Monday, September 30, 2019

Hype : Fanatik

From Hip-Hop Connection -  July 1997 

tape rip courtesy of Til.Infinity Blog  

Single Review : EPMD - Give The People - 1991

12" - 1991 - Def Jam / RAL / Columbia  

From The Source - August 1991 - Scan Courtesy of Frederic Thecle 

Grown Man Rap Show - Episode 232 - Spotlight on Cold Chillin' Records

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

This is Episode 232 - Spotlight on Cold Chillin' Records - DJ Toast - originally aired on September 29, 2019

Biz Markie “Just a Friend” (1989)
MC Shan “Left Me Lonely” (1987)
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo “I’m Fly (original 12” version)” (1986)
Biz Markie “Biz Is Goin’ Off” (1988)
Diamond Shell “Grand Imperial Diamond Shell” (1991)
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo “Ill Street Blues” (1992)
Cymande “The Message” (1972)
Master Ace “Me and the Biz” (1990)
Juice Crew All Stars “Juice Crew All Stars” (1987)
Joe Tex “Papa Was Too” (1968)
Heavy D & Biz Markie “We Write the Songs” (1988)
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo “Streets of New York” (1990)
Biz Markie “Albee Square Mall” (1988)
Big Daddy Kane “Smooth Operator” (1989)
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo “Rikers Island” (1987)
Roxanne Shante “Independent Woman” (1989)
MC Shan “Never Rock a Party” (1988)
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo f. Freddie Foxxx & Large Professor “Money in the Bank” (1990)
Roxanne Shante f. Craig G “Gotta Get Paid” (1989)
Biz Markie “Vapors” (1988)
Tragedy “Live Motivator” (1988)
King Sun “Humm Deez Nuts” (1994)
Big Daddy Kane f. Biz Markie “Just Rhymin’ With Biz” (1987)
James & Bobby Purify “I’m Your Puppet” (1966)
Grand Daddy IU “Something New” (1990)
Biz Markie “Pickin’ Boogers” (1987)
Master Ace “Go Where I Send Thee” (1991)
Marley Marl “The Symphony” (1988)
Marley Marl “The Symphony Pt. II (Extra Crispy)” (1991)
Kid Capri “The Apollo” (1991)
Marley Marl f. Craig G “Droppin’ Science (hip hop version)” (1988)
MC Shan “Down By Law” (1987)
Tragedy “The Rebel” (1988)
Diamond Shell “On What a Night” (1991)
Big Daddy Kane “Long Live the Kane” (1988)
The Genius “What are Silly Girls Made Of” (1991)
Kid Capri “Joke’s on You Jack (Remix)” (1991)
MC Shan “Words of a Freestyle” (1988)
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo “Road to the Riches” (1989)
Big Daddy Kane “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” (1988)
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo “It’s a Demo” (1986)
Marley Marl f. Craig G “Duck Alert” (1988)
Big Daddy Kane “Looks Like a Job For” (1992)
Roxanne Shante “Have a Nice Day” (1987)
Kev E Kev & AK-B “Out for the Count” (1991)
Master Ace & Action “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” (1988)
The Genius “Words from the Genius” (1991)
Biz Markie “Something for the Radio” (1988)
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo “Bad to the Bone (Remix)” (1990)

Grown Man Rap Show 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Mo' Budded Phat Jointz - 1995

EP - 1995 - Mo' Budded Ent.

Here is an EP which was released in 1995 on Mo' Budded Entertainment. The wax is composed of 8 tracks fully produced by Phat Ro and featuring groups or artists from Riverside, California like Izm Da Mad Soul, M.O.L.D a.k.a Master O.L.D, Da Gas Chamber (M.O.L.D & Big Cee), Shane Hunter or Da Unsung Poets (G Spot & Bo G).




Phat Ro : "My parents took over a lease at a club in Riverside California 70 miles east of Los Angeles. They kept most of the employees and security. Izm, Gas chamber and Da Unsung were friends of a bouncer. They would always show up at the club before opening and hang out. We became friends and they needed beats and financial help to make demos. I bought an Mpc 60II and started making beats. I had done drum machine programming for my electro B Boy crew in the 80s . I had an idea of how to produce from the 80s stuff I was part of. Took a year to learn Mpc and have enough beats good enough to make the first demo which eventually became the Mo' Budded Phat Joints."

Mo' Budded Entertainment was a Record label managed by Phat Ro and his brother. They only pressed 500 copies of this EP. But unfortunately Izm was locked up when the records were out and it’s one of the reasons it couldn’t get promoted.

