January 15, 2014

Trends of Culture "Who Got Ya Back" Remix + Billboard (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 a bit 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. It floated around on mixtapes, but to the best of my knowledge, the song only appears on a 12" called 'Mouthcutlass Set Pt. 1', and sadly their sophomore LP was shelved. Peep the song below and read above for their feature in Billboard Magazine, May '93. (Updated audio '17).