Wednesday, January 31, 2018

X-Rae ‎- Is Ya Wit Me? / One Time 2 Slip - 1997

12" - 1997 - Atomic Entertainment - Photos courtesy of Umberto Massimiliano Lampasona

I don't have a lot of info about X-Rae and his first and only 12" released on Atomic Ent. in 1997, except that both tracks "Is Ya Wit Me? / One Time 2 Slip" were produced by Strayz, who is a member of the group Lakay Junqtion (La;Kai Junc-tion) from Minneapolis, MN. 

Album Review : Ice Cube - Kill At Will EP - 1991

EP - 1991 - Priority Records - Scan courtesy of Source Ads

From The Source - February 1991

Malik (Mad Lyrics) - No More 9 to 5 - 1994

12" - 1994 - MPacked Sounds 

From Rap Pages - November 1994 - Scan courtesy of Malik Turner 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Mix : Jazz Spastiks - Green Mix - 2018

01 - Lastrawze - Care Free
02 - Trauma Center - Game Goes
03 - Homeliss Derilex - Cash Money
04 - Trauma Center - Spilling What I'm Feeling
05 - Homeliss Derilex - Daily Operation
06 - Keith Murray - World Be Free
07 - Omniscence - Nuff Love
08 - Artifacts - To Ya Chest
09 - Trauma Center - Bad Territory
10 - Reggie Capers - Suspect
11 - Trauma Center - Just A Little Rage
12 - ?
13 - ?
14 - Al' Tariq - Crime Pays
15 - Artifacts - Attack Of New Jeruzalum
16 - Dead Poets Society - Don't Quit
17 - Omniscence - I'm On Mine
18 - Omniscence - Wrecognize
19 - A Tribe Called Quest - Phoney Rappers
20 - Strickly Roots ‎- Beg No Friends
21 - Heavy D & The Boyz - Blue Funk
22 - ?
23 - Omniscence - I Gotta Maintain
24 - ?
25 - J.V.C. Force - Sandee
26 - D-Mack & MC Dizzy Dee - You Know The Flavor

Grown Man Rap Show - Episode 151 - Rakim Birthday Tribute

Hosted by veterans DJ Toast & Paul Nice and broadcast live every Sunday night 10pm-12 midnight (ET) from 91.5 WRPI (Albany NY), Toast & Paul bring you 2 hours of the best in vintage & contemporary true school Hip Hop.

This is Episode 148 - Big Daddy Kane vocal samples - originally aired on January 7, 2018


Eric B & Rakim “Lyrics of Fury”
(Paul Nice set)
Kid Wizard & Biz Markie "Live at Wyandach High School" (1985)
Eric B & Rakim "My Melody"
Eric B & Rakim "Eric B Is President"
Eric B & Rakim "Eric B Is President (Jorun Bombay Remix)"
Eric B & Rakim "Microphone Fiend (45 King Remix)"
Rakim "Once Upon a Rhyme"
Mangeshkar Lata "Thoda Resham Lagata Hai"
Truth Hurts f. Rakim "Addictive"
Eric B & Rakim "What’s On Your Mind"
Eric B & Rakim "I Ain’t No Joke"
Eric B & Rakim "Don’t Sweat the Technique"
Eric B & Rakim "Follow the Leader"
Eric B & Rakim "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em"
Eric B & Rakim "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em (Remix)"
Eric B & Rakim "Know the Ledge (Juice)"
Eric B & Rakim "No Omega"
Eric B & Rakim "Put Your Hands Together"
Alicia Keys f. Nas & Rakim "Streets of New York"
(DJ Toast set)
Eric B & Rakim “Move the Crowd”
Eric B & Rakim “As the Rhyme Goes On”
Gang Starr f. WC & Rakim “The Militia II”
Rakim “New York (Ya Out There)”
Rakim “The Saga Begins”
Eric B & Rakim “To the Listeners”
Eric B & Rakim “In the Ghetto (Drums and Rakim)”
Eric B & Rakim “In the Ghetto”
Rakim “Guess Who’s Back (Alternative Mix)”
Mobb Deep f. Big Noyd & Rakim “Hoodlum”
Eric B & Rakim “Step Back”
Rakim “When I B On Tha Mic”
Eric B & Rakim “The R”
Eric B & Rakim “The R (45 King Remix)”
Eric B & Rakim “Paid In Full”
Rakim “Heat It Up (The Wiz Mix)”
Eric B & Rakim “Set ‘Em Straight”
Jody Watley f. Rakim “Friends (Bassapella)”
Jody Watley f. Rakim “Off the Hook (D-Dot Remix)”
Canibus f. Rakim “I’ll Buss ‘Em U Punish ‘Em”
Eric B & Rakim “What’s Going On”
Eric B & Rakim “I Know You Got Soul”

