Sunday 30 December 2018

DJ Step One - So 90s Volume 5: Blends edition

First mix I've posted in some time so I done went and got my blend on. Some of these have been posted here before and others I just made over the last few days. All of them were done on 2 turntables as I can't use anything else, although  did have to make some edits to remove the cuts on the Crooklyn and Suspended In Time instrumentals. Enjoy.

Camp Lo - Coolie High [b/w Dayz Of Wayback]
Artifacts - Wrong Side Of Da Tracks [b/w I Got A Love]
McGruff - Harlem Kids Get Biz [b/w Brooklyn Kids]
Beatnuts - Hit Me With That [b/w Where My Homiez]
Outkast - Elevators [b/w I Got 5 On It]
Goodie Mob ft Big Boi & Cool Breeze - Dirty South [b/w Last Dayz]
Notorious BIG - Ten Crack Commandments [b/w Suspended In Time]
Notorious BIG - You'll See [b/w Life's A Bitch]
Notorious BIG - Think BIG [b/w I Shot Ya]
AZ - Doe Or Die [b/w Broken Language]
Mobb Deep - Hell On Earth [b/w Clones]
Redman - Funkorama [b/w Midnight]
A Tribe Called Quest - Stressed Out [b/w Dead Presidents]
A Tribe Called Quest - 1nce Again [b/w Crooklyn]
Wu Tang Clan - METHOD Man [b/w Tha Shiznit]
Ghostface, Raekwon & Cappadonna - Daytona 500 [s/w Speak Ya Clout]
KRS ONE - Mortal Thoughts [b/w Code Of The Streets]
Eric B & Rakim - Don't Sweat The Technique [b/w DJ Format breakbeats]

Wednesday 26 December 2018

XFM All City Show 12.05.04 with the Beastie Boys

Dan Greenpeace runs through listeners' picks from the Beastie's catalogue before interviewing the lads ahead of the upcoming release of To The 5 Boroughs.

Wouldn't say I'm a huge Beastie Boys fan but I enjoy a decent amount of their catalogue and as I got their book for Christmas I thought I'd get this tape ripped today. Hold It Now is still very much up there on the OB4ZL 80s playlist.

Tuesday 18 December 2018

DJ Premier - Penalty Recordings mixtape (1995)

Premo doing his thing for Penalty Recordings. Tracklist is decent. Forget where I got this from years ago so shout out to whoever did the original rip but it's nearly 2019 and the people need this kind of thing on streaming services.

Side A:
01. Intro
02. Shabazz The Disciple - Crime Saga
03. Lord Finesse feat. Krs-One & OC - Brainstorm / P.S.K. (No Gimmicks Remix)
04. DJ Smash - Mad Grafitti
05. MC Eiht feat. Blackjack - Nine Of 'Em
06. Kapone - Get Down To It
07. Lord Finesse - Hip 2 Da Game (Buckwild Remix)
08. Blackjack feat. Notorious B.I.G. & Snakes - Young G's Perspective

Side B:
01. Kapone - No Jurisdiction
02. Tupac feat. Blackjack & Spice 1 - I Can't Turn Back
03. Skit
04. Blackjack - No Love
05. Lord Finesse feat. Krs-One - No Gimmicks
06. Sunz Of Man - The Sins Of Men
07. Shabazz The Disciple - Death Be The Penalty
08. Lord Finesse - Hip 2 Da Game
09. Outro

Thanks to for the tracklist and cover scan

Saturday 15 December 2018

Radio 1 Rap Show 07.04.99 with Kenny Dope & Wu Tang

Westwood pulls a Wu Tang freestyle from 1994 out of the archives and there's a nice mix by Kenny Dope.

Tuesday 4 December 2018

DJ 7L & Frank The Butcher - Illegal Business

Grimey mid 90s east coast rap is obviously perfect winter music but this is particularly enjoyable. It dropped 5 years ago but it had disappeared from my hard drive at some point which meant I couldn't listen to the Cru jackin for beats freestyle that's on here (and I believe only available on the Bubblin/Live At The Tunnel promo for those of you interested in that kind of thing).

I interviewed 7L a few years back, which is a good read if you have time to kill and didn't catch it first time around. He's got an album coming out with Ghostface soon too.

Sunday 2 December 2018

Radio 1 Rap Show 1st anniversary with Funk Flex, Sadat X & Akinyele (1996)

This was a bit of a big deal at the time. Previously the Rap Exchange shows had given us 2 hours a month of Flex's show in NYC but this time he'd come to the UK to (relentlessly) promote his first 60 Minutes Of Funk mixtape and play at Club UN for the 1st anniversary of Tim's Radio 1 show, which started in December 94. What we got was two 3 hour shows of Flex mixing interspersed with Akinyele and Sadat X freestyles as they'd accompanied him on the trip, having featured on the mixtape's lead single Loud Hangover. I've posted some bits of these recordings years ago but thought I'd better throw the whole 6 hours up before the blog is done.

