Wednesday, November 13, 2019

94 State Of Mind (Mixed by Its Overture)


"A musical tapestry of rap in New York circa 1994." Presented by UpNorthTrips and mixed by the ever-talented DJ, Its Overture. The quick-mix features joints from Nas, Mic Geronimo, Artifacts, Brand Nubian, Black Moon, Ghostface & Method Man, Ill Al Skratch, Main Source, Funkdoobiest, Organized Konfusion, Redman, Beastie Boys, The Beatnuts, Raekwon, Boogiemonsters, Keith Murray, Big L, Channel Live, Gang Starr, Fugees, and lots more. Artwork by Rhek. Listen below...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

DJ Filthy Rich "Creep Wit Me" (25th Anniversary Mix)


Here's the official Creep Wit Me 25th Anniversary Mix by DJ Filthy Rich - Hosted by Ill Al Skratch and featuring an exclusive song called 'Learn Today'. Filthy Rich adds, "When the sun's out and summer rolls around each year, there's a few things I gotta play... 'Summertime' by Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Lost Boyz 'Lifestyles...' LP, and Ill Al Skratch's 'Creep Wit Me' album. The Brooklyn-Uptown connection of Mr Rhaspy Al Skratch and Big Ill The Mack effortlessly rhyme back & forth, droppin fun lyrics over dope beats (courtesy of producers LG The Experience & LoRider). On this mix you'll find their album cuts, some unreleased tracks, and my own custom blends." Listen below...

Monday, August 12, 2019

Professor P & DJ Akilles "Remember" (Album Stream)


Remember is the brand new 10-track LP from the Swedish duo Professor P and DJ Akilles. Big fan of their past work and have been really looking forward to this release, as well. They delivered yet again with insightful lyrics, classic vocal samples and sharp cuts over solid production. The LP features guest appearances by Lil Fame and Defari and has been released on 12" gold vinyl, packaged in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve. Don't lose sight of what we all fell in love with in the first place ... Remember along with Professor P & DJ Akilles. Order the LP before it sells out HERE.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Me & Styles P (An Interview From 2009)


About 10 years ago, I had the honor of chopping it up on the phone with Styles P for an interview. It was around the time Jada was dropping “The Last Kiss,” because we talked a bit about that album, but it wasn’t a promo thing, just two guys discussing Hip-Hop. Right off the bat, he made his position clear, saying, “I'm a blue collar MC.” He was proud (and reflective) on the fact that he was alive, and that he was more than "relevant" in a culture that’s been holding him down since 1995. I asked him to help me understand better what “The Ghost” meant to him - he paused and said, “being in the zone; a different space; having an open mind towards things that others don’t; using your third eye; a feeling of being here before and knowing you are gonna be here later” and while it wasn’t necessarily crystal clear, I understood that he was speaking to a duality that represents the man he is in life and in music. To a degree, that feeling of being a Gangster & a Gentleman.


There was a calmness about him, but there wasn’t a point where I'd lost sight of the fact that this was one of the hardest living eMCees in Hip-Hop. When the conversation shifted to image and the youth, he was quick to shoot them bail and say he was proud and happy for anyone to be able to make a living and feed their family. But, he added "It’s upsetting also that they don't know that rap is also Hip-Hop.” That’s an important distinction he was making. “They think they are just in the rap industry and they don't have the slightest idea of their past, the history, or how they are supposed to be an MC.” In the end, however, he remained optimistic, “You’ve just gotta stick to your guns and do what you do best. It's people like you - who are asking me these questions and love this real hip-hop shit - that lets me know the whole world ain't f#cking crazy, so I'm alright!” A legend and an OG, Styles P closed it out by advising artists to maintain a solid work ethic, and brought it full circle because as a blue collar MC, he leads by example. Go check out his Juices For Life company and support all his efforts: podcasts, mixtapes, albums, live shows, etc! Let's end this with a message from Styles P, the Ghost (Thanks for the love, OG)... Until next time ...

