Tuesday, June 19, 2018

KYO ITACHI - Rest In Power (CD) - 2018

CD - 2018 - Brain Connection 1978 

"After Musikyo (2010) & Genkidama (2017) Kyo Itachi is Back with his 3rd Producer album "Rest In Power" dedicated to the memory of his mother ! 

featuring Legends & Underground dope emcees like Sean Price (RIP), Roc Marciano, Smoothe Da Hustler , Planet Asia, Royal Flush, Chino XL, Ruste Juxx, DV Alias Khryst & Lord Have Mercy, Sadat X, Craig G, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Krondon, Rim Da villins, Innocent?, Da Buze Bruvaz, Nujericans, Nolan The Ninja .. " - Brain Connection 1978


Monday, June 18, 2018

Album Review : Extra Prolific - Like It Should Be - 1994

LP - 1994 - Jive 

From Rap Pages - September 1994 - Scan courtesy of Frederic Thecle 

Micall Parknsun & Mr Thing - Finish What We Started - 2018

LP - 2018 - Village Live Records 

"Following the successful release of their 2017 single ‘The Raw’ long time UK hiphop veterans Micall Parknsun & Mr Thing are back with their full-length album ‘Finish What We Started’ entirely produced by Mr Thing and featuring guest raps from Melanin 9, Joker Starr, Konny Kon & Essa (formerly known as Yungun)
‘Finish What We Started’ is a 13 track LP showcasing Things diversity as a producer and Parknsuns diversity as an MC with an array of moods displayed across the album" - Village Live Records

A1 - Started
A2 - Still At It
A3 - Certain For The Win
A4 - Interlude #1
A5 - The Raw
A6 - 16 from The Gawd feat Joker Starr
A7 - Don’t You Care
A8 - Klingon Face feat Joker Starr
B1 - 8 Bricks feat M9
B2 - You’re The One
B3 - The Konny Kon Joint feat Konny Kon
B4 - Interlude #2
B5 - I’m so glad feat Essa
B6 - Still Struggling
B7 - The Epic
B8 - 8 Bricks Remix feat M9

Release Date : June 25th 2018
Pre-Orders :

Vinyl-OBI / Vinyl / Tape / CD  

Beat Tape : kosm14 - Orbital Blunt - 2018

Tape - 2018 - Dope90 Records  

New instrumental project entirely produced by Kosm & Mong a.k.a Kosm14 and featuring Boora, Maxiscratch and Kovsh. 
"No mastering, no mixing, only raw and dirty stuff. Mainly used Soviet vinyl records."

A1. Rolandmcdonald
A2. Aelita (feat. BOORA)
A3. Roll
A4. Loweed
A5. Lafunk2
A6. Untitled96
A7. Oldtale2 (feat. MAXISCRATCH)
A8. Allday

B1. Eye2
B2. Old1
B3. Opera
B4. Vault (feat. KOVSH)
B5. Zov 
B6. Sunrise
B7. Comeback
B8. Creepy

More Info Here  

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Peach Tha 5ft Trooper - MC's Step Up! - 1994

12" - 1994 - Ballyhoo Recordings  

I bet you know nothing about this Canadian emcee called Peach Da Five Foot Troopa except He released his first and only 12" single featuring Trigger Man and Bad Nuze on Ballyhoo Recordings in 1994... well I was recently lucky to talk to Peach's ex-partners Trx, Chief Rock, Bubba Sean & Trigga Man and they told me the story about this 12"... here is a slice of Canadian Hip-Hop history !

Peach was a Oakville kid, he appeared on "Just Like Mom" a TV show back in the day with his mom. They use the ring people's doorbells in Oakville and break dance for them. In 1991 he started rapping, his first song recorded was "Children of the funk" with his friend from Meadowvale 'Little Twist'.
Peach met Bubba Sean (beatboxer at the time) in 1992 through his DJ Subliminal then later on Peach met Trx and Chief Rock a.k.a Sino at Rollergardens in Burlington, Ontario. 
They in turn came up with the idea to link him up with Trigga Man. During those years in Hamilton, Trx and Chief were clicking with Trigga who was in Legal Eye rap group. In about 1993, Ballyhoo Crew was formed with the following members : Peach (leader / rapper), Little Twist (rapper), Triggaman (rapper / producer), Bubba Sean (hype man / beatboxer), DJ Subliminal (DJ), Bad Nuze (rapper / Break dancer / producer), Trix (Break dancer / producer), KiX (Break dancer), Sino (Break dancer), Kaz (Break dancer) and J Stone (manager / producer / engineer).

