Evidence - Mr Slow Flow
Polyrhythm - The Purist feat Large Pro
Marco polo - Marquee feat OC
Edan - Rock & Roll
DJ Nappa & Inja - Supernang
The Nextmen - Knowledge Be Born
Ludakris - Grew Up A Screw Up (JJ Brown Remix)
Powerule - Heatin Up
Freestyle professors - NY Swagger
Redfoo & Dre Kroon - Life Is A Game Of Chess
Lone Catalyst - Lone Catalyst
House Of Pain - Word Is Born feat Diamond D
Ras Kass - Goldyn Chyld
Rawcotiks - Real Heads
AZ - Get high
Real Live - Real Live Shit (Remix)
Marco Polo - Nostalgia feat Masta Ace
Kool G Rap - First Nigga
Talib Kweli - Listen
Smiley the ghetto child - wake up call
Royce the 5 9 - Ding
Sky 200 - Get it done
Sauce Money - Intruder Alert
big city - i hear ya
marco polo ft. sadat x, juju - rolling
Masta Ace - Saturday Night live (remix)
Diamond - You dont owe me
Saafir - Touch Somebody
Polyrhythm Addicts - Reaching
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Evidence - Mr Slow Flow
Friday, May 25, 2007
I know I have dedicated way to much of this blog to the new Marley Marl and KRS joint, it's almost becoming an unhealthy obsession.
This was way too good not to post though a freestyle session from the launch of 'Hip Hop Lives' featuring Fat Joe, Joell Ortiz, Ice T, Blaq Poet, Craig G and a bunch of dudes I can't ID through the youtube haze and the distorted sound.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Block Mcloud - Chaos
Joell Ortiz - Brooklyn Bullshit
DJ Muggs & Gza - Queens Gambit
Tek N Steele ft. Boot camp clik - Get Back
Apathy ft. Emilio Lopez - Oh my god
Run DMC - Beats to the rhyme
Silver Bullet - Bring forth the guillotine
Gunshot - Battle Creek Brawl
Big Daddy Kane - Set it off
Public Enemy - Welcome to the terrordome
EPMD - Rampage
Dangermouse & Jemini - Copycats ft. Prince Po
Clandestien - Harvey Wallbanger
Gza, Ghostface, Raekwon - Wu Banger (remix)
Klashnekoff - Terrorise the city ft. Kool G Rap
Hard Knocks - Thoughts of a negro
Nas - Made you look ft. Jadakiss, Luda (remix)
Q Unique - Violence for the violent consumer
Krs One & Marley Marl - Rising to the top
Marco Polo ft. Kool G Rap & DV Alias Chirst - Hood Tales
Juggaknots - Trouble Man
Hilltop Hoods - Monsters Ball restrung
Boltz - Spitfire
DJ Famalam ft. Sean Boston - Big City
Marco Polo ft. OC - Marquee
Royal Fam - Medina 718
Cap D + the Molemen - Currency Exchange
Custom Made - Crime COnnection
Saafir - Less work
D&D all star - 2 hits & Pass
Monday, May 21, 2007
An out take from the latest Beef DVD has hit the net with Beanie Sigel taking shots at Kanye. Beans has a point Kanye is a fruit and wouldn't be out of place in a gay mardis gras, but homeboy still makes some good music.
The music industry is in a state of emergency, no matter how good your music is if you don't fit in to a limited marketable stereotype you can forget any commercial success. As a result there is less and less material being released that will satisfy older Hip Hop fans. Nas brought this to the front claiming Hip Hop was dead, but those of us with our hearts in the music refused to let go of our baby, refused to accept that our baby had grown up and left the house that Marley built. Come back albums from our favorite artists kept falling short of bringing us the sound we want as they seem to buckle under the pressure of the new commercial industry. The stage was set for someone to bring Hip Hop back, but who was going to do it? The rumor mill was set into motion with talk of comeback albums from almost everyone you could imagine, it wasn't until the mention of KRS and Marley Marl that the retired hip hop heads started to get excited. Can this be true? The two adversaries that brought us so many hits are joining forces 20 years after they went head to head? Fingers and toes were crossed for this not to fall short and give hope to everyone who thought boom bap was dead.
