Thursday 24 December 2015

Champs n ting

As this blog is 99% old music I don't tend to indulge in end of year lists and 'best of's, but as Kano's 'Garage Skank Freestyle' has rendered everything else obsolete for the last 2 months it's only right I give it some shine and name it my tune of the year (in a year where new songs I absolutely loved seemed to be in short supply). Its not one for the Purists but when have they ever been any fun?


Save for a couple of tracks here and there I never really liked any early Grime - the MCing and production was a bit too raw (a nice way of saying it was terrible) but Kano stood out as someone who was a notch above the rest of the Channel U goons and could cut it with "proper" rappers. My mate had text me a link to Garage Skank and it was few days before I got round to checking it while I was stuck in traffic. The cut-n-paste style video was cool but it was Dot Rotten's beat that immediately got me. Chipmunk Soul might be my favourite rap sub-genre so something that sounded like a UK version of an early Just Blaze/State Property album deep cut was right up my street. If this was 2004 Kano could throw Twista on the remix and have a US hit in the bag.

"Your girls pum pum stinks like the A13 Beckton exit" >>> that whole Drake vs Meek Mill nonsense.

Happy Christmas.

Saturday 19 December 2015

DJ Juice - Volume 31 (1996)

DJ Juice. 1996. Legit Harlem Music Hut cover because thats how we do.

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Cutmaster C - New York Undercover (1998)

Another one from the batch Rich donated. Quality isn't amazing on this one but we lived it back then so you can live with it now. This includes the Nas & Noreaga freestyle I posted recently, aswell as some parts of the infamous Hot 97 session with Nore, DMX & Canibus. You also get another radio cypher with Cru & The Lox plus some AZ, Cam'ron, Cormega and Big Pun...

Saturday 12 December 2015

DJ Step One - So 90s Volume 2

I always seem to end up doing one of these mixes around this time of year. Mid 90s East Coast rap suits the winter time nicely so being off work yesterday I pulled out some vinyl and got busy. Here's 56 minutes of tracks from 95-96...

Fat Fluids - Hands Up
Mobb Deep ft Method Man - Extortion
Masta Ace Inc - Top Ten List
Jay Z - D'Evils
Camouflage Large - Cocbacda 9
Jemini The Gifted One - 50 MCs In A Cipher
Onyx - Last Dayz (instrumental)
La The Darkman ft Raekwon - As The World Turns
Mic Geronimo ft OC & Royal Flush - Men vs Many
Jeru The Damaja - Black Cowboys
MOP - Raise Hell
KRS One - Rappaz R N Dainja (instrumental)
Jungle Brothers - The Jungle, The Brother
Lord Finesse - Flip Da Style
Royal Flush - Rotten Apple
Raekwon - Knowledge God
Jamal - Fades Em All
Biz Markie - Studda Step (instrumental)
Ill Al Skratch ft MOP, Nice & Smooth & Nine - Dr Feelgood

You can find So 90s Volume 1 here

Friday 11 December 2015

Funkmaster Flex - NY Rap Exchange (1995)

The September 1995 edition of Westwood & Flex's Rap Exchange. As was the norm for me back then, this was edited down with the pause button to fit onto a 90 minute tape. These days the selection on here could just as easily be the set list for a DJ Lay Z B'$t@rd warm-up set at your local 90s rap night - Danger, Drop, Ice Cream, Livin Proof etc but also includes a few (what are now) deeper cuts like Fat Joe's 'Respect Mine' & 'Bronx Tale' and the dope 'Black Reign' by Ten Thieves.

Wednesday 9 December 2015

DJ Clue - Springtyme Stickup 1996

As promised, here's the full Clue tape featuring the Prodigy freestyle posted below...

Still plenty of Clue & DJ Juice mixes to get through, plus a few Cutmaster C bits. I'll try and mix them up with a few other things in between though.

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Prodigy & Ty Nitty - DJ Clue freestyle (1996)

Taken from DJ Clue's 'Springtyme Stickup 1996'. Prodigy and Mobb affiliate Ty Nitty over GFK's 'Motherless Child' instrumental. P was a beast back then. Full tape to follow soon...

Saturday 5 December 2015

Don't Sleep #10
Co-Defendants ft Rob Base 'Get Cha Weight Up' (1993)

The 10th installment of Don't Sleep is something that I first heard on a Red Alert tape in late 1993, and ended up being one of the first import 12"s to find its way into my collection. On a 90 minute TDK that was heavy on the Hoodie & Timbs, East Coast stomp style that was the flavour of the month (Das EFX, Onyx, LONS, Jeru, Wu Tang etc) this track really stood out as something different. A lazy blunted flow that wouldnt have sounded out of place on a West Coast/G Funk beat and a random cameo by none other than Rob Base have made this one a personal favourite over the years...