Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Mick Boogie "#NY98" (1998 Mix)

1998 was an epic year in Hip-Hop. Arguably, with so many timeless classics, it was the last great year for the reign of NYC. Jay Z, The Lox, DMX, Wu, Big Pun, Gang Starr, Canibus, Flipmode Squad, Lauryn Hill, Def Squad, A Tribe of Called Quest, Black Star, Noreaga, Lyricist Lounge, AZ, Pete Rock, Cam’ron and so many more. Everything went south after that (pun intended), so Mick Boogie presents to you his #NY98 mix. A grip of tracks from the five boroughs, mixed up into one 2-hour mix. Underground, mixtape, radio, and club… all rolled into one. Listen to the mix below... 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Some Promo Pieces of Nas From My IG

Even when I go long patches of time without updating this site, I still post rather consistently onto my IG page, so if you're not following ... you should remedy that, lol. Perhaps not as much obscure stuff, but I do dig into publicity photos, promos, stickers and pieces of hip-hop nostalgia as often as I can. Above is a publicity photo for Nas, and an original logo sticker. Below is the press kit sent out for Illmatic XX, which I may or may not have posted here before. Just some little artiFACTS here and there + a plug for the IG. Hit me in the comments if you'd like to see more posts (or less posts) about certain things, maybe it'll inspire some new content or ideas for the site moving forward.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

J Dilla 'Production Credit' Interview in XXL

J Dilla Jay Dee Production Credit XXL

I love this quote: "I say it all the time -- that I want a classic, so it's like a dream ... Hopefully the sound that I'm trying to get out there surfaces instead of being under the radar. 'Cause people thought I was out the game, but I haven't even reached my peak yet. So, I'm definitely back at it." His sentiments equally inspire and sadden me. That drive and hunger ... to be heard, to impact a culture; for success and for listeners to hear what you hear in your own head; that's an inspiring message. It saddens me because what we know today is that he passed away probably never feeling like he reached his peak and a lot of people didn't give him his flowers while he could smell them. It took a man's life, literally, to inspire a culture but then outsiders tried to turn his legacy into a t-shirt. It irks me that we neither appreciate the geniuses and the forward-thinkers of our culture in their time, nor do we know how to properly honor their legacies. Rest In Peace, J Dilla. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Icon Curties "Modus Operandi" (Album Stream)

I'm diggin' this new project from Italian producer, Icon Curties, called "Modus Operandi." The album is being released on CD & Vinyl via Tuff Kong Records, which is also releasing my brother MoSS' production album, "Marching to the Sound of My Own Drum," on vinyl. The album features talented spitters: Recognize Ali, Daniel Son, Hus Kingpin, SmooVth, Estee Nack, Code Nine, Saipher Soze, Rozewood, Anklejohn, and more. Driven by hard drums and moving samples, you should throw this in your car and take it for a ride, you won't be disappointed. Album stream below via Bandcamp; cop the physicals HERE & definitely get the MoSS album on LP + 7" while you're there!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Take It Personal Podcast "The Reunion Show Episode"

On episode 27, Take It Personal is joined by their close friend and former Philaflava Show member, DJ Krisis. For many, this show will take you right back to high school with classics and forgotten gems from King Just, Private Investigators, Now Born Click, Da King & I, Kurious, Gravediggaz, Organized Konfusion, OutKast, Big Mike, Cash Money Click, Boogiemonsters, Trends of Culture, World Renown, KMD, plus, DJ 360 laces us with a remix of Woo-Hah. We also got a little friendly DJ battle between DJ 360 vs. DJ Krisis on this episode. Trust me, you don't want to miss this! Peace to Philaflava.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Skratch Bastid "Get Up!" (Mixtape, 2007)

Get Up! is a great throwback mix of classic Funk and Hip-Hop from Canadian DJ and Juno-nominated producer, Skratch Bastid. Easily one of the most respected scratch and party DJs you can find around the world, Skratch won Scribble Jam in 2003, 2004 and 2007. Get Up! features tracks from Slick Rick, Rakim, The Incredible Bongo Band, Sugarhill Gang, Kurtis Blow, Jurassic 5, Maestro Fresh-Wes, Chubb Rock, Strafe, The S.O.S. Band, Eazy-E, Common, Masta Ace, Digable Planets, The J.B.'s, Run DMC, Biz Markie, The Pharcyde, Mary Jane Girls, The D.O.C., Too Short, Kenny Dope, Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones and so much more! If you haven't attended one of the classic (Bastid) BBQs, past guests have included DJ Premier, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Just Blaze, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and more. You can also catch him live occasionally with one of my favorite Canadian MCs, Shad - they did a collaborative EP in 2013 called The Spring Up. Listen to Skratch Bastid's 2007 mix Get Up! below...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Leedz Entertainment "Eastern Standard" (Compilation)

