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Saturday, April 19, 2014

[Mixtape] THE 45 KING - "The Best of 45 King"

This is an amazing mix by the great legendary DJ and producer Mark The 45 King called "The Best of The 45 King" that I stumbled across some time back that I thought a lot of y'all should love as much as I do. It's only 20 minutes long but it features a wonderful blend of classic 45 King moments, rare tracks, breakbeats and snippets of the original samples. There's no question in my mind that 45 King is one of the greatest, yet most underrated producers, to ever do it and this lil' mixtape is a perfect way to spend 20 minutes listening to great music. What is interesting is that there's at least two or three Jay-Z collaborations that I never heard before. Press play, enjoy and TURN IT UP!!

VADO / PRODIGY / CHINX - "Zoo Music"

Under normal circunstances I wouldn't consider Vado Lost Tapes materiial but this single "Zoo Music" not only features another stellar recent P feature but a real soothing beat provided by Dolla Bill Kidz. I can dig it!

ANTI-LILLY & PHONIKS - "14 Til'"

Just the other day I came across the EP "Autumn in New York" by proudcer Phoniks whose blend of acoustic jazz and boom bap literally blew me away. For the Souls Of Mischief homage "14 Til'" emcee Ant-Lilly has enlisted just Phoniks to catch that jazzy soul sound. Video directed by Catch&ShoorViuals. Nice lil' summer anthem riht here!

[Album] L.E.O. & CARNAGE - "The Boombox Theater"

You might remember Flushing, Queens artist L.E.O. (Love Equals Omnipotence) for his 2008 free album "Spiritual Intelligence", which was entirely prdóduced by Large Professor. Since then L.E.O. has been hard at work with his group Unleashed By Science, releasing muaic videos for "Manipulation Under Anasthesia" and  "The Killshot", both from their free EP "Rooftop Logic".. Now L.E.O.'s back again, teaming up with fellow wordsmith for the release of their joint album "The Boombox Theater". I'm not too acquainted with Carnage but they do have a nice chemistry together and the beats is constantly banging evoking the golden era of hip-hop. And it's a free doownload none the less, so be sure to give it a chance!

[Tracklist] COALMINE Presents "UNEARTHED"

As far back as September 2012 Coalmine Records announced the release of an upcoming compilation album featuring exclusives from their label roster. A whole bunch of singles we're released from September '12 to the late spring of '13 but then any word on the project just seemed to die out - despite all singles being pretty damn mindblowing. Lucky for us, it turns out that the project was simply on hold and both a tracklist, artwork and release date has now been announced. The 20+ tracks that makes up "Unearthed" is mixed by the legendary DJ Revolution (released May 13) though a Deluxe Edition will consist of an unmixed version of the project (released May 27) which also includes three bonus tracks (including a brand new Diamond D remix). 

Check out the tracklist below and click on the linked songs to listen; damn, I didn't realize just how many of these singles have already been released but almost every single track here are up for streaming so enjoy! I gotta say all these joints on the same project found here is simply unbelivably sick. You can pre-order @ FatBeatsUGHH or iTunes.

Disc 1: Mixed by DJ Revolution
01. Unearthed (Intro) [feat. DJ Revolution] (prod. by Young Cee)
02. Pharoahe Monch – Get Down (prod. by M-Phazes)
03. Bang This (Interlude)
04. One Dae – Bang This (prod. by Marco Polo)
05. Revolution’s House (Interlude)
06. Big Noyd, Large Professor, Kool G Rap – Naturally Born (prod. by Ayatollah)
07. Blu (feat. MeLa Machinko) – Kiss The Sky (prod. by M-Phazes)
08. Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D – One For The Money (prod. by G-Squared)
09. El Da Sensei – Show Stoppa (prod. by DJ Devastate)
10. Apathy & Celph Titled – School for Scoundrels (prod. by Ayatollah)
11. Guilty Simpson & Small Professor (feat. DJ Revolution) – On The Run
12. Drop ‘Em (Intro)
13. The Rockness Monstah - Drop 'Em [prod. by Bean One]'
14. Rah Digga (feat. Fashawn & REKS) – Never Back Down (prod. by M-Phazes)
15. Torae – Real Talk (prod. by Young Cee)
16. Guilty Simpson & Small Professor (feat. Boldy James & Statik Selektah) – I’m The City
17. The Artifacts – Easter (prod. by Khrysis)
18. Land of the Crooks (Interlude)
19. Sean Price, Billy Danze, Maffew Ragazino & DJ Babu – Land of the Crooks (prod. by M-Phazes)
20. Blu & Nottz (feat. Nitty Scott, MC) – Boyz II Men
21. Most Confident (Interlude)
22. Wildchild & MED – Most Confident (prod. by Create & Devastate)

