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.