Innercity Griots

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Innercity Griots
Studio album by Freestyle Fellowship
Released April 28, 1993
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre Hip hop, west coast hip hop, alternative hip hop
Length 65:42
Label 4th & B'way, Island, PolyGram
Producer Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers, Daddy-O
Freestyle Fellowship chronology
To Whom It May Concern...
(1991)
Innercity Griots
(1993)
Temptations
(2001)
Singles from Innercity Griots
  1. "Bullies of the Block"
    Released: November 17, 1992
  2. "Hot Potato"
    Released: March 9, 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Innercity Griots is the second studio album from the American hip hop group Freestyle Fellowship. It was released on April 28, 1993 on 4th & B'way Records and distributed through Island Records.

Release and reception[edit]

Nathan Bush of Allmusic praised the group's creativity and range as well as the album's production, which he felt showed an improvement from their previous effort.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Sample(s)[2][3] Length
1. "*Blood/Bullies of the Block" ("Blood" performed by M. Davis) Freestyle Fellowship, Bambawar 6:11
2. "Everything's Everything"   Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship, McCann
  • "Beaux J. Poo Boo" by Les McCann
  • "The Lovers" by Les McCann
3:44
3. "Shammy's/*Heat Mizer" ("Heat Mizer" performed by E. Hayes) Daddy-O, Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship   5:26
4. "Six Tray"   Davis, Earthquake Brothers   4:38
5. "Danger"   Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship 3:59
6. "Inner City Boundaries/*Bomb Zombies" (feat. Daddy-O/"Bomb Zombies" performed by O. Glenn) Daddy-O, Freestyle Fellowship, R. Willis   5:44
7. "Cornbread"   Hayes   4:21
8. "Way Cool"   Bell, Brown, Freestyle Fellowship, Mickens, Redd, Smith, Thomas, Westfield
  • "Love the Life You Live" by Kool & the Gang
4:21
9. "Hot Potato"   Edman, Freestyle Fellowship, Gillespie, Rice 3:38
10. "Mary"   Glenn, Hayes, Mancini, Troy
  • "Lujon" by Henry Mancini
  • "Never Can Say Goodbye" by O'Donel Levy
3:44
11. "Park Bench People"   Earthquake Brothers, Troy 5:12
12. "Heavyweights/*Tolerate" (feat. Cockney "O" Dire, Torch, Archie, Volume 10, Spoon, and Ganja K/"Tolerate" performed by Freestyle Fellowship) Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship, Heavyweights   7:12
13. "Respect Due"   Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship 3:52
14. "Pure Thought+"   Cobham, Freestyle Fellowship
  • "Stratus" by Billy Cobham
3:13

(*): Album interlude
(+): Track available on CD only

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from Allmusic.[4]

  • arranging – Edman, JMD, Kevin O'Neal
  • bass – Robert Harris, JMD, Kevin O'Neal, Christy Smith, Alfred Threats
  • bass (upright) – Kevin O'Neal, Christy Smith
  • drums – Robert Harris, JMD
  • engineering – Daddy-O, Rich Herrera, Matt Hyde
  • executive production – Kim Buie, Kedar Massenburg
  • flute – Randall Willis
  • guitar – Marvin McDaniel, Rodney Millon
  • guitar (acoustic) – Marvin McDaniel
  • mixing – Aceyalone, Rich Herrera, Kedar Massenburg
  • percussion – Robert Harris, JMD, Don Littleton
  • performer(s) – Daddy-O
  • production – Daddy-O, Edman, Freestyle Fellowship
  • rap – Spoon
  • sax (tenor) – Randall Willis
  • saxophone – Randall Willis
  • timpani – Robert Harris, JMD
  • trombone – Tom Ralls
  • trumpet – Jon Williams
  • turntables – DJ Kiilu
  • vibraphone – Onaje Murray
  • vocals – Daddy-O

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Inner City Griots > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  2. ^ "Rap Sample FAQ - Quick FAQ Search: Freestyle Fellowship". The-Breaks.com. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  3. ^ Credits as per liner notes for Innercity Griots album
  4. ^ "allmusic ((( Inner City Griots > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 

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