-Tek was, and it wasn’t until I heard Donte and Main Flow featured on the first Hi-Teknology album that I made the connection.
Hi-Tek – Suddenly
Of course at that point I had been checking for Black Star and all the Rawkus output for a good hot minute. According to their Wiki article the Mood crew has been staying active over the years and apparently there’s an album in the works for 2007. I for one will be interested in seeing how it turns out. Here’s a couple of highlights from Doom.
Mood – Info for the Streets Mood – Secrets of the Sand Mood – Industry Lies (featuring Talib Kweli) Mood – Millenium
and yes that sample does sound familiar
Slum Village – Climax (Girl Shit)