Thursday, 24 December 2015
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.
Saturday, 19 December 2015
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
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
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
You can find So 90s Volume 1 here
Friday, 11 December 2015
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
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
Saturday, 5 December 2015
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...