April 23, 2022

Altered Crates "DOOM STARR" (Mash-Up EP)


Here is the latest mash-up project from Atlanta-based producer Altered Crates blending beats by DJ Premier and vocals from the late great, MF DOOM. The project is appropriately titled, DOOM STARR. The 6-track EP casts the phenomenal production of DJ Premier and inimitable style of MF DOOM in a new light... imagine the possibilities? DOOM is an underground legend to be celebrated and it was a terrible tragedy that we lost him too soon. I don't know how long this project--like those that came before it--will last on the internet, but if it goes down, hit me up and I'll try to update it with a fresh link. You can also download the project for free HERE, which I highly recommend. Props to the good homie Matt out in Baltimore for giving me the headsup on this EP...

April 20, 2022

Capital Rap Show (Gang Starr, April 19-20, 1991)


Props to RandomRapRadio for sharing this gem from the Capital Rap show in London, April 20, 1991. They include following message along with it, "It’s a rare interview with Guru & Premier, shootin the gift on air with Tim Westwood, just hours after their incredible April 1991 gig at the Town & Country Club in North London. They rock up to the studios of Capital Radio to catch up on some promo for the forthcoming Step In The Arena LP, and they’re joined in the studio by an excitable Caveman crew. There are too many really interesting topics to mention, so just listen up at your leisure. They both give Tim major props for stayin' in his indy lane too. That didn't happen that often back then. Check out Tim gettin hyped when Primo kicks the knowledge on 10″ car-trunk woofers!" In terms of tunes... it includes tracks from De La Soul, Son of Bazerk, 3rd Bass, Leaders of the New School, EPMD, Kool Keith, KRS-One, Black Sheep, Gang Starr and more. Listen to the show below...

April 18, 2022

David Begun "Tribematic" (Mash-Up Album)


New Hampshire's David Begun returns once again with his latest mash-up album, TribeMatic. Both integral parts of the golden era of hip-hip, Nas and A Tribe Called Quest contributed greatly to the 90's hip-hop scene, and my entire childhood! This project combines the lyrics of Nasir Jones over various tributes, remakes and renditions of classic Tribe songs from over the years to create TribeMatic. Begun takes no shortcuts mashing over 15 records to compile this homage to these Queens legends. While I can't promise this project will remain online, I do hope you get to enjoy it below... I also recommend supporting it and all the other fine projects I've shared in the archives... 

April 13, 2022

Mobb Deep "Juvenile Hell" (April 13, 1993)


On their debut, Havoc and Prodigy tell the listener in all sorts of overconfident manners that there are few people out there who can mess with Mobb Deep. In fact, they do so in 14 different ways on Juvenile Hell. Mostly produced by Mobb Deep themselves, this album is rawness at an unrelenting pace, with an undeniable, relentless, and often irrational energy. The intro cut sets the mood as a warning, set to a "Queens brand" production. The tempo is kind of fast, but the bassline rolls to easily facilitate a strong head nod. The sampled horn stabs help to remind you that, after all, it's still music. Over this beat Prodigy cautions: "It's called Juvenile Hell; you won't survive long." In the first few songs, Mobb acquaints the listener with the life of a "frustrated and confused young juvenile" living in Queens. Juvenile Hell is hardcore, but not void of musical pr creative effort and accomplishment; it's really cool, serious, and 100 percent hip-hop. Highlights include "Flavor for the Non Believers," "Peer Pressure," "Stomp Em Out" (featuring Big Noyd), and "Hold Down the Fort." When Juvenile Hell was initially released, it didn't do so well in the stores. Perhaps it was the excess of threats and proclamations making up Juvenile Hell that kept buyers away in 1993, or maybe it was the label's inability to market this virulent project correctly. In any event, it's an album worthy of historical note. - AllMusic. Revisit Mobb Deep's debut album, Juvenile Hell, from 1993 below...



Rest In Peace, Prodigy...

April 12, 2022

Real Bad Man "On High Alert, Volume 4" (EP Stream)


Following last year's collaboration with Boldy James on "Real Bad Boldy", LA producer and watch slinger Real Bad Man is back with the 4th installment of his fire On High Alert series! On this new chapter he recruits an incredible line-up of rappers, featuring Cappadonna, Evidence, Marlon Craft, M.A.V., Maxo, Meyhem Lauren, Mooch, Rigz, Roc Marciano, The Alchemist, Rome Streetz, Sachill Pages, Sauce Heist, Stove God Cooks and Willie The Kid. This whole series has been real solid, expect more of the same, and then dig in the archives for Volumes 1-3. Vinyl available via Tuff Kong Records.

April 11, 2022

Rock, Rock, Rock On: The Robert "PH" Diaz Story (Book)


Rock, Rock, Rock On, compiled with over 100 interviews, is the definitive story of the King of Underground Hip-Hop, Robert "PH" Diaz, known to most as Pumpkinhead. Rock, Rock, Rock On's title is inspired by PH's classic "Rock On," an ode not just to hip-hop but to the everyday grinders who continue to represent hip-hop to the fullest. With in-depth detail, Rock, Rock, Rock On spans the incredible career of PH, tracing his roots in underground showcases and battles in the '90s, his time at Makin' Records, becoming a father and husband, recording the classic album Orange Moon Over Brooklyn, reemerging and reinventing battle culture as we know it, being the first MC to have a street named after him, and so much more. Interviewees include his family, longtime collaborators, and friends including Immortal Technique, Jean Grae, Poison Pen, Marco Polo, Dizaster, Bad Seed, LR Blitzkrieg, GMS, Organik, Tonedeff, PackFM, Substantial, Swave Sevah, NEMS, Mecca, Block McCloud, Mr. Metaphor, DJ DP-One, Wordsworth, Supastition, Lush One, Lexx Luthor, Screem, Okwerdz, El Da Sensei, Thirstin Howl III, Steele, Bobbito, and many others. Busta Rhymes wrote the foreword to Rock, Rock, Rock On, where he says, "This is all a testament to who he really was, especially from all the uncut love from the people." Order now HERE. Rest In Peace, Robert "PH" Diaz aka Pumpkinhead.

April 10, 2022

DJ Rhettmatic Loops, Chops, Beats, & Vibes" (Vol. 1-2)


The first official project being released on Beat Junkie Sound is DJ Rhettmatic's previous Beat Tape albums "Loops, Chops, Beats, & Vibes" Vol 1 and 2, on cassette tape. It is a limited edition cassette tape with an Obi Strip, colored graphics on the tape shell and personally numbered by DJ Rhettmatic himself. Only 100 made with 2 bonus beats that's available only on the tape. I think I originally shared the original instrumental album in 2018, on Rhettmatic's birthday, but as it says, there are additional beats and it's chopped a little differently in this cassette release. Much love and respect to the entire Beat Junkies crew, some of the very illest to EVER do it! Listen below ...

April 09, 2022

J-Love x Capone-N-Noreaga "Still Reporting" (Mixtape, 2007)


This is J-Love's Still Reporting mixtape; a 2007 tribute to Capone-N-Noreaga's catalog that included joints from The War Report, The Reunion, and various (early) unreleased joints that came before their Channel 10 album 2 years later. East Coast hip-hop at its finest, you'll hear tracks with Tragedy Khadafi, Mobb Deep, E Money Bags, Royal Flush, Kool G Rap, Foxy Brown, Cormega, The LOX, Mary J. Blige and Nature. J-Love used to drop off boxes of his mixes at Fat Beats and this one of the joints that still stays in rotation, along with J-Love's early Nas' Finest and Mobb Misses joints. Props to the whole Queens, check this mix below and dig into the archives for more mixes...