Saturday, January 28, 2006

Just Ice : That Girl Is A Slut (from Latoya 12")





Just Ice : That Girl Is A Slut (Fresh, 1986)


Another member of the Boogie Down Crew, Just Ice made his first mark in the hiphop community with this single, especially the hit Latoya. When that record was released (twenty years ago...) I just started listening to hip hop and I didn’t hear anything from him until years later, probably 1989 or 1990, way past his prime. Don’t ask me why, but in my mind I thought of him as a harder version of Fresh Prince. My knowledge of hip hop was very limited then. Being young and stupid I dismissed anyone rhyming over some beatbox as being too soft (the Fat Boys didn’t really help to make beatboxing credible).

A rauchy version of Slick Rick would be a more approriate definition of his style. If you thought that Latoya was misogynistic, wait until you hear its b side ! I don’t know why so many beat box tracks are so sexually explicit, it has to do with the idea of a guy making strange noises and spitting saliva. On this track Just Ice is joined by the Original DMX (well not to be confused with Davy DMX aka Davy D who produced Kurtis Blow, Run MC, Spoonie G or Dr Jeckyll & Mister Hyde). Anyway, I'll have a beat box week, with a few other to share later this week.


Just Ice : That Girl Is A Slut (Fresh, 1986)

Membre du Boogie Down Crew, Just Ice s'est fait connaître de la communauté hip hop avec ce single, en particulier grace au tube Latoya. Quand ce disque est sorti il y a vingt ans je commencait juste à découvrir le rap, et il s'est passé plusieurs années avant que je découvre Just-Ice. Betement je m'étais imaginé Just-Ice comme un clone de Fresh Prince en moins inoffensif. Pour moi tous les rappeurs qui avait un beat boxer étaient assimilés aux Fat Boys et à Fresh Prince. Si je devais définir Just-Ice aujourd'hui je dirais qu'il est un mélange de Slick Rick et Schoolly D. Sur ce morceau il est accompagné de son beat boxer DMX, à ne pas confondre avec Davy DMX alias Davy D, producteur de Kurtis Blow, Run MC, Spoonie G ou Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde, et auteur d'un album sur Def Jam.

4 comments:

KHALLI 88 said...

Thanks for the trip back but JUst Ice contributions to hip-hop are often over look not only was he one of the first to crown himself "Gangster Of Rap" he was one of the first I know to put a mix of reggae/hip hop in format, "Cold Getting Dumb" is my favorite and I still give it play to this day.

Anonymous said...

My name is tony styles. I grew up on that New york rap. I remember when my homie fist purchased that album. I was in the 10th grade. Being from Allendale S.C. thats all we had was that New York rap. Long live The Hip Hop Gangsta, that will " take you way back".

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