Saturday, February 29, 2020

And Then There Was One !




 From The Source - January 1994 - Scans courtesy of Tim Burton 


Mix : Dj Droppa - Lord Finesse Mix




Promo mix for the upcoming show of Lord Finesse aka The Funky Technician in Brussels on March 15th 2020 at See U. Mixed by Dj Droppa @ the Get Down Shack. 





For the info about his European & UK Tour, Lord Finesse will be back in Brighton, UK for a DJ set on Thursday 12th March at The Black Lion (Free Entry). For my french hip-hop headz, Lord Finesse will be in Paris (Montreuil) at La Marbrerie on March 13th.





BornEnemy - BornEnemy EP - 2020



EP - 2020 - Marvel Records  



Well ... to be honest I'm not reallly a huge fan of Metal Music... I think last time I listened to this kind of release was when the Judgement Night OST came out in 1993, but I have to admit that the "Black Out" single in its original and remix versions is mad dope... Venom has done a great job in this production including all the Hip-Hop Ingredients. Respect is due to one of the best French hip-hop producer !  Peace 


"Time to unleash the beast ! BornEnemy is out. This is a special record to me, first because I stopped to do vocal tracks in 2012, then because I had to open my ground to let somebody from outside to get in. Our culture is mixed of everything, from jazz to blues to rock, to new wave, to soul, to funk, to bossa, to calypso, to heavy metal... we absorb everything and spit it out in a new RAW form. A raw form that I'll always represent. Musicians often think we're not musicians, they don't understand the science behind a hip hop beats so I have mad respect for Metal headz that respect Hip Hop. PrisonLife are ones of them. We did this to cross our styles and crush the barriers. You'll hear scratches, guitars, bass, chopped samples, drum programmation and live, growl and raps with a message. Plug your brain and listen." - Venom 





01 - Black Out 
02 - Riffs
03 - The Crying Freeman (Celui qui pleure, n'est plus...)
04 - Retaliator
05 - Black Out remix


Available on 10" vinyl, Cassette & CD...

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Shipping Date : March 3rd 2020


Friday, February 28, 2020

Mix : DJ Timbo - A Mix For Cool Peepz - 2019






Pt1:
Private Eye - A And B Plan
Bandits - How Ya Living
I-Power - Under Da Sun
Growing Pains - You Got Warned
Lee Ramsey - Soldiers Of War
Mod The Black Marvel - Make It Happen
Adagio! - Listen Pleasure Remix
ScareCrow - Kutdology
ICF - Changin Faces
Ghagged Edges - The Artificial
Private Eye - Friendly Skies

Pt2:
Olori Manns - Undergover Thug Recipe
Channel Live - Raise Up
Mobb Deep- Everyday Gunplay
Pottersfield - Money
Checkmate - Pimpin' Trickin' Politikin'
Papache - Don't Ask Me Why
T-Roc - Young Comin' Up
The Saints - Daniel 7:18
Get Open - Here And Now
Reflexions - Tell Them What
I - Who's Da Pimp
Trife Wound - All Good Things


Mad Props to DJ Timbo 

Phoniks - Time Goes By - 2020


LP - 2020 - Don't Sleep Records  


"Coming off the heels of being highlighted in a new Netflix documentary "Underdogs", Don't Sleep Records artist Phoniks is back at work releasing his new atmospheric instrumental tape titled "Time Goes By". Phoniks weaves foreign jazz loops, soundtracks and soul b-sides together with apocalyptic movie samples, DJ cuts and vinyl drums to form a cohesive 18-track album. Phoniks continues to evolve his sound, bringing more live instruments into the mix than on any of his previous projects. The album opens with jazz chords played off a midi keyboard, using sound design techniques to make them feel like they were sampled out of a dusty attic somewhere, before homogenizing with real vinyl loops as the beat drops. Compositions such as "One Time" ft. DJ Eveready are completely sample-free. Despite the addition of more instruments, it's still the crate digging ability and ear for melodic jazz samples that drives the sound across the albums 41 minute runtime. Available on CD, Vinyl and Cassette, Phoniks continues to bring his listeners on a journey that began with his debut solo album "Down To Earth" last October. Don't Sleep." - Don't Sleep Records 





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 Shipping Date : May 21st 2020


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Pudgee - Unreleased 92-98 CD - 2020