If you're a hip-hop artist who was booked for a show or a fan who attended a show in the greater Boston area, the chances are very likely that show was put on by Leedz Entertainment. They've been holding down venues like the Middle East for YEARS and recently released a compilation with 21 tracks that features artists like Mega Ran, Chris Rivers, Slaine, Chris Orrick, Copywrite, Blacastan, K.A.A.N., Awon & Dephlow, Tef Wesley and more. Props to Ned Wellbery, check it below...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Royce Da 5'9" "Book of Ryan" (Album Stream)

Let me start with: Royce Da 5'9"'s new album (his 7th solo studio album), "Book of Ryan," is thee best album of 2018. I wanna go on the record with that now, because it will take an "Illmatic" to shift this out of the number one spot. When I heard the S-1 produced "Tabernacle" some years back, I knew there was a shift and Royce was coming for his spot in hip-hop history as one of the most underrated, most consistent and hardest working MCs we have in the culture ... and, more than that, he was going to speak his truth. Set up like a book, the lyrics and visuals match flawlessly. It's tracks like "Boblo Boat" and the track of the year "Cocaine" that make me say "that man is different." We absolutely have aliens in our culture; their talents are just too supernatural, lol. Sure, there are lots of incredible features and the tracks are produced by some of the best in the biz, but it's Royce - front and center - who commands the praise, and I'll leave it there. Dig into it below. You can and should purchase physical copies of this album, for replay and support.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Confidence "Produce What You Feel" (Instrumental Album)

"The evolution of Confidence started 17 years ago when he was lucky enough to get his hands on the MPC 2000xl to start creating boom bap hip hop. “Produce What You Feel” embodies the progression and versatility of beats that will take you on a journey through different musical emotions and feelings. The track list plays like a timeline, so you’ll be able to listen to the progression of all the hours and years Confidence has put into mastering his craft. As Rashad once said, “It takes work and focus to get heard and noticed." Listen to "Produce What You Feel" below...

Monday, May 21, 2018

Supastition "The Blackboard" (Deluxe Edition, 2013)

"The critically acclaimed 10-song project from North Carolina's Supastition. The Blackboard marked Supastition's return to music after a 3 year sabbatical away from the music industry. Originally released as a free digital EP, this is the Deluxe Edition digipak which contains two previously unreleased tracks. The project features the critically acclaimed, Yada Yada, the conceptual Best Worst Day, and the boom bap inspired “Indestructible”. The only guest appearances on The Blackboard EP are the DJ duo, Faust & Shortee, and German-based vocalist Dominique. Production on the EP is handled by longtime producers Marco Polo, M-phazes, Veterano, the Mighty DR, and Croup as well as Rik Marvel, Microphono and Dirty Art Club." On its 5th anniversary, listen below...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

MC Shan "Hip-Hop Roughneck" (1993)

Bringin' it back at you straight from the Bridge... MC Shan dropped the single "Hip-Hop Roughneck" in 1993 after the Juice Crew MC switched to Livin Large Records from Cold Chillin. The press release says it was to be released on his forthcoming album "Penile Reunion," but that ended up being Shan's second single featuring Neek The Exotic, Snow, Kool G Rap & Diesel ... both ended up being only 12" releases. It'd been three albums & 6-7 years since his smash single "The Bridge" became a Queens anthem, plus the famous beef with KRS-One / Boogie Down Productions. To sum it up, Shan says "Shan was dead, but now I got reanimated / Had the buttons to push, but didn't know how to operate it..." I've always held Shan in high-regard, even on "The Bridge," which was originally just a dubplate of sorts for Marley Marl to rock at live shows, Shan dropped gems in the 3rd verse about mind elevation and straight positivity, which I always respected. We kept in touch in the early '00s, where he was still recording & releasing music; I think his last project was in 2017: a digi-release entitled "Bars Over Bullshit." To be respected & known around the world as a pioneer of this rap shit is no easy feat, his legacy is deeper than 1 battle. The bridge will keep rockin...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

J Scienide & Bozack Morris "Capeesh" (Music Video)

A hard-hitting, boombap gem from Toronto beatsmith, Bozack Morris, and DC lyricist, J-Scienide. If you haven't supported J-Scienide's LP, "The Actual Heat," click HERE and also check out Bozack Morris' production album, "Loose Cannons." Below is a video for their collaborative effort, "Capeesh," directed, shot & edited by Mercenary Productions. Keep an eye out for a new project from J-Scienide & Kev Brown & the instrumental version of "Loose Cannons," which is sure to drop sooner than later. "Contains language which may be unstable for some listeners!"

