Monday, March 25, 2019

Big Rob / Lil Sprout ‎- Treason - 1996.

12" - 1996 - Uprising Records  

In 1996 came out this wax released by the duo composed of Big Rob and Lil Sprout. If you don't know them, you need to know that Big Rob was the producer and Lil Sprout was the Emcee. This is their second 12" and it was released on Uprising Records. It was composed of 4 tracks, "Treason" in its original and remix version, "Mental Stress" and "Hard Core". Another good indie 12" which should be part of your record collection !

Recently I was lucky to talk with Lil Sprout and he gave me more info about their duo : 

Lil Sprout : « I was doing open mics in Baltimore at these freestyle events. And being from NY my flow was winning all these events... I went to Morgan State, but, just started selling mad weed and dropped out of school. A mutual friend introduced me to Big Rob, he had mad beats and a studio, and he was the financial backing behind that project. He was from Baltimore and we hit the studio and started doing songs. We went down to Jack the Rapper in Atlanta one year. Trying to get recognized I was all freestyle back then... not much written rhymes. I was a comedian more than a rapper. But Rob was on top of me to master my craft and focus on songs. 
Big Rob and his father managed Uprising Records, they financed and created this record label. They took me in and robs family really looked out for me. His dad was a reggae artist from the Bob Marley era, and he really had a good Jamaican singing group that was pretty good. »

Unfortunately this wax was their last release and the duo stopped after that...But unreleased materials exist and it seems Big Rob has got all this stuff in his stash...

Lil Sprout : « Life kept getting in the way...  I got arrested and ended up going back to New York and the focus changed. The buzz and the marketing wasent going well. We didn’t have the right marketing plan. Unreleased tracks were fire man... I wish we had a better platform cause our stuff was better than lots of shit that was out then. »

 Mad Props to Lil Sprout. 
Vinyl rip courtesy of 90's Hip-Hop Blog 

Album Review : Schooly D - Am I Black Enough For You ? - 1989

LP - 1989 - Schooly D Records / Jive  

From HHC - September 1989 - Scan courtesy of Repo136  

D Abuz System - Vinyl Pack Collector

Here is something from the French Hip-Hop Golden Era... From the mid to the late 90s, the duo formed by the emcee Abuz and the Beatmaker Mysta D a.k.a D Abuz System released a lot of good materials. 

A crowdfunding project has been created by Mysta D to reissue the full discography of the group, so if you want to help them here is the link : 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show - Jan 4th 1996 - WKCR

Akinyele - WKCR Promo
Talk Break with Technical Difficulties
Mic Geronimo - The Natural Remix
Group Home - Suspended in Time
Company Flow - 8 Steps to Perfection
Fugees - How Many Mics
LA the Darkman - I Want It All
Camp Lo - Coolie High
Dj Krush feat CL Smooth - Only The Strong Survive
Triflicts - Don’t Make Me Try
Saukrates - Hate Runs Deep
Mytee G Poetic - Com'n Wit Nuff Ruffness
Chill Rob G - Know Your Place
J-Live - Braggin Writes
Jay-Z - Dead Presidents
Mobb Deep feat L.E.S & ACD - Street Life
Mic Geronimo - Masta I.C
One & One - Phenomenon
World (Ill Distracxion) - Lock Shit Down
Ill Distracxion - Calm With Datrom 
Kool G Rap - '95 S&B Freestyle
Ghostface Killah - Winter Warz
Akinyele - WKCR Promo
The Fab 5 - Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka
MOP - Raise Hell
Lord Finesse - Brainstorm
Erick Sermon - Man Above
Das EFX feat Mobb Deep - Microphone Master
Sunz Of Man - No Love Without Hate
Kukoo Da Bag-A-Bonez - '96 S&B Freestyle
Mic Geronimo - Lifecheck Stretch Armstrong Remix
Blahzay Blahzay feat Smoothe Da Hustler & LA The Darkman- Danger Pt 2
Jamal - The Game
Erick Sermon - Maintain
GZA - 4th Chamber
Chill Rob G - Let Me Know
Rubbabandz - Purple Rain
Company Flow - Corners '94
Pitch Black - Hold It Down
Group Home - Up Against The Wall (Getaway Car Mix)
CNN feat Tragedy & Mobb Deep -  LA LA Remix
Big Noyd feat Prodigy - Recognize & Realize Pt 1
Perverted Rym Throwwa - Can We Get It On
True Master - What’s the Truest
Shyheim feat Rubbabandz & Smoothe Da Hustler - What Makes The World Go Round
Real Live - Real Live Shit 
Talk Break
Lord Finesse feat Diamond D - Do Your Thing Kid 
Cypress Hill - Throw Your Hands In The Air
Special Ed - Freak Flow Remix
Talk Break
Jamal - Fades Them All Remix

