The early 90s were so rife with quality Hip Hop releases that what was mediocre back then looks downright fantastic by today’s standards. Case in point Trends of Culture’s lone release, 1993′s Trendz.
I bought this album way back when with out any prior knowledge of it or the group whatsoever. I found it for really cheap and something about the cover made me compelled to drop the $3 on it. Come on man, 3 black dudes in front of a barbed-wire fence dressed as gully as possible with some awful typography? Always a tell-tale sign that there would be at least one good track! To my surprise I found an album that was solid from start to finish with some seriously tight production, including Off & On a Lord Finnese track. M.O.L. handles most of the production successfully infusing the 90s jazzy feel of Das EFX into some good old NYC rowdiness ala Onyx.
Lyrics weren’t Trends of Culture’s strongest suit. You’re not gong to come away from this with some memorable lines as they forgo wit for bravado. But MCs Nastee and Grapevine (whose flow is reminiscent of Jeru tha Damaja & Grand Puba) have tight flows that really make all the tracks beyond enjoyable.
My only question why is it Trends of Culture with an “s” but the album is Trendz with a “z”?