Saturday, October 30, 2021

Demo Tape : FEAR - 1994




Let's talk about that demo tape recorded by the MC named FEAR in 1994. No info about him available online unfortunately after all these years and that's a shame because his three demos were really dope at that time and deserve some more shine. 






After a short interview I did with Fear recently, I'm glad to give you some info about this MC... Big surprise first, even if his demos sound like some East Coast material, Fear was a West Coast emcee from Los Angeles,Ca. 

Fear : Fear is short for Fearless a name I got from being unafraid to do anything on a dare when I was a kid. I grew up in Los Angeles, Ca. From 6 to 12 years old I lived in Birmingham, Alabama and before that I was born in San Diego, Ca. The tracks sound like east coast hip-hop because thats all I grew up listening to when I was younger. I loved east coast hip-hop, that was my main influence...Krs One, Nas, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap and Lord Finesse... I fall into hip-hop when I first heard Rappers Delight. I memorized it and was rapping ever since then, writing raps for my brother and friends so we could battle other little kids...lol.. "


All the tracks of the demo tape "The Evil That Pens Do", "Hate" and "Freakee Flow" were produced by Kevin Sakoda a.k.a K-Von a.k.a DJ Kev. 


Fear : "K-Von was a college DJ in Claremont, Ca. He hosted The Downlow Radio Show on KSPC, 88.7FM at Pomona College. He lived in NYC for a while. He helped me with my demo and helped me to get a lot of opportunities. I first met him at the station, he invited me to come on air and rhyme and we hit it off from there ! "




Fear : "After that I had a few options but nothing panned out, I signed with a few indies and did an album but it wasn't pushed. My album was called "The Moment You Fear". I was in the Unsigned Hype section of the Source magazine (July 2005). I still record now with a group called the Punishers and Con-Verse Allstars."






Mad Props to FEAR, thanks for your time fam. 




Ruste Juxx & Tone Spliff - Magma LP - 2022

 

LP - 2022 - Qrates 

Originally released in 2019 on CD format only, Ruste Juxx & Tone Spliff 's collaborative album entitled "Magma" will be available soon on vinyl with the help of this crowdfunding project developed on Qrates.



Shipping Date : April 2022

Limited edition, 100 copies only ... 

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Eyeree - Soul Khemist - 2021

 


The Beatmaker Eyeree from Costa Mesa, California presents his brand new project "Soul Khemist". This 12-track album features emcees like Planet Asia, Awon, Tiff the Gift, Vel the Wonder, Daniel Son, Tha God Fahim, Jamil Honesty, Elzhi, Ill Conscious ... and more... Cuts by Funfreaks (Dj Luer, Dj Loser) & Dj Ozroc. 




Friday, October 29, 2021

Redman & Method Man in Rap Pages - 1995


From Rap Pages - Feb, 1995 - Scans courtesy of Max The Keeper 

 

Video : Guillotine Shark - Too Messy - 2021

 


Second video dropped by Guillotine Shark (hip-hop collective from Durham Region, Canada consisting of Le Zeppo, Detales, BeatWyze & Shy The BeatYoda), taken from their debut album "Merky Waters". Video directed by Shy The BeatYoda.


Sue Kwon - RAP IS RISEN: New York Photographs 1988–2008

 



The legendary Photographer Sue Kwon is coming back soon with her second book "RAP IS RISEN: New York Photographs 1988–2008". 


"The last decade of the 20th century into the first decade of the 21st represent a High Renaissance age of hip hop―an era in which rap music had reached critical mass and was exploding, and in which New York City itself witnessed the worldwide ascension and cultural domination of its powerful homegrown art form. In Rap Is Risen: New York Photographs 1988–2008, celebrated photographer Sue Kwon documents this era with a combination of incisive portraits and unposed, spontaneous images that capture the energy of these ascendant artists and the city itself.

