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Banking on the underground success of his singles "Walk Like a Duck" and "Uptown S**t," Kurious Jorge (the rapper, not the monkey from children's books) released his debut album in early 1994. The album's subtle mix of underground vigor and flavorful party anthems pleased many of hip-hop's discerning aficionados. A guest list that included the Hieroglyphics' Casual and DJ Lord Sear on the mic and a back-from-the-dead Bosco Money from Downtown Science, the Beatnuts, and Pete Nice and Daddy Rich on production gave the album a session feel. The album's wide range of samples, from the Blackbyrds to Fifth Dimension, made for a quirky overall musical effect. Kurious does well to play up the strength of his style, a concise and careful delivery without sacrificing wit. In the end, the catchy single "I'm Kurious" may be the album's only true watermark, but cuts like "Top Notch" and the B-side "Mansion and a Yacht," featuring Sadat X from Brand Nubian, are also bona fide mid-'90s hip-hop jams. [Amalgam's 2007 reissue included two bonus tracks.] ~ M.F. DiBella, Rovi


Formed: 1969 in New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s

Latino-American rapper Kurious Jorge hailed from the Uptown section of Manhattan known as Spanish Harlem. His brazen talents landed him a guest spot on the Prime Minister Pete Nice and Daddy Rich cut "Three Blind Mice" from their album Dust II Dust in early 1993. Having forged an allegiance with the former Third Bass rapper, Kurious dropped his own single "Walk Like a Duck" later that year with a little help from Pete Nice. The gifted lyricist with a Latino twang released his debut album A Constipated...
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