Thursday 30 November 2017

DJ Dough & Porge 1 - Heads Ain't Ready

Superb mixtape from Dough and Porge 1 which dropped around 04/05. This was before the internet rendered the term 'rare' obsolete and there's plenty of other treats to be found here, such as their Drop It Like It's Hot remix which was in my sets for ages when I was playing out. One of those mixes where the shelf life isn't terminated by all the tracks eventually being available in better quality elsewhere. This is the sort of thing I aspire to making if time/patience/talent wasn't an issue.

Saturday 25 November 2017

OB4ZL presents: Don't Sleep on Sauce Money

Where you are gifted a big ass compilation of songs and freestyles by a rapper who definitely falls into the underrated category. Like Beanie Sigel, Black Rob and The LOX it's likely that a lot of purist backpacker types ignored him because of his label affiliation, which makes you wonder if Big L would've received the same treatment had he lived to see his Rocafella deal bear fruit. Sauce Money is a very similar rapper to L in that they both are highly skilled in amusing punchlines with an undercurrent of extreme violence.
I first became a fan of Sauce after hearing him on Reservoir Dogs in '98 although obviously he'd been putting in work for a few years previously. A few solid 12"s followed, including the amazing Pre Game which was taken from the Belly soundtrack (realised I haven't included it here but assumed if most people have just 1 SM track it's that), but the 'Middle Finger U' album got delayed after some label nonsense and didn't drop until 2000. It's not bad at all but like a lot of albums from that era it's suffers from being pretty long. It does feature production by Marley Marl, Premier, Clark Kent, EZ Elpee and Spencer Bellamy though so worth picking up if you see it cheap. I've only included a couple of tracks from it on the comp, the rest is notable guest verses, a few loose 12" releases that usually involve one or both of Jay Z or Jaz O, and a bunch of freestyles. The 'Ave' ones are taken from Kay Slay's 'Best of Sauce Money' CD, as is the savage Nature dis (anyone know the backstory on that?). The other freestyles are mostly sourced from tapes I've ripped over the last few years so you may have those already but it's good having 'em all in one place innit?

"thought you was Chinese the way you duck Sauce"

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Sunday 19 November 2017

DJ S&S - Niggaz Ain't Nice (1994)

Another tape I posted way back in the early days that I've now re-ripped at 320 kbps. Great selection on this one (if you ignore the Lords of the Underground and Lil Vicious tracks) including 2 Sadat X and Grand Puba collaborations that went a bit under the radar: Kick Styles (aka Flip Styles) with Diamond D, which appeared on a couple of different 12"s a few years later, and Ya Don't Stop which is tucked away on this compilation.

Friday 17 November 2017

Radio 1 Rap Show 14.12.01
with Kay Slay and Swizz Beatz

'Super Ugly' has just dropped so all the talk on this show is centered around the Nas - Jay Z beef. I'd suggest skipping that and heading for the beginning of part two where Kay Slay drops 45 minutes of mostly dis tracks by The LOX, Cam'ron, Mobb Deep and Beanie Sigel. That Rocafella - D Block beef served up considerably better musical results than Nas and Jay managed.

Sunday 12 November 2017

Stretch & Bobbito on Hot 97 (29.09.96)

Thanks to Diggo Blick for sending me this cassette, which is 90 minutes of Stretch and Bob on Hot 97 with Royal Flush and Da Bush Babees in the studio. And it's Stretch's birthday. Full tracklist can be found here.

Saturday 11 November 2017

Double D on Radio X 96FM (1997)

Some German rap radio that was in the batch of tapes Tobes donated. Think it's been paused-butoned a but but you do get a Guru freestyle at 25 mins. Shout to my Deutsche connect for the info on this one...

Friday 3 November 2017

DJ Riz - 5 Minutes Of Funk (2017)

DJ Riz being disgustingly good at DJing for 20 minutes. This is very good and well worth a watch.

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Funkmaster Flex on the Radio 1 Rap Show (1999)

3 hours of Flex here and he's actually in the UK, hyping things up for Tim's jam the following night. He kicks things off cutting up some breaks, throws on some new bits (Jay Z, Nas, Nore, Mobb Deep etc) and then into some 90s classics in part 2.

Looks like I have the tape of the live broadcast from The Temple the night after this so I'll post that up at some point too.