With access to some of rap music’s biggest legends―some stars already, some at the cusp of their fame―Kwon’s work offers an intimacy rarely seen in the hip hop photography of the time. The Wu-Tang Clan, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Big Pun, Eminem, Mobb Deep, the Beastie Boys, Big L, Ice Cube, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest are all represented here, as well as dozens of other DJs and artists that communed with Kwon to produce these images. Method Man brushing his teeth, Fat Joe playing softball in the Bronx, Prince Paul kissing his baby son―the trust inherent between subject and photographer is evident in intimate, joyful shots like these.

Giving a rare glimpse into real rap culture, and featuring 300 photographs, most of which have never been published before, Rap Is Risen is a necessary offering to music history and the faithful followers of hip hop."






Release Date : November 16, 2021



Video : DIE-REK - Diddy Dum Diddy Doo - 2021


 

Toronto-based emcee DIE-REK drops the visual for his single "Diddy Dum Diddy Doo" released earlier this year on Illect Recordings and taken from his forthcoming project "Year of Redemption" which will came out in 2022. The video is directed by S9 Production Company.


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Da Head Huntaz - I Wreck The Mic - 1993


12" - 1993 - Joka Man Records 

Da Head Huntaz was a group from Boston, MA formed in 1993 and comprised of Boots a.k.a The Maestro Z.O.O.M. and Benny Ben. They originally recorded "I Wreck The Mic" in 1992 and released it on wax on Joka Records in 1993. The single features Ripshop (of Mikst Nutz) and is available in 2 different versions, the "Original Mix" version on the A-side with cuts done by Benny Ben and the "Funky Sax Mix" version on the B-side with cuts done by D.J. M&M from Boston's WERS 88.9's Rap Explosion Radio Show. All the tracks are fully produced by Benny Ben.





DJ Philly & 210Presents - Tracksideburners Radio Show #412

 


Here is the latest episode of the Trackside Burners Radio Show (Episode #412) hosted by DJ Philly & 210Presents and aired on the London-based radio ITCH FM on October 24, 2021.




Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Fresh Daily - The Quiet Life 2 - 2021

 



After a long Hiatus, the Brooklyn-based emcee Fresh Daily is back with a brand new album entitled "The Quiet Life 2". 


Cult Of The Damned - The Church Of - 2021

 

LP - 2021 - Blah Records  


UK supercrew Cult Of Damned is back with "The Church Of", their latest full length album featuring Salar, Milkaveli, Black Josh, Lee Scott, BeTheGun, Stinkin Slumrok, King Grubb, Bill Shakes, Danny Lover, Sly Moon, Bisk, Sleazy F Baby, Tony Broke, Sniff, Bang On! & CLBRKS. The project is produced by Lee Scott, Sniff, Jack Chard & Bisk.



Available on Limited Edition 12" Black vinyl (Hand numbered - 100 copies), and on Limited Edition 12" Double Gatefold 'Hypnodisc' vinyl (Hand numbered - 250 copies).


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Krisengebeat - ILL Vibe - 2021

 

LP - 2021 - The Get Down Records 




"Krisengebeat (born 1980) is a Beatmaker, DJ, Rapper and Graffiti artist born and raised in Berlin, Germany. His strong passion & love for the Hip-Hop culture emerged in the early age instantly after hearing his big brother spinning many oldskool rap albums like "Raising Hell" by RUN DMC... 


When Onyx "Bacdafucup" was released in '93 this LP had a strong influence on Krisnegebeat. Hardcore Hip-Hop along with black hoodies became his thing! In 1997 he started to drop bombs on the neighbourhood walls with chrome & black letters. 


Krisengebeat experienced his first grooves by playing the real drum set back in the days. His first analog sampler / multitrack recorder was a Roland SP-808 combined with "two turntables and a mic" and some other studio gear. After trying to combine sounds for the first time on a borrowed MPC 2000XL it became his passion! He is surrounding himself with dusty drums and samples until this day! 


In the early 2000's he started to record his first rap album "Nur die Besten Überleben" as a member of the German rap group Kritische Disstanz. This project was released 4 years later in collaboration with Berlin based Teroa Label by Akte One. This was also the first LP mastered by Chillerdt in the BKStudio (Berlin) and many more followed after! This collaboration tightened over the years and last until now! 


