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Future Without a Past

Leaders Of The New SchoolAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 2, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Homeroom:
2. Case Of The P.T.A.
3. Too Much On My Mind
4. What's The Pinocchio's Theory?
5. Just When You Thought It Was Safe ...
6. Lunchroom:
7. Sound Of The Zeekers @#^**?!
8. Sobb Story
9. 'Feminine Fatt'
10. Transformers
11. Afterschool:
12. Show Me A Hero
13. Trains, Planes And Automobiles
14. The International Zone Coaster
15. Teachers, Don't Teach Us Nonsense!!
16. My Ding-A-Ling
17. Where Do We Go From Here?

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't use the term "classic" very often, but... October 29, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The first thing that'll hit you while listening to this album is the uniqueness of the three rappers (Dinco D, Charlie Brown, and Busta Rhymes) in both lyrical content and delivery. Many of the songs have a real point to them (such as "Just When You Thought it was Safe" and "Teachers Don't Teach us Nonsense") but are still lots of fun. Then there's Cutmonitor Milo, who does some of the most creative sampling I've ever heard, on "What's the Pinocchio's Theory?" there are bagpipes and dialougue samples from Disney's "Pinocchio". Then there's "Sound of the Zeekers @#^**?!" the ultimate example of how strange and far sampling can go: There are 10 rappers in this song, you keep hearing things that sound like a chorus but are never repeated, and the music changes somehow with each rapper's part; maybe an extra sound, beat, or sample. This album is rap at some of it's best, and a must have for Busta Rhymes fans.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Classic Material September 28, 2004
By wm
Format:Audio CD
An hour long c.d. that never gets tired, great routines, always on point back and forth delivery and creative production that makes the whole thing gel. It's a sort of loose concept album which follows LONS through a day in school. The opening track has a great feel with samples from the riot scene outside the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, this is the "whole world is watching" bit.

Busta blew up but listen and see if he didn't work much better in the context of a group. At the time this dropped, it seemed like every week something new was coming out raising the bar for hip-hop, exciting times. Other classics of the same period would definitely include Gang Starr's Step in the Arena, Brand Nubian's All for One, Tribe's The Low End Theory, Diamond D's Stunts Blunts and Hip Hop, De La Soul is Dead, KMD's Mr. Hood and Cypress Hill's first one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Material !!!! August 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Classic timeless Hip Hop. An Essential acquisition for any true hip hop head/music fan.There isn't a single weak track on this album, all bangers that fit together perfectly to form an album that is greater than the sum of its parts(i.e. Yuh caaan skip nuh track). The production on this album by "The Leaders" and "The Bomb squad" is MindBlowinG and the three emcees from Strong island complement each other like thongs on big booties. I got this when it first came out and it still gets regular rotation to this day. I gotta say that the only thing better than L.O.N.S in your box is L.O.N.S on stage and since that ain't likely to happen any time soon I implore you to pick-up this gem from the Golden era of Hip Hop.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars East Coast Stomp October 25, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album expresses true Hip Hop to the fullest.every track. Speechless I dont even know what to say about it. Plus you get to hear Busta Rhymes when he had skills & wasn't just a mumblin mumblin yellin' jerk. dont sleep! pick up this Classic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally slept-on...a fantastic classic January 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe that "A Future Without a Past" is as unknown and underappreciated as it is. I can count on one hand the number of rap albums that are as consistently funny and entertaining as this one. This album is simply phenomenal throughout. The three MCs here are fantastic. Busta Rhymes would of course go on to be the quick-lipped apocalyptic mainstream MC, but here he is a hilarious, immature teen. Dinco Dean carries the weight as the one who gels Busta with the equally zany and funny Charlie Brown, whose yelling and chanting make him the one who really stands out. Cut Monitor Milo makes the beats, along with an assorted group of other producers, and raps on occasion. LONS are a joy to listen to because they celebrate youth, and are quite capable of tackling issues on the youth of the world amidst their crazy humor. The production is excellent, using samples and creative instrumentals to make a unique yet simple sound that doesn't sound slightly dated fifteen years later. I can't think of another group that has so much character and charisma. "A Future Without a Past" is a concept album that follows Busta, Dinco, and Charlie through a day at school. These guys have hysterical thoughts about the goings on at the high school, and I laugh frequently whenever I listen to this. This album is a must-have for any fans of 90s classic hip hop.

