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Editors’ Notes

Though Chubb Rock was a respected elder statesman of the New York hip-hop community, he wasn't associated with a larger crew, which may have curbed the success of 1991’s The One. Chubb’s most successful album boasted a big hit in “Treat ‘Em Right,” and the rest of the album is just as good—from “The One” to “Just the Two of Us” and “The Night Scene.” He combined the vocal authority of Chuck D, the ingenious beats of Gang Starr, and the street wisdom of KRS-One. Though unfairly overlooked, The One is a top-shelf hip-hop statement from an unrecognized master.

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re: iTunes Review

I am not reviewing Chubb Rock, however, The iTunes reviewer needs to get his/her mind right. The claim that Hip-Hop in the Northeast was not concerned with beats/grooves as compared to the west coast in the early 90's is laughable & simply wrong. While the G-Funk sound was indeed groovy and novel (and blew up commercially), to disregard contemporary albums from artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Diamond D, & Digable Planets (just to name a few) ignores classic, important, timeless hip-hop beats.

Chubb Rock

One of most talented and underated Mc's of all time. We know the Rakims, Jay Z's, Nas's, Biggie Smalls, Enemim's Big Daddy Kane's...you got my drift. The Chubbster had intricate rhyme patterns that he made sound easy over hot gravy beats, which is a must to be a great Mc. There ain't too many that were as talented as Chubb Rock, too bad he did'nt get the credit he deserved.

an overlooked gem

you treat me right, ooh hoo.

Biography

Born: May 28, 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and bred in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, Chubb Rock — known for his authoritative and nimble flow, as well as an imposing frame — was a key rap artist of the late '80s and early '90s. He attended Brown University but abandoned his pre-med studies in favor of a music career. Supported by DJ and producer Howie Tee, his first cousin, he signed to the Select label — home of U.T.F.O. and Whistle, among others — and released his first album, Chubb...
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