Friday, April 20, 2018

Slomo - Ghetto Jedi - 1996

12" - 1996 - Demo Ya Dome 

 Slomo a.k.a the Ghetto Jedi released his first and only 12" project on his own Production Studio called 'Demo Ya Dome' in 1996.
This underground emcee is originally from Brownsville Brooklyn and he started rapping during the late 80s and early 90s with people from The Lyricist Lounge and mostly the underground hip hop scene at that time. This wax is composed of four tracks : "Ghetto Jedi", "Hip Hop Can't Stop", "I Represent Remix Pt. 1" and "I Represent Remix Pt. 2", all produced by the Brooklyn based producers 7Storm8 (member of the group Dead Poetz Society), and IshmaelThey all met at a dope underground spot in SoHo Manhattan called 'AKAs' where some of the biggest up-and-coming rappers and MCs used to go to perform at.
The vinyl is not really hard to find and is definitely something you should have in your records collection.

Props to Scott Randolph. Vinyl rip courtesy of 90's Hip-Hop Blog

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Album Review : Young Zee - Musical Meltdown - 1996

Tape - 1996 - Perspective Records - Photo courtesy of Steph Freshnews

From The Source - June 1996 - Scan courtesy of Frederic Thecle

INI - '95 S&B Interview & Freestyle - WKCR

On November 11th 1995, the group INI composed of Rob-O, Grap Luva, Ras, Marco Polo and DJ Boodhakan were invited by Stretch & Bobbito for the promo of their excellent 12" 'Fakin' Jax'. Enjoy ! 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Crimedanch Cartel :

Crimedanch Cartel was a crew composed of S.I.D, Sidewalk Syris, Isreal, Sugarman, Taliek, Shooky, Blast, Wink, Earl and Dakeem. All the members were part of different groups : Shooky and Blast were Untap, Taliek and Dakeem were Bad Seeds, Wink and Earl were FNF, S.I.D and Sidewalk Syris were Armed and Dangerous. They were all Childhood friends from Wyandanch (Strong Island 11798), NY.  Sid 'S.I.D' Reynolds was already making music and he decided to put the group Crimedanch Cartel together... a bunch of friends from the same town !

In 1996, they dropped their first 12" single on K.B.S.F Entertainment, a record label affiliated to the group and managed by Midi, Skitzo, Finney, Dee Wee and Daddy O
Originally K.B.S.F stands for "Kerrick.B-tonn.Simp.Finney", it changed to "Kept Between Strong Family". 

12" - 1996 - K.B.S.F Ent. 

The 12" features the legendary emcee Rakim and is composed of three tracks "Ruggedis Style", "Realism (Rugged version)" and "All My Friends", all tracks produced by S.I.D. 
S.I.D : "Crimedanch Cartel started when I was working on Rakim's solo album on MCA, one of the records from that I took and made the 'Realism' track
To understand the connection with Rakim who is also from their hometown, you need to get back in the early 90s when S.I.D was the half member of the group Sid & B-Tonn. B-Tonn was Rakim's brother-in-law. Rakim introduced them to Lyor Cohen's up at Def Jam and they were eventually signed. 

In 1997 the cartel was back with a new 12" released on a white label. "Realism" is on the A-side in its street version and a new song called  "Money is the Key" featuring LL Cool J on the flip side. The instrumental contains a sample of  "No deposit No Return" performed by Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson. 

12" - 1997 - Not On Label 

Here are the info about the tracks written on the cover sticker : 
"The year is ’97 and there is a slew of new budding talent emerging in New York. Crimedanch Cartel steps on the scene and gives you a preview of the skills they posses. Produced by S.I.D (producer of Queen Latifah’s 'unity' , Apache, Pudgee the Phat Bastard and Rakim just to name of few). Both tracks are pure underground New York Hip-Hop. 'Realizm' features the legendary Rakim doing the hook, the track is sparse, just a phat drum track and piano stabs to keep heads noddin’. 'Money is The Key' features the superstar LL Cool J who drops the first verse on this one. The Track features a melodic piano loop and has more of an R&B appeal. This 12" shouldn’t be missed !!!  Key your ears open for the new talents that will be making noise this year. Another Soul Fortified Exclusive

The group stopped after that ... Everyone kind of fell back from recording and went on to do other things, some of them were locked up...

Photo courtesy of Daddy O 

Mad Props to Sid 'S.I.D' Reynolds, Daddy O and Jaz !.

Raekwon Guest Starring Tony Starks - One Nut Magazine - 1995

From One Nut - October / November 1995 - Scans courtesy of Babylon Falling 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Livin’ Proof - Funkee C EP - 2018

A1 - Mo News Proof 
A2 - Anywhere 
A3 - Who’s That (Bruce Lee Version) 
A4 - I Got You Stuck (starring Baby Phase)  
B1 - What (Part 1) 
B2 - The Fizzo 
B3 - Yesterday Mourn (starring Moorish Dey)   

All tracks produced by Jay Dee between 1993 and 1994.

500 copies only !  
(100 copies on Orange & Crystal Clear mixed coloured vinyl, 100 copies on Orange & Black mixed coloured vinyl & 300 on traditional black vinyl)


 From The Source - May 1999 - Scan courtesy of Steph Freshnews 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fokis - Audio Crack feat Skyzoo & Chi-Ali / 52 Pick Up - 7"

7" - 2018 - Origu 

"For Number 008 Origu releases two more bangers from the Loyalty Digital Corp. camp. Off his album 'Underground With Commercial Appeal', Fokis brings you 'Audio Crack' featuring Skyzoo and Chi-Ali, plus the previously unreleased '52 Pick Up'. Fokis managed to create quite a line-up for his releases on his label, and Skyzoo and Chi-Ali are just big names he put on his album. 
Eversince his official debut 'Cloud 9' in 2006 Skyzoo is a well-known figure in the hiphop game. Chi-Ali is making his first appearance on vinyl since 1992, when he was a teenager and released the album 'The Fabolous Chi-Ali' with the help of The Beatnust, Black Sheep, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest." - Origu 

300 copies only 
Release Date : May 11th 2018

Sadat X - I Know This Game /Joe Frazier feat. The UMC's - 7"

7" - 2018 - Origu 

"Origu teams up with Loyalty Digital Corp. for a true banger by the legendary Sadat X of Brand Nubian.
'I Know This Game' off Sadat's latest album 'Never Left' is finaly out on vinyl. Produced by Local-Mu12 Member Real McKoy, this record is gritty and hits hard. The scratches provided by DJ Grouch fit the song perfectly, Point blank; Sadat X goes in on this one like the true veteran he is. One of a very select few to record with both Biggie & Jay-Z it is safe to say when you see the title 'I Know This Game' you better believe him."

"On 'Joe Frazier' Sadat X & The UMC's come together for a golden era inspired track called "Joe Frazier" that knocks just as much as the late Boxing legends left hook
The UMC's is composed of Haas G and Kool Kim, who released the critically acclaimed, full-length album Fruits of Nature in 1991, which garnered chart success with the duo's #1 Billboard Hot Rap Single 'Blue Cheese' and #2 Hot Rap Single 'One To Grow On.' In 1994, the duo released its sophomore album, Unleashed but split up soon after. 
This is their first appareance on vinyl since 1994 and the track was also producced by Haas G aka Fantom Of The Beat." - Origu

300 copies only
Release Date : May 11th 2018