Wednesday, February 28, 2018

D-SMOOTH - Droppin' Smooth Lyrics EP - 2018

EP - 2018 - Dope Folks Records 

Danny "D-Smooth" Sykes grew up as a basketball player and Emcee on the South Side of Providence. He founded the group The Ferocious Two and pressed the first record by a single Emcee in Rhode Island, "Dropping' Smooth Lyrics," produced by DJ Buck in 1990. The wax contains the Droppin' Smooth Lyrics EP and 4 previously unreleased tracks. It also features legendary MC's ED O.G, and STEZO. 

300 copies available (50 on Colored Vinyl & 250 on Black Vinyl)
Pre-Orders : Colored Vinyl / Black Vinyl  

Shipping : Mid March

Video : DJ Obsolete & Gee Bag - Increase - 2018

Video of the single "Increase" taken from DJ Obsolete's forthcoming album "The Mandela Effect" dropping on Village Live Records. Pre-orders coming soon ! 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Da Lowly Ones :

George Samuels and Lateef Ellison, known as Jungle G and Tyrent are striving to reach the top and to be the best at the music they provide for the people. Da Lowly Ones have been together since 1990. George "Jungle G" Samuels a.k.a "Jungle George Da Big Shot" from Mount Vernon decided to take Hip-Hop to another level, to show and prove that family is the most important thing. So, he reached out to his younger cousin Lateef "Tyrent" Ellison a.k.a "Tyrent the Environment Dweller" from the Bronx and they became Da Lowly Ones. Scott  "DJ Dubb" Shirley a.k.a "DJ Dubb Da Wax Shredda" is one of the biggest supports of Da Lowly Ones ever since he was in High School with Lateef. 

DJ Dubb : "I went to Salesian High School with Lateef in 91/92. He heard I was a DJ and had millions of records. He came through one day to spit some bars and he introduced me to Jungle G."
DJ Dubb is known for his work with artists like Pudgee Da Phat Bastard, Hi-Tech, Shazaam X and more ... He was also a member of the Bronx based group P.F.K (Playing For Keeps) who featured on Hi-Tech's "4 Degrees for the Streets".

They decided that it would benefit them both if they were to combine talents and include DJ Dubb into the family so they can grow and learn as a family. Each day, Da Lowly Ones thought about how to market themselves in order to succeed in the industry. In 1994, Jungle G and DJ Dubb graduated High School. In 1996 , Jungle G started LCRE Entertainment (LoLive Connection Related Entertainment) so they can provide a home not only for Da Lowly Ones, but also for all the other artists in affiliation with LCRE. DJ Dubb was attending the Institute of Audio Research. In 1996, Tyrent graduated high school, and was on his way to be a Marketing major at Berkeley College. 

Da Lowly Ones have made giant strides since they have dedicated themselves to the love of music. The first plan was to release a single under the name of LCRE, so they can show the major corporations that they have accomplished more than just a demo tape. They created, marketed, advertised and sold a product with a very small budget and very little guidance. The single was entitled "Da Lowly Ones introducing Jungle G". On this single, they released two songs "All Night" and "Gold Rushers". 

12" - 1997 - LCRE Records 

The tape and the vinyl came out in 1997. "Gold Rushers" was produced by Jungle G and "All Night" was produced by Dave Tillman. Dave Tillman was a member of a group called Wild Bunch with other members like IBorn, Stone Rivers and Kid J. He also worked on productions for Herb McGruff and Teflon. 

Dave Tillman : "I"m friends with Jungle G's cousin. Me and G's cousin were already doing music. So I was doing his little cousin a favor. I respected his grind trying to get in the music business so I helped him out."

Without major distribution Da Lowly Ones walked the streets of NYC in all five boroughs searching for stores to sell their music.They were able to have their music sold in stores like The Music Factory and Harlem Music Hut. 

In 1998 came out a very limited edition EP released on tape only, called "Process Of Elimination". 10 tracks with productions done by DJ Dubb, Dave Tillman, N.O.T productions (No Ordinary Tactics) and Nick Wiz. 

