November 23, 2007

Eddie 'Smeero' Hazel

Eddie Hazel's 'Games, Dames, and Guitar Thangs' is a masterpiece, co-produced by the man himself, George Clinton. You may know Eddie Hazel from his work with Parliament Funkadelic. I highly recommend this album for those into the funk. All the tracks on here are bangers, but the track I'm going to spotlight here is 'Frantic Moment'. This track is funk at its finest. In true, bugged out P-Funk fashion, Eddie Hazel played some of the guitar tracks he recorded backwards on the song. This is one of my all time favorite records. Check out Primo and Jay Dee's take on the song as well.

Gangstarr - Take two and pass

Jay Dee - Track # 23 (from beat CD #3, 2005)

November 18, 2007


Here goes another post for the turntablists. This time some routines served by three members of the Allies crew (J-Smoke, DJ Infamous, and A-Trak). These sets are from their visit to the Halftime Show in July of 2000. This was the year DJ Craze won the DMC world championship for the 3rd year in a row, and also the year the Allies collectively won the DMC team championship. All of these routines are dope, but I have to say DJ Infamous' set is my favorite. Check em out...

DJ J-Smoke

DJ Infamous

DJ A-Trak

November 15, 2007

Drum Crazy Part 7

Hip Hop album covers with fresh artwork

artwork by Denys Cowans (DC Comics)

artwork by Bob Camp and Pat Redding (Marvel Comics)

artwork by Bill Sienkiewicz

artwork by Dr. Revolt

artwork by Pushead

artwork by fuct

artwork by Skam2

artwork by Overton Llyod (Now School Graphics)

artwork by Keo Tc5

artwork by Devious Doze

artist not credited

artwork by Dudley Perkins?

artwork by Schooly D

artwork by Matt Doo (Dooable arts)

artwork by A3 for Sol Concepts

artwork by Gemini & Gnome

artwork by Isiah Roberts

Videos with fresh artwork...

Slick Rick - Behind bars

Jeru the Damaja - You can't stop the prophet

K-Solo - Letterman

KRS (Big Joe Krash) - Break The Chain

November 12, 2007

Make it Funky!

Mike aka DJ Blueprint over at This is Tomorrow, one of the nicest blogs around, asked me to do a guest mix for his page, which I was honered to do. I'm really diggin all the funk/soul mixes he's got on there, so I contributed one of my own. I highly recommend checking out his blog, he's got a lot of dope music on there, from all genres, good write ups, and a lot of cool peoples contributing some quality mixes. I especially like the funk he's got on there, a lot of which I never heard before. Check out this 30 minute funk mix from dirty water crates, and make sure and stop by his page. Whats'n ever I do... it's got to be.... Funky!


November 11, 2007

Killa Cam

I'm seeing people post/discuss Camron's new Mix CD 'Public Enemy #1', which I haven't gotten a chance to listen to yet. I have to admit I'm not the biggest Camron fan, I didn't really like much of his early shit, but the dude's tracks kind of grew on me after awhile. Here he is freestyling with Herb McGruff on Halftime in 2000.

November 7, 2007

Natural Elements

The Natural Elements are/were one of my favorite hip hop groups. It's a shame they never released an LP (officially) on Tommy Boy. From what I hear they got jerked, or dropped, or the label shut down or whatever. To read a little more about them you can check this write-up.

I first heard them on New York Live/Halftime (where they were regulars). L-Swift and A-butta would always bounce off each other lyrically, finishing each other's rhymes, and they were up there among people who were able to go off the top and sound good. Personally I like their early shit the best (isn't that always the case), stuff they put out pre Tommy Boy and even pre Dolo. The discogoraphy link on doesn't include their earliest 12"s. Mr Voodoo's 'Come off hard/45 kickin it live' and 'Lyrical Tactics/Hemlock/Shine', as well as L-Swift's 'How it's goin down', were all classic independent label hip hop records. Charlemegne, the producer for the group, is really talented, and the stuff he did with Natural Elements was off the hook. I don't think too many people give him the credit he deserves, if they know about him at all.

Charlemegne made an appearance on the New York Live show in September of 1996, and he played 5 or 6 unreleased tracks from the Natural Elements which were all bangin. I never heard these tracks again anywhere else, and I feel blessed to have been able to hear them.

Natural Elements - Do Your Thing

This one here I'm assuming is called 'Do Your Thing',
and it features Charlemegne (I think), Pacino, and Mr. Voo.

November 4, 2007

Drum Crazy Part 6

Here is part 6 of the Drum Crazy Series. Special thanks to LaLa for helping out with the camera.. to see all six Drum Crazy videos, click here

November 1, 2007

Martini & Jopparelli

To Celebrate 1 year of great blogging from the guys over at Martini & Jopparelli's Music Selections, straight from Italy, here is one of my favorite secret stash break records from the crates. This one comes from Lucio Battisti, an italian singer/songwriter doing a track called 'Prendi fra le mani la testa' (take your head between your hands). This track is ripe for sampling, with a dope bassline, and an ill break around 2 minutes in.

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Much love to Martini & Jopparelli, it is an honor to be asked to do a guest post on such a great blog. Congrats on 1 year of dope blogging, hope to see many more years of great music selections...

Check their blog for many treats and other great guest posts, as well as an exclusive hip hop mix from the dusty dirty water crates...

Every day is Halloween

Don't ask me why I still have these fliers but I do. I have a box full of fliers that I kept for some reason. I actually saw these guys live on Halloween in 1996 and it was a decent show, a lot of energy to say the least. These guys had like 20 members in the group, and it seemed like every other week one of them left. I was kind of disappointed with the album they released, but the 12" was a classic...