Props to DJ Eclipse for the upload 

DJ Enyoutee Presents...Zagnif Nori - Blood & Iron EP - 2019

CD - 2019 

DJ Enyoutee Presents...Zagnif Nori, "Blood & Iron"EP produced by Schrowdah_Mental¥zst, Crucial The Guillotine, Supreme Da Almighty, DLP, Tone Spliff, Seth Silensir and featuring King Author, Bad Seed and Milano Constantine. All cuts done by DJ Enyoutee except for track 5 done by Tone Spliff. 


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Mixtape : DJ Ian Head Presents Portland 90s Rap Classics (2011 Mix)

"Thought I'd upload this one again today - made it 8 years ago this month, which is also the month of my birthday, so it seems appropriate to pay tribute to my PDX roots. Here's what I wrote back in 2011:
This month I’m violating my vinyl-only rules, but for good reason. I’m still digging in the archives - cassettes and CD-only releases (plus a couple pieces of wax) make up this mixtape of some of my favorite hip-hop to come out of my hometown, the City of Thorns: Portland, Oregon. A lot of people who receive these emails and listen to my tapes believe I’m from New York, since I’ve been here for almost half my life now. But I’m a Trailblazers fan - I grew up in Portland, and keep a strong connection to the Northwest despite my years out east.
Despite what one would think, the hip-hop scene when I was growing up in Portland wasn’t just a bunch of skinny white nerds like me. There were - and are - some very passionate, incredible, original artists, and many of them continue on today, whether in PDX or elsewhere. In high school, as much as I waited for NYC or LA artists to visit the town and perform, I attended countless local shows and was inspired by these artists often more than those who passed through.
This tape is a dedication to the artists and music that I grew up on. I just want to shout out all the artists on this tape who not only made the scene what it was, but also were often just down-to-earth, coolass people that I’ve had a chance to build with over the years. I know I wasn’t able to include all the amazing talent on this tape - names like Maniak Lok, Starchile, MyG, and Mackin Rob don’t make appearances here, but not because I’m purposely leaving anyone out. It was hard to track down some of these tapes! Big shout to Alex Stange and Dan Morris for helpin out with a couple parts of this tape, and my dude Littlewood for taping that Berbati’s show off KBOO. And shouts to the homies Mic Crenshaw, Good Sista Bad Sista, Pete Miser, Toni Hill, Vursatyl and Rev Shinez. And big shout and thanks to Jumbo, who patiently humored my nerdy hip-hop questions while schooling me on record digging and beats during his janitorial night-shifts years ago. Hope everyone enjoys" - DJ Ian Head 

Q 102 Hip Hop Review - 102.1 FM WIOQ - 1993

Here is an episode of a radio show from Philly named Q 102 Hip Hop Review. It was aired in 1993 and contains a Souls Of Mischief interview for the release of their classic "93 'Til Infinity" album. 

Talk Break
L.O.T.U.G - Here Come The Lords
L.O.T.U.G - Lord Jazz Hit Me One Time
The Mexakinz - Phonkie Melodia QD III Remix
Talk Break with Fat Joe (cut)
Fat Joe feat Diamond D & Grand Puba - Watch The Sound
Erick Sermon - Imma Gitz Mine
Original Flavor - Can I Get Open
The Hansoul Project - That's Life
Rakim - Heat It Up
Poor Righteous Teachers - Here We Go Again
Talk Break /Phone Calls
Hard 2 Obtain - L.I Groove
Main Source - What You Need
Nas - Halftime Instrumental
Talk Break
Soulf Of Mischief Interview
Talk Break / Phone Calls
Jeru The Damaja - Come Clean
Maestro Fresh Wes - Fine Tune Da Mic Instrumental
Talk Break
Das EFX - Freakit

Freshco & Miz - We Don't Play - 1989

12" - 1989 - Tommy Boy Music 

From The Source - September 1990

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

TRIIP - Keep It Flowin' - 1994

12" - 1994 - SDXL Records

Saeida Hall a.k.a Triip came from Park Slope, Brooklyn. 
In 1994, her first and only single named "Keep It Flowin'" came out on SDXL Records. It was released on tape (Radio version and Funk Mix version) and on vinyl (Keep It Flowin' Re-Mix), everything fully produced by George Thorpe a.k.a Self for Down Low Hudz Productions. 

