Sunday, 23 February 2020
Westwood live from Notting Hill Carnival '96
with Heltah Skeltah, Lost Boyz, Blak Twang & Foxy Brown & Montell Jordan
Following on from the tape of Carnival '95 I posted a few weeks ago, here's the recording of the 1996 broadcast, which I think takes in Sunday and Monday's performances. If I recall correctly, it was broadcast on Monday evening, and the swears are edited so it's not live and direct from the Westway. Westwood and Goldfinger hold down the selection with live performances by Heltah Skeltah, Lost Boyz, Blak Twang, Foxy Brown (who had no solo records at this point but was killing every feature) and Montell Jordan.
I've posted parts of this before but it's always better to have the whole thing uninterrupted. Highlights include Foxy having to back track when the crowd starts booing after her hypeman disses 2Pac and Jeru, a ruck kicking off during Montell's set ("they too busy fightin over there") and the whistle & horn posse greeting each banger with the appropriate response. 4th Chamber goes off. A GZA b-side. Your favourite Soundcloud rapper could never.
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
I get the impression that Eightball is one of those artists revered by those that know about Southern hip hop but perhaps those not as familiar with that pocket of the genre aren't really up on him at all*. He has a huge catalogue of music that stretches back to 1993, as part of the duo Eightball & MJG so there's plenty to investigate if you enjoy this, which has been put together by Wojavelli.
Special mention to the fantastic artwork. This mix might've escaped my attention if that hadn't caught my eye this morning.
Seems like as time goes on and people have exhausted their initial sub-genres of choice they're increasingly branching out to try artists and regions they'd slept on or hadn't been exposed to in the past, which can only be a good thing. It only gets annoying when they suddenly disown their past and try to pretend they'd always been huge Three 6 Mafia fans and definitely didn't spend the late 90s exclusively bumping Soundbombing and Lyricist Lounge and making fun of No Limit album covers.
*I'm definitely lacking in Eightball knowledge although he has featured on this site once before.
Always up for posting your mixes. Keep in mind the nature of the site so at the moment I'd say anything after 2004-05 is generally a no-go (there's plenty of other places your Drake vs Griselda mixtape can be seen). Good quality and preferably some type of artwork is nice. Don't get mad if I don't post it.
Monday, 17 February 2020
Filthy Richard done did it again. I hit him up about doing this towards the end of last year when I realised the 20th anniversary of Ghost's sophomore album was coming up, and he had already set the wheels in motion. This dropped last week so here's the link if you didn't check it out already.
Saturday, 8 February 2020
More Westwood action. The previous night had been a Live To The UK jam broadcast from Adrenalin Village in Chelsea where Ghost & Cappa performed. I posted the tape of that years ago (and it's also been added to the Hip Hop Radio Archive and the Mixcloud page). Off the back of that someone sent me the freestyle where Jeru is also in the house. Now, over 10 years later, I finally have 90 minutes of the show for you. Bobby J is in the mix for the first part, before then you get the freestyle and live callers in the second half.
Shout to DJ Kryptonn for the rip.
Sunday, 2 February 2020
I've posted parts of this tape over the years but here's the full 2 hour show (now in 320), with Jeru and Mad Lion performing and Westwood and his crew running through a ton of rap, ragga, miami bass and R&B. Whistles and horns are in full effect and the reactions to certain tunes really let you know what was big on the street at the time, as opposed to an extensive twitter debate with William from Worcestershire who's adamant everyone was listening to Outkast and Jay Z back then and GZA and Smoothe Da Hustler was just some backpack shit.
Also, I know it's (finally fucking) February but you can pretend it's August.
I've got the Carnival '96 tape so I'll post that up at some point. Anyone holding 1997? I'm not sure if they did a live broadcast for that one.
Friday, 24 January 2020
"we just found out about somethin we don't like out here, knowumsayin, called the BNP or summ'n like that, and we ain't havin it..."
Onyx pass through Westwood's show on a Friday night in 1993 having just performed on The Word (here on youtube at 3:30). They mention they had a 2nd album with a planned release date for early 94 and it wasn't called All We Got Iz Us so who knows what became of that and whether it was scrapped, pushed back or they just changed the title.
Main Source - What You Need
Nas - Ain't Hard To Tell (original version)
Das EFX - Kaught In Da Ak
Snoop Dogg - Gin & Juice
Domino - Getto Jam
Lords Of The Underground - Here Come The Lords
Onyx - interview
Ice Cube - Ghetto Bird
Wu Tang Clan - 7th Chamber
Wu Tang Clan - 7th Chamber pt 2
Onyx - interview
Slick Rick - Behind Bars
Shaquille O'Neal - Shoot Pass Slam
Onyx - freestyle
The Principle ft Silent Eclipse - Reality
Forte - Run Don't Stop
Ice Cube ft K Dee - Make It Ruff, Make It Smooth
Das EFX - Krazy Wit Da Books
UMCs - Time To Set It Straight
Download at the Hip Hop Radio Archive
Download at the Hip Hop Radio Archive
Another one out of the RRR collection - limited edition Live On Air mixtape available now!
Thursday, 16 January 2020
Freestyles were a regular part of rap radio by 1997 but this is like a Mr Bongo regular's wet dream. It's a 37 minute freestyle session on Sway & Tech's Wake Up Show from late 1997 and the line up is immense. Kool G Rap, Craig G, Juice, Shorty Wreck, Eminem, Kwest Tha Madd Lad, Thirstin Howl, Wordsworth & Mos Def and Talib Kweli all step up and do their thing. A lot of those names were new on the scene at the time so there's definitely an element of hungry MCs with something to prove when their time on the mic comes around.
As far as I can tell, this is a simultaneous broadcast with Marley Marl who's on the radio in NYC with G Rap and the lads. At one point you'll hear Eminem (of all people) get told to hold off rhyming so they can switch over for some rhymes from the east coast.
The full tape (with the 50 mins of the show before the freestyle) is available on the Hip Hop Radio Archive
There's a snippet of this on YouTube but I don't think the whole thing has been online before
Thanks to Random Rap Radio for supplying the tape of this (and a few others soon to come). He's about to drop a very dope limited edition cassette mix of super rare live 80s Hip Hop with the latest issue of Dig Mag, so get that.
Saturday, 11 January 2020
New tapes are on the way soon but it's been a while since I posted some rare or unreleased Black Rob (a year next week to be precise) so here's a song from an obscure 12" that seems to be comprised of tracks taken from an early 00s DJ Khaled mixtape. You might be aware that before becoming an internationally successful meme clown and playlist creator, Khaled was a credible club DJ and had some half decent production credits on songs that didn't feature 47 different rappers, autotune or Justin Bieber. His remix of Heads High by Mr Vegas is definitely worth picking up if you see it. Anyway, back to Black Rob and he's got a healthy amount of unreleased heat in his catalogue. Gun Hell sounds like it might be a demo track - like the Espacio demo the chorus is a bit sketchy - but he comes with his trademark thugged out wordplay and its a worthy addition to the collection if you're fan of BR (and you should be by now or I've been wasting my time).
Not sure if Khaled did the beat on this. I'm guessing no. This might be his first appearance on OB4ZL but let's not get carried away.