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Album Review

Part of the slew of grand early-'90s hip-hop releases that avoided tough criminal posing for inventive, witty lyrics and arrangements, And Now the Legacy Begins is a hilarious, entertaining rollercoaster of a record. That the Warriors themselves were Canadian shows that north of the US border isn't all Rush tribute bands, as the duo plays around with any number of inspired samples and grooves, from jazz to harder-edged beats, with style and skill. The most well-known track, "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style," predicts a particular pop trend well in advance, using Quincy Jones' brilliant "Soul Bossa Nova" as its base long before fellow Canuck Mike Myers made the original the Austin Powers theme song. The flow of King Lou and Capital Q, mostly the former, fits the stuttering, dramatic pace of the arrangement to a T, bringing an instant smile to the face and dance to the feet. The lead-off single, "Wash Your Face in My Sink," is an equal winner, a nutty warning to a friend who doesn't have it all together about cleanliness set to a equally playful arrangement. Things aren't always pretty, though — "U Could Get Arrested" is a slamming attack on police racism delivered with belligerent panache. Throughout the album the Warriors show that they know their pop culture cold. As jazz-inspired producers and arrangers, the Warriors and their various studio assistants may not always be as perfectly smooth as A Tribe Called Quest or Guru, but the results are rarely anything but a joy to hear.

Customer Reviews

It's taken quite a while.

I hate to sound like everyone else on this string but I've been requesting this album since I first got Itunes in 2001. It's even better than I remember. This was always one of two tapes I carried with me and my wallkman. good to hear, like water for the parched.

Hip Hop Jazz Geniuses

Saw these guys in concert back in Alberta in the 90's. Easily one of the more creative Canadian hip hop acts. Their Jazz influences blend very well with their rhymes for the most part, though at times I can agree that they don't seem to fit together smoothly as they could. However, they provide a very distinctive style that put them at the forefront of Jazz and Hip Hop fusion. While this album doesn't always flow as easily as some of the many other rap and hip hop records put out during the time period, it does feature some memorable tunes including 'My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style,' 'Ludi,' and 'Wash Your Face In My Sink.' The lyrics are also a little more postive than most of today's music.

5 stars for dream warriors

i really dig dream warriors, cool beats and lyrics, but would recommend just getting the anthology which iTunes does not have yet.


Formed: 1988 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A pair of deft, intelligent rappers based in Toronto, King Lou and Capital Q formed Dream Warriors and released one of the finest alternative rap records of the era, 1991's And Now, the Legacy Begins. The pair began working together in 1989, organizing their own Beat Factory Productions with Rupert Gayle and signing to 4th & Broadway. The single "Wash Your Face in My Sink" prefaced the release of And Now, the Legacy Begins, and another track, "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style," became an...
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