Anyone here like Quincy Jones' Back on the Block CD?


How do you feel about the rap done on this CD compares to what the artists are doing now? Better, worse, the same? Would you like to hear more rap like this cd?

Update 2:

Thanks for posting those lyrics! I found them to be very powerful lyrics. Do others feel that they stand up today? Or is this considered out of style?

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    Maaaaan ! You took it back! That album had everybody from Take 6 and Tevin Campbell, to Michael Jackson and Al B. Sure!, to James Ingram and El DeBarge. Even a lot of greats who have since passed on, like Barry White, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, and Ella Fitzgerald (may they rest in peace). Who else could get Ice-T, Big Daddy Kane, Melle Mel, and Kool Moe Dee on the same track? Quincy Jones showed how a compilation should be done. I had to perform in a dance number to the title cut. My favorite verse was Kool Moe Dee's:

    An everlasting omnipresence

    Is my present

    State of being

    Seeing the unpleasant

    Sight of righteous souls

    Live like peasants

    The mind stunts growth

    In adolescence

    My insight

    Enables me to enlight

    The weakest of minds

    As I put em in flight

    As I transcend

    Ascend or descend


    Reincarnate and rescind

    The powerful spirits

    Of our ancestors

    For those that don't know How God blessed us

    Because man messed up

    The media dressed up

    Lies perpetrated as truth

    And it left us


    But I've seen it all before

    From Babylon

    To the Third World War

    I'm more than a man

    I'm more like an entity

    Back on the block

    And this time my identity

    Is the Dude

    EDIT: It is hard to call. I don't wanna stereotype all young people and say none of them have an appreciation for these types of lyrics. It does seem an overwhelming amount of today's music supports promiscuity, conspicuous consumption, rampant drug use, and the like. However, I know that has just as much to do with what record companies promote, as with what listeners want to hear. I was 9 or 10-years-old listening to this album, but that was moreso out of a personal taste for diverse styles of music. My parents raised me to listen to all kinds of stuff. At the time, though, I had a lot more friends who were into MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, and Bell Biv DeVoe.

    Source(s): Thank you so much for reminding me of this album. You really uplifted my spirits. This was an oldie, but goodie. I'ma hafta steal the LP from my dad, now. EDIT: hynroc, "Sho' ya right..."
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    electrik! mmmm, tell me a secret! no, no, not just any secret!.....

    Quincy Jones is the best MUSIC producer of any genre, hands down!! i also liked 'i'll be good to you' with ray charles and chaka khan. great r&b classic!

  • he's still makin' albums? well, good for him!

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