I remember being at home with a really shitty cold listening to this live on both nights (often I'd record and listen back the next day) and I'm pretty sure this was the first time I heard California Love and Woo Hah. I also wrote down the entire tracklist at the time but can't quite bring myself to type it up yet.Suffice to say that with that much time to do his thing, Flex runs through pretty much everything. Alongside the new music there's golden era classics, breakbeats and some R&B.

Saturday 1 December 2018

Radio 1 Rap Show 03.12.99 with J Live, Unspoken Heard & Lone Catalysts

Backpack time! J Live, Unspoken Heard & Lone Catalysts are in town and visit Westwood for a big ass freestyle session.

Friday 23 November 2018

1Xtra Original Fever 15.03.04

Some UKHH from back in the day. Rodney P & Skitz host their 1Xtra show live from the BBC's Maida Vale studio wit DJ IQ, Cappo, Taz and Blak Twang all passing through and performing.

If you like early 00s UKHH, I also dropped this tape of Greenpeace's All City Show on XFM from 2004 with Klashnekoff 

Saturday 17 November 2018

Don't Sleep #15
Akinyele 'Freaky' (1996)

Banger. This is a record that I'd only heard on Stretch Armstrong and DJ Ev's excellent 'Back To Back' mixtape, and a few times on Stretch's radio shows. It was after posting one of those shows that someone in the comment section informed me that I could find it on the 2004 album 'Live At The Barbeque' which compiled a bunch of unreleased and rare Ak tracks. Shout out to Mighty Mi for that putting that together.
Anyway, Freaky is definitely something that would've shifted decent units had it dropped in a 12" back in the day. I haven't been able to find out much about the other rapper on the track, who I think is called J Mo (or Jay Mo/Jay Moe) as there's a couple of rappers with that name and it looks like they're based in the Bay Area rather than Queens. [Updated] It's CJ Moore.
Akinyele has a bit of a strange time with rap fans, in that 90s heads and boom bap purists fawn over his debut album and then mostly ignore anything he released after that. Maybe all the sex chat made them uncomfortable or something. This track also proved to be a source of inspiration for Nas, who I assume thought that as barely anyone had heard it he would be safe to jack Ak's punchline about not even picking the cotton out of asprin bottles for his verse on 'Why You Hate The Game' in 2007. Sneaky.

Audiomack seem to have gone corporate and bitched out on the download feature so here's a link if you want the MP3.

If you like this you should visit/revisit The Martorialist's playlist of Akinyele deep cuts. The Robbery Song in particular has been in regular rotation round here recently.

Sunday 11 November 2018

DJ Filthy Rich - A Called Wu: Enter The Marauders (2018)

Another dope Filthy Rich mix. If you've been online in the last 48 hours you're probably already aware of it but if not I highly recommend giving it a listen...

Thursday 8 November 2018

Kid Capri - 4.11.90

I copped this years ago from Grime & Lime (download link still available) and just added it to my Mixcloud page  - for my convenience as much as anyone else's - after giving it a listen this week. I try not to leave it too long between posts so thought I'd throw this one up. Enjoy.

Still making regular updates on the Westwood Archives page too - recent shows include P Diddy, Tony Touch, Marley Marl, Doug E Fresh, Funk Flex and New Flesh For Old.

Saturday 27 October 2018

Red Alert on Kiss 98.7 FM (1994)

Kool DJ Red Alert in the mix on Kiss 98.7 FM back in '94. Like the other Red tapes I've heard, there's no talking (and even some of the drops are pretty quiet) but the selection is on point. I've taken a guess at the date, based partly on the 30 minutes of a Flex Street Jams show on the same tape. Liking that Markey Fresh track produced by 45 King. Not heard it before but going to seek that out.

Kenny Dope - Get On Down
Masta Ace - Born To Roll
Kurious - I'm Kurious
Da King & I - Tears
Outkast - Player's Ball
Fat Joe - The Shit Is Real (DJ Premier remix)
Domino - Sweet Potatoe Pie
Maestro Fresh Wes - Certs Wid Out Da Retsyn
Ice Cube - You Know How We Do It
Snoop Dogg - Gin & Juice
Jeru The Damaja - D Original
Markey Fresh - On The Real

Friday 26 October 2018

Radio 1 Rap Show 10.03.00 with P Diddy and Tony Touch

Puff Daddy and, erm, Tori from WWE are in the studio for part one. There's a nice Tony Touch mix in part 2 and a cosy chat with Fabio about London's club scene in the 80s towards the end of the show.

This thing Westwood had for getting wrestlers on the show around 2000-2002 is a bit weird.

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Peter Parker - Wu Years Eve 31.12.05

Just added this 2005 episode of Peter Parker's podcast to the Mixcloud page. If you're in the mood for some Wu deep cuts this might do the job...

