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 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 08, 2022

The Griselda & The Chosen 1 Tape (EP Stream, 2020)

This an interesting release... DJ Chosen 1's beats with vocals from rare Griselda freestyles. The 9-track EP features tracks with Conway The Machine, Benny The Butcher, Westside Gunn, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Nipsey Hussle and even an interview with the late great Reggie Osse (aka Combat Jack - Rest In Peace!). There are physicals behind this release if you're interested in copping the limited edition CDs and vinyl. In the meantime, listen to The Griselda & The Chosen 1 Tape below...

April 07, 2022

DJ Craig G & P-Nice "We Got Next" (Mixtape, 1998)

Here we have DJ Craig G and DJ P-Nice's Tape Kingz mix tape, We Got Next in 1998. It features a mix of original freestyles from Drag-On, Cam'Ron, Charli Baltimore, DMX and 50 Cent, as well as tracks by Noreaga, Mase, Slick Rick, Foxy Brown, Black Rob, Canibus, Jay-Z, McGruff, and more. This was definitely a Harlem Music Hut-type joint that was banging out of the streets of Uptown at the time. DJ Craig G and DJ P-Nice collaborated on "Back In Business" in 1997, which you can check out in the archives, among others I'm sure I'll get to in time. Until then, peep '98's We Got Next below...

April 06, 2022

Nas "I Am..." (April 6, 1999)

Nas, the New York rapper acclaimed in hip-hop world for the brilliant hard-edge wordplay of the 1994 "Illmatic," tries to offer a little something for everyone on his latest disc, "I Am..." There are grim tales of the gangsta life, a tribute to Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., political commentary, a bit of romance with an R. Kelly sample. Guest stars on the record include DMX, Scarface and Aaliyah. Nas even goes back to "Illmatic" and samples himself on "N.Y. State of Mind Pt. II." And on "Hate Me Now," with one more guest -- Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs -- Nas lashes out at his critics: "Best storyteller thug narrator / My style greater / model dater / Big threat to all of you haters." Who are the haters? "Everyone has to deal with that, with jealousy and envy," Nas said in a brief interview. "The world is full of haters. I'm letting them know it's not going to stop me." That song got Nas indirectly involved in controversy when Puff Daddy allegedly beat up Steve Stoute, Nas's manager. Puff Daddy was supposedly upset at a crucifixion scene in the "Hate Me Now" video. He wanted his part of the scene removed. When it aired anyway, he supposedly went after Stoute. Still, Nas expressed his admiration for Puff: "I just like him, he stands out in his own way. He seemed perfect for this record. You put two dogs together, and you get your point across." On his web site, www.iamnas.com, he offers a brief disclaimer about the crucifixion scene: "Nas believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, and this video is in no way a depiction or portrayal of his life and death." Nas, born Nasir Jones, grew up in New York City's Queensbridge Projects. He's been rapping since he was 18, first on Main Source's "Live at the Barbecue," then with MC Serch before establishing himself with "Illmatic." The album's dense street reportage, and Nas's sheer ability with language, made this an album to be reckoned with. Many critics, however, feel Nas's subsequent albums haven't been up to "Illmatic's" standard. Nas brushes that off, "I like that album, but more people are buying my new record than the old one." Along with his own projects, Nas teamed up with Foxy Brown, AZ and Nature on a collaboration called The Firm. Last year, he starred with DMX in a movie called "Belly," in which the two played drug dealers. Directed by music video director Hype Williams, the movie got lousy reviews, but Nas said it was the experience that counted." - News-Press, FL. (July 9, 1999).

Dig in the archives for lots more on Nas and I Am...

April 05, 2022

M.O.P. "To The Death" (April 5, 1994)

M.O.P. stands for Mash Out Posse, and its members are rappers Lil Fame and Bill Danziene. So far, the act is known for "How About Some Hardcore," the hard-edged single that also appears on the "House Party 3" soundtrack. Before that jam, Lil Fame dropped three cuts on 4th & Bway's 1992 compilation set "The Hill That's Real," including "Bring The Ruckus." Those efforts helped reinforce his name among those in the street game. According to Lil Fame, who, along with Danziene, grew up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, N.Y., the set contains "some around-the-way shit. We write about things we've been through, what we had to do to survive, and stuff that goes on around us." The duo was signed to Select Records by Silver D, director of A&R. In the past, he had supervised cuts on "The Hill That's Real." The process of developing M.O.P. began last October, when "How About Some Hardcore" appeared. "We felt the record was a New York thing, so we went right to local mix-show jocks like Ron G, the Awesome Two, Funkmaster Flex and Red Alert." The resulting buzz spread to New England, thanks to support from college radio. Select then focused its promotional energies on the South, where the record was gaining acceptance. "M.O.P. turned into a real word-of-mouth thing, and we've been going where we see outbreaks," says Select president Fred Munao. When the new Darryl D-produced album arrives, the label will continue its street-oriented campaign. "We'll be perfectly content with a slow build, gaining solid street credibility and street props," says Wyatt Cheek, VP of marketing at Select. Explaining his moniker, Lil Fame says, "I know mad people, and I get crazy props for what I do. Everybody be like, 'Yo, that lil' n#gga could rap!'" Going with the flow, Danziene offers an explanation of his own handle, "I earned that from the way I take care of my business," he says. "It makes it seem like I'm on top of things, like I'm controllin' shit." Among the tracks on the album are "Heistmaster," which swims in C.R.E.A.M. themes. On "F.A.G.," the duo takes it to the face of "fake ass gangstas." "Blue Steel" sports high-caliber rhymes like, "It's time to let 'em know the deal / Nowadays shit is for real - so I'm packin' blue steel." - H. Nelson. To The Death...

