||Questionmark Asylum: The Album CD (1995) |
Questionmark Asylum albums Samples include "Thoughts Of Old Flames" (as performed by Pleasure), "Love Hangover" (as performed by Diana Ross), "La La Means I Love You" (as performed by The Delfonics) and "I'd Rather Be With You" (as performed by Bootsy Collins).
Nine out of ten rap fans surveyed could not tell Questionmark Asylum from the Pharcyde in a blind taste test. After all, the D.C.-based quartet possesses mad dance skills, has a uniquely tripped-out rhyme style, and sticks to a primarily positive alt-rap approach. Thankfully, all four MCs have their own unique lyrical flows, and The Album ultimately defies easy comparisons. On "Curse of the Q," which laments the loss of their original major-label record deal, they reveal distinct personalities that make the catchy hook and freaky vocal melody even more memorable, with Mistafiss and Digge Dom assuming drum and keyboard duties, respectively, as sidemen Kevin "KC" Campbell and Jesse "Twin" Blanks add guitar and bass to the ultra-funky mix. On "Love, Peace, Soul," go-go music legend Chuck Brown adds distinctive flavor to the acid jazzy mix, while "Get With You" samples Bootsy Collins' classic "I'd Rather Be With You" for a funky reinvention. An impressive debut from unfairly overlooked hip-hop shoulda-beens. ~ Bret Love
Recorded at Bosstown Studios and Tree Sound Studios, Atlanta, Georgia; Horizon Studios, Capital Heights, Maryland.
Producers: Mistafiss, Digge (tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9-14); Terrance Argrow (track 2); Dallas Austin (track 4); Rico Anderson (track 6); Chuck Brown, Questionmark Asylum (track 8).
Engineers: Mike Alvord (track 2); George Pappas (track 4); Gerhard "Juice" Jost (track 7); Deondre "Wizard" Wright (tracks 8-9); Shy Boy (track 11); Paul Diaz (tracks 13-14).
Questionmark Asylum: Mistafiss, Digge Doms (keyboards, drums, programming), Ding Ding, Rosta Swan.
Additional personnel: Edward Stroud, Chuck Brown (guitar), ...