Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Beathole Records - Talent Fest - 1995

CD - 1995 - Beathole Records 

Let's talk about Chicago Hip-Hop with this indie comp "Talent Fest" released in 1995 on Beathole Records. Composed of 12 tracks with artists like Rubberroom, D 2 the S, Ang 13, The Figure, Steady Serv, Spalaney's, East of the Rock, The Realist and more ... 

"Beathole records is very proud to bring this compilation album to you, showcasing some of Chicago's most talented rap acts. With such a vast amount of talent in Chicago being overlooked, it seems very crucial to do such an album. With outside and major record labels running to other cities to create what's hot, Chicago artists have been free to create and define their own styles. Nowhere is this more evident than the free styling that takes place in the basements, streets and clubs throughout Chicago. Peace"


Scott Kellogg was the executive producer of this good compilation. For more info, an interview done by Leor Galil for the Chicago Reader in 2014  is still available online : 

Leor Galil: How'd you get hooked into the Chicago hip-hop scene?
Scot Kellogg: I just immersed myself. I started going to the Elbo Room's hip-hop night on Mondays—I'm sure they don't do that anymore. But Jesse De La Pena used to run hip-hop night there. It was really good. S.P.O. from Rubberoom and Dirty used to host it and then they'd let—towards the end of the night—people freestyle. That's when I seen Juice, but I would start asking throughout that scene, “Who do you know? Who should I know? I’m thinking about putting this compilation together.”
Where'd you get the idea for the compilation? Was it from specifically going to the Elbo Room's Monday night shows?
I don’t remember exactly, except I just really loved hip-hop. When I went down there, I'm like, "This is one of the only major cities that really isn't represented in hip-hop." I think that time Common Sense was just starting to get a national buzz—or, Common Sense back then. Really, there wasn't a whole lot going on from Chicago. So I thought, "Wow, there's so much good music here that people need to hear." So that's where the idea came from.
What brought you down to Chicago in the first place?
I went down there to go to school. I started at DePaul and ended up at Columbia College. And my brother lived there, that was the real reason that brought me to Chicago.
How soon after you were in the city and going to school—how soon after that did you immerse yourself in the scene and start going to The Elbo Room?
Within about a year of getting acclimated with Chicago; I actually went to Columbia College and I'd gotten in the music business program there and I started an internship at A&M Records out by O'Hare, it used to be. So I had a passion for the music business and it kind of led me into starting my own thing and wanting to get all these hip-hop artists together because they had so much to offer.
With that in mind, how did you approach the acts that ended up on Talent Fest? How did you figure out who you wanted in there? What was the process of putting this whole thing together?
It's funny. I really didn't understand the culture, the scene, anything. I just really liked hip-hop music. I knew everything from the 80s, the early 90s and bought everything. But when I went down there, I didn’t understand what a big part freestyling was. So, I would just go and listen every Monday night. Then there was open mic night at the Clique during the week, I started going to that. It just took from asking people. If someone I heard, I really liked, I'd go up after them after I had several drinks and say, "Wow that was great." And ask them a bunch of questions: Who they like, what’s going on. Basically being inquisitive.
Do you feel like you gained a better sense of the culture and the community?
Yeah, I really did. I really came to appreciate the art form even more. I think it took me years to digest what was going on in the whole scene and understanding it, because I think the whole time I was trying to figure it out I was nervous. We were partying, it was just a hard thing for me to get my arms around.
Why is that?
Part of that was probably my own insecurity; being a white guy trying to understand hip-hop music, what was predominantly black music and being the only white guy in the club at that time. You know, of where my place is, how am I a part of this?
How did you see your role changing as you put together Talent Fest?
I don't know that it changed that much. I think people were trying to figure me out as much as I was trying to figure them out. "Why is this guy so motivated to put this album out? Who is he? What’s going on?" Really, it was amazing that so many good artists were ready to say, "Yeah, let's do this. Here's one of my songs. Put it out." It was really interesting back then, compared to today—everybody's music is out there online, they put it out before it's released, whatnot. Back then people did not like to give out their demo tapes because they thought someone was going to rip off their song, their beat, their sample. So it was really hard to get people to give you the material. Surprisingly the better artists were more willing to give me their music to put out than some of the lesser artists who were more protective of it.
Why do you think that is?
I don't know for sure. Maybe the better artists—the ones that were gonna make or wanted to be higher exposure—were more confident that they could make something special and do it again, so they're not gonna steal the one sample, the one beat that they're trying to make a career out of it. I'm not exactly sure.
How long did it take you to basically compile the 12 songs that appear on Talent Fest?
It took me probably at least a year. Lots of ups and downs, and I was just getting into learning how to start a business. There was lots of ups and downs besides getting these artists that are artists—not all business-minded. I want files, I wanted the DATs that they put them out on back then—in getting them the finish product—then we went and mixed it all. But it took longer than I would like and a lot of them never even sent in their bios or information on them—hence, the back of the album, like Rubberoom, according to how they spell their name, was misspelled. Just a few other things that happened along the way due to finally just saying, "We got the music, let’s get it going."
