June 17, 2022

Yomo & Maulkie - Are U Xperienced? (1991)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label Number: 7 91760-2

© 1991 Ruhtless/Atlantic Street
Because Are U Experienced? was produced by N.W.A's DJ Yella and had Eazy-E for its executive producer, some listeners might have thought that Yomo & Maulkie were a gangsta rap duo. But in fact, this promising but underexposed CD is far from gangsta rap. The production may have an N.W.A-ish quality -- Yella obviously learned a few things from Dr. Dre -- but the lyrics and the rapping are closer to Public Enemy. Much like PE, Yomo & Maulkie bring an angry sociopolitical perspective to "Society's Relentless," "Mockingbird," "Watch Out Black Folks" and "Glory." But they also bring in some psychedelic imagery -- Are U Experienced? was named after Jimi Hendrix's legendary debut album, and "Soul Psychedelic Side" underscores their appreciation of Sly Stone and early Funkadelic. Focused, intelligent, riveting and risk-taking, this CD should have been a huge hit. But sadly, the vast majority of hip-hoppers have never even heard of Yomo & Maulkie.

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