Blackmale, Center Stage On The Mike, Ruff House Records 1988

Blackmale were a New Jersey crew made up of EZ Tee, DJ Reggie Reg, AD and Woody Wood. They put out this album on the Enigma subsidiary Ruff House who put out a number of semi-decent and classic releases in the early 90s. Cypress Hill, Schooly D, The Fugees, Tim Dog and the Goats to name a handful. Those records would have a common chief knob turner in Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo as does this release. Let It Swing from 89 is actually a pretty decent album. It does have throw away's though like those late 80s Hip House type cuts but the good shit really shines. The title track "swings" nicely with jagged samples thrown on top of a JB's instrumental while AD has a delivery similar to Rakim. C'mon, C'mon, C'mon, C'mon!! is one of those rare pure Hip Hop instrumentals with DJ work that actually made the album. Other fast paced highlights include Keep Movin and Let's Go.

Center Stage On The Mike is a call to all Rappers to take it to the stage and toss there Kangol in the ring with the Blackmale posse. "The best place in the world I love to be, if not the bedroom is the M-I-C" should let you know how serious they take their profession. This one shouldn't be too difficult to track down as it used to be a cut out sure shot.

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Note: Track 01 is the intro.