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Editors’ Notes

While not as idiosyncratic as De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising, or as effortlessly cool as A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing nonetheless represents everything the Native Tongues crew stood for in 1991: intelligence (“Black With N.V.”), comicality (“Gimme the Finga”) and individuality (“Similak Child”). The skits poke fun at everything from gangsta rap (the dead-on N.W.A. parody “U Mean I’m Not”) to sexism in hip-hop (“L.A.S.M.”). The duo of Dres and Mista Lawnge crafted all the tracks themselves, and the album displays a denser, stickier palette of funk samples than their Native Tongues peers. The layers of samples on the hit single “The Choice is Yours” makes it feel like a rubbery rejoinder to the bombastic montages of Public Enemy. Black Sheep’s sound design was remarkably sophisticated, but that didn’t mean they were less obsessed with sex than the average teenager. Even as misogyny began to infect hip-hop, Dres and Lawnge were able to address their raging libidos in a way that was playful without being preachy (“Flavor of the Month,” “La Menage”). Along with Tribe and De La, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing helped to turn rap into a party for the smart kids.

Customer Reviews

Good Times

Okay... for the record, this was the REAL first CD I ever bought. I miss not listening it to it as much. Because it was one of my only CDs, I listened to it alot, especially during late night care rides. It was perfect then. "The Choice is Yours" is a hit. Very great song. "Strobelite Honey" was a major key track but thet don't seem to have it on this iTunes version. "Gimme the Finga" is a classic great. "Black With N.V. (No Vision)" has one of the sweetest beats to base off in hip hop. "Try Counting Sheep" was an instant favorite. Other key tracks are "Hoes We Knows", "Blunted", "For Doz That Slept", "Yes", "Have U.N.E. Pull", and "Similak Child" which is a nice sweet song. "To Whom It May Concern" is a standout too. I love that song. I remember listening to these tracks on the way back from my parents late night bowling tournaments at far away places. Where did this album go? I got out of rap and it didn't have so much of a "play over and over again" curve. I miss it. I have to admit. It is hard to rate.... so I will give it a 8.3 out of 10. Just for it actually being rap I like. Classic super work.

But where's "Strobelite Honey"?

Seriously. Where is it?

The best song is missing!!

They need to get STROBELIGHT HONEY on here to make this complete.


Formed: 1990 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Remembered for a couple of striking singles and their membership in the Native Tongues family of groups, Black Sheep also recorded one of rap music's most entertaining debuts, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. Handling both production and delivery, Dres and Mista Lawnge appeared headed for a long, rewarding career, but unfortunately faded after the release of their long-delayed sophomore set. Both members, Andre Titus (Dres) and William McLean (Mista Lawnge), were natives of New York who grew up in North...
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