Deep 4 Life – It’s Time to Repent

 

Deep 4 Life
It’s Time to Repent
1995 Kross Road Records
Houston, Texas, USA

Side 1:

  1. Ain’t No Player Hatin
  2. Southern Conversation

Side 2:

  1. Make Love to Your Mind
  2. Life or Death

I wish that I had more time to search YouTube and find more stuff like this. People are uploading all kinds of rare tapes. You can listen to this one below. This is mid-90s rap, which I don’t know a while lot about in general. I was more of an 80s rap fan. But this reminds me of T-Bone. They went on to release the full-length One Foot in the Grave in 1996, with all 4 of these songs making another appearance. Also, all four of these songs were on a four song 12-inch record called One Foot in the Grave as well. I’m not sure who all is in this group – Klas One is listed on discogs, but there is also a picture of ten people there as well. Klas One went on to release some solo CDs as well.

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Roy Suthard – Plain White Rapper

Roy Suthard
Plain White Rapper
1987 Cherry Grove Records (CGR-002)
Goose Creek, South Carolina, USA

Roy Suthard – lyrics
Cherry Grove Music – Music

Side 1:

  1. Plain White Rapper
  2. God is Cool
  3. Take It Out
  4. Holy

Side 2:

  1. Morning Time Rap
  2. Real Deal
  3. Love Rap
  4. Brotherhood

This one is a Holy Grail for many people. Some of us were not even sure it exists. While one article talks about Roy Suthard being one of the early Christian rappers – this tape seems elusive at best. Was he real or myth? A discogs entry for a single with two of the songs here went up a few years ago and proved that two songs did exist. That single mentions a full length release – but still no info on that full length. Was it planned but never released? Well, I can prove that it was released. And yes, Roy is white. The sound here is pretty cheesy by today’s standards. But so was some popular rap at the time. This album was probably recorded in response to 1986 albums by Run DMC, Beastie Boys, and The Fat Boys. By the time 1987 rolled around, rap was moving towards a more serious sounds with the release of debut albums by Public Enemy and N.W.A. Of course, 87 also saw DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s debut – so there was still some cheese around even then. If you know rap, you can probably guess what this sounds like by the song titles. I have a thing for “cheesy” early rap (I don’t find it cheesy to be honest, but that is what many call it), so I tend to love this kind of stuff. Oh, and Roy also sings the sung parts himself as well 🙂

The Spiritual Rapper – The Messenger of God

The Spiritual Rapper
The Messenger of God
198? (no label)
Holly Hill, Florida, USA

Ty Dowdy – Raps, lyrics, drum beat
John Leavell – Strat guitar, bass, drum machine programming

  1. Young People of the World
  2. Missing Kids
  3. The Rapture

Pretty much all I know about this one is in the picture above – I can’t find any information about this online. This is early rap that comes across as more serious than cheesy. There appears to be no scratching or DJ on this release – just original music played by Leavell. Think something like Run DMC’s less guitar-dominated tracks without Jam Master Jay. Still some guitar and bass, but no riffs. Some people find this style cheesy, but back in the day this would have been serious rap in comparison to the cheesier pop rap that most were familiar with.