Monday, June 17, 2019

Swab & Evolve - Far Behind feat Masta Ace - 2019

New track produced by Swab titled "Far Behind" featuring Evolve and Masta Ace, off Swab & Evolve's forthcoming album "Out for Self"

The O​-​Zone Files: Rare Demos and Unreleased Tracks

"Massive collection of rare songs, unreleased demos, remixes, mixtape exclusives and freestyles from DITC’s own legendary O.C. With 7 solo and 6 collaborative albums under his belt, Mr. Omar Credle compiles some of his best but hard-to-find work including many classic recordings spanning from his first demo recordings in the early 90’s, all the way into his seasoned sounds during the early 00’s. Of course, all of his Diggin’ In The Crates cohorts pop up here including the late great Big L, along with his Organismz Crew (a la Organized Konfusion and Mr. Complex). With 51 tracks, this colossal compilation is intended to quench the thirst of any die hard O.C. or DITC fan, and bring to light many sought-after cassette dubs that now have been sourced from original masters and digitally remastered." - Bandcamp

Arcee feat Fat Ski - Super Educated (45Mix) - 2019

7" - 2019 - Chuku Records 

" This B-side Classic was focus by classic MixCD “Step Ya Game Up” by DJ Premier. After 18 yeras old, Jake One put out new “45 mix” for single version. “Class In Lesson” " - Chuku Records 


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Alps Cru - The Classics Collection - 2019

2xCD - 2019 - F5 Records 

 The Alps Cru Double CD is now available with the help of F5 Records. All the tracks from "The Classics Collection" come from the original DAT files. For those who don't know or don't remember this crew, it was founded in 1992 and consisted of P da Wicked, Shorty Live, and DJ Alejan, hailing from St. Louis, Atlanta, & NY. 

Video : Black Moon - Creep Wit Me - 2019

Here is the video of Black Moon's lead single titled "Creep Wit Me"off their forthcoming reunion album Rise Of Da Moon. Coming Soon ... Stay tuned !!!!

Cut Beetlez & The Good People - Cut People LP - 2019

LP - 2019 - Fabyl Recordings  

The Finnish producer duo HP and J-Man a.k.a Cut Beetlez are back with their new project titled "Cut People" featuring The Good People (Emskee & Saint). 

"Funky, fresh and straight out of Finland…  ‘Cut People’ fixes up and looks sharp with the DJ/producer supersonic tag team that is H.P. Lovescratch and DJ J-Man. The Tampere two made hands clap by ‘Droppin’ Needles’ alongside Soundsci (U-George, Oxygen and Audessey) in 2017 and join forces here with N.Y.C.’s The Good People (previous collaborators with DJ Format, Boca45 and Large Professor) for a firin’ six track EP.  As Good People emcees Emskee and Saint introduce themselves as deceptively nimble in their quip-heavy devastation, the Beetlez scuttle into your eardrums with old skool aesthetic spliced with audacious samples, a quickfire sense of fun and a truckload of deck shredding.  The Guru-sampling ‘Bad News’ becomes good company for your boombox by mixing disaster movie memes with jazz-and-double bass beats. Next, ‘Then’ chronicles “the last of the flow-hicans” while a music box powers off needle fluff and J-Zone-style bumps.  ‘100% Dis’ lays down a train of Dixieland jazz wrecking early 80s ones and twos, and ‘Wildest’ closes out the EP by tipping its Stetson in a B-boy stance as both crews tread the boards.  With Finland currently ranking as the world’s happiest country, the Cut Beetlez go for theirs by bringing grins to a golden age groove."  - Fabyl Recordings 

Exclusive vinyl-only artwork from Mr. Krum
300 copies only...

Rubberoom - Gothic Architecture (2xLP - Blue Vinyl) - 2019

2xLP - 2019 - HHV 

"We are pleased to present the very first full vinyl release of Rubberoom's 1995 "Gothic Architecture". This is a true underground gem from the mid-90's Chicago scene originally released on cassette by Elastic Recordings (EL3701). Avantgarde rap in its early stages, reminds of Fondle ‘Em and Def Jux releases. Includes early works by the likes of The Isle Of Weight and Mr. Echoes (also known as The Opus). Contains fully new crafted artwork by so talented Boggie Cramb. Tip!" -

Scan courtesy of Kevin Beacham 

A1 - The Fanum Is Evil
A2 - Synapse Gap
A3 - High Noon
A4 - Beneath The Surface / Loft Music
B1 - Body Snatch'n (On The Isle)
B2 - Buckwild
B3 - Breakout
C1 - Stacks Of 45's
C2 - The Pit
C3 - Outro
D1 - High Noon (Instrumental)
D2 - Body Snatch'n (On The Isle) (Instrumental)
D3 - Buckwild (Instrumental)

From Caught In The Middle #2 - 1995

300 copies only...
Pre-Orders : HHV / Fatbeats  

Release Date : July 19th 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Still Smokin' - Kool G Rap

From Rap Pages - September 1995 - Scans courtesy of Max The Keeper

Tape : Hi​-​State Project- Demos N' Shit, Vol. 1

This is a reissue of the "Demos N' Shit, Vol. 1" tape originally released in 1996 by Mr E aka Eightarrow, former radio DJ at KTUH-Honolulu in the 90's. 


