1992. Three, full-play, cassettes. Original case for "Check Your Head" with "Parental Advisory" sticker affixed to front, missing one hinge and minor cracking. All other clear cassette cases replaced, else all original cassettes and inner sleeves in fine, playable, condition. Very Good, overall. Item #47
We had to tear this ____ up. - Ice Cube
1992, the year of the Los Angeles/Rodney King Riots, changed America and American music forever forward. The revolution had been televised. Rap and Hip-Hop music responded. Ice Cube, a native of Los Angeles, released "The Predator"; an icendiary indictement of America's biased and racist social system. The seemingly party-pub, Irish vibe of "House of Pain" promoted defiance and resistance over the social segregation standards of their hometown of Boston. And with "Check Your Head", the Beastie Boys outgrew their frat-rap ways and introduced a new era of rawness and authenticity in their music. The 1990s would become Hip-Hop's "Golden Age" with the rise in technical experimentation, diversity of subject and lyrical expression and a more eclectic use of sampling. This trio of cassettes represents that diversity of attitudes. The nature of a cassette, of course, is that your musical attitude was portable. As a practical solution, however, in uneasy times, many cassettes of the 1990s succumbed early to bad human behavior and to the mangling habits of cassette decks.