And you finally put it out. How many copies did you press up and what was the process of actually putting this on the street? How did people respond to it?
People responded well to it. We got a really nice write-up in the Chicago Tribune. Billboard wrote something about the Chicago scene, that a lot was based on our compilation. So the response was good, but by that point I was almost burned out on it. We had an album release party at the Elbo Room, it happened to be that Fat Joe was in town. He came, did a little freestyle, we passed out albums, promoted it. We got on a few local radio stations.
We did some promotion, but the problem is I didn't follow through after a certain point. We distributed the album to all the mom and pop stores—south side, west side. [Street-promoter] J-Bird gave me an exclusive list—that he swore that I could never tell anyone because he put so much time putting it together—of these small mom and pops where they're selling candy bars, pop, and they've got albums for sale. So I went to all those and it's probably 100 little record stores, 50 to 100, that I went out to, on consignment gave them records, wrote it on a little slip how many I gave them, but most of them I never went back to. There was a one-stop distribution on the west side—that was part of my internship from college, to go work with, I think his name is George [Daniels of George's Music Room], and he can sell your music through his one-stop. All these people are coming to him, so we also did that. But I did like 2,500 CDs, 1,000 tapes, and 300 12-inches of Get Off My Production and the Figure that we initially pressed.
And you mentioned you were pretty burned out after the end of creating Talent Fest. When you initially started Beathole Records, did you expect to do anything after it?
I had my eye on being in the music business. A lot of the reason I was burned out was I wasn't good at incorporating other people to help out, be around it, be part of the street team to promote it. I was just going out and trying to make all happen myself—I've learned later that was a mistake there, instead of incorporating other entities and giving up some control. But a lot of what happened as far as the record industry, once I interned at A&M records, and it was a real heyday for them. Sheryl Crow was coming out, Blues Traveler, they had a lot going on, but I realized how the business was tainted and I would see to get a record added to a radio station, it wasn’t the best music once I started learning a little more behind the scenes. It kind of turned into a business. I was business minded, but what really brought me to it was the love of music.
After you realized this, what did you decide to do as far as your own career and your own aspirations?
Well, I did some social work and I was doing a little bit of social work towards the end of that part time. But really I wasn’t sure. It kind of guided me, I got into some punk music back then. I like the angst of that, you know, back at the Fireside Bowl in Chicago, and still embraced in the hip-hop scene, but I didn’t know how to become part of those scenes. I just kept myself a little bit separate. Finally, one day several years later, I'd lived in Chicago for five years, I woke up and just said, "You know what? I'm ready for something new." I moved back to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I thought I was going to get into owning a bar, but later, through a lot of different channels, got into real estate, which I do now.
How long have you been working in real estate?
Well, I took a bartending class—er, school—back in Chicago, where they taught you how to make drinks like you're going to work on some cruise boat. You know, all these fruity drinks, and I came back to Grand Rapids, thinking they were going really to love this. Got hired at this kind of dive bar called Joey's Lounge, and I lasted there like three weeks before they fired me. The guy basically told me I had to grow tits or speed up. I was like, "Whoa." I was crushed. I got fired from a shitty bar job.
I went back to this bar drunk one night, feeling pretty bad about myself. The guy that trained me says, "Why do you want to work here?" I was like, "Ohhh." That was a life lesson. So I left there and I thought about it, and my dad was a builder—I grew up building houses—he said, "Do you want to start building houses?" I did, but I really didn’t like it. I hated working for him as a kid. But anyway, I got my passion—I liked with working with people, helping them find a home, and it led me to become a realtor and now a real estate broker-owner.
That’s a pretty different path of life from starting your own label and working in the hip-hop scene? Before I approached you, had you heard from people about Talent Fest? Had you heard from anyone about it in the past handful of years?
I hear from people occasionally. You know, I go to the shows, I buy the albums. But I occasionally do hear this one group that was [from] Grand Rapids, they were on Profile Records when I moved down there. They were called Euro-K, and then when the album came out, they were called the Realist. I still see [them] regularly. But then, no, it’s pretty sporadic. I look people up once in a while.
I'm going to be streaming this on the site. I'm going to be posting this Q&A pretty much in full. How many copies of the CD do you have left? Do you have any tapes or anything? Do you have any goals or aspirations to re-release it at any point?
You know, I really don't. Like I said, the Realist, local here in Grand Rapids, one of the guys said, "People keep asking him about his album." I had 100 CDs that I just gave him. I said, "You know, if you can sell them, good for you. Go promote the group, do what you can with it." I probably have just a handful of the Figure and Get Off My Production 12-inches and maybe 50 CDs. I don’t even know if I have any tapes left or not. I probably have a few. Not a whole bunch, but some. 

