Saturday, March 14, 2015

Rottin Razkals "Rottin to da Core" (Rap Page, 3/95)


"Rottin to da Core indeed are the seeds from East Orange. Sproutin' outta da Illtown camp, produced by K-Gee (Naughty By Nature), and planted in Mad Sounds Records soil, their first harvest provides a good look at what Jersey's got to offer from Diesel (who just so happens to be Treach's lil' bro), Fam, who U should've heard on Zhane's "Hey, Mr. DJ," and DJ Chap, who is on da scratch and cut. A li'l more polish is all this cru needs to make their presentation more balanced, and they won't end up wit' top-heavy jams like "Batter Up," which begins hype, but deflates after the second verse. And a lot of their hooks are too simple to mesh wit' the intelligence of the Naughty camp. Personally, I don't predict any problems, B-cuz the potential to B-cum a successful group is evident, and the roadwork the Razkals have been doin' (opening 4 NBN) will surely show on the next Rottin release, as did their raw talent on "Knock 'Em out da Box." Also, for those unknowing, the Razkals R part of a Coast-to-Coast brotherhood known as Double I Productions (Inglewood, CA - Illtown, NJ), which is represented by the Road Dawgs and the Cruddy Click on tha W.C., and all represent 118th Street ('hood and management)." Check the visuals to the lead single, cont'd below...


"Peep the ills on their first single, "Oh Yeah," which shows U that they hit hard, but I didn't C any real knockout power until "Lick-a-Shot." Here's where the whole Double I posse debuts wit' sum sick shit. Diesel holds his ground tight and throws big nubs on"Life Of A Bastard" (remember his brother on "Ghetto Bastard"?). Side two of the tape was a much lighter hit than side one, which slightly handicapped the overall project. Never to say they can't flow, the Razkals can hold theirs, but the "2getherness" element doesn't mix thru the whole set and bounce the songs all the way to completion. If they persevere, they'll get recognized, I'm sure. Rottin to da Core in ya J-bahood reca sto. Peace." - Rap Pages, March 1995. You can save a copy of the full review below...