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Kxng Crooked "Menace II Sobriety" (EP Stream)


I almost skipped over this short EP from Kxng Crooked, but this EP goes super hard! I owe thanks to the homie Rhymecology, whose strong review made me give it a listen, check it: "Holy shit! I love this project. The 4 track EP by @kxngcrooked is the first to give me chills in awhile. In an ode to Menace, I Got 5 On It, Gangsta Paradise and I Gave You Power, Crooked spits his multi syllabic and emotional fire that has me texting my boys like “have you heard this?” ...Like Elzhi did with Elmatic, he has a few lines that pay homage to the songs he is rapping over but he has his own style which is quatrains filled with 4-8 rhymes and raw passion that should WAKE these non writing mumble rap acts and their fans the hell up... The emotion and detail of Life of a Bandana is storytelling at its best. Menace 2 Sobriety is a beautifully written song which details the mind set of a man taken over by alcoholism, FkFame brings us back to the days of emcees rapping for the art and not the glory while Flowers reminds us to appreciate our Artists while they here... People who follow me pretty much like the same shit I do, so I recommend this..." Listen to Menace II Sobriety below...

Friday, August 02, 2019

Kev Brown & J Scienide "Drum Machine Tape Cassette" (Stream)


Low Budget Crew veteran Kev Brown has teamed up with J Scienide for a collaborative album titled Drum Machine Tape Cassette. The new LP is comprised of 13 tracks, with guests including my brother Supastition, Kenn Starr, Hassaan Mackey, yU and Finale, and more. This will be a contender for album of the year out of the underground, don't wait for anyone else to cosign it, just dig in!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Supastition "Sacrifice EP" (EP Stream)


After taking a long hiatus after the release of Gold Standard and a strenuous 60+ city U.S. tour, Supastition returns with the self-produced Sacrifice EP. The project features guest appearances from Blueprint and Yamin Semali as well as scratches from DMC Germany champion DJ Robert Smith. The project speaks on everything from learning to sacrifice your own dreams for the betterment of your family to the negative effects of attention and social media. Of course, there's some bars on here too! All songs were written, arranged, recorded, and produced by Supastition. Graphic design is handled by the artist himself. In March 2019, Supastition’s wife was unfortunately diagnosed with breast cancer. All proceeds from this release will help to cover the medical costs and other expenses accrued during the surgeries and hospital stay. If there's ever been a Supastition music release that needs your support then this would be the one. Your support would greatly be appreciated. For t-shirts, hats and limited edition physical CDs, click HERE.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Anti-Lilly & Phoniks "That's The World" (Album Stream)


"That's The World" from Houston emcee Anti-Lilly and Portland, Maine producer Phoniks is the third installment of their hip-hop trilogy which featured 2014's "Stories From The Brass Section" and 2017's "It's Nice Outside". After going from exchanging beats over email in 2014 to now touring the world together the chemistry between the two has never been more evident than on their latest release. Once again Anti-Lilly is laying his therapy sessions on record, speaking on his substance abuse, trust issues, relationships and coping with his parents divorce. But despite the negativity he touches on, the young Houston poet embraces the duality of life—taking the good with the bad and trying to find a ray of light in dark times. His outer pressures help craft the jewels he lays over Phoniks jazzy production as he showcases his mature, honest perspective across the albums 12 tracks. “Peace family, I just wanted to take the time to dedicate this album to you... This album is inspired by one of my closest friends who inspires me. This album is built off of my entire life experience to this point. Thank you for your patience with me, God Bless.” - Anti-Lilly.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

DJ Platurn "So This Is De La Heaven" (Mixes)


In 2003, the Northern California-based DJ Platurn made So This Is De La Heaven? The joint was a cut and paste mix, lasting over an hour, assembling the source music that gave the D.A.I.S.Y. Age its groove. Eleven years later, DJ Platurn returned with So This Is De La Heaven, Pt. 2, picking up without losing a step, and even the members from De La were taking notice: “Out of all the De La [Soul] mixes I’ve heard over the years, this is the most creative one. Let me take it back in time a bit and say this is ‘Strickly Dan Stuckie’. Salute, salutary, and salutations!” - via AFH. Listen below...

Monday, June 24, 2019

Ill Conscious "Logistix" (Album Stream)


Baltimore wordsmith, Ill Conscious, is back with his latest effort, Logistix. 11-tracks of superb beats and sharp rhymes featuring fellow lyricists Jay Royale, Code Nine, Recognize Ali, J. Scienide, Supreme Cerebral, and more. Ill Conscious is a superior eMCee and he enlists some of the best in the underground to join him on this record, do not hesitate to purchase it via Bandcamp. Listen below and dig into the tags to go back through his catalog of great releases if you haven't already!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Rest In Peace, Bushwick Bill


It shouldn't be lost on the hip-hop community that Bushwick Bill was one of our beloved stars. His role with the Geto Boys wasn't necessarily the stand-out MC or writer, but his flavor was felt on the tracks he touched and his delivery + presence brought tracks like "My Minds Playin Tricks" to life for fans like me who saw the visuals and that's what catapulted that record to be a worldwide hit. His legacy carried beyond that and while his antics may have overshadowed much of his career, I gotta salute him and say that I hope Scarface and Willie D are able to honor him and the bond they had through music, however damaged it may have been in later years. Rest in Peace, Bushwick Bill.

