Sunday, May 31, 2020

Jurassic 5 in Elements - May 1995

From Elements - Issue #1, May 1995 - Scans courtesy of UBC

The Heart & Brain (TzariZM & Vis Major) - MBodiment 10 Year Anniversary

CD - 2010 - Domination Recordings / Urban Jungle Empire

"10 years ago, I released an album with a friend and emcee named Vis Major. We went by the moniker The Heart & Brain. I was the heart (on beats) and Vis Major was the brain (on lyrics). It was the result of inspiration from Gang Starr, Pete & CL, Madlib & MF DOOM, and such. We did it over a period of time when our lives were shifting and the landscape of hip hop music was changing. The album took 4 years to complete because of life obstacles, home relocations, college attempts, hookups, breakups, international treks, and life-changing experiences. The album almost didn't happen. I am happy to say it made it to the world independently with the help of now currently disjunct label Domination Recordings. That's why its a long listen. MBodiment has prominent features from sub-terrain hip hop heavyweights of the times like Wordsworth, Akrobatik, Supastition, Butta Verses, and more. Many praised it as a classic or a majorly slept on gem. HiphopDX gave it a 4 out of 5 review. Because of how wide the accessibility to music has reached over the years, this 10-year re-release may actually be an introduction instead of a re-introduction. Lucky for you, the full-length album is now available via Bandcamp with 4 bonus rare tracks included for only 5 bucks. With that said, here it is for the first time ....again. Enjoy! " - TzariZM 


Saturday, May 30, 2020

Record Report - The Source April 1995

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

Concrete Click's Videos

Sorry but I totally forgot to blog the other Concrete Click's videos dropped by Smoke On Records for the release of the Authentic Left Overs EP, composed of unreleased tracks originally recorded between 1993 and 1995... Here is the full batch of Videos ! 

BodyBagBen & M.O.P. - Lord Body - 2020

Oxnard, CA producer Body Bag Ben teams up with Brownsville's M.O.P. to drop the heavy "Lord Body". 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Sleepy Hollow - 24/7 - 1993

12" - 1993 - Big League Records  

Back in 1993 with this 12" released by the Detroit-based group Sleepy Hollow consisted of Brett Belcastro a.k.a DJ 2nd Nature and Patrick Ward a.k.a Syko, MC & DJ better known nowadays for his work with Binary Star, Slum Village and Amp Fiddler under the name of D.L Jones
The Wax came out on Big League Records and is composed of 3 tracks titled "24/7" which is the main single ,"Hidey Hey Hidey Ho" and "How Free Are We ?". 

D.L Jones, where are you from exactly ? 

D.L. Jones : "Born in Detroit, raised in Hamtramck Detroit through and through “What up Doe” it’s a Detroit thing !!"

How did everything start for you in the music industry ? 

D.L. Jones : "For me my first memory is probably watching and hearing the video for the Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five that in a nutshell change my life single-handedly getting my first keyboard a Roland Juno 2 and drum machine Roland TR 626 when I was 13 definitely started setting the stage also my mom passed away from lung cancer in 1984 and on her deathbed she asked me what I was going to be, I said I was gonna be like my dad a baker in a bakery and she sat up and said no I want you to be a entertainer be in TV music radio make something of your life, I’ll be there to guide you. RIP MOM... she passed in 84, I was 10."

How did the connection happen between you and Dj 2nd Nature ?

D.L. Jones : "I wanted to learn to be a DJ and used to stop at the spot called DJ USA but I also wanted to make beats and rap. The guy that works there his name is Pierre Mayo a.k.a. DJ Kid Rock, he also knew 2nd nature's dad Harry and started showing him how to DJ. He thought I’ll put these two white kids together. I was working at a shoe store when I was 16 called Herman’s, him and his dad came in and we been cool now for 30 years..."

How did the connection happen with Dj Magic Mike ? 

D.L. Jones : "Harry Brett's dad made all that happen !!"

What is the story behind the name of Sleepy Hollow ? 

D.L. Jones : "It was the Disney record “Sleepy Hollow” I used to go digging all the time at a few different record shops in Detroit and ran across that record when I brought it home it just spoke to me I started brainstorming just rolled with it the house that’s on the record I drew."

Photo courtesy of Alex Degardin

Who did manage Big League Records exactly ? 

D.L. Jones : "Harry Brett's dad did all of our representation"

Could you give me more info about the productions ? 

D.L. Jones : "Harry had us link up with DJ Magic Mike and we drove down to Orlando Florida and hooked up with him, that’s where we did the 24/7 joint.
Then when we came back to Detroit we were always just been making beats and just was messing around we have some friends that play different instruments and that were MC’s or just people that would hang out and Ian Read Kessler played drums on a couple of the tracks I believe. We were just trying to make some noise and have a voice."

Who were your artistic influences at that time ? 

D.L. Jones : "Eric B and Rakim, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Public Enemy, ATCQ, The ROOTS, De La Soul and Nas just to name a few."

