Excuse the bad nineties album cover. Excuse the parental advisory sticker. Excuse the fact that the first post on this "folk" blog is a hip-hop album. Excuse all the superficial flaws and get down to the music.
This is Red Hot Lover Tone, a.k.a. Tone, a.k.a. Samuel Barnes' second album for select records, #1 Player. Released in 1995 and featuring tracks produced by Diamond D, Buckwild, and Tone's own production team The Trackmasters; this is a really excellent, fun, easy-on-the-ears example of east coast hip-hop before east coast hip-hop realized it was cool. Highlights include the John Paxson reference on "Bust a Manueva", the party-rocking chorus of "Damian's Hook" and an absolutely killer verse from a young Notorious B.I.G. on "4 My Peeps"
Unfortunately this would be the last album from Tone, though he and his partner Poke would go on to produce a slew of late nineties-earl 2000's mainstream pop and hip-hop hits. Including Will Smith's Miami and Men in Black, as well as tracks for Nas, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, even Michael Jackson. You tube a vinyl version below, and check the comments if you are interested.