Friday, January 31, 2020

The Last Emperor "Gotta Have Love" (EP Stream)

Dope Folks Records are proud to announce their 99th release: The Last Emperor's "Gotta Have Love" EP. The Last Emperor is an elusive Philly-born MC who started to make waves in the underground movement of the late 90's. Moving to New York in the early 2000's, he began performing at open mic nights and became a protege of Dr. Dre. After being featured on KRS-One's "C.I.A" with Zach De La Rocha, The Last Emperor was signed to Rawkus Records. In the span of 6 months, a handful of singles were released and the label stopped putting out new music. Being without a label, The Last Emperor formed Red Planet Music to release his debut "Music, Magic, and Myth." We are excited to release these tracks from The Last Emperor's vaults! 8 tracks in all from the The Last Emperor's underground career. Pre -order your copy NOW via Dope Folks Records.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Graf Cratedigger "Between" (Album Stream)

Graf Cratedigger shares some insight on being a creator and producer, as well as where he's at in his journey with his latest project, Between: "Still evolving, still in the journey. Music after hours. Between life, regular job, ambitions and other things. Cratediggin is way of life because we are still digging, still searching, still learning, still evolving. Cratediggin is a journey. We never stop being students.... Following the trends doesn't mean that someone is evolving. Since I remember, I heard that each creator should have his own individual characteristic style, his own trademark. That's how he or she's drums sounds, own groove, voice.... Through our journey, we work for this composition of unique elements that makes our style our own. Why are we still trying to sound like somebody else if all you can really be is yourself?" Listen to Between by Graf Cratedigger below...

Friday, January 17, 2020

DJ M-1 "Habit Of A Lifetime" (Album Stream)

Dublin, Ireland's DJ M-1 has released his latest production album titled Habit Of A Lifetime. It's 13 tracks of M-1's production and scratches and featuring artists like Sadat X, Wildelux, LMNO, Glad2Mecha, Zilla Rocc and more. The interlude from my OG, DJ Eclipse, was oddly the first thing to catch my attention, because certainly his support is a trigger for me to listen more closely and I definitely found the project worth a closer listen. Much respect to the hip-hop scene out in Ireland, I know Rob Kelly has been holding it down and others too. Check out the project below...

Monday, January 13, 2020

Smif-N-Wessun "Dah Shinin" (25th Ann. Mix by Filthy Rich)

"Celebrating 25 years of Smif N Wessun's LP 'Dah Shinin'. Black Moon & Da Beatminerz laid the blueprint for the early 90's gritty BK sound, and Tek & Steele ran with it crafting this undeniable classic. Mr Rippa & Vicksta's patois-infused rhymes over hard drums & dark samples made this the soundtrack for winter of '95 and beyond. Not one skippable track! I always loved the way they effortlessly flowed back and forth, finishing each other's sentences. No one has ever done it better than the PNC's from Bucktown. Ya betta wreckonize!!" Props to the homie Filthy Rich.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Hus Kingpin x SmooVth "The Connect Tape" (Album Stream)

Hus Kingpin & SmooVth link up for their new collaborative project, The Connect Tape. With 13 cuts, the project features Eto & Big Twins, Rome Streetz, Mach Hommy and production by Wun Two, Giallo Point, Stu Bangas, Doktor Real and more. You know what to expect when these two lyricists link-up, some of the best lyrics coming out of the underground in NY. Listen to the project below...

Friday, January 10, 2020

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