One day at the beginning of the recent worldwide mix up which affected most of us, this led to a decision between moving to the studio and chill with the closest ones or just let it flow and push the pads on MPC Renaissance and start to release some instrumental music using extra free time in a productive way. That was definetely a good decision and after a plenty of motivating feedback it became the master plan to create the “ILL Vibe” instrumental LP! 


Krisengebeat's - "ILL Vibe" album as a whole piece is a 34 minutes long journey through dimension of sounds inpired by the 90's Boombap golden era and filled with pure Hip-Hop flava which is now alive more than ever! Hard hitting drums combined with 12 bit samples and original noises of analog machines like the Akai S950, real vinyl crackles and all that highlighted with analog mastering! Enjoy the ride y’all! 


This project is dedicated to all beatmakers & graffiti writers wordwide!" - courtesy of The Get Down Records



Available on Limited edition 12" (150 copies) & Cassette (50 copies).

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Soulcat22 - Hidden Forest - 2021


K7 - 2021 - kadv! 





80 copies only ...
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The Wicked Takeover Ep#23 - October 22nd 2021

 


23rd episode of The Wicked Takeover aired on October 22, 2021 hosted by DJ Wicked on WRAPfm.

"The Wicked Takeover brings you deep into the Vinyl crates of Wicked. Expect to hear everything from album cuts to b-sides, remixes, white labels, bootlegs, etc. You'll also hear Hip-Hop from the Golden Era of 1988 to the Mid-90's all the way to current times. A large focus will be on 2k Hip-Hop, especially 2010 to current. Fridays 9pm EST | 6pm PST www.wrap.fm"




CAGE - Movies For The Blind 2xLP - 2021


LP - 2021 - Tuff Kong Records  


Originally released in 2002 on Mr Eon's record label Eastern Conference, CAGE's first album "Movies For The Blind" is reissued on vinyl with the help of Tuff Kong Records. 



500 hand-numbered copies in gatefold sleeve with poster (50 on black vinyl w/ OBI strip, 100 on blue / red vinyl with white splatter, 150 on red vinyl and 200 on black vinyl)

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

BlackMajik - Introducin' The BlackMajik - 1996


EP - 1996 - Subrosa Record



I don't usually do update, but this time it's different ... I have to share this short interview I did with the legendary Blackmajik, with whom the connection was made by my man Marco Scarano a.k.a DJ Scaramanga (thank you bro !).

Everyone should have a copy of this EP in his collection, I really like it ! So for those who don't remember or even know him, you need to know that BlackMajik from Queens,NY released this classic debut "Introducin' The BlackMajik" in 1996. It is a 6-track EP produced by BlackMajik himself and released on the UK-based label Subrosa Record, owned by Nick Harris (Executive produced by the legendary rap pioneer Glenn Sweety "G" Toby & Robert McKnight)
The tracks were recorded at Funky Slice Studios in Fort Greene Brooklyn and the EP features BlackMajik's partners Lord Emega, Baby Beretta, Cologne Gotti, Divine Culture, Ill Will and Justice, all members of the DO.Fam (DO for Dollars, written DU.Fam on the back cover). This is the only 12" released by BlackMajik... he disappeared from the Hip-Hop scene after that...


Where did you come from exactly ?


BlackMajik : "well originally I was born in Harlem NY but I moved to Queens when I was 5 years old. "


How did you fall into hip-hop ? 


BlackMajik : "Hip-Hop was all around me, Break Dancing, Graffiti...all the elements.


What were your hip-hop influences ?


BlackMajik : "As an emcee my hip-hop influences were Rakim, Nas and Kool G Rap. I studied hip-hop, I have a masters in rapology...lol... I learned flow patterns, and breath control from KRS One facts...The production factor through paying close attention to details."


Could you give me more info about the DO.Fam ?


BlackMajik : "The DO.FAM was not only a rap mob but also a street gang... The Fam. So the rappers you hear are also gang members from the Fam...Baby Beretta, Colon Gotti, Emega... all from the gang. I still have connect with them, but mainly Baby Beretta a.k.a Black Demon ... still doing music till today ! "


How did the connection happen between you and Glenn Toby ? How were you signed by Subrosa Record?


