Sunday, July 30, 2006

Aphillyation "United Snakes of America" (1996)

I remember going to a Roots show in the late 90's, and them bringing out Dice Raw to drop a verse in the middle of their set. He came out of the wings with a mic in his hand, ripped the verse on some hype shit, then broke out. It was raw, and at the time, it seemed like that was exactly how you should do a guest verse. He upstaged Black Thought during that song (can't remember what it was at the moment), it was like a f*cking whirlwind. I mention this because Dice Raw is a member of Aphillyation, which I know nothing about beyond this twelve; and on "Had R.E.M.", he produces a similar performance:

The twelve hosts three cuts, "United Snakes of America", "Had R.E.M.", and "Puppetmaster". I've always pushed the needle to "Had R.E.M." Like the dark, almost spacey vibe with the plodding hi-hats and snare (while the kick gives it some bounce). Every cut on this record is essentially a posse cut (as the label says, Aphillyation consisted of Merdah, the Philly Titans and Dice Raw), but can't say "United Snakes" or "Puppetmaster" are particularly memorable. "Had R.E.M." shines about 3/4 of the way through the track when Dice Raw blazes into it:

Yo, enter my constellation
The continent reviles(?) your consonants
flow at a constant...fluctuation

Dice Raw brings the flow and energy that seems to be missing from the previous MC's and blows everyone else off this track. He ended up with more verses on Roots albums, but anyone run into other Dice Raw records? This one includes the three cuts mentioned, as well as the instrumental for "United Snakes of America".


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the Dice Raw album and could up it if you want. It's pretty good, although the "Thin Line between raw and jiggyness" ft. the Roots MCs is by far the dopest. Just say yes and I'll shove it up... :)

12:34 AM  
Blogger djespionage said...

yeah, i'd love to hear it, thx

1:04 AM  
Blogger apani said...

Thanks for this!

12:35 PM  

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