It was their last release, the group splitted after that...
Jungle G : "I'll take the blame for that. I stopped rapping and started focusing on investments and I kinda let the crew down. Tyrent did quite a few mixtapes. I did and album I never released and we have dozens of songs we're remastering and preparing to release in the near future..."

Massive props to Dj Dubb, Jungle G , Tyrent and Dave Tillman. 

Grown Man Rap Show - Episode 153 - Spotlight on "N.T." by Kool & The Gang

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 153 - Spotlight on "N.T." by Kool & The Gang - originally aired on February 25, 2018

(Paul Nice set)
Kool & The Gang “N.T.” (1971)
45 King & Louie Louie "Jazz It Up" (1989)
Cool C "Down To The Gristle" (1988)
Diamond D "Best Kept Secret" (1992)
Jungle Brothers "What’s Going On" (1988)
Antoinette "Unfinished Business" (1988)
A Tribe Called Quest "Glamour & Glitz" (1995)
A Tribe Called Quest "Mind Power" (1996)
Q-Tip "Breathe and Stop" (1999)
K Solo "Letterman" (1992)
Shabba Ranks f. KRS-One "The Jam" (1991)
Tuff Crew "Detonator" (1987)
Neek The Exotic "Hip Hop" (2010)
Kool G Rap "Truly Yours" (1989)
Pete Rock f. Large Pro & Kool G Rap "Truly Yours" (1998)
Lord Finesse "Praise The Lord" (1992)
Masta Ace "As I Reminisce" (1990)
(DJ Toast set)
MC Serch “Hits the Head” (1991)
Jurassic 5 “Long Road To Glory” (2000)
Chill Rob G “Let Me Show You” (1989)
Def Jef “Here We Go Again” (1991)
Donald D “Let the Horns Blow” (1992)
Pete Rock & CL Smooth “Mecca and the Soul Brother (Wig Out Remix)” (1991)
Steady B “Going Steady” (1988)
Big Daddy Kane “On the Move” (1989)
Da Youngsta’s “Neighborhood Bully” (1991)
Pete Rock & CL Smooth “For Pete’s Sake” (1992)
Main Source “Scratch & Kut” (1991)
N.W.A. “Gangsta Gangsta” (1988)
Terminator X “Can’t Take My Style” (1991)
Stetsasonic “So Let the Fun Begin (TSAL Mix)” (1991)
Pete Rock & CL Smooth “On and On” (1992)
Downtown Science “This Is a Visit” (1991)
Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth “Sexual Healing”
Sir Ibu of Divine Force “I’m the Peacemaker” (1989)
7A3 “Express the Mind” (1988)
Robbie B & DJ Jazz “Give the People What They Want” (1990)
Professor Griff “Pawns In the Game” (1990)

Sure Shot Singles : Raekwon - Glaciers Of Ice - 1995

12" - 1995 - Loud / RCA 

From The Source - July 1995 - Scan courtesy of Frederic Thecle 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Interview : Grand Daddy I.U - 1993

From It's a Rap magazine - 1993 - Scans courtesy of Babylon Falling 

DFACE DXA & ARMED DUKES - Every Single Time Part I & II 7"- 2018

7" - 2018 - Soundweight Records 

A - Every Single Time Part I
B - Every Single Time Part II

Shipping Date : Around March 5th 2018

Interview : The House List - Episode #74 : Dooley-O

"In this episode we go deep into the life and career of New Haven's native son Dooley-O. In this fun, frenetic convo we pry Dooley for as much back-story on his arch in the industry as possible. EPMD, Paul C, Stezo, Chris Lowe, Stones Throw, Egon and of course .. Skull Snaps are all covered. But there is much much more at play here. I think any artist, hip-hop or not can relate to this account of pursuing a record deal with a trusted label/brand and ultimately getting the run around, time and time again. Working with a cast of characters as wide as the stage at Toad's Place. It's a story of 1990's hip-hop, the early days of discovered breakbeats and samples in neighbors basements. Alladat. Enjoy and do not forget to subscribe! The last song is an exclusive" - Courtesy of Peter Agoston 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Raw Soul - Raw Soul EP - 1996

from Left to Right : Rome, Dj Quest, Ed & Ink One (Seated) - Photo courtesy of DJ Quest

RAW SOUL was a Bay Area based Hip-Hop crew. The group started in the early 90's in San Francisco and consisted of Nel a.k.a Ink, Rome, Ed a.k.a Sho Nuff and Dj Quest

The original members were Ink and Dj Ra Sol, the House DJ from the Bay. He was from Oakland. Ink and Dj Ra Sol go back to their Graffiti days. They made up the name sitting in the studio :
Ink : "One day he was to be Rasta Soul and I was to be Raw Soul along with Dj Quest of the Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters with Eddie Def and Dj Cue. I met Romell from friend in a group, I did some tracks for their group called Truly Funky Minds."

