Sunday, February 28, 2021

AK420 - One Night Stand With Mary Jane - 2021

2xLP - 2021 - Vinyl-Digital 

"One Night Stand With Mary Jane" is the new instrumental project (22 beats / 63 minutes) released by the Düsseldorf-based producer AK420.

300 copies only...

Mix : DJ SEIJI - The Treasure Chest Vol.3


DJ Seiji - Intro 

Fanat - My Style

Emanon - Move Step

Half A Mill - Any Day Can Be Ya Last

The Outfit - 3 Mics, 2 Marks, 1 Jas

Born Talent - For All The Heads

M-Slash - Good Timez

Powerule - Bright Lights Big City

MHZ - Rocket Science

AK Skills - East Ta West

Kromozomes Projekt feat Infared - Biggathanthat

Kombo - I Don’t Stop 

Verbal Anatomy - Anthem

Ghetto Concept - Ez On the Motion

Stezo - Shining Star

Erule - Milestones

Clas - Rap sheet

Rescue - I Doubt That’s You’re Ready

Ruph Headz - Home Of The Crooked Men

World-N-San - Unity 

Low End - Five Broke 

Madman Shawn - Walk Thru Hell

S.K.U.N.K Militia - Turn It Up 

Mardi Gra - Chips and The Whips

Bladerunna & Flawless - Stranded


AMAZING MAZE - No Comp feat. Cella Dwellas & Ran Reed - 2021


7" - 2021 - Street Symphony Records  

The German producer Amazing Maze is back with a brand new single featuring the legendary Cella Dwellas and Ran Reed. This is a limited edition 7" single (250 hand-numbered copies), which will be dropped on march 5th. Stay tuned ! 

Video : Strange U - Maybe - 2021

Video of "Maybe" directed by Zygote, off Strange U's limited edition 7" available to pre-order on High Focus Records.

More info on High Focus Records  

Video : Kev Brown & J Scienide - Orange Julius Landover Mall - 2021

Visuals for "Orange Julius Landover Mall", off Kev Brown & J Scienide's latest project "Stray From The Pack". 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mix : DJ SEIJI - The Treasure Chest Vol.2


DJ Seiji - Intro

Finsta Bundy - Sunnyside

Powerule - P.R.I.S.M.

K B Dub - Watcha Back

Mop Top - Move Ya Body

Hillfiguz - Up On Prospect

Born Talent - Underground Tribute Pt. 1

Chris Styles - Rich Girl

The Outfit - Beauty Of The Week

Big Red & Diamond D - Created A Monster

Mos Desh - Cops & Crackrocks

Scientifik - Jungles Of The East

J-Force - For All Thoze

Sparrow - Inheritance

Lao Fai - Black Vegas

Mykill Myers - Soul Searchin'

Sparrow - Listen (To The Rhyme)

L The Head Toucha - It's Your Life

Nomad - Blessed 2 Mic Check

T Cole - Chi-Town

Virtuoso - Slicin' Your Wrists

Dr. Becket - Creativity Ft. El Da Sensei And K-Skills

Ten Thieves - Straight From The Slums

Finsta Bundy - Don't Stress Tomorrow

BEATS IN PROGESS - Keep On Diggin EP - 2021

"After setting up BeatsinProgress in 1997 with Rob Life many moons ago, Tufkut with his trusty Akais950 and stack of breaks, thought for the 20th anniversary it’d be worth making something special. So with a delay due to adding the extra ingredients, here is the ‘Keep on Diggin’ EP.

Alongside accomplished MC Chrome (DefTex, Chrome & Ill Inspired) for the title track, with a certified Remix by Producer extraordinaire SirBeansOBE (Parlour Talk, Transcript Carriers, MC Kelz) we have some auditory feasts for our music family.

Craig G (Juice Crew, Queensbridge Finest) laces ‘Kill the Nonsense’ rhyming with deadly intent; with an instant flip with a BIP remix too, in case you didn’t catch it the first time.

Percee P (Legendary Lyricist, Rhyme Inspector) fires off ‘Beastin’with his trademark delivery at battle speed and keyboards by Simon Vincent (DefTex, The Occasional Trio) to bring a flair to an rhythmic track designed to get the heads bopping.

