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Rappin Is Fundamental The Doo-Hop Legacy A&M • 1991

1990 was the year when people first heard of Easy Mo Bee, through his productions on The Genius’ 'Words From The Genius' album. One year later, Mo Bee returned with his own project 'Rappin Is Fundamental'. Their one and only album is a combination of hip-hop with gospel and Blues singin woven through it, or simply called 'Doo-Hop'.

This album balances between classic Easy Mo Bee production and camp keyboards but especially over-the-top singing, on the edge of annoying and false. But it’s the combination of these elements that makes it a cosy album with a particular friendly atmosphere and a very own identity, which some people will like very much and others will hate. It’s also the campness and overloaded singin which makes it a typical album for that period. Funky, danceable, a lack of seriousness and perfection, playerism and makin the listener have a good time.

One thing that’s not discussable throughout the whole album is the rappin. Rough-voiced lyrics with a smooth flow remind us of Big Daddy Kane, who even features on the fantastic 'Ain’t No Smoke Without Fire', letting us leave behind with the suspicion that they could well be family of the King Asiatic, however this has never been confirmed.

Take away the overload of singin and you’ll have an excellent rap album. Needless to say that Easy Mo Bee’s production is flawless but what impresses us the most about this group is their excellent rappin skills. Flows that embrace the up-tempo, rollin drums with class, magnitude and braggadocios one-liners, which makes us go yell overrated slogans such as 'Doo-Hop is fundamental!' in a spur of instant excitement.

POSTED ON 12|12|2005 by cpf

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