Sunday, 17 December 2017

Kay Slay & The Alchemist - The Mixmasters (2004)

I copped this on Canal Street on a trip to NYC in 2004. Looking back it seems like that year was New York's last stand, before the South and eventually everywhere else took over. This CD is essentially a promo for Alchemist's 'First Infantry' album. As you'd expect, Mobb Deep, D Block and Dipset are heavily featured on here so it's generally a good listen, but the Papoose and Canibus freestyle over the Guerilla Monsoon Rap instrumental might be worth skipping if you're feeling a bit fragile and/or suffer from migranes as it's not for the faint hearted or irritable. Time and a place and all that.

Mixtape CDRs being what they are the quality of this has deteriorated a bit over the years so I ended up culling the last couple of tracks.

On the same trip to the States, I managed to record Kay Slay and Alc alongside Black Rob on Hot 97

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Radio 1 Rap Show with Funkmaster Flex, Lil Kim and Busta Rhymes (2000)

The first thing to say about this show is that it starts with Christina Aguilera dissing Eminem over The Real Slim Shady instrumental (a song which was possibly the start of Em making really bad records). If she could rap on beat it might've been bearable but she can't so it just sounds terrible, however I think we can all agree that in 2017 a new Christina song is likely to bang harder than anything Eminem can create at this point. Seeing all these high profile rap DJs, journalists and "influencers" feel the need to have an opinion on the Eminem album and acting like it's a surprise that it's really fucking awful is just baffling to me. 
Anyway, once that's done Westwood hands over to Flex who has Lil Kim in the studio. That's followed by Busta Rhymes in part 2, who's heavily plugging the release of Anarchy. They're really pushing the singles Get Out and Fire to the extent that if you ever needed evidence of payola this wouldn't be the worst place to start, although if I recall these songs never really blew up on the same scale as Busta's other lead singles. His run of club bangers from '96 to 2006 was equalled only by Jay Z, but there was a bit of a dip on this project. Fire ain't bad but didn't really catch on and Get Out sounds a bit too Hard Knock Life-ish. The real gem on the album is 'The Heist' with Ghostface, Raekwon and Roc Marciano over a Large Pro beat. One that the backpackers probably missed when it dropped but are being charged big bucks for the German promo 12" , probably due to the J Dilla produced A-side.
Weirdly, this show also contains Flex cutting up a bunch of 80s classics, which is the same mix that was previously broadcast a few years prior (like, '96 or something). I know this because I posted it before.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Marley Marl on the Radio 1 Rap Show (2002)

Westwood is nowhere to be found on this tape, so it's a Future Flavas Takeover with Marley hosting alongside Seven Shawn of World Renown. They play some Terror Squad, D Block, Mobb Deep and Nore, plus Marley's own remixes of Rewind and One Mic by Nas. He runs through some Cold Chillin/Juice Crew stuff (although the mixing is a bit sloppy on this part) and some more old skool on part 2.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The TRC Hip Hop Show on Rhythm FM (22.05.94)

Bit of an oddity this one as I can't say I'd ever heard of Rhythm FM. I got the original tape from Grime & Lime.  Having hit up Mr Thing on twitter he mentioned that TRC was the graf crew that First Rate (one of the 3 DJs on this show) was down with, so it could've be a pirate station based around the Kent area. Anyone with any more details please speak up!

If you check this blog regularly you should definitely investigate The Hip Hop Radio Archive. I'll be contributing tapes from the OB4ZL archives and there's always tapes being added. Get involved.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

DJ Step One - mid 90s Rap mix (2017)

Had some time free yesterday so pulled out some records from the 94-96 sections and pressed record....

Organized Konfusion - Stress
Big Willie Smith - Wearing Make Up
Nas - The World Is Yours (Q Tip remix)
Kurious - I'm Kurious
Darkman - Wicked (Ghetto Lab mix)
Gang Starr - Mostly Tha Voice
KMD ft MF Grimm - What A Niggy Know (remix)
Pete Rock  & CL Smooth - I Got A Love
Dobie ft Ola - Original Heads
Group Home - Livin Proof
Smif N Wessun - PNC
Masta Ace Inc - What's Going On
Redman & Method Man - How High (remix)
Erick Sermon - Bom Digi (remix instrumental)
Show & AG - Next Level (Show's street version)
Notorious BIG - Who Shot Ya
Raekwon - Incarcerated Scarfaces
Lace Da Booms - Cut That Weak Shit (L's mix)
Mr Live - Supa Dupa
Keith Murray - The Rhyme (white label version)
Brick City Kids - What What
Tragedy ft Havoc & Extra P - Da Funk Mode
Buckshot Le Fonque - Music Evolution (DJ Premier remix)

Thursday, 30 November 2017

DJ Dough & Porge 1 - Heads Ain't Ready

Superb mixtape from Dough and Porge 1 which dropped around 04/05. This was before the internet rendered the term 'rare' obsolete and there's plenty of other treats to be found here, such as their Drop It Like It Hot remix which was in my sets for ages when I was playing out. One of those mixes where the shelf life isn't terminated by all the tracks eventually being available in better quality elsewhere. This is the sort of thing I aspire to making if time/patience/talent wasn't an issue.