BlackMajik : "I was heavy in da streets so I met Glenn through my street connects... All label and record connects through Glenn. I was also dealing with super manager Steve Lobel, my Brother from another Mother... but I signed through Glenn.

After that I got robbed !! How the fuck you get deal and never see income, never see your manager, never meet your label executives...these record label executives don't know the streets and the fact that some shit can lead to really dangerous outcomes... I've never seen a soul..... I was hitting in the industry... many waited for my release and I was let down and now my record is sold behind my back, my talent and hard work displayed and I received nothing ! "


What happened to Blackmajik after the release of the EP in 1996 ?


BlackMajik : "After I released the EP, I was still in da rotten apple living that street life... 'till finally it caught up with me... Jails, Prisons...etc

But here is a real fact, we still hear banging out that raw hip hop...2021. Almighty Do.Fam still strong... 1000 members and growing soon new melodik evil on its way... Hip Hop will never Die ! A lot of these modern rappers owe the fam, we created their flow and images and ideas...we're back....straight from the rotten apple...Peace"
















Mad Props to BlackMajik and Big Up to DJ Scaramanga.


Video : Manage - A Friend Malice - 2021

 



London-based MC/Producer Manage is back with a brand new solo joint "A Friend Malice". "The track sees Manage showcase his skills accumulated over years of hard work and dedication, highlighting his talent as a renowned emcee and producer - Delivering quotable-packed bars in his trademark style over his own signature style of atmospheric production." Here is the video directed by Global Faction. 


Meet The Greens - By Any Greens Necessary - 2021

 



San Antonio-based MCs Blazy Green & Mad1ne combine their talents once again and drop a new Meet The Greens project entitled "By Any Greens Necessary". This 9-Track EP is fully produced by Blazy Green. 






Saturday, October 23, 2021

Baaad Influence - BunWatcher - 1995

 

12" - 1995 - Power Play Records 


Here is the 12" released in 1995 by Baaad Influence, a hip-hop trio comprised of Jermaine Pressley, Maurice Butler and Jon McCoy. It came out on Power Play Records & Entertainment and it is composed of the lead single "BunWatcher" available in its Da Phat Hip-Hop Mix, Instrumental, Acapella, R&B Radio Mix and R&B Instrumental Mix versions, and the track "Come Alive". All the tracks were produced by Scotty B for Scotty Beats. 
I've contacted a few members to get more info about the group story but as they quickly blocked their facebook profile after that, I think they don't want to talk about it !! :)





Friday, October 22, 2021

Lewis Parker - Frequency Of Perception - 2021

 

LP - 2021 - KU 


The legendary MC/Producer Lewis Parker is back with a brand new project entitled "Frequency Of Perception" which will be available soon on vinyl on King Underground. The album features a nice batch of emcees like Planet Asia, John Robinson, Eloh Kush, Lil Dap, Eastkoast, just to name a few... It is available Digitally for now... Stay tuned !




Thursday, October 21, 2021

New Joint : Freddie Black x Tone Spliff - Talk That Sh!t - 2021

 



Rhode Island-based emcee Freddie Black and Cali-based producer Tone Spliff drop a brand new joint originally recorded in September at the legendary D.I.T.C. Studios in New York City.




Mannish ‎- Audio Sedative 2xLP - 2021


2xLP - 2021 - 90's Tapes / HHV


Originally released in 1995 on Correct Records, Mannish's debut album "Audio Sedative" is now reissued on Vinyl (Gatefold Double Black vinyl), CD & Tape with the help of 90's Tapes. 


"Next up on "90's Tapes" is the mid-90's underground charmer "Audio Sedative" by Los Angeles-based duo Mannish, consisting of Rappers Jekill and Jive. The dope production was mostly handled by B-Zar (better known as American actor Balthazar Getty) and the cuts were provided by a young DJ Nu-Mark who later on became known as a member of Jurassic 5." - courtesy of 90's Tapes 







Available on 2xLP (500 copies), CD (300 copies) and cassette (100 copies).

