DA HOODZ UV MIZBHAVYA - SUCKAZ IN DA MUD EP
If a group's name begins with 'Da', if they recorded DOPE Hip Hop music in the early to mid 1990s and if they hail from Bronx County, ya know Chopped Herring records is prolly gonna jump on that [f]ish!
Please welcome our 5th 'Da' artist to the Herring catalogue (and it won't be the last). Da Hoodz Uv Mizbhavya (DHUM) out of the North Bronx only released one record. It was an EP (4 tracker) of material on Adopho Abdullah Mohammad's (C.L Smooth's cousin) North Pole imprint. Apparently 500 copies were pressed - but they MUST have been lost, burned, damaged, stolen or destroyed by a biblical plague, cause this record is CRAZY hard to obtain. The record was released right at the end of their short existence, just as the group were breaking up. But let's trace it back to the very beginning (ha about 3 years before - TRUST this will be a SHORT ASS STORY!!!).
The group consisted of Nasty Noah, Lil Brad, Bubz, Robbie Rob and later Devon (Gray). They came up in the Post Road/Boston Road area of the Bronx in the 1980's. Heavily influenced by the local Hip Hop scene and in Noah's case by his uncle, who was a local DJ, they began making Hip Hop music (separately) in their teens. The group's first manager was 1980's Tuff City recording artist and X-Clan's female MC Traedonya Chequelle. She introduced the boys to Adopho Mohammad who became their second manager. Through Adopho, DHUM were signed to CL Smooth productions and CL appears on the flip side of their record on a track called 'The Blue Print'. Adolpho also managed the groups Indigo and Mixed Elements all under the North Pole production banner. At one point Interscope came calling and were on the verge of signing all the acts but (as usually happens) the stars weren't alligned and the deal fell through. Soon after, the group broke up and Da Hoodz with the new addition of Devon morphed into D.N.A who recorded the grail 12" 'Bronx Criminal County'. And that's about it! We have 4 unheard joints from 1994 plus the original version of 'How you Look' (which didnt appear on the record) as well as the CRAZY NICE 'Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil'. If you don't know, now you know:
Da Hoodz Uv Mizbhavya - Suckaz in Da Mud '94 EP
A1 Hear No Evil, Speak no Evil
A2 Watcha Ass
A3 Watch Out Feat Foriena
B1 How you Look
B2 Suckaz In Da Mud
B3 Fun And Games
A1,A3 & B3 produced by Trey Bag. A2,B1 & B2 produced by Robbie Rob. A1 lyrics by Nasty Noah. A2, A3, B2 & B3 lyrics by Nasty Noah, Lil Brad & Bubz. B1 lyrics by L.B. & Nasty Noah. All tracks recorded 1994.
Price is £29.99 + shipping (6.50gbp in Europe or 8gbp in USA/Oz/Asia)
So heres the scoop - There will be 300 copies pressed ONLY.
The first 75 copies are on Red, Black & Clear mixed colour vinyl
The next 75 are on Red & Gold mixed colour vinyl
And the remaining 150 are on traditional black vinyl
NEW ENGLAND HIP HOP MASSIVE
This story begins at the very dawn of Hip Hop culture. Quazar Shaw moved from Memphis to Brooklyn in 1976 at the age of 11. Soon after his arrival in the Rotten Apple, a friend of the family took him up to the Bronx to witness a new street culture that was emerging out of the projects and parks, well before it had made its way down to Brooklyn and the other boroughs of NYC. Like many others, he was instantly inspired and started practising on a set of decks he had access to through a family member, messin' around with 2 copies of the pop music of the day and extending breaks for friends to rhyme over. He was 13 when he had his first gig (!!) in a now defunct club in Queens called 'Foxy Lady'. The promoter would lock him in the DJ booth with a bottle of soda water and a bag of chips and gave the responsibility of rockin the dancefloor to this hip young cat.
In 1981, when he was 16 years old, the family moved out to New Britain, Connecticut. Armed with an overly developed music knowledge, turntable skills, NYC club experience and 'authentic ' [read on] street smarts, he found it easy to meet other cats who were into club and B-Boy culture and so entered into the local scene with ease. On the scene he ran into Harold Sargent, drummer from 70s cult disco group Wood, Steel and Brass and famed local disco producer, through friends the Busy Boys (who were to record on B-Boy Records several years later). Sargent owned Love Sound Studios in Hartford, a short drive from New Britain. An experienced artist and producer, he increased Quazar's musical knowledge even further and exposed him to the professional music industry for the first time. In 1985 while travelling uptown on the city bus he saw a young MC dropping lyrics to a crowd of random kids and then ran into the same cat again in a local club. The kid was called Adrenalin and the two formed a group called the Def Duo (see above). They played a few shows and stayed working together for several years. Quazar rocked clubs and the radio (WRTC 89.3fm) for the rest of the 1980's promoting Hip Hop music and dope music in general, throughout Connecticut.
