Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Video : Reain x Manage x Skirmish - Notez - 2021


"Notez" is the new single from Lab79 featuring UK hip-hop veterans Manage & Skirmish and battle rap legend Reain. The track is produced by Manage with cuts by Fidel Cutstro. Video Shot, Directed & Edited by Jack Diggs. Enjoy !

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Pete Rock - Raw As He's Ever Been

From Elemental Magazine - Issue #31 - Scans courtesy of Tim Burton 

DJ Philly & 210Presents - Trackside Burners Radio Show #382


Here is the latest episode of the Track Side Burners Radio Show (Episode #382) hosted by DJ Philly & 210Presents and aired on the London-based radio ITCH FM

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Mathematik - Ecology 2xLP - 2021


2xLP - 2021 - 90s Tapes / HHV

90s Tapes is back once again with a dope reissue of the legendary album untitled "Ecology" originally released on Beat Factory in 1999 by the Canadian emcee Mathematik. 
22 years later, this very hard to find album is now available on Vinyl (Gatefold), CD & Cassette with the help of 90s Tapes and HHV.  

Orders : Vinyl (1000 copies) / CD (300 copies) / Tapes (100 copies)

Don't Sleep Fellas !!! 

Combine Vibes & B 3 N B i - Okey Dokey O.P


"Okey Dokey O.P" is the single dropped by Combine Vibes & B 3 N B i, taken from "The Jazz Jousters Take Note Of Oscar Peterson" originally released in 2013. 

Radio Show : DJ Emskee - Pen Joints Show #205 - March 26th 2021


This is the Pen Joints Show #205 aired on Bushwick Radio ( The Show can be heard every Friday evening for the Rush Hour from 5PM to 6PM, where DJ Emskee plays the best in raw, underground/independant Hip-Hop. 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Fugatives From Hell ‎- Biz With The Skillz - 1993

Here is the excellent debut single "Biz With The Skillz" released on 12", cassette and CD by the Indianapolis-based group Fugatives From Hell in 1993, Hip-Hop trio consisted of DJ Smal, PG & LSD.
The 12" and the CD versions are still something very hard to find nowadays. It came out on Finesse Records and consists of the tracks "Biz With The Skillz" produced by LSD, "Nuthin' But The Bluz" and "Peace 2 My..." produced by DJ Smal. 

Scan courtesy of Frederic Thecle 

DJ Smal, who were the original members of the group exactly and where did you all come from?

DJ Smal : "I am from Indianapolis, Indiana. The city is nicknamed NapTown. PG, one of the MC's is from Naptown by way of Richmond VA, and LSD is from Naptown by way of Evanston, Illinois. I met LSD when we were kids, around 10-11 years old. We went to high school together and formed seperate groups. LSD was one of the best rappers in the city. We got together after high school and made a demo for him. Several labels looked at us but we were not signed. We had about 20 good songs. LSD joined a group called BMW that signed with Luke Records (Luke Skywalker of the 2 Live Crew). During that time I was producing tracks for a rapper named Smoothe Teddy B on Finesse Records. PG was signed to Finesse Records, so I began producing his album. I introduced the two MC's and they hit it off instantly. We put PG on some of the songs we already had and he fit like a hand in a glove !!"

From Left to Right : LSD - DJ Smal - PG and Dave Hall (PG's brother and manager)

DJ Smal : "We completed an album that was never released. Later, we left Finesse and created Gate 7 Records and formed the group 360 Degrees. We released several singles, got a lot of radio play and did major tours. LSD was not on the 360 Project that was released but he is on the unreleased Fugative tracks."


Who did manage Finesse Records ?

DJ Smal : "Finesse Records was managed by Les Reed and Andrew Scanlon... two great men. Les was and is a successful stock broker. Andrew is a successful business entrepreneur. They liked the Fugatives because we were different than everyone else. Each one of us could rap, we all could DJ and LSD and I produced music, together and seperately. At shows, since no one knew us, we would rap each others lyrics and I would them take turns DJ'ing at shows. It was dope !

Andrew 'Chris' Scanlon... I knew him growing up when he went by Chris. When he got paid, he was Andrew, lol... He wore suits to high school and told everyone he was going to make it... He did. I think he retired a millionaire when he was about 35 years old..."

Could you give me more info about Gate 7 Records ? 

