Friday 30 August 2013

LL Cool J 'No Airplay' unreleased version (1995)

 8 months ago I dropped some audio of LL performing live at Chuck Chillout's birthday party back in 1990. The tape included a peformance of the unreleased - and pretty much unheard - track 'She's Rockin'. As a result this humble little blog from the UK burbs briefly had twitter and the rap internet goin nutz (that is to say, J Zone got hyped about it and Ego Trip linked to it). Anyway, here's another rare LL joint for you. Up until today I was only aware of 2 versions of 'No Airplay'. The one on the 'Mr Smith' LP which is censored, and the uncensored 'dirty funky raw version' on this ultra rare promo 12". Going through some records this evening I came across this bootleg which features a 3rd version with different lyrics and a different beat.

If anyone has any info on this let me know. If there's a CDQ version on some long forgotten soundtrack or an official promo 12" out there then share the knowledge!

Wednesday 28 August 2013

Rap Thangs That Shoulda Done Happened #2

You might remember that a while back I dropped a post called Rap Thangs That Shoulda Done Happened. The effects of this brief yet incredibly insightful piece shook the industry: A&Rs resigned, shamed by their incompetence. Dr Dre shelved 'Detox'. Puffy - who was on the verge of dropping Bad Boy's first legit rap banger for nearly a decade - went back to the drawing board.
But that was 8 months ago now and as today is the anniversary of MLK's 'I have a dream...' speech, here's the second installment:

#1 - Given their superb update of 'Boyz N The Hood', Dipset should blatantly have followed it with a cover of Levi 167's 'Something Fresh To Swing To'. Sparse 80s drums, that "dope, dope...d-d-dope dope" refrain and some coke raps by Cam, Jim & Juelz at the height of their powers would've been a mixtape classic.

#2 -  Outkast should have used the version of 'Da Art Of Storytellin' featuring Slick Rick on 'Aquemini' rather than just confining it to the 12". I don't think I need to explain this one. Dope video though.

#3 - Speaking of Slick Rick, I know everyone loves his debut LP but save for a couple of tracks I always felt it was a bit lacking in the beats department. Marley Marl and Prince Paul are the first two names that spring to mind that could've improved things.

#4 - Treach could've had a great solo album to his name. Instead of starring in straight-to-DVD flicks and warming up for New Kids On The Block on cruise ships full of soccer moms, he should've hit the mixtape circuit, found some decent producers and got busy. The man was a beast on the mic and if his freestyle over 'Keep It Thoro' on Doo Wop's Gangsta's Paradise mixtape is anything to go by then we missed out.

DJ MK 'Summer Grooves' (2013)

New mix on that 80s funk and soul tip by DJ MK


Monday 26 August 2013

The Infinite Hip Hop Show 25.08.13

Last night's show on Kane FM. New joints by Vado, AZ, Rapsody and Camp Lo. The second hour is all 80s and 90s classics. Enjoy.

Thursday 22 August 2013

DJ Step One 'Butta Beats Volume 3'

New mix for Butta by yours truly



DJ Kofi 'The Hip Hop Stick Up'
Rodney P 'Murderer Style'
Mobb Deep ft Big Noyd 'Burn'
Ludacris 'Southern Hospitality'
Busta Rhymes ft Rah Digga & MOP 'Call The Ambulance' remix
Nas 'Made You Look'
Method Man & Redman 'Da Rockwilder'
Royce 5’9 'Boom'
Skitz ft Rodney P, Skinnyman, Wildflower & Riddla 'Twilight Of The Gods'
Klashnekoff 'Murda'
Gang Starr ft Jadakiss 'Rite Where U Stand'
Ghostface Killah 'One'
Wu Tang Clan 'Rules'
Jay Z ft Memphis Bleek & Geda 'Murda Murda' original version
Ja Rule ft DMX & Jay Z 'Its Murder'
Fabolous ft Paul Cain, MOP, Styles P & Jadakiss 'Keepin It Gangsta' remix
Kool G Rap 'First Nigga' DJ Premier remix
Wan Cee 'Rememberance'

Saturday 17 August 2013

Ghostface Killah - No Pork On My Fork (2004)

Kay Slay hosting a best of Ghostface mix. What else do you need to know before you click the link?


I didnt scan the tracklist as in true mixtape fashion it's not entirely accurate, but as pretty much everything in the GFK catalogue could warrant inclusion on a CD like this it's not that important (I labelled all the files correctly anyway).

You can still get my 'Tony Starks Collection' of unreleased/obscure/non-LP etc Ghostface cuts here.
Hopefully. Links seem to die stupidly quickly these days.

Friday 9 August 2013

DJ Chase 'Ha' remix (1999)

This is something that Westwood and Flex played a few times back in the day and I'd been on the hunt for a copy for a while. DJ Chase takes the ill-as-fuck Mannie Fresh beat from Juvenile's 'Ha' and adds the 2Pac, Biggie and Grand Puba verses from Eddie F's 'Lets Get It On'


Previously: DJ Chase 'The Bitch' remix

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Tim Westwood with Chuck D (continued)

 I found the second tape of the show posted below. Tim & Chuck speak on Public Enemy, Flavor Flav and the current state of rap (Chuck loves Mack 10) while continuing The Top 10 at Ten. I now remember this show from back in the day as it was the first time I heard 'I Got 5 On It'...


Saturday 3 August 2013

Tim Westwood - Radio 1 Rap Show (1995)

Ah, the summer of 1995. To quote RZA, "everything was lovely". Tim kicks off this show with the first play of 'MCs Act Like They Dont Know' and follows it with some Das EFX, Wu Tang, Kool G Rap and Rakim, plus a KRS One freestyle and a bit of BDP live from 1988. After a few R&B joints at the start of side 2, he's joined in the studio with Chuck D for chat while they count down the Top 10 At Ten...


If you haven't heard, it was recently announced that Westwood will be leaving the BBC after 19 years at the station. Go check The Martorialist for 10 Reasons Why Westwood Will Always Be The Bomb **explosion**