Thursday, January 24, 2019

S.O.U.L. Productions: "5 Deadly Dutch Venoms" (Mixtape, 2012)

5 Deadly Dutch Venoms mixtape was released in 2012 and features some of the best DJ's from Holland: DJ Broky B, DJ DBS, DJ DNS, DJ Irie & DJ TLM. This mixtape is a tribute to the classic 5 Deadly Venoms Of Brooklyn mixtape featuring Tony Touch, DJ Premier, P.F. Cuttin, Mister Cee & DJ Evil Dee, and also a tribute to the art of the real mixtape and mixtape DJ's. The mix features tracks from Redman, Reflection Eternal, Group Home, East Flatbush Project, Nine, Crooklyn Dodgers, Organized Konfusion, Ice Cube, Tribe, Biggie, Craig Mack, Nas, Mobb Deep, Fat Joe, Black Moon, Kool G Rap, Royal Flush, Method Man and so much more! Listen to another classic mixtape below...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Revolutionary Rhythm "From The Soul" (Album Stream)

Revolutionary Rhythm is a Hip-Hop group from Los Angeles, California. They formed back in 2010 and consist of Kid Abstrakt, Predominance and DJ Million Faces. The group started off freestyle rapping in high school and hosting local hip hop events, then quickly started working on music together, making raw, jazzy, feel good hip-hop. Soon after, they released the highly slept-on mixtape "SoulVibes" which caught my attention and some of their favorite hip hop groups including Thes One of People Under The Stairs as well as The Pharcyde. "From The Soul" is their debut vinyl release and it's another gem! You can find a copy of the vinyl album HERE for purchase. Listen below...

Monday, January 21, 2019

Trends Of Culture "When Trend Men Come" (Album Sampler)

Originally due to be released in 1995, the lost 2nd album from Trends of Culture 'When Trend Men Come' has finally arrived courtesy of GRR/Heavy Jewelz and is a must-have for 90s rap fanatics! Featuring the original 11 track album (remastered from the impossible-to-obtain promo tape and sounding great) PLUS 3 bonus demo tracks from the same era (the demos are pretty rough but have been restored as best as possible). I've been waiting on this album since '95 when they dropped the 12" for "Make A Move," not to mention their cult-classic debut "Trendz..." and the remix to "Who Got My Back," which convinced me a follow-up was coming soon. Approaching 25 years later, the wait is over, check out the snippets of "When Trend Men Come" below & hit the tags.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

DJ Crosssphader "The World Traveler" (Mixtape, 1999)

DL presented another banging underground tape in 1999 - this one is Chris Crossphader, The World Traveler. The mix tape includes a bunch of indie, gritty hip-hop from artists like Paw Duke, Godsunz, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Guru, Casual, Ran Reed, Severe, L-Fudge, Lone Catalysts, Unspoken Heard, Prince Po, Mass Influence, J-Live, Mos Def, Afu-Ra, The Last Emperor, MF Grimm, Grap Luva, Souls of Mischief, Talib Kweli, Encore, and lots more. Check the archives for more mixes, and listen below...

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Take It Personal Podcast "2018 Year In Review"

"Our Year In Review show features our favorites joints from 2018. It's our longest episode ever, so you might have to limit your consumption to an hour a day for the next week or so. We break down our favorite albums, we hand-out our MVP awards to the best rapper and producer of the year and play armchair A&R suggesting some of our dream collabos. We also have the man who absolutely bodied all his ’18 features and has created quite the buzz for himself lately, Pharoahe Monch. Pharoahe shares with us his favorite albums and collabos of ‘18 and what’s in store for 2019. And since we were in the super group mindset, Pharoahe tells us some funny stories about the short-lived Psychic Friends featuring himself, Black Thought, Common and Jeru The Damaja."

Friday, January 18, 2019

Peanut Butter Wolf "My Vinyl Weighs A Ton" (CMJ, 1999)

Released on this day in 1999, Peanut Butter Wolf's debut studio album "My Vinyl Weighs A Ton" is one the most important releases to come out of indie hip-hop in the late 90s. In the March (1999) issue of CMJ New Music Monthly, Brian Coleman reviews the album saying, "San Francisco's Stones Throw label has been pumping out amazing underground hip-hop for over two years now, and it's about time that the label's proprietor, DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, finally get his chance to shine. As he proves on his debut full-length, he's not only Stones Throw's CEO and A&R Director, but also its best musical resource. As a producer, Peanut Butter has an obvious love for both hard drums and tossing changes into a track mid-song, making damn sure that you're paying attention. Outside of the three supreme DJ-centered tracks (including the breathtaking epic "Tale Of Five Cities," which features Kid Koala, Rob Swift, Shortkut, Cut Chemist and J-Rocc, among others, cutting like mad), it's the vocalists who make this the truly props-worthy package. Planet Asia kills on "Definition Of Ill" and "In Your Area," Rasco rips up "Hold Up" and "Run The Line," the skills of the late Charizma are remembered with "Keep On Rockin' It," and the Lootpack and Kazi represent solidly on "Styles, Crews, Flows, Beats" and "Breaks 'Em Down," respectively. For the best of what the left coast has to offer, you won't do much better than this." Listen to it HERE, and the original review is below...