Why is there only one 12" released in 1993 ?  why is there no album released after that ? 

D.L. Jones : "We did the song 24/7 and sampled A Tribe Called Quest Phife Dawg saying "24 seven" from "Dusk Till Dawn". Zomba Music Publishing who is their representative sent us a cease-and-desist letter, I’m pretty much that was the end of that !!... there are 4 more tracks that were recorded, none of them ever released or even mixed, they still live on 24 track 2 inch tape..." 

Mad Props to Patrick Ward a.k.a. D.L.Jones and Brett Belcastro a.k.a DJ 2nd Nature. 

Remix : The Good People - How I Represent (MiLKCRATE Remix)

Video : Freddie Black × Tone Spliff - Luxury Poems - 2020

The formerly member of The GhosTown Clik Freddie Black and the Los Angeles based DJ and Producer Tone Spliff drop a new single titled "Luxury Poems". Here is the video of the single directed by Base Matic of 20/20 Sound. 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Record Report - The Source March 1995

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

Take It Personal Ep #65: The Remix Show

"Remember the remix? Remember buying that cassette single because you needed that b-side featuring that new remix? Remember the remix that breathed new life into a track you had just starting grown tired of? Remember hearing the debut of a new rapper on a remix? Remember splurging and buying that maxi-single because it had not just 1 remix, but 2? And don't get me started on the unreleased b-side gems. That's a whole nother episode.
The remix is a lost art today, but in the 90s it meant something. Some remixes had different vocals, and some different beats. Some remixes were just flat-out better than the originals. Some remixes started and even saved careers for many rappers and producers.
Remember the first time you heard On The Run? What about the incredible Stress remix? Remember hearing Mos Def on the Stakes Is High Remix?
Episode 65 is our first installment of our Remix series. Thanks to guys like Pete Rock, Marley Marl, DJ Premier, DJ Muggs, Salaam Remi, Large Pro, Da Beatminerz, Diamond D and Buckwild to name a few, the remix became a staple in 90s hip-hop.

We got 68+ remixes on Episode 65 and we're just getting warmed-up, too! At the break, the gang discusses the beauty of the remix. We pick our favorites in each set (3) and take you down music memory lane with stories mixed-in with some unexpected hilarity. This is easily one of our best episodes, ever!" - Take It Personal Radio

  1. Black Moon - Buck ‘Em Down (Remix)
  2. DJ Polo & Kool G. Rap – On The Run (Remix)
  3. Nas - It Ain't Hard To Tell (Extra P Remix)
  4. Organized Konfusion - Stress (Remix) feat. Large Professor
  5. A Tribe Called Quest - Lyrics To Go (Remix)
  6. A Tribe Called Quest - Oh My God (Remix)
  7. Common - Soul By The Pound (Remix)
  8. Artifacts - C'mon Wit Da Get Down (Remix) feat. Busta Rhymes
  9. Funkdoobiest - Rock On (Remix)
  10. Tha Alkaholiks - Daaam (Remix)
  11. M.O.P. - Rugged Neva Smoove (Remix)
  12. D&D All-Stars - 1, 2 Pass It (Remix)
  13. Showbiz & A.G. - Next Level (Remix)
  14. Nas - Halftime (Remix)
  15. Public Enemy - Shut 'Em Down (Remix)
  16. House of Pain - Jump Around (Remix)
  17. Brand Nubian - Slow Down (Remix)
  18. Das EFX - Jussamen (Remix)
  19. Das EFX - Mic Checka (Remix)
  20. Ice Cube - Check Yo Self (Remix) feat. Das EFX
  21. Masta Ace - Born To Roll
  22. Ultramagnetic MC’s - Poppa Large (Remix)
  23. A Tribe Called Quest - Scenario (Remix) feat. Kid Hood & L.O.N.S.
  24. Beastie Boys - Get It Together (Remix) feat. Q-Tip
  25. Beastie Boys - Sure Shot (Extra P Remix)
  26. Beastie Boys - So Whatcha Want (DJ Muggs Remix)
  27. Souls of Mischief - 93 Til Infinity (Remix)
  28. Casual - That's How It Is (Remix)
  29. Common - Resurrection (Large Professor Remix)
  30. Common - Resurrection (Extra P Remix)
  31. De La Soul - Stakes Is High (Remix) feat Truth Enola & Mos Def
  32. Da Bush Babees - The Love Song (Remix) feat. De La Soul & Mos Def
  33. The Fugees - Nappy Heads (Remix)
  34. The Fugees - Vocab (Remix)
  35. Das EFX - Microphone Master (Remix) feat. Mobb Deep
  36. LL Cool J - I Shot Ya (Remix) feat. Keith Murray, Fat Joe, Prodigy & Foxy Brown
  37. Real Live - Real Live Shit (Remix) feat. Killa Sin, Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah & Lord Tariq
  38. AZ - Doe Or Die (RZA Remix) feat. Raekwon
  39. Kool G. Rap - Fast Life (Norfside Remix) feat. Nas
  40. Kool G. Rap - Fast Life (Buckwild Remix) feat. Nas
  41. Craig Mack - Flava In Ya Ear (Remix) feat. Busta Rhymes, Rampage, Biggie & LL Cool J
  42. The Luniz - I Got 5 On It (Remix) feat. Dru Down, E-40, Richie Rich, Shock G & Spice 1
  43. Eric B. & Rakim - Pain In Full (The Coldcut Remix)
  44. Eric B. & Rakim - Microphone Fiend (45 King Remix)
  45. Steady B - Serious (BDP Remix)
  46. Public Enemy - Night of Living Bassheads (Remix)
  47. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca & The Soul Brother (Remix
  48. 3rd Bass - Product of Environment (Remix)
  49. LL Cool J - Jiggling Baby (Remix)
  50. Jungle Brothers - On The Road Again (Remix) feat. Q-Tip
  51. De La Soul - Buddy (Native Tongue Remix) feat. Jungle Brothers, Monie Love, Queen Latfiah & Q-Tip
  52. Black Sheep - The Choice Is Yours (Remix)
  53. King Tee - At Your Own Risk (Remix)
  54. Brand Nubian - Punks Jump To Get Beat Down (Remix feat. Diamond D
  55. Main Source - Just Hangin Out (Remix)
  56. Intelligent Hoodlum aka Tragedy - Funk Mode (Remix) feat. Large Professor & Havoc
  57. Intelligent Hoodlum aka Tragedy - Street Life (Remix)
  58. Intelligent Hoodlum aka Tragedy - Grand Grove (Remix)
  59. Black Moon - I Gotcha Opin (Remix)
  60. Mary J. Blige – I Love You (Remix) feat. Smif-N-Wessun
  61. Smif-N-Wessun - Wrekonize (Remix)
  62. Nas - The World Is Yours (Q-Tip Remix)
  63. Fat Joe - The Shit Is Real (Remix)
  64. Jeru The Damaja - You Can't Stop The Prophet (Remix)
  65. Artifacts - The Ultimate (Remix)
  66. Ras Kass - Soul on Ice (Remix)
  67. Ras Kass - Goldyn Child (Remix)
  68. Method Man & Redman - How High (Remix)

