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.