DJ Smal : "Finesse Records was ahead of their time, but being in Naptown slowed us down. We moved Gate 7 Records to Atlanta, before it blew up, and had a large following on the East coast, Washington DC, Philly and New York.

The Fugatives went to Rap It Up convention in DC, Jack the Rapper in Atlanta and may other music conventions. A few labels wanted to sign us but the contracts were horrible...

When we formed Gate 7 Records, we had a distribution deal with Solar Records, around the same time Death Row was recording Tupac and the Dog Pound, early 1995. That deal fell through so Gate 7 remained independent. We set up our own distribution network that gave Atlanta artist the blueprint to go national...360 degrees is completion.

We still do shows and have influenced the next generation of MC's in the city."

360 Degrees - PG & Smal 

What about the unreleased album ? Have you ever though of releasing it after that ?

DJ Smal : "Yes, we were going to release it with a record label in Germany before the pandemic. Now we are going to put it out on the Gate 7 label later this year."

When did you start producing and what were your music influences ?

DJ Smal : "I started DJ'ing when I was in about the 6th grade. Hip hop was young and fun. I was offered the opportunity to DJ for a dope female MC, Precise. We did a lot of shows and toured in 1989. On tour I met DJ Scratch of EPMD. At the time he was DJ'ing for BDP (KRS One)."

DJ Smal & DJ Scratch - 1987 - Photo courtesy of Lisa Wright Holland

Precise & DJ Smal - Photo courtesy of Lisa Wright Holland

DJ Smal : "After that tour I started producing tracks. I didn't have the proper equipment so the songs were wack. I finally got hold of the right samplers and drum machines and started making bangers! I presented them to LSD because they fit his underground, grungy style. LSD and I formed Tear Shit UP Productions and we just got better and better. We were influenced by everything and everyone that was dope. We both had mad records form our parents and older siblings that we sampled and made music from... As a DJ, I had a good ear. We figured out how to use our equipment and the rest, as they say, is history ! "

From Left to Right : LSD - DJ Smal - PG and Scoo-no G (Crew Member & Hypeman)

Mad Props to DJ Smal, thanks for your time. 

Big thanks to Precise for the throwback photos and Fred Thecle for the  scans of the CD covers. 

Documentary : IWOW: I Walk on Water by Khalik Allah

"At night, the streets of Harlem are haunted by lost souls. Bodies that drift around in the darkness and bear the weight of the past on their shoulders. The Haitian man Frenchie is one of them, and his accentuated stutter bears witness to exile and years of abuse. But he is more than just that in Khalik Allah's new, hypnotic film opus, which turns the American tradition of social realist street photography into its own art form. Khalik Allah is an impressive photographer, and with Frenchie and the other characters of the streets in front of his lens, he has created his most ambitious film to date. The variation of formats – 8mm, 16mm and video – remind us not only that the images are the product of a process, but also that the depicted story is fragmented and that any unifying narrative must necessarily come from the protagonists themselves. The sound of the voice is consistently separated from the images of the body to which the voice belongs, no matter who is talking: Allah, his girlfriend, his mother, his family, or Frenchie himself. Allah's film is a space we move in rather than a linear progression through time. A trance-inducing film about love, friendship, religion and the experience of purpose." - courtesy of  CPH:DOX 2020 (Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival )

Watch It Now ! 

Radio Show : Replay Rap Countdown - Galaxy Radio , Bristol UK - 1993


Here is an other show from Dj Andy Smith's personal tape collection (#64).This is the Replay Records Rap Countdown with Tristan B and regular Bristol crew 3PMs guest Hip Hop mix slot from 1993 on Galaxy Radio, Bristol, UK broadcasting from studios in Portland Square on 97.2 FM

Mad Flava - Feel The Flava (Smooth Jazz Remix)

Yaggfu Front - Slappin’ Suckas Silly

Talk Break

Black Moon - Powerful Impak

Souls Of Mischief - Tell Me Who Profits


Leaders Of The New School - Understanding The Inner Mind’s Eye

Talk Break

Leaders Of The New School - Understanding The Inner Mind’s Eye

KRS One - Slap Them Up 

Talk Break

Yaggfu Front - Busted Loop

Da Youngsta's - Iz U Wit Me Remix Instrumental

Talk Break

Da Youngsta's - Iz U Wit Me Remix Instrumental

Yaggfu Front - Slappin’ Suckas Silly Remix

KRS One - Black Cop

Talk Break

Digital Underground - Return Of The Crazy One

Talk Break

Leaders Of The New School - A Quarter To Cutthroat

Talk Break

Black Moon - Powerful Impak

YZ - The Ghetto's Been Good To Me

Talk Break

London Posse - How's Life In London

Cypress Hill - When The Sh** Goes Down 

Naughty By Nature - Written On Ya Kitten (Q-Funk Radio)

