The Boogie Monsters
dropped their debut full length "Riders Of The Storm"
on Pendulum Records.
Their sound was very different from the rest of the groups
who were around at the time, bringing more lighthearted, as
well as philosophical elements to the tracks. Influenced by
more conscious groups like A Tribe Called Quest and De La
Soul, the Monsters attracted the same receptive audience,
although their commercial lifespan was paradoxically limited
by the same virtues that made them different.
Monsters: Mondo, Vex, Yodared, Myntric. Additional personnel:
Cosmic Ray, Xtreem, Basic, Ajaru, Baba Wisdom (vocals), Mike
Tyler (guitar, bass), Darren "Smooth" Lighty, Scott "The Rapper"
Storch (keyboards), Clinton "Bumpin' Bass-Payback-Head Against
The Wall" Sands (bass), The LG Experience, D! (programming),
Lord Jazz (scratches), The Flex (background vocals). Producers:
D! (tracks 1-4, 6-13); Boogiemonsters (track 5). Samples include
"The Bridge" (as performed by M.C. Shan), "Find Yourself"
(as performed by The Meters), "Genius Of Love" (as performed
by Tom Tom Club) and "She's Strange" (as performed by Cameo).
(10/94, pp.83-84) - 3.5 Stars - Dope - "...What makes RIDERS
OF THE STORM: THE UNDERWATER ALBUM one of the most satisfying
cool-out albums since the Tribe's last effort, is how they
successfully sustain their vibe through all 12 songs..."
(9/94, p.134) - "...They rap about everything from women to
the negative state of the world, and they have a delivery
versatile enough to handle all of it. The New York quartet's
excellent debut maintains a new perfect balance of samples
and live instruments..."
(10/94, p.55) - "...Lyrically, these brothers sport the tag
team wrestling match type flow, with each member competently
going for self within the beat-balanced cipher..."
Musical Express (9/3/94, p.50) - 8 - Excellent
- "...Smart, mild and witty, Boogie Monsters dish out more
than most palates could digest in one sitting..."