Throwback Thursdays Vol 23

Chief Rocka
is one of those joints that is instantly recognisable yet hard to put a name to. Always featured on throwback records, Chief Rocka is the Lords of the Underground’s signature song from their 1993 effort: Here Come The Lords.

As I declared last week, L.O.T.U.G. are my flavour of the month and their first two albums offer some ample backdrop to the fast approaching (UK) summer months. I’m expecting to hear Chief Rocka blasting out of car stereos across the country after this throwback.

Queensbridge stalwart Marley Marl provides perhaps his most consistent effort on production (comparative to Premo’s work on Jeru’s Sun Rises In The East) and this is epitomised by the seamless integration between tracks, heavy focus on jazz-inspired sampling all tied together with that delicious East Coast tinge. Mmmmm…

Chief Rocka exemplifies Marley’s admirable work. That raw stripped out jazz intro, quickly followed by a nifty scratched chorus sets up Mr Funkee ready to jump on the mic and take us way back into the realms of old school hip-hop.

Heads: I highly recommend you ensure Here Come The Lords is in your collection.

Casuals: Go for red and supplement that summer playlist.

Lords Of The Underground - Chief Rocka

Murray’s BDK Rating:ger

Up Next Week…

Probably about time I dropped a Mobb Deep banger…

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