Vibe (9/94, p.134) - "...They rap about everything from women to the negative state of the world, and they have a delivery versatile enough to handle all of it. The New York quartet's excellent debut maintains a new perfect balance of samples and live instruments..."
The Source (10/94, pp.83-84) - 3.5 Stars - Dope - "...What makes RIDERS OF THE STORM: THE UNDERWATER ALBUM one of the most satisfying cool-out albums since the Tribe's last effort, is how they succesfully sustain their vibe through all 12 songs..."
Urban Latino (10/94, p.55) - "...Lyrically, these brothers sport the tag team wrestling match type flow, with each member competently going for self within the beat-balanced cipher..."
NME (Magazine) (9/3/94, p.50) - 8 - Excellent - "...Smart, mild and witty, Boogie Monsters dish out more than most palates could digest in one sitting..."
Boogiemonsters: Mondo, Vex, Yodared, Myntric.
Additional personnel: Cosmic Ray, Xtreem, Basic, Ajaru, Baba Wisdom (vocals), Mike Tyler (guitar, bass), Darren "Smooth" Lighty, Scott "The Rapper" Storch (keyboards), Clinton "Bumpin' Bass-Payback-Head Against The Wall" Sands (bass), The LG Experience, D! (programming), Lord Jazz (scratches), The Flex (background vocals).
Producers: D! (tracks 1-4, 6-13); Boogiemonsters (track 5).
Samples include "The Bridge" (as performed by M.C. Shan), "Find Yourself" (as performed by The Meters), "Genius Of Love" (as performed by Tom Tom Club) and "She's Strange" (as performed by Cameo).
Soulful, funky and R&Bish, the Boogie Monsters' raps have a sense of spirituality that gives songs such as "Mark of the Beast" and "Recognized Thresholds of Negative Stress" a reflective air. If it has one problem, albeit a small one, Riders of the Storm is too laid-back -- only two later songs break into the midtempo range. Still, it's mostly a fine listen. ~ John Bush