Video : Edo.G - Boom - 2017

New Edo.G 's music video “Boom” produced by Sir Williams, directed by Darren Cole & Devin Hill, from the album "FreEDOm" out September 26th. Pre-Order now on Vinyl , Tape & CD 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The House List Ep.49 : Sach (The Nonce) + Album Review

Last episode of the House List Podcast hosted by Peter Agoston : A great Interview of Sach of The Nonce . 
"The Nonce's '1995 album 'World Ultimate' remains one of my favorite of that year and genre. Sach, its producer and 2nd half aside the late Yusef Afloat (may his soul rest), created an unique sonic landscape capturing the airy/ethereal sound of Project Blowed and the innocent energy of being a teenager" Peter Agoston  

From The Source Magazine - April 1995

Remix Session : Charizma ‎- My World Premiere (Herring Franky Remix)

Contact : Herring Franky 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Interview : Mudbones in Caught In The Middle Magazine - 1995

CDr - 2012 - 72826 Productions 

01-Rich Bring Em Back (Keige Verse)
02-Lost Head Case
03-Niggas Actin Real Ill
04-Crazy Men Ahead Feat Bloody Ruffnecks
05-Hooker Named Janet
06-Crowd Of Cannibals

Before becoming a well known MC, Cage was known under the name of Mudbones a.k.a Keige. In 2012 came out from Canada an unofficial CDr with his demos recorded between 1992 and 1994. The Artwork was made with the interview done by Skitz in 1995 for Caught In The Middle Magazine. So if you haven't read it yet, here is the full interview :

From Caught In The Middle Magazine - Issue#2 - 1995

Da Cream Hunter Presents Against Musical Prostitution Vol 1 & 2

01. Angel's Cipher - Angels wit Dirty Faces
02. Why? - N.Y Confidential
03. Ghetto Games: The 1st Annual Niggalympics - Duo Die
04. Italiano (Vocal) - The Shark
05. Most Deadliest Of All Games - Droopy Eye Crew (aka D.E.C) 
06. Hold It Down - Unknown Artist 
07. Getcha Open (Like Nature)- Ghettolandz
08. Blind Fury - Brooklyn Academy 
09. Streets "R" Callin' Feat. Lisandra - C.O.D Crew
10. The Professional Vocal (Clean) - HDM
11. Action For Real (Clean) - The Sound

12. Black Soil Feat. N.B.A. (Original) - Aiello Wilson

01. The Heist (Uncut) - Drama Klub
02. Breaking & Entering (Album Version) - Honor Society
03. Sad Songs (Radio Version) - The Madness
04. Free Cheeze (Original Version) - Lord V.I
05. Rough & Rugged (LP Mix) - The Rebelz
06. Start The Flow - Nexfiles
07. 96 Phenomenom - Killa Kidz
08. Sublevel Dominance (Full Mix) - Self Scientific
09. The Beats - Boys About Beats & Lyrics Uptown
10. Countdown - PK
11. Crab - Fierce
12. Jazzy Phunkadelphia (Album) - The Zone

Jazz Spastiks & Mello Soul Black - Midnight Method LP - 2017

FPI012 LP - 2017 - Fresh Pressings 

Limited edition vinyl dropping in September 2017
Pre-Orders coming soon , stay tuned !