Monday, June 10, 2019

DJ 7L "Saucony 1994 Aya Mix" (Mixtape)


My apologies to DJ 7L, an incredible artist and DJ, who put this mixtape together, because I didn't use the original artwork. I've never been the biggest Saucony fan, so while I'm glad that the Saucony Aya release coincided with a lot of phenomenal music in 1994 to inspire this tribute mix, I didn't wanna get caught up on that and instead go straight to the music. You can expect joints from Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Black Moon, Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, the Fugees, Keith Murray, Lady of Rage, Craig Mack (R.I.P.), The Notorious B.I.G. (R.I.P.), Ill Al Skratch and more. Listen below...

Friday, May 31, 2019

Bozack Morris & J. Scienide "Popular Mechanics" (Album Stream)


"Popular Mechanics" is the collaborative album from Canadian producer Bozack Morris and Charlotte-born lyricist, J Scienide. J Scienide's 2017 release, The Actual Heat, was a slow-burn classic as he continued to diligently promote the project well after its original release date. That hustle gave fans in the know something to push and new listeners something exciting to discover, which is what the independent, underground scene was built on - digging and discovering emerging talent! Suffice to say, I'm excited about this release, as well, dig in below, and keep an eye out for J. Scienide's upcoming work with Kev Brown! The album is available digitally and on LP.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wordsworth & Pearl Gates "Champion Sounds" (Album Stream)


Wordsworth and Pearl Gates navigate through tragedy and triumph with musical moxie on Champion Sounds. This thirteen song, Quincy Tones-produced ensemble evokes the spirit of quintessential east coast hip-hop while elaborating stylistically beyond its boundaries. Quincy Tones, born and raised in West London, describes his sound as melodic, soulful, and emotional. Champion Sounds is an honest journey into the human experience; traveling through captivating melodies, stellar drum loops and witty lyricism at the speed of life. Guest features include the legendary Kool G. Rap, Talib Kweli, Rasheed Chappell, and eMC affiliate Masta Ace. As Wordsworth says on the album titled track Champion Sounds, “Title Contenders and Rivals surrender’.” - via Bandcamp. Stream it below...

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Noveliss "Metal Face Hokage" (EP Stream)


"Metal Face Hokage" is the latest offering from Noveliss of Clear Soul Forces. The 8 track offering features production from Def Dee out of Seattle, who was - and may still be - down with the Mello Music Group family. The Detroit spitter adds, "When I was on tour I met Def Dee in Seattle. He ended up coming back to Detroit at the end of the tour and we kicked it and decided to do a project together. MF DOOM is my favorite rapper so this is my DOOM inspired project." Listen...

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thorough "Cassette Tape Malfunction" (EP Stream)


The Jamaica, Queens eMCee Thorough and producer CrazyBeatsP are back with their new EP, "Cassette Tape Malfunction." Along with the lead single, "Distortion," the project features a total of 9 hard tracks to dig through and like Thorough says, "Me and P make music one way: aggressively." If you came up in the 80s, you remember the cassette tape days, don't let that sh!t pop! Dope artwork, too. Listen to "Cassette Tape Malfunction" below and hit the archives for more releases.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Blu & Exile "True & Livin" (EP Stream)


After 2017’s 10 year anniversary tour of Below The Heavens and a b-sides/rarities release in In The Beginning many wondered whether or not Blu & Exile would ever reunite for a proper new release or if that year was as much a curtain call as it was a celebration. Putting those questions to rest, Dirty Science Records is proud to announce the True & Livin EP – as Blu & Exile’s undeniable chemistry is yet again put on display. “True and Livin feels like a spiritual call to all that have honor and truth in their being. It sees how present day and beyond is always trying to calculate or monetize what comes from God or what comes from an artist’s spirit, but it also recognizes the truth that is inside of Blu and Exile's music and brags about it, even in a humble way somehow. This might be the first hip hop braggadocio song that invites us all to feel the same about themselves as long as they connect to the spirit and truth that is inside this song and inside us all.” Exile says about the EP’s title track. Positivity and strength remain a theme on this EP, in Spread Sunshine and the stand out posse cut featuring most of the Dirty Science crew in Choosey, Johaz, Cashus King, Aloe Blacc, Fashawn & Blame One on Power To The People. Blu adds, “"Power To The People” is a call to the people, a call for the people to unite. Unification is power, power in numbers.” The lead single is amazing, order the EP over HERE at Fat Beats or below...