Truly Funky Minds & Raw Soul - Photo courtesy of Sifu Frankie Frank

Ink : "Next to enter the group was a cat named Ed aka Sho Nuff who brung the swag to the group"
Dj Quest : "MC ED ... we just called him Ed. Teddy Riley looking brother, he was the hype man !!  I remember going to 3rd Floor Studios and doing cuts for various projects. Anyway, Nel used to work there and we started collaborating there but Nel and Rome linked up outside of through our hiphop community. Eventually, we got a manager and we practiced at 3rd floor studios. But way before anybody else was onboard, it was just Nel and I working on demos.. we almost got signed to Profile at one point"
Ink : "A lot of things started coming together for us when we met our manager, this lady named Tina who Romell met at one of our shows. Quest left cause he didn’t get along with Her. And it went from their, being the opening act to a lot well known names in the biz to headlining show’s in Canada, up and down the coast as well as our own back yard, all this was in the early nineties"

By the way, you can also check this video of Raw Soul live on New World Video TV Show hosted by G-Spot & Barry Dow and originally aired live on October 30th 1992.

In 1996 , Raw Soul dropped their first official EP on Soul Kids Productions, a record label directed by Ink and Romell. The EP was composed of 6 tracks produced by Ink and DJ Wonder Hands.
Ink : "The production was me with Dj Wonder Hands who I recruited for the group who was a friend of mine from where i lived"

12" - 1996 - Soul Kids Productions 

Stunning project from the beginning to the end, the EP is made of the main hip-hop ingredients... mad flows, good lyrics and dope instrumentals using a bunch of samples.
Songs like "What's Going On" performed by Les McCann or "N.T" performed by Kool & The Gang on "Dialect", "Summer Madness" performed by Kool & The Gang on "Are U Wid Me"... the production is just as good as some East Coast projects from that era but unfortunately the EP is their only physical release, the album never came out...

Ink : "Well what happened life as use Ed wanted to make money for his family so he left. Rome got in to radio and was a new father so he took a couple of years off then we came back and did the EP and that next year I became father so music got put by the way side, I still have maybe two unreleased tracks for the album that I'm sitting on. I never stopped making music, last hip-hop album I did was for Zulu nation"

To be honest, I've never had the chance to find this nice indie record so I'm like people who would like to see a reissue ... so maybe one day who knows...fingers crossed !

Massive props to Nel, Rome and Dj Quest. 

The Cipher - Episode #232 : Evidence Interview

Photo by : Van Styles 

Tracks featured in this episode:

