Friday, 25 December 2009

DJ Step One - Head Nod Hip Hop mix














Here's a mix of mid-90s tracks I knocked up the other day while everyone else seemed to be stuck in nightmare traffic due to the snow. Strictly head-nod/boom bap style...

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tracklist
Jemini The Gifted One ‘Brooklyn Kids’ (Mercury)
LA The Darkman ‘I Want It All’ (Fo Real)
Mobb Deep ‘Up North Trip’ (Loud)
Royal Flush ‘Movin On Ya Weak Production’ (Blunt)
Gravediggaz ‘1-800 Suicide’ (Gee St)
Kool G Rap ‘4 Da Brothaz’ (Epic)
Notorious BIG ‘Warning’ (Bad Boy)
Dogg Pound ‘Niggaz Dont Give A Fuck’ (Epic)
Eazy E ft BG Knoccout & Dresta ‘Real Muthaphukkin Gz’ (Ruthless)
MOP ‘Downtown Swinga’ (Select)
Tragedy, Large Professor & Havoc ‘Da Funk Mode’ (25 To Life)
Pop Megga ‘Ghetto News’ (Profile)
McGruff ‘Harlem Kids’ (Uptown)
Children Of The Corn ‘American Dream’ (white label)
AZ ‘Your World Dont Stop’ original version (white label)
Goodie Mob ‘Cell Therapy’ (LaFace)
Boss ‘Deeper’ (Def Jam West)
Wu Tang Clan ‘CREAM’ (Loud)

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Method Man & Redman freestyle (1999)














Method Man & Redman freestyling for what seems like an eternity on Westwood's Radio 1 Rap Show.
The pair were in the UK promoting their 'Blackout' album and go off over the 'Simon Says' beat in part one and Mobb Deep's 'Quiet Storm' and 'Its Mine' in part two.


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Monday, 21 December 2009

Canibus - 100 Bars freestyle (1999)
















I've no idea if this has appeared on the net before but I found it on DJ Clue's 'Cant Impeach The President 99' mixtape. Canibus does what he does best and spits pure non-stop punchlines and battle raps for about 5 minutes.

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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Tha Alkaholiks ft Diamond D 'The Next Level' (DJ Step One blend)












I've been messing around with some acapellas and beats recently and I thought this blend was worth sharing. The Liks & Diamond D's vocals seem to work nicely over the beat Kanye produced for Common's 'The People'. Hope you like it.

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"coolin out with yo bitch eatin sweet and sour chicken..."

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Kid Capri mixtape (1989)














There's no title on this tape but it seems like a pretty good snapshot of what was big in NYC 20 years ago. The Kiiiiid Capri serves up some Heavy D, LL, Big Daddy Kane, BDP, "brand new" Public Enemy and Soul II Soul plus some classic breaks including a nice James Brown section at the end of the tape.

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Original tape courtesy of DJ MK

Friday, 11 December 2009

London Posse on Westwood (1996)


















London Posse freestyling on Westwood's One FM Rap Show back in 1996. Check this recent article for pretty much everything there is to know about them.

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It's occurred to me that I havent really dropped much UK stuff since I started this blog so I'm gonna make a bit more of an effort on that tip.

REQUEST - If anyone has the freestyle London Posse did on Kiss FM (Max & Dave's Rap Show) over the LOTUG's 'Funky Child' beat please contact me!!

Thursday, 10 December 2009

"love the crackle on the old vinyl..."


















Cool article at Wax Poetics about the legendary Roosevelt Hotel record conventions in New York

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"The Roosevelt was a place where Q-Tip could come and continue his quest, a study hall for a Large Professor, where precious gems lay for Diamond D. Where Prince B could be found making his rounds, where a Lord with Finesse could kick back and rest, and where Busta could continue his Rhyme. Where Pete Rock could find grounds for his newest sounds, and where Egon could come up with ideas to continue his career."

Spotted at Spine Magazine

If you like this kind of thing check out Dust & Grooves, especially their piece on DJ Shame of the Vinyl Reanimators.

Monday, 7 December 2009

"Its All About The Benjamins" original unreleased mix (1996)














A few hours digging for vinyl yesterday yielded some interesting results. One of the records collecting dust in the middle of the endless copies of Ja Rule and D12 promos was this white label which includes the original version of the classic 'Its All About The Benjamins'.

