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Rap albums dominate new releases
s\ Patrick Miner
Those who are waiting
for rap’s reign at the top of
* music sales to come to a disco-esque
crash need to take heed: last year’s genre
leading album sales and Grammy success
may only be the beginning.
The summer forecast for new
releases shows in music shows a con
stant storm of hip-hop albums and a
relative drizzle of rock and country.
Classic rap act EPMD kicks off
the selling spree tomorrow with its
final album, “Out of Business.” From
there, the summer releases sound like
who’s who of rap.
Puffy’s main protege, Ma$e, offers
ms final album before refmhg to pursue
religious causes with the double
disc “Double Up.” Juvenile’s
“Solja Rags” and Public
^ \ Enemy’s “There’s a Poison
1 J Goin’ On” should roll in the
i J Benjamins as well,
v- A Also in June alone is Wu
Tang Clan member
Genius/GZA’s “Beneath the
Surface,” Missy Elliott’s “Da Real World,” and
Too Short’s “Can’t Stay Away.”
Looking ahead to July, Sugarhill Gang,
who appeared at University of Nebraska
Lincoln last fall, is releasing a children’s album
titled “Jump On It.” Noreaga will be on the
other side of the spectrum with “Melvyn Flynt
However, the brightest point of hip-hop’s
summer releases is The Roots human beatbox,
Rahzel, releasing his first solo record “Make
the Music 2000.” Rahzel’s style of thumping
his throat and making DJ sounds with his
mouth should take hip-hip to a creative new
While hip-hop records will be at the fore
front, there are some rock and pop records that
are sure to make some noise.
Pennywise’s “Straight Ahead,”
Jamiroquai’s “Synkronized,” and Red Hot Chili
Peppers “Califomication” shouldn’t be slouch
es at die counters when released tomorrow.
However, only few artists such as Limp
Bizkit, MxPx, Chemical Brothers and ex-Spice
Girl Geri Halliwell will release records that will
be looked ahead to by fans.
Otherwise, this should be a summer where
up and coming bands break out. One such artist
is Omaha’s own Mulberry Lane. The recent
release of Rizzuto sisters’ major label debut
‘Run Your Own Race” and single “Harmless
are making some noise nationwide.
One album that should be looked for is
Widespread Panic’s “’111 die Medicine Takes.”
While the band has drawn comparisons to
Phish, it is branching its music out by collabo
rating with a brass band and a gospel singer for
Unfortunately for country fans, the summer
album schedule doesn’t look too promising.
Some albums such as John Michael
Montgomery’s “Home to You” should do very
well however, and fans can look for Alabama’s
“Twentieth Century” and a tribute to Gram
Parsons before summer’s end.
This summer’s releases, while mostly rap
centered, should give music fans the opportuni
ty to look for some lesser known acts in the
music stores. New albums from bands such as
the Gadjits and Pavement, while overlooked in
past summers, should be given an ear at the lis
tening booth at the local record store with the
lack of quality rock albums this year.
With little hip-hop radio in the area, MTV’s
promotion of MaSe should help his cause con
siderably. However, for those who want to hear
some albums with quality lyricists, wait for
three De La Soul albums due out this fall and
the first solo venture or former A Tribe Called
Quest frontman Q-Tip by year’s end.
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