Departures :: MC A-Okay – DOPE M.O.B


Considering our distance from Hip Hop’s 80’s epicentre, you can hardly blame Edmonton for taking so long to start rapping. More than a decade after the Sugarhill Gang kicked down the door wavin’ the Kaopectate, Edmonton’s MC A-Okay amassed a crew of West-enders to lay-down what would become some of Edmonton’s earliest rap recordings. A-Okay’s DOPE M.O.B demo is super-impressive, sounding like a random from any American city (read: Eric B and Rakim) and includes classic posse cuts from the DOPE (Disciples Of Poetic Expression) Mob, hard raps about being a drug dealer (“Guess Who’s Coming to Your Town”), and your basic pop-rap fan-fare (“Move the Groove” was eventually picked up for the successful-in-Canada We United to Do Dis album by Simply Majestic). With as few as 20 copies made (my copy was even found missing the actual cassette!) DOPE M.O.B stands as a rare and wonderful view into the beginnings of a prairie-town’s rep. Essential back-cover scan. Yes, that’s a recycled Parental Advisory sticker.

Tenant compte de notre distance de l’épicentre des années 80 de hip-hop, il est difficile d’accuser Edmonton de prendre si longtemps avant de faire du rap. Plus d’une décennie après le Sugarhill Gang a donné un coup de pied à la porte en brandissant leur Kaopectate, MC-Okay d’Edmonton a rassemblé un gang d’habitants de l’Ouest pour former ce qui deviendrait les enregistrements du rap parmi les premiers d’Edmonton. La démo DOPE M.O.B d’A-Okay est super-impressionnante, ayant l’air d’un enregistrement de n’importe quelle ville américaine (ça veut dire: Eric B and Rakim) et comprend les morceaux clique classiques du DOPE (Disciples of Poetic Expression) Mob, les raps lourds à propos d’être un dealer (“Guess Who’s Coming to Your Town”), et la fanfare typique de pop-rap (“Move the Groove”) était finalement inclus dans l’album qui a réussi au Canada, We United to Do Dis par Simply Majestic). Avec aussi peu que 20 numéros (le-mien manquait de la cassette elle-même!), DOPE M.O.B reste une vue rare et merveilleuse des débuts du rap dans une ville des prairies. Voici le scan obligatoire de la quatrième de couverture. Bein oui, c’est l’autocollant recyclé d’un avis parental.

[audio:http://weirdcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/1NE-D.O.P.E.-MOB.mp3|titles=MC A-Okay – D.O.P.E. MOB] MC A-Okay – D.O.P.E. MOB
[audio:http://weirdcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/1NE-GUESS-WHOS-COMING-2-YOUR-TOWN.mp3|titles=MC A-Okay – Guess Who’s Coming 2 Your Town] MC A-Okay – Guess Who’s Coming 2 Your Town




file under: alberta, cassette, Departures Revisited.

birthed: 2010-10-29

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  1. Pingback: MC A-Okay | Sounds Reasonable

  2. I was too young to remember this era but i love hip hop, just not the garbage on the radio today, i love shit like dj quik, spice 1 , botany boyz, etc
    and im pretty impressed by those two tracks! Nice to see E Town on the map so far back! excellent flow &production as well!!! Major props!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I was right in the mix when it came to Bill… Bill was the realest from day 1… a true love for the music. Been along time since we hung around and listened to jams.. Peace homie

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