A extra bonus track, is the unreleased ‘I Will Not Stop’ from Kashmere (KingKashmere, Strange U, the Iguana man) recorded at the time of his ‘Raw Styles’ records. Performed live with the Receptor records artists but never released on vinyl until now!

All of these tracks plus some select instrumentals are finally available through Burning Anger on beautiful vinyl.

The Artwork is also celebratory of BeatsinProgress reaching 20years.

Tufkut wanted something special and collaborative, so he asked Design friends to do their own versions of the BeatsinProgress logo.

Dan Lish designed the full colour front cover, using his signature style of intricate pen work.

The rear cover has Mark Bode with his characteristic style boldly above the artist credits.

To add the broadly talented Paul Subtwo, with his beautiful version of the logo on the label.

The whole package of Production, Musicians and design Artistry, we hope will be high on your list of collectables and provide some inflections of more to come.

All on limited vinyl released by Burning Anger it’s a timeless record – it won’t be around for long, so buy a copy …or two!. A celebration of our culture and Tufkuts devotion in bringing you something you’ll remember." - courtesy of Britcore Romance / Burning Anger

Available on Black vinyl (100 copies), Green vinyl (100 copies) and Test Press copies (25 copies) handnumbered with stickered labels and alternative cover artwork. 

Orders : Black vinyl / Green vinyl  

Video : Him Lo x Giallo Point - Retaliation - 2021

Video of the latest single "Retaliation", off the upcoming Him Lo & Giallo Point album titled "UGONMAKEMEKILLYOAZZ".


Sunday, February 21, 2021

Tek-Nological Revolution - Hi-Tek Blazes His Own Trail

From Elemental Magazine - Issue #29 - Scans courtesy of Tim Burton 


Radio Show : NO TV RAPS - February 19th 2021


Here is the latest episode of No TV Raps Radio Show aired on February 19th 2021 on Radio FSK, Hamburg (Germany), including tracks from 215 Asasinz, Bandits, Time Bomb All Stars, Wiseguys, Gee Rock & Tha CND Coalition, Planet Asia and more ... enjoy

Friday, February 19, 2021

Universal Species ‎- Southern Special Agents - 1997

12" - 1997 - Strik 9 Records 

 I think I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of good indie 12" coming from Louisiana reviewed on my blog. This 12" released by Universal Species in 1997 is now definitely one of them. 

Universal Species was a crew from New Orleans comprised of Charlie V, Serp, Southstar, Z' Comma, Pistola, DJ Troubleman & Rupo the Don Capochino. 

Universal Species - Photo courtesy of Charlie V 

This rare wax is composed of 3 tracks titled "Infamous Thoughts Vocals", "Southern Special Agents" & "Zone Gazin" on the A-Side and all the instrumentals on the B-side, all produced by Pistola. After listening to all the tracks, you'll understand that their style had nothing to compare with New Orleans Hip-Hop at that time.

Charlie V : "Off the top of my head, the story of the actual group Universal Species crew forming came into bring I’m guessing was around 1995 .... the various members were joined together. 

You had the DJ Trublman and Z’comma, they were childhood friends from Hollygrove and Gert Town area in Uptown New Orleans. The Caucasian cousins, Serp & Southstar from Metairie, La who were well studied emcees of Nas & Mobb Deep. Both were technically sharp with lyrics! There was the producer / beat maker Pistola from Gentilly area along with the overseer Rupo keeping business in order. 

I myself came on as the Hype Man / Emcee / BBOY and I knew Dj Trublman from High School and the local record store in Hollygrove named Odyssey Records in which I was working."

Charlie V - Photo courtesy of Charlie V

Charlie V : "I was approached to join the group in sessions, I didn’t know how it would work being that, we all loved Hip-Hop but were surrounded by a heavy Bounce Culture in which the lyrics where not the focus ... and we were the opposite !

We began meeting up in Metairie and had writing and beat sessions ...

Our first gig was in Slidell at a firecracker store ...we rocked it ... began doing more shows. We opened up for then local acts such as  Juvenile & Ms.Tee, and we eventually did radio promos for WTUL & Q 93. We finally had enough change and time, we went to Festival Studios and bargain recording the Universal Species crew EP."

Like most of the groups during the 90s, their first 12" was their only one record released. The group members went separate ways after that... 

