Jan 17, 2010
"Weapons of mass percussion."
Happy New Year! Welcome to the first episode of the decade, 50+
minutes of audio gems for your headphones, car, shop...
Big event of the month has unfortunately been the tragic earthquake
in Haiti - if you have a little spare cash, please donate to any of
the many organisations
help out there.
Fugees ft. A Tribe Called Quest,
Forte & Busta Rhymes
: Rumble In The Jungle
One of those tracks which did make
noise even commercially right when it came out but then seemed to
disappear altogether; very underrated track as far as I'm
concerned. Sample is of course Abba's "Name Of The Game" - I heard
somewhere that this was the first time they ever cleared a sample,
so the Fugees beat Madonna to the punch on that by a long way
Havoc on production on this
instrumental of the track from the "Hell On Earth" album.
: Revenge Of The
I know hardly anyone listening knows
this one :o) Top remix of Portishead's "Numb" (so the title isn't
pronounced how it looks) from the Rebirth Of Cool Phive album, also
on the B-Side of the "Numb" 12" I think. The original is great and
so's this...I wouldn't necessarily say better but different and
just as good.
: Book Of Rhymes
An underrated gem from the "God's
Son" album, Alchemist on production. I don't know if these are
definitely rejected rhymes or not, but I love the idea and
execution, right down to the sounds of flipping pages. The 'new'
verse where he talks about being jealous of his baby daughter is
Mos Def/Pure P
: Ms. Phat
As you can probably guess from the
title, this is a remix of Mos Def's "Ms. Phat Booty," from Pure P's
"On My New York Sh*t Pt.2" 12". A bit summery-sounding for the
vicious cold weather we've had lately, but maybe that's a good
Something from my archives
(originally titled "Seer" until Manchester singer Aileen wrote
lyrics to it), keeping the vibe gentle for a few before turning up
the heat on the next track!
Ta'raach & Invincible
From Waajeed's "War" LP on Fat City
Recordings, big stomping track. Ta'raach is definitely dope on this
but Invincible just smashes it with her mic time. Detroit come
through with a winner.
Marco Polo ft. Large
: The Radar (Remix)
A thing of beauty - hardcore,
unapologetic Hip-Hop. Hard drums, dope rhymes and some excellent
cuts courtesy of DJ Linx who I've never heard before but whose name
will certainly ring bells for me now. Attention music industry:
more like this please!
Coming in from Toronto is the
firestarter himself! He's a very underrated MC who has the ability
to blend the Caribbean style with classic Hip-Hop and can hold his
own on the mic with anyone; if you heard Episode 1
you'll have heard him sharing vocal duties with the incredible
Pharoahe Monch, and in a situation where many MCs would have been
annihilated he showed he belonged! If you can get a copy of
"Firestarter Vol.1 : Quest For Fire" then pick one up - and if you
can get vinyl instead of CD, they're worth a fair bit
: Nothing's Gonna
Gerrard C. Baker on production, for
the record - not heard of him previously but this is on the B-side
of the "Number 1 Sound" single - "G Walking" rounds out the
selection of reggae-flavoured Hip-Hop on that essential
Dancehall riddim borrowing from
ODB's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" and Wu-Tang's "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing
Ta F' Wit." The vocal track on the other side of this 7" ("Camel"
by Dolce & Gabbana) doesn't add anything at all to it truth be
told, so the instrumental gets the nod - and usually gets a great
reaction when I play it out!
Slick Rick ft. Raekwon
From Rick's 1999 "The Art Of
Storytelling" LP, his first full project after his release from
prison in 1996 - it should be noted here that he was eventually
. In the 80s he was fly and here...still the same!
Raekwon guests on this and represents well - maybe after/if the
rumoured Kool G Rap & Raekwon album happens, these two should do a
project together? "We Will Rob You"
was just a tease... (and as an aside, check out this video
came up in the same Youtube search, and watch from 20 seconds in -
an inspiration maybe?)
: Jackin' For
I feel really old realising this
tune is 20 years old this year! This is the first Hip-Hop track of
this type I can remember, taking beats from popular Hip-Hop records
of the time and stringing them together for this instrumental. The
last beat is X-Clan's "Heed The Word Of The Brother," sampling
Zapp's legendary "More Bounce To The Ounce" which was also famously
: You Gots To
DSP ft. Chill Rob G
...back in 1988. Nothing much to be
said about this classic single but if you want a smile brought to
your face, watch the video
don't make 'em like that anymore!
From DSP's "In The Red" album on
Ninja Tune, only came across this recently despite it coming out in
2002 but there's some interesting stuff on there and this stood out
for me - nice to hear Chill Rob G in the modern day! If you didn't
know, he was badly ripped off on Snap's "The Power" - summary of
: Hey Ho
Oprah's favourite Hip-Hop
track...well, maybe not! 2004 12" on Wildlife records, Amed on
production and on the vocal version (which you can also find on the
"Street Triumph" mixtape), the always-abrasive Freddie Foxxx aka
Bumpy Knuckles on the mic.
The 3rd Generation Band
Because Of Money
1973 track from a Ghanaian army
band, the African flavour is in full effect but you can here the
influence of funk/soul of the time. I got this on a great
compilation called "Ghana Soundz," if you're into something a bit
different it's worth picking up!
Remember, if you like any of the artists' work you hear then please
try to support them in whatever way you can! Showing that the
quality material has an audience willing to put their hands in
their pockets to show support will help the constant struggle
against the cheap knockoffs that currently take up the radio and TV