The skits are part of what make the concept work so well and make the album so much fun. Beginning with "Homeroom," which has the guys skirting into school amid some sort of riot, and the classic song "Case of the PTA" plays the school theme perfectly, poking fun at the school system over a legendary production with an infectious chorus. "Too Much on My Mind" allows the MCs to voice the problems of their teenage lives, with a horn-laden hook.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied February 6, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Was searching for old school hip hop and found it! Product was in great condition. I am one satisfied customer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jazz and hip hop, what a deadly combination June 2, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
leaders of the new school first album is a true classic. old school 90's masterpiece. what i love about the album is the jazzy theme to it. how they combine jazz with hip hop. it kind of remind you of pete rock and gang starr. i love the horns and piano. case of the pta. a excellent track with piano loops. i love everything about that track. sound of the zeekers. another wonderful brillant track. i love the trumpets and how each beat changes. then the 10 rappers make it even better. sobb story a truly classic old school track with piano and jazz loops. i love it. track 9, all i can say is great, so great. with jazz loops. show me a hero, i absolutely admire that track, one of my favorites. track 13, great. the international zone coaster. i love the piano loops. a well thought up track with it's uniqueness. i love it. track 15, jazz loops play well on this classic, one of they best tracks. then the beat switches up. track 16 another great deal track. then track 17 ends the album off well. too bad hip hop changed for the worst. you don't find to many albums that's great like this one. it's even a little better than the second album, which was a classic too. the jazzy loops, the lyrics, all of it is great. tracks that i didn't mention that is also nice is track 3,4,5, and 10. so in all buy the doggone thing. trust me you're be completely satisfied.favorites, all but if had to pick i say track 7, then track 2, then track 15.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Unique
This debut album from LOTNS is a truly innovative classic. It's different from their very popular sophmore effort, but in a good way. Read more
Published on November 9, 2008 by Alex Goldberg
4.0 out of 5 stars A future . . . well, the future's hard to predict,
but I do hope for another creative HIP-HOP explosion that LONS were part of from '88 to '96.

Fun and creative is what most people wrote about this. Read more
Published on July 13, 2007 by CloudSteel438
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THOSE CLASSICS THAT SHOULD'VE GOTTEN MORE SHINE
you know, i loved LONS. some i know say this here i wack. what i hear though is hip hop with a bit of a twist. Read more
Published on March 3, 2007 by Martin L. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Brown was the man.................
Charlie Brown & Busta were the stars of LONS. My beef is Charlie could have been as big as Busta. I'm not sure what happened but C Brown was a star. Read more
Published on October 31, 2006 by The Specialist
5.0 out of 5 stars If you feel this album then just get it!
Dam! Music I played back in 91 while in 7th grade is like old school rap classics now. I like this albume still today in 2006. Dare I say it but it's a fun album. Read more
Published on September 16, 2006 by Efun D. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars love it
love the question and response form l.o.n.s. has. gets u into it, and this cd opened my eyes to some other of their songs i havent heard that are pretty good. Read more
Published on August 3, 2006 by MC NONSENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST hip hop album. The time hip hop was about music and REAL...
This is one of the BEST hip hop albums ever. I remember being in like in 7th grade listening to this album. Read more
Published on July 28, 2006 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just another case...
I remember watching L.O.N.S. perform "Case of the PTA" on "In Living Color" when I was a kid. It was dope watching them do the ill "Hot Potato" mic passing over the track. Read more
Published on May 23, 2006 by D. Thomas
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