Thursday, March 22, 2018

Lo Life ‎- Lo Lifes Are Lo / No Weak Signs - 1997

12" - 1997 - Overit Multimedia

Lo Life was a Hip-Hop trio from NYC who started in 1992. They dropped their first single "We On Now" the same year on Lo Life Productions. This group was composed of Kadaflo from Bushwick (NY), Ba Dubb from Troy (NY) and EP also from Bushwick (NY)

Kadaflo :"I came up from BK to upstate NY to hustle in 88, got knocked in 89 in Troy NY. That’s where me and Ba Dubb met in the county jail."
This 12" single came out circa '97 on Overit Multimedia. Both tracks "Lo Lifes Are Lo" and "No Weak Signs" were produced by Rich Blak of Da Beatminerz. This wax is very hard to find and recently the rare copies for sale on ebay were sold at pretty high prices...

After that, they went separate ways for a while and according to Kadaflo they had tracks for the album but unfortunately it never came out...

Props to Kadaflo a.k.a Ncredible Barzz.
Vinyl rip courtesy of 90's Hip-Hop Blog.

Album Review : Real Live - The Turnaround : A Long-Awaited Drama - 1996

LP - 1996 - Big Beat  

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

Rhythm Roulette : Cookin' Soul

"“Que pasa familia?” queries Cookin' Soul as he pulls up to Human Head Records in Bushwick for the latest episode of "La Ruleta del Ritmo." As the biggest hip hop DJ/producer in Spain, Cookin' Soul is one of a handful of European beat makers to establish a profile in the U.S. He’s done dope remix projects on artists ranging from Michael Jackson to Dilla and his original beats for Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T, Curren$y, and Nicki Minaj (to name a few) has made waves worldwide. Pulling his ski cap down over his eyes, he randomly selected albums by ZZ Hill, The Dynamic Superiors, and “my man Shadrock”—which turned out to be funky as hell. Cookin' Soul wasted no time dropping the needle here are there, exclaiming “Hell no!” a few times before finding something he could work with. Once he found a good snare sound, he even kissed the album. “Let’s get to the cooking part,” he said after grabbing up all the fly samples he could find. Check the latest episode of Rhythm Roulette to see all the beats he cooked up in the soul kitchen. DMV rapper Jayy Grams even stopped by to drop a few bars." - Mass Appeal 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mix : Serch4beatz Presents The Good, The Bad, The Fugly

01 - Godfather Don - Status
02 - Sic Sense - Positional Bypass
03 - Roc Marciano - The Prophecy
04 - Sherlock - Beautiful Ways Remix
05 - 2 Demented ‎- The Real Sunset Park
06 - ?
07 - Mr. Ruckuz - Senselezz Murderz
08 - Kinetic - Moms Is The Ghetto
09 - Shadez Of Brooklyn ‎- Everyday Livin'
10 - ?
11 - Open Eyes - Riot Gear
12 -  One Step Beyond - Women Who Sleep With Women
13 - George Fields - Maya Shore

Props to Serch4beatz  

The Nobodies ‎- Fables...The Ep - 1998

EP - 1998 - Mends Recordings

The Nobodies was a group from North Carolina consisting of Derrick Nox Witherspoon a.k.a Equinox and Bunchy Carter a.k.a Apocalyspe. They released their first album "The Fables" in 1997 on CD format, followed by the 8-track Fables EP version released on vinyl a year later.

Equinox : "I was born in Elizabeth New Jersey. Me and Apocalypse were a part of the same crew but in different groups. I was in a group called Da 4th Dimension with Da 12th Doctor and Tommie Gee and Apocalypse was in a group with The Wizard of Ahhz called Trope. Trope was actually majority of the 1st Nobodies record "Fables".
Apocalypse : "I'm originally from Long Island, NY. I moved to North Carolina in High School and got a football scholarship to Winston-Salem State University. Nox and I met in a cypher by the freshman girl's dorm while I was breaking
Trope actually happened because of that same cypher. The Wizard of Ahhz was there also. So we formed Trope in 1994"

Equinox : "KRS One actually put us together when we were at a show in South Carolina. We were in a cipher and he scooped us up and basically took us on tour with him that same night. We put the Fables record together on the road. I had some solo records on there but when KRS put us together we started recording songs to complete it. We worked hard on that record and it opened up a lot of doors for us."

The EP came out on Mends Recordings, with productions by Baby Head, Eagle Man who was the DJ of the Wizard of Ahhz and Phatboy who was also the manager of the group and the owner of the label Mends Recordings. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Beats House Records Presents Kest Is High - 2018

Let's talk about this little project dropped by my man Kesta a.k.a Kool Kest who comes from my area, Le Havre (Normandy, FRANCE). The album will be released digitally with the help of Beats House Records and will be composed of 11 tracks featuring various artists like the Tokyo based emcee R.Y.T, Bumble Bzz, Picthcaps (Djar'One & Senbei), Jules & Georges (Les Rimailleurs), Anozer, Sample Sickness and NLK & Doe, two members of the young record label "Bien Tombé Records". 

