Friday, December 15, 2017

Interview : Knight Rider - Sir Menelik



From Hip Hop Connection - January 1998 






C.A.M - The First Move - 2017


CD - 2017 - C.A.M 

"The First Move" is the debut EP released on November 30th 2017 by the London based emcee C.A.M. 9 tracks produced by Wickstarr and Chro. 
"Listening to 'The First Move' is not a superficial experience but one which pulls the listener deeper into C.A.M's mind state. Through out the project he explores themes of spiritualism, existentialism, and his reflection on life, death, pain and joy. Each track has a part of his mind and soul that touches the listener introspectively."



1 - Cosmos Atum Man
2 - Cold Soul
3 - The Vice Grip
4 - 1st Epiphany
5 - Twin Beacons feat Parallax
6 - Self-reflections
7 - Lazarus
8 - 2nd Epiphany
9 - Gazing out the window feat CW Jones








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Contact : C.A.M 

Debonair P Presents Debonair Blends 15-19 (5xCD Bundle)




Debonair P is back with a new batch of CDs of his Debonair Blends Mix Series covering 340 tracks over nearly 7 hours :

- Debonair Blends 15: 1990-1994
- Debonair Blends 16: 1992-1994
- Debonair Blends 17: 1995-1997
- Debonair Blends 18: 1995-1997
Debonair Blends 19: 2000-now






Tracklist:

1. BOOSTIN’ KEV - THAT BE BOOSTIN' (REMIX)
2. BOOGIEMONSTERS - RECOGNIZED THRESHOLDS OF NEGATIVE STRESS (REMIX)
3. BIG RED - HOW THEY WANT IT
4. JAMANI - YA'LL KNOW MY STELO
5. KEITH MURRAY - ESCAPISM
6. MADKAP - QUESTIONS
7. SIMON BARR - EMCEE
8. I-POWER - BREAK DA RULEZ
9. BLACK STAR - COMIN' THRU
10. FUNKDOOBIEST - REPRESENT (J&B MIX)
11. SHORTY LONG - SHORTY'Z DOIN' HIS OWN THING
12. DA HENCHMEN - LIVEWIRE
13. REDMAN - SMOKE A BLUNT TOO
14. RAS KASS - REMAIN ANONYMOUS
15. HARD 2 OBTAIN - HIP HOP LIFESTYLE
16. FESU - YA DON'T STOP
17. YZ - SO FAR…
18. FAT JOE - DA FAT GANGSTA
19. KING SUN - GET DOWN WITH DA GET DOWN
20. SILKY BLACK - STEP UP AND GET SOME
21. LO DOWN - FRIGHT NIGHTS
22. ILL BISKITS - GOD BLESS YA LIFE
23. PEP LOVE - ROCK ON
24. OC - BROTHERS ARE FAKE
25. DREDKNOTZ - THE ANTHEM (REMIX)
26. ENDANGERED ELEMENTS - WHATZ THE DEAL
27. MAIN SOURCE W/ THE LOX - SET IT OFF
28. PAULY YAMS & DJ JAZZ - GET PAID
29. ROB O - WORLDWIDE
30. NAS - REPRESENT (ORIGINAL VERSION)
31. DA YOUNGSTAS - IN THE CITY
32. Q-BALL & CURT CAZAL - MAKIN' MOVES
33. RAMPAGE - THE LAST BOY SCOUT
34. EC - BUD TO THE JAZZ
35. ED OG - GOING OUT MY MIND (REMIX)
36. AKINYELE - YO
37. DUNGEON LORDZ - TOLD YA
38. FREDDIE FOXXX - CAN'T BREAK AWAY
39. GRAND PUBA - HIP HOP
40. RAKIM - SHADES OF BLACK
41. BAS BLASTA - AIN'T WHATCHA DO
42. BROTHER ARTHUR - WHAT YOU GONNA DO
43. INFINITE DESCRIPTION - SWINGING TIGHT
44. MENTAL CASTAWAYS - UNDERSTAND ME
45. MOBB DEEP - HOLD DOWN THE FORT
46. DA CHOZEN - THE FUNK IS ON
47. LOTNS - CLASSIC MATERIAL (REMIX)
48. MR RUFFNECK - FREAKY FLOW
49. RAGGEDY MAN & SNAGGAPUSS - ALL MEN ARE DOGS
50. URBAN THERMO DYNAMICS - HARDCORE NIGHTS
51. AMP BOOGIE - MAINTAIN
52. T-MAX - REAL MCS
53. BLACK PRINCE & AZIATIC - PROPS & SPECS
54. LONNIE O - IT'S LIKE DAT RMX
55. GODFATHER DON - COLORS OF DEATH
56. K-OTIC FAMILY - VACCINE
57. SOCIETY - RAP AS AN ART
58. GHETTO CONCEPT - CERTIFIED (REMIX)
59. REGGIE CAPERS - DO IT LIKE THAT
60. US PLUS ONE - FOR ALL MY PEOPLE LOCKED DOWN
61. KIRK - CATCH THE BEAT
62. KOOL KAY DEE - TROPHY ON THE MANTLE
63. MADPACK - SIX SOULS SINGIN'
64. MASSIVE STAFF - SUSPECT
65. SCIENTIFIK - ALL AROUND G
66. UMC'S - WE GO
67. DA FAT CAT CLIQUE - YOUNG GIRLS ARE MY WEAKNESS
68. DIVINE BEINGS - ROCK ON
69. ZIGG ZAGG - DA PROGNOSIS
70. GRAND DADDY IU - TAKE IT FROM DA TOP