Album Review : Redman - Dare Iz A Darkside - 1994

From Caught In The Middle Magazine - Vol.1 Issue #1 - 1994

From The Source - January 1995 - Scan courtesy of Frederic Thecle 

From HHC - January 1995 - Original Scans by Macdaddy_93 

New York Live w/DJ Mayhem, Lord Finesse & Onyx - WNYU 1996

Talk Break
Sadat X - Stages and Lights Instrumental
Sadat X - Hang 'em High
Mic Geronimo feat OC & Royal Flush - Men Vs Many 
The Fugees - The Mask
Big Pun feat. Fat Joe, Armageddon & Raekwon - Fire Water
Royal Flush - Worldwide
James Brown Introduction
Galt MacDermot - Space
Lord Finesse feat Sadat X, Large Pro & Grand Puba - Actual Facts
Organized Konfusion - Bring It On Remix
AZ - Your World Don’t Stop Instrumental
Talk Break with Lord Finesse / Promo
Lord Finesse Freestyle
Natural Elements - Shine
I.N.I - Faking Jax (Rude Youth Mix)
The Fab 5 - Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka Pt2
Tragedy - Da Funk Mode ft. Havoc (Extra P Remix)
Mad Skillz - The Jam
Kool G Rap feat Nas - Fast Life
Pop Da Brown Hornet - Black On Black Crime
Dutchmin - Get Your Swerve On Instrumental
Talk Break with Onyx
Onyx feat Method Man - Evil Streets Remix
Onyx Freestyle

Props to Dj Nes  for the upload !

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Mr Slipz - It Don't Stop - 2018

LP - 2018 - Yogocop Records 

1. Mic Loud ft Vitamin G & Verbz
2. Cracks ft KLB
3. Craters ft Capriisun
4. Death & Taxes ft Freedom
5. Just Breathe ft Eerf Evil
6. Beluga ft Forktungz
7. Skit
8. Pop Rocks ft Capriisun & Obijuan
9. Brighter Than Gold ft illiterate & Freedom
10. Sketches ft Verbz
11. Wild Sweet ft Kemastry
12. You Ain't Gotta Be ft Benaddict & Ella Mae Sueref
13. It Don't Stop ft DJ Tom Yum

All tracks produced by Mr Slipz and all cuts by Dj tom Yum.
Available March 4th 2018 on Vinyl (300 Copies), CD (100 Copies) and Cassette (50 copies).

Kwest Tha Madd Ladd - Naughty By Nature - HHC 1996

From Hip Hop Connection - August 1996

Arsonists - As The World Burns & Lost In The Fire (2xCD) - 2018

2xCD - 2018 - Below System Records 

"2018 will mark the return of the original Bushwick Bomb Squad! Legendary emcee crew, the Arsonists have announced a double-album release via Below System Records.
This will include a deluxe edition of the group’s classic debut album “As The World Burns” (released in 1999) which yielded such underground anthems as “Blaze”, “Halloween” and the “Session.”

It will also include “Lost In The Fire”, which will include many unreleased gems including tracks with J-Live, High & Mighty and Mass Influence as well as six new tracks from the group (the first in over fifteen years!) with guest appearances from Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks) and Ill Bill (La Coka Nostra, Non-Phixion).

Composed of D-Stroy, Q-Unique, Freestyle, Jise and Swel these Brooklyn spitters were among the most creative wordsmiths and energetic live performers during an extremely fertile period of boom-bap that included the Lyricist Lounge, Rawkus Records, Fat Beats Records and the Stretch & Bobbito show. On the group’s motivation, D-Stroy revealed “we were focused so much on our love of hip-hop that it kept us off the streets, away from drugs, all of us in my parent’s house rhyming and recording.

After appearing on the Stretch & Bobbito Show, Bobbito Garcia was so impressed as to sign the group to his Fondle ‘Em Records to release several classic singles on wax. The results allowed the crew to hit the road through North America and Europe, many of them leaving New York and the United States for the first time ever. The group toured with such notables as Public Enemy, The Roots and the Wu-Tang Clan.

