Monday, October 6, 2008
I remember back in 1999 hearing about an obscure rap record from 1989 called Peace of Mind from Boston's Top Choice Clique while watching an hour long independent Hip Hop documentary called Open Transport (the brainchild of Cassidy Gearhart & AndrÉ Stringer. If you heard DJ Ivory's Hear No Evil volume 2 mix, it may have been your first chance hearing this classic. It was mine.
Here is what Boston icon, Hip Hop recording artist great Edo.G had to say about the group and their debut single:
"Top Choice is the most underrated, under appreciated group to ever come out of Boston. Their live stage show was incredible and 'Peace of Mind' is a bona fide Hip Hop classic... and not just a 'Boston' classic."
(from the UGHH album review)
Ever since that moment I’ve been keeping my ear to the ground for all Top Choice Clique and Jawn P material I can come across so it was a welcome surprise when scrolling messages to stumble across one from Papa D (Brick Records). Brick Records just recently released the 1994 A&M shelved Top Choice release Reel Chemistry. I am keen to hear it.
I got the title track for y'all - a heavy Nineties East Coast Boom Bap tune with Middle Eastern and Psych influences present throughout.