Saturday, September 30, 2017

DJ Missie "Hip-Hop, Volume 1" (Mixtape, 2005)

I'm a fan of all the mixes in Japan's DJ Missie's Hip-Hop mixtape series. This is Hip-Hop: Volume 1... it features golden era tracks from The Beatnuts, EPMD, Cypress Hill, Lords of the Underground, Common, 2Pac, Digital Underground, Diamond D, MC Serch, Original Flavor, Black Moon, LONS, Jungle Brothers, Redman, 3rd Bass, Main Source, Kool G Rap, De La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, Zhigge, and more! Not necessarily the 'best' or most original track selection, but DJ Missie is an extremely technical and well-skilled DJ, making these mixes a pleasant listen. The mixtape scene in Asia is real strong, the tapes from DJ Missie move over there! Dig into Hip-Hop Volume 1 below, more to follow soon...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Aarophat & Illastrate as Black Noise, The LP (2009)

"Both Aarophat and Illastrate decided to merge as a group to generate a remedy for the lack of quality in Hip-Hop music. After listening to the album, it's hard to imagine that they actually met 14 hours before recording a single note. Aaro bonds his intense, intricate rhymes to Illa's nostalgic, boom-bap soulscape. The album consists of rugged instrumentals, along with aggressive percussion and heavy bass that allows Aaro to strategically map out his lyrical takeover while pulling listeners in. Using his insightful lyrics and an effortless flow, Aarophat gracefully walks the tightropes while Illastrate's production is gritty, yet friendly and inviting. The chemistry between the two is undeniable and the world will soon agree." You can and should stream it below. Instrumentals, too.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Apathy & O.C. "Perestroika" (Album Stream)

"Apathy (Demigodz, Army of the Pharaohs) and O.C. (D.I.T.C. - Diggin' In The Crates) combine forces to form 'Perestroika', a supergroup inspired by the cold war being waged on the rap industry. Anti-mainstream propaganda has become a bit of a cliche, so instead of speaking out against the unflattering direction that today's hip hop music has gone in, Apathy and O.C. have taken action by building a pillar in the ruins of what's left of true school hip hop. Picture the first time you heard Wu-Tang Clan's debut album "Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers" and were immediately swept up in to a dark Kung Fu movie, with the sound effects and painted visuals - "Perestroika" is intended to have the same effect... except it transports you to Cold War, Soviet Russia. From the Kremlin, to small villages affected by the economically devastating times of Perestroika, this album is a salute to the underdog and all those who are able to survive the coldest winters. Not entirely conceptual however, the album allows both wordsmiths to flex their greatest strengths over solid head-nodding East Coast-styled production. Showing up for the cause, guests Celph Titled, Slaine, Marvalyss, Kappa Gamma and Jus Cuz add to the palate alongside production that is mostly handled by Apathy, with MoSS and Illinformed (The Four Owls) contributing tracks as well. In a time of worldly political conflict and scandals, this project plays as the perfect soundtrack to the madness." - Apathy

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mista Sinista & Roc Raida "Lesson Number 1" (Mixtape, 1996)

Lesson Number 1 is a mix tape from Mista Sinista and Roc Raida (R.I.P.) in 1996. The artwork by DJ A. Vee shares that "All cuts by Sinista and Raida." It also gives shout-outs to Fat Beats, Battle Sounds, Zulu Nation and All Real DJ's; as well "R.I.P. to Karem Smith, Mr. Kae and CM." A ton of mixing and scratching, along with tracks by Shadez Of Brooklyn, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, The Roots, Wu-Tang Clan, Natural Elements, Nas, M.O.P., Arsonists, Large Professor, Jay-Z, Camouflage Large, Blahzay Blahzay, Capone-N-Noreaga, Big Shug, Brand Nubian and lots more. R.I.P., Roc Raida. Listen...

Friday, September 22, 2017

Rapsody "Laila's Wisdom" (Album Stream)

"Laila's Wisdom is the second studio album by American rapper Rapsody, released by Jamla Records and Roc Nation. It is Rapsody's first album released under her partnership with Roc Nation. The album features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar (who Rapsody previously worked with on Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly), Anderson Paak, Busta Rhymes, Lance Skiiiwalker, Black Thought, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Musiq Soulchild, among others." This is the album I've been waiting for from Rapsody! A lot can be said, but it's best you listen for yourself so stream it in full below.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Biz Markie "Doin The Mud Foot" (Converse Promo Tape, 1990)

Well said by The Martorialist, re: Biz Markie & Converse tape: "13 years before Jay-Z gave away his first and only mixtape with those Reebok kicks of his, which turned into Keith Richards' face after a couple of wears, Converse teamed up with Warner Bros Records for a free Biz Markie promo cassingle which came free with every pair of blue-on-white Cons basketball hi-tops in 1990. Nothing for the radio, just 2 tracks of exclusive prime-era Diabolical: Off The Top Of My Head is Biz's version of DJ Cool V's To My Boys, while Non Stop Rockin' is a historical curiosity given that it's a precursor to Biz's Nas demo + the sample-source for Biz's own Studda Step. Catch the vapors below..."

