Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Mista Meaner - A Thru Z - 1997

 

12" - 1997 - Sure Shot Recordings 

No need to say that it's very frustrating to be in contact with someone who was very hard to find and who is definitely not interested in sharing his story... this is the case for Mista Meaner... but I truly understand and respect that ... life goes on !! 

I remember buying this wax "Winners & Losers / A Thru Z" in 1997 at the time in a famous record store in Paris, France called "Street Sound". The store was managed by 2 twin brothers (Claude & Christophe) named "Les Jumeaux" (twins in french). Big Up !

This is the second 12" dropped by Mista Meaner from Brooklyn. It came out on the New York-based hip-hop label Sure Shot Recordings and contains 2 tracks : "Winners & Losers" produced by the legendary DJ Clark Kent on the A-side and "A Thru Z" produced by Ezo Brown on the B-side, who was also known at the time for his productions for the Trenton-based group Poor Righteous Teachers. "A Thru Z" is definitely the best single of the wax (B-side wins again!). Chris Landry who managed Sure Shot Recordings said in a Billboard article "Showing creative skill, he rhymes alphabetically on "A Thru Z" like a funky letterman over a skeletal terror break.This track is the reason why you should buy this 12" if you haven't owned it yet. 



I'm still thinking he'll change his mind one day... Maybe he could give us more info about this legendary demo "Saratoga Ave" recorded in 1997 with Dogface of Hillfiguz and played by Stretch & Bobbito on WKCR. And for those who live in New York City, maybe you'll be lucky to come across him in the Lower East Side where he works at night ! Peace




Hip Hop Syndrome Radio Show



 Hip Hop Syndrome is a Hip-Hop Radio Show aired on Radio 666 (99.1FM), a local radio from my area (Caen, Normandy France). The Show is hosted by my man Phuncky Doyen who has been a real hip-hop activist for a long time, believe me !

 Here are 2 of his latest shows, the first one dedicated to the German indie Hip-Hop label 90's Tapes and the second one dedicated to The Good People (Emskee & The Saint). 






Check his Mixcloud for more shows.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show - February 15th 1996 - WKCR

 

 
DJ Nes is back with a short part of the Stretch & Bobbito Show from February 15, 1996. The guests were The Pharcyde and Broadway that night.



Dutchmin – Get Your Swerve On

Positive K – Mr. Giggliano

Talk Break

LA the Darkman – I Want It All

Ak Skills – Nights of Fear

Busta Rhymes – Woo Ha Remix ft. Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Das EFX – Microphone Master (Domecraker Remix)

The Pharcyde – ’96 Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle

Group Home – Up Against the Wall

Blahzay Blahzay – Danger Pt. II ft. Smoothe Da Hustler & Trigger the Gambler

Lord Finesse – Flip the Style ft. Diamond D

Smoothe Da Hustler – Hustler’s Theme

Sadat X – Move On

Broadway – ’96 Stretch & Bobbito Interview & Freestyle




Video : Raz Fresco & Dibia$e - S.I.N - 2022

 

 Video for the 2nd single entitled "S.I.N. (Something Inside Negative)" dropped by Raz Fresco & Dibia$e featuring The 6th Letter & BriskInTheHouse, taken from their collaborative album "Secret Wars".


Sunday, January 16, 2022

Boogie & The Barber w/Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito - February 16th 1997 - WQHT



Here is another episode of Boogie & The Barber with Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito uploaded by Dailey Maddawg 76. The show was aired on February 16, 1997 on Hot.97 WQHT.
 


Big Jaz / Jay-Z & Sauce Money - Foundation

Black Attack feat Problemz- Verbal Attack

Street Smartz feat FT, O.C. & Pharoahe Monch - Metal Thangz

Grav feat Al' Tariq - City to City

Dutchmin - Surrounded

AK Skills - One Life Ta Live Instrumental

Talk Break 

Shabaam Sahdeeq - My Words

Krumbsnatcha - Gettin Closer to God

Dj Honda feat Problemz - Kill The Noise Remix

CNN - T.O.N.Y (Top Of New York) Instrumental

Talk Break 

Big Pun - You Ain't a Killer

Saukrates feat Masta Ace & O.C - Rollin'

