Friday, March 17, 2017

Trends of Culture 'Who Got Ya Back' ft. Treach & Method Man + Billboard Article (1993)

Trends of Culture Mad Sounds Recordings 1993 Billboard Magazine

I first heard Trends of Culture on radio back in '93 - I'm guessing it was probably WBLS. I went straight to the record store and copped the 'Off & On' 12" on Mad Sounds Recordings; the sleeve was bright green. Trends of Culture were Nastee, M.O.L. and Grapevine - their debut LP, 'Trendz' had mostly in-house production, although there was the remix from Lord Finesse. The sleeper cut on the LP was 'Who Got My Back?,' which may have sounded kinda emo at the time, but I was into that record heavy. With plans to release a follow-up on Mad Sounds two years later called 'When Trend Men Come,' they did release a couple singles - the most widely known single being 'Make A Move,' which was a terrific 12" produced by Easy Moe Bee. They also had a remix in '93 to 'Who Got My Back,' which was bootlegged as 'Who Got Ya Back' and features Treach of Naughty by Nature and Method Man of Wu Tang Clan. It floated around on mixtapes, but to the best of my knowledge, the song only appears on a 12" called 'Mouthcutlass Set Part 1' and sadly their follow-up LP was shelved. You can hear the song below and read above for more info on Trends of Culture, via Billboard Magazine, in May of 1993.