Atlantaâ€™s Shadz Of Lingo first debuted on Erick Sermonâ€™s debut solo album No Pressure on the track “Lil Crazy” back in 1993,DJ Rocco and MCâ€™s Kolorado and Lingo first met in 1986 at a Richmond, VA, High School.
In 1991 they all moved to Atlanta and began recording, A View To A Kill, released in 1994 was their only album that had a line up of dope producers behind the boards, Erick Sermon produced and appeared on “Mad Flavaz” (also released as a single) while Diamond D laced the Shadz with four ill tracks, â€œIll & Get Clownedâ€ which featured a lovely jazz horn sample, deep bassline and the infamous Skull Snaps drums, â€œDifferent Stylezâ€ sampled Sister Nancyâ€™s â€œBam Bamâ€ which was made famous by Large Professor for Main Sourceâ€™s â€œJust Hanging Outâ€, â€œThink I Give A Fuckâ€ with itâ€™s ill Eddie Harris sample and Lou Donaldson drums and â€œDonâ€™t Test Da Skillzâ€ which sampled ESGâ€™s â€œUFOâ€ and Jack Bruceâ€™s “Sam Enchanted Dickâ€,(also used by Showbiz) Diamond D was definitely the production highlight on the album but Madness 4 Realâ€™s â€œView To A Killâ€ was dope and had a Cypress Hill vibe and his funk laced “I Step 2 U Denâ€ was good as well.
Dallas Austin produces the hard â€œWherez Da Steel?â€, which is not bad but his later effort â€œAlways Stylinâ€ is better,
A View To A Kill is not a classic or a lost album, but itâ€™s a great golden age Hip Hop album, that will keep the head nodding and make the listener smile.
1 Different Stylez (4:09)
2 Mad Flavaz (4:27)
3 Ill & Get Clowned (3:43)
4 Wherez Da Steel (4:25)
5 Psychopathic Interlude (2:05)
6 View To A Kill (4:07)
7 Think I Give A F–K (3:35)
8 Don’t Test Da Skillz (3:45)
9 Crossfade Flow (1:05)
10 1 Step 2 U Den (4:11)
11 Alwayz Stylin’ (4:18)