Dirt Nation - Khadijah

Mad Flava - Feel Tha Flava 

Talk Break

Onyx - Throw Ya Guns 

Yaggfu Front - Busted Loop

Talk Break

De La Soul - En Focus

Ultramagnetic MC’s - Time To Catch a Body

Funkdoobiest - Where's It At (Muggs Remix)

Talk Break

Yaggfu Front - Busted Loop

Talk Break

? Instrumental ?

Capital Tax - The Masha (Jazz Mix)

Mad Flava - Feel Tha Flava (Smooth Jazz Remix)

Talk Break

Raz Fresco & Pete Rock ft. The 6th Letter & BriskInTheHouse - Signs Of The Times - 2021

The Toronto-based Emcee/Producer Raz Fresco teams up with the legendary producer Pete Rock to drop "Signs Of The Times" featuring The 6th Letter & BriskInTheHouse, from the upcoming album "Magneto Was Right Issue #8". 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Hi Lo - Rock On ! - 2021

12"- CD - 1995/2021 - Back2DaSource Records  

"Sup y'all ?! We are back with another Gem with Hi Lo - Rock On ! 12" reissue. Holy grail from VA from 1995. Very hard to find record so we had to repress this one on wax and for the first time on CD. No unreleased were found at the time sadly, but in the meantime the Brothers have found some 90's unreleased stuff, so great chances some unreleased material will be put out later on this year. Hope you will enjoy this DOPE reissue that comes with a full artwork cover and analog remastering, soulful Hip Hop at its best".

Analog Mastering : Dé L'archiviste, Design Lay Out : Oliver Prill for Prillustrationz, Drawing Hand Lettering : Fomz One

Only 300 copies pressed (300 vinyl & 300 CDs)
Release Date : End of April 2021

Pre-order : Bundle / 12" / CD 

Don't Sleep Fellas !!!!! 

Dizzy Dustin - Oxygen Feat Akil The MC 7" - 2021

7" - 2021 - Erika Records 

A1 - Oxygen feat Akil The MC (Main version)
A2 - Oxygen feat Akil The MC (Remix)
B1 - Hands Up feat Jabba Tha Kut (Main version)
B2 - Hands Up feat Jabba Tha Kut (Instrumental)

Coming Soon ...

Video : Royal Flush Feat. Big Phenom - Movin' On Your Weak Productions

Royal Flush drops the video of his classic single "Movin' On Your Weak Productions" for the 25th anniversary of his debut album "Ghetto Millionaire".

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Architects Entertainment - The Foundation Vol. 1 - 1997

K7 - 1997 - Architects Entertainment - Scans courtesy of Darius Lukas Ghayour

Here is another tape we'd like to see coming out on vinyl ... Architects Entertainment - The Foundation Vol. 1 released in 1997. This compilation album features Baltimore-based artists like Derrick Rebel, Werd Da A.O.S, Da Equilibrium and Architects, a collective of producers and promoters consisted of Nigel McIntosh a.k.a DJ NIIGE, Mike McIntosh, Lonnie Bass, Big Tank and Dramatic.

All the tracks of the album were produced by DJ NIIGE except "Playing Ya' Cards", "Risky Business / Interlude" and "Architects Outro" produced by Dramatic.  

I don't have any info about Werd Da A.O.S and the group Da Equilibrium, and all I can say about Derrick Rebel is that he is the lead emcee of the album with 5 tracks. This solo artist has been in the game for a long time and he declared in a short interview I had with him that he fell into hip-hop at the age of 10.
Derrick Rebel : "As soon as I heard rap I knew this was for me. I was solo just battling other MCs, I had about 3 songs before I met Architects. I was introduced by a friend... I like their tracks, they like my raps... and the rest is history..."

For the story, Derrick Rebel's solo album untitled P.A.I.N (Personal Aggravation In Niggers) was supposed to come out on Architects Entertainment after the second volume (The Saga Continues...) of the Foundation compilation series which came out on CD in 1998, but unfortunately it never saw the light of day...