1) Rhyme Tyme Theme Song - P-Dap
2) Show Intro
3) Pass The Bone - Genius
4) Drug Free - Deadly Venoms w/ Ol Dirty Bastard
5) Cobra Clutch - Ghostface Killah
6) Set It Off Freestyle - Ghostface Killah & Trife Da God
7) Run (unreleased version) - Raekwon
8) Run - Cappadonna
9) Mic Break #1 / Interview - Trife Da God
10) Put It On The Line - Trife Da God
11) Fire - Ghostface Killah & Trife Da God
12) Mic Break #2 / Freestyle - Trife Da God, Kryme Life, & Tommy Whispers
13) Don’t U Know Pt. 2 - Ol Dirty Bastard
14) Mr. Sandman - Method Man w/ RZA, Inspectah Deck, Street Life, and Carlton Fisk
15) Fear, Love, And War - Killarmy
16) Labels (RZA remix) - Genius
17) Show Wrap Up

Sunday 21 October 2018

Capital Rap Show 03.12.94 with Funkmaster Flex

New York Rap Exchange from December '94 and the last show before Westwood bounced to Radio 1. Shook Ones part 2 is on it's way to ubiquity at this point, and Group Home's 'Supastar' isn't far behind. This tape is the one that put me on to 'Spread It' by Kamakaze and Rayvon's 'Pretty' and also includes the remix of 'What Can I Do' which might be the last great Ice Cube track. You also get the dope freestyle session with Scarface, KRS One and MC Serch (which has appeared on this blog a couple of times over the years), and Charlie Brown of LONS' unreleased solo shot 'Whatcha Gonna Do For Me'...


Mobb Deep  - Shook Ones pt 2
Craig Mack - Get Down (Q Tip remix)
Group Home - Supastar
Kamakaze - Spread It
World Reknown - How Nice I Am
Ice Cube - What Can I Do (remix)
Fu-Schnickens - Breakdown
Brooklyn Slumlordz - Some Ole Party Sh!t
Da Youngstas - Mad Props
Rayvon - Pretty (Before I Go To Bed)
Nas - One Love
MC Serch, KRS One & Scarface - Freestyle
Keith Murray & 50 Grand - Freestyle
Simple E - Neck Work
Heather B - All Glocks Down
Notorious BIG - Warning
Tim Dog - Dog Baby
Charlie Brown - Whatcha Gonna Do For Me
Capleton - Tour (remix)
Method Man - Bring The Pain

Saturday 20 October 2018

Dave Pearce - Fresh Start To The Week on Nite FM (May 88)

Before it was Greater London Radio, BBC Radio London broadcast it's specialist evening shows under the 'Nite FM' brand. Dave Pearce held down the Fresh Start To The Week rap show and here's 30 minutes from May '88. Salt N Pepa, Antoinette, Gang Starr, Run DMC and Hijack are on the playlist and Stetsasonic are the studio guests (except that isn't on the tape unfortunately). Nice to hear shout outs to the Farnborough crew what with that being the new OB4ZL HQ and all.

Shouts to Diablo for the tape and MK for the radio knowledge.

DJ Filthy Rich - Enta Da Stage
[25th Anniversary mixtape]

New Filthy Rich mix for the Duck Down heads...

Wednesday 10 October 2018

DJ Z-Trip mixtape (1995)

Untitled (I checked with him on mixtape by Z-Trip. Nice tracklist.

Z Trip - Intro
Method Man - PLO Style (remix)
Bosco Money - Da Plan
Group Home - Supastar
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Get On The Mic (instrumental)
Cella Dwellas - Land Of The Lost
Channel Live - Mad Izm ('95 remix)
Bas Blasta ft Lord Finesse & Fat Joe - The Rhythm
Redman - Bobyahead2dis
Milk D ft Ad Roc - Spam
Z Trip - interlude
Mantronix - King Of The Beats
Kenny Dope - Get On Down
unknown - hit the mic (?)
Gang Starr - Manifest
Die Fantastischen Vier - Freestyle
Whodini/Black Moon - Friends/How Many MCs (blend)
Ahmad, Ras Kass & Saafir - Come Widdit
The Nonce - Mix Tapes
Finsta Bundy - Spirit Of The Boogie
Miilkbone - Keep It Real
Mobb Deep - Shook Ones part 1
Craig Mack - Get Down (Q Tip remix)
Alkaholiks - Daamn
Souls Of Mischief - Get The Girl, Grab The Money & Run
Digable Planets - 9th Wonder
DJ Radar - scratch routine
Jazzy Jeff - A Touch Of Jazz

Friday 5 October 2018

Nas & Mobb Deep freestyle (1995)

Nas and Mobb Deep from the January 1995 Rap Exchange show. I was missing a chunk of this for years as my tape ran out half way through the recording. Someone (I forget who, but thanks) hooked it up on a forum a while back so here's 10 minutes of prime QB raps over the Shook Ones pt 2 instrumental.

Wednesday 3 October 2018

Capital Rap Show 11.06.93

Diablo's collection is still throwing up some great Capital Rap Show tapes. This one has the original version of 'Outta Here' with the Mr Magic dis and a few deep cuts by the likes of Strickly Roots, Trends Of Culture and Juice With Soul. Crazy to think that the likes of Sound Of Da Police, Insane In The Brain, Come Clean and 93 Til Infinity were all hitting around the same time too.