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Radio Show : NO TV RAPS - October 15th 2021

 


Here is the latest episode of No TV Raps Radio Show aired on October 15, 2021 on Radio FSK, Hamburg (Germany). Not enough time to work on the tracklist but the show features tracks from Rampage, Othorized Fam, Jam Dot, Labtekwon, Jeru The Damaja, Westside Gunn, Mr Mic Rippa, Ubad, Omniscience just to name a few... Mad Props to my man Jamo for the upload.



DJ Premier - So Wassup? Episode 11

  


DJ Premier presents the brand new series: 'So Wassup?' a salute to the floppy disk. Throughout this series, DJ Premier explores his most classic productions, and how the technology of the time influenced the sound. Here is the episode 11 about the process of how the track "Take It Personal" was created. 




Monday, October 18, 2021

Eric B Featuring Rakim – Eric B For President 7" - 2021


 

7" - 2021 - KU


"It has been no small feat for KU to produce its first-ever major-label licensed replica reissue, but when you have the opportunity to recreate a piece of art involving “The God” Rakim, and producer/DJ, Eric B, there’s no going too far to get it right. The original master files for this record had been lost in the Universal archives, and the masters that were available were for the album versions that appeared on Eric B. & Rakim’s ‘Paid In Full’ (1987). Unfortunately, those versions are 6+ minutes and far too long to cut a 45. This led KU founder and label head to go back to his roots and do some record digging of his own. He was able to find a brand new copy of the original 45 on Discogs, and made the move to purchase it to have a high-quality audio restoration from the vinyl transferred into digital files to then be cut to lacquer. After acquiring the original version of the 45 it was discovered that the versions on the 45 were just the 12” single versions but faded out to make them fit on a 45. It took over a year to sort this all out, which included having Danny Roth Designs recreate the original 4th and Broadway labels, which the major label also no longer had." - courtesy of King Underground


A - Eric B Is President 

B - My Melody




Available on Blue 7" vinyl (300 copies), Yellow 7" vinyl (300 copies) & Black 7" vinyl (900 copies) + Bundle (w/ t-shirt).
Shipping Date : November 19th 2021




Built To Last Mix - 9XMENTALITY

 


Here is a batch of remixes done by the Italian Beatmaker 9XMENTALITY and mixed by the Built To Last Team. Enjoy !





DRASAR MONUMENTAL - Advanced Terrorism - 2021

 

LP - 2021 - Vendetta Vinyl  



"Alright troops, after ten years of dropping mixtapes, 12 inches, 7 inches, cassettes, Coffee packs, comic books, 45 adaptors, sweatshirts, Tees, etc….We cap off a ten year run with this heavy duty slab of wax by the triple threat renegade BBoy known as Drasar Monumental…(Please don’t get it twisted – we are just beginning on this side -HA)

This record is getting so much momentum that we sold out of all the test presses except one, without even announcing we were selling them ( If your interested in copping the last one hit us at Vendettavinylvietnam@gmail.com )…

This record is so heavy and relentless that the lighthearted will tremble in their boots if this is played at loud volumes… A true masterpiece in every sense of the word…" - courtesy of Vendetta Vinyl






1. The Rest Off 

2. Murder in the Mental

3. Hit The Deck

4. Exctinction

5. Demonology Congregationalist

6. Abducted MC'S

7. The Rest Off Instrumental

8. Murder in the Mental Instrumental

9. Hit The Deck Instrumental

10. Exctinction Instrumental

11. Demonology Congregationalist Instrumental

12. Abducted MC'S Instrumental



Full blown wreckage on deck... Beats, Rhymes and Scratches by my man Drasar available on Vinyl & CD.


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Ash The Author – Phantoms / Subterranean 7" - 2021


7" - 2021 - Village Live Records 


Reading-based rapper Ash The Author drops his latest 7″ vinyl "Phantoms / Subterranean" on Village Live Records, featuring production from DJ Drinks and George Fields, with additional cuts from Mr Brown on the A-side. 



It will be available to pre-order this evening at 7PM UK time
300 copies only ...

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