Friday, September 28, 2018

Nasty Nas "Next" Vibe Magazine April, 1994


"As vultures, rapists, and savages from major corporations worldwide swarm around the mentally dead sea of would-be studio-invented rappers, greedily searching for a raw morsel to tame their perverted taste buds, a genuine lyrical B-boy by the name of Nas (formerly Nasty Nas) has emerged from behind the intellectual clouds left by weak artists, faked funk, and wasted radio airtime. Illmatic, his debut album is sending shock waves throughout the hip hop world, while pretenders stand still, trying to catch the beat and wondering which step they missed."

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Diamond D "Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop" - Nuff' Said


In an argument over the greatest solo album of all members of the Diggin' in The Crates crew, some say "Jewelz" by O.C., others point to Big L's debut & it'd be fair to be point to half a dozen others, but how about Diamond D's "Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop"? Run through the tracklist, see if you can't make a case for it. Yup, it's all right there. My homie - and very first business partner - was a huge fan of this album. I'm confident that his copy was a bootleg cassette, but he definitely put me on and we sat with this album from start to finish before numerous sessions on the 1s & 2s. We grew up in Queens, but he was more of a West Coast Hip-Hop head, so this was a sleeper choice to him. Diamond is not my favorite MC or producer in the crew, nor is this my FAVORITE album from the D.I.T.C., but yeah, it just might be the best, most-cohesive in their catalog. I'd love to hear what members of the crew have to say about it. Either way, here's a 25th anniversary mix from Hellee Hooper that mixes original tracks with dope samples; an ill mix if you're a fan of this classic album or just dope hip-hop all around. Give it a listen.


Sunday, September 02, 2018

An Update on the FreeOfStyle Project


"Soon" isn't a term I'd like to define, as this post is less about making the announcement as it is holding myself accountable now that I'm making it public. At various points in ANY project, people get discouraged - for a number of reasons - and if that's not enough, there's also a small voice inside our heads that tell us that our ideas aren't shit, it's not gonna work, Don't do it! Reconsider, read some liter-ature on the subject? Yeah, that's real. So, for the sake of transparency ... I'm sharing this now because I wanna push through it and make sure that I get this project out to you. I've begun collecting tracks and drops and promotional ideas, etc. The inspiration for NOW as opposed to later (or never) is the death of my mother this past March. With a wrongful death case pending, there just aren't enough hours in the day to keep up with all the demands for time and finances. I'm already stretched super thin, so I'm trying to create through it & generate some additional funds. Hopefully you'll support this project as much, if not more, than you did the last (free) project. It's too early to share a potential tracklist or anything like that, but it's coming... soon. If you have any ideas or thoughts to share, hit me up! Peace to DJ Dyllemma, who will be rocking with me again! The 90s edition and this latest mix will be packaged together as a 90-minute A/B side cassette with both mixes. The best of both worlds, no R. Kelly.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Da King & I, on a September Morning

"A September morning life didn't seem the same way it should be / I was just mourning, thinking of all the wrong that was done to me / Check me"
Much love to DJ Majesty & Izzy Ice of Da King & I ... their classic album "Contemporary Jeep Music" from 1993 is still getting consistent burn on this September morning in 2018. My favorite track was definitely the remix to "Tears" even with the heavy competition of "Flip Da Scrip" (original and DJ Premier remix), Mr. All That, Krack Da Weazel and more. I'd be the first one online to cop a new album or some vaulted material from back in the day. I'm sure I've traced their backgrounds in past posts, from Howie Tee, Chubb Rock, and Spencer Bellamy of East Flatbush Project, etc to Majesty's role in the classic hood film, Juice, in 1992. This is just the vibe I'm on today so had to go back and revisit the album and especially "Tears," go dig it up and do the same. Meanwhile, check out this freestyle from '92, and if you're interested in more info, you can find them both on IG easy enough.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

July 8, 1994: Invitation to Fat Beats on E 9th Street


July 8, 1994: "In the late seventies Hip-Hop music was being sold out of the trunks of automobiles. On July 14 you and your associates are invited to Fat Beats, New York's unique Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae and affiliates music store. Fat Beats grand opening will have art work by Andrew Marzan, Carlos Paul, Chris Nesbitt, George Guzman, Nuri Bell, Sean Mitaynes, and Zak. The fat beats will be provided by William Bagley. Drinks and refreshments will be served and the party will start at 7pm. Fat Beats is located at 323 East 9th Street Between 1st and 2nd Avenue. Hope to see you. Sincerely, Joseph Abajian (Pres/Founder of Fat Beats)." Joe Abajian aka DJ Jab is easily one of my favorite people I've met in this music thing; he's always been a stand-up guy and to this day, the direct line to him is always open. I'd love to visit Fat Beats, now in LA; it's on my to-do list.