Phat Ro : "When I put out the Mo' Budded Phat Jointz vinyl in '95, I didn’t get any love from the distributors. Took all the records to stores myself. Tony Stewart of Beat Non Stop gave me love and sold about 25 records ... Fatbeats took them under consignment but never put them out . Had guys go to store and check and never did it get put on shelves. When I went a couple weeks later they gave me back the records and said none sold . I guess I wasn’t there sound or maybe because we were not LA or New York . So I took a trip to Daly City near San Francisco to Cues Hip Hop Shop . Quest and Cue were cool and put it on loud speaker. People were asking what it was and they couldn’t yet sell it because they didn't pick any up yet. They took 25 records and got them to the right people. 2 weeks later they asked for all the 450 records I had left and distributed it all over the world. Cues Hip Hop Shop later asked me for an Izm track that they put out on a comp that featured Bay Area artist. After that, I saw Izm briefly in 2006 when he recorded tracks on my album under the name of Da Ill Lyfe then I lost contact."

Mad Props to Phat Ro aka FreshRo Chavez  

Documentary : Stop The Violence Video - Overcoming Self Destruction - 1990

"The Stop The Violence Movement is a collection of rap artists and record industry figures who have joined together to celebrate music and preach against the evil of Black on Black crime. Shared for historical purposes. I do not own the rights. 

 First came the gold 12", "Self-Destruction" on Jive Records. Then the book, "Overcoming Self-Destruction", published by Pantheon Books. The third stage of the Stop The Violence Movement is this home video which documents the activities of this non-profit organization. KRS-ONE, M.C. Lyte, Daddy-0, M.C. Delite, Wise, Fruit-Kwan, M'tume, Ms. Melodie, D-Nice, Kool Moe Dee, Just Ice, Chuck D, Flavor Flay, Doug E. Fresh, Heavy D, Young MC, Oran "Juice" Jones, Tone Loc and Big Daddy Kane are among the many artists who appear on this longform video. 
Profits from all Stop The Violence Movement projects benefit the National Urban League. Also includes the video "Self-Destruction" by the Stop The Violence Movement. " - Reelblack

Photo courtesy of D-Nice  

  • Directed by Ralph McDaniels 
  • Produced by Sabrina Gray for Classic Concepts Executive
  • Producers: Nelson George and Tokyo Rose

La Base & Tru Comers - Jazz - 2019

EP - 2019 -  Vinyl Digital  

La Base and the Tru Comers are still a deadly combination and the title of their new EP points out the direction: Straight boombap bangers and French representer lyrics pay homage to the only true unity of jazz and hip hop. Train your neck, it should be really strong to withstand these songs! - Vinyl Digital

La Base & Tru Comers - Photo courtesy of myvans 

A1. Jazz
A2. Déter
A3. Timboots
B1. Jazz (Instrumental)
B2. Déter (Instrumental)
B3. Timboots (Instrumental)

300 copies only ...
Shipping Date : October 04th 2019

Mad Props to Tru Comers for the snippets ! 

Big Game Hunters - Jungle Brothers in Rap Pages 1997

From Rap Pages - June 1997 

Mix : Nick Wiz - A Jazz Spastiks Mix - 2019

More than 2 Hours of Nick Wiz productions selected and mixed by the Jazz Spastiks... Enjoy ! 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

MEMG Presents Fat Nogin Civilianz - 1998

Tape - 1998 - MEMG 

Back in 1998, with this rare and dope comp released on tape by this crew from Virginia named Fat Nogin Civilianz. 
The collective was formed by different groups or artists like Vertical Status (Dalu, Soul Sun & Malik Starr), Exstra Black Adishon (N-Tel & Natural), Verbale Unknown (Majestic & Rapster Funk), Vinyl Scavengaz (N-Tel, Majestic & Ant Live), Bless, M Squared, Shabazz and Philosophy.

The project was released on Most Entertainement Music Group which originally started as a management company in 1995 and became a record company in 1997. 
It was managed by two childhood friends named Dante .R Parham and D. Carlos Johnson from Petersburg,VA. Carlos Johnson was  also known by the rap name KAY ILL who also features on the comp. 

3000 copies of this tape were released in 1998. It contains 14 tracks with productions from:
  • Mark Life for Noise Makers / Wired 4 Sound Productions.
  • P. Hill a.k.a Drop for Drop Productions.
  • D. Olds a.k.a Majestic, D. Ricks a.k.a N-Tel and A. Patterson a.k.a Ant Live for Vinyl Scavengaz Productions.
  • L. Sharp a.k.a Malik Starr and J. Davenport a.k.a Stryfe for 19 Nu-Styles Vibe Masters Productions

"Portsmouth based rappers E.B.A (Exstra Black Adishon) are generating a stir of conversation in their hometown. And with the de but album "The Struggle Upwards" the rest of the hip-hop community will find out what Powertown heads have already known for a while. "The Struggle Upwards" scheduled for a late summer release and is produced entirely by the groups' own Moor Gold Productions squad.

