Tuff Crew – Back By Dope Demand (LP)
Philly’s first hip-hop supergroup returns with a new LP.
Tuff Crew released four albums. Their celebrated debut LP was joint-produced with The Krown Rulers from Camden, New Jersey – noted for its production by the Ultramagnetic MCs’ Kool Keith and Ced Gee, with a style that was bass-heavy with the Roland TR-808 drum machine and E-mu SP-12 sampler, raw “street” lyrics and aggressive scratch DJing.
They performed with Public Enemy, Run-D.M.C., Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, LL Cool J, and many others. They toured the US as the support act for 2Live Crew, and were fan favourites on the ground-breaking Street Beat radio program on Power 99, hosted by Lady B.
They were racially mixed and ethnically diverse, and were regular performers at the After Midnight club in North Philly, once the largest Hip-Hop club in America. Their contemporaries included DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, DJ Cash Money and Marvelous, Cool C, Schoolly D, MC Breeze, and Three Times Dope.
Side A (‘Northside’)
1) See To Believe
2) Back By Dope Demand
4) True Story
5) Cookin Em
Side B (‘Southside’)
6) Hell No
8) Original Copy
9) Hot Stove
10) My Part Of Town (Remix)