Mobb Deep feat Infamous Mobb - Rep The QBC

Natural Resource - Bum Deal

Camp Lo - B-Side To Hollywood

Buckshot - Follow my Lead

Mista Meaner & Dog Face - Saratoga Ave

Royal Flush - Iced Down Medalllions

Mobb Deep - G.O.D Pt III Remix

Cella Dwellas - Main Aim



Mix : Dj Droppa Presents Keep it movin' 37

 




SIDE A

1. Dj Droppa - Intro (beat by Shanti Gallos) 

2. BodyBagBen & Rick Hyde - Make Amends 

3. DJ Muggs & Crimeapple - Tony 2C 

4. Rasheed Chappell & XP The Marxman feat Jay Royale - Toss The Metal 

5. Remedy feat RZA - Supreme Intellect 

6. Snaggapuss & Ramzee - Bronx Dundee 

7. People Without Shoes - Slum Lord 

8. Ty Farris feat UFO Fev - Back blocks 

9. Pounds feat MAV and Flee Lord - Anarchy 

10. Dry Sift - Andere Shit 

11. Skav, Keer&Boo & Doop - 030 tot de 64 

12. DJ Muggs & Crimeapple - Bathtubs Full Of Veuve 

13. BodyBagBen & J Scienide feat Napoleon Da Legend & Rasheed Cappell - Despicable 

14. Machacha feat Jay Nice & Mickey Diamond - Unfriendly extortion 

15. Evidence feat Conway - Moving On Up 

16. Precyce Politix & DRUGS Beats feat OC from NC - No Face Phillip 

17. Chung feat King Shadrock - Chung Shui 

18. Guilty Simpson & Conway The Machine - Vega Brothers (Bozack Morris rmx)

SIDE B

19. Mack, King & Monster - Chopstix 

20. DOPE DOD & ChuBeats feat Sticky Fingaz - Buffoonery 

21. Precyce Politix & DRUGS Beats - Keisha's Awakening 

22. OC From NC feat Jooselord - '95 Goodie Mob 

23. Recognize Ali - Arturo 

24. Jay Holly & Prime - Cream Of The Crop 

25. O Sabio & L Undercover - 2 Doigts Sur La gachette 

26. Krauw Konnekt - De Familie 

27. Krs-One - Knock Em Out 

28. UG & Nick Wiz - Get It In 

29. Ramzee & Blaq Poet - Deadly As Ever 

30. Rasheed Chappell & XP The Marxman - Sinful Saints 

31. Stu Bangas feat Lord Goat & Recognize Ali - Dead Body 

32. Fresh Out Da Sismolab feat Big Twins - 41st Time 

33. The Quarter Inch Kings - Blood On Satan's Claw 

34. M Slago feat Senica Da Misfit - Spazz 

35. Neighborhood Creeps - Shockwave 

36. LDFDP - Salflic


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Shazzy - Ghettosburg Address - 1994


 

Shazzy's second album entitled "Ghettosburg Address" originally recorded and shelved by Elektra in 1994 is definitely a project I'd like to see coming out on vinyl nowadays, along with some unreleased demos from '93-'94 if some exist somewhere... The album contains tracks produced by the legendary Pete Rock, Rockwilder, Da Funkey Hoodz, CMT & Ski. 

If you don't know Sherry Raquel Marsh a.k.a Shazzy and need a quick recap about her discography, you need to know that this Queens-based female emcee was signed to Elektra in the late 80s/early 90s and dropped two singles and her debut album "Attitude: A Hip-Hop Rapsody" in 1990. It was fully produced by Stimulated Dummies a.k.a SD50's, the collective of beatmakers comprised of Dante Ross, John Gamble (RIP) & Geeby Dajani (RIP).


CD - 1990 - Elektra  


"Rap has its own laws of action and reaction. Unlike most pop, rap records answer one another, naming names and hurling praise, insults or rebuttals. Until recently, rapping was almost exclusively a men's club, but a wave of women rappers appeared in the late 1980's and is gathering force. The first group - Queen Latifah, M. C. Lyte, Roxanne Shante - generally took the high road, ignoring the violent talk and blunt, unexamined sexism of most male rappers. But in the last year, the 2 Live Crew have gained wide notoriety for their lewd raps, while gangster rap has hitched its tales of urban violence to an increasingly vicious misogyny; when Ice-T describes himself as ''the bitch killer'' to glorify his outlaw persona, someone has to talk back. Female rappers are still greatly outnumbered, but they're beginning to speak up directly against macho bluster, and to remind the rap audience that women aren't exclusively ''bitches,'' ''hoes'' (whores) or sex-crazed ''freaks,'' as too many male rappers pretend.

