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...