Saturday 29 July 2017

Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97 (1994)

Flex with 'The Flava Mix' on Hot 97 one night sometime around what I'm guessing is August or September 1994, as he announces Biggie's 'The What' as a world exclusive. The first part of the tape is slightly older, chilled out stuff like Color Me Badd, En Vogue, LL, Fresh Prince and Arrested Development. The second half includes Das EFX, Biggie, OC and the dope 'Uptown Style' by Kirk.

Wednesday 26 July 2017

Radio 1 Rap Show 03.11.00 with Prime Cuts

More R1RS, this time from November 2000 when Jay Z 'Dynasty' and Prodigy's 'HNIC' were about to drop, so you get a few tracks off those plus a bit of CNN, Big Scoob, D12, Ja Rule and BG.
Part 2 sees Prime Cuts step up for his regular slot mixing up the underground, indie and UK selection.

I also posted this 2003 show with DJ Cash Money on the Mixcloud page last week

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Guru, Eminem, Defari & The Beatnuts -
Wake Up Show freestyle (1998)

I've only ever had a couple of Wake Up Show tapes in my possession so was happy to see this one in the last batch of cassettes that Tobes hooked me up with. I was particularly pleased to find this treat on there though: Guru stops by the show to do a quick interview (just before Moment Of Truth came out) and then drops a few verses alongside a relatively unknown Eminem, before Defari steps up to the mic and then the Beatnuts get involved. Good times. Do things like this still happen anywhere outside of the BET awards?

That's followed by a Smif N Wessun freestyle - they were rolling as the Cocoa Brovaz at the time -   and Em jumps on the mic again. The full show is below...

Not sure if it's a West Coast radio thing in general or just something Sway & Tech did but their lengthy intro and approach to drops and jingles might even out do Weenie & The Butt. Definitely not mad at their female co-host's voice though. Much more soothing than your standard rap radio DJ.

Had my first copyright infringement takedown notice from Audiomack last week, for a bootleg remix of Top Billin of all things. Hopefully they don't go the way of Soundcloud and Mediafire. Seems crazy that in 2017 there isn't an established reliable platform for hosting music to stream and download. I'll persist with it for now but if things start disappearing on a regular basis I might need a new home. It has occured to me that having Eminem's name on there might be a red flag. Can't say I wasn't a tad shook a few years ago when minutes after making a disparaging remark about Jimmy Iovine, I received a notification informing me that INTERSCOPE RECORDS IS NOW FOLLOWING YOU.

Sunday 9 July 2017

Radio 1 Rap Show 15.12.01
with Nas, Pete Rock & Inspectah Deck

Big episode of New York Live here, with Tim and Marley hosting Nas just as Stillmatic was about to drop and the beef with Jay Z was in full swing. Pete Rock shows up for a quick interview in part 2, followed by Inspectah Deck and U God repping the Wu ahead of the release of Iron Flag.

Iron Flag seems like the most maligned or even somewhat forgotten Wu album but Rules, In The Hood and Uzi (Pinky Ring) are all solid Wu bangers. Don't sleep.

Posted a couple of other tapes on the Westwood Archives page recently

Radio 1 Rap Show 15th July 2000

24th September 1999 w/ The Madd Rapper

24th September 1999 with Rodney P, Skitz & Riddla

Also, you can now check out my man Rio T holding it down on TooHot radio, Saturday mornings 12-2pm, rocking strictly clean versions for the Rap Dads.

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Stretch Armstrong on Hot 97 (1996)

Stretch Boogie rolling solo on Hot 97 from September 1996. Fatman Scoop is also in the building and you get some Mobb Deep, MOP, Royal Flush, De La Soul amongst others.

Another sure shot from Tobes. Salute!

If you like this please don't sleep on It's Overture's Hot 97 - Summer Of 96 mix from last year. It's awesome.