Wednesday 20 April 2011

Friday 15 April 2011

Sticky Fingaz 'Jackin For Beats' (1999)

Back in '99, Onyx's front man set off his solo career with this dope white label, throwing a few shots at a newcomer called 50 Cent over a barrage of late 90s Tunnel bangers.


For the uninitiated, 50 had worked with Onyx in '98 as they both came up under Jam Master Jay. He then signed with Trackmasters and dropped the excellent 'How To Rob' which caused a few rappers (namely Sticky, Raekwon, Ghostface and Jay Z) to catch feelings. I thought that was kind of stupid given that the chorus was 'This aint serious/being broke can make you delerious' but thats rappers for you.

Sunday 10 April 2011

Tim Westwood - Radio 1 Rap Show (1995)

45 minutes of Westwood from early 1995. He takes it back a few years with some K Solo, Das EFX, Pete Rock and Brand Nubian and then goes into some Ragga with Supercat, Buju Banton and King Kong.


Thanks to Diseone for the tape.

Friday 8 April 2011

Guru freestyles

Taken from a CD I bought at a Guru show back in 2005, heres a few short freestyles over some classic (non-Gang Starr) Primo beats such as '6th Sense', 'Nas Is Like', 'Unbelievable' and 'So Ghetto' aswell as Mobb Deep's 'Quiet Storm'...


I was going to wait until the first anniversary of his passing on April 19th but chances are every blog under the sun will be doing tributes that day (plus I'm likely to forget) so I thought I'd get in there early with something different.
If you missed it first time round you can still get the Guru freestyle on Kiss FM from 2004 HERE

Wednesday 6 April 2011

Doo Wop & Tony Touch 'Hip Hop On Wax Vol 1' (1998)

Another mixtape-on-vinyl here. As you'd expect from Doo Wop & Tony Touch, there's some great stuff on this: Mobb Deep's 'Avirex', 'Friend Or Foe 98', Money Boss Players going off over 'Puffin On Blunts' and some dope freestyles. Full tracklist is in the comment section.

Sunday 3 April 2011

Cash Money - The WKIS Head Twister (1997)

The practice of pressing mixtapes onto vinyl is a strange one. The continuity you get from a tape/CD is disrupted on something like this which is spread over four sides of two 12"s. That aside, I've uploaded it in 2 parts and you get Cash Money cutting, juggling and blending some Nas, Redman, Wu Tang, Mobb Deep, Lil Kim, Keith Murray, Tribe, KRS One and more.


This was a must-buy today, partly because I've got a thing for less-than-official looking releases and also because it appeared to contain a track I've been trying to ID since 1997 when I heard Jazzie B play it on his Kiss FM show. Having got it home, it turns out I was right and its this, which I duly purchased. That was made all the more satisfying by the fact it was a fucking nightmare trying to get around London today as TFL see Sundays as the ideal opportunity to shut down parts of the tube for repairs.
If you cop stuff from this blog regularly hopefully you appreciate the effort that goes into getting some of this shit. In this instance, earlier today this record was festering in a Soho record shop, surrounded by Pitbull promos and discarded Twista 12"s, and now its online for you to enjoy.

"murder was the case that they gave me..."

Just found these while I was tidying up. I'm sure most of you remember that around the time 'Doggystyle' dropped Snoop was facing an attempted murder charge. He came to the UK in February 1994 to promote the album and the UK press went nuts, with every no-name rent-a-quote MP jumping on the bandwagon to get the shows cancelled.
17 (seventeen) years later, he's coming back to perform the whole album at the Lovebox festival. See you there...