6 Feet Deep (Explicit Version) CD (1997)

Artist: Gravediggaz

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Specifications

Label Bmg/gee Street
SKU 60235264
UPC 638813250529
UPC 14 00638813250529
Format CD
Release Date 10/14/1997
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Author Gravediggaz
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-Chapter Ii (Explicit Version)
Technical Info
CatalogID 32505
Lable Name Gee Street Records (USA)
Released 02/01/2006
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 52m : 17s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00638813250529
Musical Guests
Biz Markie
MC Serch
Vernon Reid
Masta Ace
Craig G
Kurious
Album Notes and Credits
Gravediggaz: Prince Paul, RZA, Fruitkwan, Poetic.
Additional personnel includes: Don McKenzie, Gerald Whaley, Amier, Tracey Witherspoon, Derrick Lovelace, Eddie Berkeley, Djinji Brown, Hellrazor, Scientific Shabazz, Killah Priest, Wildman Steve, Raquelle Stroud, Ted "The Judge" Gannon, Skiz, Mr. Sime, James Jackson, Michael Preston, Dave Warner, Brother Rich, Ethan Ryman, Tim "Bimos" Wright, King Ice, Mike G, I-Roc, Chino, Joyce, Daddy Krueger, The Fugitives, Donyell O. Thomas, Stephanie Jackson (vocals); Scott "The Moleman" Harding (vocals, bass).
Producers: Prince Paul (tracks 1-5, 7-8, 10-11, 14, 16); Gatekeeper (track 6); RNS, RZA (track 9); Mr. Sime (track 12); RZA (track 13); RZA, Gravediggaz (track 15).
Engineers: Scott Harding, Ethan Ryman, Ken Ifell, Prince Paul (tracks 1-16).
Recorded at Paul's Coffee Shop, Long Island, New York; GLC Studios, Firehouse and Platinum Island, New York.
All songs written or co-written by A. Berkeley, R. Diggs, A. Hamilton and P. Huston. Samples include "Givin It Up Is Givin Up" (as performed by Patrice Rushen), "Jagger The Dagger" (as performed by Eugene McDaniels) and "Seven Minutes Of Funk" (as performed by The Whole Darn Family).
Gravediggaz: Prince Paul, RZA, Fruitkwan, Poetic.
Additional personnel includes: Don McKenzie, Gerald Whaley, Amier, Tracey Witherspoon, Derrick Lovelace, Eddie Berkeley, Djinji Brown, Hellrazor, Scientific Shabazz, Killah Priest, Wildman Steve, Raquelle Stroud, Ted "The Judge" Gannon, Skiz, Mr. Sime, James Jackson, Michael Preston, Dave Warner, Brother Rich, Ethan Ryman, Tim "Bimos" Wright, King Ice, Mike G, I-Roc, Chino, Joyce, Daddy Krueger, The Fugitives, Goldielocks, Donyell O. Thomas, Robert Robinson, Stephanie Jackson (vocals); Scott "The Moleman" Harding (vocals, bass).
Producers include: Prince Paul, Gatekeeper, RNS, RZA, Mr. Sime.
Engineers include: Scott Harding, Ethan Ryman, Ken Ifell.
Recorded at Paul's Coffee Shop, Long Island, New York; GLC Studios, Firehouse and Platinum Island, New York, New York.
Personnel: Scott Harding (vocals, bass guitar); James Jackson, Djinji Brown, Eddie Berkeley, Skiz, Scientific Shabazz, Mr. Sime, Raquelle Stroud, Tracey Amier Witherspoon, Derrick Lovelace, Hellrazor, Killah Priest, Kurious, MC Serch, Vernon Reid, Wildman Steve, Biz Markie, Don McKenzie (vocals); Don Newkirk (keyboards); Prince Paul (scratches).
Audio Mixers: Mr. Sime; Gravediggaz; Grym Reaper; Gatekeeper; Prince Paul; RZA; Scott Harding; The Undertaker.
Recording information: Firehouse, New York, NY; GLC Studios, New York, NY; Paul's Coffee Shoop; Platinum Island, New York, NY.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Chino; Craig G; Robert Robinson; Brother Rich; David Warner; The Fugitives; Donyell O. Thomas; Tim Wright; Masta Ace.
Arranger: Prince Paul.
