Monday, July 24, 2017

Concrete Click - Lyrical Terrorism (The EP) - 1995

For those who don't know Concrete Click, It was a Boston Hip-Hop crew composed of K.T (Killa Tactics) a.k.a Anthony Mosley , Dagger or Dagmost a.k.a Joseph Fergus Jr and Dj SugarChild. They dropped in 1995 an EP called "Lyrical Terrorism" on Lifeline Records. 10 tracks fully produced by Dialek, a Boston producer who also worked with Scientifik, D-Auguste, Da F.E.N.C.E Men and more ...

 The Original Concrete Click - Photo courtesy of Anthony Mosley

The official Lifeline Records 12" EP was only made of 4 tracks (Criminal/Can't Get Enough/Gone With The Wind/Where You At) with the instrumentals. In 2010 came out an unofficial Japanese Bootleg release which was combined with the 'Keep It Street' 12" single.  
I've never had the luck to find the official 12" EP in a record store... maybe one day...

Unofficial EP - 2010 - Lifeline Records 

Northeast Performer Magazine Cover - April 1996 - courtesy of Joe Politics.

By the way, the Open Archives snippets above come from a tape given to Magnus Johnstone (RIP) by one of the group member at the end of a show. The tape is now part of the Lecco's Lemma Collection & the Massachusetts Hip Hop Archive.

"Magnus Johnstone was an influential piece of the Boston Hip Hop scene's early stages. In 1985, he started the first all-rap radio program called Lecco's Lemma at MIT's WMBR 88.1, which ran through the late 80's, later moving to Boston College’s WZBC 90.3. He will forever be known as the first person in Boston to truly give local artists a chance to be heard regularly on the radio, playing their demos and even featuring them in-studio live on the air. MC Keithy E later known as the late great Guru of Gangstarr, Ray Dog aka Benzino & Emo E aka Twice Thou who were members of the Almighty RSO, TDS Mob, Top Choice Clique, MC Spice, Big Chuck, Rusti Pendleton formerly Rusti the Toe Jammer, Edo G who was then known as Edo Rock of the F.T.I. Crew, Disco P & The Fresh MC, beatboxer DMX, MC Fantasy, Bodyrock (Chuck & Emo E), Roxbury Crush Crew (RCC), DJ Koo koo, Popeye & Spinach, Coolie J, Magic D, TYPE 4, The Tuff Crew, Killa DJ and MC Capers are just some of the many 1st generation Boston artists whom Magnus gave the chance to be heard. At the time Lecco's Lemma was an immediate success among Hip Hop fans and Boston artists who were hungry to be known." 
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Feel free to browse the Tapes collection and listen to the snippets !!! 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Microphone Check : Bronx Tales - Fat Joe

From The Source - November 1995 - Scans courtesy of Frederic Thecle 

Mixtape : Cookinjax ‎- We Got The Flava (S-Ky Side)

Mixtape - Donuts Records

A1– S-Ky - Cookintro 
A2 – Taerism - Seeing Is Believing 
A3 – KMD - What A Nigga Know? 
A4 – MF Grimm - Emotions 
A5 – Ruggedness Madddrama - Checkin' Down The Menu (Remix) 
A6 – Slum Brothers - Regular Niggers 
A7 – Soul Kid Klik - Mortal Combat 
A8 – Peach Tha 5th Trooper - MC's Step Up 
A9 – Prophets Of The Ghetto - $Kurrency$ 
A10 – Fish B. One - How That Sound 
A11 – Prose And Concepts - W.O.T.R. 
A12 – Ghetto Concept - Certified 
A13 – Craz - It's On 
A14 – Chris Styles - Dreams Of Torture 
A15 – Rascalz - Funky Needs 
A16 – Ultramagnetic MC's - New York What Is Funky 
A17 – Controversy - Trunka Funk

Props to DJ MP45 

Dillon & Diamond D - Black Tie Affair EP - 2017

EP - 2017 - Full Plate 

A1 - Feast
A2 - Let The Horns Blow 
A3 - Double Up ft. Paten Locke 
A4 - Femme Fatale 
A5 - Last Call
B1 - Feast (Instrumental)
B2 - Let The Horns Blow  (Instrumental)
B3 - Double Up  (Instrumental)
B4 - Femme Fatale (Instrumental)
B5 - Last Call (Instrumental)

"Black Tie Affair" is dropping on vinyl & digital worldwide on September 8th  via Full Plate & Fat Beats. The B-Side contains the Diamond D produced instrumentals.