Beat Down Magazine - 1994 - Scan Courtesy of Rodney Williams 

As you can read on the label of the record, the original version of the single was supposed to be on the forthcoming album named "Jazzalistics" but the album never came out. 

In July 1995, Triip was invited by Stretch and Bobbito on WKCR for the promo of her 12", here is the interview and freestyle recorded during that show. The same year she featured on the track "Da Ladies In The House" released by Big Kap and featuring Da Ladies, a collective of female emcees who consisted of Bahamadia, Lauryn Hill, Precise, Triip and Uneek. 
One year later she worked with Nick Wiz and recorded the track "No Tricks in 96", which will be included in the Cellar Sounds Volume 5 1992-1998 released by Gentleman's Relief Records in 2017... that's the last song officially recorded by Triip.

DJ Mattnyce Presents Golden Age Soul 5 - 2019

"Where'd all the soul in hip hop go? Right here. More random rap/ gangsta/ jazzy boom bap random rare joints all laid out for 56 min. of all vinyl pure underground dope joints from the 90s and the 2000's.  "I represent the underground world it's a unique scene"-Juice -'sincere'-2001." - DJ Mattnyce 

1. intro
2. the_hemisphere-lioness
3. juice-sincerely
4. mr.complex-why_dont_cha
5. rufus_blaq-magic
6. c_rayz_walz-mood_swings
7. mr.magalon-powerful
8. gettoe_noize_productions-the_illest_things
9. hot_sauce-to_you
10. c-town-ghetto
11. 5_bros_wit_ugly_clothes-believe_in_the_five
12. dr.octagon-blue_flowers_(prince_paul_so_beautiful_remix)
13. prophetix-earthly_inheritance
14. swampheadz-southbound_strategies
15. tri_black-county_blues
16. tyree-wicked_verses
17. we_be_i-javellin_experiment
18. blind_craftsmen-altered_reality
19. strange_sanity-its_a_must
20. remedy-seen_it_all
21. da_outfit-fed_up
22. japhia_life-precious_memories
23. many_fazes-im_hip_(hip_hoppers)
24. ed._o.g.-dont_talk_about_it
25. ricci_ric-raw_&_pure
26. king_solomon-hunger_pains_(starvin_remix)
27. fresno_ft._the_last_emperor-tenement_building
28. cunninlynguists-lynguistics
29. dal_jones-dynasty
30. obscure_disorder-lyrically_exposed_part_two
31. killah_priest-when_will_we_learn
32. bmf-steel_contraption_(beef_wellington_remix)
33. insight_ft._mr.lif-universal
34. lords_of_the_underground-what_im_after
35. lone_catalysts-dynomite 
36. l_swift-daydreamin
37. paw_dukes-amazing
38. sektion_31-sea_of_discontent
39. sef_the_x-cutioner-keeper_in_da_crib
40. redrum-blue_note
41. imperial_element-gotta_live
42. q-tip-things_u_do
43. madkap-the_proof_is_in_the_puddin
44. souls_of_mischief-make_your_mind_up_(rock_on_mix)
45. bedroom_wizard-the_bedroom_wizard_is_here
46. boostin_kev-smoke_you_on_the_mic_(remix_blend)

Grown Man Rap Show - Episode 205 - Select Records spotlight

Hosted by veteran DJ Toast and broadcast live every Sunday night 10pm-12 midnight (ET) from 91.5 WRPI (Albany NY), Toast brings you 2 hours of the best in vintage & contemporary true school Hip Hop. 
 This is Episode 205 - Select Records spotlight - DJ Toast - originally aired on March 17, 2019

UTFO “Roxanne Roxanne” (1984)
KGB “The Big Payback” (1990)
Romeo Black “Same Old Same Old” (1990)
King Just “Warrior’s Drum (Westside Remix)” (1995)
Godfather Don “On and On” (1991)
Whistle “We’re Called Whistle” (1986)
True Mathematics “For the Lover In You” (1988)
E.S.P. “Wild Thing” (1988)
King Just “Move On ‘Em Stomp” (1995)
The Real Roxanne “Howie’s Teed Off” (1986)
Romeo Black “Chemical Warfare” (1990)
Kid ‘N Play “Rollin’ With Kid ‘N Play” (1988)
AMG “Bitch Better Have My Money” (1991)
Jerky Boys “Insulation Job”
Whistle “(Nothing Serious) Just Buggin’” (1985)
True Mathematics “K.A.O.S.S.” (1988)
Chubb Rock “Lost in the Storm (Marley Marl Remix)” (1992)
Crush Nation “But I Was Cool” (1989)
Chubb Rock “Nothing Can Stop Us Now” (1989)
Kid ‘N Play “Gittin’ Funky” (1988)
The Real Roxanne “Her Bad Self (The Posse Mix)” (1988)
The Real Roxanne “Her Bad Self (The Hitman Mix)” (1988)
Chubb Rock “Ya Bad Chubbs” (1989)
Positively Black “Nightmare on America Street” (1989)
Chubb Rock “Caught Up (Remix)” (1988)
Kid ‘N Play “Bounce” (1994)
Chubb Rock “Blow the Whistle” (1989)
Style “The Assassinator (Killer Mix)” (1990)
The Real Roxanne “Respect” (1988)
Chubb Rock “The Chubbster” (1991)
Kid ‘N Play “Do This My Way” (1988)
The Real Roxanne “Roxanne’s On a Roll” (1988)
Chubb Rock “Treat ‘Em Right” (1991)
M.O.P. “Rugged Neva Smoove” (1994)
M.O.P. “Rugged Neva Smoove (DJ Premier Remix)” (1994)
Proven Innocent “It’s On” (1994)
Chubb Rock “Just the Two of Us” (1991)
Red Hot Lover Tone f. The Notorious B.I.G., M.O.P. & Prince Poetry “4 My Peeps” (1995)
Seeborn & Puma “They Call Me Puma” (1987)
Main One “Check Da Skillz” (1995)
Chubb Rock “The Big Man” (1991)
M.O.P. “How About Some Hardcore” (1993)
True Mathematics “Greeks in the House” (1987)
M.O.P. “Blue Steel” (1994)

Classic & Soulmade - Tag Am Corner LP - 2019

LP - 2019 - Daily Concept 

Release Date : March 29th 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Tony Touch in Pound Magazine - May 2000

From Pound Magazine - May 2000 - Scans courtesy of Tim Burton 

ILL BILL & Stu Bangas - Cannibal Hulk - 2019

LP - 2019 - Uncle Howie Records / Fat Beats Records 

"Cannibal Hulk is the collaboration between producer Stu Bangas and lyricist ILL BILL. Prior to ever working together both Bill and Stu traveled in similar circles. Both heavily worked with Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks/AOTP) which led to Stu being on Bill's The Grimy Awards and Bill being featured on Stu’s albums with Esoteric and Blacastan. Having worked together on those tracks is what led to the manifestation of this project. Add to the scenario their love of comic books and the concept Cannibal Hulk was born. With both feeling most at home with aggressive music, this album sonically sounds exactly as its title indicates. Can Hulk features Vinnie Paz, Goretex, Slaine, Snak The Ripper and DJ Eclipse."  

Available on Vinyl, CD & Cassette 

Fair 1 - Blackbook EP - 2018

EP - 2018 - Fa Records

"Introducing the first EP by underground emcee Fair 1 titled "Blackbook". After a long hiatus, “Blackbook” is Fair 1's followup record to the Fame 12" single that featured El da Sensei on a classic graffiti-themed track. “Blackbook” collects six tracks, breaks, and an instrumental of the lead single “C.O.C.A”. 

"C.O.C.A" (Come One, Come All) features the legendary Sadat X of Brand Nubian and standout Canadian rapper Anonymous Twist. The artists trade verses on a boombap production and cuts by the Netherlands beatsmith Soulitaire. The theme of the track is teaching, learning, and passing on "collected wisdom" as each artist brings their unique point of view and experience to the verses. 

Also on the A-side, "Grown Up" is a storytelling track over spacey soul-inspired beat production by Japanese producer Shu. The track takes on two first-person perspectives of a couple whose goals of music and family pull them apart told in 8 bar segments. 