The full review from March 1994 and more is below...

April 04, 2022

Big Pun "Yeeeah Baby" (4/04/00)

Christopher “Big Pun” Rios passed away just shy of two months before the release and anticipated success of his sophomore LP, Yeeeah Baby, which came on the heels of his debut album, Capital Punishment. With appearances from the entire Terror Squad and executive production by the Terror Squad general Fat Joe, the 16-track album showed Pun’s acute diversity not only in his lyricism but his approach to song-making, which yielded some of the most memorable songs of his career. Because of Big Pun’s extreme obesity, the album took longer to record since his breathing problems couldn’t permit him to freely spit his custom, rapid-fire flow. Some of the LP’s favorites are the Puerto Rican anthem “100%” with Terror Squad crooner Tony Sunshine on the hook, “New York Giants” featuring M.O.P., “Ms. Martin”, an ode to his protege Remy Ma and the touching single “It’s So Hard” featuring Donnell Jones. Salute to Big Pun, Pun Jr. and the entire Terror Squad for this unparalleled piece of Hip Hop History! - The Source. While not a classic like his debut, Capital Punishment, this posthumous album did celebrate his greatness in terms of flow and delivery, as well as charisma and comedic personality. Revisit Pun's Yeeeah Baby below, and also check out the official Loud Records commercial HERE. R.I.P., Big Pun! I wish we had more music from this lyrical GIANT.

The rhyming ability and personality of Big Pun are sorely missed today.

April 03, 2022

"Dawg Fight" (Documentary, 2015)

West Perrine, Florida is an impoverished pocket of Southwest Miami-Dade County, where over 73 percent of its residents are African American, and more than a third of them are unemployed. Violent crimes occur on a daily basis in this neighborhood of less than two square miles, where much of its adult male population winds up dead or in prison before their 30th birthday. But among the blight, there is hope. Standing at 6’3, weighing 270lbs and with a mohawk crest crowning his head, Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris is a statuesque and imposing figure -- a fist waving warrior who gained notoriety through bare knuckled battles as part of the crew of Mixed Martial Arts sensation Kimbo Slice, a childhood friend. Using his mothers yard as a venue, Dada built a ring and quickly cemented himself as the Don King of illegal fights. No doctors, no ambulance. Just two men in a 12’ x 12’ ring battling in a savage bare-knuckle fight to the finish, all in search of a little glory but more importantly of some cash to feed their families as they literally try to fight their way out of poverty and out of the hood. The documentary Dawg Fight was released in 2015, where I believe it briefly appeared on Netflix. If you haven't seen it, it's a solid indie documentary, check it out below...

April 02, 2022

Bahamadia "Kollage" (4/02/96)

Philadelphia's Bahamadia, best known for her previous work with Guru from Gang Starr, is a low-key MC; in "Total Wreck" she caps a man-stealing couplet with a sly "just kiddin'." Aside from an ode to young mothers and a backstage-freak critique that concludes (typically) "I'm not one to judge," sex and gender aren't part of this Kollage. Like Queen Latifah's All Hail The Queen, Bahamadia's debut ultilizes many crews and producers, though her chameleonic approach is the opposite of Latifah's command. Guru splices and loops piano and horns; The Roots serve them au natural. But lesser-known Da Beatminerz provide Kollage's most vibrant segments, "Spontaneity" (which mixes Dream Warrior's chimebience with shuddering strings) and "Innovation" (which name-checks Mork and Mr. Belvedere), both propelled by Bahamadia's freestyle skill. The main romance on this album is between Bahamadia and words, the pleasure of hip-hop lyricism--alliteration and internal rhymes, "mad explosive" metaphors and similes. Her flow can be slow and staccato or Roadrunner-fast ("Rugged Ruff cries out for a reward), but Bahamadia's calm tone always masks abundant humor. - Spin Magazine (May, 1996). AllMusic also shares, "Bahamadia's debut album, Kollage, is an underrated, jazzy affair paced by some nifty production and the MC's own dryly gentle delivery. Despite her laid-back, even deliberate flow, she has a confident, upfront presence on the mic, with strong rhyming skills and a fondness for old-school wordplay (as demonstrated on, naturally, "Wordplay"). Being a protégée of Gang Starr and a native of Philadelphia, she gets production help from the former's DJ Premier and Guru, as well as the latter's Roots. The music often recalls both of those artists, as well as the unassuming, low-key ambience of Digable Planets. But there's also often a dreamier quality than any of those groups, thanks to some spacey keyboards and fusion samples, and some R&B elements as well, most notably on the excellent single "I Confess." Other highlights include her two early singles, "Total Wreck" and "Uknowhowwedu," and the quietly shimmering "Spontaneity."" Revisit the LP today...

Bahamadia has one of the smoothest flows, this is a great LP.

April 01, 2022

Pete Rock "PeteStrumentals 4" (Instrumental Album)

A renowned producer lauded for his innovative production and impeccable ear, Pete Rock is widely recognized as one of the greatest and most influential hip hop producers of all time. A pioneer of fusing jazz, funk and soul into hip-hop, many sight him as laying down the blueprint for soulful production in hip-hop. He revolutionized rap production through groundbreaking studio wizardry, made remixes matter more than the original songs, established ad-libs as a standard recording asset... the list goes on. Having worked with huge names including Run-D.M.C, Public Enemy, J Dilla and Busta Rhymes (just to name a few), Pete Rock’s work as a producer has translated into over 25 million albums sold worldwide. With such huge influence as a producer, Pete’s solo material serves to only further enhance his reputation as an artist and a producer. This is the fourth installment in Pete Rock's ground-breaking PeteStrumentals series, check out these 14 fine instrumentals below....