The Dirty 30

In honor of my own 30th birthday, I decided to take a listen to an album that really made me stop and think to myself how much I love hip-hop and an album that continues to inspire me to write about it and stress the importance of evolving the culture every chance I get.  I suppose CRU’s Da Dirty 30 LP is so important in this regard because it’s sort of a cautionary tale.  CRU never made another album, despite the critical acclaim received for this debut.  And it’s still to this day one of the most slept-on albums in hip-hop history, in my opinion (obviously, as there’s no way to gauge that for real).  The album featured early appearances by Ras Kass and Black Rob, as well as Tracey Lee, a yet-to-blow-up Anthony Hamilton, the legendary Slick Rick, and The LOX.  

The album featured strategic use of skits which was characteristic of the era and the group had perfect chemistry between Chadio and Yogi’s flow and the abstract, sometimes frantic ODB-esque stylings of Mighty Ha.  

Pronto x CRU

Wreckognize x CRU f. Black Rob (Rob gets busy!)

Lisa Lipps x CRU

Just Another Case x CRU f. Slick Rick

Live At The Tunnel x CRU f. The Lox

This is only a taste of the dope found on this album.  Go cop that album if you dig what you heard.  Thanks for taking the time to entertain an old man’s musings.  Now…

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