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VOL № RH054 — February 2022

Stone Cold Rhymin'

Young M.C.
Why you'll love it...
Released on September 5, 1989, Stone Cold Rhymin’ contains 13 songs and zero curse words. The sepia-toned album cover depicts Young in profile, cradling an old broadcast microphone and looking more like a dapper doo-wopper than a hip-hop hero. In terms of playing it straight, the songs are shocking in their innocence. At the 1990 Grammy Awards, “Bust A Move” won for Best Rap Performance. It was clear that hip-hop wasn’t going to back the NY-or-nothing mentality, and New York’s ire was real. Grumpy Village Voice don Robert Christgau deigned to give Stone Cold Rhymin’ a “B+” in his letter-grade consumer guide. “His polysyllables and quick lips aren't as fresh as he thinks they are,” sniffed Christgau. Au contraire: Stone Cold Rhymin’ still sounds fresh after all these years.
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Release Type
1 lp
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
180 gram
Foil Stamped
Stone Gold & Red
Mastering Studio
Alchemy Mastering at AIR
Mastering Engineer
Cicely Balston
Remastering Details
Lacquers Cut by Cicely Balston, Alchemy Mastering at AIR
Listening Notes Booklet by Peter Relic
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