Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pete Rock / InI : Lost Sessions - 2017

LP - 2017 - Vinyl Digital 

The last Pete Rock's project with unreleased music from the InI era will be dropped on November 24th , with the help of the german label Vinyl Digital. The Instrumental album contains 10 tracks originally produced in the mid 90s ... It sounds good, stay tuned !

Various Blends :

According to Steve Huey, "Various Blends were originally formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1991, and consisted of MCs/producers Friz-B and Eb.F (both friends from childhood) and MC Rasco. They grew out of a previous group called Children of One Destiny, which also included future solo artist Saafir."

 Photo courtesy of Frank Wesley RasCue Quattlebaum

In 1996, the trio released a 12" single "Chill as I Flex / The Dopess" released on Khalif International and produced by Friz-B a.k.a The Real S.K.

12" - 1996 - Khalif International 

"They went on hiatus when Rasco departed for a solo career the following year (he would go on to record for Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw label). In the meantime, Eb.F DJed around the area under the name DJ Rasta Cue Tip, and he and Friz-B reconvened as Various Blends in 1999."

They dropped the same year their next single, "Krazee Madeo Stylez / Pick a Chemical" on the Berkeley based label Baraka Foundation. Friz-B still on the productions and cuts by the  Invisibl Skratch Piklz member, Dj Apollo.

12" - 1999 - Baraka Foundation

"With production by both group members, as well as Peanut Butter Wolf, and turntable contributions from DJ Serg, Various Blends finally issued their first full-length album, Levitude, on Baraka in late 1999. It gained favorable reviews for its inventive, trippy production, but not much exposure."
The album is composed of 13 tracks and features artists like Rashinel, Saafir, Pismo (Burnt Batch), Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & Mystik Journeymen. 

LP - 1999 - Baraka Foundation

Review from Urban Smarts , courtesy of tadah the byk

After that, the group dropped few 12" singles, but all the tracks were from the Levitude album, so nothing new until their last release in 2003 on No Mayo Records.

Microphone Check : Stay Real - Casual

From The Source - April 1994 - Scan courtesy of F.Thecle

Remix Session : Tru Comers ‎- Trumendous (Remix EP) - 2010

EP - 2010 - Comin Thru Records  

Back in 2010 with this excellent Remix EP released by the Switzerland based producers X-Pert and Sperrow a.k.a Tru Comers.
It contains remixes of Concrete Mob, Lord Finesse, Ill biskits, Dutchmin, Us Plus One, Chosen Few and Double L. The pressing was limited to 100 white label copies, so very hard to find now. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Deep In Da Circle - So (Where I Live At) - 1999

12" single released by Deep In Da Circle in the late 90s on Lyrics To Go Entertainment. Deep In Da Circle a.k.a DC consists of Tamir The Master Mind a.k.a Millenium Brown and Dal Jones a.k.a J'Ones. The Record is composed of 4 tracks produced by Deep In Da Circle but the main single is the track "So (Where I Live At)".

12" - 1999 - LTG Ent. 

"These Two innovative MCs are separatists in their rhyme styles and flows.
The Group itself consists of many that is why they are deep. Tamir The Master Mind , the intellectual poet and very versatile MC, comes from an ideal and very abstract perspective. Jones , the metaphonical and flamboyant MC, comes with an everyday lifestyle (laid back)approach that makes you rewind your tape for another listen.
Hailing from "Money Makin' Manhattan" a.k.a Harlem (Uptown) , this duo is very determined to help put Harlem back on the Hip-Hop map. This is their mission and they've come fully prepared to accomplish just that and more. They feel that the industry is over saturated with hard rocks and "wanna-be' drug dealers turned rappers" so they have devised a plan to separate the real from the frauds.
Deep In Da Circle comes from two different perspectives with hopes of achieving the same goals to captivate. No one MC in the Circle is the same. They all come from different angles, but have no sides , they are versatile but not the same as many other duos. This presents their concept of being a true circle, for a circle has no sides.
Whether you like abstract, street, or "catchy hip-hop", you have all of them in this one group. They feel that this gives them four different types of audiences, one for each member and two for the group. So prepare yourself to get Deep... Deep In Da Circle" - Press Kit

Album Review + Interview : Kool G Rap & Dj Polo - Live And Let Die - 1993

From Rap Pages 1993 - Scans courtesy of Babylon Falling 

LP - 1993 - Cold Chillin'

From The Source - February 1993