500 Copies available

M.W.P - Afterglow - 2017

1. Mi Amor (Ft. Hus Kingpin)
2. Bad News (Ft. Nowaah The Flood & DJ Grazzhoppa)
3. Ancient Artifacts (Ft. Dope Product)
4. 100% (Ft. ILL Conscious, Ras Kass & DJ Grazzhoppa)
5. Hold It Down (Ft. ILL Conscious, Shabaam Sahdeeq & El Ay)
6. Golden (Ft. Cayoz, Sage Infinite & Skyzoo)
7. The Perfect Storm (Ft. Guilty Simpson, Senica Da Misfit, ILL Conscious & DJ Grazzhoppa)
8. Repulsive Desire (Ft. Senica Da Misfit & El Ay)
9. The Three Musketeers (Ft. Howard Hughes, Sage Infinite & Guy Grams)
10. Mad + Nice + Ltd. (Ft. Reks, Craig G, Sage Infinite & DJ Grazzhoppa)
11. Band Of Brothers (Ft. Recognize Ali & Jos Rockwell)
12. Dikembe Mutombo (Ft. Jos Rockwell & Roc Marciano)

The Dannish producer M.W.P is back with his second album "Afterglow" featuring Hus Kingpin, Ras Kass, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Skyzoo, Guilty Simpson, Reks, Craig G, Recognize Ali, Roc Marciano and more

Out Soon !

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Run DMC in Rap Sheet - 1993

From Rap Sheet - June 1993

Da Funkylooper - Boom Bap Language LP - 2017

LP - 2017 - Zona Escolar Records

"1st WorldWide Hip-Hop Compilation produced by Colombian Boom Bap producer - H-ico a.k.a Da Funkylooper featuring Mc's like Coal Black + Malev da Shinobi + PielRoja - Kulya and Dee (Tulym) + Black Mentes + Blabbermouf + Ellmatic and one solo track by H-ico himself on the Mic. That on the SIDE A. SIDE B includes 7 Funkylooper intrumentals different from the SIDE A tracks. So 14 tracks in total for your enjoy. "

140 Copies available : 102 Black Vinyl / 38 Random splattered color records / 50 Clear Black Cassettes. 

Orders !   

Screamin' & Cryin' - Two Tears In A Bucket EP - 2017

EP - 2017 - Dope Folks Records 

"Screamin’ & Cryin’ consisted of Matisse (Jon Carter -DJ, Turntablist and Producer) and Skwerm (David Ellis- MC/Rapper and Lyricist.) “Two Tears In A Bucket” was produced in 1992 in Greensboro and Raleigh, NC, and culminated in Sanford, NC at Beechtree Recording Studios. Previously, they released their only record in 1988 on Popular Records under the name FAZE TWO. Their “Two Tears In A Bucket” record was never shopped to record labels and it never got the attention it deserved. The group dismantled shortly after finishing production. We are excited to unearth 6 unreleased studio tracks and 1 track that was done for Raleigh Radio! " Dope Folks Records

Limited to 300 copies (50 colored copies, 250 standard black vinyl) 
Order your copy now : Colored / Black 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Soho - Shortie - 1993

12" - 1993 - Jet Enterprises.Inc 

North Carolina based group SOHO also known under the name of Southern Hospitality was originally composed of Omniscence, D- Mack and Dizzy Dee. Omniscence decided to leave the group for a solo career and released his "The Funky One Liner" EP.  
Then D-Mack and Dizzy Dee released their first single "Shortie" (Shorty Who's Your Friend ) produced by Mark Sparks and Laquan who also features in the track. The Jazzy Instrumental contains a sample of  "Close Your Eyes" performed by Cal Tjader.
All these cats will be back in 1996 with the excellent Kakalaka Raw compilation. 

Mix : 12 FINGER DAN - Best of Series Vol. 46 (SHOWBIZ & AG)

Video : Luqman feat Strategy - Fruit Punch - 2017

Video of the Single "Fruit Punch" by the 2 Canadian MCs Luqman and Strategy
produced by MKSB. Video directed by Jamie Patterson.

