Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Boogiemonsters - Riders Of The Storm: The Underwater Album - 2024


2024 - 90's Tapes / HHV 

" In 1994, the Boogiemonsters stepped on the scene with their debut "Riders Of The Storm: The Underwater Album". The quartet consisting of Vex, Mondo, Myntric and Yodared, scored with a bright atmosphere throughout the entire album, pairing food for thought with laid-back productions. The album was accompanied by a few single releases with extra remix versions, two of these can be found on the bonus 7". " - courtesy of 90's Tapes

Available on 2LP+7" (500 copies), CD in jewel case (300 copies) and cassette (100 copies).

Azaia & Mil Beats - When Miracles Can Happen - 2024


The French Producers Azaia and Mil Beats drop their collaborative instrumental album entitled "When Miracles Can Happen". All tracks produced by Azaia & Mil Beats, except "Inside Me & We Can Danse To Jazz" produced by Mil Beats and "The Lineage" produced By Azaia. 

100 copies only ...

Video : Skyzoo - Blue & Orange Everything - 2024


Friday, April 12, 2024

Fourfifths - Earth Wind & Fire - 1997

12" - 1997 - Conception Records  

Little slice of Seattle hip-hop history with this 12" released by the group Fourfifths in 1997 on Conception Records. This record label which was co-owned by Dany Clavesilla a.k.a Mr Supreme and Strath Shepard, dropped a bunch of good 12"s during the 90s and "Earth Wind & Fire" is one of the best in my opinion. 

The 12" is composed of the track "Earth Wind & Fire" (Remix & Original versions), "The Science" and "Mr. Supreme's Bonus Beat", with all the productions handled by the Conmen (Jake One & Mr Supreme).

Fourfifths was a duo comprised of the Seattle-based rappers Geoff  Gillis a.k.a Cuniform and Delon Williams a.k.a Sub Zero. In a recent interview I had with him, Cuniform explained that the names were just jokes…he was "Cuneiform", the oldest known written type font of the ancient Egyptians, and Delon was Sub Zero... the coldest.

Sub Zero (Left) & Cuniform (Right) - Photo courtesy of Geoff Gillis

Cuniform was born in Seattle and raised in New York. He moved to New York when he was 4-5 years old. Everything began for the duo when Cuniform, who was a young local house party and mixtape DJ in New York around 1991-1992, moved back to Seattle in August 1996. 

He first met Sub Zero with the help of Thomas Gray from Champagne Champagne/ Lil Lebowski, who took him to Sub Zero's house. They instantly clicked and they 've all been making music since…According to Cuniform, they weren’t really rappers at the beginning but just DJs who really were outside so it made sense… Cuniform lived on Union and Sub Zero lived on Madison, so it was easy for them to organically create and go out in the clubs every night with their homeboys… They were taught by Vitamin D, Mr Supreme and Jake One. 

There is nothing released by the group after that 12" because they went to college and lost interest in the performance part…they recorded a bunch of records with Jake One (all this material is on ADAT tapes !!!) but by the time Cuniform got out of school being a rapper felt corny so they just moved on. Cuniform explained that they were really just making fun of the rappers, it wasn't meant to be serious... they just had fun making the music. After that, Geoff Gillis went back to New York to work with Dame Dash/Biggs at Rocafella, and Delon Williams worked with Strath Shepard for Flavor Magazine. 

The wax is affordable and really easy to find, so grab it if you can. If you're looking for more material from the duo, you can listen to those tracks entitled "Analyse" and "Trust No One" from the album "Choked Up" which was released by Sharpshooters (Mr Supreme & Shane "Shureshot" Hunt ) one year prior, still on Conception Records.

Mad Props to Geoff Gillis, thanks for your time. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Video : Him Lo - Philly Shell Defense feat. ENEM - 2024


Visuals for "Philly Shell Defense", latest single dropped by Him Lo featuring Enem The Great, taken from the album "Stampede of Equestrianz" which is still available on Vinyl & CD. The production is managed by Senz Beats and the video is directed by Clever 1. 

Jazz Spastiks & Beneficence feat. Phantasm - What I'm Talkin' About - 2024


12" - 2024 - Votava Records  

Jazz Spastiks drop "What I'm Talkin' About" featuring Beneficence and Phantasm (of Cella Dwellas) on the German Label Votava Records. The B-Side of the wax includes exclusive remixes by Figub Brazlevic and Retrogott. 

" With "What I'm Talkin' About", the Jazz Spastiks deliver a jazzy boombap beat that celebrates the 90s vibe of the "Golden Era" with heavy drums and a skillful selection of samples. East Coast flavor, smoove saxophone samples and New Jersey rawness meet the significant bass-heavy underground style of the two UK producer legends.

Beneficence and Phantasm rap with their own laidback flow about the struggle to get noticed as young rappers from the suburbs. They describe the era when "Beatstreet" and "Wildstyle" were in the movies and rap was just about to make the leap from underground to mainstream. It's about the time when Blondie & Fab Five Freddy found worldwide attention ("Rapture"), RUN DMC was the first hip hop group to be booked to play in front of 98,000 people at LiveAid in 1985 and live recordings of a hip hop concert (Fresh Fest) were broadcast via Music Video Box for the first time.

At the same time, the song is a salute to the NY rap pioneers who paved the way for the subsequent MC's and the hip hop movement in general: UTFO, Howie Tee, Chubb Rock, Sepcial Ed, Big Daddy Kane, Heavy D, etc.

