Saturday, 16 February 2019

Kiss 100 FM, January 1993

Haven't done many R&B posts so here's an hour of Steve Jervier on London's Kiss FM from January '93. The interesting discovery on this tape was the original version of Groove Theory's 'Tell Me' by UK act Rhythm & Bass, which it seems not too many people (on my twitter feed anyway) know about. Both acts were on Sony and it seems like the song was written by GT's Amel Larrieux. Obviously their version with the Edie Brickell sample featuring Brand Nubian is the superior of the two. Quite enjoying the Bryan Powell track on here which I vaguely remember from back in the day, and Wreckx N Effect sound slightly aggy on their tune, which makes me wonder if it's directed at Q Tip given they got into a scuffle at some point.

Guy - Dog Me Out
Wreckx N Effect - Wreckx N Effect
Artz & Kraftz - All Of It
Kenny Dope - Ramajama
unknown - unknown
Rhythm & Bass - Tell Me (If You Want Me To)
Bryan Powell - It's Alright
Force One Network - Sista Sista
Jeff Redd - You Called And Told Me
Intro - Love Thang
Tisha - Love Me Down
Jodeci - My Phone
unknown - unknown
Bell Biv Devoe - Gangsta
>> Chris Phillips' show
Liberty - Who Is She
Mary J Blige - Reminisce (remix)

Thanks to Mr Lawson for sending me this with a few other tapes. The 30 minutes preceding this show was the rap show with Max & Dave, which has me wanting to go and hear more of that Apache LP. Gangsta Bitch was pretty big at the time but I never heard the album. Looking at production line up including 45 King, Q Tip, Diamond D and Large Professor I figure it has to be worth investigating.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The P Brothers on 1Xtra (2004)

Same year but a different flex to the previous post, as Nottingham's P Brothers (responsible for The Gas which is one of the better "proper" hip hop albums of the last 10 years or so) takeover The Basement on BBC 1Xtra and mix up some funk, soul, breakbeats, and golden age hip hop.

Monday, 11 February 2019

DJ 279 on Choice FM 25.06.04
with Swiss, Asher D & Cassius Henry

It was nice to come across this Friday Night Flavas show from 2004 where 279 hosts one of his round table freestyle sessions with So Solid's Asher D and Swiss alongside Ammo and Young Pro (who I haven't heard of but were presumably up and coming at the time) and singer Cassius Henry. They take turns going in over new and old rap beats for the best part of an hour. It's good, the only place you'll hear members of So Solid Crew rapping over Iced Down Medallions, and a useful time stamp of where certain artists in the UK were before road rap and UK drill became a thing. It wasn't all boom-bap head-nod backpack business over here. On a slightly related note, don't get me started on Complex letting their work experience lad loose on an article where the extent of the research was checking his own iTunes history. Just let it be known that UK artists like Rodney P & Bionic, Mr 45, Skeme & Big P, MD7, Fallacy and Terra Firma have been talking that road talk since the 90s.

I should also add that what made finding this tape a particularly nice surprise was that I was never a fan of So Solid Crew in their heyday (although I do know the lyrics to 21 Seconds inside out - it was unavoidable when it dropped). However, one of the crew's DJ/producers Swiss turned MC and dropped a decent solo effort in 2005, which included the single Cry and as it was on more of straight up rap tip, was more my kind of thing. I liked UK Garage but when the MCs appeared that was it for me, and as much as I wanted to like grime at first but in it's early days the majority of raps and beats were just too basic and raw (ok, rubbish) in comparison to where hip hop was at the time.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Radio 1 Rap Show 22.08.97 with Jay Z & Busta Rhymes

Jay, Dame Dash and Busta (accompanied by Spliff Star, Rampage and DJ Scratch) on this '97 show while they were all in town to perform on Westwood's stage at the Notting Hill Carnival.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

DJ Clue - Triple Platinum (1997)

Some great stuff on this Clue tape from '97: freestyles by The LOX, Cam'ron & Mase, McGruff & Big L, Black Rob and Prodigy & Big Noyd, plus the dirty version of the Firm Biz remix and a lot of Bad Boy and Jay Z related things. Full tracklist is here.