Friday, May 10, 2019

DJ C.S.P. "Still A Fan" (Instrumental Album)


DJ C.S.P. is a DJ and producer from Hamburg, Germany. His latest instrumental project, "Still A Fan," may have flown below the radar for some readers, but I'm definitely hoping to put you up game.... What we have here is 10 really solid boombap instrumentals, from a true fan of hip-hop. In his own words, he dedicates this record "to all the hip hop fans worldwide," and "without the DJ, hip-hop wouldn't be here!" Facts. If you've been following the breadcrumbs from past posts, you should be familiar with DJ C.S.P. from his sharp cuts on projects with KLIM Beats. You can stream the instrumental album below and follow that link if you're interested in ordering it on vinyl, too.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Ghostface & Cappadonna Interview (Elements, Winter 1996)


Happy Born Day to the wallabee champ; the wizard of poetry: Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah. Taking it back to the winter of '96, an interview in Elements you may not have read before with Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna. Kicking the interview off, we learn that the Wu-Tang swordsman didn't vote for Bill Clinton, Bob Dole or Ross Perot in '96 - nah - he voted for the Wu! "cause I know that's the people that really really really gonna do the right thing." Also a nice shout-out for the RZA, "He's a genius! A psychiatrist. An underground dweller. He stay underground kid. Word up. Nothin' but bomb shelters. He's all in there like that just constantly doin' his shit, work or whatever." That's about all when it comes to insight, outside of "I gotta take a piss kid," that's groundbreaking stuff right there lol. Also includes a small interview with Cappadonna, info about the (bootleg) 12" "Drastic Measures," which some of you might remember and his debut album that didn't come until '98. As a bonus, one of my FAVORITE Ghostface Killah interviews, from Montreality, check it out... Ghostface drops some spiritual gems that show his growth since '96 (especially in interviews.)

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

14KT "For My Sanity" (Instrumental Album)


For My Sanity is a "freedom project", an album rooted in free creation, without being tied down by bars, patterns, scenes, and sequences. The intention behind this long-player is clearly stated all throughout the 12 tracks: releasing the angst of the current climate we are facing through collective artistic means. "I made all the music really late at night after my day-to-day work, as an escape from "what I normally do". Paired with the everyday struggles of being an artist, it was very stressful hearing about so many deaths - especially due to law enforcement. Making For My Sanity was how I was trying to find peace of mind every night so I could go to sleep." says 14KT. The themes of the album sway gracefully from personal philosophies and creeds, to burning social matters and celebration of the importance of family and genuine, fruitful friendships. If we were to classify this in a genre, we would say For My Sanity is a jazz record, at its core, but elements of hip hop, soul, r'n'b and latin music are easily recognizable and at home on the album. Listen below...

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

GZA / Genius In Elements Magazine (Winter, 1995)


For today's celebration of #WuWednesdays, enter the Genius in the winter of '95; the final solo release, "Liquid Swords," in what was known as "The Year of the Wu"! Taken from Elements Magazine, a mid-90s magazine dedicated to hip-hop culture, published by the Student Radio Society of U of BC along with Discorder. Held down by Jay Swing & DJ Flipout, the magazine made its debut in May 1995 and was published bi-monthly until August 1996 for a total of 8 issues. Here is DJ Flipout's introduction to the article: "The Wu is the way, the Tang is the slang, and the Clan is the family. A family that will weather the storms and tribulations of inflated egos and the devious ways of success and fame. Not by using a secret technique, as in their style, but in using a well known facet of maintaining unity within a group of individuals; through the maintenance of respect and love for one another. Be alert and keep a vigilant eye open for the swinging Liquid Swords. Prepare to enter another dimension of the deadly sharp lyrical swords, this time in liquid form; to flow and maintain continuity flawlessly, while possessing the strength and power of ocean currents. But beware of the liquid swords as they can also be applied in solid or gaseous form while bearing the same potential lethality that has dissolved other inferior organisms in the past." Continue reading below for the full article with lyric breakdowns and jewels from the Genius like, "I'm sayin' ... any type of information that's beneficial, that's what I mean by knowledge of self. You see, knowledge means to know. Knowledge is also experience. And knowledge of self is to know yourself. You got to examine things for what they are, not for what they present themselves to be." - Elements (Nov-Dec, 1995)