Charlie V : "Pretty much after the members had kids and other obligations.... everyone moved into other areas like tv production, car sales, etc... I still did TV, some radio and hosted a weekly poetry show from 1998- 2005. First show was Nubian TV 1994-97 then 1997-2003

and 2nd show was called W.R.E.C TV."

Mad Props to Charlie V, thanks for your time. 

Wojavelli - The Backpack Mix - Built To Last


01. Q Tip-Ill Vibe / Da Nuthouse-Luv Supreme Blend

02. Gemini The Gifted One-Funk Soul Sensation (Godfather Don Mix)

03. L Swift-How Itz Goin Down

04. Company Flow-Juvenile Technique

05. Saukrates-Hate Runs Deep (Remix)

06. Finsta Bundy-Feel The High

07. Buckshot-Follow My Lead (Remix)

08. Grand Puba-I Like It / Black Moon I Gotcha Opin Blend

09. J Live-Braggin Writes

10. Jungle Brothers-How Ya Want It

11. Kuku Productions-The Prophecy

12. L The Head Toucha-Too Complex

13. Doo Dirty-Live By The Gun

14. G. Blass-Cock It Back

15. MF Grimm-Emotions

16. Pharoahe Monch-Metal Thangz / OC-Time's Up Blend

17. Gravediggaz-1800Suicide (Guillotine Mix)

18. Lo Down-Friday Nights

19. Hi Tech & J Treds-Weak Minds

20. Redman-I Can't Wait / Little Indian-One Little Indian Blend

21. Messiah-Survival Of The Fetus

22. NY Confidential-Why?

23. Natural Resources-Negro League Baseball

24. Ghetto Concept-Much Love

25. Q Ball & Curt Cazal-Rock The Spot

26. Artifacts-Wrong Side Of The Tracks / Funkdoobiest-Rock On (Buckwild Remix) Blend

27. Raekwon (Ghostface)-Criminology / East Flatbush Project-Tried By 12 Blend

28. Biggie-Party & Bullshit / Ras T-Ill Nig Blend

29. Blaakarme-Low Budget Silencer

30. Siah & Yeshua Dapo Ed-Gravity

31. Kool Keith-Keep It Real...Represent

32. CHAOS-Death Stalks

33. Illa Ghee-5 Thug Thoughts

34. Killa Kidz-96 Phenomenon

35. Nas-The World Is Yours / Das EFX-Real Hip-Hop (Pete Rock Remix) Blend

36. Splattahouse-Men Of War

37. Juggaknots-Trouble Man

38. World Renown-How Nice I Am

39. Big L-MVP / Yvette Michelle-Everyday Blend

40. Hyperdermic Needlz-Always

Mad Props to my man Corrado 

Imperial x K.I.N.E.T.I.K. & Awon - Something From Nothing - 2021

"Whether you believe that Hip Hop started at a party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue or literally out in the park, there's no doubt that the culture has surpassed fad status to becoming an international phenomenon. We still find that decades later, her infinite power helps oppressed people and brings more them together with communal camaraderie.
After much anticipation and many Soundcloud comments from fans inquiring about a collaboration, Awon connects from the US with the UK's own Imperial and Kinetik on Something From Nothing - which is another testament to the unifying power of Hip Hop. Awon's verse details how rocking the microphone has allowed him to provide for his family, and he does so with gratitude and humility. Kinetik addresses how jotting his thoughts on loose-leaf sheets helped him navigate the playground hierarchy and stake a claim in his hood. Imperial's production has that timeless feel and evokes fond memories of the two turntables and a mic philosophy and park jam shenanigans." - courtesy of Illect Recordings

Video : Him Lo ft. MarQ Spekt & Roc Marciano - Bullseye (G-Mix) - 2021

Video of the single "Bullseye (G-Mix)" released by Him Lo featuting MarQ Spekt & Roc Marciano, off the upcoming Him Lo & Giallo Point album titled "UGONMAKEMEKILLYOAZZ". Animation and direction courtesy of Shane Ingersoll.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Da Bush Babees - Ambushed / Gravity - 2021

The Brooklyn trio Da Bush Babees comprised of Kaos, Y-Tee and Mr. Man is back with a reissue treatment of their debut album "Ambushed" originally released in 1994 and their sophomore album "Gravity" originally released in 1996, both album now available on limited 2LP+7", Cassette & CD.