I came across this one whilst tidying up my hard drive . It wasn't one of my own rips so it hadn't made it's way onto the blog. I actually copped this from SOUL's now dormant site which was a great source of tapes for a long time but unfortunately most of the download links are now dead. Speaking of which, I've had a few requests recently to re-up some of the other Clue tapes I posted but haven't had time. The Mixcloud links are still good though so hopefully that'll do for now.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Down(load) By Law

A couple of weeks ago I dropped that big ass zipfile of random 90s joints that you might've forgotten about, should play more often, or not heard before. It was pretty popular so here's the early 00s edition.
It took a bit of thinking about it because whereas during the 90s I feel like we were mostly all on the same page (or at least aware of the majority of releases), by the time Y2K hit things were about more than NY and LA and people were finding their listening niches and picking sides. Going through my folders from 2000-2003 there's the established A-list artists you'd expect, alongside underground indie joints (both backpack and more thugged out), and artists from all over the US, plus the UK too as that was doing quite nicely at the time. I was definitely a lot more open minded back then, possibly as a result of being in my early 20s and generally being  less cynical about things but also because I worked in a Virgin Megastore so I had plenty of time to investigate any release that looked interesting. That's how Blackalicious ended up on here, as Blazing Arrow was one of the few rap albums I could play in store to disrupt the playlist of Sophie Ellis Bextor, Wheatus and Robbie Williams. It was also a time of hitting up the bargain bins in various 2nd hand record shops and picking up anything that looked like it might be something. Discogs and the "vinyl revival" have pretty much killed that experience off for good unfortunately

Anyway, here's the selection....

Casual - I Got Ta Get Down
D Block - 2 Gunz Up
Da Ranjahz ft Ras Kass & Bilal - Da Dopest
DJ Quik ft Pharaohe Monch - Murda 1 Case
Ghostface Killah - Cherchez La Ghost (Heartbeat remix)
Bars & Hooks ft Prodigy - Mind Blowin'
Cappadonna ft Raekwon - Love Is The Message
Blackalicious - First In Flight
Grand Agent - Every 5 Minutes
Just Ice & Big Daddy Kane - Just Rhymin With Kane
Big Scoob - Brooklyn Flava
Run DMC ft Nas & Prodigy - Queens Day
Declaime - Caliwayz (remix)
The Game & Obie Trice - Growin Up In The Hood
Scarface ft Jay Z - Get Out
Pitch Black ft Foxy Brown - Got It Locked
Guru ft Timbo King, Killah Priest & Black Jesus - In Here
Perverted Monks - Desperado
Willmatic - Surround Surveillance
Soul Supreme ft AG, T Max & Pete Rock - Queen (Hip Hop)

I was going to do a brief write up on each track but that's a bit much. If there's anything you want to know just ask..

The photo was taken in a shop that I found one of the above records in. It's a complete health and fire hazard that makes NYC's The Thing look like Ikea and I can't believe it hasn't been closed down but an hour or so of awkward physical contortions and inhaling all manner of nastiness yielded a result or two so, y'know, appreciate that.

Monday, 21 January 2019

It's not Epic it's Rocafella!

Live from Sylvia's in Harlem, Westwood hosts Cam, Juelz and Jim who drop a freestyle over The Roc (Just Fire) and What Happened To That Boy and Cam does his lyrics from Down & Out (2 years before that came out). Keith Murray is also in the building alongside 50 Grand for some more freestyle action.

On a related note, another Radio 1 Rap Show from the year before threw up this oddity on the Top 10 At Ten. It's a remix of Oh Boy, that despite being dismissed by Just Blaze* as a "fake DJ trickery attempt", is actually pretty decent and definitely better than the official 'Oh Girl' remix. I've no idea where the Cam verse came from if it wasn't done for this track but he's accompanied by 2 other dudes who despite sounding like State Property, appear to go by Frank Mueller and TD (Ted Dibiase?). Can't find any info on  them or this version so if anyone can help out please do.

*my DMs are hotter than yours