Debut Albums From Mad Skillz, Big Noyd, Stetsasonic To Be Reissued By Traffic

Two 1996 slept-on gems, and a 1986 entrance LP from the "Hip Hop band" are coming back out on nationally-distributed CD this summer.

Boston, Massachusetts-based Traffic Entertainment is slated to re-release debut albums from Richmond, Virginia emcee Skillz (t/k/a Mad Skillz) on July 26, Queens, New York's Big Noyd on August 23, and Brooklyn, New York group Stetsasonic on August 9.

Mad Skillz' 1996 debut album, From Where??? was released on Big Beat Records and featured production from Large Professor, J Dilla and Buckwild. It debuted in the Top 200 of the charts, and was Skillz' only work until 2005's Confessions of A Ghostwriter.

Mobb Deep affiliate Big Noyd's Episodes of A Hustla was released in 1996 on Tommy Boy Records. The album featured extensive production by Havoc, and four appearances from Prodigy.

Another Tommy Boy Records release, 1986's debut album from Stetsasonic, On Fire will be reissued. The group, led by Daddy-O, also marked the first outfit for Grammy Award-winning producer/deejay Prince Paul.

10 Comments

  • Bowski

    That's cool that a collective/company has deemed it necessary to re-issue these albums, most especially because they were favorite albums that didn't get a whole lot of shine but were respected in the streets. Mad Skillz' album was absolutely sickening. Every track on that album was fire, I was kinda dissapointed it wasn't pushed as much as it deserved. There was a joint on there produced by the Beatnuts "Nod Factor" I'm almost sure it was the 1st single off the album that killed the entire hip hop scene in the east. I remember a lot of rappers freestyling over that beat too. That album is a classic to me.

  • HeRBaN LyRiX

    I hope there`s some sort of bonus material with these re-releases `cuz that`s the only way I`ll spend any dough on `em... STaY BLeSS`n...

  • Karen

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  • SutterKane

    As Much As I Like Skillz "Yearly Rap Up" Things, I've never really checked out any of his other music, maybe I'll Give "From Where" a listen. Already Got That Noyd album, Back in Jr. High I was a Die Hard Mobb Deep Fan, got just about everything from Noyd, Infamous Mobb and the whole crew collecting Dust on the shelf......... I think I might be the only person I know with a physical Copy of "Infamy" SMH

    • Anonymous

      His Yearly Rap Ups are really cool, but his name was much more fitting back in the day. He was way grittier in the 90's.

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  • Anonymous

    Great that more people will have the opportunity to buy these incredible albums! Especially From Where??? is up there with all these classics, but unfortunately it gets rarely mentioned. Dude was amazing on the mic back then and got some of the best producers for this album.

    • IDK

      co-sign. "From Where???" was very incredible. that last song was, to me, one of the best "closing of the album" songs i ever heard.

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