Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl
The first Herring project of 2014 is based around Hip Hop producer A.C. Smooth. The son of a preacher man from New Haven, Connecticut, he moved to West Haven at the age of 12 and around that time started to tune into Red Alert on 98.7 Kiss FM and Marley Marl on WBLS 107.5. It was seeing Run DMC at the New Haven Coliseum for Fresh Fest in 1986 that blew his mind and inspired him to get up and he begged his dad for a set of decks, a mixer and a new receiver which he copped for him from a branch of Crazy Eddie's in Orange County.
He met a young Lonnie O at an early age at his dad's church. Lonnie would play the keyboards and A.C would play drums and they would practise together every Saturday (if they weren't at the roller skating rink!). After wearing out the sampler on his Numark mixer after years of developing the art of DJ'ing, he copped the Ensoniq EPS in 1989 and started to make beats proper and very soon after he set up his production company. A couple of years later he set up the label Hot Combs Hits and dropped the first two Lonnie O releases, the masters of which we are STILL on the hunt for! A.C went to elementary school with K Why, high school with Bink B from FDC and knew Black Dick [pause] from the hood. He ended up producing tracks for all those artists, a couple of which ended up on wax but most have sat unheard for nearly 20 years. What we have for you is 8 tracks from 1993-1995 including the rare private press release of Lonnie O's "It's Like Dat". Also we have the unheard remix of "It's Like Dat", two unheard FDC joints, a track by Tootskee's "unknown" group Modern Occupation and 2 joints
by local CT artist Black Dick. Together they were known as Deep Concentration Camp and together make a KILLER EP of rare Connecticut random Hip Hop ish for the cats. Peep it: