Sunday, 18 August 2019

Mista Sinista & Roc Raida - Lesson #1 (1996)

I've had this tape for ages (think it's another one Tobes gave me) but for one reason or another never got around to ripping it. Possibly because I thought it was going to be an hour of **fresh! aaahh!** being scratched to death with a 9 minute Peter Piper routine at the end. I'm pleased to say that it's not, and it's actually a nice selection from the summer of '96...

Jungle Brothers - How You Want It We Got It
Shadez of Brooklyn - Change
Sadat X- The Hashout
A Tribe Called Quest - The Pressure
De La Soul - Dog Eat Dog
The Roots - Clones
Wu Tang Clan - America Is Dying Slowly
Natural Elements - NYC
Nas - Street Dreams
MOP - Brownsville
The Arsonists - The Sessions
Large Professor - Ijustwannachill
Jay Z - Can't Knock The Hustle
Sadat X - The Lump Lump
Kukoo Da Bagabonez - Real Kukoo
A Tribe Called Quest - 1nce Again
Inspectah Deck & U God - Semi Automatic
Camouflage Large - Cocbacda 9
Blahzay Blahzay - Blah Blah Blah
A Tribe Called Quest - Baby Phife's Return
Capone N Noreaga - Illegal Life
Ill Advised - Against The Grain
Jay Z - D'evils
Big Shug - Crush
Sadat X ft Grand Puba - Open Bar

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Clark Kent - In Control on WBLS (1989)

I've been going back through some tapes and re-ripping things at 320 kbps whilst trying to date them (for HHRA purposes, but also just because having several shows labelled with just a year gets confusing) and have come across a few bits that I've never posted before. This recording of In Control was one such thing. I think it was part of the first bundle Tobes gave me. Anyway, Clark Kent is on mixing duties on Marley's show filling in for Pete Rock who's off on tour with Heavy D & The Boyz. I've dated it based on the ticket giveaway for the Livin Large Rap Contest at The Apollo on September 16th. Clark gets busy.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Charlie Chase - Live in Camden (2000)

Copped this one off Yoda. It says "live" but its actually a studio mix. I've not heard the whole tape yet and the tracklist is a bit all over the place. To be fully honest reading it is causing me minor anxiety but that probably says more about me than anything else. Either way, how often do you see a Charlie Chase mixtape? .

Friday, 9 August 2019

Boot Camp Clik Favourites (mixed by Bad Cop)

Big up Bad Cop for this one...


Black Moon – Reality (Killing Every…)
Black Moon - One-Two
Black Moon – Murder MC’s
Smif-N-Wessun Feat. Top Dog & Starang Wondah - Sound Bwoy Bureill
Heltah Skeltah – Place To Be
Smif-N-Wessun Feat. Rock – Wontime
Black Moon - Buckshots Freestyle Joint
Black Moon Feat. Dru Ha, Havoc & Smif-N-Wessun – U Da Man (DJ Evil Dee Remix)
O.G.C. – X-Unknown
Davey Dex – Throw Ya Handz Up (No Fear Beat)
The Fab 5 - Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka Pt.2
Cocoa Brovaz - Drama
Heltah Skeltah - Boom Bap Bip
Heltah Skeltah – Operation Lockdown
Black Moon – The Streets
Black Moon - Niguz Talk Shit
Black Moon - Powaful Impak!
Boot Camp Clik – Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle 1994
Boot Camp Clik – Wake Up Show Anthem #2

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Richie Rich - Rap Academy on Kiss FM (1991)

Another out of Yoda's collection. Richie Rich's show on Kiss, with guests Force N K.Zee in the house for an interview and freestyle session.

Monday, 29 July 2019

Lord Finesse - Hardpack freestyle (1992)

This is raw. The Funky Man drops a lengthy freestyle filled with his trademark slick talk and punchlines while Buckwild holds down the 1200s. No idea if this has been online before but I heard it today, realised I hadn't ripped it and as I haven't dropped many freestyles recently, here it is.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

"I heard it on Kiss with Red Alert..."

Another one from the Yoda collection. Uncle Red on Kiss FM, this time from 1990 and the selection is ridiculously classic. If you don't enjoy hearing Spread Love with a "45 King exclusive" drop on it then you might be dead inside.

Total Control promo
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Streets Of New York
Take 6 - Spread Love (45 King remix)
A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebum
A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebum (remix)
X Clan - Verbal Milk
DJ Premier - Red Alert Chant
Eazy E - Eazy Street (dub)
Just Ice - Goin Way Back (dub)
Nice & Smooth - No Bones In Ice Cream
Eric B & Rakim - In The Ghetto (extended mix)
Jungle Brothers ft Caron Wheeler - Black Woman
BDP - Loves Gonna Getcha
T Wiz - Good Thing Goin
The Funke Natives - Urban Contemporary Jeep Music
JVC Force  - Intro 2 Dance
Poor Righteous Teachers - Rock Dis Funky Joint
En Vogue - Hold On
LL Cool J - The Boomin System
BDP - House Niggas
Nice & Smooth - Funky For You
K Solo - Ya Moms In My Business
YZ - Thinking Of A Masterplan

Thanks to Random Rap Radio for helping with the tracklist.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Doo Wop on the Radio 1 Rap Show (1996)

An hour long Doo Wop mix recorded especially for the Radio 1 Rap Show. Things start off with a Keith Murray and Redman freestyle (over Teddy Pendergrass' Believe In Love, no less) and its all good from then on in.

Keith Murray & Redman - Freestyle
Busta Rhymes & Rampage - Abandon Ship
OGC & Heltah Skeltah - LeFlah part 2
Smooth Da Hustler - Hustlers Theme
Tragedy ft Prodigy & CNN - LA LA
Doo Wop - Freestyle
Fugees - Killing Me Softly
Uneek - Diamonds
Bahamadia - Wordplay
Paula Perry - Paula's Jam
Brandy - Best Friend (blend w/ Real Live Shit)
Yvette Michelle ft Doo Wop - Everynight And Everyday (remix)
Busta Rhymes ft Zhane - Its A Party
Lost Boyz - Renee (remix)
Lost Boyz - Freestyle
Mad Lion & KRS One - Double Trouble
Large Professor - Mad Scientist
Jay Z - 22 Two's
Rakim - New York To Cali

Shout to the legendary DJ Yoda for providing the tape of this one. He was good enough to hook me up with this and a few others out of his collection recently so there's more treats on the way over the next few weeks. Coincidentally, I recently posted the first part of this show a few weeks ago and was a bit disappointed to find the recording cut off before the mix started, so this was a nice surprise.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Biz Markie - Theory Of Old School

More classic funk and soul from The Diabolical one. Perfect Sunday cool out music.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Filthy Rich - 90s Canadian Hip Hop Vol 3

Another dope mix from the prolific Filthy Rich....

I'm getting a bit envious of his ability to keep putting out quality mixes on such a regular basis tbh.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Don't Sleep #17
Alley High - Voo Doo / World Wide (1996)

Voo Doo is something that I've heard on a couple of different tapes over the years and it caught my attention both times, only for me to find what it was and then promptly forget about it. Thanks to Tobes for IDing it again this time around when it turned up on this Friday Nite Flavas show, after which I swiftly made a purchase before I forgot it again (it's hella rare that any records I want are not only reasonably priced but also available from a UK seller). Both sides of the 12" are nice, with a kind of Camp Lo vibe to them. It's a bit of an obscure one but well worth your attention.

All Discogs tells us about Alley High is that this was their only release, which is a shame as it sounds like they had some potential. What is surprising is that Voo Doo is produced by DJ Milo, who was a founder member of Bristol's legendary Wild Bunch crew. While some of the other members went off and became stoner/broadsheet favourites Massive Attack (and - if you believe the rumours - Banksy), Milo bounced to NYC, hooked up with Salaam Remi and had a hand in a track on Zhigge's album. Zhigge featured on a track on Harlem High Records's only release which is also a Milo production, and is likely the same imprint as Alley High's Harlem High Entertainment so they could well have been rolling with that whole crew.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

DJ E-Man on Power 106 (30.12.96)

Another E-Man mix on LA's Power 106, this time with Big Boy hosting the 'Micky Ficky Mix' of some new joints and classics. I need more tapes of LA radio.

Friday, 5 July 2019

Q Unique - Beats For The Breakers

Q Unique from The Arsonists in DJ mode with a mix of Ultimate Breaks & Beats type staples

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Kid Capri - 4 / 2 / 91

Kid Capri killing it back in '91. The title on the cover is a bit misleading as at the time the tracks were all new, but judging by the artwork (similar to tapes from 95-98) this is a re-issue from a a years later.

I don't think this one has been online before so thanks to Diablo for hooking this up.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Radio 1 Rap Show 27.01.95 w/ Coolio & Tom Silverman

Lots going on in this show, with Coolio, his DJ Wino and the 40 Thevz in the house, alongside Tommy Boy boss Tom Silverman, doing some promo for the New Jersey Drive soundtrack.
This tape is one of Diablo's but I definitely had the big ass 20 minute freestyle back in the day, where Coolio and the Thevz go off for bloody ages over Craig Mack's Get Down and the Fuschnickens Breakdown instrumentals (side note: long freestyle sessions benefit hugely from multiple beat changes. Tell Black Thought next time he's up at Flex). Anyway, I stuck this freestyle on the end of my dub of Coolio's It Takes A Thief to fill up the space on the TDK, which was the style at the time.
I've not heard that album in forever but suspect it might still be quite good, if you can get past the whole Gangstas Paradise/Celebrity Big Brother nonsense. Seems strange to think that Coolio was not only once one of the biggest rap artists on the planet, but that he also appears on Death Certificate.
If you like freestyles you also get the Wu live in concert when they were still young, fresh and BFFs and a Masta Ace Inc freestyle. In amongst all that was 2 tracks I didn't recognise. One was Yes N Deed by Society which I was surprised to discover is on Luke Records (thanks to Stilts at DWG for the ID), and the other one in between Wu and Double XX Posse which remains a mystery. Anyone know it? 


Saturday, 22 June 2019

Kenny Dope - Joints Vol 1 (1999)

Excellent mix of golden era classics by Kenny Dope...

People throw around the word legend loosely these days but the depth and diversity of KD's production catalogue speaks for itself. Don't sleep on his DJ skills though - I once saw him do an impromptu back to back (literally) on 4 decks with DJ Spinna at a BBE night at The End and they killed it.

Big up Diablo for this one - I think it might be the same mix Westwood played on his show back in '99 but here it is in it's full glory.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Clark Kent, Biz Markie & Funkmaster Flex live at Mecca (1994)

Recorded live on a Sunday night in NYC back in early '94 (I'm guessing), with Clark Kent, Biz and Flex on the tables at Mecca. If you've checked a few tapes of club nights from this period you'll know that the selection tends to be largely the same but it's a good listen regardless - classic hip hop, funk & soul and breaks.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Evil Dee - Monday Night Flava Mix on Hot 97 (1996)

Another Evil Dee show on Hot 97, this time with Mic Geronimo in the studio. There's also an ad for the The Wiz promoting Eazy E's new album which apparently is/was "the most anticipated hip hop album of all time". Who knew?

Group Home - The Realness
AZ - Your World Don't Stop
Mad Lion & KRS One - Double Trouble
Heltah Skeltah - Let The Brainz Blo
unknown - unknown
Group Home - Suspended In Time (remix)
Large Professor - Mad Scientist
Paula Perry - Paula's Jam
Camp Lo - Killin Em Softly
Pharcyde - Drop (remix)
INI - Props
Mic Geronimo - interview
Mic Geronimo - Wherever You Are
Mic Geronimo ft OC & Royal Flush - Men vs Many
Mic Geronimo - Life Check
Mic Geronimo - Freestyle
INI - Props
Bahamadia - Rugged Ruff
Yvette Michelle - Everynight Everyday (blend w/ Doin It)

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Capital Rap Show 14.01.94 with Afrika Islam

Afrika Islam gets in the mix Zulu Beats style on the Capital Rap Show back in '94

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Mr Choc & DJ E-Man - Friday Nite Flavas on Power 106 (1996)

Nice to get my hands on some 90s West Coast radio for a change. It definitely wasn't easy to come by in the UK and isn't widely shared online as far as I can tell. This was one of a couple of tapes of Power 106 in LA that Diablo hooked me up with. Mr Choc of the Beat Junkies hosts with DJ E-Man on the tables (who seems to be in the stations in-house mix DJ) and Jeru The Damaja is their guest. Akinyele is announced as being on the show as well but unfortunately doesn't appear on this recording. E-Man is nice in the mix and I'll be posting more from him soon.


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Spinbad & JS 1 - The Cold Cutz Remixes

Bit of a classic tape this one, as Spinbad and JS 1 rework a bunch of (what are now) golden era joints. This is where that Hip Hop vs Rap remix comes from. Full tracklist here.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

DJ 3rd Rail & AMC - Big L mix (RIP 2-15-99)

60 minutes of Lil Mont Mont solo tracks and collabs with his DITC crew, bought to you by Chicago's DJ 3rd Rail & AMC.

Big up to Diablo for this one.

Friday, 31 May 2019

Stretch & Bobbito on WKCR 03.08.95

Nuff guests on this one: Smooth Da Hustler, Das EFX and Tragedy with Capone N Noreaga are all in the house and all kick a freestyle, plus there's the unreleased Half A Mil by CNN which is very dope indeed.The recording is a bit paused buttoned in places but that just means that more of the good stuff has been captured.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Melle Mell & Afrika Islam on the Capital Rap Show (1993)

Mell & Iz pass through the Capital Rap Show whilst in the UK for some shows and have a chat with Timothy before Melle drops a 10 minute freestyle. The OG version of It Aint Hard To Tell is on here at the top of the show too, alongside tracks from Doggystyle, which was about to drop the following week.


Nas - It Ain't Hard To Tell (original version)
Wu Tang Clan - CREAM
Shyheim - On & On (DJ Premier remix)
Snoop Dogg - Murder Was The Case
Snoop Dogg - Serial Killa
Snoop Dogg - Pump Pump
KRS One - Hip Hop vs Rap
Leaders Of The New School - Classic Material
Melle Mell & Afrika Islam - interview
Cold Crush Brothers - Fresh Wild Fly & Bold
Melle Mell & Afrika Islam - interview & freestyle
Buju Banton - Deportees

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Evil Dee - Monday Night Flava Mix on Hot 97 (1994)

Another Evil Dee tape, this time live on Hot 97 at the tail end of 94, mixing up old and new rap with some blends...

Usher - Think Of You
Group Home - Supastar
Super Kids - The Tragedy (Don't Do It)
Jeru The Damaja - Can't Stop The Prophet (Pete Rock remix)
Stephanie Mills - (You're Puttin) A Rush On Me (blend)
Dr Dre & Ice Cube - Natural Born Killaz
unknown - Ghetto Love? (blend)
Nas - One Love
unknown - unknown
Crooklyn Dodgers - Crooklyn
Heather B - I Get Wreck
Ice Cube - What Can I Do (Eastside remix)
Gang Starr ft Nice & Smooth - DWYCK
Public Enemy - Don't Believe The Hype
Public Enemy - Rebel Without A Pause
Run DMC - Peter Piper
Mobb Deep - Hit It From The Back
King Sun - Humm Deez Nuts
Brand Nubian ft Busta Rhymes - Alladat
Capleton - Tour (remix)
Rude Rydims - Everybody Bounce
Scarface - I Never Seen A Man Cry
The Roots - Silent Treatment

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

DJ Pogo - Beat Mania Vol 2 (1999)

60 mins of breaks being cut up by one of the OGs of the UK scene, DJ Pogo.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Evil Dee - Old School R&B

On some sunday cool out steez. Evil Dee goes in some 80s vibes - Taana Gardner, Keni Burke, Tom Tom Club, Mary Jane Girls, Maze etc. All kind of obvious stuff now but I don't think there was too may tapes with this kind of thing back then (guessing this is from 95-97ish

I ripped the tape Diablo gave me but turns out Grime & Lime posted it up years back if you need the download.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Bobbito & E Kim on WKCR 28.07.94

No Stretch on this one so E Kim fills in on the decks. Apparently the numerous mentions of Stretch being in Brazil weren't actually true. Shorty Long and Cella Dwellas are in the studio and...

Nas - Ain't Hard To Tell (original & remix)
Craig Mack - Flava In Ya Ear
Shyheim - Lick A Shot
Jeru The Damaja - Da Bitchez
Kurious ft Mike G & Sadat X - Mansion And A Yacht
Mic Geronimo - Shit's Real
Notorious BIG - Unbelievable
Mobb Deep - Shook Ones pt 1
Organized Konfusion - Stress (Large Professor remix)
Crooklyn Dodgers - Crooklyn (blend)
Shorty Long - interview & freestyle
A Tribe Called Quest - Oh My God (remix)
Nas - The World Is Yours (Q Tip remix)
Red Hot Lover Tone ft Notorious BIG, MOP & Prince Po - 4 My Niggaz
Jeru The Damaja - My Mind Spray
House Of Pain ft Diamond D - Word Is Bond
OC - Times Up
Cella Dwellas - interview & freestyle
Jeru The Damaja - Speak Ya Clout (verse)
MOP - Rugged Neva Smoove
PMD - I Saw It Cummin
A Tribe Called Quest ft Extra P - Keep It Rollin

Download at the Hip Hop Radio Archive

Thanks to Diablo for this one (and pretty much everything else I'll be posting over the next few weeks)

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

DJ Spinbad - 1 900 Spinbad (1996)

Tracklist here

(there's no cover on Diablo's copy unfortunately so I've had to make to do with badly scanned one I found online)

Sunday, 12 May 2019

DJ Ev - Hotter This Year part 2 (1997)

Man like Diablo came through with another box of tapes out of his insane collection so guess I've got enough reasons to keep this blog active for the foreseeable future*. DJ Ev mixes are always good so this was one of the first tapes I went for...

As with every mixtape from 1997 it includes You Know My Steez which is no bad thing. I heard that LL and Busta collab on a Westwood tape recently and it's not half bad all things considered which makes me wonder if the Phenomenon LP is actually a bit slept on. I mean, it has Father on it which prevents it from any kind of classic status even if the rest is 5 mic stuff but I might give it a listen at some point.

Speaking of Westwood, the mixcloud archive is still very much on and popping (and not every tape will get posted here) so keep an eye on that and get in touch if you have any shows to share

*The 1000th post where I said I'd probably stop was the most hits and comments in ages, the posts since then were back to normal. I don't do it for the comments but that's still weird to me. You lot are weird.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Max & Dave - Kiss FM Rap Show 28.09.94

Max & Dave's Wednesday night show from September 1994. On this tape you get part of the chart (and what a selection that is) and then the second half of the show (from 8pm onwards) is a UK special with tracks selected by the listeners. Full playlist is on Mixcloud, or on the Hip Hop Radio Archive where you can also download it.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Red Alert on Kiss FM (28.12.90)

Kool DJ Red Alert on WKRS in December 1990. Another one where I'm not entirely sure of the original source as I just found it on a CDR with some other bits from 2007.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

DJ Riz on WKCR (10.08.00)

Not sure where or when I originally downloaded this but I discovered it on a hard drive recently and it's great. Riz appears on Bobbito's CM Famalam show back in 2000 and goes in with an hour of unreleased/bootleg/promo only joints. All that under the counter, in the know, holy grail shit that alot of us hadn't even seen until the internet arrived.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

DJ Step One - Reminiscence

Found myself with enough time to have a little mix earlier and this was the result.  Given the nature of this blog it's probably no surprise that nostalgic raps* and autobiographical raps are one of my favourite themes/sub genres so here's some of the better ones...

Troubleneck Brothers - Back To The Hip Hop (remix)
Dred Scott - Back In The Days
2Pac - Old School (B.Cause remix)
Missy Elliot ft Jay Z - Back In The Day
Game ft Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Pusha T, Bun B, Young Buck & Keisha Cole - Pain (remix)
Nas - Surviving The Times
Large Professor - Dreams Don't Die
Rakim - Remember That
LL Cool J - The Truth
Dr Dre - My Life (aka Smokin Weed For Hours)
Ice Cube - Growin Up
Choong Family - Memory Lane
Kyza - Lucozade Bottles
Blak Twang - 19 Long Time
Wan Cee - Rememberance
Marco Polo ft Masta Ace - Nostalgia
Ghostface Killah ft Black Thought - In The Park
KRS ONE - My Life
Nas - Where Are They Now (90s remix)

*Just to clarify, nostalgic raps about Union Square, Latin Quarter and Dapper Dan are fine, new rappers trying to recreate the 90s and giving it the 'hey guys who remembers Illmatic?!' and wetting themselves with glee and over-rapping their hearts out when Premo tosses them one of his recent dry as fuck beats, not so much.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

The greatest blog of all time started on March 9th!

Only Built For zShare Links is now officially 10 years deep, deep like the mines of Minolta (is that even a place?) and I've satisfied my mild OCD by making the anniversary coincide with the 1000th post! Having been conceived as just a good name for a blog, when zShare was still a popular file hosting site, I then came up with the concept based around "what if Nah Right was around in the 90s?"

Ironically I've outlasted Nah Right and most other hip hop blogs and given it was old stuff to begin with, the posts from 10 years ago are (mostly) still as relevant now as they were at the time. Originally it was a case of finding the highlights on tapes of old rap radio and uploading freestyles and DJ mixes, which then evolved into posting full shows, as well as a load of mixtapes, obscure vinyl rips in the form of bootleg remixes and unreleased heat, plus my own mixes. I exhausted my own collection of tapes some time ago so big up to Tobes, Rio, Dise One, Diablo, MK, Richard, Cratedigga, Mr Lawson, Grime & Lime and anyone else who hooked me up with gems from their collection to share. Thanks to everyone that checks in regularly or contributed in some way and if you're one of those randoms that sends anonymous impolite emails that just say "ayo re-upload all your Clue and Kayslay shit" please stop. You ain't got no wins in mi casa. 

As I mentioned recently, I'm not sure if I'll continue on with the site at the moment. I've got another project that needs my attention as well as the small matter of a new born baby (Step 2?) to look after, although it turns out that waiting for him to go back to sleep at 4am is kind of an ideal time for blogging. I've not got too many tapes to post right now but do have a couple of connects waiting to hook me up. It's just a matter of having the time to meet up with them, and then getting a new cassette deck. In the meantime I'll still be posting things up on the Mixcloud page and adding to the Westwood Archives and the Hip Hop Radio Archive. If anyone knows a suitable alternative to Audiomack (ie one with a stream and download option) let me know. Alot of the links on the old posts are still good so if you're a late comer or fancy some nostalgia of nostalgia feel free to go back through it all.

Finally, as it's March 9th (one of the few rap anniversaries I acknowledge) here's a great mix of Biggie blends by J Period and G Brown...

I was planning to drop a Westwood show from '99 where Biggie's mum is the studio guest but the motor on the tape player had other ideas.

[NB: Before anyone checks, the first post was on March 8th but that's not a thing is it? Technically it started after that I guess but I didn't do the anniversary yesterday due to the aforementioned baby and also I was only at 998 posts.]

DJ Filthy Rich presents Hard To Earn (2019)

Filthy Rich continues to bring the heat with his themed mixes, this time dedicated to what is probably my favourite Gang Starr album, and definitely the one with the best singles. Check the technique...

DWYCK ft Nice & Smooth [Filthy blend]
Comin’ for Datazz [Filthy blend]
Mass Appeal (ft Quran, Lord Finesse) [Filthy blend]
Now You’re Mine (Chumps Get Beatdown) [Filthy blend]
Code of the Streets [Filthy blend]
Speak Ya Clout (ft Jeru, Nutcracker, Lil Dap) [ReFix]
Blowin’ up the Spot
Tonz ‘o’ Gunz (ft Lil Vicious) [Filthy ReFix]
The Question Remainz 
Borough Check (w/ Digable Planets)
F.A.L.A. (ft Big Shug)
Suckas Need Bodyguards
Mostly Tha Voice
Doe In Advance (OG Unreleased version)
Serious Rap Shit (w/ Group Home)
The Planet

Friday, 8 March 2019

Pete Rock & CL Smooth and Leaders Of The New School on Kiss FM (1992)

Not one of my own tapes but I found it buried deep in the depths of Soundcloud and thought it deserved to be bought back to life, and this blog is the perfect home for such a thing.
LONS alongside Pete Rock and CL perform on Richie Rich's Rap Academy on London's Kiss FM back in May '92. If you want a good example of how record labels handled hip hop in the UK back then, Elektra had both groups performing at different venues in town on the same night. Top work there lads.

As you would expect from anything involving a young Busta Rhymes, this a lively affair with them hyping each other up and ad libbing all over the place. Classic material.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Don't Sleep #16
Ice Cube 'What Can I Do' remixes (1994)

2 remixes of a track that appeared on the often maligned Lethal Injection. The first thing to say is that these versions hit the target and both are significantly different and better, which is exactly what a remix should be (remixes that just consist of getting a bunch of guest rappers on the same beat are an entirely different thing and should be treated as such). I recently commented on another post that this might be the last great Ice Cube track. I know You Can Do It was a huge commercial success and Club Banger but I think we'd all prefer to hear pretty much anyone rap on it apart from Ice Cube. Fabolous, Nelly or Jadakiss would've been right at home on that. The guy that made Amerikkka's Most Wanted and Dead Homiez not so much. Anyway, both mixes of What Can I Do are dope depending on your mood...

First up is the slightly harder to find of the two. The Eastside remix is by Ali Shaheed Mohammed (weird choice right?) and got some spins by Flex back in the day. It has that stripped down beat you'd associate with a lot of ATCQ tracks from around that time and is a nice take on the original version, making it more palatable for the boom bap contingent but retaining the laid back feel of the original.

The Westside mix is by the somewhat underrated Lay Law of Above The Law. I say somewhat as he's widely credited with inspiring the sound Dre used on The Chronic and as a result inventing G Funk, but Above The Law are still kind of slept on. The beat is exactly what you'd expect a '94 West Coast track to sound like but it fits perfectly and brings more energy than the LP version, which might be why Cube decided to change tack at the end and instead of being resigned to his fate as an ex-con working at McDonalds, he adds some extra lyrics and ends up on the run after joining forces with the guy that robs the place. A nice touch, giving you some good value for money and that's all we wanted back in the day, before people started acting like music doesn't exist if it's not on a streaming service. Also, this version doesn't have the big rant at the end and is all the better for it.

As for Lethal Injection, it gets a bad time  and admittedly it's not amazing, but Cube had set the bar ridiculously high with a run of 3 classics in 3 years before this. If it was anpther artist's debut it could well be getting mentioned in discussions about slept on/underrated albums where people show off their knowledge of obscure regional shit and early 90s underground rap. Really Doe is a solid start, albeit not a strong lead single. You Know How We Do It is flawless and better than It Was A Good Day, which Cube was clearly trying to emulate. Ghetto Bird is tough, although once again maybe the remixes are better. The main fuck up is including the 11 minute version of Bop Gun in the middle, which was a nightmare for anyone rocking it on tape for one thing but it really slows the momentum down. Either throw it on at the end or use the edited single version (and it was a good single) and keep it moving. Cave Bitch is a bit shit but reps an era where rappers weren't trying to "build a brand" and it would be fantastic to watch the social media meltdown if it came out today. I think the main issue with the album overall is that Cube was generally known for aggressive, hyped up songs and the lyrical content people loved him for didn't always sit well on that post-Chronic production. Still, it's better than Home Invasion though, which came out in the same year, so there's always that.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Radio 1 Rap Show with LL, Gang Starr, Nas & Noreaga (1997)

Hadn't heard this October '97 edition of the Rap Exchange before I found it on a Google deep dive over the weekend. In terms of guests this is up there with the best of them and whoever ripped it - shouts to you - was good enough to leave the interviews in there (most of us seem to have hit the pause button back in the day in order to fit a 2 hour show on a C90 and get maximum tunes). The playlist is decent too: alongside the big tracks of the time by DMX and Busta, there's a Pretty Boy & Foxy Brown track with Nas on the hook that I hadn't heard before and EZD's Premo produced GunzIs4, plus Calm Down, Firm Biz remix, and the original version of Desperados. And that Nas and Noreaga freestyle I posted a few years ago. Even the songs off LL's Phenomenon LP are decent enough - is that slept on?

Tracklist is below, and it'll be on the Hip Hop Radio Archive in due course if you want the download

Sunday, 3 March 2019

DJ MK - Adventures In Stereo (2019)

New breaks mix by MK, recorded for J Rocc's show on KPFK 90.7FM

Friday, 1 March 2019

Capital Rap Show 17.07.92 with Super Cat

The Wild Apache in London and on Westwood's show back in '92 when Ghetto Red Hot was starting it's journey towards certified classic status. This is quite a rare radio outing for him as far as I'm aware so big up Mr Lawson for the tape of this one.

Thanks to Salaam Remi, Super Cat pulled off the reggae hip hop thing better than anyone, with only those anonymous white label remixes of Bounty Killer tracks that were around in the mid to late 90s offering anything in the way of competition. If you're into that kind of thing check out Filthy Rich's Hip Hop Reggae mixtapes.

Monday, 25 February 2019

DJ Kofi - Turntable Entertainment Vol 1 (2002)

2002 style and fashion from man like Kofi. Highlight is probably Fallacy's Jackin For Beats white label, but the mash ups of the Khia and Missy tracks ain't bad if you like that sort of thing. I still have trouble conflating how shit Jenny From The Block is with the fact it has Styles and Jadakiss rapping over South Bronx half way through. If that's not a metaphor for life in general I don't know what is.

On a related note I recently added Kofi's appearance on Westwood's show from '96 to Mixcloud where he runs through a bunch of late 80s classics

Monday, 18 February 2019

Funkmaster Flex - Hot 97 Street Jams (1993)

Flex getting busy back in the nine-tray. Remember when years got given names?

Nice N Smooth - Cash In My Hands
Timezone - Zulu War Chant
Wu Tang Clan - Protect Ya Neck
Ice Cube ft Das EFX - Check Yo Self (remix)
EPMD - You're A Customer
Joeski Love - Pee Wee's Dance
Slick Rick - The Ruler's Back
Eric B & Rakim - My Melody
Beastie Boys - Hold It Now, Hit It
Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick - La Di Da Di
Biz Markie - Nobody Beats The Biz
Eric B & Rakim - Eric B Is President
MC Shan - The Bridge
BDP - South Bronx
Audio Two - Top Billin
BDP - The Bridge Is Over

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Kiss 100 FM, January 1993

Haven't done many R&B posts so here's an hour of Steve Jervier on London's Kiss FM from January '93. The interesting discovery on this tape was the original version of Groove Theory's 'Tell Me' by UK act Rhythm & Bass, which it seems not too many people (on my twitter feed anyway) know about. Both acts were on Sony and it seems like the song was written by GT's Amel Larrieux. Obviously their version with the Edie Brickell sample featuring Brand Nubian is the superior of the two. Quite enjoying the Bryan Powell track on here which I vaguely remember from back in the day, and Wreckx N Effect sound slightly aggy on their tune, which makes me wonder if it's directed at Q Tip given they got into a scuffle at some point.

Guy - Dog Me Out
Wreckx N Effect - Wreckx N Effect
Artz & Kraftz - All Of It
Kenny Dope - Ramajama
unknown - unknown
Rhythm & Bass - Tell Me (If You Want Me To)
Bryan Powell - It's Alright
Force One Network - Sista Sista
Jeff Redd - You Called And Told Me
Intro - Love Thang
Tisha - Love Me Down
Jodeci - My Phone
unknown - unknown
Bell Biv Devoe - Gangsta
>> Chris Phillips' show
Liberty - Who Is She
Mary J Blige - Reminisce (remix)

Thanks to Mr Lawson for sending me this with a few other tapes. The 30 minutes preceding this show was the rap show with Max & Dave, which has me wanting to go and hear more of that Apache LP. Gangsta Bitch was pretty big at the time but I never heard the album. Looking at production line up including 45 King, Q Tip, Diamond D and Large Professor I figure it has to be worth investigating.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The P Brothers on 1Xtra (2004)

Same year but a different flex to the previous post, as Nottingham's P Brothers (responsible for The Gas which is one of the better "proper" hip hop albums of the last 10 years or so) takeover The Basement on BBC 1Xtra and mix up some funk, soul, breakbeats, and golden age hip hop.

[UPDATE 19/02 - as per their comment on the Mixcloud page, the first 25 mins of this isn't the P Brothers]

Monday, 11 February 2019

DJ 279 on Choice FM 25.06.04
with Swiss, Asher D & Cassius Henry

It was nice to come across this Friday Night Flavas show from 2004 where 279 hosts one of his round table freestyle sessions with So Solid's Asher D and Swiss alongside Ammo and Young Pro (who I haven't heard of but were presumably up and coming at the time) and singer Cassius Henry. They take turns going in over new and old rap beats for the best part of an hour. It's good, the only place you'll hear members of So Solid Crew rapping over Iced Down Medallions, and a useful time stamp of where certain artists in the UK were before road rap and UK drill became a thing. It wasn't all boom-bap head-nod backpack business over here. On a slightly related note, don't get me started on Complex letting their work experience lad loose on an article where the extent of the research was checking his own iTunes history. Just let it be known that UK artists like Rodney P & Bionic, Mr 45, Skeme & Big P, MD7, Fallacy and Terra Firma have been talking that road talk since the 90s.

I should also add that what made finding this tape a particularly nice surprise was that I was never a fan of So Solid Crew in their heyday (although I do know the lyrics to 21 Seconds inside out - it was unavoidable when it dropped). However, one of the crew's DJ/producers Swiss turned MC and dropped a decent solo effort in 2005, which included the single Cry and as it was on more of straight up rap tip, was more my kind of thing. I liked UK Garage but when the MCs appeared that was it for me, and as much as I wanted to like grime at first but in it's early days the majority of raps and beats were just too basic and raw (ok, rubbish) in comparison to where hip hop was at the time.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Radio 1 Rap Show 22.08.97 with Jay Z & Busta Rhymes

Jay, Dame Dash and Busta (accompanied by Spliff Star, Rampage and DJ Scratch) on this '97 show while they were all in town to perform on Westwood's stage at the Notting Hill Carnival.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

DJ Clue - Triple Platinum (1997)

Some great stuff on this Clue tape from '97: freestyles by The LOX, Cam'ron & Mase, McGruff & Big L, Black Rob and Prodigy & Big Noyd, plus the dirty version of the Firm Biz remix and a lot of Bad Boy and Jay Z related things. Full tracklist is here.

