Sep 12, 2009
"Sometimes you gotta do right."
Been an interesting month, from hanging out with the guys at
Non-Stop sneaker store in Madrid to playing at the first night of
Neighbourhood for a top crowd - oh, and assembling this of course!
Still not used to the sound of my own voice on the voice-overs,
maybe I should just prepare statements and have them read by a
As Columbo would say, "just one more thing" - after many years of
waiting, Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Part II" is finally
out this month - do yourself a favour and grab a copy!
Natural Elements are some of the
most talented MCs you'll hear in your life; unfortunately, record
company politics meant they never quite got a fair shake. This
track is one I personally like (which of course is why it's on
here) but it's not even their very best work...find everything you
can they've ever been on!
: Tubbs &
From the "Escape From Television"
album, made up of music taken from Hammer's brilliant work on the
"Miami Vice" TV series. Everyone knows "Crockett's Theme" and the
TV show theme, but this album is well worth picking up.
: Say Goodnight
Spacey DJ Premier beat (but with
the usual rock-hard drums), and Reks doesn't waste it!
Apani B-Fly Emcee
That third verse has multiple MCs
on it and goes on for a while so I cut it short this time; the
full list of guests for the whole track is (deep breath) - Lyric,
Helixx C. Armageddon, Ayana Soyini, What? What?, Pri Da Honey Dark,
Yejide The Night Queen, and Heroine.
Of course, Chuck D is one of the
elder statesmen of Hip-Hop (and has been since he started -
released the first Public Enemy album at 27) and can always
be counted on to bring an adult voice to proceedings - literally
Above The Law
: Harda U R
Tha Doppa U Faal
Seriously overlooked crew from Pomona,
California, these guys spent years in the metaphorical forest
smashing down every tree in sight, but with not enough people to
hear the sound. They were doing the G-Funk sound before Dr.Dre,
Cold 187 and KMG were a fantastically complementary mic tag team
and overall they were just ahead of their time. This is one of
those album tracks which I love but have never heard mentioned
Allegedly "Volume 3, Beat 5" on a
bootleg-looking pressing. If this has been used, let me
Brand New Heavies ft. Q-Tip
: Sometimes (Ummah Remix)
Common ft. Erykah Badu, Pharrell & Q-Tip
Come Close Remix (Closer) ft.
Dilla (& Q-Tip) double bill!
Two of his best smoothed-out remixes - but *do not* sleep on the
bassline of that Common track. Try it out on a decent car system if
you have one! It's worth noting is that there's also a Dilla remix
of BNH's "Saturday Night" which is serious dancefloor
The Away Team
The Away Team are Justus League
affiliates out of North Carolina, made up of Khrysis (producer) and
Sean Boog (MC). I found this online while browsing around for Sean
Price stuff I hadn't heard (he features on the same album this
track is from, "Training Day") - this plus the track "Awesome" had
me ordering a copy the same night!
Gang Starr ft. WC &
Just one thing though - "month" and "us" do not rhyme...
: The Militia II
The original was a classic of
course (with the killer Bumpy Knuckles third verse) but this is a
worthy sequel; solid Primo beat and three quality verses.
Killer "impersonation" track where
Torae takes on the flow of a different MC every 4 bars; some of
them are absolutely dead on! Can anyone name them all?
: Prima Donna
J-Zone is one of the most original,
inventive producers out there as well as a highly entertaining MC.
He doesn't actually rhyme himself on the vocal version of this but
do seek out his stuff if you like good music and have a sense of
One of the standout tracks from
Bomb Records' "Return Of The DJ Vol II" - not a super-technical
turntablist track but a great piece of production with solid, tight
scratching and excellent choices of samples.
If you do hear anything you especially like then do get in touch
and let me know, and please support the artists - find more output
of theirs on Spotify
to get a
feel for it, go to live shows if you can (that's where they really
get paid) and buy the stuff you like the most!