Godfather Don - Hazardous LP
Godfather Don - Hazardous LP (90s Tapes/Germany)
Listening Notes: A blazing guitar solos where you least expect it, early '90s East Coast MCs that will make you think of a large spectrum of styles from hard hitting Public Enemy to 3rd Bass rap-rock pioneering to the swing of Native Tongues Posse, unsung heroes of the The Ultramagnetic MCs collabs, True Fu-Schnick auras, and artists who gave the foot up to stars like Kool Keith, but whose career never landed long in the spotlight to become a household name.
Mood: In it to win it.
Hazardous is the debut album of New York independent MC and producer Godfather Don, and was originally released in 1991 on Select Records. Don went on to achieve legendary status due to his extensive solo material and collaborative work with Kool Keith, Screwball and UltraMagnetic MCs, but was relatively unknown at the time this dropped. Entirely produced by GFD himself, the album has been long sought after as a collector's item. This limited issue single-LP version give fans a chance to own this album, which has aged well over the years as a fine example of New York/East coast rap styles from the era."
Godfather Don first appeared in 1991 with Hazardous, released by Select Records. The album established the Godfather as an MC influenced by the blatant, hard-hitting style of Chuck D. A few years later, the Don appeared on and produced the Ultramagnetic MC's' The Four Horsemen, which led to a collaboration with that group's standout, Kool Keith. The Don and Keith released their EP Cenobites in 1995 through Fondle 'Em Records, which was started by New York b-boy, DJ, and man about town Bobbito Garcia. The material on the EP had originally been recorded as gags or promos for Garcia's underground hip-hop radio show on New York's WKCR. The Cenobites EP was then reissued by Fondle 'Em as a full-length LP. Throughout the 1990s, Godfather Don continued to work as a producer, working on tracks from Kool Keith, Hostyle, and Ayatollah, among others. In 1999, he released his second album, Diabolique, on which his flow was very similar to the bludgeoning raps of his 1991 debut. The album included cameo appearances from Kool Keith and Sir Menelik, and appeared on the Hydra Entertainment imprint, for which Godfather Don continued to record, releasing several 12" singles and Instrumental hip hop albums.