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If you need just one album to sum up everything that was happening in hip-hop in the pivotal year of 1988, you can do no better than Stetsasonic’s second album, In Full Gear. All the disparate ideas converge here: the heavy rhythms of Run-DMC, the impending jazz styles of Native Tongues, the fusion of rap and R&B, even Miami Bass. The album functions as both a time capsule and a compendium of ideas. Because the group could never be identified with a single style, one might argue that their sonic diversity hindered their success—but taken as individual songs, any of these works are masterful. “We’re the Band,” “Pen and Paper,” and of course, “Talkin’ All That Jazz” all but invented the jazz-rap blueprint that would become hip-hop’s dominant paradigm in the years to follow. Frukwan and Daddy-O were masterful rappers in the classic role, while Wise, DBC, and drummer Bobby Simmons made the group’s sound distinctly dense. In the end, though, it's producer Prince Paul who deserves the most credit. He presided over the album like a film director and singlehandedly elevated the role of producer in hip-hop.

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Classic Album

Great tracks! A must buy for pure hip hop fans... but can Itunes please include the other albums from these talented brothas!!! I gotta hear "Go Stetsa - Remix"


I've been searching for this album for years. People need to hear when rap was true and energetic. Stetsa is right up there with the greatest! Itunes needs to get the rest of their albums and some Doug E. Fresh.Prince Paul is one of the greatest producers ever Wise, Daddy-O, Fruitkwan,DBC, MC Delite thanks for real music when rap was at its prime. Too bad no one mentions Stet with the other old school crews.


Finally Stetsa hits Itunes. Classic album. Must have for your old school rap collection


Formed: 1981 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s

One of the first rap groups to use a live band, Brooklyn's Stetsasonic formed in 1981 and were also among the first to promote a positive black consciousness that found its ultimate expression in the so-called "daisy age" sounds of De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers. The group consisted of DJs "Prince Paul" Huston and Leonard "Wise" Roman, keyboardist/drummer/DJ Marvin "DBC" Nemley, and rappers Glenn "Daddy O" Bolton, Martin "Delite" Wright, and Bobby "Frukwan" Simmons. Daddy O and Delite founded...
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