KRS One - KRS One Attacks
KRS One - Sound Of Da Police
Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brain
Big Shug ft Guru - Stripped And Pistol Whipped
Fat Joe - Flow Joe
Jeru The Damaja - Come Clean
Souls Of Mischief - 93 Til Infinity
Akinyele - Ak Ha Ha? Ak Hoo Hoo!
KRS One - I Can't Wake Up
Juice With Soul - Just Because You're Black
Trends Of Culture - Hassle On The Iron Horse
Mesanjarz Of Funk -Funk In Da Trunk
Ultramagnetic MCs - 2 Brothers With Cheques
Fu-Schnickens ft Shaquille O'Neal - What's Up Doc
Wu Tang Clan - Method Man
CDLD - I'm The Man
Strickly Roots - Duck Da Boyz
KRS One - Outta Here (original unreleased version)
Funkdoobiest - Freak Mode
Ron G mix

Monday 1 October 2018

DJ Enuff - My Definition Of Hip Hop Vol 2 (1997)

Strange one this. Official retail CD by DJ Enuff released in France with a mix of underground joints and a few French artists thrown in alongside some early 50 Cent material and freestyles by Diamond D, Negro League and Natural Elements

Sunday 30 September 2018

Thursday 27 September 2018

Kool Mike Ski - Tha Realness 96

Another one out of the MilkCrateKid stash and the first appearance for Kool Mike Ski on OB4ZL, which I imagine he'll add to being shouted out on Fat Joe's 'Flow Joe' as a career highlight.

Tuesday 25 September 2018

Funkmaster Flex on the Capital Rap Show (October 1994)

2 NY Rap Exchange shows from October 1994. Similar playlists on both (hence the one post) but also some treats contained within. There's a few dubplate specials plus freestyles by Redman and Keith Murray, OC and Mad Skillz. Ghetto style buckwild New York City style one time for your mind make em bounce aaight etc

Saturday 22 September 2018

DJ B-Mello - Doin' My Thing (1995)

Another one out of the MilkCrateKid collection. Don't think this one has been online before...

Monday 17 September 2018

Funkmaster Flex & Biz Markie live in NYC (1994)

I'm back. New tape deck, more tapes, less time than ever. This one is off a TDK simply labelled 'Funkmaster Flex Birthday' but I have a feeling it's this under another name (which was posted online years ago - can anyone confirm it's the same tape?)

Flex and Biz Markie get busy with a full on party set - old school, new school, reggae, funk, soul and some slow jams (ugh) at the end.

Thanks to Diablo and MK (it's his writing on the tape) for this one.

Saturday 4 August 2018

Capital Rap Show 04.03.94

aka The One Where Tim Gets A Promo Of Illmatic...

Nas - The Genesis
Nas - NY State Of Mind
Main Source - Diary Of A Hitman
Now Born Click - Now Born Soldiers
Das EFX - Baknaffek (remix)
Gang Starr - Words From The Nutcracker
unknown - party break
Nas ft AZ - Life's A Bitch
Nas - One Love
Main Source - Only The Real Survive
Now Born Click - Mad Sick
Scientists Of Sound - Bad Boy Swing
Cash Crew - Bring It On
Kaliphz - Tru Skool M Bassadaz
Kaliphz - Vibe Da Joint
Nas - Memory Lane
Nas - The World Is Yours
Wu Tang Clan - CREAM
Vice Grip, Building Block, Herbal E, Starchild, Cella Dwellas & Lord Digga - Cypha Session part II
unknown - unknown
Militant Mix part 2

pretty sure this is also the show where I heard a great blend of Method Man over Tha Shiznit but it's been cut out, which is gutting, but that bit of scratching at 19:34 with the "give it to em" sample, which suddenly cuts to Tim mentioning Kid Capri and a "turntable remix" of Method Man at least solves the riddle of who was behind it after all this time. I lost the tape with it on a long time ago but did get hold of that instrumental a few months back so maybe I'll recreate it at some point.

Friday 27 July 2018

Funkmaster Flex - Hot 97 Street Jams 28.07.95 with Method Man & Redman

This is what was going down in NYC 23 years ago today. Flex hosts his Friday night Street Jam show alongside Big Dennis, with Meth & Red passing through the studio and dropping the obligatory freestyle. Everything you'd expect Flex to be playing is in here: Lost Boyz, AZ, Wu Tang and Mary J, plus Mobb Deep, Kool G Rap and a nice indie joint right at the end that I hadn't heard before. Even the commercial break has some heat, with Biggie rapping over the Dogg Pound's New York New York beat for St Ides and a Tower Records ad for Only Built For Cuban Linx. There's also this...

"...I hit you with that Luniz joint...hmm, verdict is still out...I Got 5 On It. In New York we put 20 on it"

Flex showcasing his astute A&R skills there. It's not quite as bad as Mr Magic's opinions on Public Enemy, BDP and the Beastie Boys but it does show how tough it was for rappers from other regions to get play on the East Coast. Interestingly he plays the Weedless mix, which despite owing it on vinyl I have never played and initially thought it was some rare demo or promo.