2xLP - 2021 - 90s Tapes / HHV

Limited edition of 1000 copies in gatefold sleeve with bonus 7" ("We Run Things" b/w "Remember We Salaam Remi Remix") plus sticker and inlay card. 

Orders : 2xLP + 7" (1000 copies) / CD (300 copies) / Tape (100 copies)

2xLP - 2021 - 90s Tapes / HHV 

Limited edition of 1000 copies in gatefold sleeve with bonus 7" ("The Love Song Feat. Mos Def" b/w "The Love Song Extended Remix Feat. Mos Def & De La Soul") plus sticker.

Orders : 2xLP + 7" (1000 copies) / CD (300 copies) / Tape (100 copies)

Emskee - Wall To Wall / 'Supernatural Force 12" - 2021


12" - 2021 - aeproductions 

"New York legend Emskee delivers a perfect pair of headnodding tracks for his first solo release on AE, having already appeared on a few AE projects. He featured heavily on the Cut Beetlez album in 2020 and also on the Oxygen album in 2019. We all love 45's but Hip Hop really lives on 12" black vinyl with full compliment of track versions, which is the format of choice here as both tracks are slightly long for a 45, which decreases available cut volume - plus we still need a new 12" occasionally, right fellow vinyl geeks?!

Both tracks produced by Mr Fantastic but turntable duties are split 50/50 on this one between Emskee and Mr Fantastic. For those than aren't aware - Emskee is a DJ foremost, and provided the cuts for the main track Wall To Wall while Mr Fantastic handled the cuts for Supernatural Force. The full sleeve artwork exudes class with a huge nod to the style of Blue Note Records at their peak." - courtesy of aeproductions 


Mix : Wolf Belien Presents Rare Underground Hip Hop Tracks - Vinyl Mix 6


Ghettolandz - Searchin (1998)

Special Ed ‎– Lyrics (Buckwild Remix) (1995)

Concrete Click ‎– Naive To The Fact (1995)

Finsta Bundy ‎– Feel The High Pt. II (1997)

Science Of Sound - Bridges (1995)

Ill Bill - Dopefiend (1996)

J-Force ‎– Bull's Eye (1995)

Godfather Don - Ain't None Left (199X)

L-Swift - Check Da Style (1995)

E-Life ‎– Stacked With Honors (Remix)(1996)

Bushwackas ‎– Caught Up In The Game (1995)

Shortie No Mass ‎– U Like My Style (1995)

Ghettolandz - As The World (199X)

Chosen Few ‎– Raw Beauty (2000)

Brother Arthur ‎– What You Gonna Do (1994)

Blahzay Blahzay - Don't Let This Rap Shit Fool You (1996)

The Shark - Country Club (2000)

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Certified Craftsmen - Certified Craftsmen - 2021


LP - 2021 - Rucksack Records 

Dutch producer/DJ Propo'88 The Insomniac and Bronx-born, Kyoto-based emcee Wildelux are Certified Craftsmen... A brand new duo born out of a mutual love for the art and craft of hip-hop, skilled in the trade of that old boom bap.



 200 copies only (Hand-numbered certificate on the front cover. Artwork by 3rd Eye Revolution) - Release Date : March 26th


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Page The Hand Grenade - 2-22-2020 "A Day In The Bronx"



"A Day In The Bronx"

It is February of 2020 as I just bought a ticket for a show called "Checklist The Play" which was written and directed by Wali "World" Burgos. 

I was not sure that I was going to be able to attend as I had mixed feelings about taking the trip.  I have not travelled to "The Bronx" since February of 2019 when my mother was still alive.  As I currently live in North Carolina, this would be the first trip up there without seeing her.  I created an itinerary to keep me busy for one day in the Bronx.  On 2-21-2020, at 3 PM EST, I left my job and boarded the Greyhound bus for an overnight trip that made stops in many cities along the way.  A week prior to my departure, I booked studio time at D.I.T.C. Studios in the Bronx.  "Checklist The Play" started at 7 PM and my studio session was from 2 PM to 6 PM.  I booked a hotel room at the Days Inn on Third Avenue alongside Bruckner Boulevard.  As soon as my bus arrived the next morning, I jumped on the subway and headed to the Bronx.  I had no idea what I was going to record when I booked the session.  I just wanted to record in the "Big L" booth with his picture on the wall for inspiration.  I was in a dark place mentally with my mother recently passing away along with me living in a homeless shelter for veterans.  While travelling overnight, I wrote two sixteen bar verses to an instrumental Buckwild track titled "I dream of wealth."  I checked into my hotel room, showered, changed and took an Uber straight to the studio.  