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Jam D.O.T - Da Original Troopa

The excellent record label Back2DaSource Records has recently released the long awaited Jam DOT - Da Original Troopa EP / Da Ooh! - Lost In Queens EP. 
All I can say is I've been a huge Jam Dot 's fan since day one and it's a great pleasure for me to see this kind of wax seeing the light of day. For those who aren't familiar with this MC from Flushing Queens, here is some info for your personal knowledge. 

"People always ask how things were back in the Golden Era. Da Ooh was birthed from pure hip hop. Jam and Kwota forged a relationship unapologetically bombing the streets of Queens and New York. On their missions they would freestyle and hook up with The Triflicts and a bunch of other friends and spit cyphers and drive around the city playing midnight basketball.
Jam already rhyming and making beat tapes worked with several other artists managed to get Kwota in the studio to record Da Ooh Tribe Demos."

"We would be in the studio with L Double and Life helping out, there are several tracks and intros you can hear their voices on. Due to some unforeseen circumstances by the time a record deal was secured for the project. "

12" - 1994 - Warning Records  

"Kwota wasn’t able to participate but the label decided to record two new songs « Watch Out » and « The Chemistry » with just Jam which gave birth to Jam D.O.T « Da Original Troopa » aka James Data."

"Working on « Da Original Troopa » project , Jam and family formed 456 records which would be the launch pad for him and other artists he was producing like Reno, Khalil, L Double, Saquan and few others over the years. You can hear Reno on hooks like « The Hustle » and songs like « Queens ». Da Original Troopa came from many days and nights of just getting lost and exploring NY by way of car, 7 train, bus or even just walking the streets with a can in hand, a few stickers and a marker !! Bombing Beyond Insanity !"
James Data aka Jam DOT

In 1995 the first Jam DOT 's 12" single came out on 456 records, composed of 2 tracks "Soul Search'n " and "Like This", featuring L Double (Da Lunatic) and entirely produced by Jam. 

12" - 1995 - 456 Records

The second single released in 1996, is composed of 2 tracks : a remix to "Soul Serch'n" on the A-side and the B-side is made of a new track called "Time" which is available in 2 versions : the Radio version and Wastelanz Remix version.

12" - 1996 - 456 Records

« Opting not to release a solo album just yet that same year he released “Survival Series 11355” a Compilation album through a joint venture with another local indie label. The album allowed James to showcase more of his production skills and introduce several up and coming Mc’s to the underground Hip Hop scene. »  

Survival Series - 11355 is an indie comp which came out on Mr Eggs Records, produced by B.G. Skillz, Dj Sur, Bejasa a.k.a Juwelz and Jam. 
3 Jam DOT tracks appear on the B-Side : "Eye See" featuring Khaliyl & Réyel produced by Juwelz, "Can No One" featuring Syquawn and "Queens" featuring Réyel, both produced by Jam.

EP - 1996 - Mr Eggs Records 

2017 is finally the year which brings us some unreleased Jam Dot  tracks with the help of James Data and Back2DaSource Records :

"For this release we selected the best Jam DOT 90's unreleased tracks never heard before which deserved to be on wax, 6 tracks EP simply called Da Original Troopa EP that stands for DOT, Jam Da Original Troopa , all the tracks are produced by Jam DOT himself.
Then second EP on this double vinyl release is Da Ooh! as said above this group consisted of Jam DOT and Kwota, in this second 6 tracks EP we have chosen to reissue their very rare Da Ooh! - The Chemistry 12" and we added three crazy Demos from Da Ooh! early 90's material"

2xLP - 2017 - Back2DaSource Records  

Jam DOT - Da Original Troopa EP :
A1 - On Top
A2 - Off To The Races
A3 - Flashers
B1 - On Point
B2 - The Hustle
B3 - Gravity

Da Ooh! - Lost In Queens EP :
C1 - The Chemistry
C2 - Watch Out
C3 - The Chemistry (Instrumental)
D1 - We Ah Dae
D2 - This Is How 
D3 - Act Like You


James Data, Reno (Survival Series), Sinnagi, Skila and Dice

Mad Props to Bee Lapointe, James DataMike Cole, K7 Pacoje, Persu, Dé L'archiviste, Metaphyzik aka Pascal Ross Marquette & Back2DaSource Records.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blaque Spurm - Spurmacidal Tendencies EP Vol. 1 - 2017

