Monday 31 December 2012

Kiss FM Rap Show - Best Of 1992

This is what was going on down 20 years ago yesterday on London's Kiss FM. Max LX & Dave VJ (accompanied by DJ Biznizz) run through some of the best tracks of the year, including Cypress Hill, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, K Solo, Grand Puba, EPMD and mo' ...


Original tape courtesy of Tobes.

Sunday 30 December 2012

Lil Cease & Mr Bristal - Halftime Show freestyle (1999)

Nice freestyle from Riz & Eclipse's Halftime Show back in 99.


Full tape coming soon...

Friday 28 December 2012

Tim Westwood - Capital Rap Show (1992)

45 minutes of the Capital Rap Show from 1992. Westwood draws for some K Solo, EPMD, X Clan, General Levy, Roxanne Shante and more


Monday 24 December 2012

DJ Step One - Kick Snare (94-96 Hip Hop mix)

Something I just knocked up today because it was too early to go to the pub. Just under an hour of mid 90s head-nod business. Enjoy and have a good Christmas...


DJ Enuff & Jiv Pos 'Last Dance Before Central Booking'
Nine 'Whutcha Want'
Crooklyn Dodgers 'Crooklyn' (blend)
Frankie Cutlass ft Doo Wop, Fat Joe & Evil Twinz 'Boriquas On The Set' (Flip Squad remix)
Kenny Dope 'Boomin In Ya Jeep' (remix dub)
Show & AG 'Next Level' (Show's street version)
AZ 'Uncut Raw'
Rakim 'Shades Of Black'
Ghostface ft Raekwon 'Faster Blade'
Special Ed 'Freaky Flow' (DJ Premier remix)
DJ Eclipse 'Blunted'
Lord Finesse 'Shorties Kaught In The System' (blend)
DJ Krush ft CL Smooth 'Only The Strong Survive'
Keith Murray 'This That Shit'
Kool Keith 'Wanna Be A Star'
Camp Lo 'Coolie High' (Ski’s Paradise remix)
Mic Geronimo 'Wherever You Are' (remix)
Smif N Wessun 'Wipe Ya Mouf'
Method Man & Redman 'How High' (LP version)
Method Man 'PLO Style' (blend)
Jemini The Gifted One 'Funk Soul Sensation' (remix)

DJ Spinbad 'Clueless' (1996)

Dope tape this one. Spinbad is one of those DJs that always puts in a bit of extra effort with his mixes. Highlights include the Nas blend over Foxy's 'Get Me Home', the 'Daytona 500' remix and the "tossed salad" skit. Flipping the acapella of 'The Cypher pt 3' over the original 'Symphony' beat is nice aswell.


Another one from the Tobes collection.

Saturday 22 December 2012

DJ Enuff - Hip Hop Vol 2 (1993)

Another one out of the Tobes' collection. This is from the era when the tapes were more for showcasing the DJ rather than promoting an artist/label etc so you get a mix of new and old stuff and a load of breaks being cut up on side 2.

Just a warning that the last track on side A is the rather annoying 'Freaks' by Lil Vicious and it seems to go on for ever. I think Enuff plays it twice just to fill up the end of the tape.

Thursday 20 December 2012

LL Cool J live at Chuck Chillout's birthday party (1990)

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to meet up with the homie Tobes who was generous enough to hook me up with a stack of tapes from the early 90s containing all sorts of treats, and first up out of the collection is this gem.
LL performing live at Chuck Chillout's birthday party back in 1990 is pretty dope in itself. He rocks 'To Da Break Of Dawn' over Keni Burke's 'Rising To The Top'. You're downloading already right?
He follows that with a new joint that to my knowledge is still unreleased (some quick tweets to J Zone, DJ Rhude & the DWG boys seem to confirm this). Its a tough 'Amen Brother' sampling track that I've named 'She's Rockin'. As far as I can tell its the full studio version being played off a DAT, with LL intermittently rhyming on top of the vocal track. My theory is that it might have sounded a bit dated in comparison to the rest of the 'Mama Said Knock You Out' LP so it got shelved. Anyway, here you go...