CD - 2020 - Back2DaSource 


"Sup Y'all ?! We're back with another dope cd release: Pudgee - Unreleased 92-98 finally on CD!
Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard is one of those emcees whom you can instantly recognize his flow, (Powerful and Sharp). He was one of the greatest voices in the game back then. Thus no wonder he was associated with Tupac and worked with artists such as DMX, Biggie, Missy Elliott, Sadat X etc... Living in the Bronx he started his carrier in the late 80's as a part of the Trakmasterz crew! He started getting popular with his 1st solo album in 1993 called "Give Em The Finger".
For the most part heads wonder what happened to Pudgee?! Well the fact is he didn't blow up back then because he had lost many of his friends and didn't want to be the next one. Also, he had some issues with his label at the time (which was very common). Nevertheless he had a lot of great songs that have never been released, So it was time to make a move and put these jewels out for your ears!...
The CD album contains the 10 unreleased tracks originally pressed on wax in 2016, + 2 bonus tracks (Original Demos, Unheard material, Unreleased work from 92-98 from Pudgee's private tapes.) Which featured Sadat X, Missy Elliott, Da King & I, Trends of Culture, Nick Wiz Productions, Trakmasterz Work, Chris Large Productions just to name a few." - Bee Lapointe







500 copies available...
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'Dedicated' Hip Hop Mixshow - Full Support !!!




"Help save HIP HOP We need your help. Our radio station WNUR 89.3fm & www.wnur.org has our annual phoneathon. From February 21st-March 2nd we are asking "YOU" to make a donation. Here is the Link to the page

Our radio show "Dedicated" tonight Sun-Mon 12-5am CST 2/24/20 will be doing our part to ask our supports to help save Hip Hop. We have been blessed to be able to do our radio show for over 25 years. We're a 7200 watts radio station that reaches 3 Million listeners and have a great stream that lets the world hear this historic mixshow. We're able to play the dirty versions of songs because of our time slot and have complete control of the music we play. Our radio mixshow is free of charge to you. That means if you tune or log in each week you don't have to pay, download and app, subscribe or anything of that nature.

Each week for the last 25 years we've been at WNUR first as "6ft Unda" and now as "Dedicated". That's over 1,500 radio mixshows that are 5 hours long each, using all vinyl. No one else in the world has a history like this. Whether you listen occasionally or religiously you have never been disappointed.

We will be given out these two vinyl albums "A.D.O.R.-CONCRETE" tonight during phoneathon courtesy of Hip Hop Enterprise record label. Visit them and purchase some great hip hop. 

When you make your donation please put "Dedicated Hip Hop Mixshow" in the "Notes" section. You can remain anonymous or let the world know who you are. We will be doing this for the next two weeks. You can donate at anytime but when you do it during our show it reflects to the radio executives of how important our show is to not only the world but the radio station. Just look at the last 15 years at how many great hip hop radio shows are no longer on the air or online. Look at how many radio stations no longer play hip hop and the few that do, play the wrong kind of hip hop.

This is why we need your support. Our goal for our show is $3,500. If everyone donated $20 we could reach our goal in 30 minutes. If you don't want to save hip hop don't complain about wack artist, wack DJ's, wack websites, wack radio shows.

Feel free to scroll our page(s) and post(s) to see how much we believe and support and give you real hip hop each week without selling out. Here's our archive page with well over 4 years worth of radio mixshows.,

Here are our social media links. Feel free to spread the word and we're counting on you once again. We've done our part the last year and the last 25 years"

Love is Love
DJ 3rd Rail


GZA in Elements Magazine - 1995




From Elements - Nov / Dec 1995 - Scans courtesy of UBC





Demos : Clinkizm





The Philly-based producer Stephen Dallas uploaded a few months ago a full batch of demos recorded between 1993 and 1996 by Clinkizm, consisted of Clink Gees & Clink Dollaz, two brothers who originally formed the group in 1985. Most of these demos were produced by The Walking Griot aka Griot Black.
For those who don't know this duo, it was part of the West Philly collective named The Planet of Blaxville, consisted of Clinkizm, Loose Cannons and S.P.R (Sound Plus Rhythm which changed their name to The Private Sector in 1993). Enjoy ! 





















Video : Ty Farris - I Pray - 2020



Video for "I Pray" produced by Trox, off Ty Farris's "No Cosign Just Cocaine 3" album released earlier this year. 






