Psychodrama – The Suave House Years

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Too Much For The Industry To Handle – © Psychodrama

First and foremost, I’d like to introduce you to my newest collaborator, Jaycee, who will be periodically dropping exclusive mixes, albums and rarities on FSD.  Jaycee has a plethora of Chicago music – some heard, but most forgotten – that he’s going to share with the Chi Hip-Hop diehards.  Salute this man for providing such a service.  Our first collabo is this Psychodrama – The Suave House Years compilation, which he put together and sequenced. 

As many (or I hope most) of you know, Psychodrama was once signed to the Houston-based indie rap powerhouse Suave House Records.  Labels – major and indie – were heavy in Chicago during the mid-to-late 90s, particularly on the Westside, after acts like Twista, Do or Die and Crucial Conflict set the world on fire.  They (as in the labels) all wanted a piece of the action.  After seeing what PD was doing independently, labels were lining up to sign the Chicago trio.  Psychodrama first landed with J Prince, and after a brief stint at Rap-A-Lot, PD joined the House (literally) that Tony Draper built.  They were destined for stardom with their major label debut, Time Verses Life, which you couldn’t have missed if you bought a Source Magazine or Suave House release during that period.  That advertisement was literally everywhere, with the “Coming Soon” tag attached.

PD really started to gain traction nationally after their appearance on Eightball’s 1998 solo single, “Pure Uncut”, also featuring Master P, Silkk The Shocker and Mystikal.  Besides that major look, they were also featured on “Drama In My Life” off Eightball’s solo debut, Lost, which ended up going double platinum.  However, within the next year and change the Suave House ship began to sink (I believe they lost their distribution deal with Universal in 1999) and Time Verses Life, unfortunately, was lost in the shuffle.  I’ve asked Buk about the Time Verses Life album, and if it will ever see the light of day, and it seems to be tied up legally.  Draper owns it, but does he ever plan on releasing it?  Probably not.  I mean, it’s been +10 years, so I don’t see why he wouldn’t put it out for the fans that’ve waited years to hear this album.  What’s the worst that could happen?  Seriously.  Who wouldn’t want to hear an album produced entirely by The Legendary Traxster and Mo-Suave-A?

So back to the lecture at hand.  Everything on this mix was done in the Suave House/Universal era, with the exception of the very last track which is a rarity from a Waxmaster tape from 1996.  I’m not sure how many of these tracks were set to appear on their would-be debut, but I’m guessing a handful of them.  If you’re a true PD diehard you probably have some of these tracks as they’ve popped up on various compilations (Suave House – Off Da Chain 2000 Vol. 1, U-N-I vs. ALL) others on obscure albums (A+’s Hempstead High, 8Ball’s The Slab) and various “Best Of” mixtapes.  But to my knowledge, this is the first time they’ve ever been available in one place.

Check it out for yourself and spread the word. If you’re unfamiliar with Psychodrama, this is a solid introduction.  Maybe one day we’ll finally get the official Time Verses Life, but for now this will have to do.

Psychodrama – The Suave House Years

Tracklist:

1. Drama In My Life
2. Pure Uncut
3. Been Done Some Shit
4. Evil & Innocence
5. Suave House
6. Staggering And Stuttering
7. Time Verses Life
8. For The Love of My City
9. Trouble
10. Dirty Like Down Wit It
11. Buk Wid It
12. NewSense (Waxmaster House Mix) ’96 (Special collectors treat)

28 Comments on "Psychodrama – The Suave House Years"

  1. jerm

    This is a very good group of songs ,but i believe I have quite a few other songs that were from that era that i know where prod. by t-mix if your interested in them email me I believe i have a very very good collection of psychodrama

  2. Good stuff! I was one of the many fans who would see those advertisements everywhere only to be disappointed when the album got shelved. Unless Tony Draper has a change of heart, this will definitely help ease the disappointment. One thing. I never knew the story behind Psychodrama becoming a duo once they signed to the majors. Why wasn’t Newsense part of the fold during this time period?

  3. Broke To The Left

    Mike, you are an idiot..

    Time Versus Life as a title dont make sense. Just name it “We Are Travelers” and make sure the colors of the cd are black and gold.

  4. {Drkr}IMG

    Missing alot of tracks from that era… Magic2k, Shot In The Dark, Great Depression, etc.. Who ever put this tracklist together doesn’t know shit about psychodrama or chi-town classics

  5. Chiefj4

    @{Drkr}IMG Actually, NewSense was on some old Psycho Drama shit back in that era, her being pregnant didn’t mean she couldn’t rap. Do you actually think that would stop someone from persuing their dream? Anyway, Psycho Drama wanted to keep one foot in and one foot out of the industry, just incase they got jagged again, like past record deals. Similar to why Young Buk wasn’t credited in that “Kill or Be Killed” song with Do or Die; They were playing the business and were cautious enough to not sell their soul. They at least had foresight many artists didn’t, they learned from their mistakes. Maybe why they haven’t signed with a major yet, but that may not have been a bad idea in the long run. I fuck wit Psycho Drama all day long, and Until you actually download this album and ride down the Chicago City blocks and listen to it, you cain’t say Shit! And that last song, Ain’t nobody got that shit, period! Good shit Andrew…

    West Side

  6. MIKE SIN

    andrew barber knows nothing about this shit….this was a shitty collection you put out…you ran around claming you had the o.g. copy of psychodrama’s suave house album when really u just put some shit together…epic fail barber…chicago hates you,i started CHICITY MUSIK because you failed to repp the chi right..you leave out the heart of chicago musik such as SINNA ROW,TRE SINS,C-MONEY,and all that twistin demon flow chicago loves…fuck you andrew barber..and fuck fake shore drive…post some more wacka flacka and leave this chicago gangsta shit to CHICITY MUSIK.

  7. Brandon G

    read the article again mike, he did not claim to have thee actual album but these tracks were created around the time they were signed to suave house.

    i love the taste of jizz in the morning, it taste like victory

  8. GO TRILL

    how lame is mike sin? wtf. take your bitter ass out of here aint no one checkin for your wack ass site and dont knowone fuck with those rappers you named. ill fuck you up on site bitchnigga

  9. subHERBanwigga

    YA, U REALLY GONNA KILL FAKE SHORE MIKE. BESIDES YOU USE HALF THE INFO YOU GET FROM THIS BLOG AND OTHER BLOGS AND POST IT ON URS. I LIKE WALKIN SINS/TRE SINS BUT UR SITE IT EVEN SAYS ITS REALLY A BLOG FOR THAT GROUP ALONE. U JUS PROBABLY THROW OTHER CHI RELATED SHIT CUZ THERE AINT TOO MUCH NEW INFO WITH UR OWN CREW SO U USE IT AS FILLER. AND STOP CALLIN SONGS U JUST PIECE TOGETHER WIT SHITTY GRAPHICS AS MIXTAPES. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE WORD APON MEANS BUT UPON I DO KNO BTW. SO THERE AINT NO NEED FOR LAMEASS POSTS ON WHO BLOG BETTER. BOTH HAV ITS PROS N CONS BUT IF U HATE THIS BLOG SO MUCH THEN STOP USIN THE SHIT U FIND ON HERE TO USE ON UR BLOG. UR BLOG NUTHIN BUT A MP3 AND TRE SINS FAN BLOG ANYWAY.

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