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According to DJ Mike Nice this version "was released on a Bad Boy 'Shot Callers' promo tape given out at one of Puff's parties"

Wikipedia has a bit more info:
The song debuted in 1996 on DJ Clue's Holiday Holdup mixtape. This version of the song only featured Puff Daddy and the rap act The L.O.X. (excluding Styles P). The song was later added to Puffy's debut album, No Way Out, in a remix, "It's All about the Benjamins (Remix)", which added two new verses by Lil Kim and Notorious B.I.G. Lil Kim also provided the song with a chorus which the original version lacked. This version of the song also omitted the word "Hebrews" out of Jadakiss' verse, however, the word was left in on the first pressing, subsequent pressings removed the word. Additionally, when it was released on the Bad Boy's Greatest Hits Vol. I album, it retained the word. This single made it to No. 2 on the Billboard charts and its video won a Viewer's Choice award at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards show. Due to the rarity of the obscure mixtape version, the remix featured on No Way Out is often considered the song's definitive version to avoid confusion

Sunday, 6 December 2009

something for the people...


















I haven't had much time to rip tapes or make mixes recently but I'm aiming to get back on track this week.
Here's a few things I've come across that are worth checking in the meantime:

Rakim & Biz Markie live at a Wyandance High School jam back in 1985

The best rap singles of the noughties

Good piece on Rap-A-Lot's production team

Dope (and seriously thorough) write up on UK legends London Posse

A seemingly endless supply of classic mixtapes

Shout to all the blogs that regularly update with original content!

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

DJ Books presents Nas - The Thief's Theme mixtape (parts 1 & 2)

Another sure shot from DJ Books. This time he's hooked up an exhaustive 2 part mix showcasing the catalogue of Nasir Jones.



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"Peace to the whole mixtape/blog family. Just wanted to pass this your way...This is pure Nas...mixed as a Nas fan would like to hear it. This was done in 2006 right after Hip Hop Is Dead. We thought it was time to pay homage to one of the greatest MC's of all time. Of course its a double...as one mix IS NOT ENOUGH for the hip hop heavyweights IMO" DJ Books

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Dr Dre 'Puffin On Blunts...' (Video)



Another bit of previously unreleased material from the Death Row archives. This was the b-side to 'Dre Day' and was all over the mixtapes back in 1993. Kurupt absoloutely murders it.

Shout to Magneto for the heads up.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Money B - Rock That Shit!


















Good mix of rock-influenced old school Hip Hop by Money B of Digital Underground fame

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Tracklist
1. INTRO - MONEY B
2. DOPE BEAT - BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS
3. I'M NOT PLAYIN' - ULTIMATE FORCE
4. THE WAY WE SWING - DIGITAL UNDERGROUND
5. BREAK 2 - MONEY B
6. ROCK BOX - RUN-DMC
7. NEW YORK NEW YORK - GRANDMASTER FLASH & FURIOUS 5
8. HOW I COULD JUST KILL A MAN - CYPRESS HILL
9. SHUT 'EM DOWN - PUBLIC ENEMY
10. BEAUTIFUL BUT DEADLY - THE D.O.C.
11. BREAK 3 - MONEY B
12. HERE I GO - INFAMOUS SYNDICATE
13. SLOW AND LOW - BEASTIE BOYS
14. GANGSTA OF LOVE - GETO BOYS
15. BREAK 4 - MONEY B
16. TRICKIN' - CLEE AND DRANK A LOT
17. ITS TRICKY - RUN-DMC
18. WILD THING - TONE LOC
19. WE WANT SOME PUSSY - 2 LIVE CREW
20. GO CUT CREATOR- LL COOL J
21. 8 MILLION STORIES - KURTIS BLOW FT. RUN-DMC
22. OUTRO - MONEY B

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Tony Touch - Tape # 65 (2001)














Another banger from Tony Touch. All the East Coast heavyweights are on here: Mobb Deep, Busta, Jay Z, MOP, The LOX, Gang Starr and loads more.

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Saturday, 21 November 2009

DJ Rhude - Before The Roc (2002)


















Just came across this DJ Rhude mix of rare and unreleased early Jay Z and Sauce Money material. There's some essential bits on here you might not have heard.

