label scores once again with Cleveland’s “Doc Rhymin'”.
By Blurt Staff
Numero’s 12″ series returns after a short hiatus with a treat from the Boddie Recording Company
vault. The record by Doc Rhymin’ (real identity unknown) is a
3-track single originally thought to be intended for Maxi-Cassette. The tracks
consist of some 808 head-nodders adorned by a rapping cadence likely influenced
by the early Def Jam and Boogie Down Productions output.
Far removed from the hip-hop epicenters in NYC and LA, Cleveland MCs had difficulty obtaining
copies of Ultimate Breaks & Beats, meaning the early sound of the region
was characterized by a lack of samples. Presumably stoked by the seeping of rap
culture into mainstream media outlets like MTV and films like Krush Groove, Beat Street, and Style Wars, the Cleveland MCs on this
collection were on par with their contemporaries. On “Rhyme Practitioner“, several
unknown rappers flip alliterated verses at a leisurely pace with surprising