Video : Bubu The Prince x Nems - 'Rilla Music - 2019

New Mercenary Productions video for "'Rilla Music" produced by SyerSO and featuring the San Diego-based MC Bubu The Prince and Nems from Coney Island, NYC. 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

On Deck : The Almighty Arrogant

From Rap Pages - September 1995

AK420 - A Matter of Wax #1 - 2019

"First up to bap is AK420 out of Germany who comes with his signature sound of strong boom bap drums over chopped up Jazz and fusion breaks, layered with various percussion and sample stabs. Expect raw toe tapping, head nod Hip Hop as AK420's consistency showcases what many would agree has made him "one to watch" on the global beat scene for some time. If the golden sound is your thing you're in for a treat..." - Millennium Jazz Music

300 copies only ...

DJ Mix Master Mike & Mimi Brown - Power 99 FM - 1988

3-D - Crushin & Bussin'
Krown Rulers - Kick The Ball
Cut King - It's All About You
Antoinette - I Got An Attitude
Busy Bee - Suicide
Devastating Force Promo ?
Mr. Tuxedo & King Stro – King Stro 
DJ Cash Money & Marv - Play it Kool
Audio Two - Top Billin
Big Daddy Kane - Somethin’ Funky
Latee - This Cut's Got Flavor
Sweet Tee - It's Like That Y'All 
Bobby Byrd - Hot Pants [Bonus Beats]
Big Daddy Kane - Raw 
Public Enemy - Bring the Noise
Sweet Tee - I Got The Feelin'
B-Fats - The B-Fats

Props to Craig Ellis Leckie for the upload.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Ground Floor

Noboby knows and understands why the group Ground Floor never gave a following to their famous first single "Dig On That / One, Two" released on Bandoola Records in 1994. Both tracks received recognition from the indy hip-hop scene at that time, "Dig On That" featuring and produced by Lord Finesse and "One, Two" produced by the group itself for Rockbottom Productions. 

12" - 1994 - Bandoola Records 

"This indie rap debut comes out rumbling, tumbling, and ready to roar. A creeping, high-pitched piano line advances over an insistent rap and abrasive backbeat. The bonus cut, "Dig On That", reworks the track, adding the rap prowess of Lord Finesse." - Billboard - October 29th 1994 

Photo courtesy of  Paul Boyd

 Ground Floor originally consisted of 3 members. ManhuntT.O the Funk Flow and J.D were Ground Floor front men... MCs and producers. They were all from Newport, RI and they can be considered as the first Rhode Island group to have a record deal.
To sum up quickly, everything began in the early 90s with a group founded by T.O called O.N.T a.k.a One Nasty Team a.k.a Oliveira N Thompson. First with another guy named Thompson then T.O added Manhunt. Thompson dropped out and T.O added his cousin JD... that became Ground Floor. 

Thomas McClorin was the guy in the back of Ground Floor, he handled all the street promo as well as booking shows throughout New England

Thomas McClorin : "We all met by a mutual friend and since I was the go to guy in the city's of Boston and Providence it all worked out. But yeah we were all just youngsters when it all began. The connection happened with Lord Finesse by one of our mutual friend who use to go to all the fuctions in New York where he befriended Lord Finesse who was already with Bandoola at that time along with Showbiz & A.G. "

Photo courtesy of Manhunt

 T.O and Manhunt were also affiliated with a Rhode Island crew named DFP (Dark Flow Productions), who consisted of T.O, Manhunt, D Woodland, Ron Hubb and Manhunt's cousins Wes & Maine. 

In 1994, Ground Floor was signed on the New York-based Label Bandoola Records founded by James E McMillan in 1992, who also started a management company called Ambitious Management at the same period. 
Bandoola Records and Ambitious Management were associated with 'Marquise of New York', which was the part for Promotions, Parties and Concerts. Bandoola Records, Ambitious Management and Marquise Of New York formed BAM.

After recording a last demo tape (For The Hustler In You / The Real M.C) in 1995, the group suddenly disappeared leaving a slight taste of bitterness... and for the so-called EP, It never came out ...

