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Everything is Nice

“The country’s losing lives while the leader’s out of touch… The shit that be happening… is what got me rapping…” These lyrics loop throughout the title track of Everything is Nice by Seattle hip-hop OGs Prose & Concepts (aka Six In The Clip) whose trippy self-released second album, from 1997, is perfect headphones music for these times. The production is inventive ear candy, while the lyrics continue to hold deep resonance 23 years on. Novocaine 132 wrote this review for The Rocket music newspaper back in the ‘90s about it:

The second album, Everything is Nice, from Seattle’s legendary Prose & Concepts, is as much a Northwest original as the neon Red Hook sign shown in the cover photo. Their debut record, Procreations, brought increased pride to Seattle rap fans through tracks like “W.O.T.R.” “Do You Know?,” “Allone in This Field” and “Roll Call on the 1 and 2’s.”

Everything is Nice continues to prove that literacy and hip-hop aren’t necessarily antonyms. From the cannabis-soaked “Tiny Bubbles,” to the poetic tactics of “Courting Miss Understood,” to the sweet, drifting chorus on “The Ballad,” the album stands head and shoulders above the recycled gangster releases pervading the charts. My personal favorite cut, “Turntable Rhapsody in E Minor,” had me asking turntablist DJ Ace why he didn’t “put that on something” (for instance, Return of the DJ Volume II, where it certainly belongs). I wish I could truly say that everything is nice, but like Goodie Mob said, “I wanna tell you that it’s all good but it ain’t”; one of the group’s MCs, Michael “Dub” Weltmann, died on the last day of 1996. His verse in the closing song “Loose Cannon” will, to many, always be an eerie reminder of just how fragile life really is. I think we need a moment of silence.

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The Dotted Line...

The year is 1992 and this is Six In The Clip’s debut EP The Dotted Line… and, like the ellipsis are intended, it leaves you waiting in anticipation for more. This is ’90s hip-hop! Quintessential ’90s hip-hop. And if you love ’90s hip-hop then you’ll love this tape. What we have here are 5 tracks of raw, free spirited flows over funky boom bap beats laced with experimental samples and scratches. Not afraid to take chances, Six In The Clip doesn’t seem to give a damn about what you think, “fuck it cuz I just start chucking the rhymes.” Every member has a distinct flow and isn’t afraid to let you know! Just check “1, 2, 3 Not It.” They all boast about their rhyming skills and they’re not lying. They all have mad skills and they’re practically daring you to come at them in a rap battle. And P.S. you’ll lose.

Talk about a song that has withstood the test of time, “I Ha P On My Ankle.” And yes, it’s about pee on your ankle. “So Muthafukka Wipe It Off!” Six In The Clip has released three different versions of this song from 1992 to 1994, including the OG version on this tape and subsequent versions on Where Do We Sign G and Procreations (Prose & Concepts). Check the evolution of all three versions just to get an idea of the transition from Six In The Clip to Prose & Concepts!

Another song you’ll also find on Where Do We Sign G is “Pick Up The Pace”. Envision a house party anthem with the crowd bouncing up & down waving arms in the air. Once again, a showcase of all members flexin’ their in-your-face lyrical flows. This time, over an Atari type vibe laced with scritchity scritchity scratches. “Wild, wild west … now you know my location. I’m no damn KID but I’m causing a SENSATION.”

“What You Just Heard” has an awesome underlying 70s porn vibe, but if that’s not enough we’re blessed with some BDP samples from “Ya Slippin” – “Now what you just heard people was a little kickin,” and the Beastie Boys “kick it over here.” Like all the other tracks, we get to hear every member freestyle like they’re in a rap battle for their life. They’re going to tear the club down with this one; miles and miles of lyrics. Get some!

And finally, my favorite track “Lotto” is appropriately the first song. If you’re not bobbing your head shortly into the track, what is wrong with you? This head bobbin beat is overlayed with a siren/horn as if to alert you: We have a winner, Lotto! Yes, “We goin lotto – that’s the ticket.” “Lotto” introduces us to every member, MC Dope, SharkE, Mic Dub, Beatnik, DJ Ace & Rawi as they all spit a verse. A cornucopia of styles: lyrically magically delicious, tongue twisting, grimey & edgy, funky rhymes, in your face, you ain’t shit, smack talkin! They all have crazy skills on the mic and they all come correct, I’m just not sure how you’d pick a favorite.

Six In The Clip wasn’t afraid to experiment and try out new things while still being able to produce quality music. And just like real Lotto, you’re a winner if you picked up this tape back in the day! Written by Bballnchic12

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