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Tracklist
1. Original Flavor - Can I Get Open
2. Jay-Z feat. Sauce Money - Broken English
3. Jay-Z feat. Sauce Money - Pass the Roc
4. Jay-Z feat. Sauce Money - Get Off My D!ck
5. Jay-Z feat. Sauce Money - Rippin It Up
6. Jay-Z feat. Sauce Money - Nothing But Love
7. Sauce Money - Money Aint A Thing
8. Sauce Money - Serious
9. Sauce Money - Check Out The Horns
10. Jay-Z feat. Sauce Money - Under Pressure
11. Jay-Z - Understand Me
12. Jay-Z - The Greatest MC
13. Jay-Z feat. Sauce Money & Jaz - Cant Get Wit Dat
14. Jay-Z - In My Lifetime
15. Jay-Z - In My Lifetime RMX
16. Jay-Z feat. Mic Geronimo, DMX & Ja Rule - Time To Build
17. Jay-Z - Cant Knock the Hustle (OG Version)
18. Jay-Z feat. Sauce Money - Dead or Alive
19. Jay-Z feat. Sauce Money & Memphis Bleek - Game Made Me
20. Jay-Z - Wishing On a Star
21. Jay-Z - This Life Forever (Unreleased Mix)

Thanks to Kool Max Power at TROY for the link and tracklist.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Marley Marl & Clark Kent - In Control on WBLS (1989)














DJ Clark Kent in the mix on Marley Marl's legendary 'In Control' show on New York station WBLS. Includes music by Special Ed, Master Ace, Doug E Fresh, Cool C and Big Daddy Kane.

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Shout to DJ MK for supplying the original tape.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Beat Junkies & Da Beatminerz live in LA (2009)


















Live club set by The Beat Junkies and Da Beatminerz from a couple of months back. Its starts off with DJ Babu on the wheels and Mr. Choc on the mic. Then Da Beatminerz take over with Mr Walt & Evil D in the mix. Crazy Bizarro & Rhettmatic host the rest of the evening.
You know these guys have deep crates when they're using acapellas like 'Nuthin But A G Thang' and 'Mama Said Knock You Out'. Never heard those used before! Sounds like a wicked party...

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I spotted this over at J Rocc's blog. It was originally uploaded as one large file here but as its just short of 2 hours I've seperated it into 2 parts for those of you that copy files onto CDs.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Sparkle Motion 'Flight School Volume 2'


















This is the second installment of 'Flight School' by Sparkle Motion aka
Tobes and DJ Yoda. I'll let them tell it:

"By the power of jheri curl juice, Sparkle Motion (DJ Yoda & TOBE$) are back with more synthesized fire to take you higher and higher!

After the phenomenal success of Vol. 1, step on board for another hour of 80s R&B breaks - no vocals, just uptempo boogie bangers and slow jam burners for you to break out the scented oils to"


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"Hang tight for the second volumes of "New Jack City" and "Slow Jamz", and a new series "Miracle Blendz".

Sparkle Motion are the new Bell Biv Devoe! (But DJs)."

Monday, 16 November 2009

Derek B RIP (1965-2009)


















UK Hip Hop pioneer Derek B passed away from a heart attack in the early hours of this morning. For those that dont know, he was the first UK rapper - and one of the first rappers - to perform on Top Of The Pops, had a series of big singles around 88-89 and was the first UK artist to be signed to Russell Simmons' Rush Management company (home to Public Enemy, LL Cool J and Run DMC).
He was definitely a favourite of mine when I was growing up and I was fortunate enough to meet him a couple of years ago when he was selling off some of his vinyl. He came across as a nice bloke and even bust a verse of 'Bad Young Brother' acapella for me and my mate!

Condolences to his family.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Cipha Sounds - One FM (1999)


















Here's Cipha Sounds in the mix on Tim Westwood's One FM Rap Show back in August 1999. The set includes tracks by The Beatnuts, Jay Z, Noreaga, Slick Rick & Nas, Jadakiss and more.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Tony Touch - Tape #53 (96-97)














More heat from the vaults, courtesy of DJ MK. This is some classic Tony Toca from (I'm guessing) around late 96-early 97.

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Includes music by Redman, KRS ONE, Mobb Deep, Keith Murray, Rampage and Heltah Skeltah.

NEW SOUL FOCUS RELEASE!


















The latest Soul Focus release dropped this week. Its our remix of 'The Message' by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5, done 'jackin-for-beats' style.

LISTEN & BUY HERE

We actually made this a few years back and its always got a good reaction wherever we've played it so we suggest any DJs reading this grab it now!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

DJ Mike B live @ The Do-Over, LA (2009)














Wicked Hip Hop set by LA based DJ Mike B, live at The Do-Over a couple of weeks ago.
The selection includes some MOP, Nice N Smooth, Ghostface, EPMD, Public Enemy and more...

