THE GOLDEN ERA SERIES
RECORDED BETWEEN 1990-1992.
MASTERED FROM ORIGINAL MAXELL CASSETTE TAPES
Back in the early 1990s when San Francisco hip-hop was mostly gangsta rap (e.g. Hugh E MC, Cough Nut, etc.), when DJ Qbert and Apollo were spinnin for FM20 and just starting Invisibl Skratch Piklz, when Marcus Clemons at KPOO was the only one keepin it real on the radio, when Home Turf with Dominique Deprima was bigtime, and when everybody else in Frisco was either into sports, grafitti, or dancing---3 Shades of Rhythm (3 Shades) was holdin it down and paving the way for indie hip-hop. Formed in 1990 by P.Way, Equipto, and TD Camp, 3 Shades layed the foundation for the underground sound in the Bay Area. They were only in high school at the time, but still they established a huge following in the Bay and eventually their 3 Shades demo tape got dubbed and dubbed and dubbed, and somehow ended up in in the hands of hip-hop heads in different countries around the world. At a time when hardly any other west coast hip-hop groups were diggin in the crates, choppin up jazz and soul loops (except for the likes of Freestyle Fellowship and Domino from Hiero), 3 Shades was making it happen and grabbing the attention of hip-hop fans and record labels alike. We rocked a lot of shows, made a lot music on the 4-track, and even had a few offers on the table. But we never signed anything, mainly because we wanted to keep control of the music (and we didn't want to end up going out like Kris Kross). We kept it independent. 3 Shades also was part of the Hoodies (Top Notch, Kwan G, and MIC), and eventually we all came together to form Bored Stiff in 1992.
3 Shades "The Golden Era" is the ultimate collector's item. Basically I went through all of my boxes of old Maxell and TDK tapes and picked out what I felt to be some of dopest songs that 3 Shades did. All of them were recorded between 1990 and 1992, mostly on the 4-track at TD's crib, and a few recorded in the studio (on half-inch reel to reel). The songs are nearly 20 years old, so I spent a lot of time transferring the tracks into digital format, cleaning them up with noise reduction software (which I bought just for this project), and making them sound better than before (e.g. multiband compression, vintage EQs, and a few other mastering plug-ins). Turned out sounding pretty good. This is strictly for all the old school 3 Shades fans, from Frisco to Canada, from Seattle to Norway to Japan, who've been steadily asking me to dig into my library and release the underground classics. You are purchasing a piece of hip-hop history that you simply won't find anywhere else, unless you were one of the lucky ones who was able to dub our demo tape back in the day.
Sonic Legacy Music
released April 1, 1992
Produced by TD Camp (www.hellarecords.com
Vocals by MC P Champ (aka Patches) and Young Equip
Doug-out-of-dusty-tape boxes and Compiled by P. Whaley
Digitally remastered by P.Whaley @ Sonic Legacy Studio
De-noised using Izotope RX
Cover Art by P. Whaley