September 14, 1981

Album Rock

Duke showcased a new Genesis -- a sleek, hard, stylish trio that truly sounded like a different band from its first incarnation -- but Abacab was where this new incarnation of the band came into its own.

- Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Dream Warriors

And Now, The Legacy Begins


Alternative Rap

Best known for the loungey single "My Definition of Boombastic Jazz style," Dream Warriors' 1991 debut And Now, The Legacy Begins, introduced the Canadian rap duo's astute, cheeky style. Released during the first wave of '90s jazz-influenced hip-hop, the album found rappers King Lou and Capital Q building groovy tracks out of samples culled from albums by Quincy Jones, Count Basie, the Meters, and others. Their lyrics were just as richly attenuated, touching upon the multiverse ("Voyage Through the Multiverse") and police racism ("U Could Get Arrested") years before Marvel movies and the Black Lives Matter movement.

- Matt Collar