Forbidden Fruit: Keep It In Mind (b/w Bye Bye (Car Jacking))

November 1, 2009 – 5:24 pm

Among the random stuff I got to review when I was in high school was a cassette single by a crew named Forbidden Fruit. They were on the no-name “Big Boss Records” (located at 202 St. Nicholas Ave in New York, now the home of 21st Century Urology, which is probably not a hip-hop label) and the cassette single was so cheap that the O-card was literally scotch-taped together. Forbidden Fruit was a two-man crew that bore a striking resemblance, in terms of sound, to Naughty By Nature. It was 1993, so it’s got the piano-heavy production and Treach Lite-like flows. Obvious NBN derivation aside, I really like these tracks. The horns that drop in on “Keep It In Mind” sound awkward and out of place, but how can you not love that Tony D-style piano loop. Production is credited to Vada Nobles (who co-produced Lauryn Hill’s solo album) and Forbidden Fruit.

I haven’t seen this one floating around anywhere else, so I’m guessing this particular single is pretty rare. Both vocals and instrumentals are included from the original cassette single.


“Keep It In Mind”:

Download full single (.zip, 26 megs)

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  1. 6 Responses to “Forbidden Fruit: Keep It In Mind (b/w Bye Bye (Car Jacking))”

  2. good stuff here laze.
    never tire of gems from the 90s.

    By siderealist on Dec 16, 2009

  3. Mike C (on the left) Jersey Hip Hop legend.. I remember cats used to rock their t-shirts in middle school

    By The Custodian of Records on Feb 4, 2010

  4. Mike Cee (F.F.) had alot to do with Treach’s style…

    By DJ BrownBum on Feb 5, 2010

  5. Mike Cee and Derrick Dee. Please dont get it twisted Mike Cee was the original. Derrick was a hustler (RIP)

    By PAve to Walnut on Apr 11, 2010

  6. Yo MIKE C was and STILL is the TRUTH!! Treach stole Mike C style!! RIP D.P. = D point P point he rip up ass, set down hike now pass him the microphone MF what he say, she say………OMG i can go on and on……..that cassette was the BOMB and YES i still have my “Keep it MIND” T.

    By Queen Sha from P.S.P. on Dec 3, 2010

  7. I remember Mike C tearing down shows round the way. and yes…Treach could not light a candle to him. Derrick RIP was my brother and we will miss him forever!

    never heard this.

    By ParkAveGurlie on Jul 29, 2011

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