I've been saving this one. What this is, is Untranslated Prescriptions, the original Tribal Music tape, released on Maxell cassette back in '95. Tribal Music was a small Seattle record label masterminded by Vitamin D that put out similar tapes, a few 12-inches, a couple CDs, and then called it a day. But what was put out was absolute quality. Featuring nothing but local talent, the music was easily the equal of any of their peers at the time, but unlike Heiro, Solesides, and the Goodlifers (the most comparable crews in my opinion), the majority of the Tribal cats never made a splash outside their home town.
Back in high school some friends of mine who were cooler than me somehow heard about this and trekked out to Music Menu in Rainier Beach to pick this shit up. I remember hearing this tape over and over again with those guys, but I never actually got my hands on it to dub it. I never even knew the name of it - everyone just called it "the Tribal comp." But last year or so I somehow stumbled across it online - Apparently Truth from Union of Opposites ripped it himself (Thank you!) - and I went apeshit. I never had any hopes that I would ever hear this tape again, and listening to it now brings back some excellently hazy memories for me.
This was the beginning of my appreciation for Northwest hip hop. Phat Mob, Ghetto Children, Sinsemilla - to me, it really gets no better than this.
The Tribal Comp