Derrick Rebel : "I did the compilation and didn't make a dollar... I did the comp in exchange for that album but I didn't sign so we parted ways..."

well if you're enough lucky to find this rare tape of this Foundation Volume #1 for a very good price, grab it without hesitation...

Mad Props to Derrick Rebel 

O.C. Back In The Kitchen


From Elemental Magazine - Issue #32 - Scans courtesy of Tim Burton 

The Drum (Posse) - KZSU w/ Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Jan 30, 1993


"The Drum" was a Radio Show hosted by KutMasta Kurt and Kevvy Kev aired on KZSU, the Stanford University's FM radio station broadcasting across the Bay Area on 90.1 FM. This show featuring Del The Funky Homosapien of The Hieroglyphics is from January 30th 1993.

Monday, March 22, 2021

DJ Philly & 210Presents - Trackside Burners Radio Show #381

 Here is the latest episode of the Trackside Burners Radio Show (Episode #381) hosted by DJ Philly & 210Presents and aired on the London-based radio ITCH FM.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Awon & Phoniks - Nothing Less - 2021

LP - 2021 - Don't Sleep Records  

Available on Tri-Colored Vinyl w/ Splatter (500 copies), Black Vinyl (250 copies) & CD 

Beneficence & Confidence - Stellar Mind - 2021


2xLP - 2021 - Ill Adrenaline Records  

"Brick City native and close Artifacts affiliate Beneficence drops his seventh album entitled "Stellar Mind", entirely produced by longtime collaborator and Boston producer Confidence (of Rashad & Confidence). Benef’s & Conf’s latest installment is a mastery of beats, rhymes, jazz loops, and soul at its apex. With slick vocals and blue-collar aesthetics, it gives the listener head-nodding street anthems and stays true to its roots. Beneficence & Confidence is a dream team that boom-bap connoisseurs have been patiently eager to hear. Along with slick intelligent rhymes, thought-provoking concepts, and sharp & precise cuts handled by 12 Finger Dan, DJ Grazzhoppa, and DJ Kaos (RIP), the LP comes equipped with an impressive guest list of rhyme slingers to deliver a long-awaited gem for underground hip-hop fans around the globe. Features include Masta Ace, Keith Murray, Ras Kass, AG (of D.I.T.C.), Chubb Rock, Lord Tariq, Craig G, El Da Sensei (of The Artifacts), Phantasm (of Cella Dwellas), Ali Vegas, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Wordsworth, Queen Herawin (of Jugganots), Truth Enola, and soul singer Melinda Camille." - courtesy of Ill Adrenaline Records 

1. Hypnosis (Intro) 

2. Jerz To The Jugular feat. El Da Sensei (of The Artifacts) 

3. Travelling Man 

4. My Way feat. Masta Ace & Phantasm (of Cella Dwellas)

5. Memories feat. Craig G 

6. Respect 

7. Won't Miss It feat. Lord Tariq 

8. We Major feat. Ali Vegas

9. True Colors feat. Melinda Camille 

10. Higher Degree 

11. Illest Mic Pros feat. Keith Murray 

12. Mind Over Matter feat. Ras Kass

13. Let's Go 

14. To The People feat. AG (of D.I.T.C.) 

15. 718 feat. Chubb Rock

16. Mad Scientists feat. Wordsworth, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Queen Herawin (of Juggaknots) & Truth Enola

Pre-Order : 2xLP white/violet/black splatter vinyl / 2xLP Black vinyl / 2xLP exclusive opaque violet vinylCD Digipak

Release Date : April 23rd 2021

Video : Cyclonious - Message Received - 2021


The 'Natural Disaster' Cyclonious teams up with Dj Evi Denz to drop the first single "Message Received" taken from their project "Cyclonic Evidenz". 

Mix : DJ DS Presents Goes Back to School (5th Year: 1990)


DJ DS - Intro

Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side

A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It? (Extended Boilerhouse Mix & Phase 5 Mix)

Lonnie Smith - Spinning Wheel

James Brown - Blind Man Can See It

Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth - Funky Technician

Intelligent Hoodlum - Back To Reality (Marley Marl Remix)

Intelligent Hoodlum - Back To Reality

Average White Band - T.L.C.

Boogie Down Productions - Ya Know the Rules

Compton's Most Wanted - This is Compton 

London Posse - Gangster Chronicle

X-Clan - Grand Verbalizer, What Time Is It?

