• 2LP


  • Cat No: NBNAIFA
  • 2021-07-26

マイナーG-FUNKの名盤、アナログ再発!カリフォルニアのバンド・KASHIMIRのヴォーカリストであったD-SHOOT a.k.a. DERRICK SHAWらを中心にオークランドで結成された4人組ラップ〜G-FUNKグループ「INTERNATIONAL FAMILY AFFAIR」の、'97年リリース当時CD・カセットテープのみでリリースされ、市場価格もプレミア化している幻のアルバムが、ONRAが<ALL CITY DUBLIN>傘下に展開する<NOTHING BUT NET>のアーカイヴシリーズ<NBN ARCHIVES>から復刻です!

名門<CAPITAL>から'95年にシングル”Rollin'”でデヴューするもアルバムのリリースはお蔵入り、その2年後にセルフレーベル<ROLLIN RECORD ENTERPRISES>を立ち上げ、<DEATH ROW>所属グループ・THA DOGG POUNDの片割れ、SNOOP DOGの従妹であったDAZ DILLINJAの作品にも関わってきた名手・IVAN JOHNSONとの共同プロデュースによって完成させたアルバムがヴァイナル再発。ニュージャック・スウィング名作の1つ、HI-FIVEの”I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)”使いの”I Like”(sample1)や、スヌープ・ドッグも引用したフレーズやSUGAR HILL GANGのパンチラインも飛び出す”OG Funk”(sample2)、そしてSLY & THE FAMILY STONE使いのフックにやられる” Family Affair”(sample3)がラストを飾る、全11トラックのダブルパック!

NBN Archives’ second reissue is the debut - and sole - LP of Bay Area group – i.f.A aka International Family Affair.
A lethal fusion of G-Funk and R&B, this self-titled album was first released on Rollin Record Enterprises in 1997.

After having dropped their first single on Capitol in 1996 and being shelved right after, band-leader Derrick Shaw had the plan to start over his i.f.A project independantly. With roots in and around Oakland, East Palo Alto and Stockton, it was only a matter of time before these musical minds would meet to form their own “Family Affair.”

Derrick Shaw aka D-SHOOT was a vocalist and musician with a well-known band called Kashmir before he met the self-dubbed Godfather. After an introduction on the basket-ball court, the two became friends and immediately went to work flushing out many of D.’s musical concepts. In stepped BIAS, a rapper born into the game. His versatile rap styles blended perfectly with i.f.A.’s old school Funk and R&B vibe. SOS, a rapper from the streets of Oakland with a unique cadence, added his “gangsta rap” and “rough edge” background which compliments the style of i.f.A.

Produced by D-Shoot and Ivan Johnson this LP is loaded with rapping and singing backed with smoothed-out instrumentals that gives off that "laid-back/bumping" vibe with that "something for the ladies".

“It’s so different you can’t help but like it. We will appeal to a wider fan base because we’re not trying to sound like every other act coming out.” - D-Shoot.

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