Because I'm nice, I've included 3 seperate files: one for each of the 2 tracks, and one with whole thing.
Before anyone asks, no I dont have anymore from that night than what's here.

Sunday 16 December 2012

Rap Thangs That Shoulda Done Happened

  In the first of what might be an ongoing series, I thought I'd put a different spin on Your Favourite Blogger's Favourite Blogger's Unpopular Opinions posts. Its basically fantasy rap / idealistic thinking / me wanting to rewrite history.

#1 - Black Rob should've been on 'All About The Benjamins' instead of Sheek Louch or Lil Kim. Not hating on either of their verses but in 96-97 no-one's removing Biggie or Jada off a track so someone's got to bounce. That beat would've suited Rob down to the ground.

#2 - Ice Cube would've stayed in NWA, released 'Amerikkka's Most Wanted', appeared on 'Efil4Zaggin' and then left the group. This scenario ensures we still get AMW and 'No Vaseline' aswell as Cube over beats like 'Appetite For Destruction'. '100 Miles And Running' would have appeared on AMW as the posse cut ala 'The Grand Finale' on The DOC's album.

#3 - Suge Knight never bails 2Pac out of jail and as a result the beats for 'Ambitionz Az A Ridah', 'California Love' and 'Hail Mary' all end up on Kurupt's solo album, which features Daz, Snoop, Rage etc, and is to 'The Chronic' what 'Only Built For Cuban Linx' is to '36 Chambers'.

More as and when they come to me. Suggestions welcome.
I was lucky enough to be given a fat stack of golden era tapes yesterday. Looks like there's lots of treats in there so keep checking back as they'll begin to appear over the next few weeks.
Also, I'm on Kane FM tonight from 9-11pm (UK time) playing old rap music. Come join me if you can.

Friday 14 December 2012

Kay Slay on Hot 97 (2004)

I recorded this on a trip to NYC in 2004, back when East Coast rap wasnt a dirty word. 'Lean Back', 'Why' and 'Breathe' were all in heavy rotation on daytime radio and G Unit, Dipset, Rocafella and D- Block were still forces to be reckoned with.
Here we find the DJ formerly known as Dezzy Dezz in the studio with guests Black Rob and The Alchemist.
Before showcasing Robert and Alan's new material (which may or may not include a still unreleased BR track - can anyone confirm?), Kay drops newies by Fat Joe, Lloyd Banks, Dipset, Jon Doe & Papoose, Frankie Krutches and Canibus aswell as that T.I. '99 Problems' joint dissing Lil Flip.

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Southern Hospitality: Twelve 12s on 12.12.12

Dem Southern Hospitality Boyz done did it again, choosing today to drop 3 installments of their long running and always on-point 'Twelve 12s' mix series. Rob Pursey pulls out the Hit Squad selection, Jimmy Plates draws for the Wu, and Superix brings some Geto Boys to the party...


Tuesday 11 December 2012

Canibus '2nd Round Knockout'
Live for Kiss FM London (1998)

Following my re-up of the Marley Marl remix of '2nd Round Knockout' , Crate Digga has come through with this tape rip of Canibus on Max LX & Dave VJ's Kiss FM Rap Show. They play what seems to be a live version (with full band) of the infamous LL dis, with some additional lyrics at the end...


Friday 7 December 2012

DJ Jay Ski - Volume 28 (1998)

I've still got a few more Jay Ski tapes to post, so thought I'd hit you with Volume 28 from 1998. Sound quality was all over the place at times but I've done the best I could with it....

Tuesday 4 December 2012

DJ Enki - A Tribute To Large Professor (2012)

An hour's worth of The Live Guy With Glasses by DJ Enki out of Oakland...
This mix is a tribute to one of my biggest influences in hip-hop and one of the greatest producers of all time. It contains an hour's worth of Large Pro beats and rhymes, original samples, and special blends, covering his career from his debut single up to his latest album and shining the spotlight on some of his lesser-known work. The Professor definitely schools people with his music; this is my take on his curriculum vitae.


alt link at Mixcrate

Sunday 2 December 2012

Tim Westwood - Radio 1 Rap Show (1996)

Another one from the vaults: the Radio 1 Rap Show from 5th January 1996.


