Monday, May 26, 2008


I don't really know much about Zhigge. I mean, really, they didn't hang around long enough for me to get to know them any. Their self titled debut dropped back in 1992 and some of you guys may even remember the singles "Toss It Up" (which I thought was dope as hell) and Rakin' In The Dough. The entire album is produced by the underrated Salaam Remi (with Milo Johnson co-producing one track). Remi is most notable for crafting bangers for Nas ("Made U Look" being one of them). The sound of the album is different than the stuff he does for Nas now; it has more of a uplifting, party vibe to it. The rappers -- Prance, Sound, Tonga, Kazo, & Face -- all do their thing over typical 90's styled beats. Anyway, it's a cool album with it's peaks and valleys, but the production is solid enough and the overall album is pretty good. I haven't really heard anything from these cats after this album dropped. I wonder what they're doing now. Anyway, give it a listen. If you dig early to mid 90's rap, there's enough here to warrant a listen or two. There are also videos for Toss It Up and Rakin' In The Dough on YouTube.

Zhigge [Polydor Records 1992]

1. Rakin' In The Dough
2. Harlem
3. No Time To Fess
4. Toss It Up
5. Whatcha Gonna Do
6. Drop The Beat Salaam!!
7. Zhigge Man
8. I Wanna Be With You
9. Make Ya Hips Hop
10. Toss It Up (The After Party)
11. Some Ol' Low-Life Skit!!
12. Born Black
13. All That Glitters Ain't Gold
14. Now What!!

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