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Low Budget Butta' - 1997




Few days ago I blogged something about C-Vorheez and I realized that I had never blogged about this various artists compilation called "Low Budget Butta' " released in 1997 on The Low Budget Brothers label. The comp is dope from the beginning to the end... but unfortunately really hard to find it. A lot of cats are looking for that wax but the price puts a damper on their enthusiasm.


LP - 1997 - Low Budget Brothers - Photo courtesy of Gabriel Chev


 The Label was created by the association of 3 producers : Ra Hanna a.k.a Ultra , Sheldon Ellerby a.k.a Coz or C-Vorheez and Kyle Monroe a.k.a Dj A.C.L .
Coz hailed from Paterson NJ, Ultra and A.C.L were both from Passaic, NJ. The name of Ultra may not speak to you but you should already know him ... in the Mid-90s he produced records for X-Clan and Dark Sun Riders under the name of UltraMan.
At that time, Dj A.C.L acronym for All Cuts Lethal from Marley Marl Future Flavors Radio, worked with his cousin Keith Shawn Williams a.k.a Seven Shawn formerly of World Renown.
"Ultra and I grew up together in the city of Passaic, NJ. He is a mentor to me in djing and producing. I met Coz after Ultra move to Paterson, NJ. Ultra introduced me to him." 


The album is composed of 12 tracks featuring different New Jersey based artists like Mystro Enerjetic, Flexman who is also a DJ from Paterson, Mad African, Seven Shawn (World Renown), C-Voorheez, Flip Da Scrip or the mysterious Kinetic, an emcee who met for the first time Ultra at Smack Studios in Englewood NJ. According to Dj A.C.L "Kinetic was introduced to me through Ultra I believe. When we met he was based out of Hackensack, NJ." 








It also features groups like The Chozen Ones a.k.a Da Chozen, a crew from Paterson NJ who consisted of Eshawn, T-Smooth, Big Bunk, B-Hop, Shortcutt (R.I.P) and Dj Tab DiBiassi.








or Crooked Anglez and Mental Ward (Sludge Champion, Slo-Flo, Les Jah, Master Poet & The Sandman), two groups who were both affiliated to the Crystal Lake crew.

Photos courtesy of Ozone Crew 







About productions, all the tracks were made by Ultra, ACL and Coz with pure indie Hip-Hop style. Four instrumentals for each producer :


A1. C-Voorheez - Dreams - Produced by Coz
A2. Crooked Anglez, Mental Ward, Kinetic, C-Voorheez - The Six Mcees Vs The ACL Death - Produced by ACL
A3. Mystro Enerjetic - Problem Child - Produced by Ultra
A4. Flexman - Blowin Out Ya Speakers - Produced by Coz
A5. Mad African - Funk Zone - Produced by Ultra
A6. Mental Ward - Choose Ya Fate - Produced by Coz
B1. Kinetic - Mom's Is The Ghetto - Produced by ACL
B2. Chozen Ones - Type Niggazz - Produced by Ultra
B3. Kinetic, Flip Da Scrip - Root To All Evil - Produced by Ultra
B4. Seven Shawn - Relic For A Lost Place - Produced by ACL
B5. Crooked Anglez - War - Produced by Coz
B6. Kinetic - T2 - Produced by ACL



