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Innercity Griots
Innercity Griots
Studio album by Freestyle Fellowship

Released

28 April 1993

Recorded

1992-1993 at Sonora Studios (Los Angeles, CA), Crystal Recording (Los Angeles, CA) and Studiodad Recording (Brooklyn, NY)

Genre

Hip hop

Length

62:02

Label

4th & B'way/Island/PolyGram

Producer

Bambawar, Kim Buie (exec.), Daddy-O, The Earthquake Brothers, Edman, Freestyle Fellowship, Kedar Massenburg (exec.)

Freestyle Fellowship chronology

Previous

To Whom It May Concern... (1991)

Next

Temptations (2001)

Innercity Griots is the second studio album by American hip hop group Freestyle Fellowship, released in 1993 on 4th & B'way Records. Released two years after the group's debut To Whom It May Concern..., it serves as the first album by the group to be released on a major label. The album features jazz-influenced production work predominantly by Freestyle Fellowship and The Earthquake Brothers, with contributions from Daddy-O, Bambawar and Edman. The lyrics deal with alternative topics such as homelessness ("Park Bench People"), marijuana ("Mary"), and odes to hip hop music ("Cornbread" and "Respect Due"). It also features the Good Life Cafe posse cut "Heavyweights", which features Volume 10 and Ganjah K, among others.

Shortly after the album's release, group member Self Jupiter was incarcerated and Freestyle Fellowship disbanded. The group would not release another album until Temptations eight years later.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Blood" P.E.A.C.E. Davis - 6:12
"Bullies of the Block" P.E.A.C.E., Self Jupiter, Aceyalone, Myka 9 Bambawar, Davis, Glenn, Hayes, Troy Bambawar, Freestyle Fellowship (co.)
2. "Everything's Everything" Aceyalone, Myka 9, P.E.A.C.E., Self Jupiter Davis, Earthquake Brothers, Glenn, Hayes, McCann, Troy The Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship 3:44
3. "Shammy's" P.E.A.C.E., Self Jupiter, Aceyalone, Myka 9 Bolton, Davis, Earthquake Brothers, Glenn, Hayes, Troy Daddy-O, Freestyle Fellowship 5:27
"Heat Mizer" Aceyalone Earthquake Brothers, Hayes The Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship
4. "Six Tray" P.E.A.C.E. Davis, Earthquake Brothers The Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship 4:38
5. "Danger" Self Jupiter, Aceyalone, P.E.A.C.E., Myka 9 Davis, Earthquake Brothers, Glenn, Hayes, Troy The Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship 4:00
6. "Inner City Boundaries" Aceyalone, Myka 9, P.E.A.C.E., Daddy-O, Self Jupiter Bolton, Davis, Glenn, Hayes, Troy, Willis Daddy-O, Freestyle Fellowship 5:44
"Bomb Zombies"  Self Jupiter Earthquake Brothers, Glenn The Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship
7. "Cornbread" Aceyalone Hayes The Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship 4:21
8. "Way Cool" Self Jupiter, P.E.A.C.E., Myka 9, Aceyalone Bell, Bell, Brown, Davis, Glenn, Hayes, Mickens, Redd, Smith, Thomas, Troy, Westfield The Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship 4:21
9. "Hot Potato" Self Jupiter, P.E.A.C.E., Myka 9, Aceyalone Davis, Edman, Gillespie, Glenn, Hayes, Rice, Troy Edman, Freestyle Fellowship (co.) 3:38
10. "Mary" Aceyalone, Myka 9 Glenn, Hayes, Mancini, Troy The Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship 3:45
11. "Park Bench People" Myka 9 Earthquake Brothers, Troy The Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship 5:13
12. "Heavyweights" P.E.A.C.E., Cockney "O" Dire, Archie, Volume 10, Myka 9, Self Jupiter, Spoon, Aceyalone, Ganjah K Davis, Earthquake Brothers, Glenn, Hawkins, Hayes, Hill, McClendon, Spoon, Troy, Williams The Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship 7:13
"Tolerate" Self Jupiter, P.E.A.C.E., Aceyalone, Myka 9 Davis, Glenn, Hayes, Troy The Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship
13. "Respect Due" Myka 9, Aceyalone, Self Jupiter, P.E.A.C.E. Davis, Earthquake Brothers, Glenn, Hayes, Troy The Earthquake Brothers, Freestyle Fellowship 3:52

Notes

  • "Blood" features turntables performed by DJ Kiilu.
  • Track 2 features turntables performed by DJ Kiilu and Mathmattiks.
  • Track 3 features percussion performed by Don Littleton, bass performed by Christy Smith, and turntables performed by DJ Kiilu and Mathmattiks.
  • "Heat Mizer" features turntables performed by Mathmattiks.
  • Track 4 features percussion performed by Don Littleton and turntables performed by DJ Kiilu.
  • Track 5 features bass performed by Robert Harris.
  • "Bomb Zombies" features bass and tympani performed by JMD.
  • Track 7 features turntables performed by DJ Kiilu, and beatbox performed by Spoon.
  • Track 8 features bass performed by Robert Harris and JMD, drums performed by JMD, guitar performed by Rodney Millon, upright bass performed by Christy Smith, trumpet performed by Jon Williams, tenor saxophone performed by Randall Willis, and turntables performed by Mathmattiks.
  • Track 10 features drums performed by JMD, bass performed by Alfred Threats, and flute performed by Randall Willis.
  • Track 11 features drums and misc. percussion performed by JMD and Don Littleton, acoustic guitar performed by Marvin McDaniel, vibes performed by Onaje Murray, upright bass performed by Kevin O'Neal, trombone performed by Tom Ralls, and saxophone performed by Randall Willis.
  • Track 12 features bass performed by Robert Harris, and drums performed by JMD.
  • Track 13 features trombone performed by Tom Ralls, tenor saxophone performed by Randall Willis, and saxophone performed by Randall Willis.

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