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!