Crack It Up #4
It’s been a couple of years since we last tended to our Crack Rap garden, and in that time it has been overrun by records from before virtually every rapper fessed up to being a dealer of the white. In fact, it’s heartbreaking to hear the angry optimism on these records before crack use settled down to being just a constant background buzz, like the neighbour’s air-con. If we had air-con in England, which we largely don’t.
Audio Source’s ‘Stop Cracking’ is a dated (yet undated on the label) electro influenced tune on the original North Cackalack based Cash Money Records (no chimp-tank). To be frank, it’s the worst release on the label, the best being the dope ‘Sneakers’ by Little 7 and Hass C-B, but while their track is on about Simod and such, Audio Source have their hearts in the right place. The producer, George Kerr, has another few obscurities sat in our racks in the form of Anthony’s ‘Roxanne is a man’, work on a couple of Hassan and 7-11 joints (these dudes are probably also Little 7 and Hass C-B), at which point we disappear up our own cracks.
Audio Source – Stop Cracking
Marc Love’s ‘Crack Down (On Cracking It Up)’ is palpably better, if still unsophisticated ’87/’88 fare. It’s the sole credit for pretty much everyone involved, which points up the sad/inevitable fact that there was a more lucrative career in selling rocks than in making records slagging it off. Of course, by the time we’ve played you all our many, many crack-related records, the only rocks you’ll have to worry about are the ones blocking the view from your moon home.
Marc Love – Crack Down