I came across this one whilst tidying up my hard drive . It wasn't one of my own rips so it hadn't made it's way onto the blog. I actually copped this from SOUL's now dormant site which was a great source of tapes for a long time but unfortunately most of the download links are now dead. Speaking of which, I've had a few requests recently to re-up some of the other Clue tapes I posted but haven't had time. The Mixcloud links are still good though so hopefully that'll do for now.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Down(load) By Law

A couple of weeks ago I dropped that big ass zipfile of random 90s joints that you might've forgotten about, should play more often, or not heard before. It was pretty popular so here's the early 00s edition.
It took a bit of thinking about it because whereas during the 90s I feel like we were mostly all on the same page (or at least aware of the majority of releases), by the time Y2K hit things were about more than NY and LA and people were finding their listening niches and picking sides. Going through my folders from 2000-2003 there's the established A-list artists you'd expect, alongside underground indie joints (both backpack and more thugged out), and artists from all over the US, plus the UK too as that was doing quite nicely at the time. I was definitely a lot more open minded back then, possibly as a result of being in my early 20s and generally being  less cynical about things but also because I worked in a Virgin Megastore so I had plenty of time to investigate any release that looked interesting. That's how Blackalicious ended up on here, as Blazing Arrow was one of the few rap albums I could play in store to disrupt the playlist of Sophie Ellis Bextor, Wheatus and Robbie Williams. It was also a time of hitting up the bargain bins in various 2nd hand record shops and picking up anything that looked like it might be something. Discogs and the "vinyl revival" have pretty much killed that experience off for good unfortunately

Anyway, here's the selection....

Casual - I Got Ta Get Down
D Block - 2 Gunz Up
Da Ranjahz ft Ras Kass & Bilal - Da Dopest
DJ Quik ft Pharaohe Monch - Murda 1 Case
Ghostface Killah - Cherchez La Ghost (Heartbeat remix)
Bars & Hooks ft Prodigy - Mind Blowin'
Cappadonna ft Raekwon - Love Is The Message
Blackalicious - First In Flight
Grand Agent - Every 5 Minutes
Just Ice & Big Daddy Kane - Just Rhymin With Kane
Big Scoob - Brooklyn Flava
Run DMC ft Nas & Prodigy - Queens Day
Declaime - Caliwayz (remix)
The Game & Obie Trice - Growin Up In The Hood
Scarface ft Jay Z - Get Out
Pitch Black ft Foxy Brown - Got It Locked
Guru ft Timbo King, Killah Priest & Black Jesus - In Here
Perverted Monks - Desperado
Willmatic - Surround Surveillance
Soul Supreme ft AG, T Max & Pete Rock - Queen (Hip Hop)

I was going to do a brief write up on each track but that's a bit much. If there's anything you want to know just ask..

The photo was taken in a shop that I found one of the above records in. It's a complete health and fire hazard that makes NYC's The Thing look like Ikea and I can't believe it hasn't been closed down but an hour or so of awkward physical contortions and inhaling all manner of nastiness yielded a result or two so, y'know, appreciate that.

Monday, 21 January 2019

It's not Epic it's Rocafella!

Live from Sylvia's in Harlem, Westwood hosts Cam, Juelz and Jim who drop a freestyle over The Roc (Just Fire) and What Happened To That Boy and Cam does his lyrics from Down & Out (2 years before that came out). Keith Murray is also in the building alongside 50 Grand for some more freestyle action.

On a related note, another Radio 1 Rap Show from the year before threw up this oddity on the Top 10 At Ten. It's a remix of Oh Boy, that despite being dismissed by Just Blaze* as a "fake DJ trickery attempt", is actually pretty decent and definitely better than the official 'Oh Girl' remix. I've no idea where the Cam verse came from if it wasn't done for this track but he's accompanied by 2 other dudes who despite sounding like State Property, appear to go by Frank Mueller and TD (Ted Dibiase?). Can't find any info on  them or this version so if anyone can help out please do.

*my DMs are hotter than yours

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Shyne & Black Rob - Hot 97 freestyle (2000)

This has been sitting on my hard drive for ages and I've no idea where I got it from* but it made me realise that I miss the days of finding Hot 97 freestyles online and on mixtapes. Hearing BR do his verse from Let's Get It over the Keep It Thoro beat is a highlight. Full 30 mins above, freestyle (with DL link) below...

*think it was off the Grime & Lime forum when that was briefly popping last year. Forget who posted it but as a significant amount of bits shared on there originated from this very site I don't feel too bad. Thanks anyway.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Blogspot like we bringin' 2008 back

You a slave to a draft in my Macbook. Just realised I haven't posted this year so far and I'm already into what will probably be the last couple of months of this site - I'm trying to wrap it up at 1000 posts and/or the ten (ten!) year anniversary -  so here's a random bunch of 90s tracks that I've discovered or rediscovered over the last however long, plus a few long time faves that I feel should get more shine. It's like an extended Don't Sleep but somewhat restricted by what's on YouTube. Having realised how much stuff isn't on there I might make that my next project.