Thursday, June 29, 2006

Yaggfu Front "Left Field" (1994)

Mercury Records put out a number of dope artists (Diamond D, Jemini, Blahzay Blahzay, etc) that never really blew up; Yaggfu (You Are Gonna Get F*cked Up if you...) Front's "Action Packed Adventure," an album quietly dropped in '93, was one of those. The single "Left Field" is essentially the poor man's version of Pharcyde's "Passin' Me By".

All Music Guide tries to describe Yaggfu Front as somewhere between Pharcyde and Das Efx, and it's not a bad effort. The production (the remix wins, naturally) is simultaneously jazzy and spacey, while the lyrics are irreverent and honest:

When will she stop this brother stuff?
Hookin me up with girls that look busted, and rough
that run with the crew thinkin that I wanna screw
Why in the hell would I want her unless she looked as good as you?

Like "Passin' Me By", each verse is delivered by a group member detailing their failure with women. Hardly inspiring, but you can't help but nod your head (uh, maybe "shake" would be the better verb), and finish feeling sympathetic - or better about yourself. If you haven't heard this, do yourself a favor and grab it...missed the 12" back in '94, and finally ran across it in a random bin in Tokyo last year. Includes the original, remix, and instrumental.

[UPDATE (6/30): MP3 ID Tags fixed]


Anonymous Robert said...

I got a 4 letter word for you....DOPE!!!!!!
I'm from Canada and I read about Yaggu Front in RapPages and Rap Sheet,but never had the chance to listen to them and love it man...
Man,hiphop was so dope back then,there's still good music out there,but it's not like the early 90's...
I definitely want this 12"
Much love from Canada!!!

5:09 PM  
Anonymous grantp said...

actually the left field you have labeled remix is the version that appears on the album... so the other one is a remix to me!

Props on a nice blog..

ps, too bad tony da skitzo fell off huh?

10:51 PM  
Blogger djespionage said...

you're right, thanks...mislabeled those.
as far as tony falling off...never got into his shit beyond a few 12" (this and the "Storm Brewing" 12), so I really don't have a sense of him on/off...always looking for recommendations, though...

11:23 PM  
Anonymous grantp said...

saw him live in san diego in late '99 (tony da skitzo) it was horrible.

but molassis is classic always loved that track.

11:45 PM  

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