81. The B.U.M.s "Elevation" (1995)
Producer: Joe Quixx for All City Productions
Label: Priority Records
Evocalist and D. Wyze were a duo out of Oakland, CA, and they rode a sample of Teddy Pendergrass' "Close The Door" into the ears of hip-hop fans nationwide, briefly, in 1995. "Elevation (Free My Mind)" was all about rappers dealing with major labels for a quick buck. Oddly enough, the group signed to Priority Records, and then their album, Lyfe N' Tyme, flew way under the radar. Talk about speaking reality into existence. Sheesh.