Lots of good stuff on this - Mobb Deep, Lord Finesse, Chill Rob G, Goodie Mob,  Special Ed, OC, Luniz, 2Pac (not that I ever need to hear 'California Love' again), Smoothe Da Hustler, Wu Tang, Greg Nice and more. Westwood also has a sudden attack of the "Iggedys" around about 40 minutes into part two which is mildly amusing.
During the show he mentions the previous weekend's Christmas party and as luck would have it, last week someone just happened to send me the recording of the live broadcast, so here you go...


Shout out to Mat for that one.

Marley Marl shows you how he made the beat for Master P's 'Ghetto D'

I just watched this earlier. The way he went about putting that beat together is crazy.

Saturday 1 December 2012

theres more to life than rap music pt.2

Just over a year ago I dropped a post with a few non-Hip Hop mixes. The picture that accompanied it was responsible for a significant amount of hits in the following months so I thought that if I was going to do again it was only right we gave Victoria Moore (her above with the guns/expression combo) some more time to shine. Anyway, as I just re-upped all the links on the aforementioned post here's the second installment...

DJ Benny B out of Brooklyn just put together this House/Nu Disco mix of 20 R&B/Hip-Hop/Disco influenced tracks from the past year GO HERE

If you like that kind of thing check my peoples Groove Motion for some cheeky re-edits and original tracks. Tell 'em I sent you.

Finally, if you pine for the days when Drum & Bass nights weren't full of students wearing Vans and shutter shades and remember a time when Radio 1 DJs wouldnt touch a jungle tune with a license payer's bargepole, then you might enjoy the stack of tapes I've ripped recently:

DJ Hype @ Helter Skelter: Energy 96
The first rave I went to and one of the best sets I've ever heard. MC MC & GQ on mic duties and all the big tunes of the year on this one. Still get goosebumps when I bump this.

DJ Hype with Stevie Hyper D @ One Nation 'Biggest & Best' 1996
Hype was killing it back then and Stevie Hyper D never disappointed

Brockie with MC Det & Navigator on Kool FM 1993
DJ Ash & Brockie on Kool FM with MCs Det & Navigator
Original London pirate style!

Ed Rush & Optical @ One Nation 2001
One of the best sets of the era. Proper tearout business and not for the faint hearted.
Fatman D, 5ive 0, Skibadee & Shabba D on the mic (Shabba annihilates 'Galactic Jam' on this)

DJ Die with MC Det & Shabba @ Innovation's 8th Birthday (2002)
More Shabba. This was another favourite back in the day.

I'm still working through all the old posts and re-upping everything. Hoping to have it all back to normal by the end of the year. If there's anything you want in the meantime then holla.
Also, I'm still doing my thing on Kane FM but I'm just doing once month (every 4th Sunday) for now. May well be back to fortnightly in a few months so stay tuned.

Saturday 24 November 2012

DJ J Live - Homemade Blends Vol 1 (2002)

Interesting blend CD by J Live (yep, the underground rapper dude), dropping 80s and 90s R&B acapellas over newer Hip Hop instrumentals. Some slightly unusual choices of beats on certain tracks but overall its executed pretty well. If you ever wondered what Jody Watley would sound like over Pastor Troy's 'Are We Cuttin' then wonder no more...


Thursday 22 November 2012

The Infinite Hip Hop Show on Kane FM 18.11.12

A bit late but here's my most recent show on Kane FM. After a bit of a reshuffle in the schedule I'm back to doing Sunday nights once a month for now. This was the first time I'd been on air for about 6 weeks so it was good to get back to it. I reintroduced myself with 2 hours of 90s business.

Wednesday 21 November 2012

DJ Yoda mixtape (1997)

 (NB: sound quality on this is a bit up and down but decent enough for the most part)

 UPDATE 14/12:Turns out my copy was a bootleg...

Monday 19 November 2012

Richie Rich on Kiss FM (1991)

Another tape of Richie Rich doing his thing on the Rap Academy show in the early days of (legal) Kiss FM in London. This is from January 1991 and features music by Gang Starr, Jungle Brothers, Brand Nubian and Kool G Rap...


