Thursday 28 February 2013

DJ Step One
Butta Beats Vol 1: Hip Hop Classics

This something I did for Butta Ltd. They make snowboard wax and have been doing a few events and parties at Snowboard competitions around the UK and Europe recently.
Lots of big tunes on this as its meant for the more casual listener rather than internet rap nerds. Sometimes its nice just to bump some familiar classics once in a while though.

KRS One – Step Into A World
Gang Starr – Full Clip
Missin Linx – M.I.A
Dr Dre ft Xzibit – What’s The Difference
Beatnuts ft Method Man – Se Acabo (remix)
LL Cool J ft Method Man, Redman, DMX & Canibus – 4,3,2,1
Nas – Nas Is Like
Mobb Deep – Still Shinin’
Real Live – Money And Shows
Dobie – The B Boy Anthem
Notorious BIG – Who Shot Ya
Raekwon – Incarcerated Scarfaces
Ghostface ft Raekwon – Faster Blade
Channel Live ft KRS One – Mad Izm
Redman - Can’t Wait
Pharcyde – Drop
Snoop Dogg ft Tray Dee – 21 Jump Street
Ice Cube – Friday
Dr Octogan – Bear Witness
Lost Boyz – Jeeps Lex Coups Bimaz & Benz
Kenny Dope – Supa (Deep In Brooklyn)
Show & AG – Next Level

Wednesday 27 February 2013

J Rocc on Itch FM (2002)

This something MK shared a few years ago on his blog and I recently had a request to re-up it. J Rocc drops an hour of breaks and beats on London pirate station Itch FM...

Sunday 24 February 2013

Tim Westwood - Capital Rap Show (1993)

Vintage Westwood now, courtesy of Tobes. This is 90 minutes of the Capital Rap Show from August September 93. Snoop had just been arrested for murder and Doggstyle hadn't even hit the shelves, but Westwood debuts 'Whats My Name' aswell as tunes by Scarface, Illegal, Erick Sermon, LONS, London Posse and KRS One...

There's also a 3 minute Onyx promo over Sister Nancy's 'Bam Bam' (or Tenor Saw's 'Ring The Alarm' if you prefer) .

Saturday 23 February 2013

Egon & Dante - The Funk 45 Files

This was a mixtape from UK rap mag Big Daddy, in conjunction with Stones Throw. I'm guessing its a late 90s thing.. Egon and Dante Carfagna select an hour's worth of tasty funk 45s.


Full disclosure: I know very little about funk 45s, Egon or Dante. I only bought Big Daddy Magazine once (it was good but they didn't stock it round my way) and only have one Stones Throw record in my collection (this). I do like having some mixes like this in the stash to throw on now and again though. Once in a while its nice to just be a casual listener and not reference everything in relation to whats come before or after. Ignorance is bliss, as they say. Big up to Andy for sending this tape over, along with a load more that you'll be seeing soon.

Tuesday 19 February 2013

DJ Riz & DJ Eclipse - Halftime Show (1999)

Riz and Eclipse's Halftime Show on WNYU from April '99. Not too much talking on this one. East coast underground joints are the order of the day, plus Lil Cease and Mr Bristal pass through the studio.

If you want the Cease & Bristal freestyle seperately I posted it here a few weeks ago

Thanks to Tobes for the original tape.

Now available to download at Hip Hop Radio Archive

Monday 18 February 2013

The Infinite Hip Hip Show 17.02.13
with guest mix by DJ Cro

Last night's show on Kane FM, featuring a guest mix by DJ Cro who definitely dropped some treats for us.

Back to the tape rips this week.

Wednesday 13 February 2013

DJ Step One 'Drop It Heavy' (2013)

An hour of 97-99 rap stuff, when the difference in sound between mainstream and underground rap wasn't that big. The Jay Z, DMX and Ja Rule appearances sit quite nicely alongside some of the underground selection on here...



