12 The Compass Wednesday, October26.1994 Entertainment Yikes! Gravediggaz’ new rap album: this sure ain’t for the faint at heart By Lolethia Underdue Just in time for Halloween comesa new album for all you fans of hardcore rap. While murder and death are chilling sub jects for many people, the Gravediggaz glorify these themes in their debut album 6 Feet Deep. The Gravediggaz are a splinter group orignating from the extremely poputo Wu-Tang Clan, another rap group just coming off flieir own successful debut album. The Rza, a member of Wu-Tang ,startedand produced the Gravediggaz while he and Wu-Tang were trying to get established. Their debut album is co-produced by Prince Paul, who has successfully pro duced groups like De la Soul and Stetasonic. The Diggaz use a combination of clas sic hip hop beats and eerie bass lines to showcase their grimy styles on the mic. The first release, "Diary Of A Madman," introduces the themes that app>ear throughout the album. This song opens with the Gravediggaz in court pleading insanity for duirges of murder. They each describe their mental state and the gory acts they committed. Samplesofold ' !y , ' Murder and mayhem are served up in the Gravediggaz’ new alxjm— just in time for IHaloween. horror movie sound tracks add to the eerie effect. The follow-up to 'TDiaryof aMadman" is "Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide," another song about murder and may hem. Thetrackalsohasvocalsperform^ byKurious. In thistrack,theGravediggaz, go into details discussing the fate of those who oppose them. "Constant Elevation's" hard hitting beat and dynamic flow give the listener a different angle on the Diggaz style. It's a short showcase of a few of the members in freestyle mode. 'Just When You Thought It Was Over" and "Rest in Peace are short and spooky, with guest vocals from Biz Markie, Craig G, and King Ice. "Defective Trip"(Trippin) is definitely one of the better songs on the album. The Players to present First Breeze of Summer lyrical flow is rapid and well-done. This track contains vocals from Biz Markie and MC Serch. "Blood Brothers" is another one of the Diggaz pieces with a nice flow. Thissong discusses the group's unity and brother hood through an affinity for death and destruction. "1-800-Suicide," as the title suggests, also deals with death. The song flows on in true Gravedigga style, with material performed by KRS-1 and Just Ice. For those who do not like heavy metal samples in rap songs"Bang Your Head" is a frack you should probably avoid. The chorus, "bang your head," is shouted over an air-guitarbackground.Itis rather loud and not pleasing to the ear. "Deathtrap," however, is a phat track with good rhythmic flow and guest vo cals from Masta Ace. Don Newkirk is on the keyboards. The album's themes—death, murder and mayhem—are certainly not new to rap music. However, the Gravediggaz are spearheading this t)^ of rap into urban radio where it has rwt received much airplay. This album should definitely be checked out by all hardcore rap fans. Photo byJmd* Jordan The University Players, ECSU's drama troupe, will present The First Breeze of Summer as its first major production of the year. PerformaiKe dates are Nov. 2A 4 and 6 at 8:00 p.m in the Little Theater, located in the G.R. Little Library on cam pus. Written by Leslie Lee, The First Breeze of Summer was origir\aIly produced by the Negro Ensemble Company on Broad way. The play tells the striking story of a middledaiss Black family inasmallNorth- eastem dty as they gather one hot June weekend to celebrate the birthday of Gremmar, the grandmother. "Sheisrememberingheryouth, so there are a lot of flashblack scenes, in which we see her as a yoxing girl with the men who havelefther," saidShavmSmith, director •of theplay. "She is trying to deal with her losses, arvd, at the same time attempting to pass on the wisdom she has gained from those losses to her grandson." The Players' production oi First Breeze will future a large cast of veteran actors and talented new faces to the Little The ater stage, according to Smith. Dorothy O. Wills will portray Gremmar; Chester Dunton will appear as her son Milton Edward, and Robin T. Greshman plays Edna, her daughter. "AH three actors have impressed local audiences with previous performarKes," said Smith. Wills appeared as Maimie in the Scholarcade Production of Lanston Hughes' StwipiyHairocnty, Chester Dunton has had major roles in numerous Players' production, most notably as that of Troy Maxon in August Wilson's Fences. Robin Greshman has also appeared in numerous productions, mostly recently as Olive Madison in The Odd Couple. For additional information concerning the play contact the University Players' office in thelittleTheateror call335-3436. Daryl Turner (left) and Belicia Hines portray Sam Green and Lucretia in The Players’ upcorring production of 77)e/?/sf8reezd of Summer. The play, directed l>y Shawn Smlh, wil be performed Nov. 2,3,4 and 6 in the University’s Little Theater.