Disc 2: Untagged Deluxe Edition
01. Unearthed (Intro) [feat. DJ Revolution] (prod. by Young Cee)
02. Pharoahe Monch (feat. DJ Revolution) – Get Down (prod. by M-Phazes)
03. One Dae – Bang This (prod. By Marco Polo)
04. Big Noyd, Large Professor & Kool G Rap – Naturally Born (prod. by Ayatollah)
05. Blu (feat. MeLa Machinko) – Kiss the Sky (prod. by M-Phazes)
06. Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D – One for the Money (prod. by G-Squared)
07. El Da Sensei - Show Stoppa (prod. by DJ Devastate)03. Artifacts (feat. DJ Revolution) – Easter (prod. by Khrysis)
08. Apathy & Celph Titled – School for Scoundrels (prod. by Ayatollah)
09. Guilty Simpson (feat. DJ Revolution) – On the Run (prod. by Small Professor)
10. The Rockness Monstah – Drop ‘Em (prod. by BeanOne)
11. Rah Digga (feat. Fashawn & REKS) – Never Back Down (prod. By M-Phazes)
12. Torae – Real Talk (prod. by Young Cee)
13. The Artifacts - Easter (prod. by Khrysis)
14. Sean Price (feat. Billy Danze, Maffew Ragazino & DJ Babu) – Land of the Crooks (prod. by. M-Phazes)
15. Blu & Nottz (feat. Nitty Scott, MC) – Boyz 2 Men (prod. by Nottz)
16. Wildchild & MED – Most Confident (prod. by Create & Devastate)
17. Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D – One for the Money (Mananz Remix)
Bonus Tracks:
18. Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D – One for the Money (Mananz Remix)
19. Guilty Simpson & Small Professor – On The Run (Ran Reed Remix)
20. Blu & Nottz – Boyz II Men (Diamond D Remix)

Friday, April 18, 2014

[New 52] MidaZ The Beast - "Here I Come"

I've missed out on a couple of weeks of MidaZ The Beast's The New 52 series so it's time to catch up for y'all. The last one I posted was #13, the inspired freestyle over Dilla's powerful "King", and today MidaZ let loose of another one of his vintage collaborations with IMAKEMADBEATS called "Here I Come". Press play on the embeded player up top while below you'll find volumess 14 and 15 below; "You Got It" is another freestyle over a low-key Dilla banger while "Writer's Block" is a soulful wondertrack that might just be my favorite New 52 joint yet. I can't fucking wait to get a vinyl copy of the 16 or so greatest tracks from this series.


[Video] KRS-ONE - "True School"

Backed with the right production KRS-One is still one of the absolute best emcees to ever grab a microphone, perhaps even the greatest. Bang your head to his latest single "True School", produced by French born producer DJ Jean Marion. This boom banging track is the first single from Marion's producer driven follow-up to his critically acclaimed "Run MPC" album features a bunch of NY legends going in over Marion's production including Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, M.O.P., Mobb Deep/Big Noyd, Edo G, REKS, and Skyzoo. The album hit retailers on April 29 and can be purchased directly from DJJeanMaron.com or iTunes if digital is more of your thing.

DOMINGO x KOOL G RAP - "Sessions Vol. 2"

Following up on my last post, the second volume in Domingo's upcoming "Sessions" series focus on unreleased collaborations with another super lyrical legend - Mr. Kool G Rap. Check out the two first singles below, "Foul Cats Remix" and the original version of "Risin' Up". HEAT!


DOMINGO x KRS-ONE x CHANNEL LIVE - "Sessions Vol. 1"

I always felt New York producer Domingo's been a particularly underrated beat slinger despite churning out timeless classics like KRS-One's "The MC", Fat Joe's "Part Deux", Big Pun's "The Dream Shatterer" and many, many others. Good news then that he's got two upcoming projects on the way called "Sessions". Vol 1 in this series features previously unreleased music from The Blastmaster and Channel Live. Check out two singles below; "New York, New York" by KRS-One from 1999 (could this have been created for the original "Maximum Strength" LP?) and Channel Live's "Rethink, Replan, Refine".


[Album] ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN - "Mr. Brown's Revenge"

Encyclopedia Brown is a new name to me but listening to his new mixtape "Mr. Brown's Revenge" there's no doubt the man got skills. Like so many other talented but relatively unknown spitters operating today, Brown is a representative of Chicago whose last release was  a 2004 mixtape entitled "Brown Sound Vol. 1". Now he's back with the follow-up that, featuring a very well-rounded sound with Brown going through a wide range of topics and themes over stellar production from Madlib, Marley Marl, Karriem Riggins, Exile, 9th Wonder, Statik Selektah, Damu The Fudgemunk, House Shoes, Vanderslice and the late Nujabes. Strongly recommended; don't sleep!