The rumor mill was correct and KRS One and Marley Marl were in the studio recording and today was the day the promo copy landed itself in my postbox. My expectations were high after hearing some promising joints on the internet and with the excitement of a kid unwrapping Christmas presents I opened the box and put the CD in the booming system.
The CD starts off with a short skit at a memorial service for Hip Hop with someone interrupting proceedings screaming "IT'S ALIVE, IT'S ALIVE" making for a fitting intro. The intro leads in to the first single 'Hip Hop Lives' a piano a drum lead instrumental with KRS going over what Hip Hop is, it's not new ground for the Blastmaster to be going over but for this project it's very apt. It's almost a perfect start for the album a real headnodder and KRS still seems sharp.
The third track comes in with KRS doing a rasta chorus on 'Nothing New'. The beat again is lead by some heavy boom bap drums and a single piano note, sounding very reminicent of 'The Bridge Is Over'.
'Where Were You' addresses the rap historians that Kris must have an issue with asking them where they were and making it clear that he was present at these events. KRS comes off preachy on this track, while it's dope to hear the history making events mentioned in this track KRS shouldn't think only he has the right to talk on them. Hip Hop history is one of the only things holding this culture together there are plenty of younger cats thirsty for knowledge. I don't think KRS should take issue with anyone that wants to satisfy that need.
A signature Marley sound comes through as the next track starts. 'Musica' kicks off with some screeching horns that sound similar to the work he did on the Lords Of The Underground album. The first feature MC comes through 'Magic Juan', I have to admit I'm not familiar with him but he is a fresh MC and sounds very similar to Jadakiss. The lyrics once again go over the state of Hip Hop, but that's what this album is about, right?
'Rising To The Top' drops and it is my least favorite beat so far, the sample has been used quite a few times and I was never a fan of it in any of it's forms. The track is saved by Kris who keeps me listening with his story covering the early Juice Crew story and diss records. The hook is catchy with a female vocalist and KRS going over the top of each other. Even with my objection to the main sample I can't help but feel it by the end, this is something that will really work on radio and in the club.
Seeing my 30th birthday just past the title of the next track was interesting to me 'Over 30'. I thought this was just going to be another run down of KRS being old school, but to my surprise it's more of a shout to the older heads. KRS addresses the fact that he isn't too old to rock it and will continue to do so well into the future.
Another track that has been getting some shine on the internet is up now. 'Kill A Rapper' is back to some of KRS' best material finally he has stopped rapping about rap and concentrates on some topical lyrics. I am surprised that no other MC I know of has touched on the subject of unsolved murders in Hip Hop. The beat is suitably atmospheric for the subject matter and is the first real change of pace so far. This is classic Kris right here.
The pace picks right back up with 'The Teachers Back' another boom back track to make necks crack. I wasn't sure if the lyrics were going to kick in with the intro going for a minute and a half, KRS address it when he comes in with "The teachers back the heaters back/ had to chill for a minute so you could see what's wack". Lyrically KRS rips through the commercial MC's and those who have changed up styles through their career. KRS comes off hungry on this, he shows he is an MC you wouldn't want to cross. I think KRS still has what it takes for another classic battle.
Before the next beat drops KRS comes in saying "Look who just walked in it's DJ Premier", I'm amped right now here is the reunion we have all been waiting for. The album these two made together was a classic and I consider it the highlight of both of their careers. The surprise doesn't stop there with Blaq Poet sharing the mic with KRS. For those who don't know KRS and Poet went head to head during the Queensbridge battles, it played second fiddle to the battle with Juice crew but Poet approached the battle with the aggression the Shan lacked. It's exciting to hear these two greats going back to back. It could be argued that these two MC's have had the most consistent releases in their long careers.
