Sunday 20 March 2022

CL Smooth - Future Flavas freestyle on Hot 97 (1995)

A brief appearance from CL Smooth on the first Future Flavas show hosted by Pete Rock and Marley Marl. CL drops a verse from Carmel City over the Brooklyn Zoo instrumental. Short and sweet, but good enough to warrant uploading.

Sunday 13 February 2022

Red Alert on Kiss 98.7FM (Dec '89)

Been a while since I posted anything but not really had anything of note to share (mostly been messing around with acapellas on Twitter). My man at Grime & Lime kindly sent me over a couple of tapes including this Red Alert mix on Kiss FM's Mastermix Dance Party from December 1989 so here you go.

I have been trying to source more tapes - they are out there - but it's easier said than done. Hopefully someone comes through soon. If you've got some you'd like to get digitised get in touch.

Saturday 18 December 2021

DJ MK - Bastard Breaks Vol 6 (2021)

Man like MK returns with the 6th volume of his in-demand Bastard Breaks series. You can cop a digital copy direct from his Bandcamp. He's also got limited edition cassette copies available if you're quick. Contact him at for details.

Monday 6 December 2021

DJ Step One - mid 90s hip hop mix

1 hour, 20 tunes. That 95-96 head nod era when I was picking up all sorts of great records in Handspun and Mr Bongo. Probably my favourite era of rap music. This stuff always sounds good when winter hits too.

Jigmastas - Beyond Real (remix)
Rawcotiks - Hardcore Hip Hop
Nine - Lyin King
Soul Kid Klik - Mortal Kombat
KRS One - Wanna Be Emceez
Blahzay Blahzay ft Smoothe, Trigga & La The Darkman - Danger pt II
Rakim - Shades Of Black
De La Soul - Stakes Is High
Shazam X - Down For The Crown
Jemini The Gifted One - Brooklyn Kids
Tragedy ft CNN & Mobb Deep - LA, LA (Iraq mix)
Jamal - Fades Em All (Pete Rock remix)
Ras Kass - Soul On Ice (Diamond D remix)
La The Darkman - I Want It All
Ill Al Skratch - Don't Shut Down On A Player
Raekwon & Ghostface Killah - Rainy Dayz (remix)
Mic Geronimo ft Royal Flush & OC - Men vs Many
Jay Z - Dead Presidents
Nas - The World Is Yours (Q Tip remix)
AZ - Your World Don't Stop (original version)

Friday 8 October 2021

Redman, Method Man & D'Angelo on the Radio 1 Rap Show (1999)

On this day back in the 1-9-9-9, Redman and Method Man are in the house with Westwood to promote the Blackout album, kick a freestyle, and we even get an impromptu DJ set from Redman (presumably with Tim's records). On top of that D'Angelo stops by for an interview right at the end of the show.  What more do you want?

Friday 17 September 2021

KRS ONE, Fat Joe & Lord Finesse live at Rocksteady Park (1993)

This is something that I posted way back in 2009, except then it was by way of a hissy tape rip recorded off a Westwood show in 1995, and ripped to 128kbps. What we have here is the full 15 minutes in considerably better quality taken from the vinyl pressing (it's part 2 of 4 - the sleeves fit together to make a complete graf piece).
It's 1993 in Rocksteady Park for the annual jam and KRS is on stage with Willie D (the BDP one), Mad Lion, Fat Joe, Grim Reaper (aka MF Grimm) and Lord Finesse. Slap Them Up, Black Cop, Sound Of Da Police and Shoot To Kill get an airing. Joe and Grim kick a freestyle (Joe does his verse off Stricktly Roots - Beg No Friends), but this set gained notoriety for Finesse's superb acapella dis of Lords Of The Underground, which has always been a personal favourite of mine, so it was great to finally get a full uncut version in good quality.

Tuesday 7 September 2021

The Best of The LOX mixed by DJ Step One

Blogspot for hustlers, I'm back motherf**kers! Got some new things to post and hopefully some tapes coming into my possession in the near future so lets see if I can get back to some regular updates. In the mean time you can enjoy this LOX mix I put together. It's not exactly a Best Of as such, but their catalogue as a group and solo artists is so huge that I managed just over an hour without even reaching for Benjamins, Why, Money Power Respect and a bunch of tracks they performed at the recent Verzuz evisceration of Dipset. That obviously inspired this but I've had pretty much always something LOX related in rotation since I heard You'll See on the Bad Boy Volume 3 tape back in '96. More often than not it's been a Jadakiss freestyle or guest verse but it's impressive that any rap crew can maintain that level of output for so long. There's definitely some notable omissions, and I was a bit pissed off I forgot to include Broken Safety so maybe I'll do a part 2 at some point.


The LOX - Wild Out (blend)
D Block - Take Everything (original version)
Styles P ft Pharoahe Monch - The Life
Sheek Louch - Goin Be Some Shit
Jadakiss - Who Shot Ya freestyle
Jadakiss - Kiss Of Death
The LOX - Fuck You (blend)
D Block - Good Times (remix)
Jadakiss - Live in Philly
Jadakiss - Beanie Sigel Dis
The LOX - None Of Y'all Better
The LOX & Black Rob - Chain Gang
Sheek & Jadakiss - Kiss Your Ass Goodbye (remix)
The LOX - Dirty Ryders
Jadakiss - 40 Bars Of Terror
Jadakiss - Incarcerated Scarfaces freestyle
D Block - 2 Gunz Up
DMX & The LOX - Get At Me Dog freestyle
The LOX - Ryde Or Die Bitch (blend)
Pete Rock ft Styles P & Sheek - 914
Kasino ft The LOX - Men Of Respect
The LOX & Black Rob - Can I Live
The LOX - Recognize
Jadakiss & Styles P - The People freestyle
Styles P, Jadakiss & Eve - We Gonna Make It (remix)

I'm still getting used to a new mixer and feeling a bit rusty DJ wise so this isn't flawless but it's decent enough and the selection more than carries it. I banged it out in 1 take and didn't realy overthink or plan the tracklist so it turned out well all things considered.