Thursday, 14 November 2019

Chubb Rock - Capital Rap Show freestyle

Chubb Rock is good at rapping but doesn't really get the props he deserves. He kills this appearance on Westwood while Clark Kent mans the tables cutting up Welcome To The Terrordome.

This turned up on a tape Craig gave me, which is labelled July '95 so maybe Westwood dug it out of the archives for a Radio 1 show off the back off Chubb's sterling appearance on the Crooklyn Dodgers record. I had a shorter version of that I got from Grime & Lime and I labelled the file as 1992 but I guess it could be anytime between then and 1990 I guess. If anyone has the full show I'd love to hear it.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Queen Latifah - Name Callin part II (1998)

I first heard this on a Westwood tape from '98 and recently picked it up on Discogs. A jackin-for-beats style white label dis track very much ticked all the boxes for me in terms of the kind of thing I liked discovering when out digging. Like LL, Latifah went on to enjoy success outside of rap but could still get nasty on the mic when necessary. I don't know what sparked this off and she doesn't name any names here but given the year you can probably guess who she's talking about.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Guru freestyle (2005)

I saw Guru performing with Solar and Doo Wop back in 2005 and copped this mix CD after the show. It's basically a best of mix, hosted by Guru but it seems like he's also playing the tracks. Off one deck. Low budget merch issues aside  - maybe it was done at short notice, when I bought my ticket it was billed as a Gang Starr show - what did make it worth getting was the freestyles over some non-Gang Starr Premier beats, such as The 6th Sense, So Ghetto, Nas Is Like, Unbelievable and also Quiet Storm.  I posted them up in zipfile about 8 years ago but they're all pretty short so I figured it would be easier to paste them all together into one continuous track.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Stretch & Bobbito on WKCR (02.09.95)

The 'Wild Pitch extravaganza' show, with MC Serch & DJ Eclipse in the studio showcasing Wild Pitch's new roster. Foul Play, Total Pack and Jesse West are all in the building to play their forthcoming releases and kick a freestyle. OC also puts in an appearance and as you would expect he stands out from his label mates by some distance. Unfortunately 3 months later - the 8th May to be precise - Serch would be on Wildman Steve's WBAU show announcing that Wild Pitch was no more and that the label closed that day. Foul Play and Total Pack would be shelved, their material confined to Eclipse's Wild Pitch Blends mixtape (although the Foul Play demos eventually got the ltd edition vinyl treatment). Jesse West released Put Your Boots On 2 years later but never really made the most of his early association with Puff & Biggie.Obviously OC went on to do well for himself and make his mark.

The full tracklist for this show is online so it must've been uploaded before but I just found a tape of it in a stack of unmarked cassettes that Random Rap Radio donated to me so big up Craig for this one.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

It's Overture - 94 State Of Mind

It's Overture only drop a mix about once a year so it's always a bit of a treat so get something new from them. This time around they multi track the shit out of 1994 and the results are excellent. It's only 26 minutes long but there's never a dull moment.

Make sure you check out their other mixes if you haven't already, in particular the Hot 97 Summer '96 one.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Erick Sermon - Bomdigi (unreleased version)

Tobes put me up on this some time ago when it was still on Youtube. He has since hooked up a tape rip from an old 279 show which is what I've put on Soundcloud for your listening pleasure. Having asked around the 90s rap knowledge gods on the internet, no one seems to know about this. It could well be the original version of Bomdigi that was shelved due to sample clearance but it doesn't even seem to have made it on to a bootleg 12" which is unusual. It does feature the late Tommy Gunn so essentially it's a different version of the remix rather than the original E Dub solo version. Guessing it's tucked away on some Def Jam promo tape somewhere. The beat is lovely though - that soul sample wouldn't have sounded out of place 10 years later.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

London Posse live in London (1991)

UK dons Rodney P and Bionic performing Gangster Chronicle, Live Like The Other Half Do and Jump Around at Westwood's Live To London jam at The Arches in Vauxhall, which was broadcast on Capital FM, hence the "censored version, seen?!".

Not much UK rap from the 80s and 90s has aged particularly well imo but all the London Posse stuff still holds it's own. Shame we never got that 2nd album around the time How's Life In London came out.

Thanks to Diablo for the tape of this one.