Sunday, February 23, 2020

Homeliss Derilex - Fraudulent 2 - 2020


CD - 2020 - HHE  


"We have the Architect and Grand the Visitor in the house once again! HHE is proud to present you Fraudulent 2, and just like the first volume released in 2004 this compilation presents you tracks that originally only appeared on demos, tape promos and vinyl singles. The music ranges from 1991 up to 2004 and as an extra you will get the Cash Money (Mike B Remix) and their 3 earliest recordings (taken from old 4 track tapes so forgive us as the quality is not ideal) dating back to 1991. As always all tracks have been remastered and the album cover is an ode to their first tape release from 1993 where it all got started. Limited to 300 copies and when they are gone that's it, enjoy!" - Hip Hop Enterprise 







To recap quickly if you're not familiar with Homeliss Derilex which means "From Nowhere", you need to know that 27 years ago this Cali-based hip-hop duo recorded and released their first crazy dope demo tape called the "Blue Tape"... Hailing from the South Bay (Milpitas, CA) the group consisted of the emcee Grand a.k.a 50 Grand and the producer G-Luv a.k.a the Architect.




The Architect : "My father was a DJ so I got into music early. I had turntables my pop old set at around 7th grade. 7-8th grade I took the name G-Luv as my DJ name.
Me and Grand met through his brother who I was doing music with. Once I heard him rap and he heard my beats we both knew we had to work. We were recording at my house on the 4 track and Grand was like yo Homeliss Derilex was our group name. I WAS LIKE DOPE I'm with it !!!"

The Blue Tape is composed of 7 tracks, fully produced by G-Luv. 
The Song "Originator" features one of the first appearence of a second legendary Bay Area emcee named Encore... no need to introduce him ! Encore was from Milpitas too and the Architect knew him for years from High School.

12" - 1995 - Malvado Records  

Their first official single titled "Survive'n The Game" came out in 1995 on Malvado Records, a record label managed by a guy named Matt Brown. The wax is composed of 3 tracks "Survive'n The Game", "Explanations" and "Critical Meltdown", all produced by G-Luv. 

The Architect :"Strong Arm was Matt Brown who managed Homeliss Derilex our demo Fraudulent 'the blue tape'. He was also Peanut Butter Wolf and Charizma manager at that time."

"Buddalicious Malvado Records, the newly formed label by Strong Arm's Matt Brown, has just dropped the first release by the jazzy hip hop duo Homeliss Derilex. On side 1, peep the methods of "Survive'N The Game" & "Explanations"; both tracks feature DJ G-Luv wrekkin' shit on the techs over blunted, yet elevated lyrics from Long Beach emcee 50 Grand, aka "Grandioso". Flip the script & check "Critical Meltdown", a track that comes harder than Ron Jeremy perved on spanish fly! if you liked that joke, you'll like this joint" - Press Review 


12" - 1996 - Stones Throw Records 

In 1996 , the duo was back with a second 12-Inch  "Cash Money / Operations", but this time released on Stones Throw Records and G-Luv produced the tracks under the name of the Architect. 


The Architect : "After I produced my first record for Coolio "I Remember", I came back to the bay from LA and started studying and would be with my brothas building and I felt the architect described my real mission, laying down the foundation being music.
...How were we signed with Stones Throw ? ... well after Charizma died Matt wasn't doing the management and Wolf was just starting his label. We knew each other from living in the same area and Strong Arm Management. We always would play each other music so he knew the vibe. Wolf knew all the guys I was working with, so it all made sense."


In 2003, they dropped a 7-track EP titled "Fraudulent" which is well resumed by Stones Throw Records : 
"Fraudulent ... A bunch of golden age hip-hop goodness from the crew that released one of the first 12”s on Stones Throw, the J Dilla sampled “Cash Money.” These songs were recorded in the early 90s, when the HDs, Peanut Butter Wolf and Charizma were all managed by the same dude. It took over ten years for them to see the light of day, but they were worth the wait."

EP - 2003 - Stones Throw Records 


I forgot... but yes Homeliss Derilex was a duo even if there are 3 persons on the Fraudulent front cover. Third guy is a guy named Mr Four Eyes ... he was the homie that was always on deck... he would make sure they were good at the studio etc... 

I you don't own all these records in your collection yet, it's time to catch up and cop Fraudulent2 ... Don't Sleep Fellas !!



Mad Props to the Architect.