6 Feet Deep is a sick joke. A lethally great and a ghoulishly comical one, but a deranged and sadistic prank nonetheless. Eschatological, gruesome, paranoid, and obsessed with death (both imposing and experiencing it), the debut from eeeeevil supergroup Gravediggaz lands somewhere in the nexus at which the bizarro universe of legendary producer Prince Paul -- who oversees the whole project while wearing the mask and wielding the shovel of the Undertaker for the occasion -- crashes headlong into RZA's dingy, farcical New York City, a haunted, inverse Oz where graffiti meets science fiction meets splatter flick in an unholy alliance that finds Freddy Krueger fiendishly pursuing the turf gangs out of Walter Hill's The Warriors down 125th and Elm Streets. Throw in a few crazed variations on Medieval torture techniques, a few too many midnight kung-fu screenings, and a few fantasies of bodily damage so giddily, demonically cartoonish that they would make Wile E. Coyote lick his lips with mischievous envy, and you have this brilliantly strange, whimsically jagged horror film in song (critics unofficially dubbed the style horrorcore) with its maimed and gnawed tongue firmly planted in cheek. If you can stomach the buckets of lyrical blood spilled herein, there is no end to the gory highlights, from the running-in-place nightmare of "Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide" to the psychotically nauseous angel-dust high of "Defective Trip (Trippin')" to the willfully objectionable "1-800 Suicide" and self-destructive "Bang Your Head," all of them terribly catchy. As a bonus, 6 Feet Deep is sure to offend the sensibilities of all middle-aged family-values crusaders and conservative-type politicians -- vampires of a different sort -- who aren't in on the joke. Overseas, the album was titled Niggamortis. With its combined allusion to mortality and example of wicked wordplay, it would have been even more apropos. Whatever it goes by, though, the album can be resurrected again and again without losing any of its devilishly good potency. ~ Stanton Swihart
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/6/94, p.90) - 3.5 Stars - Good - "...[Gravediggaz] evoke the atmosphere of horror movies and ominous effects, they've also been street tested, boasting hard beats and verbal skills..."
Entertainment Weekly (8/19/94, p.62) - "...The album doesn't take itself very seriously, but the flustered beats, washed in minor chords, are strangely irresistible--partly because it is all so silly..." - Rating: B
Q (11/94, p.129) - 3 Stars - Good - "...The foursome use death, burial and The Grim Reaper as central themes for a chilling mid-tempo stomp through America's urban problems..."
The Source (9/94, pp.91-92) - 3.5 Stars - Dope - "...No, this isn't the climax of the latest Stephen King flick or Jason, part 17. It's an image created by the Gravediggaz, one of a number of new groups combining rap with horror-movie macabre to create a genre unofficially known as `horror-core'..."
The Source (9/94, pp.91-92) - 3.5 Stars - Dope - "...No, this isn't the climax of the latest Stephen King flick or Jason, part 17. It's an image created by the Gravediggaz, one of a number of new groups combining rap with horror-movie macabre to create a genre unofficially known as 'horror-core'..."
Rap Pages (11/94, p.26) - 8 - "...The Gravediggaz dug up a lot of skeletons, and they told some grim stories...[now you] be the judge...but don't expect to escape the slaughter."
Urban Latino (10/94, p.52) - "...Gravediggaz - four hip-hop veterans armed with bugged rhyme skills, equally bugged beats and a flair for drama, here to save hip-hop from the blahs..."
NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.22) - Ranked #22 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'
NME (Magazine) (9/10/94, p.46) - 8 - Excellent - "...Gravediggaz feverishly document the low life - graveyard low..."
Disc 1
1 Just When You Thought It Was Over (Intro)
2 Constant Elevation
3 Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide
4 Defective Trip (Trippin')
5 2 Cups Of Blood
6 Blood Brothers
7 360 Questions
8 1-800 Suicide
9 Diary Of A Madman
10 Mommy, What's A Gravedigga?
11 Bang Your Head
12 Here Comes The Gravediggaz
13 Graveyard Chamber
14 Deathtrap
15 6 Feet Deep
16 Rest In Peace (Outro)

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