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Sunday, 1 November 2009

Common 'I Used To Love Her' (Sir Charles remix)


















Here's a bootleg remix of Common's classic (and often imitated) concept track 'I Used To Love Her'. Its taken from this 12" and uses the beat from Warren G & Nate Dogg's 'Nobody Does It Better'. Common's flow fits nicely over that G-Funk beat.

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Lord Finesse - World Series mixtape (1996)


Another Lord Finesse mix, this time an upfront selection from 1996. Side A is strictly Hip Hop and features Artifacts, Ghostface, Natural Elements and MOP. The flipside is more chilled out with Faith Evans, D'Angelo and Keith Sweat.
Sound quality isn't flawless on this but it definitely has that authentic cassette feel to it!

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This is another one from DJ MK's collection.

ALSO: There's a new Wax Poetics interview with Finesse HERE

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

New blog, New mix!

As this blog is based around classic Hip Hop I thought I'd set up a new one for 'other stuff'.
There's no real theme but its mainly going to consist of DJ mixes of upfront and classic music across various genres like House & Garage, Jungle/D&B, Breakbeat, Hip Hop, Reggae etc
There's a few bits up so far including a classic 1994 jungle set by DJ Hype at World Dance.
I've also posted a new mix by myself which is on more of a 'house party' tip with some Hip Hop, Ragga, R&B and party breaks. It sounds good and you'll like it so go and get it here:

PLAYING WITH VIBES

If you've got a mix you'd like to submit for either of my blogs email changetheflow@hotmail.com

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97 (1995)














First up out of DJ MK's stash is this tape of Funkmaster Flex's 'Street Jams' show on Hot 97 from October 1995.
Flex is at his best when he's just allowed to play what he wants and it sounds like he's doing just that here - the big tunes of the day like 'Danger' are dropped alongside some old skool, breaks and R&B. Other music featured includes Heather B, Kaotic Style, D Nice and Biggie aswell as some Wreckx N Effect, Father MC and Lil Shawn.

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Monday, 26 October 2009

DJ Books presents Hurby Azor: Legacy Music


















Following the Stetsasonic mix I posted recently, here's another mix paying tribute to one of the forgotten legends of the 80s. DJ Books has compiled a solid selection of Hurby 'LuvBug' Azor productions. Hurb was the man behind the boards for Salt N Pepa, Kid N Play, Sweet Tee and Dana Dane amongst others. He had a distinctive club-friendly sound and is probably still getting decent sized cheques from 'Push It'. Get to know...

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Sunday, 25 October 2009

As I come back...


















Following on from the last post, things seem to be sorted out - for the moment anyway.
Firstly, thanks to DJ Mystery for sorting out my laptop and getting Adobe Audition up and running again. Audacity doesnt quite cut it as far as editing/tape ripping goes.
Secondly, massive big up to DJ MK for responding to my last post and letting me have a dig through his crates of mixtapes. He's got a sick collection and although I only had time to scratch the surface I definitely came home with some treats for you.
Check back over the next few weeks for some classic Funkmaster Flex, Lord Finesse, Tony Touch, Stretch & Bobbito and more.
On top of all that, and after fighting my way back from North London in some shitty traffic, I get home to see that Liverpool have beaten Man Utd. Again! A good day all round then...

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

UPDATE














Just a brief note to let those of you that check this site regularly know that it might be a bit quiet around here for a minute. The reasons are several (none of them federal) but its mainly because:

- The programme I use to record and edit has suddenly thrown a bitch fit and decided it doesnt like Vista (again) so I'm trying to sort that out.

- I've nearly exhausted my supply of tapes. I'm not that keen on re-posting things that are generally available elsewhere and I'm waiting to see if a couple of people come through and hook me up with some treats as promised.

In the meantime I recommend you investigate some of the good peoples on my blogroll.
If you're in need of a some classic Hip Hop to get you through the week DJ MK has just posted this DJ EV & Funkmaster Flex mixtape so go see him about that.

Stay tuned...

Thursday, 15 October 2009

DJ Remike - Stetsasonic: The Original Hip Hop Band


















This is the second installment in an ongoing series put together by S.O.U.L. After the success of DJ Books' Juice Crew mix, DJ Remike steps up with a tribute to Stetsasonic. This is definitely an original concept for a mix as Stetsasonic seem to be overlooked when people discuss the golden era of the late 80s. If you're not up on them this is a good place to start...

