Saturday, 22 September 2018
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Monday, 17 September 2018
I'm back. New tape deck, more tapes, less time than ever. This one is off a TDK simply labelled 'Funkmaster Flex Birthday' but I have a feeling it's this under another name (which was posted online years ago - can anyone confirm it's the same tape?)
Flex and Biz Markie get busy with a full on party set - old school, new school, reggae, funk, soul and some slow jams (ugh) at the end.
Thanks to Diablo and MK (it's his writing on the tape) for this one.
Saturday, 4 August 2018
aka The One Where Tim Gets A Promo Of Illmatic...
Nas - The Genesis
Nas - NY State Of Mind
Main Source - Diary Of A Hitman
Now Born Click - Now Born Soldiers
Das EFX - Baknaffek (remix)
Gang Starr - Words From The Nutcracker
unknown - party break
Nas ft AZ - Life's A Bitch
Nas - One Love
Main Source - Only The Real Survive
Now Born Click - Mad Sick
Scientists Of Sound - Bad Boy Swing
Cash Crew - Bring It On
Kaliphz - Tru Skool M Bassadaz
Kaliphz - Vibe Da Joint
Nas - Memory Lane
Nas - The World Is Yours
Wu Tang Clan - CREAM
Vice Grip, Building Block, Herbal E, Starchild, Cella Dwellas & Lord Digga - Cypha Session part II
unknown - unknown
Militant Mix part 2
pretty sure this is also the show where I heard a great blend of Method Man over Tha Shiznit but it's been cut out, which is gutting, but that bit of scratching at 19:34 with the "give it to em" sample, which suddenly cuts to Tim mentioning Kid Capri and a "turntable remix" of Method Man at least solves the riddle of who was behind it after all this time. I lost the tape with it on a long time ago but did get hold of that instrumental a few months back so maybe I'll recreate it at some point.
Friday, 27 July 2018
This is what was going down in NYC 23 years ago today. Flex hosts his Friday night Street Jam show alongside Big Dennis, with Meth & Red passing through the studio and dropping the obligatory freestyle. Everything you'd expect Flex to be playing is in here: Lost Boyz, AZ, Wu Tang and Mary J, plus Mobb Deep, Kool G Rap and a nice indie joint right at the end that I hadn't heard before. Even the commercial break has some heat, with Biggie rapping over the Dogg Pound's New York New York beat for St Ides and a Tower Records ad for Only Built For Cuban Linx. There's also this...
"...I hit you with that Luniz joint...hmm, verdict is still out...I Got 5 On It. In New York we put 20 on it"
Flex showcasing his astute A&R skills there. It's not quite as bad as Mr Magic's opinions on Public Enemy, BDP and the Beastie Boys but it does show how tough it was for rappers from other regions to get play on the East Coast. Interestingly he plays the Weedless mix, which despite owing it on vinyl I have never played and initially thought it was some rare demo or promo.
Anyone know what the track at 1 hr 34 mins is?
I recently found out that I haven't been receiving email notifications to approve comments and discovered 20+ from the last few months pending approval. Not sure what happened there but if you didn't get a response that's why. Thanks to Krisch for bringing it to my attention. Unfortunately there are plenty of people that think spamming blog comments sections is still a worthwhile endeavour (I really can't see how) so I need to keep the blocker in place.
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
I had no idea this existed until today when I caught it on this Stretch Armstrong show from 1998.
I wouldn't say it's better than the original but it's not bad, and I'm surprised it hasn't crossed my path at some point in the last 20 years. Anyone know if this made it onto any kind of vinyl or CD, official or otherwise?
Saturday, 14 July 2018
Big fun in the big town with Super Rockin Mr Magic and Marley Marl playing Eric B & Rakim, Run DMC, Fat Boys, LL and UTFO amongst others. This is a recording that was re-broadcast on Dave Pearce's show on Radio London, so in that respect it's a something of a precursor to the Rap Exchange that Westwood would host with Marley and then Flex years later.
Dave mentions having details of tickets for UK Fresh which was 19th July '86 so I guess this must be from a month or 2 before that.