Wednesday, January 31, 2018

DJ Soko "Detroit Make The World Go Round" (Mixtape)


Props to The Left's DJ Soko, reppin' out of Detroit, now living in New York, who dropped this dope "Detroit Makes The World Go Round" mix. It features tracks with Elzhi, The Left, RoSpit, Black Milk, Quelle Chris, Big Tone, Guilty Simpson, Danny Brown, Buff 1, Finale, Marv Won, Mr. Porter, and lots more reppin' the D. Described by DJ Soko, "Mixtape I did in 2011 for tour. I pressed up a limited number and sold them at shows when myself, Oddisee, Apollo Brown, and Journalist 103 did 2 weeks of shows in Europe." You can dig into the mix below.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Take It Personal Podcast "Dart Adams Episode"


"On episode 22, we’re joined by hip-hop historian, journalist and Boston native Dart Adams, as we discuss, dissect and disagree what makes a classic hip-hop album. Are there modern day classics? Are the standards different these days? Speaking of classics, we got a few from Redman, Main Source, K-Solo, Outkast, Rakim, EPMD, Brand Nubian, Double XX Posse, Da Youngsta’s, Smif-N-Wessun, Big L, Ill Al Skratch, plus some new music from both Planet Asia and Evidence. Thank you for tuning in, we know you're gonna love this one. Fly, Eagles, Fly!" Listen below.

Friday, January 26, 2018

DJ Riz "In The Mix" (Mixtape)


Peace to DJ Riz, happy to see him & DJ Eclipse back on air together up at E's SiriusXM show "Rap Is Outta Control," every Sunday 10pm-12am EST on Hip Hop Nation. Take it back to '97 with this DJ Riz classic casstte mix. Forget a tracklist, enjoy the shout-outs instead, "Fat Beats (the whole f#ckin' crew), Funkmaster Flex & the Flip Squad, N.Y. Live (89.1), Mayhem, Sunset, Guy, Martin, Big "A", Rotate, A.Vee, Sizzahandz, Wildman Steve, Jeff Foss, Wax Axer, Erez, Necro, Non-Phixion, Stretch, Bobbito, Rub, A-Train, Red Alert, Clark Kent, Richie Rich, Dice, Scratch, Majesty, X-Men, Joie, AV8 Records, Spinbad, JS, Mighty Mi, Don Lou, Oakland "Raiders", Ed Powers and all the dirty debutantes, Baby's Got Back Series, The AVN Awards & all the porn spots that are left in NY. Keep supporting the lovely filth!!! Peace to Canarsie BK!!!" Thanks to DJStepOne, who already had the links. #NSFW

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tony Touch "Tape 33" (Mixtape, 1993)


This is Hip-Hop 33, by Tony Touch. Released in the golden era of hip-hop, this mix tape is packed full of now-classic cuts from the Wu-Tang Clan, Black Moon, A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, Da Youngsta's, MC Lyte, D-Nice, Jeru The Damaja, Akinyele, 2Pac, The Whooliganz, KRS-One, M.O.P., Das Efx, De La Soul and lots more. Listen below, props to DJStepOne for having lots of dope tapes on his Mixcloud.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Take It Personal Podcast "Apathy Episode"


"Season 2 kicks off with special guests Apathy and Vanderslice. We talk classics, dickhead rappers, Griselda rappers and drum-less beats. Ap touches on his upcoming project Widow's Son, his collabo with Pete Rock and also shares some feelings about the Perestroika support. Vanderslice, an extremely dope beat maker himself, is brutally honest and brutally funny too. Nobody is safe when he is on the mic, not Talib Kweli, not Q-Tip, not Pete Rock and not even our homie Big Ghost. Episode 21 sounds like Stretch & Bob meets Viva La Bam. We pay homage to graffiti and have bangers on this show from Smoothe Da Hustler, Das EFX, Company Flow, Lord Finesse, Artifacts, EPMD, Conway, Roc Marciano, Real Live, Jedi Mind Tricks & Red Hot Lover Tone. Strap on the seat belt, cuz '18 is going to be one hell of a ride on Take It Personal." Listen below.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Inscience "Focus On Science" (Instrumental Album)


Focus On Science is the debut beat tape from Montreal beatsmith Inscience. Heavily inspired by 2000's Detroit and DMV hip-hop, like Apollo Brown, Kev Brown, Oddisee, and Nottz, Inscience has been making beats for roughly ten years. His bio says, "His music is characterized by heavy basslines, gritty samples and boom-bap, hard-hitting drums." With the release of the beat tape, Inscience wants artists to keep in mind that all these beats are also available for sale. Listen below...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

EFFISCIENZ "Out Of Nowhere" (Album Stream)


"2017 was amazing for EFFISCIENZ, with beautiful projects, associated with the enthusiastic return of fans and listeners. 2018 will also be a rich new year, new releases... With the whole team, we've cooked you some serious releases for this new cycle, especially with the signing of new artists ... Also, we especially wanted to start this new year by offering you the compilation "Out Of Nowhere". It brings together unreleased tracks by in-house artists such as DJ Brans, DJ Djaz, Fel Sweetenberg, Mil, Street Wyze and Junior Makhno, as well as artists who are part of tomorrow's projects, such as Vic Spencer, Sauce Heist, Nicholas Craven and Funkonami." The label wishes us all a very Happy New Year with this 11-track gift release, available digitally... check it out below! 

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Nas "One Mic" (Vibe Magazine, January 2003)


"A war of words is usually bloodless, but in South Africa, one claimed hundreds of lives. On June 16, 1976, the youth of Soweto township revolted against the white minority government's decree to impose its language, Afrikaans, on the black school system. Children died in a hail of police bullets for the right to use their native language. Nasir Jones, 29, also speaks his mind. And he knows about battles, having spent much of 2001 trading fierce words with Jay-Z in hip-hop's highest profiled lyrical beef in years. But in the best video of 2002, for his song "One Mic," Nas puts aside rap skirmishes to honor life-and-death struggles - against police brutality, poverty in the U.S., and racist oppression in South Africa. Directed by the innovative Chris Robinson, the raw yet elegant video begins on an electric night, with the bright lights of the big city blurring in time to the beat. The camera then cuts to Nas, alone in a barren room. This moment of solitude is Nas distilled: Erase the drama, the diamonds, and the disses, and what you are left with is the essence of an MC - one street poet against the world. As the song crescendos into a pulsating frenzy, Robinson's camera captures, in a powerful documentary style, a sordid scene of police harassment, followed by a climactic re-creation of the 1976 township rebellion. With just one lens, Robinson shows the universality of the fight for justice. And with just one microphone, Nas gives voice to the voiceless."


The full article written in Vibe Magazine, January 2003...