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Black ink : Black Student Movement, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. online resource ([Chapel Hill, N.C.]) 1969-current, February 18, 1992, Image 15

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February 18,1992 Features 15 For The Record Mix-A-Lot is Back and Better, MAAD CIRCLE Has Arrived Mack Daddy % On his new label, Def American, Mix-A-Lot is a bit more serious. Curiously, fame has shunned the talented MAAD CIRCLE. Sir Mix-A-Lot Mack Daddy Def American/Rhyme Cartel Reviewed by T J. Stancil Sir Mix-A-Lot has released his third album, Mack Daddy, as well nx)ved to a new rap label - Rick Rubin’s Def American. Rick Rubin, a former Def Jam Records producer who helped bring to prominence the likes of Public Enemy, Li. Cool J., The Beastie Boys, and Run D.M.C, collaborated with Sir Mix- A-Lot to release a surprisingly good album. Mack Daddy, compared to previous Mix-A-Lot releases like Seminar, and his debutalbum^woys, is definitely a change for the better. His previous albums contained a few good songs other than the hits, but sounded amateurish. For those unfamiliar with Sir Mix-A-Lot, the Seattle-based rapper first graced the rap map with his 1987 hit, “My Posse’s on Broadway”. Later releases were “Iron Man”, “Beq)ers”, “I Got Game” and his biggest hit to date, “My Hooptie”. This album has more “real” cuts than previous albums, but fw those who crave Mix-A-Lot’s humwous side he doesn’t disappoint. This album contains songs like “One Time’s Got no Case”, “Baby Got Back”, “Swap Meet Louie”, and “Sprung on the cat”, which are nothing less than laughable. Mix-A-Lot has definitely improved his A-B-C rap style, and his ab-eady impressive samples, beats, and bass lines are more streamlined on the Def American label. Mix-A-Lot is what 1 would call an “alternative” rapper, not well known, little radio play, but danceable music you can pump in your room or in your ride. Mack Daddy gets a B, which is hard to give a perennial lower level r^per like Sir Mix-A-Lot, but this album is definitely a first rate release. Promising cuts, which will probably get little or no air play, are “A Rapper’s Reputation”, “Lockjaw”, ‘Testarossa” and “The Jack Back”. If Sir Mix-A-Lot has “seen the light” and become a true artist, then he has only great things ahead. If not, it’s back to stupid raps we go! WC and the MAAD CIRCLE Ain't a Damn Thang Changed Priority Records Reviewed by: Stefan Tyson It confuses me that a group such as WC and the MAAD CIRCLE could slip through the cracks of popularity. Their second album Ain't a Damn Thang Changed, is a very high quality album. They hail out of infamous South Central, Los Angeles, and are produced primarily by Sir Jinx from the Lench Mob. Many rap fans know of the Lench Mob from their most famous member, Ice Cube, who also helped the MAAD CIRCLE in this their latest endeavor. Like Ice Cube and the l/.'nch Mob, this group brings out stx;ial consciousness, and especially on four of their tracks. “Behind Qo«xl Doors” enlightens us on Uie non- reportcdijnstiincesof police bniiality and crooked cops. AiKuher “Caught N A Futl” speaks on people who are only are interesied in something because it’s fad. They point out specifically tliose who act as if they are gang bangers and those who act a.s if their following A1 Islam. In “Dress Code" the MAAD CIRCLE addresses the problem of stereotyping African Americans because ofthe clothes we wear. For example, when you may be tiarassed by the ptilice because yoi! havv* ort ?. hix-itoi sweat baggy pant;;. hfy per>;o5U«i C'ivortrc l!:Ough, ii- T-- • k My DiJtldy.” Ttih t-ack a maiof probi;>ni ir; ihe oi Auics.ii Articticaris, •'j.'f-jc!) is ihc stece.nct; oio imk i Wh;U:er shrough ti!C oX (i)c in ra-sini- {iis children, or of hss running ris,.' fe-nity, I rcconinterid Airt'i t/ Damn I Jiny f'jin ict Cube a;c1 the I. eucii Mob. T'm niusic art;} bmlM-rc (yx)cu are very btu tiiey riiso itave liicir dope style and Migniture largely unknown, ihis albtirf! is }->clter thj-p, ot ihc paniier albuois Uxni have beei; )(• ?i)e yes-r. Gn-ik',; .A The Ink needs Photographers! Gain valuable experience and enhance your portfoiio. Plenty of color ful assignments always avail able. Call 962- 4336 for more information, or drop by the Ink office in Suite 108-D of the Student Union. Think Black Ink!

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