Phunké Assfalt

Consisting of rapper Novacain (formerly MC Casanova) and DJ/producer World, Phunké Assfalt was a talented, though underexposed, hip-hop duo that was active in Los Angeles in the 1990s. Their gritty, R&B-minded music was hardcore rap, but the duo steered clear of the type of violent gangsta rap that was prevalent on the West Coast at the time. Novacain and World met in 1987 at California State University, Fullerton, where World had been DJing at campus parties on weekends and invited Novacain to rap with him after hearing the MC's parody of a U.T.F.O. song. The two soon formed a group called the Kold Krush Krew (not to be confused with the Cold Crush Brothers, one of hip-hop's pioneering New York groups of the late '70s and early '80s), and they would participate in various projects before recording as Phunké Assfalt in 1994. In 1991-1992, Novacain led a funk-rock band called Roxanne (not to be confused with Roxanne Shanté, the Real Roxanne, or pop-rockers Roxette), and after that, he spent a year rapping for the hip-hop/jazz group Bare Bones. Then, in 1994, Novacain and World teamed up as Phunké Assfalt and recorded Tales From the Crib for A-Street. The CD, which included the sexy single "Indonesha," didn't receive as much attention as it deserved -- and the duo didn't record another album in the 1990s. ~ Alex Henderson

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