Maylay Sparks - Guest Spots, Rarities & B-Sides - 2020



CD - 2020 - HHE  



"HHE presents to you a compilation of tracks from the extensive body of work Maylay Sparks has done throughout the years ranging from 1998 up to 2011. Many of these tracks were never before available on CD and originally appeared on vinyl, others are classic guest spots and collabos with producers from all over the world. The CD will be limited to only 200 copies and once they're gone that's it, enjoy!" - Hip-Hop Enterprise  






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Friday, February 21, 2020

Gang Starr - Jazz Thing 7" (Fat Beats Exclusive Blue Vinyl) - 2020



7" - 2020 - Mr Bongo / Fat Beats 



"With the original UK 7” of this release now as rare as hen’s teeth, and with the group having recently ‘reformed’ for one last album together, the Mr Bongo replica re-release of this 1990 masterpiece by Gang Starr couldn’t be more timely. 

The now-legendary duo of DJ Premier and Guru dropped this at the height of hip-hop’s sampling of jazz, which had led to a creative leap forward for the genre. Yet while others plundered in the dark, this instant classic wore its influences on its sleeve and paid verbal homage to the musicians they were sampling. The “melodious funk” of “Thelonious Monk” gets namechecked, while the track samples two of his records, including 1958’s Bop gem ‘Light Blue’.

While both versions presented here have common elements, the ‘Movie Mix’ – so-named for the song’s appearance on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s mythic jazz biopic ‘Mo’ Better Blues’ – goes in a few different directions to the ‘Video Mix’. Rather than just drop in an instrumental for the B-side, DJ Premier instead shows his versatility by switching up the base track (Kool & The Gang’s 1971 ‘Dujii’) and layering in other samples. In more ways than one, his virtuosity here echoes the improvisation of a jazz musician, akin to Denzel Washington’s Bleak in the movie.

Of course, he’s not the only show in town. The late Guru’s voice is as mellifluous as an instrument itself here, his potted history of the genre and the artists of jazz delivered with his own unmistakable cadence. Without this record, would he have gone on to make his ‘Jazzmatazz’ projects?" - Fat Beats 



A. Jazz Thing (Video Mix)  
B. Jazz Thing (Movie Mix)






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Release Date : March 27th 2020


REAL BAD MAN - On High Alert Vol. 1 - 2020


LP - 2020 - Tuff Kong Records  



"Who the hell is Real Bad Man? Good question, but tough to answer, in short, it’s a clothing brand from Los Angeles…known for bold psychedelic graphics that "sample" imagery from the worlds of music, art and genre films. Sold in the best clothing stores in world, like Union, Dover Street Market, Goodhood UK to name a few. Now Real Bad Man is making music too, taking the same ethos of their clothing and bringing it to rap music. February 21st is the release date for ON HIGH ALERT, Real Bad Man’s first official release coming out through Tuff Kong Records in Italy.

The five song vinyl album features a curated blend of new as well as iconic MC’s such as Roc Marciano, Kool Keith, Eto, Maxo, Masta Ace, Flee Lord, A.G., Pink Siifu, and Sadat X rapping over beats produced and arranged by REAL BAD MAN. The album is filled with the type of sample-heavy hard drum rap beats you’d want to hear your favorite MC’s to spit over. 


ON HIGH ALERT is the first volume in a five volume series from Real Bad Man out February 21 2020 on vinyl only.  Volume 2 will be released April 17th 2020 on vinyl as well as a CD compiling Volumes 1 & 2 and streaming." - Tuff Kong Records 





200 copies only (50 on white / blue vinyl (with OBI strip + giant 24" x 35" poster and die-cut sticker) & 150 on blue vinyl (with die-cut sticker)).  

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Showbiz & AG - Runaway Beats (2xLP) - 2020


2xLP - 2020 - D.I.T.C Studios


"A product of the tight knit Bronx underground posse D.I.T.C., Runaway Slave is a cornerstone album of hip-hop's middle school phase. Building on and borrowing from the layered, jazz-influenced sound of such contemporaries as Gang Starr and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Showbiz & A.G. affixed a gangster mentality to grainy, fortified beats, etching their own unique style. While the crossover "Soul Clap" and "Party Groove '' are club cuts, the rest of the album is more densely expressive. Showbiz and his talented peer Diamond shape their beats around simple, deep drum tracks -- but add subtle loops of chaotic horns, loose strings, or abrupt piano notes to create concise and hard-hitting overtures"  - Fat Beats 



A1 - Still Diggin
A2 - Fat Pockets (Remix)
A3 - Bounce to This (Remix)
B1 - Silence The Lamb (Remix)
B2 - 40 Acres and My Props
B3 - Hold Ya Head
C1 - Represent
C2 - Silence The Lamb
C3 - Party Groove (Bass Mix)
D1 - Soul Clap
D2 - Party Groove
D3 - Catchin Wreck


Release Date : March 27th 2020

Powerful - Murder 1 - 1996


12"  - 1996 - Mascot Records  


Here is the wax of the day... "Murder 1" released in 1996 by Darrel Davis aka Powerful hailing from the Bronx. The 12" was released on Mascot Records, a record label managed by Marvin Schlachter and his son Scott which was also known in the early 90s for releasing artists or groups like KGB, Kool Kay Dee or Two Without Hats just to name a few. 

