Saturday, 14 September 2019

Biggie & Craig Mack on Hot 97 (1994)

Not a tape I've ripped myself, but something I recently came across when I was browsing Soundcloud for the first time in ages. Brandan (shout out to Brandan) posted this up 3 years ago so you may have heard it already. To begin with I assumed it would be the show that spawned the infamous Live at The Palladium freestyle that appeared on the Nuttin But Flava 12", particularly as the freestyle on this uses the same Mad Lion instrumental. This is before that though, and is probably the Bad Boy duo's first appearance on Flex's influential Street Jam show. He's asking Biggie where he's from, what name he's officially going under and what label he's on, and he later has the exclusive play of Juicy although as you'll hear from his conversation with Puffy, Unbelievable hadn't made it's way onto his promo CD at this point. Hearing Big drop (at that time unheard) lyrics from Juicy and Everyday Struggle over Impeach The President and Craig Mack following him with Flava In Ya Ear about to hit the streets is a pretty iconic moment so although I don't usually jack content from other people I had to have this one and give it some additional shine. I've edited it down so you'll have to check Soundcloud if you want to hear Flex in the mix for the 50 minutes that preceded this. It was ripped at a really low bit rate unfortunately but it's listenable.

If you don't have time for the whole thing, here's the freestyle...

If you need more Fat Chris in your life Filthy Rich just dropped a Ready To Die 25th Anniversary Tribute mix. Check his Gravediggaz/Organized Konfusion blend project too while you're there.

Also, I'm running low on tapes to rip at the moment so if you've got any an want to share get in touch. I can return them when I'm done.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

McGruff Rugged & Raw aka If It Ain't McGruff It Ain't Me [a Herb McGruff compilation]

Over the last few years my waning (now pretty much non-existent) interest in new Hip Hop has meant I've gone back and discovered a new found appreciation for artists who I'd previously enjoyed, but perhaps never delved to deep into their catalogues. I've already hit you off with a Sauce Money compilation, and on a similar tip is this Herb McGruff collection. 
Signed by Heavy D to Uptown after the rest of his Children Of The Corn crew had found deals elsewhere, McGruff's debut album Destined To Be suffered from his label's attempts to jump on the Bad Boy bandwagon of the moment and have him dropping jiggy club efforts rather than the more thugged out Harlem-centric content that was his strong suit. Kind of understandable given that Uptown properly dropped the ball with Biggie (worst label decision ever in rap?) but history has shown us that the industry has a track record of signing acts with a big street buzz and then getting them to move away from the style that made them popular to chase radio play. In McGruff's case he got off to a good start with the Harlem Kids Get Biz promo 12", but the album had far too many lukewarm, middle of the road joints like Gruff Express and didn't really make much of an impression. What was interesting was the amount of collabs, features, and mixtape only/bootleg tracks that were circulating around the same time, and that's what makes up the bulk of this compilation.

I'm not sure if it was just bad timing, people stealing his ideas or vice versa but Herbert seems to have a issue in the jackin for beats department which probably hindered his progress somewhat. Creep is dope, but it's based around the same break Biggie used on Warning. Nasty with Foxy Brown uses the World Famous Supreme Team beat that's far too similar to the Firm Biz remix which dropped around the same time. Make It Hot has the same Eugene Wild sample recognisable from Foxy and Blackstreet's monster Get Me Home. I've included them all because 20+ years on it's not much of an issue but you can see how it may have been a problem at the time. 

I haven't really ventured into his re-emergence with Dipset in the 2000s so its mostly mid-late 90s material, and although it's pretty heavy on collaborations and guest appearances it's a decent representation of the man's work. Pick of the bunch for me is Harlem World with Mase on the hook, which samples Strawberry Letter 23. There's also East And Police produced by Godfather Don off 2008's The Demo EP,  a couple of the better tracks off the album in Reppin Uptown with The Lox and the aforementioned Harlem Kids Get Biz and some looseys like Bow Down with Mob Style and the mixtape only Hell Up In Harlem with Black Rob, Cardan & Cam'ron.