Poor Righteous Teachers - Rock Dis Funky Joint

Poor Righteous Teachers - Rock Dis Funky Joint (On Fire Remix)

LL Cool J - The Boomin' System (The Underground Mix)

YZ - Thinking Of a Master Plan

The Flavor Unit - Flavor Unit Assassination Squad

The Jaz Feat. Jay-Z - The Originators

Fred Wesley and the Horny Horns - Four Play

Digital Underground - Packet Man (The D.J. Mark the 45 King Extended Mix)

Ray, Goodman & Brown - Another Day

Brand Nubian - Wake Up (Reprise In The Sunshine & Stimulated Dummies Mix)

The Nite-Liters - Tanga Boo Gonk

Main Source - Watch Roger Do His Thing

Poor Righteous Teachers - Word from the Wise

James Brown - The Boss

Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth - Bad Mutha

Richie Rich - 5MC’s

Three Times Dope - Mr. Sandman

D-Nice - Call Me D-Nice

Ice Cube - Jackin' For Beats

Public Enemy - Welcome to the Terrordome

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - Psyko Funk (Remix)

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - Psyko Funk (Nomad Re-touch Version)

Eric B. & Rakim - Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em

Eric B. & Rakim - Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em (12 Vocal Version Remix)

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Talk Like Sex (Bladerunners Edit)

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Talk Like Sex

Paris - Scarface Groove

Hijack - Style Wars (Style Warriors Revenge)

El Chicano - Viva Tirado

Kid Frost - La Raza

S.O.U.L. - Burning Spear

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Go With the Flow

A Tribe Called Quest - Luck of Lucien (Instrumental)

Gang Starr - Just to Get a Rep (A Cappella)

Special Ed - Come on Let's Move It (Instrumental)

Jean-Jacques Perrey - E.V.A.

A Tribe Called Quest - Rhythm (Devoted To the Art of Moving Butts)

Above The Law - Untouchable

Ice Cube - A Gangsta's Fairytale

LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out

Sly & the Family Stone - Trip to Your Heart (Jim Sharp Edit)

D-Nice - Crumbs on the Table

Laura Lee - Crumbs Off the Table

Above The Law - Menace to Society

EPMD - Gold Digger

Special Ed - The Mission

Special Ed - The Mission (Remix)

The Genius - Words from a Genius

Brand Nubian - One for All

Brand Nubian - One for All (Remix)

King Sun - Cold New Yorkin'

KMD - Gasface Refill

The Pazant Brothers & The Beaufort Express  - Chick A Boom

Main Source - Looking At The Front Door

King Sun - Be Black

C.P.O. - This Beat Is Funky

West Coast Allstars - We're All In The Same Gang

Gang Starr - Jazz Thing (Video Mix) 

Kool & the Gang - Dujii

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo Feat. Big Daddy Kane & Biz Markie - Erase Racism

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - The Streets of New York

Master Ace - Me and the Biz

Cymande - The Message

Eddie Kendricks - If You Let Me

Master Ace - Brooklyn Battles 

Lakim Shabazz - The Lost Tribe of Shabazz

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - What I Am

Brand Nubian - Slow Down 

A Tribe Called Quest - Push it Along

King Tee Feat. Ice Cube - Played Like a Piano

Grover Washington, Jr. - Knucklehead

K-Solo - Fugitive

K-Solo - Fugitive (A cappella)

Sade - Siempre Hay Esperanza

Tony D - E.F.F.E.C.T( A cappella)

A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebum (LP Mix & UK Radio Edit)

Pat Metheny Group - Spring Ain't Here

Boogie Down Productions - Love's Gonna Get'cha

Eric B. & Rakim - In The Ghetto

Ruthless Rap Assassins - Just Mellow (The Norman Cook 7'' Remix)

Ruthless Rap Assassins - Just Mellow (Extended Version)

Supreme D.J. Nyborn - It Gets No Smoother

Big Daddy Kane - Taste of Chocolate

King Bee - Back by Dope Demand

N.W.A - 100 Miles & Runnin'

Caveman - Fry You Like Fish (Jazz Remix)

Chubb Rock - Treat 'Em Right

Caveman - Victory

Caveman - Victory (Remix)

Public Enemy Feat. Ice Cube & Big Daddy Kane - Burn Hollywood Burn 

KMD - Peachfuzz

O.C. Smith - Sounds of Goodbye

DJ DS - Outro