All about the advert for the first series of Beverly Hills 90210 on this one

Sunday 11 November 2012

DJ Step One 'An R&B Sumting'

I pretty much gave up on R&B around 2005 but prior to that I was DJing a lot of nights where it was the order of the day. I hadn't played the tracks on this mix much since those days but it turned out ok (especially considering it was one-take with no planning). If you don't like it, your lady will.


112 'Dance With Me'
Ciara ft Petey Pablo 'Goodies'

Usher ft P Diddy 'I Dont Know'
Jennifer Lopez ft Fabolous 'Get Right' (remix)
R Kelly ft Big Scoob 'Fiesta' (remix)
Amerie 'One Thing'
Mystikal 'Shake Ya Ass'
Truth Hurts ft Rakim 'Addictive' (remix)
Kelis ft Nas 'In Public'
Amy Winehouse ft Ghostface Killah 'You Know I’m No Good' (remix)
Maxwell 'Ascension'
In Essence 'You Will Never Find'
Jade 'Dont Walk Away'
Mariah Carey ft Mase & The LOX 'Honey' (Bad Boy remix)
SWV ft Wu Tang Clan 'Anything' (remix)
Horace Brown 'One For The Money' (DJ Step One blend)
Mary J Blige ft LL Cool J 'Mary Jane (All Night Long)'
Boyz II Men 'Thank You' (Untouchables remix)
Aaliyah 'Back And Forth'

Friday 9 November 2012

some S. Carter heat....

The OB4ZL resurrection continues with a few Jay Z bits for you and yours....

An alternate version that appeared on the flipside of the original 'Dead Presidents' 12". No Mary J on this one, and there's a different second verse.

A quick 16 live on Sway & Tech's legendary show 

No idea who's responsible for this but its nice mash-up of Jay's 'Encore' over the Cheryl Lynn classic of the same name.

I'm not entirely sure where this is from (possibly Flex on Hot 97) but I've taken it from a DJ F-Sharp 'Top 5 Dead Or Alive' mixtape. Its dope though.

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Shyne - Tim Westwood freestyle (1999)

More Bad Boy ish. Shyne spits something for Tim Westwood back in '99...

I was never completely sold on Shyne when he first came out but he had a few decent tracks on that first album, mainly the singles 'Bad Boys' and 'Thats Gangsta'. I was in NY when his second one dropped (while he was in prison if I remember right) and the hype was ridiculous. The jail sentence had elevated him from "competent rapper that sounds a bit like Biggie" to "da riliss in da streetz, yo!" but the lead single was called 'Jimmy Choo' for fucks sake. There was also a joint using the 'Verbal Intercourse' beat which I cant find anywhere. Could've been a mixtape thing I guess. If anyone knows what I'm on about hook me up. I dont like the way P Diddy did Shyne with different lawyers either.

Sunday 28 October 2012

Black Rob ft The LOX 'Can I Live'
unreleased version (1999)

What you know about an alternative version of one of Bad Boy's finest moments with a different Black Rob verse? Hopefully the answer to that question is a blank stare and not "its on the Japanese import of 'Life Story'" because as far as I know this has never been put out there before.

BR's verse on the album version is a personal favourite of mine (especially that "my night time prowess in grimey after-hours/Karl Kani, Mau Malone wear, Eddie Bauers bit") so I wouldnt say this is necessarily better but I know The Internet is always down to hear some rare unreleased 90s business, so you can add this to the list of shit you done heard here first. If anyone knows the background on this get at me. I did tweet Rob about it but havent heard back as yet.

Bloggin Aint Easy (someone gotta do it)

I'm still here but links are getting deaded as fast as I can re-up. My radio schedule has switched up so hopefully that'll free up a bit more other time for other endeavours. I did consider starting up a new site but it seemed a shame to abandon this completely. Anyway, I'm gonna drop something shortly and see what happens from there...

Sunday 9 September 2012

The Infinite Hip Hop Show on Kane FM
with special guest mix by DJ Dough & Porge One

Last night's show on Kane FM. DJ Dough & Porge One definitely did the damn thing with their 30 minute guest mix. Lots of new music on this one and I run through a nice selection of 97/98 classics to finish things off.

