Sunday, August 28, 2005

Cell Block 8: The Lyrical Murderer

Black music executives are an endangered species. Check out these articles on two of our favorites:

Jay-Z seems to be off to a good start with his corporate role at Def Jam. Read this article to find out about his new management stylee.

Suge Knight got shot (in the leg). This can't be good...

UPDATE: Immortal Technique interview. If this guy isn't one of your favotites, I'm disappointed in you...

Now onto another endgangered species: hardcore female MCs.

There have been a few since the days of MC Lyte, Queen Latifah and Roxanne Shanté, but most have stuck to the Lil' Kim/Foxxy Brown template of trying to outsex the brothers. A few are entertaing enough to remain respectable (Missy Elloitt, Jackie-O), some can hold their own with their male counterparts (Shawnna, Eve), but then there are those that transcend the label of 'female MC' because they are so damn hard they'll outrap most of the heavyweights in this male-dominated rap game (Rah Digga and, of course, Jean Grae). But one of the HARDEST spitting EVER comes from an unlikely place, a label synonymous with 'Bitches Ain't Shit', Death Row Records.

I'm talkin about The Lady Of Rage.

Got Afro Puffs like R-A-G, E
Coming out of Farmville, Virginia before there was a Timbaland or Neptunes, Robin Allen had been rapping since 15 and wanted to make it a career. Realizing that up north is where the industry's at, she moved to New York City, hooking up with the L.A. Posse (yes, based in NY) and Chubb Rock, who took pity on her after finding her living in Chun King Studios. 'Rockin' Robin' made her debut on 'Bring 'Em Home Safely' from Chubb's 1991 album The One, an anti-war track with Red Hot Lover Tone and 3rd Bass.

Somehow Rage caught the attention of Dr. Dre, and she was invited to come out to LA to became one of the original Death Row Inmates. This led to her appearances on The Cronic and Doggystyle, which she ripped 100% everytime. Even if your some backpack lamer, you should have these albums in some form.

After releasing her 1994 debut single 'Afro Puffs' off the Above The Rim Soundtrack, Suge waited until 1997 when Tupac was dead and everyone else had left to drop her debut, Necessary Roughness. If only this had been done in 1993/94 with Dre on the beat, I'm sure they would've had another G-Funk masterpiece. Still, the album turned out cool, thanks to a little help from Easy Mo Bee and DJ Premier.

As Death Row turned into the heaping pile of shit that it is today, Rage was locked out of the offices (which was probably a good thing for her), and she turned back to the East. Rage began to tour with GangStarr, which resulted in the 'You Know My Steez Remix', but besides for another Premo track on the DoggyStyle AllStars comp, Our Lady has been quiet (aside from appearing as that bos chick in Next Friday)... quiet, until now.

The Lady Of Rage has just dropped a mixtape, VA 2 L.A., through Boss Lady Entertaiment and Dogg House Records (good lookin, Big Snoop), and of course its dope. Looks like she's got some moves planned for the future... we can only wait and hope.

The Immortal Technique and Jean Grae of the 90s
Imagine what their kids would rap like...
Jesus, that's alot of writing up there... I'm really sorry I put you through all of that. Now for what you've been patiently waiting for... unless you scrolled down, you cunt.

Dr. Dre - Puffin On Blunts And Drankin Tanqueray (ft. The Lady Of Rage & Tha Dogg Pound)
From 'Fuck Wit Dre Day' 12", Death Row Records 1992
The Lady Of Rage - Afro Puffs (ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg)
From 'Above The Rim - The Soundtrack', Death Row Records 1994
The Lady Of Rage - Microphone Pon Cock (ft. Madd 1)
From 'Necessary Roughness', Death Row Records 1997
GangStarr - You Know My Steez [Three Men And A Lady Remix] (ft. The Lady Of Rage and Kurupt The Kingpin)
From 'Full Clip: A Decade Of Gang Starr', Virgin 1999
From 'Doggy Style Allstars - Welcome To Tha House Vol. 1', MCA 2002

The Lady Of Rage - Bow Down
The Lady Of Rage - The West Needs Me
From 'VA 2 L.A.', Boss Lady Ent./Dogg House Records 2005

I know these are a fuckload of tracks for an audioblog, but this woman is fire.

Oh yeah, and one last thing: Dre and Daz (he always needs some hel, doesn't he?) produced 'Puffin On Blunts' and 'Afro Puffs', and Premo's on 'Microphone Pon Cock', 'You Know My Steez Remix' and 'UNFUKWITABLE'. No info about the mixtape

BONUS: Check out this Rage interview for her thoughts on the Chubbster, Pac and BEEF.


Blogger KHALLI 88 said...

Enjoy the blog, Lady of Rage definitely one of my all time favorites female mc's along with Jean Grae who simply rips shyt imo.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Ekko said...

Yo, I never really heard LOR except Afro Puffs off the great Murder Was the Case "soundtrack". I'm liking it--but that Microphone Pon Cock is weird. What the fuck does it mean?

2:45 AM  
Blogger Es-Won said...

haven't u heard a rapper say their gun is pon cock? i'm sure one of the boot camp dudes have before.... talkin about there gun cocked back and ready to go. so when your Microphone's Pon Cock your ready to blast.

9:36 AM  
Blogger The ZenFo Pro said...

Was just googling Rage and found your blog.

Hey, thanks for giving a shout-out to my hometown girl. I went to high school with several members of her extended family. Robin, from what I remember, is such a warm and caring person and she comes from good people. She is, hands down, the hardest game to ever come out of my neck of the woods.

6:28 AM  
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