Thursday, March 22, 2012

Schoolly D - How A Black Man Feels (1991)



Schoolly D’s 1991 released on Capitol Records, it was his last album since his 1989 albumAm I Black Enough for You? released on Jive Records, his last album to do so.
There were 3 singles released, King of New YorkWhere’d You Get That Funk From andOriginal Gangster, which featured KRS-One. All cuts were produced by Schoolly D, with co-production from the blasta-masta on the song Original Gangster

1. Run

This song samples vocals from the Hip Hop super group Run-DMC, which is scratched and scattered. There’s a funky vibe that only Schoolly D can produce. It doesn’t sound too west coast or too east coast. It’s quite unique, an although Schoolly rhyme’s are outdated even for 1991, he can still hype a track

2. Your Worst Nightmare

Like the previous track, a vocal is used during the hook, sampling Ice Cube. And yes it does sample some bells and drums from the number one funkiest song of all time. It’s still funky, and it’s still dope. You won’t find any blossoming lyricism here

3. King of New York

Killing another nigga ain’t no thing to Schoolly D. It’s funkin' hardcore. It’s like NWA on steroids, Schoolly D is a hardcore motherfucker and he makes it evident by the first line.
The scratching is bad ass too

4. Original Gangster

On this track Schoolly D and KRS-One produce a laid back beat, Schoolly D even tries out that weird accent KRS-One always does, nawmean?

5. Die N-gger Die

Yes Schoolly actually says the word. The full spelling word, which is repeated during the hook. It’s a decent track, the instrumental is hardcore, and Schoolly D can still hold it down

6. Where’d You Get That Funk From

This is one of those tracks from the LP that you could actually play on the radio legally or whatever. Schoolly D promises and delivers with the Funk. He borrows some of his older lines, and as well borrows some funky funk.

7. How a Black Man Feels

You might not like the rapping, I thought Schoolly D was on crack, or something, his voice is all weird. But it’s hardcore, less funky like the last track. He’s like shouting at the mic, forreal

8. Just Another Killer

A dope intro, sampling movie dialogue (I don’t know where it’s from), it returns with funk. Schoolly D tells tales of fucking, sucking, and selling ya yo.

9. Peace to the Nation

Some funky drummer, and horns to drive the uptempo beat, Schoolly D declares himself a hard motherfucker once again.

10. Sometimes It’s Got to Be That Way

This is how all albums should end. Some scratched Flava Flav and cool paced strings. Schoolly D raps about 40’s cheeba cheeba, stick up kids, AK’s, and suckers. Its subject matter is quite dark, but retains a mellow feel to it.


This is the type of album without any lyricismness-ish, relying more on funked grooves, and hardcore bragging from a bad-ass motherfucker from Philly. It’s not perfect, but it has its great moments, that should not be slept upon


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