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NEW RELEASE. Special Ed. Youngest In Charge, Get On Down

Publicat in: 07.08.2017, 06:30AM
Autor: Richard Constantinidi
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Etichete: Get On Down, Special Ed, Youngest In Charge
NEW RELEASE. Special Ed. Youngest In Charge, Get On Down
Artist: Special Ed
Title: Youngest In Charge
Label: Get On Down
Format: Vinyl LP/CD

Special Ed's debut LP presented in a gatefold jacket with liner notes by Brian Coleman that include interviews with Ed and Howie Tee
 
In 1989, Hip-Hop was truly bona fide. It had shed the "just a gimmick" tag years before, as it showed not only artistic growth, but serious sales numbers. In short, it was here to stay.
 
After the explosion of Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy in New York and the rise of the West Coast seen in multi-platinum successes by N.W.A. and Ice-T, the music started to truly expand, letting new voices and approaches join the party and make their own waves.
 
One of those was a young man from Brooklyn who went by the name Special Ed. Only 16 when his debut hit shelves (and then quickly flew off them), his age was indeed just a number. Beyond any gimmicks, Ed had serious skills. Fortunately, Ed found his way into the recording studio with fellow Brooklynite, Hitman Howie TeeHowie had seen some success as part of the group CD III earlier in the 80s, and also did uncredited production on the worldwide smash 'Roxanne, Roxanne' by UTFO in 1984. With skills and experience under his belt, he was waiting for his true "big moment."
 
Ed was the MC that Howie had been waiting for, and together they made history. Once it hit, Howie'sinstincts were proved correct -  'Youngest In Charge' was a smash, rocked on radio, in clubs and on boomboxes around the world. It shot up the Billboard 100 and Rap / R&B album charts with ease, and hit Gold status by the late '90s, proving the album's staying power.
 
Even considering the novelty of Ed's youth, the 'Youngest In Charge' album stands very firmly on its own as a Hip-Hop classic, the ultimate in late '80s New York brag swagger, with hit singles 'I Got It Made' and 'Think About It', both which showed off Ed's battle stances and Howie Tee's masterful, never ending catchy productions.
 
Add to it deeper album cuts that still resonate like 'Taxing', 'Fly M.C.' and 'I'm The Magnificent' (a later single, in 1990), and it brings you back to a time when Hip-Hop was all about skills and chemistry.Special Ed and Howie Tee certainly had both, with dopeness to spare.

Vinyl Track List
 
SIDE A:
Taxing
I Got It Made
I'm The Magnificent
Club Scene
Hoedown
 
SIDE B:
Think About It
Ak-Shun
Monster Jam
The Bush
Fly M.C.
Heds And Dreds
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