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Friday, November 03, 2006

The UMC's - Fuits Of Nature (Wildpitch 1991)

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While heads were complaining how soft The UMC's were, others like me actually realised how ahead of their time The Universal MC's were. Dope beats, dope samples, and dope word play by Kool Kim, Haas G along with DJ Kid Magic on the wheels. One of the more fun and upbeat hip hop records from this time, the album was actually supposed to be titled "Fruits Uv Nature" to spell F.U.N.

Check out this extremely interesting article by Kool Kim at
Also check out The UMC's Myspace page

AMG Review

On their debut album, Fruits of Nature, the UMC's -- Hass G and Kool Kim -- are endlessly imaginative, witty, and effervescent by disposition and lyrical flow, and always intelligent. When it came to the music, co-producers Hass G and RNS decked it out in vintage soul and old Blue Note-styled tracks, with reams of obscure, idiosyncratic vocal samples tossed in as hooks, breaks, and bridges. The resulting effort is yet another vastly underrated rap album out of those banner years in hip-hop, 1991 and 1992, when commercial and economic instincts had yet to turn the music formulaic. The ironic thing is that nearly everything on Fruits of Nature is sing-along catchy and so ebullient that it would have sounded great bounding out of radios or from MTV. Unfortunately, it is also the sort of hip-hop that is too idiosyncratic and brainy to garner a widespread audience. Instead of alchemizing their jazz-tinged sensibility into a more earnest and reverent underground hip-hop extension of the jazz tradition, UMC's twist their jazzy inclinations into what are essentially pop songs that, even while generating a singular style all their own, cover the full range of the catchiness spectrum: ingratiating melodic tunes ("One to Grow On"), carbonated word play ("Blue Cheese"), cleverly disguised boasts and straight rhyming ("Kraftworks," "Swing It to the Area," "Any Way the Wind Blows"), loping urban anthems ("You Got My Back," "Jive Talk"), and more serious-minded cuts ("Morals"). There's even an urban take on storybook tales ("Never Never Land") and a sort of ballad ("Feelings"). The commercial failure of the UMC's and groups like them opened up hip-hop to the same sort of Top 40-ready and cookie-cutter artistry in the latter part of the decade that had previously swallowed rock and pop music. For a brief couple years, though, rap as uniquely excellent as Fruits of Nature could be found around every urban corner.

o1 - OneTo Grow On
02 - Kraftworks
03 - Morals
04 - Blue Cheese
05 - Swing It To The Area
06 - Never Never Land
07 - Jive Talk
08 - Feelings
09 - Any Way The Wind Blows
10 - Pass It On
11 - Hey Here We Go
12 - It's Gonna Last

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for this one!! Do you have the second album from these artist? Unleashed I think was the name of that album.


Machiventa said...

you're welcome. yes i do have unleashed. i will post it up within the next day or two, so check back!

Anonymous said...

I'll appreciate that, Thanks bro'...Great Collection by the way...

Dj KRISTO said...

how does Massmirror work ? I'm unable to see the download...could u please upload?