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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Willink wrote:
Always worth hearing insight from Pete Rock:

http://www.vibe.com/photo-galleries/full-clip-pete-rock-runs-down-his-entire-catalogue-featuring-cl-smooth-run-dmc-publi/

Applause Applause Applause Applause

Willink, you are that dude!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in the days before the Black Eyed Peas were making electrotrash doritos commerials:


Ghostface comes bursting out cardboard boxes with raps like a laser beam
King Tee's hooked on premium malt liquor
Erik B doing nothing as usual
I used to be a hussala, now I'm a 22 brew guzzla
They don't have it at casinos I go to
Everyone knows snapped necks are the consequence of alcohol
Probably why his mind was playing tricks on him, BAC and small people = disaster
Unsuprisingly makes poor bongwater
No barbeque is complete
From what I'm starting to gather making liquor commericals was the primary supplemental income for west coast rappers circa 1994
The original transformer? My car doesn't do that
The signs that he is a bad actor were evident early
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of female emcees:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGj76K3-kXc
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Hip-Hop and Australia


I listen to a lot of music, most of it hip-hop, but one thing I've enjoyed over the past few years is exploring the expanse of the genre in other countries, be it from Poland, Sweden, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, or Japan. What stands out to me the most is the sheer amount of great artists that are working today in Australia. M-Phazes is by far the most renowned of these, principally for his work with artsits like Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas, Supastition, and various Low Budget artists, but behind him lie a multitude of other talented acts putting out some of the highest quality music in 2011 in the entire genre.


First and foremost among these is Bliss N Eso, who represent everything I like about hip-hop; talented emcees, amazing production, a great dejay, and recognition to go along with it. Their latest album reached #1 on the charts, was certified platinum in Australia, and won mass recognition:

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The Album went on to receive multiple awards nominations including the Triple J Album of the Year award, Channel V Australian Artist of the Year award, Independent Music Award, Multiple APRA Awards & two ARIA awards.


Their latest album, Running On Air, and their 2008 release Flying Colours in particular I'd say are among the best hip hop releases of the past five years. Both include extremely varied, complex production handled by both big name artists (Bonobo, M-Phazes, whose work on these two albums is arguably the best of his discography) and local Australian producers that come together to form an extremely cohesive sound throughout. As mentioned Bliss (an American who moved to Australia at age 13) and Eso (the Australian-born part of the duo) are talented emcees with a unique air to their delivery that sounds fresh and engaging. Their DJ Izm is also fire with his work on the turntables.

A selection of tracks from Running On Air:
Down By The River
Flying Through The City
Art House Audio
I Can ft. Jehst

and from Flying Colours:
Woodstock 2008
Bullet and a Target
How to Listen, Part 1 (omfg crazy instrumental)
Destiny Lane

Beyond BNE, a great introduction to the hip hop scene of Australia is M-Phazes debut album Good Gracious, which I placed alongside Running On Air and How I Got Over as my albums of the year. Phazes debut gathers together some of Australia's most talented emcees and showcases them over quality production.


A selection of tracks by a few other Australian artists I am fans of:

Mantra - Got Me Wrong

First and foremost, this video is amazing. All of Mantra's verses are amazing. The chorus and sample are fire.

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I'd be lying If I said I was a perfect man
I tried to tell them I never had no dirty hands
In all honesty I've been in the corner before
Its all par for the course in accordance with the plan
more than what you would have gathered from a first glance
more often than not would you be the one to stand
anonymous anomaly with no apology
an oddity, with a division of psychology
my inner demons are riddled with dichotomies
a "Ripley's; Believe It Or Not" ideology
striving to find the right philosophy
all the while fine tuning the live policies
intercepted on the regular; constantly
as if the interjections are involuntary
and I'd love to think that I ain't let it bother me,
but everywhere i go the self doubt follow me


The whole album is great, and I'd suggest looking into it.

and because I'm too lazy to do further writeups, just listen to the music:


Dialectrix - Outcast
Horroshow - The Rain
Hilltop Hoods - I Love It
Spit Syndicate - Starry Eyed
13th Son - Yo!
Thundamentrals - How You Been?
Illy - Diamonds
360 - Please Don't Call Me Crazy
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^ nice post. i actually listen to bliss n eso a decent amount.

i really like exploring foreign hip hop.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great post. Should help me as I begin to branch outside of north america.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kool G Rap talks Rawkus records:

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I recorded it to be promoted and marketed in a major fashion. That didn’t happen! If it went through with Rawkus, there would have been Kool G Rap sh*t everywhere! The promotion and marketing campaign would have been tremendous. Rawkus was not a label that was into sticking by who they signed. They signed me as an artist for a certain reason but when it came time to put out material, they wanted me to become a different artist. A lot of labels do that. People want a Ja Rule record or whoever is hot. 50 Cent came out muscular so they wanted The Last Emperor to get all muscular and show off his chest. This is the schit I’m talking about. Whoever is out and hot at the time, they hop on their *@#&. This is what they expect from their artists. They couldn’t tell me *@&$ like that! Nobody can tell me to go to some *#$@&@^& gym and tighten up my abs! They knew they couldn’t deal with G Rap like that. They could tell other artists what to do but not me. This is where me and Rawkus bumped heads. I’m a grown *@#& f**@&@ n**@& and can’t 2 young *@&$@^!^ punks tell me what to do!


and another in-depth article from some years back on the problems the label ran into:

http://www.villagevoice.com/2004-04-20/news/a-fistful-of-mighta-been

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But though Pharoahe Monch had a hit single on the radio, Soundscan would ultimately determine whether the record had broken. There'd have to be a delicate balance between promotion and album shipment once Monch's full-length debut, Internal Affairs, rolled out of the pressing plant. Talk to some Rawkus cats and they'll tell you that Priority, Rawkus's distributor at the time, was totally unprepared for this East Coast boutique label to come up with a hit. Priority thought "Simon" was the artist.


Gonna try and get on my college radio DJ tip this semester too. *Hipsterstatus*
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another one of these top ten sample flips, this time with Large Pro:

http://www.egotripland.com/large-professor-sample-flips/
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kool & The Gang's "Too Hot" just came on the radio at work and on cue in the beginning I yelled "WHERE'z DA PARTY AT?!!" Crickets. Guess I'm the only one here who listened to Miilkbone back in the day.   LoL. That joint used to knock parties out tho. I forgot NaS was in that video.

"Keep it Real" was his best joint. That piano and AZ hook were so fresh.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.thetroyblog.com/2011/06/10/black-thought-men-at-work-at-the-roots-picnic-mp3/

Black Thought is just unreal

and of course his other cover of Kool G Rap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KywdNSIPivo
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Akai has a brand new beat machine that reminds me of a smaller Ensoniq ASR-10.

http://www.akaipro.com/mpk25

The cost is very reasonable (saw it on eBay for $150). I'm not 100% sure it has a sampler in it tho. I love my MPC 2000XL but it's storage is from a SCSI zip drive, not USB which is a colossal hindrance.
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According to Pete Rock, he held on to the beat for The Joy for over a decade and originally laid in down in 1997. No wonder it sounded like his SP-12 stuff, some of his MPC stuff once he moved over full time around 03 sounds "bare" compared to some of his stuff from the PR +CL albums, Soul Survior, etc. Not to say his new stuff isn't good, but look at a track like that one he did for Reks and it just sounds empty compared to something like Think Twice or Keep On by INI.

He put in work on that Monumental album, but it just doesn't feel or sound the same. The closest he's come recently to what I consider "that sound" is his track he laced for Muneshine that I played to death:

http://hulkshare.com/vf0hwb910gdn

the imaaaaaaaaaagine thaaaaaaaat sample on the chorus is Shocked Shocked

It's part of the reason I've been pimping Damu the Fudgemunk so much recently, his flip on Time Leak was easily one of my favorites of the year and it sounds like vintage PR circa 1994:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgOGDorqKmQ

can't get enough of that track

also gotta give big props for M-Phazes, lots of internet dudes starting to jock on his whole style and approach to production alongside all those endless 9th Wonder wannabes, but he dropped some gems:

CL Smooth ft. Skyzoo - Perfect Timing
Move. Meant ft Mike Anthony - Relax (M-Phazes Remix)
Othello - Let's Just
Muneshine ft. D-Minor - Reality Bytes Pt. 2
Strange Fruit Project - Makin My Way
Oddisee - Industry Ills
Royce Da 59 ft Elzhi and Supastition - Best to Do It
Dynas - Higher Definition
Emilio Rojas ft. Stat Quo and Marvin Priest - Way She Moves
Supastition - Split Decisions
Pharoahe Monch - The Cure

His recent stuff is still quality too:

Edo G - I was There
Masta Ace & Edo G - Over There
Pharaohe Monch - Clap
Talib Kweli - Gutter Rainbows

even his Lollipop remix made the song listenable:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niaR0cGVkiA
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Listening to The Score again for the first time in a while, damn Pras is awful

thankfully Lauryn carries the album with her talent

that Salaam Remi track GOES and Diamond was really nice too
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always in the sharing mood, here is a massive 1995 mix:

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1. Real Live “Real [inappropriate/removed]”
2. Smooth Da Hustler “Broken Language” feat. Trigger The Gambler
3. Luniz “I Got 5 On It”
4. Mic Geronimo “Masta I.C.”
5. Q-Ball & Curt Cazal “My Kinda Moves”
6. J-Live “Braggin’ Writes”
7. The Nonce “Bus Stop”
8. B.U.M.S. “Elevation (Free My Mind)”
9. Smif N Wessin “Sound Bwoy Bureill”
10. The Click “Hot Ones Through The Ghetto”
11. Kool G Rap “Take “Em To War feat. MF Grimm”
12. Lord Finesse “No Gimmicks” Brainstorm Remix feat. O.C.
13. Mobb Deep “Temperature’s Rising”
14. Mobb Deep “Temperature’s Rising” (The Abstract Remix)
15. Das EFX “Microphone Master” (DJ Spinna Remix)
16. Junior M.A.F.I.A. “Players Anthem”
17. Blahzay Blahzay “Danger (When The East Is In The House)”
18. Mad Skillz “Skillz In ‘95”
19. Organized Konfusion “You Won’t Go Far” feat. O.C.
20. Ten Thieves “It Don’t Matter”
21. Black Moon “Headz Ain’t Ready” (Remix feat. Smif N Wessin)”
22. Ahmad “Come Widdie feat. Ras Kass & Saffir”
23. Jay-Z “Can’t Get Wit That”
24. The Roots “Silent Treatment” (Kelo’s Remix)
25. Ill Al Scratch “Don’t Shut Down On A Player”
26. Lost Boys “Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz”
27. GZA “4th Chamber”
28. GZA “Liquid Swords”
29. Big L “Put It On”
30. Artifacts “Dynamite Soul (Lip Service Remix feat. Mad Skillz)”
31. KRS One “MCs Act Like They Don’t Know”
32. Group Home “Up Against The Wall (Low Budget Mix)”
33. Group Home “The Realness”
34. Roxanne Shante “Queen Pin”
35. AZ “Sugar Hill” (Remix)
36. Showbiz & A.G. “U Know Now” (Buckwild Remix)
37. Da Youngsta’z “I’ll Make You Famous”
38. Ruggedness Madd Drama “Make U Go Crazy”
39. World Renoun “Come Take A Ride”
40. Notorious B.I.G. “One More Chance” (Stay With Me Remix)
41. Notorious B.I.G. “One More Chance” (Hip-Hop Remix)
42. Common “Resurrection” (Large Professor Remix)
43. Common Ressuerction” (Extra P Remix)
44. D&D All-Stars “1, 2 Pass It”
45. Shabazz The Disciple “Death Be The Penalty”
46. Raekwon The Chef “Ice Cream”
47. Method Man “I’ll Be There For You / You’re All I Need To Get By feat. Mary J. Blige” (Razor Sharp Remix)
48. Bahamadia “Uknowhowwedo”
49. Junior M.A.F.I.A. “Get Money” (Remix)
50. Junior M.A.F.I.A. “Get Money”
51. Notorious B.I.G. “Who Shot You?”
52. 2Pac “Me Against The World”
53. Young D Boyz “Keep On Poppin’ The Dope Track”
54. Broadway “Must Stay Paid”
55. Lost Boyz “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Shameless”
56. Outkast “Benz Or Beamer”
57. Da Bush Babees “Remember We” (Salaam Remi Remix)
58. GZA “Shadowboxing” feat. Method Man Redman & Method Man “How High”
59. Das EFX “Real Hip-Hop”
60. Fat Joe “[inappropriate/removed] Is Real” (DJ Premier Remix)
61. Crooklyn Dodgers ‘95 “Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers”
62. Big Noyd “Recognize & Realize”
63. Mobb Deep “Give Up The Goods (Just Step)”
64. Keith Murray “I Get Lifted”
65. Sadat X & Akinyele “Loud Hangover”
66. Ol Dirty Bastard “Brooklyn Zoo”
67. Mad Skillz “The Nod Factor”
68. Grand Puba “I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are)”
69. LL Cool J “Doin’ It”
70. Pharcyde “Runnin’
71. The Dove Shack “Summertime In The LBC”
72. The Alkaholiks “Daaam!” (Buckwild Remix)
73. Jurassic 5 “Unified Rebellion”
74. Funkmaster Flex “Nuthin’ But Flava” feat. Charlie Brown, Ol Dirty Bastard & Biz Markie
75. Lords Of The Underground “What I’m After” (Sir Charles Mix)
76. Ol Dirty Bastard “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” Rakim “Last Resort”
77. Mobb Deep “Shook Ones Pt. 2”
78. E-40 “Sideways” feat. B-Legit
79. Tha Alkaholiks “The Next Level”
80. Nine “Whucha Want?”
81. Rude Riddim Experiment “Everybody Bounce”
82. Doug E. Fresh “Where The Party At?”
83. Bone Thugs N Harmony “First of The Month”
84. TRU “Bout It, Bout It”
85. Three 6 Mafia “Tear The Club Up”


http://www.itstherub.com/?p=749

I haven't Luniz track in at least five years, had nearly forgotten it existed.

Good year for hip hop
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a nice playlist there. Good lookin out.

They play "I Got 5 On It" every single day on KDAY here in L.A. That beat is still the thumper.
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