Admirers of the group from near and afar have heard the group rip microphones on various compilation albums and at live performances.  They penned 3 songs for the self titled “Fat Nogin Civilianz” album that sparked a buzz strong enough to grab the attention of fans in Seoul Korea. EBA contributed the inspirational, “Domingo’s Prayer,” to the Hip-hop compilation “Street Hip-Hop Volume 1” released by New Music Source, an international record label in Seoul Korea.  They have also worked with several of Virginia’s upcoming producers and emcees that are leading a strong underground movement throughout the Seven Grand Cities and
Richmond area.

The group’s love affair with music began in the mid-80’s while only elementary school students. During their junior high school days, EBA repped for a Powertown based crew called Triclopse.  While attending I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, the duo began to make a name for themselves by battling any emcees who said they had “skills.” Triclopse eventually emerged into another group of talented emcees to create the group Fat Nogin Civilianz. Later EBA started wrecking mics at high school talent shows, open mics, clubs, and even the VA Beach strip. “We used to get chased and harassed by the cops just for rhyming in ciphers on the boardwalk. Anyway, we would perform at any venue that had an open mic that’s for sure.  

EBA made their mark performing at live venues. Their eletricfying shows and stage chemistry embedded their performances is the minds of area hip hoppers for years to come. In 1995, Natural bought the FNC camp to the attention of Jomo Management, which eventually got the group signed to the upstart independent Most Entertainment Music Group, Inc.

The hard-hitting "True Lies" displays a verbal assault on phony gangster rappers with no street credibility. "I see you tough guys fantasize / A Life of True Lies". The opening line says it all.

"Poisonous false rebuttals got’em caught in life’s hustle / It’s a Hollywood shuffle of desperados who smuggle/ Thoughtless compositions based on mystery missions / That put illusions in ya vision like platinum pulp fiction."-- Natural, (Taken from verse 2)

This cut was inspired by seeing too many fake ass video cats. Don’t fall victim to your own hype! Fuck television and telling lies visually. Give the people information, because it’s more valuable than the fabrications - Natural 

On the Vinyl Scanvengaz produced "N-Site" EBA shows more laid back and mellow approach to attacking the mic.

"My vernacular charasma cracks your back like a drunk chiropractor / I’m a robot with a soul / When I was a tadpole / I swam dams and lakes / Now I procreate / The mental state / With the energy / Check my imagery / Increase as I release my speech / Sharp as a hawk’s beak / I spit when my tongue touches my teeth."  -- N-Tel, (Taken from verse 1)

Being partnered with one of the most influential independent brands in Virginia, EBA has big plans for their careers. "We have a plan that involves redefining and retooling the real hip-hop as we know it to be. Our staying power will be determined by our success at achieving that goal." - MEMG Press Kit - 1998

"Vertical Status, a well established hip-hop team, are not new to the Virginia rap scene. Darryl Lewis a.k.a Dalu, Victor Stith a.k.a Soul Sun and L. Sharp a.k.a Malik Starr accompanied with their “Upward Motion-True Devotion” motto has enabled them to overcome numerous obstacles and to bring forth their innovative approach to Hip Hop’s musical corridors. Since their formation in 1989 at Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Va., Vertical Status has established a foothold as one of the Tidewater areas’ premier rap groups. They officially formed the group in 1991.    

Vertical Status has gained recognition and accumulated an extensive list of personal venues and appearances since their ground breaking high school performances. The trio has had a long string of performances during 1994 and 1995 that included guest spots on “Ya Mamma’s Got A Rap Show” on 103 FM JAMZ, the SOS Crew Segment on 92.1 FM. 

More recent performances have included appearances at Chowan College in North Carolina, and an electric performance at Open-Mic during Freaknik in Atlanta, Ga. in 1997.

Photo courtesy of TheArtofChill

As part of the Fat Nogin Civilianz, Vertical Status is defined as constantly elevating spiritually, mentally, and musically. To build and maintain is this multi-marketable groups objective, for where there is no foundation, there can be no establishment. 

Currently, the members are enrolled in college courses. Darryl is attending Norfolk State University pursuing a degree in Marketing and Victor is attending the Institute of Technical Training, an architectural and graphic design school in Portsmouth." - MEMG Press Kit - 1998

"Back in stride again. That’s the best way to characterize the recent reunion of Derrick Olds (Majestic) and Tony Stith (Rapster Funk), formally known to the world as Verbale Unknown. Having been separated the last three years due to some unfortunate circumstances, the group has reemerged and have captured that original vibe that made them the wordsmith they are today.  