"Murder 1" is Powerful's debut single which is available in 2 versions on this vinyl : The Main Pass version produced by Storm on the A-side (Main Pass Dirty, Main Pass Clean Radio featuring the Ragga artist named Rayvon and T.V Track instrumental) and the Remix version produced by Cee-Pop on the B-side (Accapella Mix, X-Rated Mix and Clean Mix). 



This wax isn't really rare... maybe more than a thousand copies were pressed in 1996 and you can find easily a copy online nowadays for a really good price. 




unikone : Where did you come from exactly ? 

Powerful : "I lived in East River Housing (projects). Then I moved to the BX, I lived at 3410 De Reimer Ave apartment 5k, the founder of the Zulu nation lived on the 4th floor in that building."

unikone : How and when did you fall into hip-hop ? 

Powerfull : "I fell in love with Hip-Hop in 1978. My parents moved us from Mark Terraces to Co-op city section 5 around 1978. Before that I used to go to Boston c-cor in the Bronx to listen to DJ Breakout play in the park. That when I saw a group called The Funky Four Plus One it really didn't hit me then. I realized my love for hip hop when Grandmaster Flash put out the record "The Message". That's when I sat at the end of my mother bed and said Mom I wanted be a rapper. Of course she laughed and said "You better take your ass to school then get a real job...Boy that stuff ain't nothing but noise... ". Eventually I joined a rap group name the Hypnotizing Five and we performed in clubs like Harlem world, Tee-Connection Ecstasy Garage, The fever, Roof -Top and performed with the likes of The Force MC, The Cold Crush 4, The Trech 3, The Fanstactic Five, The Fearless Four, The Funky Four Plus One and many more ... But we never put out a record and that was the results of falling into hip-hop."

unikone : How were you signed by Mascot Records ?

Powerful : "I had a friend called Flex, he was in a popular Spanish group who lived on 183rd in the Bronx. I would hang out there and one day he heard me rap and was like "I introduce you to a producer I know". Days went by, he was on tour at the time. In the day he returned I was on that same block he came over to me and said come on. He took me to his producer friend called C- Pop, we recorded a demo and C-Pop and Flex took it to Mickey Garica at Mic Mac Records and Mascot Records decided to sign me. And that's how that happened..."


unikone : How did the connection happen with Rayvon and Storm ? 

Powerful : "I was a mail clerk at Petry Television in Midtown Manhattan on 54st at the time. Rayvon worked for UPS and one of his stop was my office. We didn't kick it right away but eventually we did. One day he came in to drop a package off and I had my headphones just bopping my head to the music. He hit me on the shoulder to give me the package and said "Dam what are you listen too ?". I said "me", he said "let me check it out" and the rest is history.
Storm was a producer who worked for Mascot Records and he was in the office the day they signed me. He just finished work with another group off the labels who was affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan. He also produce a hit song from a group called The Double XX Posse... He heard my song and said I have some beats we can remix Murder One. And that's what we did and we started working from that day on. He also did my second track Street life."

unikone : Why is there no album released after your 12-Inches ? what happened ? 

Powerful : "Basically a conflict of interest and lack of business since not knowing the business part of the game. With no management and me trying to hold down two or three different rolls didn't work well for me. I feel I didn't received the correct push on my songs plus no videos producer going behind your back to get more money from the label claiming they didn't get paid when they did. Wanting to work with another producer like Frankie Cutlass that put on hold just screwed up my hold situation. So I ask / demand a release and that's what the label did. So that's why I didn't get a chance to record an album. Plus I didn't want to put out any projects after that because the label would received profit from anything with my name on it. So I put out other material on youtube under unknown...
To sum things up know your business before you sign any deal. Get your copy writes and your publishing together before you take these record labels publishing. Once you take their publishing your giving all your money and the rights to the label. Know your business so don't get Messed over by these labels... Peace and one Love."



Mad Props to Powerful , thanks for your time bro