December 14, 2010

Straight From Crooklyn, Better Known As Brooklyn

I know It's From The Wrong Movie, But Still Awesome
The Crooklyn Dodgers began in 1994 when Buckshot, Masta Ace, Special Ed and Q-Tip got together to record a song for the Soundtrack from Spike Lee’s film Crooklyn. This is the only song this powerhouse group ever recorded and it started a mini musical movement. 

"Crooklyn" from Crooklyn, Vol. 1 by Crooklyn Dodgers (Buckshot, Masta Ace and Special Ed prod. by Q-Tip

The next year, Spike Lee released another film, the one titled Clockers, and included the second incarnation of the Crooklyn Dodgers. This version, with out a doubt is the best of the three. Chubb Rock, Jeru and O.C. come and spit some of the most visual renditions of Brooklyn and all this over a beat by Preemo? These guys put Brooklyn on the map. Of course what they come together for would be pure gold. 

"Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers" from Clockers - OST by Crooklyn Dodgers '95 (Chubb Rock, O.C. and Jeru the Damaja prod. by DJ Premier)

Many, many years later, 9th Wonder, former beat-maker for the North Carolina rap group, Little Brother put out a new solo album and grabbed a few Brooklynites—Mos Def, Jean Grae and Memphis Bleek—to create the third and possibly un-official Crooklyn Dodgers track. Just because it is the odd man out of the three doesn’t mean that 9th didn’t come through. He just brought his own take on broooklyyyyyyynn!!! 

"Brooklyn In My Mind" from The Dream Merchant, Vol. 2 by Crooklyn Dodgers III (Mos Def, Jean Grae and Memphis Bleek prod. by 9th Wonder) 

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