December 9, 2007
On Your Marc...Get Set...
I never would've heard of Marc Hannibal if my idol DJ Premier hadn't sampled from his 1976 eponymous record from Phillips Recordings. After learning that he had used "Forever Is A Long, Long Time" for Detroit MC Royce the 5'9"'s "Boom", I tracked down the record like them dudes that were always looking for Carmen Sandiego. I was thrilled when I finally copped the LP for a modest $20 back in 2004; peep the ill ass cover with Marc straight ice-grillin' the camera while coppin' a squat next to Dumbo's mama.
Like many students that mimic their hero I listened to this record front and back before deciding to sample the swooning "When I Wake Up In The Morning" back in 2005 for an instrumental titled "Yesterday" that was intended to be on my sophomore album, but was never released (I didn't think it "fit" with the rest of the joints). Nonetheless I kept the record in the stash, ecstatic that I had gotten my hands on a record that was apparently good enough for one of my favorite producers of all time.
As for the actual music, well...I'll be honest, though a lot of the production is rich and lush, I think Marc Hannibal is a mediocre singer with cheesy lyrics. Sorry, dude. I'm sure he's a cool cat in real life, though. The former Harlem Globetrotter would put out a second LP four years later titled Night Times which you can more than likely find on eBay for a little less than $20. I have yet to cop it but, quite frankly, I'm in no rush. (download)
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