With roots as a graffiti writer, Fair 1 teams up with El Da Sensei of the Artifacts on a graffiti-themed anthem titled “Fame”. The song is in the spirit of “Wrong Side of the Tracks” and KRS One’s “Out for Fame”."  - Fair 1's Bandcamp

Order : HHV / Vinyl Digital / Bandcamp

Flava For Days

From Hip Hop Connection Magazine, Issue #12, January 1990 - Scan courtesy of Mark Bray

From The Source, May 1994 - Scan courtesy of Cr@zy Wisdumb Masters

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Mix : DJ Mattnyce Presents Midschool Heat 6 - 2019

1. intro
2. x-rae-is_ya_wit_me
3. the_crash_crew-the_real_hip_hop
4. split_personality-dont_stop_hip_hop_(remix)
5. chokolate_soldiers-this_is_london
6. 499-still_waitin
7. overthecounterculture-domdabadi
8. city-runnin_shit
9. boy_x-make_her_cum_(erick_sermon_remix)
10. underground_sound_unit-hit_the_jackpot
11. illegal-we_getz_busy_(buzy_vibe_mix)
12. da_youngstas-ill_make_u_famous
13. bsb-how_i_live
14. 5_bros_wit_ugly_clothes-5_bros_rock_on
15. outcast-terrible
16. erick_sermon-boy_meets_world
17. strictly_difficult-illa_killa
18. kavasci-culture_body
19. aarophat-the_storm
20. doc_j-no_other
21. lo_life-no_weak_signs
22. da_bullpen-who_runz_da_block
23. sharpshooters-trust_no_one
24. the_goats-hip_hopola
25. the_nobodies-hands_to_the_sky
26. the_servants-stranded_(ease_jazz_mix)
27. scientists_of_sound-scroll_of_the_fake_assassins
28. nomad-blessed_2_mic_check
29. al_master-testing_one
30. mr. magalon-powerful
31. pure_sinister-in_the_box
32. international_rap_syndicate-hit_me_(late_nite_edit)
33. dj_markk-directly_inorganick
34. ghetto_hippie-str8_from_da_ghetto
35. j_bad-stop_the_madness
36. mad_flava-freak_it
37. cru-that_sh**
38. d_auguste_feat._the_last_emperor-not_2_far-
39. sunni_black-cold_world_(djmn_funkymix)
40. city_boyz-down_like_4_flat_tires
41. homeless_nation-nite_n_day_(djmn_funkymix)
42. sham_&_the_professor-lights_go_out_(remix_blend)
43. da_homelanders-4_rotations_(remixed)
44. mc_serch-can_you_dig_it

MF Grimm - American Hunger Rebirth Vol. 2 - 2019

“MARCH 1, 2019,—Underground rapper MF Grimm, together with Day By Day Entertainment and Vendetta Vinyl, announced today the release of the artist’s latest album, American Hunger: Rebirth Vol. 2 Trials, Tribulations, Humiliation and Elevation. The 11-track album, produced by Drasar Monumental, will be available worldwide across all major streaming platforms, beginning March 15. Once a date on the Roman calendar known for settling debts, ‘The Ides of March’ became synonymous with the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. The Ides plays a recurring thematic throughout the album whose first single, Still My Love, is available now.
American Hunger: Rebirth Vol. 2 features digitally re-mastered vocals from MF Grimm’s 2006 release, American Hunger. The first triple-album in hip-hop history, American Hunger was highly lauded by fans and media alike.
“Most of us recognize the Ides of March for one of history’s most nefarious assassinations. What really resonated with me is that the crime was committed by someone close to Caesar, but still his legacy lives on,” said MF Grimm. “I know firsthand how trials and betrayals can take you down. But, these experiences led to the creation of this album – giving more depth to one of the greatest works of my life. This one is more personal, self-reflective and introspective.”
A New York native, MF Grimm has contributed to the hip-hop industry for more than 30 years as a rapper, producer and label executive. As an artist, he has released five solo albums, five collaborative albums and two compilation albums. MF Grimm has continued to create despite being paralyzed from the waist-down, the result of a shooting in 1994.
MF Grimm previously partnered with Drasar Monumental on a three-part conceptual series of albums including Good Morning Vietnam (2012), Good Morning Vietnam 2: The Golden Triangle (2013) and Good Morning Vietnam 3: The Phoenix Program. The EPs were released under Vendetta Vinyl & Day By Day Entertainment.
In addition to digital, fans may purchase the single Still My Love on 7-inch at Other American Hunger: Rebirth Vol. 2 tracks include Fuck You, American Hunger (?), Streets, Give, Right There, Page Six, The Whole World, Children of Abel, Simple Rhyme and Lift Me Up. The album’s artwork was designed by Scotch79th”. - Vendetta Vinyl Vietnam