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Jazzquarterz "Wayz Of Da Underground" (Instrumental Album)


"Wayz Of The Underground" is the brand new instrumental album from Swiss producer Jazzquarterz. Released on German record label Postpartum Records, the new LP features 13 instrumentals infused with his signature jazzy-hip hop style of production. Jazzquarterz didn't include a blurb along with the album's release, just a handful of shoutouts, including: Damu The Fudgemunk, Tru Comers, Bubblewild, Figub Brazievic, Klaus Layer, Devaloop and other talents you can find in the archives on this site. This has been the sound coming out of the underground, are you listening? Overseas labels are making a killing on the vinyl and/or cassettes + streams, dig in...

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Book Of Rhymes Podcast: Smif-N-Wessun (Episode 2)


Book of Rhymes is a brand new podcast, hosted by Donwill of Tanya Morgan and executive produced by Classic Material x Mika. After a successful pilot episode with Black Moon, the Book of Rhymes podcast is back and keep it in the Duck Down family with "the POWER MASTERS aka da original gun clappers aka SMIF N WESSUN aka Tek & Steele. Listen as we take a deep dive into their classic album 'Dah Shinin', growing up in Brooklyn and their new project, 'The All' and so much more." 

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Jay Electronica & Nujabes "NuElectronica" (Blend Tape)


According to DJ Tiger and Altered Crates, their latest mix presents the first ever Jay Electronica remix project. Blending unreleased acapellas of Jay Electronica's vocals over "rare and little-known gems" from legendary Japanese producer Nujabes, DJ Tiger charts an unexpected and stunning course for the listener. It's a shame that we're going on 10 years since "Exhibit C" was released, a lot of wasted talent there if you ask me. And of course, Rest in Peace to Nujabes. Listen below...

Friday, May 03, 2019

DJ Obsolete "The Mandela Effect II" (Album Stream)


The Mandela Effect II is German hiphop producer, DJ Obsolete's sophomore LP to drop on Village Live Records. The album features an array of US eMCees, including Jake GHNM, Brian Burns, Hahyeem, Finsta, Rellik & C.O.X, E.T.E.L and MC Gels as well as a string of DJ Obsolete signature style heavy hitting instrumentals. Hit the tags for past releases and stream the LP below...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

DJ Chong Wizard "Eclectic Relaxation" (Mixtape)


DJ Chong Wizard's "Eclectic Relaxation" is a proper tribute to one of the greatest groups of all-time, A Tribe Called Quest. It's been out for a long time, but I was searching for a vibe today, and this came to mind so I thought I'd share what was in my headphones this afternoon. On the tape, various artists come through to pay tribute, ie: Del The Funky Homosapien, Frank Nitti, Moka Only, Tanya Morgan, Junclassic, Bootie Brown, Dutchmassive and lots more. Enjoy this throwback tribute...

Friday, April 26, 2019

Ty Farris & WateRR "BullsVsPistons" (EP Stream)


"Detroit native, Ty Farris, has come together with Chicago native, WateRR, to bring music enthusiasts some excitement and lyrical highlights via their audio athletism. It has been some time in the making, and now the 'BullsvsPistons' EP is upon us. The album features Guilty Simpson, with production from The Standouts, J Banksy, Artivist, Rashid Hadee, Trox, Dirty Diggs, and Eyedee."

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Mobb Deep "The Infamous" (Review, Elements 5/95)


"Gunshot! Lighta! Daaamn! I can't say enough about this album. I just feel lucky to have peeped it early. Ever since "Peer Pressure" and "Hit It From The Back" on their last album, I knew these "official Queensbridge murderers" were on some other shit. As for "The Infamous," expect more of the raw from Prodigy and Havoc. If you liked "Shook Ones" Pt.1 & 2 then you'll love the rest of the tracks on this sophomore release from the Mobb. "The Infamous" is nothing short of phenomenal rhyme skills on rugged tracks with that undeniable New York vibe. Every track is right and exact but look out for "Your Beef Is Mine" featuring Nas and Raekwon The Chef..." Cont'd below...