Unfortunately this album was the only project released by the label :
"We only did one project because I funded it all... we did pre production at coz's studio and recorded in NY . It was just us tired of listening to wack artists so we banded together to prove we could do it. I have other songs that didn't make the album. It was a dope experience." - Ultra


Photo courtesy of Kyle ACL Monroe



Me : "The comp is really appreciated by the record collectors nowadays, do you think there will be a reissue one day ?"
ACL : "Really? I mean I've heard rumors but never looked into it. That's cool. There was so many tracks that didn't make the cut. Hence the title. There may be one day with bonus instrumental tracks and songs."
Ultra : "Never"


well... I hope Dj ACL will manage to change Ultra's mind, fingers crossed !! Peace

Props to Ra Hanna & Kyle ACL Monroe  


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Album Review : Sadat X - Wild Cowboys - 1996


2xLP - 1996 - Loud Records 


From Rap Pages - July 1996 - Scan courtesy of Max the Keeper






Grown Man Rap Show - Episode 146 - Paul Nice & DJ Toast




Hosted by veterans DJ Toast & Paul Nice and broadcast live every Sunday night 10pm-12 midnight (ET) from 91.5 WRPI (Albany NY), Toast & Paul bring you 2 hours of the best in vintage & contemporary true school Hip Hop.

This is Episode 146 - originally aired on December 10, 2017






3rd Bass “Wordz of Wizdom” (1989)
3rd Bass “Wordz of Wizdom (Death In the Afternoon Mix)” (1989
(Paul Nice set)
Cold Crush Brothers "Fresh, Wild, Fly and Bold" (1984)
Paul Nice f. Tony Touch & Stimulus "World Tour"
Paul Nice f. Tony Touch "Award Tour Dubplate"
Stimulus "The Master (Instrumental)"
Jurassic 5 "Concrete Schoolyard" (1998)
Common "No Sell Out"
KRS-One "Sound of da Police" (1993)
Oxygen "Feel Good Music"
Jay-Z "Public Service Announcement (Paul Nice Remix Take 3)"
The Jaz f. Jay-Z "The Originators" (1990)
Eric B & Rakim "I Know You Got Soul" (1987)
Showbiz & AG "Party Groove" (1991)
Stetsaonic "Go Stetsa I" (1986)
Stetsaonic "DBC Let The Music Play (Instrumental)" (1988)
Ultramagnetic MCs "Feelin It" (1988)
Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud "Super Casanova" (1988)
Kings of Swing "Nod Your Head To This" (1990)
Jorun Bombay Presents The Rampagers "Rampage"
(DJ Toast set)
Redman “Pick It Up” (1996)
Redman “Pick It Up (Remix)” (1997)
Tha Alkaholiks “Daam!” (1994)
KRS-One “Step Into a World (Rapture’s Delight)” (1997)
Jay-Z “Friend or Foe ’98” (1997)
Pharoahe Monch “Simon Says” (1999)
Jungle Brothers “Beeds On a String” (1989)
Slick Rick “It’s a Boy (Remix)” (1991) – Large Pro Remix
Latee “No Tricks” (1988) – 45 King episode
The High & Mighty f. Mos Def & Mad Skillz “B-Boy Document ’99” (1999)
M.O.P. “Salute” (1996)
Superstar Quamallah “Superstar Is In Ya Town” (1999)
EPMD f. K-Solo “Knick Knack Paddy Wack” (1989)
Nas “Get Down” (2002)
The Roots f. Bahamadia “Push Up Ya Lighter” (1996)
Gang Starr “Work” (1999)
The Notorious B.I.G. “Gimme the Loot” (1994)
Eric B & Rakim “Microphone Fiend” (1988) 
Show & AG “Next Level (Premier Remix” (1995) 
Non Phixion “The CIA Is Trying To Kill Me” (2002)
Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs “I Got To Have It” (1991)

Various Artists - Audio Obstacle Course Vol 2 - 2017



LP - 2017 - Soundweight Records 


Soundweight Records are pleased to announce the second installment in the Audio Obstacle Course series, this time it features heavy beats by the Jazz Spastiks, Omas, Mr Brown, Ded Tebiase, Mike B, Nappa, Kista, EddouXL, DfaceDxa, Tom Precise, and the mighty Armed Dukes.