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Bahamada "Built To Last" (Mix)

Check out this fine Bahamadia mix from the "Built To Last" Radio Show aka "Conçu Pour Durer." Hosted by Corrado & I Joe, each Thursday 8-9pm, on Radio Campus FM Toulouse. Dig through their dope archives of shows and mixes, always classic material. For this addition, run through joints from "Kollage," "BB Queen," "Good Rap Music" and lots more from her impressive catalog. Peace to the Queen of Hip-Hop - straight outta Philly - Bahamadia. UKnowHowWeDu, click play below.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Full Circle "Recognize" (EP Stream)

Comprised of Toronto natives Still Waters and Bes Kept, Full Circle brings a unique blend of tight rhymes over soulful neck-snapping beats on their Recognize EP. Within the Full Circle sound are elements of jazz, funk and soul, reminiscent of hip hop heroes such as Pete Rock, A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, Gang Starr, Saukrates and the Diggin' In The Crates crew. Check it out below...

Friday, May 11, 2018

J Dilla "Ruff Draft: Dilla's Mix" (Album Stream)

J Dilla's own mixes – recently rediscovered – of his seminal EP, presented in the original issued and alternate sequence. Contains a 2nd instrumental disc. Extensive liner notes and unpublished photos. When Ruff Draft saw its initial release in 2003, J Dilla possessed production skills on par with anyone in hip-hop – technically and creatively. This version of the album takes Dilla’s recently discovered mixes of the album and restores his vision for the project. “Straight from the mothafuckin’ cassette,” as he phrased the sound he was going for on the EP’s intro. The CD issue is buttressed by unreleased tracks and includes the music from the EP as it was originally released, the alternate version that Dilla had for the project and complete instrumentals. Author Ronnie Reese expands upon his original liner notes to further tell Dilla’s story, in a booklet complete with never before published photographs from the Ruff Draft photo session. Ruff Draft, like The Diary, sees release on the Pay Jay, the official imprint of the Estate of James Yancey, founded on behalf of “Ma Dukes”, “Illa J”, Monica and Ty-monae Whitlow, Joylette Hunter and Ja’mya Yancey.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

DJ Rhettmatic "Loops, Chops, Beats & Vibes" (Instrumental Album)

"As you know, to celebrate my birthday every year, I always try to do my best to make some music & share it as a way to say thank you, but this particular project was a bit of a struggle... So what I did instead was use Pro Tools as my way of making beats this time. No drum programming, playing keys and basslines; just straight chopping up, looping, layering samples from records, cut and paste style....basically, on some Raw Sh*t!! It was more tedious & time consuming than my other methods of doing beats, but I have to tell you, it was hella fun. I just listened to bunch a records, recorded it, sample, chop, and however the final product came out, mistakes and all, this is what you're listening to right now. No overthinking, just went with the flow. It was pretty liberating. Anyways, as always, this is my way to celebrate another year on this planet and my humble way to say thank you to everyone that has directly or indirectly, supported, inspired, motivated me in one capacity or another. I am very thankful." Happy Born Day, Rhettmatic. Listen to his instrumental project below...

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Nas 'Concepts' Mix by Vinylcologist

"NaS is one of the greatest emcees to ever pick up a pen and my favorite of all time. He's inspired me on many occasions getting me through some of the most difficult times in my life as well as continuing to inspire me to this day. I thought it would be dope to put a spotlight on some of his greatest conceptual songs ever." I can relate to that and definitely agree that Nas is one of the best with the concepts and visual lyrics. "The money's ya religion, sky's the limit live life / Numbers is big business, makes the poor live trife / The glimmers of hope provoke, those without dollars to dream / Through your existence become wealthy, knowledge is king." Dig into this mix below.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Children Of Zeus "Slow Down / All Night" (EP Stream)

First Word Records is very proud to present the triumphant return of the UK's finest Hip Hop Soul duo, Children of Zeus, with a double-header of brand new material. Children of Zeus exemplify the heart and soul of Manchester, UK's now-movement - but don't get it twisted - the vibe is universal, and they definitely ain't new to this. Two decades on from the inception of Broke'N'£nglish and Hoodman, Tyler and Konny have consistently, persistently held their corner, stayed true to the music they love and nurtured their own unique sound. Catch that 90s Bad Boy era vibe with "All Night."

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Kendrick Lamar "The Damn. Chronic" (Mixtape)

DJ Critical Hype presents The Damn. Chronic: a blend tape of Kendrick Lamar vocals over Dr. Dre production. This is a really well done, tightly blended mixtape. I could say a whole lot more, but this one definitely sells itself as a must-listen all the way through, so ... click play now! You can go back and find Critical Hype's Marco Polo & Torae mix and more on the net, do that knowledge, too.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Daniel Son & FutureWave "Pressure Cooker" (Album Stream)

A fierce collaboration between Toronto MC Daniel Son & producer FutureWave entitled "Pressure Cooker." A rugged sound throughout with fitting features from Crimeapple, Saipher Soze, and more. The winters up in Toronto grow more unforgiving each year, and the darker, colder side comes out in Daniel Son's content as well. The 12-track "Pressure Cooker" is probably his best effort to date & with the sound in the underground the last few years, he fits along with the best of today's gritty spitters. I'm glad the audience for it continues to grow as well, music was getting too soft for a while there. Dig into "Pressure Cooker" below! CDs and Vinyl available via OfficialCratesMusic.