I'm probably gonna start re-upping old links and dropping some new tape and vinyl rips in the next few weeks so stay tuned.

Thursday 30 August 2012

Mediafire are fucking cunts

As suspected, my account got locked. Some dude called Billy who claimed to be representing 20th Century Fox contacted Mediafire and asked they remove a Redman & Method Man freestyle recorded off BBC Radio 1 in 1999. As with previous takedown requests, Mediafire cant actually be fucked to investigate whether the claim holds any weight, so they do as they're told, issue me with my '3rd strike' and lock the account without warning.
As a result, you wont be able to download most of the material on this site, despite the fact that I'd guess 95% of it isn't commercially available.
I might get round to re-upping it on Sendspace or Zippyshare at some point but with 432 posts to get through, thats obviously going to take a lot of time.
If you come across something you want in particular email me at and I'll try and hook it up. Don't ask for 20 things all at once though.

Wednesday 29 August 2012

Tim Westwood - One FM Rap Show (1996)

45 minutes of this show from 6th January 1996, including music by Mobb Deep, 2Pac, Chill Rob G and Smoothe Da Hustler. Tim also plays a bootleg remix of Red & Meth's 'How High' that I hadn't heard before and that KRS One and Lord Finesse freestyle from Stretch & Bobbito's show..


Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
'Brand New Funk' live (1988)

Having played the 2007 remake of this track on my last show, I then picked up this 12" whilst out digging on Sunday so thought I'd drop this live version, recorded at New York's Nassau Coliseum in 1988...


Tuesday 28 August 2012

DJ Step One
The Infinite Hip Hop Show (25.08.12)

Fully aware that I haven't posted anything since the last show 2 weeks ago but there's been sunshine, birthdays and all sorts of other business to deal with.

Also, Mediafire are being fucking idiots and acting on DCMA-related complaints from cowboy fuckers like these, who basically collate a list of random links, send mediafire a notice to remove them for copyright infrigement and then charge their clients, claiming that said links were for material they owned. So far, I'm on 2 strikes (a DJ S&S mixtape from 1996 and a Method Man & Redman radio freestyle FFS) so there's quite a large possiblity that at some point some cunt in an office in France will decide to charge Warner Bros for the removal of a link they have nothing to do with, and that will be the end of this Kid Capri mixtape.
I'll be persevering with caution in the meantime but will try and drop a couple of treats this week.

For more details on how people are manipulating DCMA legislation for their own benefit, you could read this

Sunday 12 August 2012

DJ Step One
The Infinite Hip Hop Show (11.08.12)


Last night's set on Kane FM. Things kick off with some early 00s bangers, followed by new joints from Killer Mike, Nas & Scarface, Nutso and Sleepin Giantz. I wrap things up by running through some early 90s classics for the last 25 minutes. Show was big like Paul Wight. Catch it live every other Saturday from 6-8pm (UK time).

Ghetto Red Hot

As everyone is showing Jamaica love right now, I thought I'd share these for my reggae heads...

First up is this Supercat mix. Probably my favourite reggae artist..


And something for the clash fans...


Shout out to Fortuna at Philaflava for bringing these to my attention

Thursday 2 August 2012

DJ Step One 'Tell Em What The 90s Like'

Been a while since I dropped a mix, mainly because of the time I spend doing radio related stuff these days. I've been off work this week so I've had a bit of time on my hands. Here's 60 minutes of straight East Coast bangers from 95-96



Mobb Deep – Survival Of The Fittest
Real Live – Money And Shows
Trigga Da Gambler ft Smoothe Da Hustler & DV Alias Khrist – My Crew Cant Go For That
Jeru The Damaja – Frustrated Nigga
Redman – Can’t Wait (remix)
DJ Sizzahandz – Shoot Em Up
Kool G Rap & Nas – Fast Life (Vinyl Reanimators remix)
The LOX ft Notorious BIG –You’ll See
Beatnuts – Find That
Ill Al Skratch – Dont Shut Down On A Player
MOP ft Kool G Rap – Stick To Ya Gunz
KRS One – The MC
Crooklyn Clan – This DJ
Raekwon ft Ghostface & Nas – Verbal Intercourse
Paula Perry & Que 45 – Getta Grip Muthaphukas
Big Noyd ft Prodigy – Recognize And Realise
Soul Kid Klick – Mortal Kombat
Cella Dwellas – Advance To Boardwalk
The Firm – Affirmative Action (remix)

