My broke 12 year-old self didn’t have the funds to buy every album I wanted, so the little C.R.E.A.M. I got from delivering papers, I saved for albums like Boogie Down Productions and Big Daddy Kane. Enter the BMG Music club…the one where you would get 8 cassettes through the mail and agreed to pay full price for one cassette in one year’s time. This was the perfect way to satisfy my hunger for more rap and introduced me to artists that I didn’t want to spend my money on.
K-9 Posse was one of those groups. This duo was made up of Vas and Dubip representing New Jersey. Their claim to fame was the fact that Vas was Eddie Murphy’s half brother and the group was one of Arista Records’s first hip hop acts. They released their first self titled album in 1998 and featured production and writing from the incomparable Charlie Murphy.
“Aint Nothin To It” was the groups first single. It featured a looped bassline with some coughing on record, a sprinkle of horns and random sounds throughout. Rakim‘s vocal sample was a nice addition. The video started out with the hottest teacher since Miss Westlake attempting to start class then K-9 strolled in and got the class hype. Perfect match to the energy of the song. This is feel good music at its finest…no violence or sex, just a great time.
“Aint Nothin To It”
The song that garnered them the most attention was “This Beat It Military”. It certainly was. The song started off with
In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. They promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground.
Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.
If you don’t what TV show started off with the above, then shame on you. Then it jumps right into “left, right, left” chants and a sinister backdrop throughout the rest of the song. The crew is pretty much letting yall know they are the best in the business. There was a video for this one as well, but it had a much lighter tone than the album version. This one was a bit jazzier and the video had a young Charlie Murphy. As soon as you saw his face, you knew you were about to start laughing.
“This Beat Is Military”
“This Beat Is Military” (Video)
“It Get’s No Deeper” highlighted the mixing skills of their producer, Bobcat. “Somebody Brother” was an autobiographical ride. The rest of the album doesn’t shine with the heat that 1988 offered. If you are into some obscure hip hop, this album is worth a few listens. The production is pretty consistent throughout.
On A Different Tip
K-9 Posse released another album , 1991’s On A Different Tip. The crew decided to dabble with some house on “Get Wild Go Crazy”, their lead single from their next album. Was a fun song where they decided to blur the lines between hip hop and house music. Sounds cool the first couple times you listen, then you’ll reach for your EPMD tape. The production was lacking on this new project, as they decided to produce themselves. After this, Arista dropped them and life rolled on.
“Get Wild Go Crazy”
Vas aka Vernon Lynch put the mic down, used his rolodex of names and expanded his talents. His dabbled in various production duties until he found himself a writer for Vampire In Brooklyn…which featured Eddie Murphy and my wife, Angela Bassset. He then successfully pitched a show to VH1 which turned into Hollywood Exes, a top rated show on the network. Wardell “Dubip” Mahone hasn’t been heard from and has since landed on the side of a milk carton.
So if you ever come across Charlie Murphy in an 80’s hip hop music video and you wonder, Who Dat Rapper?… Thats the K-9 Posse.
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