Innercity Griots

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Innercity Griots
Studio album by Freestyle Fellowship
Released April 28, 1993 (1993-04-28)
Genre Hip hop
Length 42:00
Label 4th & B'way, Island, PolyGram
Producer Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers, Daddy-O, Edman
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]
Entertainment Weekly A-[2]

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.

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] Elena Washington of The Dallas Weekly commented that "they gave an unlikely musical offering at the time when everything was gangs and sets thrown as far as hip-hop was concerned in Los Angeles."[3] In 2012, it was chosen by The Daily Californian as one of their 10 Albums for the Hip-Hop Layman.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Bullies of the Block"   Freestyle Fellowship, Bambawar Freestyle Fellowship, Bambawar 4:55
2. "Everything's Everything"   Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers, L. McCann Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers 3:47
3. "Shammy's"   Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers, Daddy-O Freestyle Fellowship, Daddy-O 4:16
4. "Six Tray"   M. Davis, The Earthquake Brothers Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers 4:39
5. "Danger"   Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers 3:58
6. "Inner City Boundaries" (featuring Daddy-O) Freestyle Fellowship, Daddy-O, R. Willis Freestyle Fellowship, Daddy-O 4:39
7. "Cornbread"   E. Hayes, Jr. Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers 4:21
8. "Way Cool"   Freestyle Fellowship, G. Redd, R. Bell, R. Mickens, D. Thomas, R. Westfield, G. Brown, C. Smith Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers 4:22
9. "Hot Potato"   Freestyle Fellowship, Edman, M. Rice, J. Gillespie Freestyle Fellowship, Edman 4:30
10. "Mary"   E. Hayes, Jr., M. Troy, O. Glenn, H. Mancini Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers 3:45
11. "Park Bench People"   M. Troy, The Earthquake Brothers Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers 4:59
12. "Heavyweights" (featuring Cockney "O" Dire, Archie, Volume 10, Spoon, and Ganja K Chronic) Freestyle Fellowship, The Heavyweights, The Earthquake Brothers Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers 6:11
13. "Respect Due"   Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers 3:53
14. "Pure Thought" (CD bonus track) Freestyle Fellowship, W. Cobham Freestyle Fellowship, The Earthquake Brothers 3:04

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from Allmusic.[5]

  • 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 Bush, Nathan. "Inner City Griots - Freestyle Fellowship". Allmusic. Retrieved May 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ Fox, Marisa (July 23, 1993). "Innercity Griots (1993)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Washington, Elena (February 14, 2013). "Hip-Hop’s Black History Album List Part 2". The Dallas Weekly. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Bell, James (September 19, 2012). "Goin’ Off: 10 Albums for the hip-hop layman". The Daily Californian. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Inner City Griots - Freestyle Fellowship - Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved May 9, 2010. 

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