July 27, 2021

Take It Personal Podcast "Ode to 1993" (Part 2)

Episode 91 is the 2nd installment of Take It Personal's 1993 Tribute. The podcast/mix features 3 hours of Take It Personal to remind you of when hip-hop was fun. They've got joints by A Tribe Called Quest, Biz Markie, De La Soul, Akinyele, The Beatnuts, Wu-Tang Clan, Black Moon, Now Born Click, Lords of the Underground, Tragedy Khadafi, Da Youngsta's, Digable Planets, KRS-One, Naughty By Nature, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Fat Joe, Erick Sermon, Illegal, Da King & I, Big L, Das EFX, Run DMC, Snoop Dogg, Masta Ace, and much more! RIP Biz Markie. Props to Philaflava, DJ 360, and Kevlar. Dig in the archives below for part 1, and all the past episodes of this world-class podcast...

July 23, 2021

Ransom & Big Ghost Ltd. "Heavy Is The Head" (Album Stream)

Keeping history in tact, I always attempt to share new releases in the artists' own words, so their perspective is preserved with the music. Unfortunately, most artists aren't nearly as eloquent with the pen as the Godly Big Ghost Ltd, who produced this brand new album for Ransom entitled, Heavy Is The Head. He shares, "Some MFs rap...n by “some” I mean damn near 1/3 of the population on earth... Some do it well n some create sonic bowel movements every time they step in a booth. Some got talent n some got literally none at all...maybe even less. Some talented MFs try to dumb it down to appeal to a wider audience n chase fame. Some stick to what they do best n quietly cultivate a devoted fanbase while gaining the utmost respect of not only peers but of any so-called competition as well. This dude Ransom aka Ransom The Destroyer falls into that last category. The list of living breathing rappers on the planet who can match his pen game is bout as short as Tory Lanez doing the splits. This is elite level rhymin.. no throwaway bars or filler shit. The words really really rhyme... But CONCEPTUALLY this shit different too. How many street cats really get cinematic on wax....in 2021? We bringin creativity n imagination back... Yall gotta stop actin like nobody else pop 20 bottles in a club n back down a whole room full of killers dolo while movin 500 bricks the same night on records.. Yea you got cribs on Mt Fuji n Sinaloa cartel is your peoples but what else you bring to the table my G? Yall studio drug kingpins more Bambaataa than Zambada.. Just stick to hip hop." The album features Mickey Factz, RJ Payne, Rome Streetz, Vinnie Paz, Ill Bill and more. Dig in…

July 23, 2021

Take It Personal Podcast "Ode to 1993" (Part 1)

Episode 90 is the 1st installment in Take It Personal's 1993 Tribute. Last year they put together a strong case as to why they felt 1995 was one of the greatest years in Hip-Hop. This time around they're paying homage to 1993, their favorite year in hip-hop. They've got the classics, the commercial jawns, the remixes and in typical TIP fashion, the obscure records as well. During the breaks in the mix, they discuss their favorite '93 albums, the sleepers, the wack, the  guilty pleasures and more! Enjoy episode 90 as they intertwine some memorable movie scenes with very memorable music. This is your 1993 time capsule and it's brought to you by your friends at Take It Personal. I'd imagine we can expect multiple installements in their 1993 tribute, so keep it locked...

July 21, 2021

Marley Marl's Legendize "The DJ Premier Episode" (Podcast)

On the LEGENDIZE podcast, hip hop pioneer DJ Marley Marl and co-host DJ Callie Ban go beyond the origin stories of hip hop's greatest artists and producers, and the classic records they made. Lean in as they candidly interview hip hop royalty, break down the history of iconic samples, and step inside the culture that changed the world. On the Season 1 finale of LEGENDIZE, Marley Marl and Callie welcome legendary producer and hip hop royalty DJ Premier to the show. Preemo shares stories of his childhood in Texas and NY and the many influences that helped shape his musical journey. From teaming up with Guru and Gang Starr, to producing classics for Jay Z, Biggie, Nas and countless others, the 3x Grammy winning producer details his history, process and contributions to the culture. Enjoy a very special peek into the world of the undeniable legend ... DJ Premier! Dig in...

July 20, 2021

Rasheed Chappell "15 Minutes in Queens" (EP Stream)

It's always a beautiful day when Rasheed Chappell drops new music! His latest project is a 5 track EP, entirely produced by Reckonize Real, and it's entitled 15 Minutes in Queens. With an impressive rollout I recommend you walk through on his socials, the lyrical giant presents an air of controlled dominance on all 5 of the records. I've been a fan for 10+ at this point; always anticipating new releases regardless of how long it took between his debut, Future Before Nostalgia and his follow-up, First Brick. After that, the Buckwild-produced Sinners & Saints came quick and it also did not disappoint! In between, the homie DJ Eclipse keeps me in the loop as his management, and through his radio show on Sirius, Rap Is Outta Control. Although Rasheed is originally from NJ, as a Queens cat myself... every track feels like a piece of nostalgia with a touch of today, making him one of today's most remarkable MCs to blend those two worlds. All that said, dig into this latest EP below...