Kesta : "The name is 'Kest is High' because I'm a fan of De La Soul's album, and there were the perfect letters to redo the logo with my moniker. I'm addicted to records, samples, sound and to music in general ... I think that the project is rather in a night atmosphere, with a majority of samples of jazz and soul, but made with my own style."

Coming soon ... Stay Tuned !!

Awon & Phoniks - The Actual Proof LP - 2018

LP - 2018 - Dont Sleep Records  

Available on Vinyl ( 12" Baby Blue Limited Edition Vinyl and Test Press), CD & Digital.
Shipping Date : April 30th 2018

Sure Shot Singles : DE'1 - 16 With A Bullet - 1993

From The Source - October 1993 - Scan courtesy of Frederic Thecle 

NY Live w/Mr. Mayhem, Sunset & DJ Riz - March 12th 1997 - WNYU

NY Live w/Mr. Mayhem, Sunset & DJ Riz 89.1 WNYU March 12, 1997

Mr Complex - Visualize
Eric Sermon feat Heltah Skeltah & Trigger Da Gambler - If You 
The Beatnuts - Do You Believe
Just Ro feat Common - Confusion
D.I.T.C - Day One 
Talk Break
Mobb Deep - G.O.D Pt III
PMD feat Prodigy - It’s The Pee ’97
Notorious B.I.G - Kick In The Door
Cormega - Dead Man Walking
Rakim - When I'm Flowin Remix
KRS One - Perhaps She’ll die
M.O.P - Rawness
Jeru The Damaja - Me Or The Papers Remix
Talk Break with Joe Summa (One Step Beyond)
Joe Summa Freestyle
Talk Break with Joe Summa and Val Black (One Step Beyond)
Tragedy feat Iman Thug - True Confessions
Shabbam Sahdeeq - Arabian Nights
One Step Beyond - Dedicated
Talk Break with Half-A-Mill
Half-A-Mill Freestyle
Half-A-Mill - Unpredictable Demo
Masterminds - I’m Talented
Talk Break with Breez Evahflowin’
Breez Evahflowin’ Freestyle
Talk Break
Krumbsnatcha - Closer To God
Cream Team - Hustle So Much

Props to Dj Eclipse 

AG & John Robinson - Epiphany EP 7" - 2018

7" - 2018 - Red Apples 45 

"The Epiphany EP is AG & John Robinson’s 3rd & final EP of their on-going Red Apples 45 series. Produced by Ray West, this is yet another jazz themed release that speaks to the record collectors, purists & music enthusiasts. " - Red Apples 45

Pre-Orders :

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Homeless Prince - The Projects - 1992

12" - 1992 - Homeless Records Inc. 

Back in 1992 with this artist from Paterson NJ named Homeless Prince a.k.a Prince Creative. This is his first and only 12" single called "The Projects" produced by Levon Little a.k.a Levi Little and released on Homeless Records Inc. with the help of Robert L.Artis II. The only song of the wax is available in three different versions : "O.G Mix", "Fat Beat" and "Jazzy Beat".

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Remix Session : Craig Mack - Flava In Ya Ear feat. The Notorious B​.​I​.​G. (Amerigo Gazaway Remix)

House Of Pain - Buddhas Of Suburbia

From Hip Hop Connection - May 1994

Friday, March 16, 2018

Album Review : DJ Krush - Meiso - 1995

LP - 1995 - Mo Wax / FFRR 

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

New Batch of 7" dropped by F5 Records :

7" - 2018 - F5 Records

Here is a re-issue on 7" of two tracks "L.I. Groove" and "A Lil Sumething" featuring Artifacts from the Long Island based group Hard 2 Obtain, originally dropped in 1993 and produced by SD50. 

A - L.I. Groove
B - A Lil Sumething feat Artifacts

7" - 2018 - F5 Records 

  "Before linking up with the Alps Cru in the mid-90s Shorty Live (aka Brank Napp) had been recording demos with UNF, his crew in his native Brooklyn. On the Alps classic “Just Can’t Explain” Shorty name checks his hometown crew in the line, “Droppin’ science, headin’ into 5th gear with my alliance/The Dime Squad, Alps, UNF so save your breath.” F5 Records proudly presents a 7” of new material from UNF (Unity Never Fails). This double A-sided banger features "Corner House Politics" and "The Story of Willie Bosket" produced by DJ Crucial. Both tracks are top-notch true school hip-hop with countless quotable lines from these BK vets. DJs be sure to cop doubles. This is some serious heat." - F5 Records

A - Corner House Politics 
B -  The Story of Willie Bosket

7" - 2018 - F5 Records

"Ray West and DJ Crucial collaborate on this limited 45 with O.C. of D.I.T.C and MC Eiht. Starting with the A Side, Ray West’s killer remix of “Life I Choose” by Mc Eiht and DJ Crucial’s short edit of the original track. The B Side has A Crucial Remix of “Legacy Flag” by O.C. from Ray West’s Luv NY Lp followed with the classic original version" - F5 Records

