Tony Da Skitzo "Who U Talkin' 2" (1996)
The production on this 12" is an acquired taste, but if you acquire it, this record is like gold. It perfectly compliments Tony Da Skitzo's style, which can predictably enough be labeled schizophrenic. Unlike other "psychotic rap" offerings, there's nothing disingenuous about Tony's insanity. His delivery wanders, changes pace, seems to change who he's addressing (the listener or himself?). My early favorite was "Molassis"; the beat is both smooth and oddly discomforting. "Man On" sets it off with a deep plodding bassline and ill guitar loop, and when Tony rhymes...
But still, the Skitzo flips ho's on a different tip
Though I like to sip hips with my lips
And trip the lights fantastic, plus I go through drastic measures
For the treasures of a ho's pleasures
Forever another plan of attack
To flip it up, rub it down, then give it a smack from the back
So that she'll remember
The schizophrenic MC's member
...you don't doubt his sincerity at all. "Who U Talkin' 2" features a Richard Pryor vocal sample and a creaking, layered beat that only seems to fuel Tony's wandering style. Included are the three tracks mentioned, and instrumentals to "Who U Talkin' 2" and "Man On".
[UPDATE, 7/9, 10AM: Files fixed, re-upped]