“We put the chedda togetha so we can double the o.z.’s It grows like some family trees and beanstalks Some hustlers naturally born with street smarts...” Original @rappernoyd promo sticker from his debut album,”Episodes of a Hustla” released on @tommyboyrecords 22 years ago today. #RIPProdigy 🙏🏾
Today In Hip Hop History: On September 16, 1996 American Rapper Big Noyd released his debut album ( Episodes of a Hustla) on Tommy Boy Records. Noyd created this album after building some recognition through Mobb Deep's classic "The Infamous" and Hell on Earth album. Noyd uses violent disturbing imagery to convey the life and times of Hustla growing up in queensbridge. Most of the album was produced by Mobb Deep's Havoc and features guest appearances by Prodigy. Episodes of a Hustla charted at number 59 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.... I'd just like to note that this record has two great Interludes titled "The Precinct" and "Interrogation" I find them extreamly entertaining it's as if you got tossed right into a mob flick scene 👌🏻 Stand out Tracks: "Recognize & Realize Pt.1" "All Pro" "Usual Suspect" "Usual Suspect" (Stretch Armstrong Remix)
16-го сентября 1996-го года, ровно 22 года назад, вышел дебютный альбом Big Noyd – «Episodes of a Hustla». Релиз был выпущен лейблом Tommy Boy Records и не получил успеха. А все потому, что Noyd находился за решеткой во время подготовки альбома к выпуску, из-за чего промо практически не было. Несмотря на это, «Episodes of a Hustla» был хорошо принят любителями нью-йоркского подземки, в особенности фанатами Mobb Deep. Этот дуэт сыграл не последнюю роль в успехе самого рэпера и создании его дебютника.
Notable producers/features: #Prodigy#Havoc#MobbDeep . . ____________ My Ratings Defined ____________ I use traditional 5-star track ratings. Keep in mind that these ratings change over time with repeat listens.
o 5.00 = Masterpiece
o 4.50 = Classic
o 4.40 = Near Classic
o 4.25 = Excellent - Has enough to be more than Solid, but not quite close to Classic. This album quite possibly will be in rotation for years to come.
o 4.00 = Solid - The album is something I'm going to listen to more than a few times and will probably stay in my rotation for the next few months. Only has a few missteps within the project.
o 3.75 = Pretty Good - Many of the tracks I can get into but overall nothing great here.
o 3.50 = Good - There's enough going on here that it's def worth your time.
o 3.00 to 3.25 = "OK to Ehhh, whatever..." - The album might have a few stand-out tracks but that's it.
o 2.25 to 3.00 = Mostly Garbage – If I’m lucky, I’ll find at least one 5-star 🔥 track so hopefully my time wasn’t wasted.
o Below 2.00 = Pure Shit. Listening to this was torture.