July 19, 2021

Vinyl Esquire "The DJ Eclipse & DJ Riz Episode" (Podcast)

Vinyl Esquire is the DJ podcast that uplifts the DJ culture and honors our DJ legends. DJ Rip interviews the most influential DJs in the world so listen and learn their history! In this episode, DJ Eclipse and DJ Riz are his highly esteemed guests. They talk their Sirius radio show, Rap Is Outta Control, as well as Crooklyn Clan, Fat Beats, DJ Premier, Brooklyn Slum Lords, Party breaks and more! There's a ton of unique history shared, listen to two of the best break it down for you below. Past episodes have included interviews with Scram Jones, DJ Skribble, Spinderella, Nasty Nes, DJ Scratch, DJ Tony Neal, Davy DMX, Pete Rock, The Arabian Prince, The Egyptian Lover, Supreme La Rock, DJ Cut Creator, DJ K-Def, DJ Lord Jazz, DJ Eddie F, Mantronix, DJ Chuck Chillout and more...

July 18, 2021

UFO Fev & Vanderslice "Enigma of Dali" (Album Stream)

Harlem emcee UFO Fev and Phoenixville-based producer Vanderslice team up for a collaborative album, 'Enigma of Dalì,' that blends surrealist art vibes with raw street rap for one of the year’s most immediately engaging releases. Both artists continue to shine on this LP after dropping a number of impressive projects in 2020. For Fev, it was a period of incredible consistency as he put out 'Fresh Air,' 'From El Barrio, With Love,' and 'The Ghost of Albizu,' produced entirely by Statik Selektah, Termanology, and Big Ghost Ltd, respectively. As for Vanderslice, he’s coming off the release of the 'Trendsetter' EP, which paired some of his dopest beats with the likes of G Perico and Ty Farris, among others, and recently handled production for OT The Real’s latest single, “Kensington Beach” featuring the legendary Beanie Sigel. With 'Enigma of Dalì,' we’re seeing two like-minded artists push themselves even further as they embody the experimentalism of Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalì. “He became my muse, and someone whom I began to study,” Fev explains. “In my free time, I’d watch his interviews and would begin to pen lyrics. Subconsciously, I was writing from the point of view of someone misunderstood, very much like Dalì was.” This is another really solid project! Listen below... and props to the homie Matt Diamond over at Coalmine Records. 

July 17, 2021

Rest In Peace, Biz Markie! (Tribute Mix by DJ Sheep)

Biz Markie, who infused his music with so much fun and humor that he became known as "The Clown Prince of Hip Hop," has passed away... He was 57. "Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years," his manager, Jenni Izumi, said in a written statement. Beloved in the music industry for his lighthearted persona, Biz Markie even had a dance named for him. Born Marcel Hall in New York City, he began rapping in local clubs when he met hip hop producer Marley Marl in 1985. That meeting led to Biz Markie working as a human beatbox with artists MC Shan and Roxanne Shanté. Biz Markie, seen at Kensington High Street in London on April 6, 1988. Biz Markie, seen at Kensington High Street in London on April 6, 1988. In his spare time, Hall recorded demos and in 1988, he secured a deal with the Cold Chillin' label to release his debut album, "Goin' Off." Radio soon caught on and the album launched hits with "Vapors" and "Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz." The following year, his album "The Biz Never Sleeps" went gold, buoyed by what would be his biggest hit, "Just A Friend." His playful, sad sack persona was in direct contrast to some of the harder core hip hop that had become popular in the late 1980s. But Biz Markie would soon find trouble with a case that helped change the way the rap industry did business. Musician Gilbert O'Sullivan sued the rapper over his song "Alone Again" on his 1991 album "I Need a Haircut." O'Sullivan won and moving forward, hip hop artists had to clear the use of samples. "I still was me," Biz Markie said during a 2008 interview. "It wasn't a rape case or a gun case. It was a sample." The rapper had some fun with the case, naming his 1993 album "All Samples Cleared!" Honing his DJ skills, he soon became known as much for rocking the party as rocking the mic. He also expanded his career to include acting, appearing in "Men in Black II," as a narrator on the adult puppet show "Crank Yankers," and on the children's series "Yo Gabba Gabba!" with his "Biz's Beat of the Day." - CNN.

In the words of DJ Sheep... "We truly lost a great one today, Biz Markie, the cornerstone of humour in hip-hop with his larger than life cartoon-ish personality and demeanour. The B-I-Z's discography, legacy and history in hip-hop ran deep and his crates and music knowledge ran even deeper. I feel extremely humbled and blessed in hindsight to have spent time with Biz Markie in Australia, having both shared the stage with him in Sydney as well as spending a couple of days hanging out in Brisbane together with his brother DJ Cool V. We did what Biz does best and hit Chinatown in Brisbane for Chinese food, went diggin' for records and vintage toys and nerded out for many hours sharing, dissecting, politicin' and listening to rare breakbeats, grooves, raps, acapellas and stems. It's one of the very few times I was absolutely geeked out meeting one of my heroes. There's been too many times when I've learned that my childhood rap heroes are actually jerks, even more-so with the advent of social media. There are too many hilarious stories to tell and memories of that tour which will have to wait for another time. This short but sweet 14-minute promo "mega-mix" was done in one take on two decks and a mixer at the request of the promoter of the down under tour. I kept it simple and just blended 7 of my favourite Biz tracks. There's obviously some deeper diggin' to be done in Biz's extensive catalog and I'm sure there'll be some great tribute mixes forthcoming but I kept this one as is because it's from a time and a place that hopefully some others can appreciate. Nobody Beats the Biz. Never. Rest in Peace and my most genuine condolences to his family and loved ones." Tribute mix below... Rest In Peace, Biz Markie.