Anyone know what the track at 1 hr 34 mins is?

I recently found out that I haven't been receiving email notifications to approve comments and discovered 20+ from the last few months pending approval. Not sure what happened there but if you didn't get a response that's why. Thanks to Krisch for bringing it to my attention. Unfortunately there are plenty of people that think spamming blog comments sections is still a worthwhile endeavour (I really can't see how) so I need to keep the blocker in place.

Wednesday 18 July 2018

The Firm - Phone Tap (remix)

I had no idea this existed until today when I caught it on this Stretch Armstrong show from 1998.
I wouldn't say it's better than the original but it's not bad, and I'm surprised it hasn't crossed my path at some point in the last 20 years. Anyone know if this made it onto any kind of vinyl or CD, official or otherwise?

Saturday 14 July 2018

Mr Magic & Marley Marl on WBLS (1986)

Big fun in the big town with Super Rockin Mr Magic and Marley Marl playing Eric B & Rakim, Run DMC, Fat Boys, LL and UTFO amongst others. This is a recording that was re-broadcast on Dave Pearce's show on Radio London, so in that respect it's a something of a precursor to the Rap Exchange that Westwood would host with Marley and then Flex years later.

Dave mentions having details of tickets for UK Fresh which was 19th July '86 so I guess this must be from a month or 2 before that.

Tuesday 10 July 2018

DJ Filthy Rich - 90s Canadian Hip Hop Volume 2

Filthy Rich just dropped Volume 2 of this Canadian Hip Hop mix.

National Anthem - O Canada [Filthy Rich blend]
Maestro Fresh Wes - Let Your Backbone Slide ALT MIX [Filthy Rich blend]
Split Personality - Try and Stop Us 
B Kool - Gotta Get Over
UBAD - The Legacy
Thrust - Emcee 
Redlife - The Night's Young
Choclair - 21 Years
Choclair ft Marvel & Solitair - Conversations
Thrust - Rage (Didn't Have To Go)
UBAD ft Nas-T-Howie - Rugged and Nasty
Nefarius - Pondering
Bishop Brigante - Kipling 2 Kennedy
Mathematik ft Bahamadia - Following Goals
Thrust - Do You Understand (Scam RMX)
Saukrates ft Common - Play Dis (Soxx Soul Mix)
Dan E O - Dear Hip Hop RMX [Filthy Rich blend]
Saukrates - Paperchase [Filthy Rich blend]
K-OS ft AZ - Rise Like The Sun RMX [Filthy Rich Crossborder ReFix]
Kardinal Offishall ft Saukrates - On Wit Da Show (OG Version)
Sekou Toure - Almighty God
Dan E O - Mic Surgery (Originally unreleased)
Rascalz - Blind Wid Da Science
Maestro - Pushin Wiggz Back
Frankenstein - The Rain Is Gone
Ghetto Concept - Much Love
Sic Sense (ft Dub-Ill & Boom) - Hill Topics
Diamond X (aka Diemen X aka The D.X.) - What I See
Brass Tacks - Icebreaker Classic (Original Serious Mix)
Citizen Kane ft Mathematik - Elements Of Mind (Black Rain RMX)

You can check Volume 1 here if you slept first time around

Sunday 8 July 2018

Biz Markie - Live at The Que Club (May 1994)

The Diabolical one on the tables at NYC's Q Club in May '94. Loving hearing the crowd singalong to Ain't No Fun when Biz cuts the volume...

Thanks again to Diablo for this one.

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97 (17.12.95)

Always nice to hear a bit of Flex rocking on the radio, and being that it's from 1995 means the selection is suitably on point.

Not really sure what to make of the recent beef with Kid Capri but 2 men in their 50s shouldn't really be arguing online (about what appears to be nothing) and screen-shotting each others text messages. It's a shame really as I've heard Flex give the Kiiiiiid his props numerous times over the years. As an example, here's an interview with the pair from November '98 that was broadcast on the Radio 1 Rap Exchange.

Sunday 1 July 2018

Capital Rap Show 11.02.94
with Snoop Dogg, Daz & Kurupt

I was amped to find this tape of Snoop, Daz & Kurupt on Westwood's show from February '94, as I had it back in the day and played it to death to the point where I could pretty much recite the live calls word for word (turns out I still can). This was also the only place I had the dope remix of N!ggaz Don't Give A Fuck which wouldn't appear in better quality until a few years ago. Once I had uploaded the freestyle for one of the first posts on this blog back in 2009, I sold the cassette to some dude in Germany who then stuck in on a CDR and tried selling it , with what I assume was limited success. Diablo's recording ended before the freestyle finished so I replaced it with the high quality copy straight from the DAT that Westwood himself shared a couple of years back,