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A.J. Munson "Cigarettes & Coffee" (Album Stream)

A.J. Munson, the CA beatsmith, recently released "Cigarettes & Coffee," a 16-track LP featuring Verbal Kent, Pawz One, Rapper Big Pooh, Reks, Chris Orrick, Ruste Juxx, M-Dot, Tha Soloist, Recognize Ali, the homie Jason D, and lots more. I'm not a fan of cigarettes or coffee, but I'd imagine it took a lot of both to get through the process of producing for - and collecting verses from - all these talented MCs on his debut vinyl release. There are a total of 19 MCs and 3 DJs! More importantly than that, it doesn't sound like a compilation, each track & the project as a whole sounds cohesive. For the vinyl lovers, 350 copies will be pressed, the bulk of which will be traditional black wax & are available over at Vinyl-Digital (not sure if there is a US distributor in place). I've worked with Vinyl Digital indirectly for the One Be Lo (Binary Star) releases they had over there, they do solid work so order with confidence. In the meantime, stream "Cigarettes & Coffee" below.

Monday, January 14, 2019

KLIM Beats "Last Call" (Instrumental Album)

The latest instrumental release from Ukrainian beatsmith KLIM Beats is called "Last Call." The project includes 10 smooth and soulful instrumentals. Some samples will sound familiar and rightfully so, but KLIM Beats adds his own unique flavor and the outcome is a real solid listen. To hear more, dig into the tags below the post; I've posted several of his past beat tapes/instrumental LPs.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Big Ghost Ltd. "Built To Last" (Mix)

The 'Built To Last' Radio Show is hosted by Corrado and I Joe, each Thursday from 8-9pm on Radio campus FM in Toulouse, France. The latest mix in their series of tributes to classic emcees and producers shows love to Big Ghost Ltd, who has established himself as a student of the game and a beast behind the boards. One of the culture's most unique personalities, I respect all that he's brought to the culture and all the light he's shined on other creatives. You should dig into the tags and listen to all the other quality mixes from Built To Last. The finest selected and mixed below...

Saturday, January 12, 2019

KLIM Beats "Crystals" (Instrumental Album)

"Crystals" is the latest full-length instrumental album from Ukrainian producer, Klim Beats. I've posted a handful of his past projects, and he continues to release music consistently. It feels like there's a new beat tape in my playlist twice a month, and they stay in rotation. This latest LP is 13 tracks strong, more of that crisp production you've grown accustomed to from Klim Beats. Dig into the archives for some of my favorites from his back catalog and definitely support the limited edition vinyl being presented by Village Live Records. Stream Klim Beats' "Crystals" below...

Friday, January 11, 2019

Justo The MC & Maticulous "Mind Of A Man" (Album Stream)

Justo, who came up under the Gang Starr Foundation, has worked with Lord Finesse, Rockwilder, Marco Polo and DJ Skizz, releasing numerous projects, most recently “Black Ops,” produced entirely by Showbiz of DITC. maticulous, who came up under Fat Beats NY, has delivered several producer albums and instrumental projects having produced for the likes of MF Doom, Masta Ace, Your Old Droog, Lil' Fame of M.O.P., Blu, RA the Rugged Man and many more. After a chance meeting at SiriusXM studios, the duo started to craft what would become “Mind Of A Man.” This album showcases the feeling of Brooklyn hip hop that stands firm on tradition, giving you that true school flavor you’ve been missing. The LP features guest appearances by Kev Brown and Rasheed Chappell; cuts by DJ Eclipse, and soulful vocals from Davenport Grimes. Listen to "Mind Of A Man" below...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

HouseShoes "Magic 2018 Rap Shit Wrap-Up" (Mix)

Broken into two parts, HouseShoes has shared a mix of his favorite rap tracks as a wrap-up for 2018. Trusting his ear and ability to get his hands on stuff I may not be up on yet (especially out of Detroit), I'm always open to what HouseShoes has to offer, and it's always on point. The wrap-up includes tracks from PRhyme, The Alchemist, Freddie Gibbs, Vic Spencer, Westside Gunn & Conway, Roc Marciano, Jamal Bufford, 14KT, Estee Nack, Denmark Vessey, Illingsworth, Dibia$e, and so much more; you have to dig through it to appreciate it. Listen to Shoes' best of 2018 mix below...

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

DJ Rei Double R & G-Bo The Pro "Tape #18" (Mixtape, 1994)

DJ Rei Double R & G-Bo The Pro were a nasty duo, they dropped some of the most slept-on but deadly mix tapes released in the mid-90s. Tape #18 was released in 1994 and featured a mix of Hip-Hop, R&B, and Dancehall cuts from King Just, Wu-Tang Clan, Now Born Click, Gravediggaz, Nas, Smif-N-Wessun, De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Jeru The Damaja, Notorious B.I.G., Black Moon, Shaggy, Mega Banton, Supercat, Dawn Penn, Buju Banton, Fat Joe, Ice Cube, A Tribe Called Quest, SWV, Zhane, Gang Starr and more. Props to DaileyMaddawg76 for the better audio rip, check it out below...

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

DJ B-Mello "Blowin' Up Worldwide" (Mixtape, 1996)

Seattle's DJ B-Mello set it off with Blowin' Up Worldwide (Part 1) in 1996. The mix tape includes heavy joints from Heltah Skeltah, Royal Flush, Akinyele, Real Live, Large Professor, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Smoothe Da Hustler, Camp Lo, Jigmastas, The Arsonists, AK Skills, Raekwon, Nas, Sadat X, Frankie Cutlass, Saukrates, Artifacts, Wu-Tang Clan, Xzibit, Onyx, Company Flow and more. A nice mix of underground gems and some slept-on joints keep this mix still sounding especially good today because these weren't the overhyped and overplayed cuts being played everywhere else. A nice shout-out to my Fat Beats family, DJ Eclipse and DJ Jab on this one. Listen to the mix tape below...