Celph Titled and Buckwild – Nineteen Ninety Now

December 14, 2010

“…(T)hat would simply lump him in with the mass of washed-up rappers trying to capture a glory New York had 16 years ago.” – evypoo, 12/7/10

1994.  New York City.  Arguably the epicenter of the hip-hop world at the height of it’s golden age.  Ready to Die.  Flava in Ya Ear.  IllmaticEnter the 36 Chambers. That’s what E was referring to above when writing about the Roc Marciano album.  Isn’t it the sound that we, as east-coast hip hop fanatics, harp for?  Isn’t it the ish we put on when we’re tired of hearing the recycled sound we’ve heard for the past decade?  But we have to learn to accept that 1994 ended on 12/31/94 and there are only a finite number of records from that time.

Or are there?

What if there were some legendary producer from the era who happened to have a whole crate of unused beats on DAT and floppy disks in his basement from 1994-95?

Enter Buckwild, legendary producer.  B.I.GO.CBig LKool G Rap.  DITC.  Gritty and raw classics (and don’t forget this!), who just so happened to have an extensive smorgasbord of unreleased and unheard material from that era.

Make no mistake – these are not your typical B-side/i’m-just-releasing-these-because-i-have-contract-obligations beats.  They are certified bangers.  Celph Titled, who I was not really familiar with prior to this release (he has worked with the Demigodz and Army of the Pharoahs with Vinnie Paz – both of who make guest appearances) – really surprises me as he holds the album down nicely and proves himself worthy of such a great collection of golden-era material.  Several 90’s-era guest MCs (even funk flex) make their mark as well on the album (“Swashbuckling” even changes up the beat for each MC… brilliant).  Everything about the album (as shown by the obvious title) is a tribute to the 90s – production, flow, concept, etc.  It’s not a classic, but short of finding some unreleased Ghost/BIG collab in a basement somewhere in Long Island City, this album is a time machine on wax.

This is not the first time this concept of resurrecting the past has occured.  This isn’t some elaborate hoax though.  This time? It’s legit.  2010 Top 10 for sure. (*pops in T.R.O.Y. cassette tape and watches 1994 Eastern Conference Finals game 7 on VHS)

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – The Deal Maker

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – Fuckmaster Sex

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – Swashbuckling f. Apathy, Ryu & Esoteric

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – I Could Write A Rhyme

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – Miss Those Days

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – Styles Ain’t Raw f. Apathy & Chino XL

DL: Celph Titled and Buckwild – Time Travels On f. Majik Most & Dutchmassive


One comment

  1. […] Thank god.  Wayne sleepwalked through I’m Not A Human Being.  You’ve probably seen this on everywhere from Nah Right to the CNN home page at this point…I guess all I can do is apologize.  This came out two days ago, which is like two years in the internet world.  The song is No Ceilings-esque though, which I mean in the absolute best possible way.  Tons of silly lines the whole way through and Wayne has that inspired voice (literally) that he had on No Ceilings which means the over-under on the substances he was on while recording this slides down to a sleek 1.5.  College kids will love this beat – I don’t care if it’s completely derivative of A Millie.  For the haters: Wayne isn’t any less irreverent and he’s never going to be.  Take your “Hollywood Divorce” verse and go read about the Celph Titled album. […]

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