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The 52 Albums that define my love for music

Week 23/Album 23

Who: Black Sheep - "A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing"

When: 1992

Why: 1992 is the year that I knew I loved hip-hop.  I had already been listening to both some commercial  and non-commercial hip-hop.  In late 1991 and 1992, 3 particular albums came out that changed my love for hip-hop forever.  This is the 1st.

There are other albums that would have come in a close second (Das Efx, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Cypress Hill) but this one stuck out. The jams were more fun, and the skits are insane. This record, among the next 2 after this, are 3 albums that have stuck with me through life. This record also introduced me to next weeks artist.

Where: Never saw them.


In  late 1991 and 1992 there was so much good hip-hop being made, that keeping up with it as a 12 year-old was next to impossible. Luckily for me, I had cable and right at the center of this hip-hop movement was Yo! MTV  Raps.  Yo! introduced me to the hip-hop I now love. Yo! also introduced me to Black Sheep. When I first heard "Strobelite Honey" I was sold. Went out, ordered the tape from the library, and realized that I had also heard the mega popular "The choice is yours" but didn't realize that they were from the same album.  Black Sheep had a funny way about changing songs from album version, to video version.  It's what made them more fun though.

This album, among many others in the time frame, has some amazing lyrics, fun and upbeat beats and some of the craziest skits you ever heard. Familiar with LASM? You should be.

My buddy Nate and I jammed this tape all through our high school years as well, and are probably the only 2 guys I know that can rip through this entire record word for word.

Black Sheep's success would mostly end at this album. They released 2 others that were solid records, but couldn't quite capture this magic this record had.