[Album] THE UN - "U N Or U Out" (ReIssue)

In 2005 Roc Marciano, Dino Brave, Mic Raw and Laku released their one and only album as The UN, the brilliant hardcore set "U N Or U Out". Although I was lucky enough to get ahold of a copy when it first dropped, it quickly went out of print and if it's one 2000s album to deserve being in print it's this one. With the gritty street realism provided by Marciano, Dino Brave and the rest and hard hitting pure hip-hop beats courtesy of Oddisee, Pete Rock, Large Pro, and Mahogany, there's really not many albums that's as unbelivably dope as this one. Luckily for those of you who missed it while it was still in print, Fat Beats have reissued the album on both CD, cassette and vinyl as well as digital @ iTunes. In addition to the original 14 tracks this version includes two equally fat joints recorded around the same time. "UN Da House" appeared on the "World Domination" mixtape but the other bonus track "For Da Love" is entirely new to my ears and an absolutely stunning track. Fat Beats have uploaded the entire album as a free stream for your listening pleasure below. Spotted @ Collectors Item (peace Brandon).

DE LA SOUL / DILLA - "Smell The D.A.I.S.Y." vinyl EP


Barely two weeks ago De La Soul released their free mixtape "Smell The D.A.I.S.Y.", an eleven track set made up of Plug One to Three getting busy over nothing but J Dilla beats. Not only was it a fantastic idea on paper, but as it turned out it was actually one of the most exciting releases 2014 has yet had to offer. A vinyl release of this is an obvious purchase so you can imagine how happy the news of the EP actually seeing a liimited 12" release made me. 

Now as dope as that sounds, for some reason they have gone with the decision to release it as an instrumental version only. There are so many posthumous Jay Dee releases (both vocal and instrumentals) out there by now that I have a hard time seeing the logic. Especially considering that Dave's and Pos' performances on these beats were simply mindblowing. The reason for the decision is stated in the press release as follows: "We decided to release an all instrumental version of 'Smell The D.A.I.S.Y.' to give people the eperience of a J Dilla beat tape that we were so lucky to receive. These beat tapes were the spring board that generated creation and inspiration for us". Fair enough, but considering that similiar things have already been attempted I must say I think it's a dissapointing route considering how fantastic the vocal version are. Oh well, the wax is limited to 1000 copies so go to WeAreDeLaSoul.com for more information.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

[Video] INNOCENT? Feat. SEAN PRICE x RUSTE JUXX - "Silent Murder"

Jut over the last couple of days there's been more updates to The Lost Tapes thn I'm used to, but there's been a steady stream of very ill music coming so just press play and nod your head in agreement. Innocent? is a completely new name to me, but apparantly he's a Brooklyn emcee, and he manages to hold his own against Ruste Juxx and Sean Price. "Silent Murder" is an early sneek peek into an upcmig compilation called "Killin' The Game" courtesy of T.H.E.M. Recordings.

DJ PREMIER on "Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)"


With all the hype surrounding Nas' 20 year anniversary of his classic debut "Illmatic" DJ Premier takes the opportunity to reminisce about the creation of what is many listeners favorite joint on the LP - "Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)". Preem talks about how he wasn't really feeling the beat he programmed at first but once Nas recorded his verses it all fell into place. I'm sure most of y'all have heard the alternative, darker version of the song, but in case you haven't I've uploaded it for y'all below as it is a true grimey banger. Last but not least, with all the "Illmatic" hype, I'd strongly like to recommend you to get a hold of Matthew Gasteier's book on the album from the 33 1/3 series which is absolutely brilliant reading for any fan of the LP.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MOBB DEEP - "The Outcome"

Mobb Deep is definitely on a roll right now, haviing just released their best album in years with "The Infamous Mobb Deep", they now hook up with DJ Whoo Kid for "The Outcome", a track of DJ S. Whitt's upcoming mixtape "The Elevation 2". 

MEYHEM LAUREN & BUCKWILD - "Silk Shirts & Yellow Gold"

Just the other day the announcement of Queens to Brooklyn emcee/producer duo Meyhem Lauren and Buckwild revealed the upcoming May 29 release of a full-length LP entitled "Silk Pyramids". The first single is already now up for grabs; "Silk Shirts & Yellow Gold" sure as hell does not dissapoint... REWIND!!

JAY DEE - "Give 'Em What They Want"

Between "Welcome 2 Detroit" and "Champion Sound", Jay Dee was hard at work on his second solo album under the working title "Pay Jay" for MCA Records. The LP was a bit different from previous Yancey projects as it showcased his talents as a microphone maste while the beats were supplied by some of Dilla's inspirations - KanYe West, Pete Rock, ?uestlove, Karriem Riggins, Supa Dave. Biml amd a bunch of oters. The MCA deal also included the signing and release of a ful-length by local unknowns Frank-N-Dank, "48 HRS", entirely produced by James Yancey. Unfortunately both projets were ultimately shelved, but not long ago the FND album was released on CD and 2xLP (along with the instrumentals) on Yancey Media Group That leaves Yancey's MCA solo the only release left that the late Detroit legend actually woked on and had full creative control over.