Peach's parents began to pay for studio time at Chester a.k.a J Stone Studio who is partners with Larry Uptown Smooth. Peach had a very cocky and aggressive rap style and J Stone wanted to introduce that to the world.
But because he was a white kid from Oakville, J Stone thought it would be more appealing if he had some guys featured on his first single that were more Street than him because at this time there were no real white rappers. So although Peach had a full album recorded they begin to make the lead singers for the album which was "(Do You Like) My Flow Yo!" featuring Triggerman and "MC's Step Up!" featuring Triggerman and Bad Nuze.

The single was doing very well, was selling in record stores in Canada and the US.. the press release, the pressing of the records, the distribution of the records was all funded by J Stone. Because members of the group did not understand the music business part of things that much they thought they were owed money. but Jay Stone and Uptown Larry smooth had to make their money back first before the artist to start seeing money this caused a misunderstanding and a difference of opinion which caused the end of the Ballyhoo crew. Which is why only one 12 inch was released. Peach after then formed a group called Northside Sound.
Triggerman was a part of a group called FNS a.k.a Fist of the North Star for a bit then afterwards began his solo artist career and so did Bad Nuze, that is when Rakunz started with the remaining members in 1995.

Mad Props to Trx, Chief Rock, Bubba Sean & Trigga Man for all the info. 

HHV Boombap 45's series : Da Bush Babees - Brooklyn Movements - 2018

7" - 2018 - HHV 

A1 - Brooklyn Movements 
B1 - Brooklyn Movements Instrumental

"At the beginning we are focusing on a few quality tracks of the Golden Era that we love to spin on vinyl, and the opening release might be a nugget for all like-minded 45 DJ's. We are very excited to kick-off with the Salaam Remi-produced Bush Babees anthem »Brooklyn Movements« backed with the instrumental version on the B. The track can be found on the soundtrack to "Blue In The Face", released on CD through Luaka Bop in 1995. There's a also a seldom seen promo 12" floating around." - HHV

300 copies only 

Mix : Jazz Spastiks - Pink Mix

Concrete Click - Criminal
Artifacts - Dynamite Soul
Concrete Click - Keep It Street (Remix)
The Funk Family - Put Em Up
Twisted Mind Kids - I Feel You
Mental Dimension - MD's On The Come In
The Funk Family - Fruit Punch
World Renown - How Nice I Am
Black Prince & Aziatic - Props & Specs
Dungeon Lordz - Cake Maker
Main Source - Down Low
Mental Dimension - Shades Of Rage
Mental Dimension - What's The Real
Pauly Yams & DJ Jazz - Kick It
Pauly Yams & DJ Jazz - Get Paid
Dungeon Lordz - Hightstown Diss
The Funk Family - Ben-A-Hoe
The Funk Family - Stomped
Fatal - Pass The Kronz
Pauly Yams & DJ Jazz - Snitches Pt. 1
Black Prince & Aziatic - Black Ya
Forte - Run, Don't Stop
Fatal - Timber
The Funk Family - Everything 'll Befyne
Pauly Yams & DJ Jazz - Lean Left, Lean Right
The Funk Family - Lose 'Em
The Nonce - Thats What's Happening

Props to Murray Mackay for the Tracklist !

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

David Begun Presents Dr. OctoMobb - 2018

Dr. OctoMobb is the last mashup album between Dr Octagon's Instrumentals and Mobb Deep's Lyrics, dropped by the Hip-Hop producer and arranger out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire named David Begun. 
"Combining the dark and sinister music backdrop from the Kool Keith and Dan the Automator inspired Dr. Octagon album with the poetic lyrics from Prodigy and Havoc's Mobb Deep to create the mashup Dr. OctoMobb. " 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Saukrates - Hate Runs Deep - 1995

Back in 1995 with this little gem released by the Toronto based artist Saukrates on Genesis Entertainment Inc. 2 Songs are available on this wax, the first one and lead single of the record is "Hate Runs Deep" featuring the Canadian emcee Marvel ("Witnessed in his first ever appearance on vinyl, the seminal Canadian classic "Hate Runs Deep" Marvel writes and spits with a highly animated and pictorial style, often rhyming about issues that affect the underprivileged on a daily basis. Not surprisingly, the song won him a MuchMusic Award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Video in 1996" - Discogs). The track is available on the A-side in its Radio, Album and Instrumental versions, everything produced by Saukrates. 

On the other side, you can listen to the dope remix version produced by Down To Erf, which is for me the most interesting version on the 12", and also the second song credited as a bonus track and named "Get Touched". 

The same year, Saukrates and Marvel were invited in Rap City for the promo of Saukrates's 12" 'Still Caught Up' released on Steppin' Bigga Records in 1994. Here is the video of the interview and 'Hate Runs Deep' Live. 