"On the Abstract produced "Give Up The Goods" the Mobb flips some ill shit over the same sample used in LL's "Pink Cookies" remix. The second single, "Survival of the Fittest," is very reminiscent of "Shook Ones Pt.2" but nonetheless captures the true essence of Mobb Deep's outlook on every day life. Q-Tip also lends his production skills and makes a guest appearance on "Drink The Pain Away." Other tracks getting honorable mention are "Cradle To The Grave" and "Temperature's Rising" but to me "Trife Life" is the straight up shit. Don't sleep on this one - beg, borrow, or steel the ducats for "The Infamous." Definitely one of the best albums of 95. The Mobb comes equipped for warfare beware..." - Elements, May 1995 (CiTR - U of BC). R.I.P. Prodigy. "The Infamous" (4/25/95)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Nipsey Hussle x DJ Premier "The Premier Hussle" (Blend Tape)


Altered Crates & DJ Tiger present "The Premier Hussle," "Dedicated to the life and memory of the late, great Nipsey Hussle.  DJ Tiger expertly blends Nipsey's vocals and lyrics over lesser-known production from the legendary DJ Premier to create a unique listening experience. Known for rapping over west-coast inspired production and more modern and trap-style beats, "The Premier Hussle" finds Nipsey riding over classic Boom-Bap east-coast vibes." Nipsey Hussle had ownership of his catalog, so support Nip's legacy by also purchasing his official releases, but enjoy this mix, too...

Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Eaze Up Show "A Tribute to Fondle 'Em" (Mix)


"For those that followed and listened to Underground Hip Hop Radio and DJ legends, Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia throughout the 90's, it would not have come as any kind of shock to know that both branched out with their own record labels, Stretch with Dolo & Bob with Hoppoh (w P.Nice & Daddy Rich) then Fondle' Em. The legend goes that the label name was just a gag but after The Cenobites (Kool Keith and Godfather Don) project rightly flipped wigs, Bob realized there was a new home for quality Underground Hip Hop records sold strictly on wax & his label's office and HQ were essentially his living room with Sandbox Automatic as the official website (it's still up online btw). A plethora of some of Underground Hip Hop's finest are featured, I hope you enjoy what I have selected and put together here and it was only right that I ended this tribute show on what to me personally is the greatest recording on the label." Listen to the tribute below...

Friday, April 19, 2019

Nas "Illmatic" (25th Anniversary Mix by Chris Read)


April 19, 1994, saw the release of one of what would go on to be recognized as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, Nas‘s seminal debut, Illmatic. Following much-talked-about appearances on Main Source‘s “Live at the Barbecue,” MC Serch‘s “Back to the Grill,” and the release of the now classic soundtrack cut “Halftime,” Illmatic delivered on the hype with a compact ten-track offering helmed by the cream of mid-’90s hip-hop production talent: DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, and L.E.S.. Pairing crisp head-nod drums with an eclectic palate of jazz, funk, and soul samples, the all-star lineup of producers prepared a musical backdrop over which Nas delivers a no-holds-barred guided tour of life growing up in New York’s Queensbridge projects. Sampled cuts range from the timeless jazz of Ahmad Jamal and jazz-funk of Donald Byrd to the pop of Michael Jackson via well-sampled staples by the likes of Kool & the Gang. In celebration of the album’s twenty-fifth year, WhoSampled presents an exclusive mix of album cuts, remixes, interview snippets, and of course tracks sampled in the album’s making. Mixed by Chris Read, definitely check it out below...

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Book Of Rhymes Podcast: Black Moon (Episode 1)


Book of Rhymes is a brand new podcast, hosted by Donwill of Tanya Morgan and executive produced by Classic Material x Mika. For their debut episode, the Book of Rhymes podcast sits down with the legendary hip-hop crew, Black Moon. Helping to define the sound of Hip-Hop - especially in New York City - during the Golden Era, they discuss their early singles; their debut album "Enta Da Stage" with Nervous Records, as well as Duck Down Records and their overall impact on music culture. Peace to DJ Evil Dee, Buckshot, 5 ft MC, and of course Mr. Walt and Dru-Ha. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Purpose "The Iron Throne of Microphones" (EP Stream)


Purpose of the Tragic Allies steps up to celebrate the return of "Game Of Thrones" by producing, writing, recording and mixing his latest EP, "The Iron Throne of Microphones," which is based off the "Game of Thrones" books and television series. A unique concept with a huge built-in audience; I hope it reaches some new listeners. Whether you're a diehard fan or never watched an episode, I think it's still a solid listen! I like to see artists pulling creatively from different sources, so much respect to Purpose and the Tragic Allies crew. Dig into their back catalogs, lots of dope content!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Eto x Superior "Long Story Short" (Album Stream)