A: Live I Choose (Ray West Remix) 
A: Live I Choose (OG Crucial Edit) 
B: Legacy Flag (Crucial Remix) 
B: Legacy Flag (OG Ray West)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Various ‎- What's Really Going On ! Volume I - 1995

EP - 1995 - Homeless Records

 "What's Really Going On ! Volume I" was a compilation of various artists from NYC released in 1995 on Homeless Records, a record label directed by Houston Bowen. The EP is composed of 6 tracks. 
On the A-Side you can listen to "Where The Money At" performed and produced by Jesse West a.k.a 3rd Eye, the excellent "A&R Better Watch Out" with its little piano loop produced by E.Knight and performed by the group Dunja, the same group who was on the N.Y Confidential EP. The last one for this side is " Strictly Ghetto" performed by Rich Nice and produced by House who was the executive producer of the project. 
On the other side, the first two songs are "Play By The Rules" performed by an MC named Ripper and "Times Are Trife" performed by the group NFL. Sorry I don't have any info about these cats. Both tracks were produced by Scratch God Ahmad from Brooklyn. The last one "Beats" is a track of the group A.S.A also know as Another Smooth Alliance, group composed of Dez Dottin and Ezra 'E.Z Ace' Nanton from the Bronx who were already known with the excellent 12" 'What U Mean 2 Me' released in 1992. "Beats" was produced by G-Dub.

Mix : Surge HandsOfTime Presents Killing Time Three

My man Surge is back with a brand new HandsOfTime mix : "Killing Time Three"... almost 80 mins of pure raw hip-hop... so if you were looking for mainstream shit, feel free to check an other mix !!

The Committee - Scholars And Sense - 1998

CD - 1998 - Kema Records  

The Committee was a group from Washington DC consisted of BlueBlack, Litl Brian, Souls Of The Decade, DJ Ahlon and DJ Mack. The album was officially released in 1998 on Kema Records.  There is a link to buy some physical copies of the album on bandcamp but be careful because it could be a CD-r...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Shadowz in Da Dark - Anthology

I think that Shadowz In Da Dark is one of the most mysterious NYC group from the 90s... Black Sun and Monochrome released plenty of good stuff during that era. Most of the tracks were produced by Nick Wiz, but only one physical 12" was released on a white label circa '97. 

... unfortunately an album never came out. I'm certainly not the only one person who can't understand that and I still hope the official album could see the light of day soon ! 
I was in contact with Black Sun for a moment but I don't know why he doesn't answer anymore... at least I hope all is well for him. Here is a comp of their best tracks made of Vinyl and CD rips, Demos, Freestyle ...

1 - Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt (WKCR Demo)
2- 11:45
3 - Curb High Remix
4 - Final Chapter
5 - Bright Lights
6 - Curb High
7 - Break Fool
8 - Me and My Shadow
9 - Snake Charmers feat Shabaam Sahdeeq
10 - Shadow Boxing (Demo Pass)
11 - Shadow Boxing (Echo Pass)
12 - Untold Scrolls
13 - Black Clouds
14 - Flight 704
15 - Fatigez
16 - Journey Thru (Black Sun)
17 - Enslavement
18 - Crystal Dreams (Demo)
19 - Ready 4 the War feat Shabaam Sahdeeq (Demo)
20 - Shabaam Sahdeeq & Shadowz In Da Dark - Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle (Hot97 1996)

Props to Black Sun !
Big Up to Nathalie Antoine 

R.I.P Craig Mack

The Hip-Hop culture has lost another great figure this week ... 
Rest In Peace Craig Mack ... Condolences to his Family and Friends.

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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Album Review : House Of Pain ‎- Truth Crushed To Earth Shall Rise Again - 1996

LP - 1996 - Tommy Boy  

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

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

N.Y Confidential - N.Y Confidential EP - 1998

EP - 1998 - Guillotine Records 

I remember buying this vinyl in '98, in a little record store from Paris called "Street Sound". Dark atmosphere, good lyrics and dope productions... It was the kind of indie record you put directly in your bag after the first listening, even if the artists were unknown !

N.Y Confidential is a comp of various Brooklyn based artists released in 1998 on Guillotine Records. It was fully produced by E.Knight (Heads to the Floor Productions), the former member of the group Camouflage Large. The EP is composed of 5 tracks with different MCs from the Breukelen Projects : 
"Why" featuring Agony (The original "Why" before it was stolen by Jadakiss in 2004... for the story), "Rumors of War" featuring Dunja, a group composed of E.Knight, D.Als and A.Als, "Me & You" and "Backstabbed" featuring Rahlike The Body Snatcha, and the last one "Anger Consumes..." featuring E.Knight also known as Dunja Lord.