Album Review : Cypress Hill - Black Sunday - 1993

LP - 1993 - Ruffhouse/Columbia  

From The Source Magazine - September 1993 - Scan courtesy of Frederic Thecle 

People Without Shoes - After Thoughts Of An Optimist - 2018

CD - 2018 - 5*4*20 Records 

"Get ready to go green with a new album from People Without Shoes (After Thoughts Of An Optimist). Right out of the gate starting from the intro, your hit with that classic PWS sound. 
The songs on this project capture so many important elements in hip hop. Keeping it basic with the fundamentals of our culture. Tempopmet speaks on various topics ranging from record digging to graffiti on tracks such as Style Wars & Crate Diggers. 
Preimmature touches on numerous subject matters in today's youth, some rappers are scared to talk about. 
Without missing a step he goes from telling you a story to spiting lyrical bombs. The album is produced by illinformed & Sean Peng. Two elite beat makers. They supplied a wide array of melodic melodies that any hip hop head would love. 
Pws sticks to the format by keeping it green with straight raw lyrics and a colorful delivery. With beats that make your speakers go boom"

Produced by Sean Peng & Illinformed.
Release Date : August 17, 2018
300 copies only !

For more Info, contact : Tempo Opmet 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Amerigo Gazaway Presents Pete Rock & C​.​L. Smooth - Mecca And The Soul Brother (Remixes)

Brand new Amerigo Gazaway's project released for the 26th Anniversary of Pete Rock & C.L Smooth's debut LP "Mecca and The Soul Brother". Enjoy ! 

Aliano & Jakk Wonders - The Originz EP - 2018

"Over the past few years, the duo of Aliano & Jakk Wonders who have been steadily flooding the underground with numerous projects and singles. The cross Atlantic Hip-Hop duo have received props from Hip-Hop legends such as DJ Eclipse, DJ Premier and have worked alongside the likes of Reks, M-Dot and Ruste Juxx to name a few. Now yet again the LA & Johannesburg team join forces on their latest EP 'The Originz'.
Aliano representing Los Angeles provides in depth rhymes about linking up with Jakk Wonders from South Africa and provides a cohesive story of how the emcee/producer duo came to be."

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Boogie Down's Got The Flavor !

Young cats are unlikely to know who were these 2 emcees from the Bronx, NY, Fordham Road section to be exact. If you do remember for the others, Foundation and Rezidue released the classic 12-Inches "Boogie Down's Got The Flavor b/w Don't Get It Twisted" in 1996. The wax came out on DataBase Productions, a record label originally managed by Rezidue, ELD and DJ Tariq Nelson.

Rezidue : "I had a recording studio with a partner named ELD,  but I didn't know how to work the equipment.. so I asked another one of my partners to bring some rappers for me to work with so I could learn my equipment.  He brought Foundation with maybe ten other rappers. But Foundation really stood out. That's how we first met.
Tariq was partners with Eric a.k.a ELD ... the guy I started Database with.. they were partners before I came along but Tariq went to the army, came home in 1990 and join in.  But I met him two years earlier. We were 50/50 partners in the business, Tariq was like our unnoffcial manager, he took on certain responsibilities that a manager would do."

Tariq : " I grew up in Edenwald Projects in the North East Bronx. In 1983 my mother passed away and I moved in with my cousins on the west side of the Bronx, University and Tremont Ave. There I connected with Tasheik of the Fortunate Four. They had a Keyboard player / producer down with them named The Improvisional Eld. After a year with the Fortunate Four, The frustrations of not finding a job and group problems, I decided to join the Army. I kept in touch with ELD and we always planned to build a studio and make records etc. While I was away he met Rezidue who was named Cool Ron at the time and they made music for Roof Top Records. When I finally came home Me, Rezidue and ELD started Database Studio. We became a hot underground studio in the Bronx. as a part of our marketing and attempting to build our clients, Rezidue had the idea to bring up a lot of artists for us to work with in order to 1) get practice working with people and 2) spread the word about the studio. One of those artists was Foundation. 
Database started officially when I came home from the Army in 1990. I believe Rezidue and ELD were working on the idea already. ELD had equipment in his house and while he was producing for artists I don't think he could have run a recording studio from there. Once we moved to Rezidue's apartment I purchased some equipment to add to what ELD had and we opened for business.
Studio client were artists like DJ Rob Dinero and NBA North Bronx Alliance. I Attempted to put them out but we didn't receive good pre-orders on the record so we only had Test Pressings of NBA LIVE."

