Saturday, January 22, 2011

Cracker Jax

One of my favorite I wonder why they never dropped an album groups from the 90s.

Cool Whip and Brittle could be found kicking off posse cuts by Leaders of the New School, which also included fellow Long Islanders, Rumpletilskinz, Kollie Weed and the Now or Laters.

While the Rumpletilskinz were able to secure a deal with RCA, the Cracker Jax (almost entirely) disappeared from the Hip Hop Scene.

Kevin Beacham from Fifth Element Online interviews the duo, where they speak on the Long Island Hip Hop scene, meeting Leaders of the New School, there issues with Prime Minister Pete Nice, and the failed deals that kept them from releasing material proper.

Fifth Element Online: Link

Leaders of the New School - Mt. Airy Groove

Leaders of the New School - Sound of the Zeekers @#^**?!

Leaders of the New School - Spontaneous (13 MC's Deep)


The Great Gats, B said...

Proof that God either works in the most mysterious of ways or doesn't exist : he let Rumpletilskinz drop an album, but didn't let Cracker Jax.

M A R T A said...

true story: in the 8th grade i was in a dance "recital" (talent show?) and our routine was to Sound of the Zeekers. do you know how long that song is when you're dancing hip-hop? OMG, ran out of steam quick. somewhere there's a VHS floatin' around with said performance. such a good track.

great post, btw!

Boothe said...

@ Gats B

Whip's voice is so distinct. When I listened to the interview, and he spoke, I had an "oh shit, it really is them" moment.

"Holy smoking Joe no jokes/ I post
No hoax for ya folks no cocaine cokes/
Cool whipper whopper wailing wit willis/
Dillis do crills crills do dillis"

Rumpletilskins had a couple of good tracks, but it was all about the Jax for me in the early days. NYC rap scene was getting a little darker as the 90s went on. I wonder if they would have been able to maintain the energy/vibe they had in early part of the decade.


I recall most songs with the Blind Alley sample being a favorite with the dancers. Not surprised to hear you got down to it.

When you're back in the Bay, you need to find that video, and post it. :-)

Mr Bozack said...

Ha nice 1 - always wondered what that "reversed" shout out on Ace in the Hole.

Whatever happened to Kollie Weed and Now Or Laters then?

Boothe said...

I think Kollie Weed put some music out on the low (like out of the trunk low). I believe he has a myspace page.

I guess Now or Laters ceased to exist around the time of the first LONS album. Sha-Now (Remedy Man) joined Rumpletilskinz, and Tropical just disappeared.

Mr Bozack said...

What about The Leftovers?!

Boothe said...

Hmmm...maybe that's where Tropical and Boogie Knight (Rumpletilskinz?) ended up?

Kevin Beacham is still in contact with the Jax, and mentioned his desire to have those exact questions answers.