During the separation period, Majestic held the torch for the group and made sure the group’s name and sound were heard during this hiatus. His contributions to various projects and showcases have made Verbale Unknown one of the most anticipated groups in the Tidewater area. With the slick production of the artist and other Vinyl Scavengaz Producers, this duo is hungry and ready to take their rightful positioning in the Hip Hop industry. Verbale Unknown has seen their far share of setbacks, but their recent recordings and live performances will make others bear witness to the fact that the future for this team is bright." - MEMG Press Kit - 1998

This track features P.Hill aka Drop who was also in a group called The Alleykatz with Malik Starr and DJ Bink Dawg. 

Mad Props to Dante R. Parham, Darryl Lewis and my man Frederic Thecle for the tape rip. 

Blak Beauty - Blak Twang in HHC 1996

From Hip-Hop Connection - October 1996

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Album Review : Greyson & Jasun - Sweatin' Me Wet - 1991

LP - 1991 - Atlantic Records  

From The Source - September 1991 - Scan courtesy of Frederic Thecle 

Grown Man Rap Show - Episode 231 - Tribute to Redman

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

This is Episode 231 - Tribute to Redman - DJ Toast - originally aired on September 22, 2019

Redman “Diggy Doc” (2001)
Redman f. Erick Sermon “Whateva Man” (1996)
Redman f. Pressure “Black Man in America” (2019)
Redman “Rockafella” (1994)
Diezzle Don f. Redman “Ghetto Red Hot” (1998)
Redman “Tonight’s Da Night” (1992)
Artifacts f. Redman “Cummin’ Through Ya Fuckin’ Block” (1994)
Wu-Tang Clan f. Redman “Lesson Learn’d” (2017)
Kris Kross f. Redman “Tonite’s Tha Night (Redman Remix)” (1995)
De La Soul f. Redman “Oooh” (2000)
Keith Murray f. Erick Sermon, Busta Rhymes, Redman & Jamal “Yeah” (1996)
Redman “I Don’t Kare” (1998)
EPMD f. Redman “Hardcore” (1990)
Method Man & Redman “How High (Remix)” (1995)
Method Man & Redman “How High” (1995)
Method Man/Redman vs D’Angelo “Sugah High (Temple of Boon”)
Redman “How to Roll a Blunt” (1992)
Method Man & Redman “Big Dogs” (1998)
Redman “Can’t Wait” (1994)
Redman “Brick City Mashin’” (1998)
Redman “Pick It Up (Remix)” (1997)
Redman “Pick It Up” (1996)
Redman f. Method Man “Well All Rite Cha” (1998)
Method Man & Redman f. Ja Rule & LL Cool J “4 Seasons” (1999)
Method Man & Redman “1,2 1,2” (1999)
A Tribe Called Quest f. Busta Rhymes & Redman “Steppin’ It Up” (1998)
LL Cool J f. Canibus, DMX, Method Man & Redman “4, 3, 2, 1” (1997)
Redman “Blow Your Mind” (1992)
Redman “Rockin’ wit Marley Marl” (2014)
Redman f. Biz Markie, Erick Sermon & Keith Murray “Walk In Gutta” (2007)
EPMD f. K-Solo & Redman “Head Banger” (1992)
Method Man & Redman “Fire Ina Hole” (1999)
Ghostface Killah f. Cappadonna, Masta Killa, Method Man & Redman “Buck 50” (2000)
EPMD f. Redman “Brothers on My Jock” (1990)
Redman “Lick a Shot” (2001)
Erick Sermon f. Redman “React” (2002)
Erick Sermon f. Keith Murray & Redman “Music (Remix)” (2001)
Method Man & Redman “Tear It Off” (1999)
Redman “Time 4 Sum Aksion” (1992)
Redman f. Busta Rhymes “Da Goodness” (1998)

Grown Man Rap Show  

Eloh Kush x John Robinson Feat Giffy Da God - Aura Dart - 2019

 "Aura Dart" is the second release from the upcoming collaborative EP from Eloh Kush & John Robinson entitled "Ebony Ronin", dropping October 25th 2019. 

Video : Rahim Samad - Certified / Moments - 2019

Here is the video for "Certified / Moments" released in 2017 by the Tampa-based emcee Rahim Samad, from his album titled "Supreme 7".

Friday, September 20, 2019

Black Moon - Rise Of Da Moon - 2019

LP - 2019 - Duck Down Records  

Here it is !!! the long awaited album from the legendary group Black Moon is now available for Pre-Order via Duck Down Records website. The Project features appearances from artists like Method Man, Smif-N-Wessun and Rockness Monsta, and is fully produced by Da Beatminerz. 

Shipping Date : October 21st 2019