#rewindreview: Rawkus presents ‘Ego Trip’s The Big Playback’ 2000

 

Leave it up to one the most authentic labels and movements during the turn of the millennium, to curate a compilation of forgotten and underground HOP music from the 1980’s. ‘Ego Trip’s The Big Playback’ served as a soundtrack to Sasha Jenkins’ popular ‘Book Of Rap Lists’ that was published a year before. In that book Hip-Hop music was given a benchmark as to it’s origins and most influential acts and songs up to that point. Where this compilation album works is not only providing some HOP jams but also connecting the origins of names, who by the year 2000 were known but not so known for what they did on wax during the 1980’s. M.C. EZ & Troop’s ‘Get Retarded’ would sound familiar around this time as L.L. Cool J. had released a track called ‘Zoom’ a couple of years before which borrowed from this jam but not only that, M.C. EZ was in fact Craig Mack. Divine Force’s ‘Holy War’ had been slightly resurrected by Ghostface Killah’s ‘Mighty Healthy’ on ‘Supreme Clientele’ earlier that year. Also producer/rappers like Diamond D. and Ski have their earlier groups displayed in The Bizzie Boyz and Ultimate Force. Personally this album was a jewel that only added on to my knowledge at the time seeing as how I was slowly beginning to respect and appreciate HOP music pre-1988. A perfect combination of the popularity of “80’s Hip-Hop” that was being celebrated at the time thru various remakes and other compilation albums and the genuine effect Rawkus records was providing to their audience. The artwork and selection of music on ‘Ego Trip’s The Big Playback’ is one of the last Rawkus releases that displayed the initial and true reason that label was so necessary and a breath of fresh air for a lot of us. Almost like a ‘Lyricist Lounge Vol.0’ in the Rawkus discography. What did you think of the album?

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