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Positive K - The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills

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Positive K - The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills

Positive K
The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills
Island, 1992

Positive K is perhaps best known for his studio manipulated, gender-shifting vocals on “I Got A Man,” his 1992 crossover smash that ingeniusly looped Funky 4 Plus One’s “It’s The Joint.” It’s a shame that his long shot at commercial success caught on so quickly and came to define him as a one-hit wonder, because Positive K’s 1992 full-length effort is strictly underground funk in spirit, form, and practice. Skills balances a decidedly street aesthetic with a clever pop appeal at a time when such effortless Spoonie Gee-ish equilibrium was becoming a rarity in the NYC rap scene.

The production is handled by the likes of Silver D., LG, Laz-E-Laz, Jazzy Jay – this roster of long overlooked subterranean heatmakers bolster familiar breaks with the bounciest of basslines to create a sound that is catchy but never soft. With its old school allusions and party vibe the album comes off like a throwback session and yet rarely sounds antiquated. Pos K wisely emulates artists of exceptional talent and vision whose records still sound fresh and innovative. He possesses a high-pitched delivery and refined eloquence reminiscent of Slick Rick or Dana Dane. In addition he seems to have a knack for flipping slang, kicking game, and dropping science in rapid successions that immediately calls to mind his collaborator and friend Grand Puba. Fans of Big Daddy Kane’s Fiver Percenter/ Pimp paradox will revel in Pos K.’s celebration of all wonders and pleasures both earthly and spiritual.

Although the legacy of Pos K. has been unfairly obscured by his flash-in-the-pan categorization, Skills is a more cohesive and satisfying work than the majority of the material recorded by his more famous and revered associates, Audio Two and MC Lyte. While few cuts on Skills live up to Positive K’s earlier 12” vinyl offerings, and the infectious mass appeal of certain tracks borders on camp, you can’t front on the rugged intensity of “One To the Head” or the arrogant wit of “Ain’t No Crime.” Rescue this from the dollar bin, dust it off, pop it in the ride and give it a deserved run.

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Comments for "Positive K - The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills"

  1. Aahhhhh, but I got her on the funky, funky, funky, funky Night Shift!

    Great NY LP!
    Bergs    Oct 27, 10:09 AM   
  2. i copped this back when it came out, and loved it, and i jammed it end to end all last week and it still bangs “that’s how it is and that’s how it goes, and if i didn’t tell you how the fuck would you know” werd nerdz

    did he ever follow up with anything-i look but i no find nuttin


    saul good    Apr 20, 09:49 PM   
  3. This was an absolutely excellent album. I rocked it non stop back when it came out and still play it today. The production is just immaculate and Pos K has the flow, style, and personality to carry the whole album. I think that the novelty success of Got A Man did hurt but what also doomed K is the really awful video remixes he did of his following singles. Desperate to duplicate the Got A Man success, or ride the new jack swing fad—the video remixes were just atrocious. This album is truly a forgotten classic IMHO. Just a fun album with awesome early ’90s production. It’s too bad Puff Daddy had to beat K’s mouth in with a giant analog cell phone in the middle of a club. Pretty much ended K’s label.


    Cybersalad    Apr 4, 06:14 AM