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Hard 2 Obtain - L.I. Groove (HD)



From the album "Ism & Blues" Produced by The Stimulated Dummies

Atlantic , 1994.

The Long Island rap trio consisting of MCs Taste and DL & DJ Six Seven, followed in the storied Strong Isle rap tradition of EPMD, Rakim, De La Soul, and Leaders of the New School. In 1994, the three-man group effected a smoothed-out East Coast timbre in stark contrast to the hardcore gangster rap blossoming on both coasts. Their initial single, "LI Groove," found a niche with basement hip-hop heads, and their debut album, Ism and Blues, followed on it's strength. Production on Ism, from the SD50s (one-time beatmakers for Grand Puba) and Roc Raida, was way above garden variety. The album combined laid-back grooves with the work of some talented musicians, providing the album with a quiet cool. MCs Taste and DL brought skills to the table but inevitably fell victim to "blunts and bitches" content a bit much. The album rooted in jazz, R&B, and an old school hip-hop aesthetic caught a ripple of popularity with the non-mainstream hip-hop audience but, rather unfortunately, the threesome were never heard from again.

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