June 11, 2022

Donnie Propa "F#ck That's Delicious" (Mixtape)

UK's Donnie Propa is back with the latest installment in the Straight From The Crate Cave series; a dedication to Queens' own Action Bronson and Meyhem Lauren. The tracks included came directly from 100% vinyl for a roughly 90-minute mix. In all honesty, I've been on and off again in following the careers of both MCs, however I have a lot of respect for Action Bronson with his book, F*ck It, I'll Start Tomorrow, and the work-out regimen he's shared over the last couple years. To transform yourself and improve your health seems like a logical course of action, but for anyone who has tried to tackle it, it's easier said than done - especially as a touring artist. On the music front, I catch what I can, mostly the work with The Alchemist and in the case of Meyhem Lauren, the work he did with DJ Muggs, but with the pace of releases, it's hard to catch everything. That said, Donnie Propa's mixtape offers a nice overview of their catalogs and gives a great look at what these skilled MCs are capable of doing on the mic. So... check it out and click the archives for more.

June 08, 2022

DJ Cutler "Fly Fishing, Vol.7" (Mixtape)

These mixtapes from Chopped Herring Records are real gems! The 7th installment of Fly Fishing is mixed by DJ Cutler of the Pseudo Intellectuals and includes tracks from Napoleon Da Legend, Ken Masters, Ex-Cel, Lac Tha Rippa, Kasem The Party Pooper, Shifty & Da Ugly Man, Urban Renewal Project, Phatheadz, Ill Bill, Massive Staff, Perverted Dialect, Nejma Nefertiti, Da Steez Brotha, Ill Conscious, Smoky Kun, Page The Hand Grenade, Trevor J, Big Tabb, Big Sha, Landlords of the Morgue, Papa Chuk, Creaturenomics and more. While I don't do as many 90s vinyl reviews as I used to back in the early 2000s, y'all know my love for rare gems and slept-on vinyl, so I always appreciate/support Bob's Chopped Herring Records. Dig into the latest offering mixed by DJ Cutler...

May 20, 2022

DJ DS "Sound Clash Vol.2: When Hip Hop & Reggae Collide"

With original samples used, DJ DS curates reggae remixes of classic Hip-Hop and some acapellas over various other reggae-infused tracks for Volume 2 of his Sound Clash: When Hip-Hop & Reggae Collide mix. The tracklist includes joints from Junior Reid, Buju Banton, Born Jamericans, Boogie Down Productions, Barrington Levy, Johnny Osbourne, GZA, Bob Marley, Da Bush Babees, Super Cat, Brother Ali, Fugees, Damian Marley, General Levy, Kenny Dope, Louie Rankin, Bob Marley, Black Moon, Mad Lion, Mega Banton, Cutty Ranks, Poor Righteous Teachers, and lots more. Check out Volume 1 and more mixes from DJ DS in the archives. Listen to his Sound Clash Volume 2 mix below...

May 05, 2022

Gang Starr "Daily Operation" (May 5, 1992)

Much as they do on their previous album, the Guru (the MC aka Keith E) and DJ Premier unload 18 of the smoothest cuts on the planet. DJ Premier, once again, proves why he might be one of the best turntable wizards around. No one cuts and scratches as well as he does, and no one else can match his production or his ability to influence the listener with a piece of plastic. Hints of his greatness are evident on the tracks "Flip The Script," "No Shame In My Game," "B.Y.S. (Bust Your Shit)" and especially "I'm The Man," in which Premier creates three different tracks for the Guru and two others, Little Dap and Jeru The Damaja. Oh, by the way, Keith E can hold his own as well. Complementing his unique rhyming style and his distinct voice, the Guru drops more "science" than the chemistry department does in a year. He very well may be the most perceptive, intriguing and intelligent rapper today. Although I was disappointed that they left off "DWYCK" (a track featuring Nice & Smooth), I was thoroughly impressed by Gang Starr's third effort. Maybe not quite as good as Step In The Arena (Sav disagrees!), but this one was a definite four-star album. This summer is already not looking so bad. With new albums by Kool G Rap and DJ Polo, Pete Rock & CL Smooth (mark my words, these two will be classics), EPMD, Eric B & Rakim, MC Ren and others coming out, it looks like I'll finally have something to play in my car. But before you go out and buy those albums, go grab Daily Operation, because, as the saying goes, this record is ALL THAT. Have a great summer, and I'm outta here. - California Aggie (June 10, 1992). Revisit Gang Starr's Daily Operation LP below...