Buckshot – Follow Me
Rakim – The Saga Begins
Wu Tang Clan – For Heaven’s Sake
All City – The Actual
Sauce Money ft Jay Z – Pre Game
Pete Rock, Inspectah Deck & Kurupt – Tru Master (blend)
Frankenstein – Sparkin Intellect
Paula Perry – Extra Extra
Show & AG ft KRS One & Big Pun – Drop It Heavy
Everlast – Praise The Lord
Xzibit, Saafir & Ras Kaas – 3 Card Molly
Dilated Peoples ft AG, Xzibit & Defari – Rework The Angles
Ja Rule, Jay Z & DMX – Its Murder
Mic Geronimo ft DMX, The LOX, Ja Rule & Tragedy – The Usual Suspects
Cocoa Brovaz ft MOP – Bucktown (remix)
Gang Starr ft Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx – The Militia (Pete Rock remix)
Big Pun – You Ain't A Killer
Pacewon – I Declare War

Tuesday 12 February 2013

Funkmaster Flex on Radio 1 (1998)

Been a while since I posted one of Westwood's Rap Exchange shows so here's the June 1998 edition. It was trimmed down to fit on a 90 min tape so I cut some of the interviews short. Quite smoothly too - I was nice with the pause button back in the day...

Flex has DMX, Def Squad and Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz in the studio and plays music by Jay Z, Biggie, Mic Geronimo, Cam'ron and Flip Mode Squad. There's also a couple of cool bootleg remixes/blends of Destinys Child 'No No No' and LL's '4-3-2-1' that I wouldn't mind getting my hands on.

I actually uploaded the Def Squad freestyle from this show in one of the first posts on this blog back in 2009, so if you want that as a seperate file then go here . Redman & Keith Murray over 'Who Shot Ya' and 'Rhymes Galore' is dope.

Saturday 9 February 2013

Diplomats Unreleased Throwbacks & Exclusives (2004)

One of a stack of CDs purchased on a trip to Canal Street back in 2004, this Street Sweepers set collates some of the Dip's finest mixtape moments...


Highlights include the demo version of the unreleased 'That's Harlem', which I later found with an added chorus on this Rocafella promo 12", an always welcome appearance by Herb McGruff on 'Trendsetters pt 2' and the superbly titled 'Keep The AKs At Kay Slays'.
My personal favourite is 'World Reknown', which appeared on 'Come Home With Me' as 'The Roc (Just Fire)' with Memphis Bleek and Beanie Sigel replacing Jim and Juelz.  Although everyone turns in a worthy performance on both versions, Jim Jones really stands out for me with his verse. Its obviously debatable as to whether he wrote it but put that to one side and he presents a solid argument against those who lazily tag him a wack rapper based on 'We Fly High' and 'Pop Champagne'.
Admittedly he's helped by the beat. The Just Blaze production is one of the best of the era and is one of those instrumentals I never tire of, where you get the feeling it could make anyone that rapped over it sound amazing. 

Monday 4 February 2013

PF Cuttin '44 Magnum' (1998)

Courtesy of Tobes, this is the first PF Cuttin mixtape I've ever posted on here. I'm still after his Volume 26 tape if anyone can help me out with that. Westwood played about 20 minutes of it on air when it dropped and it sounded dope. Anyway, this is pretty nice aswell.


Click here for the full tracklist

Sunday 3 February 2013

"Buying old records is a habit..."

London has lost another vinyl hot spot. Flash up yuh lighters one time for Notting Hill MVE.
They're merging with the rock branch a few doors down but I cant see it being as good, especially as that huge bargain basement will be no more. Still, all that second hand vinyl has to live somewhere so who knows. The whole music retail/vinyl vs digital discussion is a well worn and increasingly tedious path to go down so I wont bother but suffice to say that I found a lot of good shit in this store over the years (some of which has been posted on here) and I'm gonna miss it.

Dont worry, some proper posts will be appearing in the next few days. In the meantime you can check out:

Heltah Skeltah live at Notting Hill Carnival (1996)

Bobby J in the mix on Westwood (1995)

Chris Read's AV8 Records mix for Southern Hospitality