"From Hell’s Roof to the Rhine Valley, Rochester, NY emcee Eto (formerly known as Lil Eto) and German-Spanish producer Superior have joined forces! The result is the full-length collaboration, “Long Story Short,” released via Below System Records. Eto’s penchant for balancing the pain of the street and the progression of the hustle is a perfect foil for Superior’s cinematic and somber beat-scapes. Speaking on the collaboration, Superior said “My previous releases were rooted in my love of boom-bap. However, when I linked up with Eto, I started producing specifically with him in mind and keeping it more atmospheric in keeping with the coldness of his environment and narratives.” With a gripping chemistry throughout the only guest spots on the project is from Skyzoo and Toronto rhyme-counterpart, Daniel Son. Of course Eto has been releasing audio masterpieces at a dizzying rate in the past several months. As an emcee, Eto also recently laced tracks for Benny The Butcher, 38 Spesh and Jamal Gasol. Constantly adapting his work as a producer, Superior's catalogue for Below System Records includes his 2017 production album, “The Journey”, which included appearances from Blu, Edo. G, Reks, Termanology and Lil Fame among others. His full-length album with Chicago emcee, Verbal Kent, “Half My Life” was released in 2018." Listen to the LP below...

Friday, April 12, 2019

Aru-2 "Ayakashi Instruments" (Instrumental Album)


Aru-2 - whose real name Akira Notois - is a beatmaker from Tokyo, Japan. Aru is an underground fixture in the beat tape scene worldwide, earning acclaim with a slew of DIY and collaborative releases over the last few years. Now he makes his long-awaited label debut with Ayakashi Instruments – an instrumental album inspired by Japanese folklore, that seamlessly blends a myriad of different sounds, influences and reference points all into one cohesive experience. "They say Ayakashi is a Japanese ghost spirit, but to me, I think of it as encountering mystery. I've spent a lifetime with Ayakashi, and this album is where it brought me. It was just one phase in my past, and now I'm walking toward my future," says Aru-2. This is a great project, also available on cassette.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Khaderbai "51 Minutes of Boom!" (Mix)


Swiss beatmaker khaderbai only needs half an hour to showcase the best in boom bap. His monthly radio show '30 Minutes of BOOM!' presents top of the bill beats, just the way you like 'em: soul, jazz & funk samples blended with hard drums and, at times, obscure sounds. All in the spirit of that ol' boom bap. His own beats (with most recently 'The khaderbai Beat Diaries') follow the same line. He made '51 Minutes of BOOM!' especially for The Find, selecting some of his favorite beatmakers (Ol’ Burger Beats, 12Vince, KLIM Beats, Propo’88, Brous One, prgmat, Loop.Holes, FloppyKat and more), as well as two tracks from his own Haus & Baum label. Listen to the 51 minute mix below...

Monday, April 08, 2019

Mobb Deep "Juvenile Hell" (Press Kit, 1993)


"Coming with jeep-crushing drum beats and ill jazz/funk samples, Mobb Deep is the latest rap export from 4th & B'Way's stable of stars. On their debut album, Juvenile Hell, the MC duo of Havoc and Prodigy bring the flavor. Over hardcore tracks produced by DJ Premier, Large Professor, Paul Shabazz & Slick, and Keith & Dale, they spout spirited rhymes that explore the interior and exterior of urban life. Mobb Deep has spent the last couple of years hangin' in project hallways, bonding with homies, sipping 40s of malt liquor, and knocking suckers out to get a rep. They've now emerged from this street-savage upbringing, telling it like it is in ten songs that'll have ya doin' the freaky-deke at any blazing jam. "We want people to dance to our music, but we also want them to flip the coin and peep what we're sayin'," says Prodigy. It can be said without fear of contradiction that growing up in the ghetto can be cool and messed up at the same time. While, thanks to everyday mental trauma, it can make you stronger in the mind, it can also place you six-feet under. "I think we're a couple of the most strong-minded people in the world," says Havoc of he and his partner."


