Friday, 17 April 2015
Sunday, 12 April 2015
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
Thursday, 2 April 2015
A double header for this edition of Don't Sleep. One of my favourite tracks of the late 90s that kind of got lost in the shuffle of great posse cuts from that era - John Blaze, Banned From TV, The Firm joints, Reservoir Dogs, Benjamins etc . The notable thing about this particular cut is that it comes in two different versions. Both were officially released but neither seems to be considered the original or the remix. They both use the same beat but the line up of rappers varies.
Version 1, taken from the How To Be A Player soundtrack features Mic Geronimo alongside DMX, Cormega, Fatal and Ja Rule. This was back when DMX was on the cusp of becoming the biggest rapper on the planet for 2 years and no one was entirely sure how Ja Rule spelt his name (he's listed as "Ja" on this). I believe Cormega was signed to Def Jam at this time which explains his appearance and Fatal was getting a bit of attention off the back of his 2Pac association. The beat is courtesy of one of the lesser know members of The Hitmen - Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool and is pretty simple and minimal with a nice Mandrill sample and a subtle bit of ESG in the background.
Version 2 featured on Mic's 'Vendetta' album and on the b side of the Nothin Move But The Money 12". Cormega and Fatal have been replaced by the more than capable line up of Tragedy, Jadakiss and Styles P. No idea why. Label politics would usually be the answer but I can't see why Def Jam would let DMX on there and not Cormega. They did drop him though so maybe that had something to do with it. Still dope. Don't sleep.
Saturday, 28 March 2015
Haven't had time to touch turntables for a while, so last night I got my shit together and ran through some 94-95 era stuff to get my groove back and get the standard up to par for a couple of collaboration mixes I'm putting together (which I'm hoping to have ready soon but breath should not be held). Anyway: 1 take, play-and-record all vinyl business. Off we go....
Big Daddy Kane - In The PJs
AZ - Gimme Yours (remix)
Group Home - Suspended In Time (remix)
Little Indian - One Little Indian
Ill Al Skratch - Don't Shut Down On A Player
Show & AG - Ain't No Fun
Notorious BIG - DJ Enuff freestyle
Smif N Wessun - Nuthin Move But The Money
GZA - Killah Hills 10304
Method Man - I Get My Thang In Action
Naughty By Nature - Craziest
Tha Alkaholiks - Relieve Yourself (blend)
Xzibit - Paparazzi
King Just - No Flow On The Rodeo
Channel Live ft KRS One - Mad Izm (remix)
Shadz Of Lingo- Mad Flavaz (remix)
Jeru The Damaja - Da Bitchez (instrumental)
Dogg Pound - Big Pimpin
Warren G - So Many Ways
Erick Sermon - Safe Sex (remix)
Ice Cube - You Know How We Do It (remix)
For an authentic 90s experience play this on a stereo with BASS BOOST and throw a towel over the speakers for that muddy, muffled Memorex sound we all pretend we loved but with hindsight was pretty terrible.
Friday, 20 March 2015
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
DJ Swing live on London's Choice FM from 1995. This is on the flipside of the tape of the previous Swing set I posted last year. On this one you get some 2Pac, Mad Skillz, Cypress Hill, Monica, SWV and more...