Once again a beat comes in that lifts the vibe with powerful drums and chops. KRS complements this beat perfectly while once again coming off slightly preachy. So far this is my main gripe with the album, but after taking a little time to reminisce over the Blastmaster's back catalog I come to the realisation that this is what KRS is. Just this time he is doing it about hip hop rather than social issues.
It's now time for the last track 'House Of Hits' featuring Chief Rocker Busy Bee. It's a fitting end to the album and it's great to hear Busy Bee back on record.
We got Hip Hop hijacked by force, it wasn't the choice of the fans, it was a choice by industry led by the media on a search for pretty boy teen idols rather than quality music. It's time to be taken back and those that have been making quality comebacks like X Clan and Black Sheep struggle to get any recognition. I can only hope that this monumental joining of forces has made enough noise to generate the recognition the others have failed to. Because when all is said and done and whether you love or hate this album it can't be denied this is real Hip Hop.
So whats the overall verdict? Well I think this is the album KRS needed to make, to get the old school memories out of his system. To some that may be the downfall of the album, KRS is the teacher but unless you want to be taught about hip hop your not going to learn much on this one. What else could of been expected though? This was never going to be 'Edutainment' in the new music landscape. Hip Hop Lives is what it needed to be a celebration of Hip Hop, a celebration of two great careers that needed a revival. Overall this is a great album bringing back the kind of hip hop we have all been asking to hear and hopefully gets the support it needs to help rebuild the culture and inspire a new generation of Hip Hop Heads. Is it a classic? Well time will tell, I will say this is the best thing in both Marleys and KRS' career in over 10 years so read in to that what you will.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
1. MF Doom - Since when has it been cool to sound like your not trying to rap. He reminds me of a kid trying to rap in his bedroom without mum hearing.
2. Blogs - There are two many, surely not this many people have anything interesting to say (me included).
3. Mixtapes - Why? It seems like these days the main skill needed to put 'DJ' before your name is to jack beats and scream over the top of the (semi) famous rapper.
4. Random Rap - So any jerk can pull out an obscure record call it 'Random Rap' and sell it for loot. I had a bunch of that stuff and I called it garbage and put it in the bin. With a few exceptions most rare and limited releases are that way for a reason.
5. Madlib - What is the big deal here? What don't my ears pick up? All I hear is a bunch of samples mashed together with varying levels of annoyance. Is that creativity these days?
Hit up the comments and let me know why you want to give me a high five or strangle me with piano wire.
Digging in the crates has become an exclusive sport, with new technology like Serato and the availability of mp3’s, not to forget all the rare breaks getting comped those who feel the need to dig are diminishing. In this new environment where only the purists are keeping their fingers dusty it’s refreshing to see film makers are still interested in exposing the culture.
Like a lot of hip hop documentaries Deep Crates 2 starts out covering what should be already well known by those who have sort this movie out, and for the first 10 minutes I had a growing concern that this wasn’t going to satisfy my needs as a discerning hip hop head. Deep Crates does warm up and the more the film rolls on the more obscure the information becomes and the more interesting the interviews get.
Who ever conducted the interviews should get a pat on the back, the hard questions get asked and the artists are comfortable enough to speak freely. A good example is in the ‘Ghost Producer’ section where both Marley Marl and K Def are asked about the topic, Marley denies ever having ghost producers and K Def who has been open about ghost producing for Marley denies ever being a ghost producer(going back on comments on an unkut interview). Pete Rock speaks his mind throughout and pulls card’s on other producers, diggers and record dealers making his sections some of the most enjoyable in the movie.
While the focus is on Marley Marl and Pete Rock there is plenty of knowledge being dropped by other legends of the game like Ced Gee, 45 king, Grand Wizard Theodore, Dj Doc (one of the real surprises), Tony D and King Of Chill. Deep Crates 2 could of rested on those names alone but that would be too easy, they travel to Japan and talk to Dj Muro along with record store owners, let me say digging over there looks crazy. They also get comments from some of the leaders of the new school like Marco Polo, Domingo and J Zone.
Deeps Crates 2 has an excellent spread of artists making it a well rounded documentary with loads of crazy stories being told. The production and soundtrack is slick, well above the quality of the first issue.