A1. Spurmacidal Tendencies 
A2. Nonoxynol Rhyme´n 
A3. Moanin Yawnin (unreleased)
B1. Pack Ya Shit 
B2. Fantaztik Flowz 
B3. F.U.B.A.R. (unreleased)

Shipping Date : October 9th 2017

Pre-Orders :
White Vinyl (50 Copies) / Black Vinyl (100 Copies)

Kan Zulu (Kankick) - Kan Cassette Vol.1 & 2 - 2017

Kan Cassette Vol.1 & 2 are now available on vinyl with the help of Vinyl Digital. 
A selection of classic hip hop beats (12 tracks on the Vol.1 & 15 tracks on Vol.2) from the Californian beatmaker Kan Kick, recorded at the Funk Farm between 1995 and 1997, including three brand new bonus tracks.

LP - 2017 - Vinyl Digital  

LP - 2017 - Vinyl Digital

300 copies only
Shipping Date : September 22nd 2017


Koss feat. A.G. & El Da Sensei - Diggin' In The Facts - 2017

New free single by the Belgian producer Koss featuring A.G. and El Da Sensei, which is not available on the new album "Born To Live" (Vinyl / CD)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Mixtape : SETTINGUP - Unreleased Material​:Unknown Beats 90s Mix #1

SGUP002 Tape - 2017 - Setting-Up

After collecting tracks for many years, two diggas Old stan & Redozthemez has created this cassette : Settingup Mix #1 "unreleased material​:​unknown beats 90s"

The Mixtape is now available, 75 copies only !
Order your copy 

Mix : Chris Read Presents Pete Rock & CL Smooth 'Mecca & The Soul Brother' 25th Anniversary

1. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'Straighten It Out' (Remix Instrumental)
2. Chris Read - Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
3. Sister Nancy - 'Bam Bam'
4. Pete Rock & CL Smooth feat Heavy D, Deda, Grap Luva and Rob-O - 'The Basement'
5. Ohio Players - 'What's Going On'
6. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'Lots of Lovin'
7. Les McCann - 'North Carolina' [Loop]
8. Dave Wintour & Pat Whitmore - 'Where Do I Go?'
9. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'Can't Front On Me'
10. Biz Markie - 'Just A Friend' [Extract]
11. Mountain - 'Long Red' [Loop]
12. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'Return of the Mecca'
13. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'Ghettos of the Mind'
14. The Coasters - 'Down Home Girl' 
15. Pete Rock & CL Smooth feat Grand Puba - 'Skinz'
16. 9th Creation - 'Bubble Gum'
17. The J.B's - 'The Grunt' [Loop]
18. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Soul Brother #1
19. James Brown - 'Funky President'
20. Sly & The Family Stone - 'Sing A Simple Song' [Loop]
21. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'Anger in the Nation'
22. O’Donel Levy – ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’
23. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’
24. Heavy D & The Boyz – ‘Gyrlz, They Love Me’ [Extract]
25. Mountain – ‘Long Red’ [Loop]
26. ESG – ‘UFO’ [Loop]
27. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)
28. James Brown - 'Blues & Pants' [Loop]
29. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'If It Ain't Rough It Ain't Right'
30. Stetsasonic - 'Go Stetsa I' [Loop]
31. Freddie McCoy - 'Gimmie Some'
32. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'For Pete's Sake' 
33. Biz Markie - 'The Do Do' [Extract]
34. EPMD - 'It's My Thing' [Extract]
35. Ernie Hines - 'Our Generation'
36. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'Straighten It Out' 
37. Lou Donaldson - 'Ode to Billie Joe' [Loop]
38. Jimmy Mc Griff - 'The Bird'
39. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'On and On'
40. Brand Nubian - 'Step to the Rear' [Extract]
41. Eddy Senay - 'Cameo'
42. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'Act Like You Know'
43. Tom Scott and The California Dreamers - 'Today'
44. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'T.R.O.Y'
45. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'T.R.O.Y (Remix Instrumental)'
46. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'T.R.O.Y (The Vibes Mix)'
47. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'It's Like That'
48. Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth - 'Strictly for the Ladies' [Extract]
49. Georgie Fame - 'Music Talk' [Loop]
50. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'Wig Out'
51. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'The Creator' [Loop]
52.Eddie Bo – ‘From This Day On’
53. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator’
54. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator (Slide to the Side Mix)‘
55. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator (Surfboard Mix)’