As a rule, the new female rappers create personas that are more level-headed, more compassionate and less heavily armed than their male colleagues'. Boasting comes with the territory, but women speak less about mowing down opponents and more about their own skills. They're aggressive but don't pretend to be invulnerable or infallible, and when they discuss violence, they also pay attention to the mopping up afterward. Most of them have doubts about promiscuity. But female rappers don't suggest any feminist utopia; in their raps, sisterhood is competitive - for male affections and for dominance as rappers - and mercy is doled out sparingly and selectively.

The most ambitious and substantial new female rap album is Shazzy's ''Attitude: A Hip-Hop Rapsody'' (Elektra 60937; all three formats). Sherry Raquel Marsh, a k a Shazzy, is a husky-voiced woman from Queens who sends rhymes dodging and ricocheting through the crisp, layered funk riffs dispensed by D. J. Vanguard. Like other rappers, Shazzy has multiple agendas. She extols her own prowess, pays tribute to the soul and funk recycled in her backup tracks, shows off her quick tongue, free associates and exhorts listeners to dance. But she also moves into the Afrocentric political territory of Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions with ''Black Is a Nation'' and ''Believe It's So,'' a song about racial and sexual discrimination that asserts, ''Nine women out of 10 will tell you hell no/ I ain't livin' like a body with no face/ Identity is set and my mind is a terrible thing to waste.'' As a bonus track on the CD, she moves into reggae dance-hall rapping and insists, ''Equality we demand'' and ''No man control me.''

Shazzy disputes the practice of sex as conquest in ''Heartbreaker,'' in which she confesses to playing games with her lovers, and in ''Giggahoe'' (it rhymes with gigolo), a scathing put-down (set to a jaunty New Orleans piano lick) of an ex-lover who didn't know a good thing when he had it. She tells high-living drug dealers with no future that ''You need a job, kid,'' and in ''The Way It Is,'' she details the collapse of families torn by drugs, shooting and child abuse. Shazzy is always serious, unwilling to drop her guard; the only jokes turn up as snippets between songs. But Shazzy knows the difference between preaching and rapping; she lets the rhythm carry the message, never the other way around. " - courtesy of "The Women Who Talk Back in Rap" - New York Times from October 21, 1990, Section 2, Page 33.



After that Shazzy dropped 2 singles, the first one 3 years later... "Ghettosburg Address" which came out on 12" and on Cassette. The A-side of the wax contains the lead single "Ghettosburg Address" produced by The Funkey Element Of Soul (Lyrics written by C-Money and beats produced by T.Rose) and the B-side contains the excellent "Stone Walls" produced by Da Funkey Hoodz. The second one "Pass Anotha Bag"/ "Pump My Brother (Ruff Stuff)" came out in 1994 and was produced respectively by Pete Rock and Rockwilder. Both 12" are very cheap so grab them asap !



12" - 1993 - Elektra




12" - 1994 - Elektra 



The album "Ghettosburg Address" which is a 9-track project was scheduled to be released in early 1994 on Elektra Records. A few promo copies were recorded on tape and although the album never saw the light of day it was officially reviewed in Vibe Magazine in March 1994. 





Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Dysfunkshunal Familee - Mixed Emotions - 2022

 

2xLP - 2022 - 90's Tapes / HHV


" On "Mixed Emotions", the Brooklyn-based Dysfunkshunal Familee consisted of Braindead, D-Rock, Rebel Rhyme and Crazy DJ Bazarro. Recorded between 1994-98, the album still has that special Bushwick underground vibe and feel. Bazarro's words on the project: "What a time to be alive. We just sat in the crib making music, having fun, playstation, trying to change the world in our little world. Everything we talk about then is happening now. Good luck in the game called life. So many mixed emotions on this ride." -  courtesy of 90's Tapes



Available in a limited run on 2LP (500 copies), CD (300 copies) and Cassette (100 copies)... Don't Sleep !