A tribute to hip hop and how it has made its way from its cradle in the South Bronx to the remotest suburbs of the world. There is no better way to honor the 50th anniversary of this culture. I think you know "what I'm talking about"." - courtesy of Votava Records

250 copies only...


New Joint : K-Rec - Sunset feat. Son Doobie & Kool Kim - 2024


New joint dropped by Vancouver-based producer K-Rec featuring Son Doobie (of Funkdoobiest) & Kool Kim (of the UMC's). 

Native Nuttz - The Nativez Are Restless 2xLP - 2024


2xLP - 2024 - Most Wanted Records

Better late than never ... 2 years after the official reissue on CD of the Native Nuttz debut album "The Nativez Are Restless" from 1994, Most Wanted Records are now back with the double vinyl treatment... highly deserved !

1. Rock Rock On 

2. 40 Oz. 

3. Interlude 

4. Skinflower 

5. Pazz Tha Puddin' 

6. Fruit N Slide 

7. All N Da Splendor 

8. Native Luzt 

9. Give A (Shout) 

10. Pissin' On Tha Wallz Of Damnation 

11. Erect From Tha Slumz 

12. 40 Oz. (Original)

Available on Black Vinyl (200 copies) / Marble Vinyl  (75 copies) / Yellow w/ Splatters Vinyl  (75 copies) / Transparent w/ Splatters Vinyls (75 copies) & Test Press (5 copies)


Da Fat Cat Clique - Da Cat's Out The Bag - 2024

LP - 2024 - Most Wanted Records 

A1. Intro 
A2. My Tracks 
A3. Another Nig 
A4. Greatest Hits 
A5. Live From Fox Valley
B1. Gettin' Over 
B2. Fat Cats Makes Dem Drawls Go Down 
B3. Built Like That 
B4. How Can I Be Down? 
B5. Da Flow

Available on Black Vinyl (100 copies) / Splattered Vinyl (100 copies) / Colored (Blue) Vinyl (100 copies) / Colored (Lemon) Vinyl (100 copies) & Test Press (5 copies)


Monday, April 8, 2024

$os' - Food For Yo' Soul EP - 2024


7" EP - 2024 - Chopped Herring Records  

Chopped Herring Records are back with a 4-Track EP released by Texan Emcee $os' and Long Island based beatmaker Lars Viola.  

Available on Black Wax/Black Labels (50 copies) and on Clear Red Wax (300 copies).


New Joint : J Cliff - Aborted Mind - 2024


Beatmaker/Emcee J Cliff from Peterborough, UK delivers his second single entitled "Aborted Mind" on 4 The Culture Records. 

Sunday, April 7, 2024

LL Cool J in The Source - October 1990

From The Source - October 1990 - Scans courtesy of Craig Ellis Leckie 


Lord Finesse - Interview & Freestyle - Sept.15th 1994 - WKCR


Here is Lord Finesse's Interview & Freestyle aired on September 15th 1994 on WKCR. He was invited by Stretch & Bobbito for the release of his EP which was supposed to come out on Bandoola Records in October...

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Mixtape : Cagefather Presents Cybernetic Warfare 2


New mix dropped by Cagefather, including tracks from Cage, Sons Of Light, Swollen Members, Example, Mood, Brass Tacks... and many more...

Video : The Alchemist & Ohno (Gangrene) - Oxnard Water Torture - 2024


The Alchemist & Ohno (GANGRENE) delivers the visuals for "Oxnard Water Torture", from the forthcoming album "Heads I win, Tails You Lose", dropping April 19th on ALC Records.

Radio Show : NO TV RAPS - April 6th 2024


Latest episode of No! TV Raps radio Show aired on April 6th on Radio FSK, Hamburg (Germany) is now available to stream online via hearthis.at

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Record Report : The Source, February 1991

From The Source - February 1991 - Scans courtesy of Fred Thecle 


Hahyeem & Karbine - Far From Home - 2024


LP - 2024 - Chopped Herring Records  

The album "Far From Home" originally released in 2023 by the Bronx-based emcee Hahyeem and NYC producer Karbine, is now available on vinyl with the help of Chopped Herring Records.

Available on Black Wax White Label in season only jacket (50 copies) & on Purple Vinyl (300 copies).



Monday, April 1, 2024

Mix : It's All Indie Rare - Vol 6 "Midnight Vibes Part II"


After a 2 year hiatus, It's All Indie Rare is back with a brand new selection of rare 90s Hip-Hop joints. It's unusual but I'll respect the game and won't provide a tracklist this time. Enjoy the selection!

Sunday, March 31, 2024

EPMD in The Source, Feb 1991


From The Source , February 1991 - Scans courtesy of Fred Thecle 

Video : Apathy - Around the Planet - 2024

Apathy's new single "Around The Planet" produced by Playa Haze, from the forthcoming album "Connecticut Casual: Chapter 2", dropping April 12th. 

Friday, March 29, 2024

Video : Black Josh x Wino Willy - Today's The Day - 2024


 Black Josh from Manchester,UK and Wino Willy from New Orleans,LA  present the visuals for "Today's The Day", the title track from their brand new collaborative project. 

Vega7 The Ronin & Body Bag Ben - Kawasaki Killers - 2024


LP - 2024 - FXCK RXP 

Oxnard California Producer / Emcee Body Bag Ben teams up with Queens,NY-based emcee Vega7 The Ronin to drop the 10-Track album entitled "Kawasaki Killers". The album is available on Black vinyl (200 copies), Blood Red with Black vinyl (150 copies), Trans with Black vinyl (100 copies) and Trans vinyl (50 copies).

Listen to the full album HERE and Order your copy HERE