Wu Tang Clan - CREAM
Wu Tang Clan - Method Man (remix)
UMCs - Hit The Track
MOP - How About Some Hardcore
Heavy D ft Tru Kula & Notorious BIG - Jam Session
Slick Rick - Behind Bars
Casual & Souls Of Mischief - ?
Cash Crew ft Ses 1- Bring It On
Dogg Pound - N!ggaz Don't Give A Fuck (remix)
Snoop Dogg - Lodi Dodi
Snoop  Dogg  - interview
Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg - Deep Cover
Snoop Dogg - interview
Snoop Dogg - Murder Was The Case
Gang Starr - Speak Ya Clout
live calls
Snoop Dogg - Serial Killa
live calls
Snoop, Daz & Kurupt - Freestyle

Thursday 28 June 2018

P Fine - Rap This on WNYU (Sept 1987)

Prime golden era rap radio courtesy of Diablo. P Fine hosting Rap This on WNYU from September '87 and the tracklist is just splendid. Certified classics by the likes of BDP, Kane and the Jungle Brothers sit alongside relative obscurities like Vandy C & Bill Blast and Devastator (P Fine and Livio G's group), plus a Stetsasonic promo over chain snatchers' favourite Go Stetsa I. Interestingly, P also plays The Rulers Back and says it's "never to be released on vinyl". I remember reading something about Ricky D's debut getting delayed but didn't realise tracks were in circulation a year before it dropped. The live version of Treat Her Like A Prostitute also gets an airing. If anyone has a bit more info on the back story or chronology of these songs drop some knowledge in the comment section.

Vandy C & Bill Blast - Just Feel It
BDP - The Bridge Is Over
Fresh Celeste ft M4 Sers - Get It Boy
Slick Rick - The Rulers Back
Jungle Brothers - Jimbrowski
Big Daddy Kane - Just Rhymin With Biz
Slick Rick - Treat Her Like A Prostitute (live version)
Devastator  - Rap This promo
Devastator - Devastation
LL Cool J - Rock The Bells
Superlover Cee & Casanova Rud - Do The James
Stetsasonic - Rap This promo
Stetsasonic  - Go Stetsa I
>>DJ Livio G mix
unknown - unknown
Eric B & Rakim - Move The Crowd
Audio 2 - Top Billin (blend)
EPMD - You're A Customer (dub)
Mr X & Mr Z - Drink Old Gold
Club 89 (unknown host)
Seville ft Jazzy J - Take A Walk
unknown - Cold As Ice (?)

Sunday 24 June 2018

Capital Rap Show 17.06.94
with Jeru The Damaja

Jeru in the studio with Westwood promoting his upcoming debut LP. The recording (courtesy of that man Diablo) has been pause buttoned a few times but you get a decent chunk of the interview and some proper bangers either side of it.
I loved 'Sun Rises...' and probably played it as much as Illmatic when it came out. Premier on his A-game and no skippable tracks. It was one of those releases where mixtape and radio DJs were playing several tracks off it rather than just the lead single.  I know everyone enjoys the Group Home album but this was much better IMO.


OC - Time's Up
Rampage - Beware Of The Rampsack
Quo ft Redman - Huh What?
Slick Rick - Cuz Its Wrong
Dreadknotz - Tha Anthem
Mad Lion - Take It Easy
Jeru The Damaja - D Original
Jeru The Damaja - interview
Jeru The Damaja - Ain't The Devil Happy
Jeru The Damaja - interview
Jeru The Damaja - Come Clean
Jeru The Damaja - interview
Shyheim ft Big Daddy Kane, K Dee The Down Low Recka, Pop Da Brown Hornet & Rubba Banzs - Pass It Off (underground remix)
Kurious ft Sadat X & Mike G - Mansion And A Yacht (Groove Merchantz remix)
LL Cool J - Year Of The Hip Hop
Craig Mack - Real Raw
Mic Geronimo - Hemmin Heads
MC Eiht - All For The Money
>what sounds like an intro to a DJs mixtape
Nice & Smooth - Cash In My Hands

Tuesday 19 June 2018

DJ Fashion - The Bomb (1994)

Nice tape by DJ Fashion (I assume it's that guy anyway). Some cool blends and 94 goodness on here. If you're into Doo Wop and Ron G mixes get on this...

Another treat from Diablo's collection.

Sunday 17 June 2018

Mr Magic & Marley Marl - Rap Attack on WBLS (1986)

This tape may well have the world premiere of MC Shan's Jane Stop This Crazy Thing, aswell as Cutmaster DC's Brooklyn's In The House but the highlight is Mr Magic going full Partridge at 30:50 after running Oran Juice Jones 'The Rain' back to back with Tommy Boy's answer version 'Thunder And Lightning' by Miss Thang...

"...went by the Kurtis Blow party at the Quarter last night and saw Juice and he only had one thing to say about this young lady. He don't know who she is and don't know what she want. Juice was stylin a brand new suit from AJ Lester from the $600 rack so I don't know what her problem is but obviously she better not mess with The Juice..."

and that's why tapes of NYC radio in the 80s are more entertaining than 2018 Nas albums.