East And Police 
Villain Guys 
Harlem World ft Mase
Reppin Uptown ft The LOX
Harlem NYC - Beats 2 Blow remix with Bootsie & Big L
Uptown Connection ft Mase & Big L
Harlem Kids Get Biz
Hell Up In Harlem with Black Rob, Cam'ron & Cardan
Pure Uncut Raw with Eightball, Canibus & DMX
Bow Down ft Mob Style & Meeno
Nasty ft Foxy Brown
Kay Slay freestyle

Obviously these were taken from a variety of sources - CD, vinyl, digital, some official, some less so. If you've got anything else that should've been included let me know.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

DJ Skully - 1Xtra All Star Mix (2007)

Excellent mix by DJ Skully recorded for DJ Semtex's 1Xtra show, with a load of dubplate specials by some big UK artists alongside some US classics.


DJ Semtex - Intro
Big Pun & Fat Joe - Twinz
J Dilla ft Frank & Dank - Pause
Keith Murray - The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World
A Tribe Called Quest - 1nce Again
Little Brother - Light It Up
Nas - Halftime
Tragedy Khadafi ft Imam Thug - True Confessions
Method Man ft Mary J Blige - All I Need (Puff Daddy remix)
Fab 5 - Leflah
Nas -  Nas Is Like
Lowkey - Freestyle
Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope)
Task Force - Graf Da Bus Up
Klashnekoff - Murda (DJ Skully special)
Verb T & The Last Skeptik - Heaven (Among The Stars)
Kyza - Lights Out
Jehst - Alcoholic Author
Jehst - Made You Look freestyle
DJ Mentat ft Skinnyman - When I Give My Heart To You
Skriblah & Kyza - Angels Beside Me
M9 - Freestyle
Beat Butcha - instrumental
Fallacy - Scream Back (DJ Skully special)

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

DJ Clue - You Can't Impeach The President '99

This has been online before but I just ripped my own copy and thought I'd post it as a) it's the first Clue tape I bought and b) it's full of bangers. Of particular note is Hate Me Now as an exclusive, an early airing of Full Clip, Eminem's Role Model (not 97 Bonnie & Clyde as the cover states) and some treats off Ruff Ryders Vol 1. You also get a young Fabolous opening up proceedings and an up and coming Ludacris closing the tape with a brief freestyle over the Ha instrumental. This is also the tape that put me up on Cali Chronic and the Deja Vu remix. All in all it was £10 well spent.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Mista Sinista & Roc Raida - Lesson #1 (1996)

I've had this tape for ages (think it's another one Tobes gave me) but for one reason or another never got around to ripping it. Possibly because I thought it was going to be an hour of **fresh! aaahh!** being scratched to death with a 9 minute Peter Piper routine at the end. I'm pleased to say that it's not, and it's actually a nice selection from the summer of '96...

Jungle Brothers - How You Want It We Got It
Shadez of Brooklyn - Change
Sadat X- The Hashout
A Tribe Called Quest - The Pressure
De La Soul - Dog Eat Dog
The Roots - Clones
Wu Tang Clan - America Is Dying Slowly
Natural Elements - NYC
Nas - Street Dreams
MOP - Brownsville
The Arsonists - The Sessions
Large Professor - Ijustwannachill
Jay Z - Can't Knock The Hustle
Sadat X - The Lump Lump
Kukoo Da Bagabonez - Real Kukoo
A Tribe Called Quest - 1nce Again
Inspectah Deck & U God - Semi Automatic
Camouflage Large - Cocbacda 9
Blahzay Blahzay - Blah Blah Blah
A Tribe Called Quest - Baby Phife's Return
Capone N Noreaga - Illegal Life
Ill Advised - Against The Grain
Jay Z - D'evils
Big Shug - Crush
Sadat X ft Grand Puba - Open Bar

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Clark Kent - In Control on WBLS (1989)

I've been going back through some tapes and re-ripping things at 320 kbps whilst trying to date them (for HHRA purposes, but also just because having several shows labelled with just a year gets confusing) and have come across a few bits that I've never posted before. This recording of In Control was one such thing. I think it was part of the first bundle Tobes gave me. Anyway, Clark Kent is on mixing duties on Marley's show filling in for Pete Rock who's off on tour with Heavy D & The Boyz. I've dated it based on the ticket giveaway for the Livin Large Rap Contest at The Apollo on September 16th. Clark gets busy.