T.O : "It was a perfect storm of events… The owner of our label was best friends with Puff Daddy when the whole Bad Boy / Death Row beef started, we were in the middle of it all. He went through some things behind that and then ended up going to jail which are the main reasons there are a few others though. We actually didn’t get shelved, we were recording an album when all of this happened. On another note if the songs we were recording would have got out we would have blown up… We had songs with Leaders Of The New School, and was about to do a couple with Biggie...

After that, T.O and Manhunt continued their paths via DFP and Manhunt also focused on his solo career ... he released one 12" titled 'Tiamat War / Krypton' on Tiamat World Entertainment  in 1998. He also featured with Wicked and Cannibus on the B-Side of "Gone Till November". The song was called "No AirPlay" featuring Manhunt, Wyclef and Cannibus. He was supposed to sign to Wyclef Refugee Camp All Stars but he just wanted him and Manhunt was loyal to his crew. 

Mad Props to T.O, Manhunt and Thomas McClorin... 
thanks for your time. 

Steady Lenchin'

From The Source - December 1992 

Video : DJ Premier - Headlines feat. Westside Gunn, Conway & Benny - 2019

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Akaustik x Setneuf - Lux In Tenebris EP - 2019

EP - 2019 - Larchiviste Records 

A1 - Kintsugi
A2 - Millésime
A3 - Semblables Feat K-Lips, Khilo, Zik Sunny Sky, Jack-H, Smoke
B1 - Le Laboratoire
B2 - Lux In Tenebris
B3 - Partir 
Bonus Track - Résurrection

Productions by Devak, Dj Ardjan, Nanar, Jack-H & Mani Deiz. 
Scratches by Dj Pkur & Dj Ruton. 

300 hand numbered copies only ...

Beat Route - Beatnuts in HHC - 1997

From Hip Hop Connection - September 1997 

Krooks - Everyday Struggle LP - 2019

LP - 2019 - Postpartum 

The instrumental project will be available as limited marbled vinyl (250 copies) and limited black 180g vinyl (150 copies) on June 9th 2019 (7PM CET) via Postpartum Records .

Monday, June 3, 2019

Kevin Keith & The Dirty Dozen Show - August 15th 1992 - WNWK

Organized Rhyme - Kevin Keith & The Dirty Dozen Show Promo
EPMD - Can't Hear Nothing But The Music
Pete Rock & C.L Smooth - The Basement
Shante feat Kool G Rap - Deadly Rhymes 
Busta Rhymes - Intro Talk
Mary J Blige feat Grand Puba - What’s the 411 ? 
Talk Break
Kool G Rap - Train Robbery
Owtlawz - Watch Your Head 
Alliance - We Could Get Used To This 
Troubleneck Brothers - Poets At War 
The Brand New Heavies feat Black Sheep - State Of Yo
Talk Break
House Of Pain - Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix)
A Tribe Called Quest - Hot Sex
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Burnt
Positive K - Nightshift
Audio Two - Top Billin’
Organized Konfusion - Fudge Pudge (Bob T Mix)
Powerule - Pass The Vibes (The Vibes Mix)
Pete Rock & C.L Smooth - Ghettos Of The Mind
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Eye Examination
Boogie Down Productions - We In There Remix
House Of Pain feat B-Real - Put Your Head Out
Talk Break

Mad Props to Bo Nedelchev for the upload !
Sorry Paul Haney, I can't thank you in the comment section ... it doesn't work for me, so thanks a lot for the track ID.  

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Swift - The Ruff Shit - 2019

LP - 2019 - Hip-Hop Enterprise  

"Hip-Hop Enterprise will be reissuing the 1994 single tracks without the Ill Skool Shop Mix, cause that beat was originally part of the Scott Free - Don't Fight the Flavor EP that was released 2 months ago on Hip-Hop Enterprise as well. In addition there will be added no less than 5 previously unreleased full track bangers, recorded at that time and all of them produced by Noiseman M.D." - Hip-Hop Enterprise

A1 - The Ruff Shit (Ruff House Blues Mix)
A2 - The Ruff Shit (Ruff Man Mix)
A3 - The Ruff Shit (Radio Man Mix)
A4 - The Ruff Shit (Nine Duce Mix)
A5 - The Ruff Shit (Instrumental)
B1 - Here It Is (Vocal)
B2 - Loosing It (Vocal)
B3 - Blow For Blow (Vocal)
B4 - Buckle Up (Vocal)
B5 - Head For The Hills (Vocal)
B6 - The Dope Move (Beat)

Pre-Orders : Coloured Vinyl (100 copies) / Black Vinyl (200 copies)/ CD (300 copies)

Release Date : June 27th 2019