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After nearly two decades out of print on vinyl, Fat Beats has teamed up with The Artifacts to give the group's groundbreaking debut Between a Rock and Hard Place the reissue treatment it deserves. With production from Redman, Buckwild, T-Ray and other icons of the golden age, the 1994 album - a perfect snapshot of b-boy and graffiti culture in 90's New York - immediately catapulted MCs El Da Sensei and Tame One onto the forefront of the city's exploding scene. The Deluxe version includes an original promo poster, yellow vinyl, and a bonus 45 with remixes from Buckwild featuring Busta Rhymes and Mad Skillz.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Drama (Mortal Kombat Fatality)
  2. C'mon Wit Da Git Down
  3. Wrong Side of Da Tracks
  4. Heavy Ammunition
  5. Attack of New Jeruzalum
  6. Notty Headed Nigguhz
  7. Whayback

Disc: 2

  1. Flexi Wit Da Tech (Nique)
  2. Cummin' Thru Ya F-Kin' Block
  3. Lower Da Boom
  4. What Goes On?
  5. Dynamite Soul
  6. Whassup Now Muthaf-Ka?

Disc: 3

  1. C'mon Wit Da Git Down [Buckwild Remix]
  2. Dynamite Soul II [Lip Service Remix]


Product Details

  • Vinyl (October 29, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Art of Facts
  • ASIN: B00EQITS6E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the first album from this jersey duo that came out in 1994. The album isnt as good as their second album "thats them" but theres very little that is. The one thing that is present in both cases is tight flows, smart lyrics and head nodding, hard as hell beats. This time round they are provided by Buckwild (from the diggin'in the crates crew) and T-Ray (from the soul assassin crew), with Redman providing his friends with a nice beat also. The singles that were released from this joint were off the chain "c'mon with the git down" which is still an absolute heater after all these years. As is "dynamite soul" and the masterpiece ode to graf,(the 1st joint to do so),"wrong side of the tracks". The rest of this album is so strong that really any track on this could've been singles. Go cop this a.s.a.p. as it really is a diamond of an album.
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Wow! has it been four years since this album overtook my life? there wasn't a day that would diminish at which some point I had not heard a least one track from BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.
Few pieces of work have had an affect on me such as this. the mere aspect of their raw down-to-earth lyrics and beats that would take you to euphoria.
This album is worth any price that Amazon choses to sell it for. (of course it shouldn't be rediculous)
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Artifacts' 1994 debut introduced a hip hop duo to the rap world that fought against the grain of the quickly commercializing rap game. El da Sensei and Tame One are two New Jersey natives and former graffiti artists, and they celebrate the original spirit of hip hop. Their tracks are all impeccably produced, dense with instrumentation and rich horns, but the beats and bass stay hard and thumping; no one would ever mistake this for a pop record and they're proud of it. The producers include Redman and two very underrated east coast beatcrafts, T-Ray and Shawn J Period. As rappers, they stay true to themselves and their genre too. They deliver clever battle rhymes and braggadocio, telling some stories and always representing their home state. This album showcases some of the nicest production and rhyming of 1994, Artifacts was a unique hip hop product and is really underrated. I feel that they were often overlooked because at this time they might have been overshadowed by some other fairly similar artists, but any fan of the early-90s east coast sound will love "Between a Rock and a Hard Place."

After the short instrumental intro, the album begins with "C'Mon Wit da Git Down," which might be my favorite song on the album. The loopy bassline and scattered horn blasts create a funky and laidback vibe, I love the hook and the lyrics are clever. The similarly great "Wrong Side of da Tracks" is probably their best known song. Over catchy sax-heavy production, El and Tame One rap about their lives as graffiti artists. "Heavy Ammunition" is appealing boom bap, with more horns and a well-sampled hook. "Attack of New Jeruzalem" is an NJ anthem, upbeat and funky with heavy horn instrumentation, the rhymes are dope and it's a nice track. "Notty Headed N.
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Well another solid hip hop album from start to end. Here is another one where it is hard as hell to pick something that I dont like on here. I have to say this is one album that I can still play today in 2007 and it sounds good. These two rappers from New Jersey sound good as they go back and forth. It is sad that they broke up and only had 2 albums out. They are doing there thing on the Independant scene and makeing good stuff. I am biased and have to say that I like El Da Sensei more than Tame One but dont get it wrong Tame One is still nice. This is 2 guys that I would like to see get back toghether and make another album for the sake of real hip hop fans.
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Once upon a time, the state of New Jersey was known for two rock acts: Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. Things changed in the late 80's with the arrival of Queen Latifah and The New Style- who two years later would be better known as Naughty By Nature. Then came other notable Jersey natives such as Redman and Lords Of The Underground. Right on the heels of them were the hip hop duo the Artifacts- comprised of members El Da Sensei and Tame One. They were signed to Atlantic subsidiary Big Beat Records- and made a debut that was as uncompromising as it was straight to the point. Their debut centered around three things: Their love of New Jersey, the hip hop culture and weed...lots of weed. Their album was mostly produced by Todd "T-Ray" Ray- a producer from South Carolina who also produced their labelmates Double XX Posse as well as discovering R&B singer Calvin Richardson. Other producers on the album include their fellow Jersey native Redman and D.I.T.C. member Buckwild.

Starting off the album is the short intro "Drama (Mortal Kombat Fatality)", which leads into the song "C'Mon Wit Da Git Down". On the album's first single "Wrong Side Of Da Tracks", they go in detail about their past experiences as graffiti artists. They pay tribute to hip hop's early days on "Wayback" collaborate with newcomer Jay Burns Jaya on "Attack Of New Jeruzalum". Redman guests on the hook of "Cummin' Thru Ya F**in' Block", while they indulge in their love of weed on "Lower Da Boom". However, the album's best song is the most left of center: "What Goes On", in where they challenge women on the double standard and hypocrisy in reference to the B-word.
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