February 5, 2015

Artifacts - Between A Rock And A Hard Place (1994)


Between a Rock and a Hard Place is kind of a sub-classic. Though it is not especially groundbreaking or essential, it is a very fine showcase of what 1994 New York rap was all about. The album is primarily produced by a guy called T-Ray who produced a random assortment of past-prime big groups like Cypress Hill, House Of Pain, and Beastie Boys, but he does a fantastic job here. A few tracks feature Buckwild making beats (same guy that worked with Big L, AZ, Big Pun and others I can't think of off the top of my head), so if that tells you anything, this album is going to have the signature cold and lean East coast sound, even with the tracks produced by Todd Ray. The rappers are very limber and jazzy along with the beats and this sounds like some kind of hybrid of Black Moon and Organized Confusion, if you've heard those guys. If you haven't, expect cool jazzy beats with boppy MC's that rap in funny but real ass words.

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Between A Rock And A Hard Place