A1 - Jazz Spastiks - Funky As Hell
A2 - Omas - Thrill of The Chase
A3 - Mr Brown - De Vries
A4 - Ded Tebiase - Bubblegoose
A5 - Mike B - Mike Check
A6 - Nappa - Maximum Velocity
B1 - Kista - Sea Of Tranquility
B2 - EddouXL - Chocolate Bars
B3 - Dface DXA - Nightflowers
B4 - Tom Precise - Skylark
B5 - Armed Dukes - RIP Holger





 Shipping Date : January 2nd 2018
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HHC - 1993 : Masta Ace INC





From Hip Hop Connection - October 1993







Monday, December 11, 2017

Remix Session : Mic Geronimo - Masta I.C (BluntOne Remix)








Contact : BluntOne 


WISEGUYS - Process Of Elimination EP - 1996





A1 We're Livin'
A2 In Tha Company Of Killaz (Remix)
A3 Face To Face

B1 Master Criminal
B2 Process Of Elimination
B3 Relentless-Orchard Park & Academy Homes







"We're finishing off the year with this bomb out of Boston, that was set to drop on Def Jam/Surrender in 1996. These 6, previously unreleased tracks, featured on the promotional tape version of the 1996 "In The Company Of Killaz" album. Wiseguys were a group made up of members of legendary Boston Gangsta Rap crew The Almighty RSO, Made Men and TDS Mob . The group's formation is perfectly in line with the purest form of Hip Hop - that is, music that brought gang members together, off the street,to squash beefs and create something positive to inspire others to do the same." - Chopped Herring Records


All tracks produced by Hangmen 3.
350 copies only (120 copies on Green Gold coloured vinyl & 230 on traditional black vinyl)


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Shipping Date : Mid January 2018

E.C. ILLA - Seeds, Stems & Gems LP 1991-1996



2xLP - 2018 - Smoke On Records






The Chicago based emcee E.C. Illa dropped last month his last limited edition project "Seeds, Stems & Gems" containing unreleased tracks recorded between 1991 and 1996. The LP will be available on vinyl with the help of the German label Smoke On Records in April 2018It will also include the "Live from the ILL" LP released in 1994 on tape only, so 2 Albums on one release ! 


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Album Review : Maestro Fresh-Wes ‎ - Naaah, Dis Kid Can't Be From Canada?!! - 1994




LP - 1994 - LMR  


From Hip Hop Connection - May 1994








Unsigned Hype : Perverted Dialect



From The Source - July 1997 - Scan courtesy of Frederic Thecle 



Instrumental : El Jazzy Chavo - Mirage EP - 2017


EP - 2017 - Funkyspeli Cave Records 







New instrumental project produced by the Greece based beatmaker El Jazzy Chavo.
Available for digital download Here.


Contact : El Jazzy Chavo 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

C-Vorheez ‎- Crowd Movers / Dreams (Wake Up) - 1999




C-Vorheez - Photo courtesy of Ozone Crew


Core member of the Crystal Lake Crew, Sheldon "Coz" Ellerby a.k.a C-Vorheez dropped his first debut single in 1999. The vinyl came out on Crystal Lake Entertainment, an independent record label based in Paterson NJ, headed by Sheldon and Mike Sisti : 




"I was half owner of Crystal Lake Entertainment L.L.C with C Vorheez AKA Coz. Crystal Lake studio was located in my basement during the production of some great Hip Hop produced by Coz and Bless One.
We started about 1998 after Low Budget Butta was produced by Ultra in 1997 and dissolved the label shortly because of creative differences.
I can say though my proudest moment of being a part of this CL thing was when me and Coz were leaving an MC battle in NYC and heading back to NJ in the snow. The radio was on Hot 97, DJ Premier who was filling in for Stretch Armstrong was cutting up our record "Crowd Movers". I had given him copies of the single the prior week at Tramps during an M.O.P. show that he DJ'd for." - Mike Sisti. 







The main single of this 12-Inch vinyl "Crowd Movers" was produced by B-Nice and features other Crystal Lake MCs : Master Poet of the group Mental Ward and Nook of the rap quartet F.O.D (Four One Dream).
 On the B-side, "Dreams (Wake Up)" produced by C-Vorheez himself, also features other members : Sludge Champ (Mental Ward) and Flex-man.