Top taste-making Indie rock label Matador Records who developed such groups as Guided By Voices, Pavement and Mogwai wanted the Arsonists to be the first hip-hop group on the label. “As The World Burns” was the result of this partnership. Critically acclaimed and well respected, speaking on the enduring legacy of the album, D-Stroy said “I think it’s one of the last albums to champion the four elements of hip-hop, it’s basically our love letter to the culture and a lot of heads identify with that love.

Though the group dissolved by 2002, the members have kept heads ringing in the entertainment industry including solo releases and forays into film, TV and radio. Summing it up D recalls “I was hosting an event for Nike and one of the executives came up to me and spit one of Q-Unique’s verses verbatim to me. It’s like a whole generation of young heads and college students grew up on our music and are doing something for the movement as well.” " 
- Below System Records

Shipping Date : February 16th 2018 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Video : ILL Conscious - The Narrative feat. Jay Royale - 2018

Video of the first single "The Narrative" dropped by Ill Conscious, off his forthcoming project "The Prerequisite". The track is produced by Eyedee and cuts done by Dj TMB. Video directed by Steven Q Speilberg.

Album Review : Guru Presents Illkid Records - 1995

LP - 1995 - Payday  

From The Source - March 1996 - Scan courtesy of Frederic Thecle

Mix : Take It Personal (Ep 22: Classic Material)

"On episode 22 we’re joined by hip-hop historian, journalist and Boston native Dart Adams, as we discuss, dissect and disagree what makes a classic hip-hop album. Are there modern day classics? Are the standards different these days? Speaking of classics, we got a few from Redman, Main Source, K-Solo, Outkast, Rakim, EPMD, Brand Nubian, Double XX Posse, Da Youngsta’s, Smif-N-Wessun, Big L, Ill Al Skratch, plus some new music from both Planet Asia and Evidence. Thank you for tuning in, we know you're gonna love this one. Fly, Eagles, Fly!" - Take It Personal Radio 

Double XX Posse – Not Gonna Be Able To Do It
K-Solo – Your Mom’s In My Business
Main Source – Looking At The Front Door
Big Daddy Kane – Cause I Can Do It Right
Eric B. & Rakim – Mahogany
Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo – Letters
Lord Finesse – Stop Sweating The Next Man
Brand Nubian – Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down
EPMD – Can’t Hear Nothing But The Music
Redman – Blow Ya Mind (Remix)
Boogie Down Productions – Duck Down
Tim Dog – I Get Wrecked feat. KRS-One
Freddie Foxxx – So Tough (Easy Mo Bee Remix) feat. Queen Latifah
De La Soul – Sunshine
Jay Electronica – Dear Moleskine
Common – Nuthin’ To Do
Outkast – Two Dope Boyz (In A Cadillac)
Grand Puba – I Like It
Ill Al Skratch – I’ll Take Her
Da Youngsta’s – I’ll Make U Famous
Masta Ace Incorporated – The I.N.C. Ride
Cella Dwellas – Perfect Match
AZ – Ho Happy Jackie
The Roots – Silent Treatment (Da Beatminerz Remix)
Big L – Street Struck
Smif-N-Wessun – Nuttin Move But Da Money
Planet Asia – Fast Not Slow feat. AZ
Evidence – 10,000 Hours

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Camouflage Large

Photo courtesy of Alex Robles

"C**k back da nine/Push your wig back/All my peoples in the PJs pack gats
Do you remember that ? no doubt It should talk to you if you were listening to real Hip-Hop in 1996.

Camouflage Large was a Brooklyn based crew from Breukelen Projects and originally consisted of E-Knight, White-AL, Four-Fif, Black Assassin, Razen Kane and 9 Lives. 
The group was founded and started creating demos circa '96. 
The Assassin : "We all grew up in the same neighborhood and some of us went to the same schools."
White-AL : "We were all friends and had different styles in terms of rapping. We all had separate solos and collabos together that I may still have on cassette and I have a few digital copies somewhere..." 

Photo courtesy of Alex Robles

They dropped their first 12" maxi-single 'Hitmen Holdin' Steel / Cocbacda 9' in 1996 on Close Range Records, a label owned by Kenyatta Bell.

