Monday, 31 August 2009
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'...
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
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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Sunday, 23 August 2009
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Ghostface, Cappadonna and Jeru freestyling on Radio 1 in late '96, possibly from around the same time as this show.
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
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...
You Cant Stop The Prophet
There'll be more classic carnival business on the way soon.
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
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...
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'
Shortee Blitz website
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
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).
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.
Monday, 3 August 2009
This mix is the first part of a project co-ordinated by S.O.U.L who has got one the best blogs out as far new and old mixtapes go.
DJ Books comes correct with this selection of Juice Crew classics. Make sure you grab this and keep an eye out for more in this series coming soon.
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Not sure if I'll be posting much in August as things are looking quite busy. I'll try and find a bit of time to sort out a few treats. As always, if you've got anything that you want to share on the site just email me.