NB: Tape once again courtesy of DJ Diablo (as will most pf what I post over the next few months) the last part of the tape actually switches to Red Alert on Kiss FM but as he drops Ego Trippin I thought I'd leave it in.

Friday 8 June 2018

Capital Rap Show 09.07.93

One more out of Diablo's box before I head off for a week in the sun (hopefully). Could just be nostalgia as I don't remember noticing it at the time but Capital Rap Shows from 93 and 94 seem to have a different vibe to the Radio 1 shows of 94 and 95. The tracklists seems a bit edgier, although that could be a reflection of the music as a whole. In this instance the likes of Poor Righteous Teachers and Akinyele sit comfortably next to the Dogg Pound and Big Mike's dope solo cut off the Geto Boys album, with a Chris Goldfinger reggae mix closing the last 15 minutes of the tape...

Cypress Hill - I Ain't Goin Out Like That
Akinyele - The Bomb
Poor Righteous Teachers - Nobody Move
Geto Boys - No Nuts No Glory
Dogg Pound - Niggaz Don't Give A Fuck
Masta Ace Inc - Saturday Night Live
Cypress Hill - Hits From The Bong
Cypress Hill - Cock The Hammer
Poor Righteous Teachers - Black Business
Sham & The Professor - Who's At The Door?
Nice & Smooth - Cash In My Hands
Akinyele - Outta State
Funkdoobiest - Freak Mode
The Principle ft Silent Eclipse - Your Rap Machine Is Broken
Ice Cube - 24 With An L
KRS One - Higher Level
Da Hoodzmen - Rhyme Ripper             
>>Chris Goldfinger mix:
Shabba Ranks - Shine And Criss
Buju Banton - ??
Sanchez - If I Ever Fall In Love
Mega Banton - Soundboy Killing
Buju Banton - Good Looking Gal
?? - ??
Merciless - ??
Heavy D & Buju Banton - Hotness

That Premier beat on 'Higher Level' is a bit good innit? Wouldn't have sounded out of place on the Group Home album. Lovely stuff.

UPDATE: Turns out I posted the following week's show - with a not entirely dissimilar track list - 6 years ago. So I just added that to the Mixcloud page and Hip Hop Radio Archive. Go here.

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Masta Ace live in London (1995)

First up out of the incredible selection DJ Diablo sorted me out with at the weekend is this recording of Masta Ace at Flavour Of The Month from December '95. All the info you need is on the flyer above...

Saturday 2 June 2018

Ol Dirty Bastard on the Radio 1 Rap Show (1995)

Yes it's another R1RS post. Big woop, wanna fightaboudit? Not got time for much else at the moment and despite the plethora of fantastic topics and ideas for posts that come to me during the day, I never actually get round to writing them up. I did manage to post up a list of my favourite dis tracks on Twitter (spoiler: Ether and Takeover aren't included) that sparked a healthy reaction, but also replies like: "no 2nd Round KO?".  It was very much off the top of the head but apart from missing out Real Muthafuckin Gz' it's mostly accurate. Anyway, on a related note I have recently noticed that my blog posts have been getting less hits (too much Westwood perhaps ?), and the engagement seems to centre more around the Mixcloud pages and Twitter. I'll continue to use this as the hub for now, but once I get to the 1000 post/10 year mark in March next year I may well call it a day on this here blogspot. I'm about to go and pick up a bunch of tapes that look severely classic, plus I still have the collection of Westwood tapes from 99-02 to work through (happy to a break from those to be honest - despite the gems I've come across, the shows overall weren't quite as exciting by the turn of the century) so material isn't an issue, but the aforementioned Mixcloud pages alongside the Hip Hop Radio Archive might be the way to go. If they ever get shutdown I'm throwing everything out of the window. Feedback and financial incentives to keep going on here are always welcome.

Big-ish Statement over with, the show above is from Spring '95 (I'm guessing June - anyone got a date?) with ODB counting down the Top 10 at 10 with Buddha Monk alongside him. Entertaining stuff plus they start freestyling over the ends of tracks on a few occasions.

Junior Mafia - Player's Anthem
Kaotic Stylin - Get In Where You Fit In
Crooklyn Dodgers - The Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers
Keith Murray - This That Hit
AZ - Sugarhill
KRS One - MCs Act like They Don't Know
ODB & Buddha Monk - freestyle
Doug E Fresh - Where's The Party At
Raekwon & Ghostface - Criminology
ODB - freestyle
Method Man & Redman - How High
ODB & Buddha Monk freestyle
GZA - Labels
ODB - freestyle

That Doug E Fresh track seems to be on every Top 10 throughout mid 1995. God knows what that chart was based on.

oh, I also up'd this Marley Marl show from '98 which I posted way way back in the early days but it's now in one big stream-friendly file.