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Busta Rhymes in Elements Magazine - 1996

From Elements, Issue #5 - March 1996 - Scans courtesy of UBC 

Mix : Nooferz Presents Straight From The Underworld

01 - The Cage & York Diesel - The Underworld 
02 - Tha Lowa - Don't Crossover 
03 - Da Henchmen - Flippin' With Da Henchmen 
04 - Bound E! Hunters - You Can Smell It 
05 - Da Hoodz Uv Mizbhavya - Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil 
06 - Endangered Species - No Doubt 
07 - Renaissance Union - Oh My... Focus With Your Eyes 
08 - Maja League - Guard U Now 
09 - Coney Island Gankstas - A Coney Island State Of Mind 
10 - Red 1 A.C.C. - It’s On Me 
11 - Massive Staff - Nasty Newark Air 
12 - Latee - Brainstorm (Original Version) 
13 - T-Max - Pass It On 
14 - FlatBush Natives - Time To Roll Up 
15 - Sick Lunatix - If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right 
16 - Connecticut Kartel - C.K. State Of Mind 
17 - The Militia - Wild Wild East 
18 - Homicide - Stash House 
19 - Roc Marciano - The Prophecy 
20 - K-Mack - Speak Da Clout

Vic Monroe & Tone Spliff - Rap For Listeners - 2020

The Chicago-based emcee Vic Monroe is back with "Rap For Listeners", a single produced by Tone Spliff.

Record Report - The Source February 1995

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

Horror City x MiLKCRATE - Vibin' - 2020

"Vibin'" is the first single released by Horror City and the Canadian producer MiLKCRATE, from their upcoming project "Rose From The Crypt". More info coming soon ... stay tuned !

Gee Bag x Illinformed - Respect Ya Elders! - 2020

2xLP - 2020 - Revorg Records 

Available on Vinyl, CD (50 copies) & Tape (25 copies)

Shipping Date : June 15th 2020

Highruallahz PCP ALLSTARS - Go Figure EP - 2000

EP - 2000 - Hedrub Records 

Highruallahz / PCP Massive a.k.a The PCP All stars (Please Call Police) from Chicago, IL consist of Race Bannon, Original Super Legend, Big Malcolm Little, Swams, C Jillz & Crown Jewelz. 

If you're looking for their  "Go Figure" EP  initially released on Hedrub Records in 2000, you need to know that some original 12" are available for sale via Supa Sounds. 

"This was the second release from the PCP Allstars, also known as Highruallahz / PCP Massive. It contains five songs and an instrumental. Songs produced by C Jillz, Race Bannon, and Crown Jewelz. There was a limited edition vinyl run, and some of those promo editions have been uncovered. After we listened to this at Supa Sounds, we instantly knew this music has continued relevance and we wanted to share some of these vinyl copies with you!" - Supa Sounds