Soul Shock, Break the Limits, First Priority Records 1988

What a great comp! Basement Flavor showcased all the talent on the First Priority record label which was home to the early work of Alliance, King of Chill, Positive K, Audio Two and MC Lyte. Peep the cover. No ice or fancy cars... it's just all about young, down to earth cats bringing you that late 80's Hip Hop in it's purest form. Even lookin at the back cover you see everyone in a school gymnasium's bleachers giving the impression of a tight high school clique. There's some great joints on here. You get two nice Alliance cuts, Get On Down and Kibbles and Bits, which don't appear on their full length. You also get the classic duet from Positive K and MC Lyte, I'm Not Havin It, plus a couple of winners from Audio Two.

The ill cut here is by DJ Soul Shock featuring rapper See-Que. Que definitely makes the party swing while Soul Shock rips the wax on what sounds like a Donald Byrd trumpet stab. Not sure if he ever released anything else other than this nugget. Overall this is a solid compilation and one that is getting tougher and tougher to find.

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Note: Track 01 is the intro.