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Roc Raida "Beats, Cuts, Skits" (2007)

Beats, Cuts and Skits is the sixth and final album released by Grandmaster Roc Raida. It was released on May 21, 2007 for Adiar Cor Records and featured production from Roc Raida. This was his last album recorded before his tragic passing in 2009. Roc Raida's project features the Wayne-O (of E. Bros), Aasim D'Xplicit, Saigon, Fat Joe, Smif-N-Wessun, A.G., Jungle Brothers, M.O.P., Black Thought, Grafh, Ghostface Killah, Dilated Peoples, and more. Lord Sear posted the project to his Soundcloud, along with the following message: "Rest In Power to a good friend of mine... always will love this brother!" Roc Raida passed away on this day in 2009, and he's still greatly missed. Dig in...

Monday, September 18, 2017

Percee P "Perseverance" (Vibe Magazine, Nov. 2007)

"On a handful of acclaimed early '90s guest verses, Percee P spit lines that stretched, narrowed, and quickly folded back upon themselves in a blur of virtuosity. But then, for more than a decade, he languished in a rap obscurity. For this long awaited debut, Stones Throw producer Madlib has supplied him with a sample-centric daze of jittery rhythms and globally inspired noise that defies that expected retro tag. Madlib's sound is the perfect sonic bed Percee, offering enough space for his lung-collapsing lyrics, while also opening a jagged new lane for a veteran formalist. For a change, left-field rap done right." - Vibe, 11/07. Check the video for "Put It On The Line" and props to the homie Percee P; the sticker up above is from one of the countless sessions outside Fat Beats.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

DJ Rei Double R & G-Bo The Pro "Tape #15" (Mixtape, 1993)

Back again is DJ Rei Double R & G-Bo The Pro with Tape #15, another flavorful mix tape with a blend of Hip-Hop and R&B tracks. Artists like Gang Starr, Onyx, Snoop Dogg, House of Pain, Mary J. Blige, Intro, Naughty By Nature, H-Town, Lords of the Underground, Trends of Culture, Prince Markie Dee, Heavy D, Run DMC and lots more. This isn't my favorite of their mixes, but it still knocks all around and the new rip from J.Nickelz is pretty crisp. Much respect, listen to the mix below...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Cut Killer "Hip-Hop Summer Jam" (Mixtape, 1995)

This is Cut Killer's Hip-Hop Summer Jam mix tape from 1995. Cut Killer had released a few mixes in the Summer Jam series, but this particular tape features joints from Onyx, Lost Boyz, Jeru The Damaja, Doug E. Fresh, Nine, Junior M.A.F.I.A., Shabazz The Disciple, Raekwon, 1st Down, Mystidious Misfits, AZ, Shamus, Showbiz & A.G., Method Man, Pudgee The Phat Bastard & Biggie, Troubleneck Brothers, KRS-One, Big Kap, Jemini The Gifted One and more. A nice blend of indie/underground and classic material with Cut Killer doin' his thing in the mix. Props to DJ E-Freezy. Check it out below...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Recognize Ali x DJ TMB "Allah's Favorite LP" (Album Stream)

"After successful albums "Too Visible To See" LP & "Diary Of A Wild Child" EP,Super talented emcee "Recognize Ali" comes with the highly anticipated LP "Allah's Favorite" this one has DJ TMB on all the cuts with features from King Magnetic Verbal Kent Ruste Juxx C-Rayz Walz Reef The Lost Cauze and the Genocide General himself "Vinnie Paz" Provides the Intro! On this masterpiece the lyrical assassin shows us why he's one of the best emcees out now,why he's the chosen one,why he is Allah's Favorite! A breath of fresh air to hip hop purists worldwide. Hip Hop is alive & well!!!"

Thursday, September 14, 2017

DJ 4our 5ive "The Best Of Nas" (Mixtape)

Bronx-born and Long Island raised, DJ 4our 5ive has a long history in the music industry. I've heard several of his mixtapes over the years and I always gravitate towards tribute mixes, so it's a no-brainer to support this mix of classic joints from Nas. I've lost count of how many I've already posted, but what's wrong with another Nas mix? Nothing! 4our 5ive's mix includes joints from many of the best projects in Nas' catalog, as well as remixes and features with Noreaga, Mobb Deep, Raekwon, Ghostface, The Firm, Large Professor, and more. There's nothing new here, but... it's Nas!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Craig Mack "The Mack World Sessions" (Album Stream)