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DOWNLOAD split tracks version

If you would like to make any kind of contribution to the project or you're a DJ who would like to make a mixtape for the project contact soul10018@gmail.com

Friday, 9 October 2009

Lord Finesse DJ set on WBAI 99.5 FM (2006)




Wicked mix of golden era classics by the one and only Lord Finesse on the infamous Underground Railroad show on WBAI.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Stretch Armstrong & Bobitto on WKCR (1995)














This is the full tape of the show that featured the Group Home freestyle I posted last month.
Stretch turns up late so there's quite a bit of talking at the start (seems like alot of heads tend to like this so I left it in), music includes tunes by Real Live, Smoothe Da Hustler, The Cenubites and DJ Krush.
There's been a lot of Stretch & Bobbito shows appearing on the net recently but I haven't seen this one make an appearance yet so thought I'd share.

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DJ 563 'Whats Real' mixtape


















This mix of mid-90s remixes, b-sides and promo only tracks courtesy of DJ 563 is definitely worth your time. Shout out to all the old Mr Bongo crew!

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Thursday, 1 October 2009

Clark Kent - In Control on WBLS (1989)


















Back to some classic NYC radio business here. Clark Kent in the mix on the legendary 'In Control' show, dropping some Chubb Rock, EPMD, Public Enemy and De La Soul amongst others.

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Enjoy. This is another one from Mr Greedy's collection.

DJ Shep 'Holdin Court' mix
















Nice mix of classics and party starters from DJ Shep.Full tracklist is in the comments section.

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I should've posted this about a month ago (which is why its subtitled 'carnival warm-up') but it was emailed to my work computer and I forgot to forward it home. Apologies!

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Capone N Noreaga 'T.O.N.Y' (DJ Step One blend)


















I haven't posted a blend for a while so here's one I did using the acapella of CNN's 'T.O.N.Y' and the instrumental of Dilated Peoples 'Work The Angles'.

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As a bonus, here's the DJ Clue remix

Apologies for the lack of updates recently. A combination of going abroad, being ill and life in general has slowed me down a bit. Hopefully I'll have a bit more time to rip some tapes over the next few weeks.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

A-Trak live @ The Do-Over, LA (2009)



A-Trak killing it live in LA last month at The Do Over.


DJ Premier - Roc Raida tribute
















Primo pays tribute and runs through Roc Raida's discography...

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Thanks to Jaz for the heads up on this.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Roc Raida on Hot 97 (1994)













I'm sure by now you're all aware that the legendary DJ Roc Raida passed away this weekend. Here's the man ripping it up on Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 show back in 1994.

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Thursday, 17 September 2009

Raekwon - Future Flavas freestyle


















Nice Raekwon freestyle for Marley Marl and Pete Rock's show back in the day...

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I cant really say anything about the new Raekwon album that hasnt already been said elsewhere. Its alot better than I ever expected it to be and I even went and bought a copy despite downloading it when it first leaked.
The fact that 'Blueprint 3' is a horrendous mess makes it sound even better.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Group Home freestyle on WKCR (1995)
















This is taken from a tape of Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito's legendary show on WKCR.
In the studio to promote their debut album, Group Home drop something over Kool G Rap's 'For Da Brothaz' instrumental before they're joined by their crew Brainsick Mob (including Smiley Da Ghetto Child) who go off over the 'Broken Language' beat.

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That'll be it until next week as I'm off to Ibiza tommorow for a few hard earned days in the sun.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

DJ Kofi - Old Skool mix on One FM














Straight late 80s classics from London's DJ Kofi in the mix on Westwood's Radio 1 show. Selection includes Special Ed, Steady B, Jungle Brothers and Tuff Crew, with some nice cuts and juggles along the way...

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There's no date on this tape but I'm guessing its from 96-97.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Shortee Blitz & Big Ted - Kiss FM (1999)


















Here's another dope Chubby Kids show from Kiss FM. Hard to believe this is 10 years old! Shortee goes in with some Pete Rock, Black Moon, Nas, Medina Green, Inspectah Deck and more.

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Shout out to Big Ted who hit me up following the previous show I posted. Hopefully he'll be coming through with some treats in the near future. Get up in that loft mate!

