Emanuel Wallace is a hip-hop enthusiast and photographer who in addition to PopMatters, also writes and contributes news stories to RapReviews, the Examiner and is an editorial intern at RESPECT. Magazine. He also is the staff photographer at Cleveland Scene Magazine and a contributing photographer at the Call & Post newspaper. He holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management and is currently completing a photography book documenting hip hop music in Columbus, Ohio. Find him on Twitter at @MannyWallace.
The rundown of classic albums from 1988 is astounding. 1988 also marked the debut of EPMD. Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith stepped into an arena already filled with other would-be greats and staked their own claim with Strictly Business.
The Gemstar razor, baking soda, mason jar, dinner plate and cocaine never left the kitchen, and while it may seem that the brick isn't as pure as it could be, the end result is just as potent as it's ever been.
At times, the forward sound of Age Against the Machine has the feel of a Gnarls Barkley album, but the content is anything but that. Through and through, the subject matter here makes it all but certain that this is a Goodie Mob album.