Friday 1 April 2016

DJ Step One - Serious Rap Shit

First of the month today so it's a new mix from me. Been listening to a fair bit of late 90s rap over the last few weeks, and picked up a few new records on a recent trip to London so I delved into that section...

Kasino ft The LOX - Men Of Respect
Mack 10 ft Fat Joe & Big Pun - Let The Games Begin
Nas - Hate Me Now (Power remix)
Phat Kat - Don't Nobody Care About Us
Mic Geronimo ft DMX & Black Rob - Nothin Move But The Money (remix)
Natural Elements - Live It Up
Ghostface ft Cappadonna, Masta Killa, Method Man & Redman - Buck 50
Sauce Money - Against The Grain
Luniz ft B Legit & E40 - The Highest Niggaz In The Industry
Black Rob - Life Story
Scarface ft 2Pac - Smile (MF Doom blend)
Common ft Sadat X - 1999
Missy Elliot ft Nas & Eve - Hot Boyz (Xxplosive blend)
Gang Starr ft Inspectah Deck - Above The Clouds
Wu All Stars - Soul In The Hole
Mobb Deep - The After Hours G.O.D pt III

A quick run down then. 'Men Of Respect' is one of my favourite LOX tracks (I think Kasino was originally a member of the group at one time but don't quote me). Also, I'm pretty sure its the song where Jadakiss coined the phrase "top 5 dead or alive". Mack 10 is distinctly average but had a good eye for a collaboration and has a few gems in his catalogue. The bootleg remix of 'Hate Me Now' is from a 12" I picked up last week and gives the song a more subtle vibe so it works quite well in a mix like this. Phat Kat's 'Don't Nobody Care About Us' is an awesome early Jay Dee production that I was after for years and finally got a few months ago. The Natural Elements joint is borderline jiggy and sounds slightly Neptunes-ish. Been enjoying that since hearing it on a J Grand tape I posted last year. The blend of Scarface & 2Pac over Doom's 'Red & Gold' instrumental works nicely (considering I hadn't done it before) although the chorus comes in mad loud and drifts off beat slightly. Might work on that and post it as a seperate track. Mighty Mi's remix of GOD Pt III using the Doug E Fresh sample is great and possibly better than the LP version. In hindsight I would probably have switched the sequencing round a bit and had the Luniz & Missy next to each other but the whole point of these mixes is that its a one take mix that serves as a playlist that might put you on to some music you might not know, rather than something I've agonised over for months.

I've had a few problems recording audio recently as the programme I use keeps buffering. As a result there's 3 or 4 glitches where the song skips slightly. Working on resolving the issue (think its to do with latency - any tips let me know) but didnt want to not post anything in the meantime. if you fund any tape rips  I've dropped in the past few weeks where its particularly bad then leave a comment in the relevant post.

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