Album Review : Tha Chamba - Makin' Illa Noize - 1995

From Caught In The Middle Magazine - Issue#2 - 1995

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Da Grassroots - Drama 7" - 2017

7" - 2017 - Chuku Records 

A1 - Drama feat Elemental
B1 - Dramapella

Originally released on 12" in 1995 on Black Employed Records , the single "Drama" by Da Grassroots featuring Elemental is now available on 7" with the help of the Canadian Label Ckuku Records.

Cop It !

Play De Record / June Records

Full Circle - The Season 7" - 2017

7" - 2017 - Chuku Records  

A1 - The Season 
B1 - The Season Instrumental

Cop It !

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Wax Fusion : Guru & Guests - Jazzmatazz - 1993

From Rap Sheet - June 1993 

R.I.P Guru 

Grown Man Rap Show - Episode 127 - Running Numbers

Hosted by veterans DJ Toast & Paul Nice and broadcast live every Sunday night 10pm-12 midnight (ET) from 91.5 WRPI (Albany NY), Toast & Paul bring you 2 hours of the best in vintage & contemporary true school Hip Hop.

This is Episode 127 - Running Numbers - originally aired on July 16, 2017 

2 Live Crew “2 Live Is What We Are…(Word)” (1986)
Naughty By Nature f. Apache & Lakim Shabazz “1, 2, 3” (1991)
Diamond D f. A.G., Big L, Fat Joe & Lord Finesse “5 Fingas of Death” (1997)
Common “1’2 Many…” (1997)
Gang Starr f. M.O.P. “1/2 & ½” (1998)
Ill Biskits “22 Years” (1994)
Powerule f. Psycho Les & Tragedy “718” (2015)
Edo.G “2 Turntables and a Mic” (2014)
Inspectah Deck f. LA the Darkman, Killa Sin & Street Life “9th Chamber” (1999)
Jay-Z “22 Two’s” (1996)
Ghostface Killah “260” (1996)
Grand Puba “360 (What Goes Around)” (1992)
Funkmaster Flex “Six Million Ways To Die” (1993f)
Jakk Frost “2 Bar Flow” (2016)
M.O.P. f. Teflon & Jay-Z “4 Alarm Blaze” (1998)
Vinnie Paz f. DJ Eclipse “Nineteen Ninety Three” (2016)
Memphis Bleek f. Jay-Z “1, 2 Y’All” (2003)
Armand Van Helden “6 Minutes of Funk” (1997)
LL Cool J “4, 3, 2, 1” (1997)
Ghostface Killah “Daytona 500” (1996)
Nubian Crackers “1,2 da 3”
Notorious B.I.G. “Ten Crack Commandments” (1997)
Big Shug f. Bumpy Knuckles “123 Bang” (2008)
Boot Camp Clik “1, 2, 3” (2006)
Royce Da 5’9” “Nickel Nine Is” (2002)
Nonchalant “5 O’Clock” (1996)
Cormega f. Lil Fame “718” (2007)
Diezzle Don “1-900” (1995)
Kool G Rap “4, 5, 6” (1995)
Jus Allah “180 Degrees” (2015)
Luniz “I Got 5 On It” (1995)
Fashawn “100 Bars” (2015)
Red Hot Lover Tone “#1 Player” (1994)
Ghostface Killah f. AZ “10 Pieces to the Puzzle” (2015)
Das EFX “40 & A Blunt” (1995)
Gang Starr “24-7/365” (1992)
Common Sense “Breaker 1/9 (Beatnuts Remix)” (1992)
Dilated Peoples f. Defari “Third Degree” (1997)
Pete Rock & CL Smooth “One In a Million” (1993)
Gravediggaz “1-800 Suicide” (1994)

Edo G, Akrobatik & King T - Verbal Assault / Akrobatik - Adapt And Prosper

Here are 2 tracks presented by El Presidente. The first one is "Verbal Assault" performed by Edo G, Akrobatik & King T Writen and produced by Cool Rock for Good Tradition, Scratches by Oh Jay and Cool Rock.
The Second track is "Adapt And Prosper" performed by Akrobatik : Written and produced by Mr. E. Guest for The Gang van Zaken, Scratches by DJ Dlux (Toronto). Tracks and instrumentals might see the light of day on 7 Inch vinyl on Hairy Toe Records. 
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Cookinjax ‎- Underground Railroad 8 (Dear Hip Hop) - 2010

Mixed CD - 2010 - Southpaw Chop

Props to Dj MP45

Zhigge - Toss It Up - 1992

12" - 1992 - Polydor