If you’re a digger, purist or someone who has the thirst for rap knowledge you need to check this out.
You can purchase a copy here.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sometimes I wish I wasn't a combination of slack and busy. It's a bad combination to have, the busier I am the less of the stuff I enjoy to do (like this blog) gets done and the more lying on the couch happens.
Anyway that's not the case with this, more the case that the radio I tried to record this show on was tuned in to 102.3FM (an easy listening station) and not the greatest rap show in the world on 93.7FM.
The show went well besides all the technical issues (fat fingers, a cold, and a confusing amount of cd's piled around me), K Rino dropped some knowledge and opinions that are really worth listening to.
Big up's to Resident Records, K Rino, Streets On Beats (jacked your pic)for making this happen.
K Rino Interview on Premium Blend
Podcast is back!
D&D All Stars - How it sounds ft. Ruck, Jimmy Grand, AG
Marco Polo - Hood Tales ft. Kool G Rap, DV Alias Christ
Hilltop Hoods - Recapturing The Vibe Restrung
Edan - Key Bored
DJ Honda & PMD - Look at U ft. Eric Sermon
DJ Honda - On the mic ft. Cuban Link, Juju, A.L.
Joell Ortizz - Brooklyn Bullshit
Method Man - Ya'meen ft. Fat Joe & Styles P
OC - Get Yours (remix) ft. Big L & Diamond
Smut Peddlers - Bottom Feeders ft. RA the Rugged man
DJ Jazzy Jeff - Practice ft. J Live
Nas - Lifes a Bitch ft. AZ (remix)
Prince Paul - No Rubber, No backstage pass ft. Chubb Rock, Biz Markie
Klashnekoff - Daggo Mentality
Biz Markie - Family Tree
Rappin Is Fundamental - Highway To Heaven
Barsha - Seminar 90
Two Kings In A Cypher - How U Figga
Awesome Dre - Frankly Speaking
7A3 - Mad Mad World
Hard Knocks - Road To The Precinct
K Solo - Your Mum's In My Business
Master Ace - 4 Minus 3
OG Style - Catch Em Slippin
Queen Latifah - Wrath Of My Madness
Schoolly D - Gangster Boogie
Special Ed - Magnificent (remix)
True Mathematics - Greeks In The House
Hilltop Hoods - Roll On Up
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Hopefully next week we should have K-Rino in the studio with us, and its shaping up to be a good show. Dont miss it. Kirk promises me he is actually going to record it and get it up to stream, so if you aren't in adelaide or if you miss it... you should be able to stream it from here!
Gunshot - Reign of Terror
EPMD - Funky Piano
Cilvaringz - The Weeping Tiger ft. Shallah Raekwon
Domingo - Street Hustle ft. Immortal Technique
Method Man - Say
Nabo Rawk - The Great Escape
Nas - Made you look (remix) ft. Jadakiss, Ludakris
Ol Dirty Bastard - Brooklyn Zoo
Gravediggaz - Constant Elevation (extended mix)
Kollabo Brothers - Hip Hop Blues ft. Grandmaster Caz
Milano - Show em freestyle
Grayskul and Xperience - Jump the General ft. Peegee13
Joell Ortizz - 125 Part 2 (feat. Ras Kass, stimuli grafh, gab gotcha)
Theodore Unit - Paychecks
Black Attack - Hold It Down
AG - Hidden Crates
Hostyle - Beat Em On The Head
Kool G Rap - Foul Cats
Natural Elements - Tri Boro
God Father Don - Properties Of Steel
AZ - Do Or Die Remix feat Raekwon
Rawcotiks - For Every Day That Goes By
Finsta Bundy - Feel The High
Laster - Searching 4 Meaning
Last Emperor - Secret Wars Part 1
L The Head Toucher - Too Complex
Neek The Exotic - Make That Money
Money Boss Players - Games
Fantastic 4 - You're In The Wrong Place
Beatnuts - No Equal (remix)
royal flush - queens represent