August 30, 2007

Comments...

I'm asking now for readers to please leave a comment with your opinion of this blog. Which posts are you feeling the most, and which type of posts would you like to see more of? Scream @ me



August 27, 2007

Drum Crazy



I just posted some youtube videos spinning some of my favorite drum break records. The selections are mostly rock records, but all of them have nice, open drum breakdowns. I have more records I wanted to use for these, so I'm planning on making a few more of these, but for now, here is parts 1 and 2, both around 4 minutes long. I named it drum crazy, but I didn't really use the 'drum crazy' compilations, all of the records are the original records, original pressings. To peep all the drum crazy mixes, check my youtube page. Enjoy..

Part 1


Part 2

August 23, 2007

How Ya Livin?


Since I just asked you how you got down, I might as well ask you, How ya Livin? This track is classic early 90's hip hop at it's finest. An unreleased gem from Sadat X and Grand Puba (of Brand Nubian) along with Pete Rock doing cuts. The Elektra collaboration son. They shout out Marley Marl's In control radio show, so I'm guessing it was a track made exclusively for them. This is a rip from an old dusty cassette. Everything about this track is dope, and Pete Rock did his thing on the zigga-zigga (damn that's old school) If you didn't know Pete Rock could cut check this track. You gotta love early 90's hip hop.

August 21, 2007

How u get down?

'How u get down' is an unreleased track from Redman that didn't make it to his 'Dare iz a darkside' album. He samples Krs' sound of the police' and the track features a verse from Redman's sister Roz. This one had heavy play on the Stretch & Bobbito Show early in 95. Redman kills it and represents Jersey well. One of my favorite tracks from him. The way he comes in on the first verse is crazy.

Redman - How u Get Down?


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August 14, 2007

Commonalities


I've been bumping Common's new album 'Finding Forever' lately, (I'm a little late getting up on it). I've never been a big Kanye fan, but I have to admit he did his thing production-wise on this album, and I like the songs they chose to make singles. I've always thought Common (or Common Sense) was one of the better MC's out, and he always managed to come out with some solid LP's, "Resurrection" being my favorite.


After listening to the album I realized I have some of the records they used for the beats. Track number 11, Misunderstood, uses Nina Simone's cover of 'Please don't let me be misunderstood' off of her live album "Right on!" on Roker records. Unfortunately there is no date on the album, and it doesn't say where the performance was recorded. My personal favorites on this album are her covers of 'House of the Rising Sun' and 'Just in time'. Here is the one Common used, 'Please don't let me be misunderstood'...

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Track 6 on 'Finding Forever', Southside, uses Don Covay's 'If there's a will there's a way' on Janus records. I caught a promo copy of this album a long time ago for $15, which is decent considering it's a pretty rare record as most of the good stuff on Janus is. The song was first sampled by Large Professor for Akinyele's 'I luh huh', which was one of my favorite beats from his album 'Vagina Diner'. Anyway enjoy the tracks...

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August 7, 2007

Kool Keith

Kool Keith has always been one of the most creative and influential MC's, since his debut with the Ultramagnetic MC's in the early 80's. He's appeared on over 40 albums under a variety of different names such as Dr. Octagon, Dr.Dooom, the Cenubites, etc. Kool Keith was never afraid to do something different, and he definitely brings his own style, and unique brand of humor to hip hop.

Kool Keith made an appearance on WRSU's Radio Ruckus, where I had the opportunity to meet him. Not only only a dope MC, but Kool Keith is also very knowledgeable of sports, as you may be able to tell from some of the work he did on Ultramagnetic's "Four Horsemen" LP. After an hour long interview of mostly baseball and basketball sports talk, he dropped an exclusive freestyle for us. He also blessed all of us with an autographed copy of his 'Personal Album', which he was promoting along with his collaborative project with Kutmaster Kurt 'Diesel Truckers'. He claimed the Personal Album was limited to 10,000 copies. Here is one of my favorite tracks off the album called 'Do what I want to' with nice usage of Sade's 'Keep Looking' also one of my favorite tracks. Enjoy-









August 5, 2007

DJ A-Trak

DJ A-Trak is the youngest DJ ever to win the World DMC Championships, as well as the first DJ ever to win three major DJ titles (DMC, ITF, and Vestax). A-Trak is also a member of the world famous Invisibl Scratch Pikles, the Allies, and Kanye West's DJ. Dude is nice and has some sick juggles. Here is a rip of DJ A-Trak performing live on the Halftime radio show in January of 2004.

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August 2, 2007

The-Breaks.com

I used to kind of hate on this site when I first found out about it, but like most things in life, there's a positive and negative side. On the one hand you have people who are lazy and don't want to learn about good music on their own who can come up onto the site and just make lists to take to record stores or ebay, and then you have the record companies that learn about the site that make lists of artists they can potentially sue for sampling their music; but on the other hand, for people like myself, you have the chance to get answers to questions that have plagued you, maybe for years, about records you've been trying to find, (the forum on this site can get you up to date sample info within weeks of a song dropping from people who contribute) Considering most DJ's aren't supporting vinyl as much since the arrival of the serato, I consider this site maybe a little helpful to inspire people to go out and buy an old record.

For people like myself who love going to record stores and checking the new arrival bins, there isn't that much going on anymore, all the record stores and even the Cd stores are all closing, at least in my area. Even the seasonal record conventions aren't doing as well. There was an 'all vinyl' convention that used to take place here in NJ that ended due to lack of support, so now the only record shows/conventions that take place are mostly a mixture of one or two decent record dealers (with decent finds/prices) and a bunch of other vendors selling bootleg concert videos, music paraphernalia, or Cd's. What happened to buying vinly and Cd'? Doesn't anyone care about having the album for the cover art, or inserts, or actually supporting the artists... or even sampling, remember that?

Anyway, all of you prducers, collectors, diggers, record enthusiasts, check out the site if you're looking for the answer to what song did they use for this? Plus the dude who runs it has some interesting write-ups on various subjects.

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