Monday 28 May 2018

Bloggy Blog World

The Grime & Lime forum is proving very handy for rare and unreleased late 90s - early 00s mixtape only tracks

Hip Hop Radio Archive is still popping off with new additions like this Radio 1 Rap Show 14.08.99 with Pharoahe Monch & Blak Twang

These episodes of the Reflections Of A DJ podcast are well worth a listen:

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Radio 1 Rap Show 08.02.03
with Rah Digga & Phi Life Cipher

This one starts off with In Da Club and the first of many remixes that would follow. I still love the Budden/Paul Cain/Fab version that's played here (and would appreciate a CDQ if anyone can hook that up) but Bubba Sparxxx 'In The Mud' wasn't bad either I guess. This show must also be one of the first times Dipset Anthem gets a spin so that's a Big Moment for The Culture right here.
Rah Digga is the studio followed by Phi Life Cipher right at the end and Tim goes in the archives and airs the legendary Wu Tang appearance from '97 where Meth, ODB and RZA take over the phones, which you've probably heard before but is some straight radio gold every time.

Saturday 19 May 2018

Mothership Connection on 2SER, Sydney (1998)

Straight late 90s jiggy free underground flavours on this show, broadcast on community station 2SER in Sydney, Australia. If  anyone has any more info on these hit us up.

Tobes in Argentina provided the tapes, I ripped them in the UK and then passed them over to The Hip Hop Radio Archive in the US where you can stream or download them. F an international friendly, we're fully World Cup knockout stages over here.

Thursday 10 May 2018

Radio 1 Rap Show 26.02.00
with Cipha Sounds & Tony Touch

Cipha Sounds in the mix for 3 hours. Tony Touch is in the studio promoting The Piecemaker and Xzibit and Beanie Sigel are on the phone. And there's obviously lots of Tunnel Bangers getting played.


Monday 7 May 2018

DJ Filthy Rich - A Tribute To Craig Mack (2018)

Filthy Rich comes through with a mix dedicated to the Macklicious Fat Funk Flav boyaaaay!

Saturday 5 May 2018

DJ Rectangle - The Six Million Dollar Hand (2004)

Found this Rectangle CD that I haven't posted yet. It's from 2004 so we're on the fringes of classic territory and there's definitely some bullshit on here but Rec stitches it together so nicely and switches it up so often that you don't really have time to get too annoyed by anything. If you're in the UK the sun's out and it's a 3 day weekend so an appropriate opportunity to throw this on may well present itself at some point.

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Sunday 29 April 2018

Radio 1 Rap Show 06.01.96

I posted the Top 10 at 10 part of this years ago but it was only at 128kbps so here's the full 90 mins of that tape in better quality. Mobb Deep were in between albums and Prodigy still managed to be on 3 songs in the Top 10. Salaam Remi was on fire around that time too, with production on the Greg Nice and Fugees tracks (one an obscure indie 12", the other the lead single for The Score) and his dope remix of Fast Life for G Rap and Nas. Liking that Clark Kent remix of The Natural too...


Supernatural & KRS One - WKCR freestyle
Mic Geronimo - The Natural (Clark Kent's Ghetto mix)
Special Ed - Freaky Flow (DJ Premier remix)
Greg Nice - Set It Off
GZA ft Inspectah Deck - Cold World
LL Cool J ft Keith Murray, Prodigy, Fat Joe & Foxy Brown - I Shot Ya (remix)
Goodie Mob - Cell Therapy
Big Noyd ft Prodigy - Recognize And Realize
Jamal - Fades Em All (Pete Rock remix)
Kool G Rap ft Nas - Fast Life (Norfside remix)
Das EFX & Mobb Deep - Microphone Master (remix)
Busta Rhymes - Everything Remains Raw
Fugees - Fugee La
Akinyele & Sadat X - Loud Hangover
Mona Lisa - Can't Be Wasting My Time
Lost Boyz - Renee (remix)
Lord Finesse - Game Plan
R Kelly ft Notorious BIG - (You To Be) Be Happy
OC - What I Represent
Fat Joe - Dedication
MC Shan - The Bridge
BDP - South Bronx
Schoolly D - PSK What Does It Mean

Don't have time for much more than ripping the rest of these Westwood tapes at the moment but I'll see what else I can dig up.

Sunday 15 April 2018

Funkmaster Flex live at The Temple (1999)

Flex live at The Temple (formerly Club UN) for one of Westwood's parties. Loving the crowd reaction when he drops Money, Power, Respect.

Crooklyn Clan - The Franklinz
Notorious BIG - One More Chance (Hip Hop mix)
Notorious BIG - One More Chance (Stay With Me)
Cam'ron & DMX - Pull It
Eminem - My Name Is
Junior Mafia - Get Money
Wu Tang Clan - Itz Yourz
Wu Tang Clan - Triumph
Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz - Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)
The LOX - Money Power Respect
Rampage ft Busta Rhymes - Wild For Da Night
LL Cool J - Doin It
Ol Dirty Bastard - Shimmy Shimmy Ya
TLC - No Scrubs
Sporty Thievez - No Pigeons
Total ft Notorious BIG - Can't You See
Mary J Blige - Everyday It Rains
Faith Evans - Love Like This
Mary J Blige - Real Love (remix)
Mobb Deep - Shook Ones pt 2
Mobb Deep - Quiet Storm