Bette Midler, “Mr Rockefeller”
Instrumental All Stars, “General Hospital TV Theme”
A Bronx Tale - Craps Scene
Red Foo & Dre Koon f/Evidence, “The Freshest”
Dilated Peoples, “Ruggedness”
Dilated Peoples, “End of the Time”
LMFAO, “Party Rock Anthem”
Mos Def, “Beef”
The Whooliganz, “Put Your Handz Up”
Newcleus, “Jam On It”
Paul Hardcastle, “19”
Newcleus, “Jam On It”
The Game f/Ludacris, “Ya Heard”
Evidence, “A Moment In Time”
Dilated Peoples, “Neighborhood Watch”
Dilated Peoples f/Defari, “Third Degree (Official Video)”
Action Bronson, “Strictly 4 My Jeeps”
Dilated Peoples, “Work the Angles”
Dilated Peoples, “Triple Optics”
Evidence, “10,000 Hours”
Evidence f/Jonwayne, “To Make a Long Story Longer”
Dilated Peoples, “The Main Event”
Dilated Peoples, “Years in the Making”
Special Ed, “Think About It”
Dilated Peoples, “The Platform”
Organized Konfusion, “Prisoners of War”
Dr. Dre f/Devin the Dude & Snoop Dogg, “Fuck You”
Dilated Peoples, “Mr. Slow Flow (Remix)” f/PMD
EPMD, “Strictly Snappin’ Necks”
Dilated Peoples, “Mr. Slow Flow (Remix)” f/PMD
Beastie Boys, “Alive (Evidence Remix)”
Dilated Peoples, “Trade Money”
Evidence, “Down in New York City”
Swolen Members, “Shatter Proof”
Defari, “Bionic”
Kanye West, “Jesus Walks”
M.O.P., “Follow Instructions”
Sean Price f/Pharoahe Monch, “BBQ Sauce”
Sean Price f/Pharoahe Monch, “BBQ Sauce”
Nas, “Nas Is Like”
Bette Midler, “Mr Rockefeller”
Bette Midler, “Mr Rockefeller”
Dilated Peoples, “This Way”
Kanye West, “Last Call”
Evidence, “Throw It All Away”
Evidence, “Jim Dean”
Evidence, “Chase the Clouds Away”
Ice Cube, “It Was A Good Day”
Evidence, “Chase the Clouds Away”
Swollen Members f/Evidence, “Dark Clouds”
Evidence, “Born in L.A.”
Evidence, “What I Need”
Evidence f/Slug & Catero, “Powder Catero”
Evidence f/Slug & Catero, “Powder Catero”
Evidence, “By My Side Too”
Evidence, “I Still Love You”
Evidence, “Sleep Deprivation”
Evidence, “10,000 Hours”
CNN Will I Am Hologram, First time on TV
Emanon (Aloe Blacc and Exile) ~ Imaginary Friends {FULL ALBUM}
Avicii, “Wake Me Up”
Evidence f/Aloe Blacc, “The Liner Notes”

12 FINGER DAN - Best of Series Vol. 77 (LORD FINESSE)

Brand new episode of the "Best of Series" dropped by 12 Finger Dan. 
This is Episode #77 - The Best of LORD FINESSE. Enjoy !

Contact : 12 Finger Dan  

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Pete Flux & Parental - Infinite Growth (2CD) - 2018

2xCD - 2018 - GRR  

01 - Counter (cuts by Venom)
02 - With My Kin
03  - Scaling feat. Paranom (of Tragic Allies)
04 - What They Need
05  - MDs (feat. Epidemic)
06 - Revenge Of The Pen
07 - Feel feat. Lex (de Kalhex)
08 - Say Aye
09 - Burgermeister (cuts by Debonair P)
10 - Roll Call
11 - Landmarks
12 - 6:30

The album "Infinite Growth" dropped recently by Parental and Pete Flux on Vinyl is now available on Double CD with the help of Gentleman's Relief Records. Shipping can be combined with the last Nick Wiz's instrumental project. 

250 Copies only 

Nick Wiz - Cellar Instrumentals vol. 2 (2CD) - 2018

2xCD - 2018 - GRR

 Another 40 amazing instrumentals from the extremely talented and prolific Nick Wiz. This 2CD released on Gentleman 's Relief Records includes instrumental versions of classic tracks by Cella Dwellas, Ran Reed, Pudgee, Darc Mind, Mad Skillz, HDM and more PLUS a grip of dope 90s beats which were never used.

Great Paper Chase
Get Down
Good Dwellas
Untitled 1
The Professional
Bobby Boom Bap
Untold Scrolls
Guitar Train
Downright Dirty
Dizzy Brass
Ran's Verse
Everyday Routine
Strum and Drum
The Nod Factor (Remix)
You're A Winner
Horn Melody
La La La
Get Back
Untitled 2

My Skills
Ran Reed Representing
Little Menace
Don't Fuck With The I
The Mind
Ready For War
Bright Lights
Real MCs
Outside Looking In
Inner City Blues
Smooth With Mine
Ghetto Biz
Good Dwellas (Remix)
Strumming Strings
The Final Chapter
Tip Of The Tongue
King Of NY

250 Copies Only