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Hard 2 Obtain: Ism & Blues

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    In early 1994, Hard 2 Obtain caught fire with its smash underground single "LI Groove," a tune that affirmed through a Rakim sample that the trio represented "New York, from Long Island." On the strength of H20's newfound respect among Hip Hop's cypher legions, H2O dropped "Ism and Blues" to explore three true loves: weed, women, and Hip Hop. The album reflects this triple love affair, combining hazy funk and jazz echoes with a rapper's delight format. MCs Taste and DL are B-Boys in the traditional sense, playing off each other nicely with call and response rhymes. "LI Groove" may be H20's only real claim-to-fame track but "Ism and Blues" does contain a few other hidden highlights. The horn-heavy "Ghetto Diamond" is a fortified ode to beautiful women of a Hip Hop persuasion and "Heels Without Souls" fuses Hip Hop and the R&B-styled vocals of Vinia Mojica (Tribe Called Quest) with some flair. This largely slept-on album also features a guest appearance from New Jersey underground stalwarts the Artifacts and boats production from the Stimulated Dummies aka SD50s (beatmakers for K.M.D, Brand Nubian, Grand Puba) and Roc Raida (X-Men, X-Ecutioners). The album rooted in jazz, R&B, and an old school Hip Hop aesthetic caught a ripple of popularity with the non-mainstream Hip Hop audience but, rather unfortunately, the threesome were never heard from again, that is until now.

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    1. Joker's World
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    2. Babble On
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    3. Heels Without Souls
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    4. Shit We Do
    Producers: DJ Nastee
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    5. Street Dwellers
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    6. A Lil Something
    featuring Artifacts; Raquel
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    7. L.I. Groove
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    8. Time
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    9. Local Hero
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    10. Gaining Pounds
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    11. Parkyard Lingo
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    12. Bust Me Down
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    13. No Batter Swing
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    14. Ghetto Diamond
    Producers: DJ Nastee
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    15. Joker's Wild (Next Mix) (Bonus)
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    16. L.I. Groove (Reprise) (Bonus)
    Producers: The Stimulated Dummies (aka SD50's)
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    Total Comments: 4
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/24/2013 10:58:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
    Location: az/ hell
    Comment: Beats are better than the lyrics!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/19/2013 2:05:00 AM; Partial IP: 22.172.199)
    Location: Australia
    Comment: No vinyl? psh! I still love this album though.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/21/2012 4:17:00 PM; Partial IP: 11.231.194)
    Location: CALI
    Comment: this album has Stimulated Dummies written all over it and Im assuming that with this style of production comes the weapon of choice the Sp 1200, the texture is just so grimy. 1994 to the fullest, I could listen to this again and again.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/4/2011 7:22:00 AM; Partial IP: 13.209.117)
    Location: Stockholm Sweden
    Comment: A classic for me...
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