DJ Benny B - Hot Butter (2010)

Nice mix of 90s party breaks by NYC's DJ Benny B


Sunday 29 July 2012

The Infinite Hip Hop Show 28.07.12
with guest mix by DJ 7L

Yesterday's show on Kane FM, including a special guest mix by DJ 7L who provided us a with a dope 30 minute golden era selection.

Catch the show live every other Saturday from 6-8pm (UK time)

DJ Superix 'Dreams Of 1992'

Dem SH boyz done did it again. Love the artwork on this one.


Thursday 26 July 2012

Dogg Pound 'Niggaz Dont Give A Fuck'
unreleased remix (1993/94)

So it turns out I fucked up a bit on the post below. I thought I'd uploaded the tape rip of this track, recorded from an old Westwood show, but in fact I'd posted a considerably better quality version. Its doesnt seem to be quite CDQ, but its full length and considerably better than whats come before it. I can't remember exactly how I got this but I have a feeling it was on a compilation of Death Row rarieties I downloaded from somewhere.

Oh and if you dont have the original version then go get that. Its on the Poetic Justice OST. Shout out to Tobes

Tuesday 24 July 2012

All I Need (aka unreleased & unobtainable 90s heat)

The JS-1 mix that dropped today pre-empted a post I've been meaning to do for a while. With the advent of blogs, youtube, forums and Discogs it's been alot easier than it used to be to get hold of rare/unreleased music. However, there's still a handful of tracks that only seem to exist by way of tape rips, or with DJ tags on them. Here's the ones I'm looking for (ideally full versions in CDQ, but I'd settle for just better quality than what I've got)

Charlie 'C-Boogie' Brown 'Whatcha Gonna Do For Me' (1995)
This uses the same beat as Craig Mack's 'Makin Moves With Puff' which makes me wonder if thats why it never came out. I heard Westwood play it once. One of the good folk at the TROY forum hooked me u with this tape rip a few years ago. There's no mention of it online as far as I can tell (unless its actually called something else).

Dogg Pound 'Niggaz Dont Give A Fuck' remix (1993/94)
Extremely dope remix, heard once on Westwood's show and later resurfaced on Rare Dave's infamous mixtape. I'd guess sample problems might have got this one shelved. It would've sounded right at home on 'Doggystyle' or the 'Above The Rim' soundtrack though. UPDATE 26/07: turns out this version is actually pretty good quality. I forgot I had it and thought I was uploading the tape rip

Big Kap & Rev Run 'Yaknowhumsayin' (1999)
No idea what the correct title is but it sounds like it should've dropped on AV8 or Buds. Kap and Run do a call and response party joint over the same sample Jazzy Jeff used on Brand New Funk. Again, this was heard on Westwood. Once.

Freddie Foxx, Tragedy, Cool Whip, Raekwon & Havoc 'Lets Be Specific' (1996)

A bit of an anomally in this list as its available on the first Funkmaster Flex '60 Minutes Of Funk' mixtape, but I'm obviously after the full version. I'm reliably informed its on a Crib Underground 12", although unfortunately its not listed on Discogs.

So there it is. Any artists, label execs or people in the know that have more info on any of these or, better yet, can actually hook me up with a copy (MP3 or otherwise) get in touch!

DJ JS-1 - Demolition Mix (2012)

JS-1 drops 3 hours of rare demos, outtakes and unreleased tracks


Tuesday 17 July 2012

DJ Step One -
The Infinite Hip Hop Show 14.07.12

This past Saturday night's show was a 90s Special, where I kicked things off with some 3rd Bass and Nikki D and worked my way through to 99/2000, taking in all sorts of treats in between.
Catch the show live every other Saturday from 6-8pm (UK time). Who else is playing Akinyele and Juvenile on a legal station at peak time?