You can catch him doing his thing every friday night on Colourful Radio. Several of the original Kiss DJs are on there aswell so if you were a listener back in the day check it out.

Monday, 31 August 2009

Lost Boyz live at Notting Hill Carnival (1996)


















This year's Carnival is in full flow while I'm writing this so here's one more drop from Westwood's stage back in '96.
The Lost Boyz perform 'Lex Coups, Bimaz..' and 'Renee'...

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I was thinking of going this year but the weather didnt get good til about an hour ago, plus I've been DJing all weekend so instead I'm lounging on my sofa trying to retrive my numbers from my phone, which inexplicably died last night.

Hopefully it'll all go smoother than last year.

Monday, 24 August 2009

2 NEW SOUL FOCUS RELEASES!


















Self promotion time! Following on from the success of the EPMD and Roots Manuva remixes last month, we've got another two for you.

The first is a 'jackin for beats' style remix of MC Shan's 'The Bridge', using some classic 80s soul instrumentals to add a nice funky vibe to this Hip Hop staple.

The second release flips Uptown's 1989 anthem 'Dope On Plastic' over an instantly recognisable breakbeat that makes it a guaranteed floor-filler.

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All feedback and support is appreciated.
If you're a working DJ and are interested in receiving future releases via our mailing list contact me at changetheflow@hotmail.com

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Westwood live at Notting Hill Carnival (1996)














Big Tim rocking Carnival back in '96. Strictly crowd pleasers and anthems on this one, plus Heltah Skeltah performing live. RIP Sean Price.


Thursday, 20 August 2009

Ghostface, Cappadonna & Jeru on Westwood (1996)














Ghostface, Cappadonna and Jeru freestyling on Radio 1 in late '96, possibly from around the same time as this show.

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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Heltah Skeltah live at Notting Hill Carnival (1996)


















More from Westwood's Radio 1 stage at Carnival. This is Heltah Skeltah performing 'Operation Lockdown' in 1996.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Jeru The Damaja live at Notting Hill Carnival (1995)














With Notting Hill Carnival fast approaching I thought I'd dig out a couple of recordings from when Radio 1 broadcast the highlights of Tim Westwood's stage.
This first one is a 20 minute live set from Jeru The Damaja, with Afu Ra on hypeman duties...

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Tracklist:
Frustrated Nigga
Invasions
D Original
Come Clean
Crooklyn
You Cant Stop The Prophet
Freestyle

There'll be more classic carnival business on the way soon.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Shortee Blitz & Big Ted - Kiss FM (2000)


















As the new millenium approached, Tim Westwood's shows were getting pretty tiresome. This was partly because he'd inked a compilation deal with Def Jam and was giving more airtime to their artists than anyone else. Also, he was trying way too hard to imitate Funkmaster Flex, and his playlist was reflecting a club set rather than playing new releases. I dont need to hear 'Hypnotize' and 'California Love' while I'm at home.
Anyway, those of us living close enough to London to pick up Kiss FM had an alternative. Shortee Blitz & Big Ted (aka The Chubby Kids) had a decent 2 hour show midweek that covered all bases, so you'd hear the latest from Jay Z or Nas alongside indie releases and new UK stuff. It was also refreshing to hear the presenters on a Hip Hop show cracking jokes and chatting rather than giving it loads of attitude.
Here's 60 minutes of a show from December 2000...

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Tracklist:
Intro
Saukrates 'unknown'
Shabazz The Disciple 'Brooklyn Bullshit'
MOP 'Cold As Ice'
Reveal 'Now You See Me'
Skitz ft Estelle, Tempa & Wildflower 'Domestic Science'
Pharoahe Monch 'Livin It Up'
Talib Kweli 'Move Somethin'
Masta Ace 'Ghetto Like'
Talib Kweli ft Blak Twang & TY 'Down For The Count' remix
Big L ft C Town 'Still Here'
Out Da Ville 'unknown'
Skeme & Rodney P 'UK Bubblers'
Grand Agent 'Every 5 Minutes'
unknown 'unknown'

Shortee Blitz website

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Cipha Sounds - One FM (2000)
















This is taken from a show Westwood co-hosted with Marley Marl in May 2000.
Cipha Sounds drops a nice mix of classics (Rakim, Ice Cube, Kane, LL) and newer stuff (Noreaga, Mobb Deep, Black Rob).

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At the end theres also an interview with DJ Premier who speaks on how Marley influenced him. Unfortunately the tape cuts out after a few minutes.