Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Tony Touch - Hip Hop #73 (2003)

Some Tony Touch from 2003 courtesy of Junior Pepaseed. Some things from this era haven't aged particularly well but there's some good tracks on here including Beanie Sigel's 'Once Again Its On'. a couple of bits off Gang Starr's unfairly maligned final album and Meth & Ghost's 'After Party' among others...

Monday, 8 September 2014

DJ Step One - Blends All Day (2014)

I love messing around with acapellas and instrumentals and have been meaning to do a mix of nothing but blends for ages. I'd built up a reasonable collection of ones I've put together over the last few years, some of which have been posted on here before. There's no theme to it, just rap acapellas over rap beats, all done on 2 - or in some cases, 3 - turntables. As much as I'd like to have put this together on Ableton or Cubase I don't have the time or patience to learn how to use them, plus I kind of like the challenge of the restrictions that just using 1210s can present.
I tried to go with some lesser used acapellas rather than the standard Ain't Hard To Tell/Shook Ones type stuff, so here you go. Feedback welcomed!

(Mediafire thinks its 'The People' by Common and won't have it, Zippyshare doesn't seem to like large files so we're rolling with Sendspace for the moment. Remember the days when uploading shit was easy?)

I also made sure I did that mash-up thing where the names of the 2 records used are cleverly/awkwardly shoehorned together to make a whole new song title...

People On The Next Level
Benjamin's Triumph
Criminology Up In The Spot
Pre Game
You Ain't From New York
Drop A Bible On Em
Five On A Come Up
So Luni
Tony's Angels
Incarcerated Lifestyles
Can I Calm Down
Outta Control Intentions
Puffin On Blunts
Life's A Blend
Good Times Fa Ha
We Gonna Master It
Fuck Being Down And Out
Luchini Dreams
I Got My Block On It
Biggie Back (Guess Who's Dead Wrong)
Goin Back To Regulate 
What We Do Like That

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Don't Sleep #2
Soul Supreme ft T Max, AG & Pete Rock 'Queen' (2003)

"For all the girls who said 'A, you smoke too much', shut up baby and roll that Dutch..."

This is one of those tracks I've never really tired of. I first heard it on a Tony Touch mix in the summer of 2003. A couple of weeks later I took my first trip to NYC and despite asking for it in every shop, I came up short. I think I eventually picked it up in Mr Bongo (it  have been my last purchase in there). Anyway, as you may have noticed by now, my tastes have a tendency to lean towards the soulful side of things so I'm a big fan of the sped-up soul sample trend of the early/mid 00s. This ticks all the right boxes with 3 solid verses from AG, Pete Rock and T Max and a nice long outro for the DJs among us to mix out of...


Turns out there's a video for it, although it looks like Pete Rock was busy that day

Previously: Don't Sleep # 1 - Melody 'Cool Chillin' (1989)

Monday, 1 September 2014

Doo Wop 'The War Report Volume 2' (2002)

I dropped Volume 1 of this about 3 years ago and came up on this CD on a long delayed record buying trip this past weekend. Stand outs have to be the Boss Money freestyles but it's a decent listen overall as you'd expect from a Wop CD...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

DJ Step One - Doctor's Orders/Jazzy Jeff competition mix

I don't really tend to look to DJ out much these days. Partly because of the lack of decent venues in my area, partly because being in my mid-30s I started finding it less fun playing to 18 year olds who only want to hear Rihanna and Rudimental, and partly because the novelty of it all had worn off a bit after 15 odd years.
However, if a good opportunity presents itself I'm not one to turn it down so when London club promoters The Doctor's Orders set up a competition to win a warm-up set on a night when 3 of my favourite DJs are playing I had to step up and get busy with this 30 minute mix. I've very rarely asked for much in return over the 640 posts so if you could all oblige with clicking play on the mix above (as I'm sure you were going to anyway) it would be appreciated.

UPDATE - Having hit the target of 100 plays in just over 24 hours, here's the link to download the mix

Monday, 25 August 2014

Don't Sleep #1:
Melody 'Cool Chillin' (1989)

The first in an irregular series of posts where I pick out songs that I feel are unduly slept on. It seems like nothing is really that obscure anymore so don't expect a barrage of rare and unreleased joints. This is more a case of either putting people up on things they haven't heard or just jogging memories. That said, the first one up is a bit obscure...
I loved this track when I heard it back in '89 on the Deep Heat 4 compilation but in the years that followed, searches for a 12" proved unsuccessful. A few years ago I found out it was released on an album by the seminal Chicago House label Trax, which was pretty much the last place I expected to find it. Given the notoriously bad quality of Trax vinyl, I passed on buying it. Telstar's habit of squeezing 8 tracks on each side means the Deep Heat 4 vinyl is a non-starter as well, so I've just made do with an MP3. Anyway, its a great track that uses 'Summer Madness' (although 10 year old me didn't know that, obviously) with some Rakim samples cut-up for good measure. Given their label's House background and the general trend for uptempo Rap tracks back then its kind of suprising that this is so downtempo. As far as the lyrics go, it's not entirely dissimilar to Just Hangin Out by Main Source (another personal favourite)...

I haven't been able to find out any info about Melody but this seems to be their only release. I assume they're from Chicago which might have gone against them in the NY-centric days of the 80s. Still, maybe it'll turn out that dude is Chief Keef's grandpa or Kanye's uncle or something.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

AZ 'Red Magic' (2014)

AZ rapping over a sample of 'Strawberry Letter 23'. This is exactly the kind of thing I'd have come up with for Rap Thangs That Shoulda Done Happened.