And Now the Legacy Begins

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And Now the Legacy Begins
Studio album by Dream Warriors
Released April 23, 1991 (U.S.)
Recorded 1990–1991
Genre Canadian hip hop, jazz rap
Length 54:15
Label 4th & B'way/Island/PolyGram
444 037
Producer Dream Warriors, Split Personality, Ron Nelson, Krush and Skad, Maximum 60
Dream Warriors chronology
And Now the Legacy Begins
(1991)
Subliminal Simulation
(1994)
Singles from And Now the Legacy Begins
  1. "Wash Your Face in My Sink"
    Released: 1990
  2. "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style"
    Released: 1990
  3. "Ludi"
    Released: 1991
  4. "Follow Me Not"
    Released: 1991

And Now the Legacy Begins is the debut album of Canadian hip hop duo Dream Warriors, released April 23, 1991. It was released worldwide on Island Records and in the United States on sub-label 4th & B'way Records (although it was not a hit in the U.S.). The album is regarded as one of the finest alternative hip hop records of the golden era.[1]

Singles[edit]

"My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style", the album's most successful single, sampled Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova" — which was also known to Canadian audiences as the longtime theme music of the television game show Definition. The song was a hit in both Canada and Europe, winning a Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year in 1992.[1] "Wash Your Face in My Sink" and "Ludi" were also notable singles.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[3]
RapReviews (7.5/10)[4]
Spin favorable[5]

The album received high critical acclaim. Spin magazine highly recommended the album, praising its "stunning, almost seamless sample-driven tracks."[6] Allmusic gave it 4½ out of 5 stars, noting that "the duo plays around with any number of inspired samples and grooves, from jazz to harder-edged beats, with style and skill."[7] It peaked at #18 on the UK Albums Chart and #34 in Canada, where it received gold certification. Over 800,000 copies were sold worldwide.[1][8][9] In 2013, the album made Ballast's list of the top 50 Canadian albums of all time.[10]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Mr. Bubbunut Spills His Guts" Dream Warriors 0:16
2. "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style" Dream Warriors 4:17
3. "Follow Me Not" Split Personality 3:02
4. "Ludi" Dream Warriors 3:03
5. "U Never Know a Good Thing Till You Lose It" Dream Warriors 4:04
6. "And Now the Legacy Begins" Krush and Skad 3:08
7. "Tune from the Missing Channel" Dream Warriors 4:30
8. "Wash Your Face in My Sink" Dream Warriors 3:37
9. "Voyage Through the Multiverse" Ron Nelson 6:14
10. "U Could Get Arrested" (feat. Split Personality) Split Personality 3:19
11. "Journey On" Ron Nelson 4:38
12. "Face in the Basin" Dream Warriors 3:44
13. "Do Not Feed the Alligators" Split Personality 3:35
14. "Twelve Sided Dice" Dream Warriors 4:25
15. "Maximum 60 Lost in a Dream" Maximum 60 0:03
16. "Answer for the Owl" Dream Warriors 3:20

Samples[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[11] 34
UK Albums Chart[8] 18

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade[12] Year Rank
Eye Weekly Canada Canadian Critics Poll - Albums of the Year 1991 25
The Face United Kingdom Albums of the Year 1991 13
Melody Maker United Kingdom Albums of the Year 1991 26
Musik Express/Sounds Germany Albums of the Year 1991 20
NME United Kingdom Albums of the Year 1991 18
Q United Kingdom Albums of the Year 1991 *
Rock de Lux Spain Albums of the Year 1991 3
RoRoRo Rock-Lexicon Germany Most Recommended Albums 2003 *
Vox United Kingdom Albums of the Year 1991 *

(*) signifies unordered lists

Personnel[edit]

  • Pete Ashworth – Photography
  • Dream Warriors – Producer, Mixing
  • Krush – Producer
  • Maximum 60 – Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Ron Nelson – Producer, Engineer
  • Split Personality – Producer, Mixing
  • Swifty – Artwork
  • Wrighty – Artwork

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dream Warriors > Overview Allmusic. Accessed on January 20, 2010.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ RapReviews review
  5. ^ Spin review
  6. ^ And Now the Legacy Begins CD CD Universe. Accessed on October 8, 2010.
  7. ^ And Now, the Legacy Begins > Overview Allmusic. Accessed on January 20, 2010.
  8. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 168. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  9. ^ Canadian Music Week 2004 Canadian Music Week. Accessed on December 26, 2008.
  10. ^ Unger, Andrew "The 50 Greatest Canadian Albums of All Time", "Ballast", Feb 13, 2013 accessed Feb 14, 2013.
  11. ^ Top Albums/CDs - Volume 53, No. 19, April 13 1991 RPM. Accessed on June 29, 2010.
  12. ^ Dream Warriors - And Now the Legacy Begins AcclaimedMusic.net. Accessed on January 20, 2010.