Tribal's Lost Classic
Maybe the most criminally hard-to-find record to ever come out of the Northwest, this is Narcotik's Intro 2 the Central tape from '95. With nocturnal, soul-inflected beats and flat, emotionless delivery, C-Note and Tizzy T may seem on paper like Seattle's answer to EPMD. However, where E Double and PMD were all about good-natured bravado and boasting (at times to the point of self-ridicule) Narcotik take the formula in a completely different direction. No doubt this tape is straight-up sinister, presenting the ominous and dangerous side of Tribal Productions and Seattle hip hop.
DJ Topspin produced, and Vitamin D almost certainly provided beats as well. From even the first listen it's evident that it's the most cohesive release from Tribal Productions, and definitely deserves to be heard and applauded as much as Do The Math or Untranslated Prescriptions. Thanks go to a very generous soul for providing this release, for awakening Tribal to a new generation of heads, and for making old geezers like me (who've been fiending for this release for 15 years) very, very happy. Thank you!