More from this college write-up in the summer of 1992...

May 04, 2022

RUN-DMC "Down With The King" (May 4, 1993)

Run DMC Down With The King Advertisement 1993

RUN DMC are the ultimate pioneers of Rap, and on this day in 1993, they released their final good album, 'Down With The King,' through Profile Records. I remember coppin' the 12" for 'Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do?' at J&R near my mother's job at the World Trade Center; an unlikely place to cop a 12". Of course, the title track features one of Pete Rock's classic beats, and its amazing it wasn't the lead single. For those in graffiti culture, 'King' was a term for writers and most of us were heavy into bombing - especially at that time. I also grew up in the section of Queens nearest to 'Christ The King' High School, which made the song all the more popular in my area. In reality, the title was arguably more of a reference to their past title 'King of Rock,' finding God between their last album 'Back From Hell' in 1990 and a little braggadocio. With the strength of the previously mentioned singles and the EPMD-assisted 'Can I Get It, Yo,' the album was definitely looked at more favorably than 'Back From Hell,' which was a hot mess. 'Down With The King' had production from Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Kay Gee, The Bomb Squad, Jermaine Dupri, etc. Of course, Rest in Peace to Jam Master Jay! 

Rev Run & DMC discuss some of their inspirations in Spin, 1993...

Run DMC Down With The King Spin Magazine 1993
Run DMC Down With The King Cassette

May 02, 2022

DJ MK "Best of A Tribe Called Quest" (Mixtape)

Straight from London, UK, DJ MK has put together a classic tribute mix to the legendary hip-hop crew from Queens, A Tribe Called Quest. As you might expect, DJ MK dives into their classic catalog of LPs, some rare cuts and remixes, plus a few other gems from the crew. You can't go wrong with a best of mix paying homage to a crew that blessed us with so many consistent albums and undisputed classics. You can also download the mix, broken into four parts, HERE. Dig into the archives for more mixes from DJ MK, definitely one of the best to touch the 1s and 2s... Turn it up!

April 30, 2022

Mr. Thing "My Favourite Favourites" (Mixtape, 2015)

Known worldwide as a DJ and turntablist, Mr Thing is a name synonymous with Hip-Hop. First touching the tables in 1987 he has been non-stop perfecting his art since and is now one of the worlds best. He has won DJ battles, both solo and as part of the Scratch Perverts, has a production discography that is the envy of most. He is responsible for some of the most perfect mixtapes and for a string of BBE released compilations including the creatively titled "Strange Breaks & Mr. Thing" and of course the rightly titled "Kings of Hip Hop" with DJ Premier. This mixtape in particular is entitled My Favourite Favourites; it features some of his 90s Hip Hop favorites. Get your head ready for 48 minutes of nodding and asking yourself "oh sh*t remember this jam?" You'll hear joints from Guru, Redman, Mos Def, Slick Rick, Organized Konfusion, KRS-One, Da King & I, Group Home, Mobb Deep, Jeru The Damaja, Brand Nubian, Das EFX, and lots more. Dig into it below...

April 29, 2022

DJ Greenpeace "Jiggy Free" (Mixtape, 1999)

With the second installment of the Fatlace Mixtape series, DJ Greenpeace brought us "Jiggy Free" in 1999. It's a 90-minute cassette-only mix of late 90s shiny-suit-free Hip Hop of the variety DJ Greenpeace used to review in his "Independents Day" page in HHC. R&B choruses are banned on this one so expect freestyles, shout-outs and well cut-up top-quality Indie rap from a time when "Keeping it Real" was more important than the "dollar dollar bill"! - via DJ Postie. Mix includes tracks from Polyrythym Addicts, Unsung Heroes, Frankenstein, Lootpack, Sound Providers and lots more.