Back in 2011 a rough rip of the album was leaked as "Pay Jay" and featuring 10 songs and an alternative mix. The closing track on that bootleg was a joint called "The Diary" and listening to the lyrics and overall vibe of the track - it was quite easy to see that this was actually the intro to the album, so it comes as no suprise that "The Diary". Now finally Pay Jay Records, the label run by the Dilla estate, is releasing the full album in all its glory and as far as I am concerned this is by far the most interesting Jay Dee release since 2006:s "The Shining". Two 12" singles have been released previously visa Rappcats, ("Trucks" B/W " "; "Diamonds" B/W "Ice") and now a third and final EP is being made available before the actual alnum is unleashed,

"Give 'Em What They Want" is produced by Dilla himself, while the B-side "The Doe" features another vocal performance oof the same lyrics set over a completely different Supa Dave West track. Last but not least, the EP is rounded out with another Supa Dave West produced cut called "So Far", which I believe is the same as "No One Knows" on rhe original bootleg. The EP of courss also ncludes instrumenals to both the A and Bösude. The EP is released on May 5 and can be picked up from Rappcats.com.                                                                                                                                   .

[Documentary] NAS - "Time is Illmatic"

For me there is three absolute perfect hip-hop albums ever created and released, one being Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...", one being Eric B. & Rakim's "Follow The Leader" and the last one of course being the debut album of the young Nasir Jones - "Illmatic". The latter was released exactly 20 years ago on April 19 and it's definitely nothing strange about how well this record has stood the test of time. Still to this day, maybe only Rakim's vocal performance on "Follow The Leader" is as well-rounded, from the song writing, to the advanced lyrical genius, the clever metaphors and the immaculate flow all perfectly married to the music which in the case of "Illmatic" set a new standard that lives on to this day as Nas gathered a plethora of the hottest hip-hop producers around rather than having one beat head work on the entire album. DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Pro and Q-Tip all came from succesfull New York groups of their own but came together based on the unbelivable talent they heard this 19 year old display on the microphone. The song that stood out in a respect was "Life's A Bitch" as it was not only the other track featuring an unknown Queens producer (L.E.S.) but also featured the only guest apperance on the album with AZ. Fortunately both of these debutants suprised everyone by supplying guest verses and beats, respectively, that were just as good as the others and have definitely stood the test of the time. If you're looking for a perfect album, "Illmatic" is the one and maybe only example of what an absolutely flawless hip-hop LP is supposed to sound. But you know all this already, so why I dwell on it....

As previously reported on April 19, Nas and Colombia/Sony is releasing the 20:th anniversary of "Illmatic" (called the XX Edition). Beside the original ten track set, remastered to sound as good as possible, the release include a second disc that includes remasters of every single one of the original 1994 remixes by producers like Large Pro, Groove Merchantz, Joe The Butcher, LG Experience, Q-Tip, Def Jef, and the UK:s The Creators and Dave Scratch - all originally available on the original 12" singles. The remaining bonus tracks are remastered versions of a 8 minutes Stretch & Bobbito Show freestyle circa early '94 as well as the previously unreleased (in any official capacity) "I'm A Villain. In other words a much better reissue than the 10 anniversary 2xCD from 2004 - what would be the dot over the i would be to have one of the CD:s enhanced and include the 20 minute documentary "Time is Illmatic" which you can see above.

KLAUS LAYER - "Play Me Like An Old Melody"

German born Klaus Layer a.k.a. Captain Crook dropped one of the hottest instrumental records of 2013 when teaming up with Redefinition Records to drop his "The Adventures of Captain Crook". The album is still available in two different pressings on both CD, vinyl and cassette along with various EP:s and singles via Redef Records. And now Layer is releasing a brand new 7" single via the label featuring another one of his trademark boom bangers entitled "Play Me Like An Old Melody" which you can stream and download for free in full up top. Damn, a lot of hot new music coming out at the m.o.!

HUS KINGPIN x GUILTY SIMPSON - "Time is Runnin' Out"

Hus Kingpin and Guilty Simpson is by far among my favorite hardcore emcees doing it right now so a collaboration between the two is a boom bap dream come true. "Time is Runnin' Out" seems to have come out of nowhere, I'm not at all sure where this is from but the thumping jazz-infused backdrop and the agressive spitters' ruff vocals makes this one a rewind worthy moment without a doubt. The track is proudced by Scandianiava/Denmark producer M.W.P. Bang this out LOUD and be sure to peep Hus Kingpin's just released collaboration EP with producer Chuck Era "Hus Kingpin Meet Pro Era".