Despite being a driving force behind the early success of Bad Boy Records, the working relationship dissolved after Craig Mack's debut album "Project: Funk Da World." Most of you remember the awkward interview where Fab Five Freddy boasts of Craig Mack's role at Bad Boy, and to save face, Puff pretends he's working on the release of his sophomore LP, much to the visible surprise of Craig Mack, whose face called bullshit. After a disappointing album in '97, "Operation: Get Down," Craig Mack bounced around, leaving only white label releases sprinkled over the years. Many of those 12" releases have now found a home on Craig Mack's self-released album, "The Mack World Sessions." Tracks like "Wooden Horse," "Please Listen to My Demo," "Mac Come Thru" and over a dozen other tracks properly sequenced as a cohesive project. To this point, I haven't seen much promo attached to it, but it's available on all streaming platforms, so definitely check it out!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Purpose & Confidence "The Purpose of Confidence" (2012)

Purpose, founding member of the group Tragic Allies, teams up with extraordinary producer Confidence of Rashad & Confidence fame to bring you their debut album "The Purpose of Confidence". While these two artists come from different backgrounds, the sounds they put together capture the essence of pure hip-hop. The mixture of music takes you in different directions from story-telling, real world situations and lyrical onslaught. Purpose's flow, delivery and lyrics will have you engaged from start to finish while Confidence delivers on the boards as usual. This time, he switches it up to help complement Purpose's subject matter, but still providing his soulful and hard hitting trademark boom-bap sound along with more gritty beats as well. Listeners will be in for a nice surprise as these two artists help shape the landscape of hip-hop and keep that raw and authentic music pumping through the speakers. The Purpose Of Confidence was released 5 years ago today via Ill Adrenaline Records, and it's still highly recommended today!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Frank The Butcher & DJ 7L "Illegal Business" (Mix)

Frank The Butcher & DJ 7L have consistently released dope mixes & here's one of their earlier joints from the winter of 2013. The "Illegal Business Mix" was originally a double-sided mix, the A-Side featuring an intro from DJ Clark Kent & featuring tracks from Real Live, Redman, Smoothe Da Hustler, Cormega, Cru, Fat Joe & Pun, Blahzay Blahzay, CNN, The Lox & Biggie, Mobb Deep, Nas & more! The B-Side kicks off with an intro from the G.O.A.T., DJ Premier, the dives into tracks with Nas & Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan, Rapper Noyd, Gang Starr, Tragedy, Biggie, Royal Flush, Big L & even more. If that doesn't speak for itself, then this mix isn't for you! Otherwise, click play and listen below. (Update): Frank The Butcher & DJ 7L only had Side A up on Soundcloud, but fortunately DJ Step One now has the full tape on Mixcloud so once again props to him for the stream. Listen...

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

DJ Chief One "1993" (Mixtape)

Sharing another dope throwback mix from DJ Chief One; this one covering the year 1993, arguably one of my favorite years in Hip-Hop music! Squeezing over 70 tracks into this mix, suffice to say he covers a wide range of releases from '93, including tracks from A Tribe Called Quest, Run DMC, Rakim, Black Moon, KRS-One, M.O.P, The Coup, The Beatnuts, Dr. Dre, Da King & I, Shyheim, Masta Ace, Knuckleheadz, Common, Souls of Mischief, Tragedy, Rumpletilskinz, Dred Scott, Biggie, Flavor Unit, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, Tha Alkaholiks, Yall So Stupid, Hard 2 Obtain, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, The Nonce & more! You don't wanna miss this one, dig into the mix below.

Monday, September 04, 2017

DJ Obsolete "Reminiscence" (Instrumental Album)

"Reminiscence" is a dope instrumental album from beatmaker DJ Obsolete from Cologne, Germany. I saw it originally released digitally & on cassette earlier in the year, it's now being released on Vinyl via Postpartum Records - limited to 250 copies. Hard-drums and vocal chops, it's got a nice boombap feel throughout all 20 tracks, dig into it below and click through to order the vinyl.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

The Halftime Show "The 14th Anniversary" (March 7, 2012)

DJ Eclipse uploaded the audio from the 14th Anniversary of The Halftime Show. The date was March 7, 2012 up at 89.1FM WNYU and the audio represents a look back at some of the highlights from the earlier years of the show - including freestyles from Akinyele, A.G., Arsonists, Big L, Cage, Dilated Peoples, Dynasty, Eminem, Fat Joe, 50 Cent, Ghostface Killah, Godfather Don, Hieroglyphics, Method Man, Natural Elements, Non Phixion, Outsidaz, PMD, Q-Tip, Ras Kass, Redman, Royce Da 5'9, Street Smartz, Talib Kweli and more. Peace to DJ Eclipse, DJ Riz, DJ Skizz & Petey Cologne. Listen below...