The Cornball Academy: Philly’s Most Wanted

One of the things that any label exec will tell you is that rhymes and beats aren’t everything.  Philly’s Most Wanted should have had it all. Neptunes on the track.  A young and avant garde Kelis in the video.  But as they rode the “Hard Knock Life” pony like whores on a slow night in Hunt’s Point, “Cross The Border” was the Halloween record of that year: two guys playing Jiggaman dress-up from a town that had long since established it’s own voice.  And record buyers just weren’t going for it.  Their follow-up single “Please Don’t Mind” conjured a bit of forgiveness in my camp.  But just a bit.