Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This is a Rap Treat that comes straight from DJ Green Lantern. He blessed us with a board feed (in other words a good quality recording) of Jay & Nas performing together in London. This was around the time they had just squashed their beef and started working together. I got shivers just listening to this. It's a trip hearing Hov play hype man for Nasir.
Jay-Z & Nas
Jay-Z & Nas
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
So here are a bunch of old ass Eminem songs. Needless to say this is way before his Slim Shady days. One look at that outfit and hair cut though and you know these were recorded WAAAAAAY back when he still ran with homie the Chaos Kid (whoever that is). Plus the sound quality sound like doo doo.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
So this is crazy. Dave Chappelle decided to do a surprise show in downtown Portland at 1am in the morning. That's the power of text messages and twitter! Dude has a mic and a small as amp and that's all. I'll let somebody who was actually there set the stage...
"Sooo…Dave Chappelle tries to do a last-minute surprise show in the middle of Downtown Portland at 1 AM, and 4,000 people show up. Chappelle supposedly only expected an audience of about 200, so he arrives in the outdoor Pioneer Square alone with a small portable amplifier and microphone in hand. The mob kinda prevents him from doing a proper show, but it’s still crazy to see him walk amongst us—Chappelle has become the Cam’ron of Comedy. And yeah, we would call this out for being a carefully orchestrated viral publicity stunt of Joaquin Phoenix proportions, but…Oregon? You can’t make that shit up."
Saturday, June 27, 2009
This is some unreleased Michael featuring LL Cool J from the Dangerous sessions. I'd never heard it or even knew this existed before today. I love the internet! I also love LL & MJ. Too bad this never saw the light of day.
Michael Jackson feat. LL Cool J
DJ Premier goes through his favorites from MJ's entire catalogue starting in 1969. This was recorded live on Premier's satellite radio show "Live From HeadQCuarters" on Friday June 26th. Preem goes in with back to backs, transforming and all types of shit making it an official Hip Hop experience. Man, I know Michael's catalogue like a mother but I still need a playlist for some of these joints Primo puts down!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Flipout dedicated his entire Traffic Jam to Michael Jackson, just hours after the confirmation of his death. This is his "King Of Pop" material mostly, as much as could be fit into the hour at least. Here's the HQ radio rip with co-hosts Jonny Staub and Jasmina taking callers too.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
This is some super vintage Hov right here from the legendary Tunnel Nightclub in NYC. A 40 minute long concert featuring the whole F'n Roc - Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, Amil, DJ Clue, and even Pain in da Ass! Part 1 features "Pain In Da Ass Intro", "It's Hot", "Jigga My Ni$$a", and "So Ghetto". Part 2 features "Can I Get A...", "Money Ain't a Thang", "It's Alright", "What You Think of That", and "Bleek Is". Part 3 features "What a Thug About", "45 Freestyle", "Who You Wit", "Ain't No Ni$$a", "Imaginary Player", and "Jigga What, Jigga Who". And part 4 of Jay-Z's performance at NYC nightclub The Tunnel features "Money, Cash, Hoes" and "Do It Again".
The Roc is in the building!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
This might be the single best piece of live footage that I have ever witnessed. Let me set the stage. Pitbull is performing with his band (they are doing "Bo Jangles"). Some dude is in the crowd is throwing money at him. Pitbull, while still rapping, pulls the heckler up on stage. Then, while still rocking the show and not missing a line, Pitbull knocks the dude THE FUCK OUT. Amazing. This is the definition of playing yourself. Remind me not to throw money at Pitbull in the future.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This is pretty dope. Eminem being interview back in '98 before he blew the fuck up and became the mega star that he is today. This was also back when Eminem actually made dope music. For real, that first Slim Shady EP (before Dre) and the Bad Meets Evil project were dope as hell to me. The end of this video features Royce Da 5'9 before he had the falling out with Eminem. Ah, the good old days.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I can't even begin to take credit for having this or even hearing it until I saw it up on Bust The Facts (I'm assuming this is before his Infinite LP) but I'm glad I took the time to listen to it because it reminded me of how dope Eminem really is as an emcee.
1. Fuckin' Backstabber (skit)
2. Fuckin' Backstabber
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Here are a bunch of Rap Treats from the motherfuckin' Dr. Dre. They are the mix tapes that Dre did from 1985 to 1989 including the 5 tapes he did for the Rodium Swap Meet. We actually posted a few of these before, but I figured all the tapes on one post makes more sense. These tapes are dope. Every song on them is big and Dre went off on the mix. It sounds like he used an 8 track because most of these, especially the Rodium tapes, are the definition of a megamix. On top of that, Dre also jumps on the mic and gets Eazy-E and Ice Cube to rock some intros. The crazy thing to me is that Dre's career was in full effect when he was making these (first with the World Class Wrecking Crew and then with N.W.A.). It's dope to me that Dre still has the itch to put out mix tapes when N.W.A. was changing the rap game and getting the feds excited. Remember, these are Mix Tapes. Which means they were recorded off cassette tapes so embrace the hiss and take them for what they are - a slice of history.
Dr. Dre - Swap Meet Mix (1987)
(The Rodium Mix Tape Vol. 1)
Dr. Dre - Criminal (1987)
(The Rodium Mix Tape Vol. 2)
Dr. Dre - Dope Beat (1987)
(The Rodium Mix Tape Vol. 3)
Dr. Dre - U Got Ganked (1988)
(The Rodium Mix Tape Vol. 4)
Dr. Dre & Tony-A "The Wizard" - Jam (Jack Move) (1989)
(The Rodium Mix Tape Vol. 5)
Dr. Dre - '85 Live! (1985)
Dr. Dre - '86 In The Mix! (1986)
Dr. Dre - Goin' Off (1987)
Dr. Dre - Panic Zone (1987)
Dr. Dre - In Effect (1988)
Dr. Dre & Tony-A "The Wizard" - '88 Boom n Bass (1988)
Friday, May 8, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Very random but very necessary. The Godfather of Soul. Above is an in-fucking-credible performance of the B Boy anthem "Give It Up Turn It Loose" guaranteed to make your day. Below is a short clip of James Brown giving his blessing and words of advice to the "rappers" who sample him.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This is a Rap Treat for two reasons. The first is the news that Hot Chillin' is releasing a DVD full of footage from Marley Marl's legendary In Control Mixshow on WBLS (the radio show he named his In Control Juice Crew compilations after). In the late 80's there was no Hot 97's or Power 106's where Hip-Hop was on the radio all day so shows like In Control were one of the few places you could here all the newest and freshest shit. If you aren't familiar I included a show from 1989 featuring Pete Rock on the tables. The second reason this is a Rap Treat is the promo that Big Daddy Kane did for Marley Marl and WBLS back in '88. It's been floating around Blogland for a while but for some reason I just heard it and wanted to add it to the archives. This one is strictly for my old school Hip-Hop heads.
Marley Marl In Control w/ DJ Pete Rock
Big Daddy Kane
This shit is pretty fresh. If you're not up on El Michels Affair, they are a Brooklyn funk band (and sometimes Wu-Tang's backing band) who put out the "C.R.E.A.M." b/w "Glaciers Of Ice" 7inch a few years back. They basically take Wu-Tang tracks and give them the live instrumental funk treatment. FatBeats just released their Enter The 37th Chamber LP where they reinterperate a grip of Wu-Tang classics. Here is the the "C.R.E.A.M." 7inch as well as a recording of Wu-Tang and El Michels Affair performing "Criminology". WU-TANG!
El Michels Affair
(Truth & Soul Records)
A1 - "C.R.E.A.M."
B1 - "Glaciers Of Ice"
Thursday, April 9, 2009
This is about people who REALLY like records. I belong to this group, although not as much as the dudes in this video do. These are actually the people who REALLY REALLY like records.
"A portrait of Vinyl collectors and producers and aficionados. From the owner of a Charlie Parker album worth 10,000 who believes in playing it and prefers mono to stereo to the producers at Norton Records where rock musicians who had fallen off the charts are restored to vinyl to be heard again. To that add the proprietor of Fynl Vinyl, straight out of a Nick Hornsby novel and a homemade Gramophone brought by it's owner and maker to Washington Square Park every Sunday to play a collection of 78's."
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I want one of these bitches!
"Pete Verrando in an audio engineer who has 20 years of experience in Production Sound Recording for film and television. He works all over the world doing on-location recording.
Pete has built something that is part innovative, part steampunk and part crazy-geek-inventor-guy. It’s something I’ve often tossed around in my mind, but he has taken things one step further and has actually built one: A CD turntable.
Actually, he’s built four of them. They look just like regular turntables, with a rotating disc and a tonearm, but they don’t play vinyl records, they play CD’s."
Friday, April 3, 2009
Personally ripped by me for you. This bootleg came out in 1996 and features Rakim's best unreleased material. It all sounds like it was supposed to be on the Don't Sweat the Technique album (which is rumoured to have been co-produced by Large Professor, can anybody corroborate that?) My cut on here is "Hypnotic", straight b boy badness but the whole record is > all rap 2001-present.
Also, I saw Biz Markie pick this up at BASSIX (r.i.p.) record store back when Biz first came to Vancouver in 1996.
Eric B & Rakim
A1 - Everything's Cool
A2 - Hypnotic
A3 - You Don't Fool Me
B1 - Don't Sweat the Technique (Original Version)
B2 - Complicatem (Pass The Hand Grenade Pt2)
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
This is a recording of Hov on Tim Westwoods's Radio 1 Rap Show from April 1996. This is a hungry Jay-Z making the interview rounds for his Reasonable Doubt album when he is fresh in this rap game (as opposed to the 14 year seasoned vet in the photo above). It was also a "New York Rap Exchange" thing that Westwood did on his show so Funkmaster Flex is on the tables. Vintage radio shit here.
Tim Westwood Radio 1 Rap Show
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
To cap off B.I.G. day it's only right to hit you with the Ready To Die 12"s. There isn't much more that can be said about Christopher Wallace that hasn't been said already. He's one of the best to ever do it. Hip-Hop hasn't been the same since March 9th, 1997.
BIGGIE SMALLS is STILL the ILLEST.
(Bad Boy Records)
A1 "Juicy" (Dirty Mix)
A3 "Juicy" (Remix)
B1 "Juicy" (Instrumental)
B2 "Juicy" (Remix Instrumental)
B3 "Unbelievable" (Instrumental)
"Juicy" produced by Poke (Trackmasterz) and Puff Daddy
"Juicy" (Remix) produced by Pete Rock
"Unbelievable" produced by DJ Premier
(Bad Boy Records)
A1 "Big Poppa" (Club Mix)
A2 "Warning" (Club Mix)
A3 "Big Poppa" (Instrumental)
B1 "Big Poppa" (Radio Edit)
B2 "Warning" (Radio Edit)
B3 "Warning" (Instrumental)
"Big Poppa" produced by Carl "Chucky" Thompson & Puff Daddy
"Warning" produced by Easy Mo Bee
(Bad Boy Records)
A1 "One More Chance / Stay With Me" (Radio Edit)
A2 "One More Chance" (Hip Hop Mix)
A3 "One More Chance / Stay With Me" (Radio Edit 2)
A4 "One More Chance" (Hip Hop Instrumental)
B1 "One More Chance" (Hip Hop Radio Edit)
B2 "The What" feat. Method Man (Radio Edit)
B3 "One More Chance / Stay With Me" (Instrumental)
"One More Chance" produced by Rashad Smith & Puff Daddy
"The What" produced by Easy Mo Bee
(Bad Boy Records)
A1 "Big Poppa" (Radio Edit)
A2 "Big Poppa" (Remix) (Radio Edit)
A3 "Who Shot Ya?" (Radio Edit)
A4 "Big Poppa" (Remix) (Instrumental)
B1 "Big Poppa" (Club Mix)
B2 "Big Poppa" (Remix) (Club Mix)
B3 "Who Shot Ya?" (Club Mix)
B4 "Who Shot Ya?" (Instrumental)
"Big Poppa" produced by Chucky Thompson& Puff Daddy
"Big Poppa" (Remix) produced by Jermaine Dupri & Manuel Seal
"Who Shot Ya?" produced by Nashiem Myrick & Puff Daddy
This isn't rare but it's dope as hell. This is Biggie freestyling in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn at the age of 17. I think (actually more guessing) that this is the battle scene that they tried recreating in the movie Notorious.
These are Volumes 1-4 of the Bad Boy mix tapes that came out in the mid 90's. This was the era when mixtapes were actually mixed on cassette tapes (I still can't use the term "Mix CD"). Before the internet was poppin, this was the place to get exclusive freestyles and all the newest Bad Boy records from BIGGIE, Craig Mack, The Lox, 112 and anything Bad Boy. They also had all the hottest records of the day, not just Bad Boy joints. Add to that they are hosted by Puff Daddy and mixed by the hottest DJs in NYC at the time and these are classics tapes.
DJ Doo Wop
DJ Stretch Armstrong
This is the record that started it all. More to come.
A1 "Party And Bullshit" (Radio)
A2 "Party And Bullshit" (Album)
A3 "Party And Bullshit" (Instrumental)
B1 "Party And Bullshit" (Club Dirty)
B2 "Party And Bullshit" (Dirty Instrumental)
Produced by Easy Moe Bee
Saturday, February 28, 2009
This is a crazy interview that KRS One and DJ Scott La Rock did on Doctor Dre's "The Operating Room" show on 90.3FM WBAU back in early '87. What makes it crazy is there aren't too many BDP interviews that I've heard that are with both KRS One and Scott La Rock due to La Rock's tragic passing in August of '87. The other reason this interview is dope is because it was during the height of the BDP vs. Mr. Magic, Marley Marl and MC Shan feud. This is just before Criminal Minded dropped and both KRS and Scott La Rock air out Mr. Magic and break down what led to the legendary battle. If you don't know about BDP vs. Juice Crew (which was really more BDP vs. MC Shan) then it's time to play catch up. Check the video below which breaks down the whole "Bridge Wars" and features interviews with KRS One, MC Shan, and Marley Marl (who concedes that BDP won).
Doctor Dre's "The Operating Room" Show on 90.3FM WBAU