"Survivors of outdoor bloodbaths and other vestiges of boulevard brutality, as well as active participants in the more joyful activities on the asphalt landscape, Mobb Deep has arrived in Planet Hip Hop with songs like "Peer Pressure," "Me And My Crew" and "Hit It From The Back" that transport the listener to where they come from. Havoc, who is from Queensbridge Queens and Prodigy, a Hempstead Long Island native, met in 1990, when they were students at New York City's High School of Art and Design. "I was in the 10th grade," recalls Havoc. "He was in the 9th. We both used to battle in the lunchroom. One time we went against each other, and because we were real short - we're both just over five feet - everybody said we'd look good together. So we collaborated, and it worked out." The pair began cutting demos. Then, after performing in a number of talent shows, tracking a phat promo for WBLS New York's weekend rap show, and getting ink in The Source "Unsigned Hype" column, they got a rep. Later, Mobb Deep (whose name represents how they roll with their crew) found themselves in the middle of a label bidding war. "It took a while for things to happen for us," says Prodigy, 'but we're happy with the way things turned out'." - 1993

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Wilma Vritra "Burd" (Album Stream)


"Wilma Vritra have landed with Burd, a trans-atlantic collaboration between London based artist Wilma Archer (Domino) and LA based rapper Pyramid Vritra (Odd Future / Stones Throw). Their debut LP serves as an ode to these chaotic times, navigating seamlessly through genre and self preservation. Burd took flight as a remote collaboration; Wilma writing in Newcastle and London, Vritra writing in LA. Archer then flew out to LA and finished the bulk of the record at Vritra’s place in Long Beach as well as a few days in Daddy Kev’s infamous ‘Cosmic Zoo’ studio. The finishing touches were laid down in London and rounded off with artwork by Swedish artist Joakim Ojanen."

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Awon "Soulapowa" (Album Stream)


I woke up to the incredible sounds of soul pumpin' through my speakers today. Yup, I stretched my arms at 6:15am, saw an e-mail that the new Awon album was released and 'popped' it in to get my day started. Some jazzy keys, a nice break... my eyes are opening... then the bars come in - "...the first amendment, exercised with a criminal vision..." - my day is off to a great start! Peace to my brother from Philly, Dread Solo, on the production for "Dark Roast," which ends with a proper applause. MZ Boom Bap is up next, and when the cuts come in after Awon's first verse, it levels up. This is feeling like Awon's sharpest and most concise effort thus far. "Keep it real, that's that..." (Peace to N.O.R.E.) By the time the soulful chop from Phoniks bleeds through the speakers, I'm floating through my morning rituals. I had to pause the album to cop the CD and show support...


The LP's AZ-like feature comes from Houston, TX's Anti-Lilly on two cuts. His message is always on point and breathes added life into the project. All in all, if you've been a fan from day one or this is the first time hearing Awon's music, this project has a timeless feel to it and while I must sit with it to break down and digest the lyrics properly, I'm standing firm that this may be his best project released to date. I'm gonna fire off a text to let him know how I appreciated his album as the sun starts to peak through. I hope the rest of the world is waking up with me, as Awon ironically says "...sleep while you alive and wake up in a coffin..." lol. I hear you, brother. Listen below...

Monday, April 01, 2019

SicknessMP "Namaste" (Instrumental Album)


SicknessMP is a producer from Pacitan, Indonesia. This instrumental project is entitled "Namaste," released through the niche German label, Postpartum Records on limited (250 copies) vinyl. SicknessMP's production ranges from jazzy-boombap, funk, ambient and his own flavor of experimentation using the MPC. If you dig instrumental albums, give this project a listen below...

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Rest In Peace, Nipsey Hussle (March 31, 2019)


"We are at a great loss today. This hurts. Straight to the point. It’s dangerous to be an MC. Dangerous to be a b-ball player. It’s dangerous to have money. Dangerous To Be A Black Man. So much hatred. We live like our brothers and sisters in third world countries live. Right in America. Decisions we make about our own life be based on decisions cuz we might not live. Its so deep rooted. It’s not a easy fix. Hard to fix anything when kids are still living in poverty. I ain’t shutting up though, Nipsey is a True voice. He will never be silenced. He still is A stand up General for the People who never left his people. He is Loved by the people. Prayers for his family. Let’s keep pushing Truth for The Man. Love You, King Nipsey Hussle / Ermias Asghedom Respectfully" - Nas // He was an authentic artist; truly forward-thinking, positive and ownership-minded - all of which made him an important voice for this generation. It's a truly sad day. My thoughts are with his loved ones. I know that he's inspired today's youth to be better, do better and that's a legacy. R.I.P.