Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Beastie Boys Lost Interview With Animation (1985)

Blank on Blank is a multimedia non-profit whose mission is to archive unheard interviews and add animation resulting in a new audio/visual experience for the viewer. Here are the Beastie Boys from a 1985 interview. This is pre Licensed to Ill, therefore, pre huge commercial success. Listen closely for some eerily prophetic statements from the terrible trio. And go to www.blankonblank.org for more. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Demos: Kanye West Demo Tape (2001)

Even though most of our download links are dead until we are able to re-up them (process started), we are going to keep hitting you with treats. This one just turned up on the interweb a couple of days ago. If the story that goes along with it is correct, then this is the demo tape the 'Ye was passing around to labels before he signed his deal with Roc-a-fella. The highlight for me is the original version of "Jesus Walks". Enjoy!

Kanye West

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Nice & Smooth "No Delayin" (1989*)

"No Delayin" is a cut off of Nice & Smooth's self-titled debut LP. Although it wasn't released as a single, that didn't stop the duo from shooting this video years later - proving to the world that it's never too late to create a video for a classic. 

"You Know What I'm Sayin'???"

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Out Of Order... kind of.

Looks like all the download links on NationOfMillions have been shut down by the fine folks over at DivShare. Anything posted before April 20th has a dead link. We've already started the process of re-upping all the Rap Treats, 12inch's, Demos, and Mixtapes.

Stay tuned.

Demos: Tha Alkaholiks aka E.S.P.

This had eluded me for a couple years for some reason, but no longer. Tha Alkaholiks demo tape recorded when the crew was known as Educated Street Poets (E.S.P.). Dope.

Tha Alkaholiks aka E.S.P.

Classic Material: Gang Starr EPK (Circa 1990)

Love this kind of stuff. Guru R.I.P.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Maestro Fresh Wes - "Let Your Backbone Slide" (Club Mix) 1989

To our non-Canadian readers, Maestro Fresh Wes's "Let Your Backbone Slide" is our "Rapper's Delight," "Sucker MC's," and "Raw" all rolled into one. Released in 1989, the song, and the subsequent album Symphony in Effect, broke through the then-fledgling Canadian hip-hop underground and became a massive hit on radio. Its video was also in heavy rotation on Much Music. In short, "Let Your Backbone Slide" influenced a generation of Canadian hip-hop artists and forced record labels to take notice. The album and single version are easy enough to find, however, an alternate mix available only on the 12" exists, and is arguably the better of the two. 

You decide...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Classic Material: LL Cool J Performing "I'm Bad" Circa 1987

LL circa 1887 performing "I'm Bad". This was record of UK TV and the clip ends with LL getting an ear full from his Grandma. Priceless.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

MC EZ & Troup "Just Rhymin" - Fresh Records (1988)


Most old school heads have probably heard "Get Retarded" from this elusive 12" released in 1988. However, the song with the "Zoom, Zoom, Zoom"s was the B-side (or Y-side, according to Fresh Records) to "Just Rhymin" - a dope track unto itself. MC EZ aka Craig Mack would not drop the album he promised in the outro until he joined the Bad Boy camp 5 years later. Brentwood in effect.