The DJ known as P.F. Cuttin’ and the MC known as Outloud, collectively known as Blahzay Blahzay dropped a fantastic single called “Danger” in 1995 but it took the pair a whole year to give us their one and only album titled “Blah Blah Blah”. This LP is a great listen and if you’re wanting a trip down memory lane, and if you’re someone who enjoys music from the Golden Era of Hip-Hop this often forgotten album fits the bill.
The LP begins with an “Intro” which features a steady and mellow beat. When Outloud says “Blah Blah Blah… the long awaited album” he isn’t wrong – Hip-Hop heads had to wait some time before Blahzay Blahzay released this LP. With Outloud exclaiming “they’re gonna feel it like pliers on your nuts”, the listener (after crossing their legs) expects a hardcore tracklist and for the most part their expectations are met.
The first song “Blah Blah Blah” is a great introduction to the group with the piano sample juxtaposed against scratches making for a typical gritty, head-nodding production courtesy of P.F. Cuttin’. The title track also showcases Outloud’s deep-voiced rap style with lyrics like; “Blah fever, my raps are like a lever pulling the trap door, hitting you hard like a cracked jaw”. Then after “Medina’s In Da House” (a Dr. Dre-referencing skit) comes “Danger (Part 2)” a sequel to Blahzay Blahzay’s ’95 hit with yet more heavy production from P.F.. The song also features Nexx Level’s Smoothe Da Hustler and Trigger Tha Gambler giving their characteristic lyrical onslaught, and the track also features Darkman (not La The Darkman like many sites incorrectly say) and you can also hear D.V. Alias Khrist during the close of the track for a hint of R’N’B. These elements are indicative of the album as a whole; there’s underground guest spots, there’s bass-thumping East Coast beats, there’s rugged raps, there’s a hint of R’N’B, and overall the album is a highly satisfying listen.
There’s quite a few decent tracks on this album like “Don’t Let This Rap Shit Fool You” a hardcore joint with an organ sound, and “Pain I Feel” a fantastic track with a stinging “hmm” noise and a sample from Channel Live. There is however an unnecessary skit (“Maniac Cop”) and a couple of average tracks such as “Posse Jumpa” (featuring Darkman and Mental Magician) and “Jackpot”, and although they’re listenable, they’re not necessarily stand-out songs. If these relatively weaker tracks were replaced with more “Danger’s” the album would have been an undisputed classic.
“Blah Blah Blah” also contains the songs “Good Cop, Bad Cop” with its KRS-One sample, “Sendin’ Dem Back” a mellow joint with a bit of R’N’B during the chorus and a catchy hook; “Bring yo’ niggas and do what ya has ta, Crew’s be havin’ sons but I’m a send ’em to their master”. There’s also “Long-Winded” which contains some brilliant production from P.F. Cuttin’ and a sample of their own song (“Danger”). This particular track also features one-hit wonders Verbal Hoods (sometimes spelled Verbal Hoodz) who were known for their own underground hit “I’ll Be Damned”. But all these tracks aside, the biggest and most sought after song on the entire LP is without a doubt the final song “Danger” the group’s one and only hit. This track was playing everywhere in 1995 and it featured multiple memorable samples including the line “oh my god” (from Q-Tip’s verse on “Get It Together” by The Beastie Boys), the line “when the east is in the house” (from “Come Clean” by Jeru The Damaja), and Ol’ Dirty Bastard shouting “Danger!” (from “Show And Prove” by Big Daddy Kane). The word may not be relevant these days but this song was an undisputed “banger” back in the mid-nineties, even to this day it’s a brilliant listen and it’s also a great way of ending this Golden Era album.
It’s a pity that Blahzay Blahzay didn’t make another album, they released a few singles in 1999 and 2000 but they never gave us another full-length offering after “Blah Blah Blah”. Outloud has made a few tracks on his own (as Bla’s Big Boy or Blahz Martell) and P.F. continues to DJ and make beats for the likes of Labba and Heltah Skeltah‘s Sean Price, but the duo haven’t released anything longer than a single since this great mid-nineties gem. Regardless of what the pair made or didn’t make after the nineties, “Blah Blah Blah” is the LP that they’ll be remembered for and “Danger” is the single they’ll always be known for, and if you lived during 1995 and 1996, like me you’ll be thankful for this fantastic example of East Coast Hip-Hop and remember these songs with fondness.
Yet another underrated album from the 90s. I agree with everything said here. Blah Blah Blah is a great album. I bought it off iTunes and its absolutely worth the £7.99 price.
One of my all time favorite albums. They have a 2018 album.
Outloud speaking on the album and snippets.
Smoke On Records (label selling/distributing the album)…CD version coming soon: