November 30, 2020

Stretch & Bobbito Show (The Fugees & Pete Rock, 11/30/95)

This set is partly from a 27th generation copy of an Underground Flavas tape out of West London, and partly from a rip which had been shared on the web a few years back [and subsequently been deaded in terms of linkage]. We’ve bumped the EQ in Izotope, compressed it a touch and tweaked it for your listening pleasure. This show is a great example of why Stretch is held is such high esteem by his peers within the industry as well as the listeners, he may have been a DJ and a host, but the actual mixing, blends and turntable based doo-dads are tight like duck-butts throughout this show. No gobble! As well as the great music and tight mixing, this vintage classic includes Pete Rock and 2/3 of The Fugees up in the studio as well Jansport sponsored classics. The mix includes tracks from Das EFX, Blahzay Blahzay, Jamal, Mic Geronimo, Lord Finesse, Mobb Deep, Redman, Busta Rhymes, INI, Real Live and so much more. - via RandomRapRadio. Much love to Stretch & Bobbito...

November 29, 2020

Statik Selektah "The Balancing Act" (Album Stream)

Renowned DJ and producer Statik Selektah's ninth solo studio album, The Balancing Act, has an array of star-studded features, including Nas, Dave East, Method Man, Joey Bada$$, Black Thought, Bun B, Killer Mike, Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, Evidence, Blu, Lil Fame, Marlon Craft, Smoke DZA, Jadakiss, Styles P, Termanology, Rome Streetz, Havoc, the late/great Sean Price and many more. The album title is inspired by the way Statik balances his responsibilities as a father, as an artist, as a producer and as a DJ. I respect that! To execute his vision for the album cover, Statik enlisted famed designers Dom Dirtee and Tristan Eaton, whose work can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art's (MoMA) and has been featured across the world from Paris to Shanghai. Earlier this year, XXL named Statik Selektah as one of the 48 Greatest Hip-Hop DJs of All-Time. Statik is one of the hardest working artists I know, and someone who always upholds a high standard for quality releases. Keep leveling up on 'em, Statik! Listen to his latest offering, The Balancing Act, below...

November 28, 2020

Jahari Massaba Unit "Pardon My French" (Album Stream)

Drums: Karriem Riggins. Instruments: Madlib. The combination is called Jahari Massaba Unit, and Pardon My French is their long-awaited debut album. Among all of the projects has Madlib presented as part of his Jazz Universe, this collaboration was of particular note to fans, who continued to wonder for years if anything else might come from the collaboration. This album, put together by students of jazz in its myriad and historic forms, and also proponents of jazz’s future, reflects a lifetime of record collecting, musical study, woodshopping, and a reverential respect for one another’s craft. Masters at their crafts, this is definitely something you want to sit down and digest at length, as its very eclectic and not some fast food/microwave music. Dig into it below...

November 27, 2020

Duck Down Newsletter (Summer, 1997)

Back in the day (mid/late-90s), Duck Down had its own printed Newsletter. This particular issue was announcing the release of Boot Camp Clik's For The People album on May 20, 1997. It shared the story of their album release party in Philadelphia at Club Gotham that featured Black Thought & Kurupt of the Dogg Pound, as well as news of their World Wide Tour, their single from the New Jersey Drive soundtrack (and Soul In The Hole); an interview highlight Louieville Sluggah, fan merchandise and Starang's verse from "Headz Ain't Ready." Duck Down has always had a great street team, a platform to go direct-to-fans, and incredible music. It's funny to see them plugging accounts for Hotmail, too lol. I've always been a fan of the independent zines and it's dope to have this newsletter to remind me of me that same vibe. I scanned the full newsletter, so you can read it/save copies. Too late for that merch though, lol. Here's a nice Boot Camp Clik playlist via Spotify.

November 26, 2020

Elements Magazine Book (DJ Flipout & Jay Swing)

I've been waiting on the official drop and now it's here, the Elements Magazine Book! This limited edition, hardcover book will be the perfect addition to your library or coffee table! If you have original copies of Elements and saved them all these years, now you can revisit them without having to wash the ink from your hands. If you’re just finding out about Elements, enjoy this time capsule back to one of the greatest eras in music - '90's Hip-Hop - capped off with Dedos' Golden Era Icons series paying homage to artists from the late '80s and early '90s and those that came before them! The magazine's first publication was in May 1995 and - extending out of the CiTR station - ran until Winter 1996. DJs Jay Swing and “Flipout” (Phil Cabrita) had already established themselves at the station as hosts of “The Show” with Checkmate at CiTR every Saturday night from 6-8PM, before approaching station manager, Linda Scholten, with their idea for the magazine. The functioning core was made up of Flip and Jay — who handled everything from the editorial duties, the layouting, to the distribution — with AA Crew members, Dedos and Virus, who contributed the lettering and graffiti-style illustrations. Now, those behind Elements come together again to wrap things nicely into a book that collects all the little pieces to the magazine. If you've been following this site, I've already covered a few reviews from the original Elements Magazine days of the 90s, as well as some art from Nelson Dedos Garcia. Much respect to DJ Flipout and Jay Swing, order your copy of the book HERE, and some more background stories about Elements Magazine HERE.

November 25, 2020

Happy Born Day, Erick Sermon! (Playlist)

One-half of the legendary hip-hop duo EPMD, Erick Sermon is also among the genre's most prominent producers, deservedly earning the alias "Funklord" with his trademark raw, bass-heavy grooves. Born in Bayshore, New York, on November 25, 1968, Sermon -- aka E Double, the Green-Eyed Bandit, and MC Grand Royal -- teamed with rapper Parrish Smith in 1986 to form EPMD, an acronym for "Erick and Parrish Making Dollars"; signing to the tiny Sleeping Bag label, they soon released their debut 12", "It's My Thing," which went on to sell an astounding 500,000 copies. In the years to follow, EPMD emerged as one of rap's most vital acts, their hard-edged beats and Sermon's mumbled, monotone delivery becoming a great influence on the burgeoning gangsta movement. In addition to producing their own material, the duo also helmed records for the extended family of performers dubbed the Hit Squad, whose ranks included Redman, K Solo, and Das EFX. In early 1993, EPMD disbanded, and Sermon soon resurfaced with his solo debut, No Pressure; he also became a sought-after producer and remixer, working with everyone from En Vogue to Blackstreet to Shaquille O'Neal. After a second solo effort, 1995's Double or Nothing, he and Smith re-formed EPMD in 1997, releasing the LP Back in Business. Soon after Sermon announced he was retiring as an artist in order to make room for up-and-coming talent. Most of his work would then be behind the scenes with Busta Rhymes along with releases from Method Man and Redman, then in 2008 he launched the EP Records label and reunited EPMD for the album We Mean Business. After suffering a heart attack in 2011, he became an advocate for cardiac health awareness. His prolific career continues to this day, after a slept-on - but undeniably dope - solo album entitled Vernia, as well as the recent production credit on Westside Gun's From King to a God album. You'd be an absolute fool to sleep on the career of one of the greatest MC/Producers of our generation! Happy Born Day to Erick Sermon, much respect and thanks for all of your contributions!

November 24, 2020

"Embattled" (Trailer)

I watched the movie Embattled last night... I was put on to it through my brother, The Audible Doctor, who has a song featured in the trailer. I enjoyed the film - even with all it dug up - it captured me and held my attention to the very end (sans the character of Keaton). For more about the film, here's the blurb: "Raised by an abusive father, Cash (Stephen Dorff) channels his aggression to become a World Champion MMA fighter. Now accustomed to wealth, adulation and global popularity, he faces a new challenge when his second son is born with Williams Syndrome. But this time, rather than stand and fight, he runs. While Cash continues to make his fortune in the ring, his eldest son Jett (Darren Mann) becomes the caregiver to his younger brother Quinn (Colin McKenna). When Jett decides to follow his father’s fighting footsteps and take to the fight game, he faces his past head on, embarking on a course inevitably pitting father versus son in a battle which, no matter the outcome, neither can win." It's a really strong film, check out the movie's trailer below...

November 23, 2020

Snoop Doggy Dogg "Doggystyle" (Press Kit, 1993)

Shootin' Tha Shit With Snoop... On Learning to Rap: "If you wanna become a rapper, it's like you wanna become a student in college. You gotta become a student to the game. I listen to a lot of other artists to get an idea what's the hottest shit out there, so when my shit come out it's way better and you don't even wanna hear that other shit no more." // On Doggystyle: "A lot of people misinterpret it. They think it's a sexual comment. But it's not. Doggystyle is just my way of putting things. I try to be original. I have my own special way of doin' things." // On Being Labeled A Gang Member: "I ain't never been no drive-by shoot 'em up, hell of a gangbanger. But it was like the environment I was in, muthaf#ckers, was in a gang. But it don't matter cuz if the n!ggas come ridin', they gonna ride on all of us. They not gonna say 'Okay, you can get on up out the way. We knew you ain't banging.' I mean, I had to wear that jacket. And I wore the muthaf#cker and I took it off. I want peace on the streets like it was on 4-29-92. That shit felt good. Bloods, Crips, everybody just chillin.' I ain't never felt that before, being able to go to neighborhoods where they restrict you cuz you wear this color and they wear that color. Everybody was together. That's what my music's goin' for -- to make you stop bangin' for a second. Listen to my music and get on another vibe." // On Dr. Dre: "Musically, we on the same vibe. And we both allow constructive criticism and allow each other to come in and help out rather than be selfish. It's like I could come with a track that might be bumpin' in your eyes or my eyes but when Dre's finished with it, it bumpin' everybody's eyes, cuz he's got that finishin' touch. But personality-wise, I'm more low-key than Dre is. I'm real in the cut." // On Success: "I'm chillin.' I'm just somebody who got an opportunity to express his God-given talent and doin' it to the fullest. Lots of distractions come with it but I'm strong and I understand the game and I respect it. I do all I have to do to keep it goin' on like it's goin'." // On Being Real: "You can take me out of the ghetto but you can't take the ghetto out of me. No matter where I'm at, I'm still gonna be the same person." - Press Kit (1993). Released 11/23/93, revisit the LP below...