Monday, 21 January 2019

It's not Epic it's Rocafella!

Live from Sylvia's in Harlem, Westwood hosts Cam, Juelz and Jim who drop a freestyle over The Roc (Just Fire) and What Happened To That Boy and Cam does his lyrics from Down & Out (2 years before that came out). Keith Murray is also in the building alongside 50 Grand for some more freestyle action.

On a related note, another Radio 1 Rap Show from the year before threw up this oddity on the Top 10 At Ten. It's a remix of Oh Boy, that despite being dismissed by Just Blaze* as a "fake DJ trickery attempt", is actually pretty decent and definitely better than the official 'Oh Girl' remix. I've no idea where the Cam verse came from if it wasn't done for this track but he's accompanied by 2 other dudes who despite sounding like State Property, appear to go by Frank Mueller and TD (Ted Dibiase?). Can't find any info on  them or this version so if anyone can help out please do.

*my DMs are hotter than yours

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Shyne & Black Rob - Hot 97 freestyle (2000)

This has been sitting on my hard drive for ages and I've no idea where I got it from* but it made me realise that I miss the days of finding Hot 97 freestyles online and on mixtapes. Hearing BR do his verse from Let's Get It over the Keep It Thoro beat is a highlight. Full 30 mins above, freestyle (with DL link) below...

*think it was off the Grime & Lime forum when that was briefly popping last year. Forget who posted it but as a significant amount of bits shared on there originated from this very site I don't feel too bad. Thanks anyway.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Blogspot like we bringin' 2008 back

You a slave to a draft in my Macbook. Just realised I haven't posted this year so far and I'm already into what will probably be the last couple of months of this site - I'm trying to wrap it up at 1000 posts and/or the ten (ten!) year anniversary -  so here's a random bunch of 90s tracks that I've discovered or rediscovered over the last however long, plus a few long time faves that I feel should get more shine. It's like an extended Don't Sleep but somewhat restricted by what's on YouTube. Having realised how much stuff isn't on there I might make that my next project.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

DJ Step One - So 90s Volume 5: Blends edition

First mix I've posted in some time so I done went and got my blend on. Some of these have been posted here before and others I just made over the last few days. All of them were done on 2 turntables as I can't use anything else, although  did have to make some edits to remove the cuts on the Crooklyn and Suspended In Time instrumentals. Enjoy.

Camp Lo - Coolie High [b/w Dayz Of Wayback]
Artifacts - Wrong Side Of Da Tracks [b/w I Got A Love]
McGruff - Harlem Kids Get Biz [b/w Brooklyn Kids]
Beatnuts - Hit Me With That [b/w Where My Homiez]
Outkast - Elevators [b/w I Got 5 On It]
Goodie Mob ft Big Boi & Cool Breeze - Dirty South [b/w Last Dayz]
Notorious BIG - Ten Crack Commandments [b/w Suspended In Time]
Notorious BIG - You'll See [b/w Life's A Bitch]
Notorious BIG - Think BIG [b/w I Shot Ya]
AZ - Doe Or Die [b/w Broken Language]
Mobb Deep - Hell On Earth [b/w Clones]
Redman - Funkorama [b/w Midnight]
A Tribe Called Quest - Stressed Out [b/w Dead Presidents]
A Tribe Called Quest - 1nce Again [b/w Crooklyn]
Wu Tang Clan - METHOD Man [b/w Tha Shiznit]
Ghostface, Raekwon & Cappadonna - Daytona 500 [s/w Speak Ya Clout]
KRS ONE - Mortal Thoughts [b/w Code Of The Streets]
Eric B & Rakim - Don't Sweat The Technique [b/w DJ Format breakbeats]

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

XFM All City Show 12.05.04 with the Beastie Boys

Dan Greenpeace runs through listeners' picks from the Beastie's catalogue before interviewing the lads ahead of the upcoming release of To The 5 Boroughs.

Wouldn't say I'm a huge Beastie Boys fan but I enjoy a decent amount of their catalogue and as I got their book for Christmas I thought I'd get this tape ripped today. Hold It Now is still very much up there on the OB4ZL 80s playlist.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

DJ Premier - Penalty Recordings mixtape (1995)

Premo doing his thing for Penalty Recordings. Tracklist is decent. Forget where I got this from years ago so shout out to whoever did the original rip but it's nearly 2019 and the people need this kind of thing on streaming services.

Side A:
01. Intro
02. Shabazz The Disciple - Crime Saga
03. Lord Finesse feat. Krs-One & OC - Brainstorm / P.S.K. (No Gimmicks Remix)
04. DJ Smash - Mad Grafitti
05. MC Eiht feat. Blackjack - Nine Of 'Em
06. Kapone - Get Down To It
07. Lord Finesse - Hip 2 Da Game (Buckwild Remix)
08. Blackjack feat. Notorious B.I.G. & Snakes - Young G's Perspective

Side B:
01. Kapone - No Jurisdiction
02. Tupac feat. Blackjack & Spice 1 - I Can't Turn Back
03. Skit
04. Blackjack - No Love
05. Lord Finesse feat. Krs-One - No Gimmicks
06. Sunz Of Man - The Sins Of Men
07. Shabazz The Disciple - Death Be The Penalty
08. Lord Finesse - Hip 2 Da Game
09. Outro

Thanks to for the tracklist and cover scan

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Radio 1 Rap Show 07.04.99 with Kenny Dope & Wu Tang

Westwood pulls a Wu Tang freestyle from 1994 out of the archives and there's a nice mix by Kenny Dope.