March 02, 2017

Down 'N' Dirty Tribe "Inn'a Cipher" (12", 1995) + "Tattooed Funk"

Down N Dirty Tribe Inna Cipher Vinyl

I first heard the Hoboken, NJ crew, Down 'N' Dirty Tribe, on Tony Touch's classic Tape #44 in 1995. The track was 'Inna Cipher;' produced by Dontay and released on Jungle Sound Records the same year. They paid homage to fellow New Jersey icons, the Artifacts, on the vocal sample you hear from 'Attack of New Jeruzalem,' and you may also recognize the familiar Clyde McPhatter drum break. In '97, they released 'Trail of Tears' b/w 'Atrocities of a T.H.U.G.;' Automatik featured them on 'No Man's Land,' and Mahagony came with 'Cum Wit It' ('96). About a month ago, DDT released 'Tattooed Funk,' their first project in over 20 years! 'Tattooed Funk' has 8 tracks and stays true to their sound, making it a project you'll want to check out. Unfortunately, the embeds from DatPiff act funny on here, so click HERE for that, and check below for the 12"; I dig the Landcruiser mix!