Sean Price & Small Professor - 86 Witness (CD)
’86 Witness’ is a testament to both Hip-Hop’s Golden Era, and the unbelievable talents of Sean Price, one of the genre’s biggest and best voices who was taken from us far, far too soon. His hilarious, tack-sharp rhymes are complemented by the imaginative and dusty production of Philly’s Small Professor, who may just be rap’s best kept secret.
Throughout ’86 Witness,’ both P and Pro perfectly weave together the sounds and the styles of the era that set the foundation for Hip-Hop culture. And they do so with some help from acclaimed turntablist DJ Revolution, who appears on five of the album’s ten cuts.
Lyrically, P pays homage to the year 1986 with clever bars boasting slick, pop culture-referencing wordplay. He big-ups the Bears’ Super Bowl XX win on “Refrigerator P”; references Herbie Hancock’s time-honored ‘Round Midnight’ OST on “Midnight Rounds”; shows love to Just Ice’s “Latoya” on the Quelle Chris-featured “Latoya Jackson”; and dedicates track six to John Gotti with the help of AG Da Coroner, Guilty Simpson and Your Old Droog.
Throughout the rest of the album, P spits slick nods to Boogaloo Shrimp, Joe Joe Dancer, Sinbad, and other characters central to that era. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Ruckus project without mentions of the man who inspired his ‘Mic Tyson’ alias. And sure enough, sound bytes from the heavyweight bruiser appear on closer, “Word to Mother.”
Like his previous projects, ’86 Witness’ is brimming with classic lines and lyrical barbs from P. What’s different here, however, is the depth of his references in addition to his incredible chemistry with Small Pro. From the verses to the beats, they have provided so many musical Easter eggs that each listen tips off something you’ve yet to discover. And that’s not even mentioning the ambitious lineup of guests that in addition to the aforementioned, includes: Rockness Monstah, Illa Ghee, Elucid, Castle, Reef the Lost Cauze, Curly Castro, Zilla Rocca, and Rob Kelly.
As "Word to Mother" begins to fade, you hear Q-Tip's nostalgic quote of "That summer of '86 changed Hip-Hop forever..." You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't say the same about Sean Price. Hip-Hop (and the world) misses you. The CD edition of ’86 Witness’ comes equipped with P’s ‘Land of the Crooks’ EP—produced entirely by M-Phazes—featured as bonus tracks.
Bear Witness feat. DJ Revolution
Refrigerator P feat. Rock of Heltah Skeltah & DJ Revolution
Latoya Jackson feat. Quelle Chris & DJ Revolution
Midnight Rounds feat. Elucid & Castle
John Gotti feat. AG Da Coroner, Guilty Simpson & Your Old Droog
Think About It feat. Illa Ghee, Rock of Heltah Skeltah & DJ Revolution
Word to Your Mother feat. DJ Revolution
John Gotti (Philly Blunt Remix) feat Reef The Lost Cauze, Curly Castro & Zilla Rocca
Refrigerator P (Peaky Blinders Remix) feat. Rob Kelly
Bag of Shit feat Loudmouf Choir
Dump in the Gut
Land of the Crooks feat. Billy Danze, Maffew Ragazino & DJ Babu
Murdah Type Thinkin feat. Roc Marciano & DJ Devastate
Murdah Type Thinkin (Small Professor Remix) feat. Guilty Simpson
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