I was greeted by Jahlil as he helped me get the words out clearly using his accurate punching in skills while I recited my rhymes by reading from my rhymebook.  After the session, I headed back to my hotel room for a quick break before I called another Uber to take me to Lehman College for the play.  Wali "World" Burgos along with his brother and sister Khalid and Asia, produced a great show.  The whole cast was amazing and talented as DJ Famous and Frank Vocals provided good musical vibes.  After the play was over, I rode the number two bus from Bedford Park Boulevard, all the way down to 138th Street and 3rd Avenue back to my hotel room.  I ordered McDonalds from Uber Eats and went to sleep.  I checked out of my hotel room the next morning and walked to Giovanni's on 149th Street and Grand Concourse for breakfast.  I then proceeded to the bus terminal to head back to North Carolina.  My bus arrived back to North Carolina at 6:30 AM on 2-24-2020 as I called an Uber and went straight to work.  From 2-21-2020 to 2-24-2020, I spent "A Day In The Bronx" on 2-22-2020.

Thank You For Reading

Stanley Grimes Jr.


ED O.G & Da Bulldogs - Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto "30 Year Anniversary" K7 - 2021

A1. I'm Different 

A2. Speak Upon It (w/Ace&Quan and Def Jef) 

A3. Feel Like A Nut 

A4. I Got To Have It 

A5. She Said IT Was Great 

A6. Dedicated To The Right Wingers 

A7. How It's Supposed To Be Featuring KRS-One (Bonus Track)

B1. Gotta Have Money (If You Ain't Got Money, You Ain't Got Jack) 

B2. Let Me Tickle Your Fancy (featuring Pure Blend) 

B3. Be A Father To Your Child 

B4. Stop (Think For A Moment) 

B5. Bug-A-Boo 

B6. Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto 

B7. Funky Styles (Bonus Track)


Madlib - the invazion continues


From Elemental Magazine - Issue #29 - Scans courtesy of Tim Burton 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Video : Mad1ne & Blazy Green - Exactly - 2021

Everyone remembers the demo titled "3rd Dimension" recorded by Mad One in 1995, produced by Anthony Rivera a.k.a Click Tha Supah Latin hailing from Los Angeles and posted by OGDonNinja's youtube channel.

Well... Mad One aka Mad1ne from San Antonio,Texas is still in the game and is back with a brand new 7-Track EP titled "Dark Side Of Jupiter" fully produced by Blazy Green (cuts from Dj Tekneek). Here is the video of the second single off the project.


The Wicked Takeover Ep#005 - Feb.12.2021


Bay Area DJ Wicked is back with the fifth episode of The Wicked Takeover aired on February 12, 2021 on WRAPfm

Intro with Wicked
K-Def – Death Wish 3 (Instrumental)
Godfather Don (feat. Da Funky Orphanz) – Shoot The Two
Ultramagnetic MC’s – To Catch A Body
Big L – I Don’t Understand It
Black Moon (feat. Smif-N-Wessun) – Black Smif-N-Wesson
Erick Sermon (feat. Keith Murray & Redman) – Swing It Over Here 
Kurious – Tear Shit Up
Masta Ace Incorporated – Freestyle
Mobb Deep (feat. Big Noyd) – The Bridge
Rampage The Last Boyscout – No I’m Not Home
Mental Castaways – Head Boppers
Rock La Flow – Brown Suga
Empty Pockets (feat. Smalltown MC’z & Xzibit) – WESN
UBAD – The Legacy
Money Boss Players – What U Saying
Big Tabb (feat. MG aka Mentally Gifted) – Laid Back
K-Def – Feel The Vibe And Rap (Instrumental)
Outro with Wicked 
1st Down (feat. La Peace) – It Don’t Get No Liver Than This
The Notorious B.I.G. – The Ugliest