12" - 1996 - Close Range Records 

The tracks were produced by E-knight who was also a member of the excellent indy group N.Y Confidential. Both tracks had good critics from the underground Hip-Hop scene when it came out and were played many times by Stretch & Bobbito on WKCR that year, certainly the only Radio Show which was able to spin this kind of wax. 
Quality guarantee, the tracks were recorded at D&D Studio and all cuts done by Dj Goldfinger. As you can see on the pic above, the first pressing was with artist misspelled as "Camoflauge" on labels but it will be correctly spelled on the second version. 

White-AL : "We never had a budget to record a full album. I started my own label "Camouflage Large Records LLC" with my partner Richard L Williams a.k.a Weev with all of the members minus E-knight and put out the second single entitled 'Regulate' "

12" - 1997 - Camouflage Large Records 

The wax came out in 1997 and was composed of 3 tracks : "Regulate" produced by Jovonn, "Hear Me Out" and "Heavy Heaters" both produced by Latief who is also known for his productions for dope artists like Grand Puba, Mystidious Misfitss, Masta Ace, Onyx, All City and more ... 

Photo courtesy of Richard Williams

The CL Clique used to perform with Killa Army a lot and did a commercial for a local clothing store in Brooklyn way back called S&D Downtown Brooklyn. 
After that the group ended ... but most of the members are still in the game nowadays. White-Al and E-knight are still here under the same monikers. The Assassin is now known as Jus Stacks and Four-Fif is the CEO and founder of MoveOver Magazine. 

White-AL: "All of us are still doing well... A few of us are still underground artist and are still rapping including myself... we’re still all cook with each other til this day. "

Mad Props to Alex Robles a.k.a White-AL 

Album Review : Xzibit - At The Speed Of Life - 1996

2xLP - 1996 - Loud 

From The Source - September 1996 - Scans by Frederic Thecle 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Last Kind - Revelations - 2000

"The Los Angeles-based Hip-Hop group the Last Kind represent the ideology of most underground, independent acts. The group has been together since 1990 and was the creative production of Maja Clout and Derek Strong. In 1992, Marce-Fly joined the group with R-Diggy and Prop climbing on board in 1995 to finalize the lineup.
The group was solid in their belief against joining sides with major record labels, as they felt it could potentially jeopardize their creativity. To expose their material, they made homemade tapes and sold them at shows and at record stores who supported local talent. The Last Kind's persistent efforts resulted in a huge local following and small, national fan base.
In early 2000, the Last Kind signed a deal with the small label, Stray Records, who the group felt best represented and understood them." - courtesy of Diana Potts

Photo courtesy of Maxwell Gooding

In 2000, the crew was composed of M-Fly, Prop a.k.a Wildelux, Megalawge a.k.a R-Diggy, Dj TMK, D-Strong and MajaClout. They released their first and only album called "Revelations" on Stray Records, a stunning surprise from the West Coast composed of 14 tracks mostly produced by R-Diggy. 
If you don't have it on your shelf yet, be sure to cop it asap !

LP - 2000 - Stray Records  

Inside Dope : Peanut Butter Wolf

From Rap Pages - Vol 5 #10 - Nov 1996 - Scans courtesy of Max The Keeper

Grown Man Rap Show - Episode 150 - Our Favorite Gang Starr Songs

Hosted by veterans DJ Toast & Paul Nice and broadcast live every Sunday night 10pm-12 midnight (ET) from 91.5 WRPI (Albany NY), Toast & Paul bring you 2 hours of the best in vintage & contemporary true school Hip Hop. 

This is Episode 150 - our favorite Gang Starr songs - originally aired on January 21, 2018

AIM & QNC “Gang Starr (Tribute)”
Gang Starr “Full Clip”
Gang Starr “Soliloquy of Chaos”
Gang Starr “Words I Manifest”
Gang Starr “DJ Premier In Deep Concentation”
Gang Starr f. K-Ci & JoJo “Royalty”
Gang Starr “You Know My Steez”
Gang Starr f. Nice & Smooth “Dwyck”
Gang Starr “Code of the Streets”
Gang Starr “Take It Personal”
Gang Starr f. Inspectah Deck “Above the Clouds”
Gang Starr “Mass Appeal”
Gang Starr f. Jadakiss “Rite Where U Stand”
Gang Starr “Step in the Arena”
Gang Starr “Check the Technique”
Gang Starr f. Krumbsnatcha “Put Up or Shut Up”
Gang Starr “Positivity”
Gang Starr “Skills”
Gang Starr “Just To Get a Rep”
Gang Starr “Jazz Thing”
Gang Starr f. Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx “The Militia”
Gang Starr “The ? Remainz”
Gang Starr “Work”