12 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kurious Jorge is a Puerto Rican/Cuban cat from Uptown Manhattan who hit the scene in the early 90s. Signed to Pete Nice and Bobbito's short-lived Hoppoh imprint, he dropped several great singles, including "Uptown Sh*t" and "Walk Like A Duck," all flaunting his laid-back flow, witty lyricism, and ear for superbly funky production. Released in 1994, his first album includes all of these, plus other favorites such as "I'm Kurious," "Top Notch," and "Nikole." Like the Beatnuts (who provide most of the joints here), Kurious' M.O. is basically all about having fun, hollering at the ladies, big-upping his Spanish Harlem neighborhood, and staying faded on blunts and 40s. The featured guests are all great (MF Grimm, Casual, Psycho Les, and more), and the sample-heavy tracks (reinterpreting Roy Ayers, Midnight Star, and Stanley Turrentine, among others) play like a non-stop party. Kurious never released a proper follow-up, but this is feel-good NYC hip-hop that hasn't lost a step in all these years. Highly recommended for golden era afficianadoes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kurious Jorge is a Puerto Rican/Cuban cat from Uptown Manhattan who hit the scene in the early 90s. Signed to Pete Nice and Bobbito's short-lived Hoppoh imprint, he dropped several great singles, including "Uptown Sh*t" and "Walk Like A Duck," all flaunting his laid-back flow, witty lyricism, and ear for superbly funky production. Released in 1994, his first album includes all of these, plus other favorites such as "I'm Kurious," "Top Notch," and "Nikole." Like the Beatnuts (who provide most of the joints here), Kurious' M.O. is basically all about having fun, hollering at the ladies, big-upping his Spanish Harlem neighborhood, and staying faded on blunts and 40s. The featured guests are all great (MF Grimm, Casual, Psycho Les, and more), and the sample-heavy tracks (reinterpreting Roy Ayers, Midnight Star, and Stanley Turrentine, among others) play like a non-stop party. Kurious never released a proper follow-up, but this is feel-good NYC hip-hop that hasn't lost a step in all these years. Highly recommended for golden era afficianadoes.

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About Kurious

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 Monkey on Hoppoh Records in early 1994. Applauded by fans of the New York underground scene, the album's Spanglish tone called to mind the work of Queens' Latin rap trio the Beatnuts. Kurious' joint was slightly less vulgar than the Nuts' EP Intoxicated Demons and featured a spicy array of musical influences ranging from salsa to rock & roll. The singles and subsequent videos for "Uptown Shit" and "I'm Kurious" gave the album some longevity on DJ play lists and car stereos. Constipated Monkey afforded Kurious with healthy respect among hip-hop's diehards, but Kurious never translated this success commercially and never returned with a sophomore effort. ~ Michael Di Bella

ORIGIN
New York, NY
FORMED
1969

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