Back in 1982 when he first arrived in CT, Quazar had met a young Hispanic MC who went by the name of Holocaust Frost. Frost was a hardcore street cat - his rhymes were always freestyles, he never wrote anything down. His style was raw and he LIVED the contents of his rhymes. Quazar became Frost's DJ for shows mid-way through the 80's and by 1989 they had recorded a few tracks together. Frost was managed by his uncle Greg Rose. Rose had sent one track the two had written, entitled "The Mind is a Universe" to some college kids who were about to set up a label and were advertising a competition for local acts, with the prize being a record deal with their new label called DFO. Neither Frost nor Quazar were aware of the fact that Rose had done this and one day they got a call to say they had a won a competition (that they didnt know about) and that they were to head up to Springfield, MA to meet with the label owners. When they got up there the 2 college kids were all over them, telling them that they were exactly what they had been looking for and how they were the 'authentic thing' and 'real street dudes'. Frost and Quazar were like, OK, someone's interested, they trusted their manager and thought, lets do this. They were invited back the following week to sign a deal. They returned, but the boys weren't happy with the contract - they thought it contained too much jargon and irrelevant clauses designed to give the label the upper hand. The college kids must've overstepped the mark somehow because the meeting turned into a brawl with our boys shouting to these clean cut kids 'You wanna see the real authentic thing?' while grabbing them by the throats!! This was a regular occurence it seems - Frost didn't take any shit from anyone so there seems to have been many ocassions when the odd loose word resulted in an ass-kicking. He was after all, the authentic thing street MC.
After this initial 'hiccup' the situation was cleared up by manager Rose and still wanting to work with Frost, the DFO kids ammended the agreement and they ending up signing the deal. Two weeks later they drove over to Pinetrax Studios in Holyoke, MA to re-record a track they had written in 1989 (The Mind is a Universe), updating the lyrics just slightly to keep things fresh (apparanty all Frost did was change the year from 1989 to 1993!). They met the other winners of the competition when they got there. A crew called Subversive Element, which contained the 2 members of underground Hip Hop group Raw Produce in their first Hip Hop guise: Damian Roskill, Seth Boyd (R.I.P) and Hispanic MC M.I.A. Also there was a host of MC's from different crews from all over the New England area: Top Cat, The Great Poet, Chapter 10 and The Weopon. The idea was to write a new track for the record including all the talent that the label had amassed from the competition. The problem was that once the young 'producers' got into the studio they soon realised they didnt know shit about production. They were sayin stuff like, "So who's gonna produce this" and "Anyone have any ideas?". Quazar had a bag of breaks on him and was chatting to Dave Pine, the owner of the studio, about gear and the automated desk (which fascinated him). He asked Pine to loop up a break for him and instantly Frost was like "I can rhyme over this", so he started freestyling. The other MC's were vibing and started writing lyrics and Quazar cut up other breaks over the top and started to layer the track up live. After 30 mins practise they went in on it and recorded the track and that was it - Grail (or pretty much a live mix) completed. They also threw on the record the re-working of the Frost joint from 1989 that they had recorded in Harold Sargent's studio and the Subversive Element boys' "The Time Bombs Exploded" and "BOOM, BOOM BOOM that was how it went..".
The DFO kids had little to no experience promoting and the record never did anything. Quazar spun it on his radio show but apart from that it never got an further spins. It was suggested that the DFO guys might've just thrown the wax into storage back then and that somewhere there is a sealed stash of these ridicously in-demand records - which makes a nice myth - so we'll leave it at that. Frost and Quazar did 2 more shows after the release of the record and one ended in another fight - crazy authentic son. And that was the end of the New England Hip Hop massive. So via Quazar, we managed to get recordings directly from the original reels from 1993 and we included a never heard demo joint taken from cassette produced by DJ Quazar and featuring MC Adrenaline (from the short lived crew Def Duo). TBH the recordings of the tracks were never really THAT high quality cause of the nature of the studio session - this record had and still has that fast rap/megamix feel from probably 4/5 years earlier - the vocals weren't recorded particularly well, but the bottom end KNOCKS - and we think we have captured the feel of the session from back in 1993. Peep it yo:
A1 New England Hip Hop Massive - The Line Up feat. Holocaust Frost, Chapter 10, The Great Poet, CIA, DJ Vic & Top Cat
A2 Holocaust Frost - The Mind is a Universe
B1 Subversive Elements - Time Bombs Exploded
B2 Adrenalin - Who's Next
I, like many fans of Hip Hop culture, was very saddened to hear about the passing away of Raw Produce Productions artist Seth Boyd aka Cadence from Raw Produce. I actually contacted him a few months ago about this project to get his blessing, which he did graciously give. When I heard the news, it was particularly shocking as we have had this record in the pipeline for a while. We dedicate this release to his memory.
REST IN PEACE SETH
Price is £16.99 + shipping (6.50gbp in Europe or 8gbp in USA/Oz/Asia)
So heres the scoop - There will be 350 copies pressed ONLY.
The first 75 copies are on Clear with Orange swirl mixed colour vinyl
The next 75 are on Orange and Black swirl mixed colour vinyl
And the remaining 200 are on traditional black vinyl