12" - 1996 - Database Productions 

So in '96, Foundation & Rezidue dropped their first and only 12". 
The A-side of the vinyl contains "Boogie Down's Got The Flavor" in its Radio Version, Jeep Mix version and Instrumental. On the Flip side, you can listen to the great "Don't Get It Twisted". Both tracks were produced by Rezidue.

Rezidue : "Boogie Downs Got the Flava... That was a crazy day and a crazy session . The whole situation was really bugged out at that point...
I got a call early in the morning from an old label mate.. we used to be signed to Rooftop Records in the 80s. This artist wanted to do a song with me but he was a drifter. He would show up one day and you may not see him again for months.. He was trying to get music from me and after so much back and forth I told him I'd give him a track if he wrote an R&B song for his sister who was a very good singer... he agreed to do it.. when I layed the track I had R&B in mind but he started sing that chorus... It fit the flow of the best and I was digging it... and then found called out of nowhere... I just told him.. Get over here and hung the phone up. He came and we laid our part but the other guy had to leave so we left part of the chorus open for him and left a space for his verse at the end... But he never came back.. like I suspected earlier. Tariq was taking my music to his job.. He worked for a record distributor.. They heard the song and went crazy eventually putting it out.. initially my boy was mad because he made the chorus and wasn't on the song.. but that was his own fault.. he eventually realized and were good to this day..."

Tariq :"I got a job working for BUDS International Distribution and was afforded the opportunity to put out some records. I of course wanted to put out my crew."

Foundation & Rezidue - Photo courtesy of Ronnie Cochran 

Foundation & Rezidue wasn't really considered as a group but the association of 2 MCs. At that time, Foundation was also known under the name of Tomahawk and was a member of the duo called Footprints. Their 12" released on Zestland Records is well-known by the NY indy Hip-Hop scene and was reviewed in the Sure Shot Singles section of the Source Magazine of March 1995

From The Source Magazine, March 1995 - Original Scan by Frederic Thecle

Rezidue : "Foundation and Rezidue technically wasn't a group or duo. Foundation was a part of Footprints and Rezidue which was my stage name came from a group that I was in called the Skunkheads."

The Skunkheads (Jahlil, Chalis & Rezidue) - Photo courtesy of Dj Tariq Nelson

Rezidue :"I was filming with Jahlil and the idea came to me to start this group. I named myself Rezidue shortly after because of the amount of weed I used to smoke... that was maybe 1992. 

My partner Chalis, used to do little things that may have undermined what we were doing.. We were on the Radio and doing live performances all the time..  One day Foundation was expressing his concerns about his partners lack of input on projects and I was in a similar situation with my partner.. so at that moment we headed to the studio and got our first song which made people sit up and take notice. That's how Foundation and Rezidue started !

We first recorded together as Foundation and Rezidue on an unreleased song called "Hut Hut" which was a street banger of a song. We got rave reviews for the way we sounded together and just continued recording.

What you hear on records from me was a super watered down version of what I really used to do.. I switched my style in the Skunkheads to a much more friendlier type of rapping and I got bored with rapping so I wanted to produce only.. but most of the artist I produced for admired my Mic skills and would talk me into getting on records.. sometimes I gave in.. other times I didnt..  And there was some tension with tariq after the first single took off..  He started making certain demands that created tension within our work flow..  Eventually he opted out of the label and started his own thing... at that time spent a lot of time with Track Masters and their team.. this was in the late 90s."

12" - 1997 - DataBase Recordings

In 1997, Rezidue dropped a solo 12" single "Inner City Blues" produced by Rezidue himself. The sales were a little lower but the song luckily featured on the dope compilation named "New York Reality Check 101" mixed by DJ Premier and released on Payday. 
On the B-side, the song "Dropin Rezidue" was produced by Tic of Da Henchmen. 

Rezidue : "The second single was one of the things that caused tensions.. I think Tariq was uncomfortable with the level of reception I got as a producer.. He got a producer named Tic to produce 'Dropping Rezidue'.. but that wasn't our format... I did my own music... But I think Tariq was uncomfortable with the notoriety I got from producing and he insisted Tic produce the next single.. it was so off from everything we had done.. I didn't understand why he was trying to force this guys music on me... I did it just to stop arguing.. and the magazine's ate me up over that single.. it was the worst thing ever did as an artist. And I'll never do that again.

Foundation and me worked on songs but we had a studio fire... We suffered a loss in clients Tariq was disenchanted with running the studio at the time and I couldn't talk him out of it... We closed the doors on Database in July of 97"

Tariq :"By this time the music business was changing and we also had some tension between us as business partners. I just had a kid and was stressed out so we eventually parted ways. We remained friends. I started Street Music Entertainment."

Mad Props to Rezidue, Foundation and Tariq Nelson for the interviews !