Class A Felony-Class A Felony (1993)
Now here is an album that really fits under the obscure banner, Class A Felony was a New York duo made up of DJ Stitches and the late Edward Dumar Israel aka Lord Dumar, who sadly passed away before the album was released, Class A Felony was their only album and had contributions by great producers like DJ Mark The 45 King (â€œHyped Upâ€, Black Rainâ€) and Diamond D (â€œI Canâ€™t Take No Moreâ€), which features Lakim Shabazz but oddly no Lord Dumar?.
Class A Felony was a decent album that relied on quirky (peep the warped funk of â€œTime To Make The Doughnutsâ€) and familiar samples and fat drum loops, alongside Lord Dumarâ€™s gruff vocal tone which is sometimes reminiscent of King Sun.
The classic Warriors film gets sampled on â€œWarriors Come Out To Playâ€ and the timeless Bohannon â€œSave Their Soulsâ€ gets flipped on â€œIâ€™m No The Herb Youâ€™re Lookinâ€™ 4â€ , James Brownâ€™s â€œPapa Donâ€™t Take No Messâ€ gets a workout on the dope â€œPapa Donâ€™t Playâ€ and a heavy dub sample is used on â€œLyrical Bloodbathâ€ while DJ Stitches get his time to display his skills and finesse on the 1’s and 2’s on â€œElectricityâ€.
The hilarious and late comedian Robin Harris is sampled on â€œI Got A Warrantâ€ and is a great tale of Dumar being on the run,Lord Dumar also runs a sinister tale on â€œThe Night Stalkerâ€ and like Guru once said It’s mostly the voice and Dumar does indeed have a dope voice and rides beats effortlessly.
I wouldnâ€™t go as far as to call the album a classic, but itâ€™s an ill, lost album that should be heard.
Props to godmc for the hook-up.
01 – Intro
02 – Time To Make The Doughnuts
03 – Hyped Up
04 – Hostage
05 – Iâ€™m Not The Herb Youâ€™re Lookinâ€™ 4
06 – Gotta Go, Gotta Go
07 – Papa Donâ€™t Play
08 – Lyrical Bloodbath
09 – Class A Felony
10 – I Got A Warrant
11 – Warriors Come Out To Play
12 – The Night Stalker
13 – Theyâ€™re All Gonna Laugh At You
14 – Rita
15 – Black Rain
16 – Electricity
17 – I Canâ€™t Take No More