May 27, 2009

Halftime (Best of 93-97) featuring Dutchmin

The Halftime Show on WNYU 89.1 used to do what they called the summer sessions, where they would play strictly 1993-1997 hip hop joints. I'm wondering if they still do these in the summers? I think it was the first Wednesdays in each summer month, so maybe they'll start next month or the following? I'll be tuning in so who knows. What I have here is one of the later volumes from May 2004 with special guests the Dutchmin. DJ Eclipse serves up a nice set with a lot of independent label treats. You'll have to excuse the static throughout this one, but it's not overwhelming.

Halftime best of 1993-1997 (2004)

1) J-Force - Bullseye
2) Rubbabandz - Purple Rain
3) Dutchmin - Get your swerve on
4) Dutchmin - Surrounded
5) Dutchmin - Freestyle
6) Necro - Get on your knees
7) Heltah Skeltah - Operation Lockdown
8) Show & AG - Next Level
9) Big Daddy Kane - Show & Prove
10) The Points
11) Trigga Da Gambla - Remix
12) Nas & CNN - Music makes this thug come down
13) Mobb Deep - G.O.D.
14) Pitch Black - I Gotcha Back
15) Lord Digga - Mandigga comin through
16) Natural Resources - I Love this world
17) GrassRoots - Grass Roots Drama
18) Cipher - Peeps

May 21, 2009

When I say Heltah...

Here's one half of Heltah Skeltah,
Rockness Monstah with a radio spot
on WNYU Haltime Show, August 1998

Roc & Lil Roc Freestyles on WNYU, 1998.

May 17, 2009

Marley Marl Scratch

I came up on four copies of Marley Marl Scratch one day, all for like a couple of dollars each. I sold one, hooked my boy up with one, and kept two for my self. One VG+ and one sealed with a 'Love that Wiz' sticker on it. You've probably all heard the regular version so check the Demo version.

Anyone who met Bobby Nystrom from the NY Islanders at this Wiz grand opening in 1986 will get a free mix CD courtesy of DW.

Coke La Rock & RC La Rock

I think a good majority of DJ's or turntablists are aware of (and correct me if I'm wrong) Cool Herc being the pioneer of hip hop and hip hop DJ'ing circa 1973, and Grand Wizard Theodore inventing the scratch, but what about the first MC? Who was the first?

Apparently, the answer to that is Coke La Rock, down with Cool Herc. For more insight into the history, check the youtube video below for words from the man himself.

Speaking of La Rock's, I had a beat up original copy of RC La Rock's record under the name Radiance called 'Micstro', which is amazing. It's got a disco/party vibe and a really good energy. RC La Rock kills it with no hook for like 5 minutes until a bridge comes in. The Ego Trip compilations featured this one on singles from 1982, and then a reissue was going around, seen here. If you've never heard this I urge you to check it out.

Radiance - Micstro

Despite some of my posts here where I might sound like I know what I'm talking about, I'm not really going to pretend like I know anything about hip hop or the history of hip hop. The truth is, as a young kid grabbing my older brother's cassettes back in the late 1980's, listening to albums like Rasin' Hell, Liscence to Ill, Paid In Full, etc., I wasn't even 10 years old, and we're talking about some fifteen odd years of hip hop being around. I don't really mind the era I grew up in but I completely missed a lot of good hip hop years and a lot of good records like this one I'll probably never know about. Anyone who actually remembered this song when it came out or knows more about Coke La Rock or RC LA Rock I'd love to hear about it..

*update.. peace to DJ RC LaRock

DJ RCLaROCK said...

646 387 8129..
VEGAS/ 702 463 2918

May 15, 2009

Big L

Here's a Big L freestyle I'm pretty sure isn't floating around online, it's a quick 2 minute verse on WBAI's Underground Railroad. The beat used is Raekwon's 'Heaven or Hell' and the year is 1995. Check out Underground Railroad's host Jay Smooth at Illdoctrine.

Big L Freestyles (underground railroad)

May 13, 2009

Nighttrain January 1998

Here's a Nighttrain Show with DJ Eli and friends from January 1998. For those who don't know, the show was on WKCR, Tuesday nights from 1-5 during the late 90's. The show was primarily funk/soul/jazz incorporating some hip hop.

This might be two different nights, there are some pause edits on this one so it jumps around a bit. I cut out most of the talking and certain songs here and there when I recorded this. Towards the end some freestyles from Sir Menelik, Percee P, Saga, Kweli, L-Fudge, and Shabaam Sahdeeq. This was a good show for those who remembered.

May 9, 2009


I finally caught this record on ebay recently, an album of Syreeta doing Stevie Wonder covers with Stevie on production. The album is really amazing and highly recommended, especially if you are a Stevie Wonder fan. This joint here, 'I love every little thing about you', if I'm not mistaken was sampled by someone (the intro) but can't think of who...

Syreeta - I love every little thing about you

May 5, 2009

The Gutso is going home with me

Enjoy this one from my boy Relm, this time taking it way back to 1981 to hip hop's more formative years. Thanks again to Relm for his contributions, taking us out of the 90's on this site for a second. Words from Relm..

"Got another treat for ya and for the blog. This is a vinyl version of the Cold Crush Brothers vs Fantastic Romantic 5 live at Harlem World 1981. I have hunted everywhere on blogs and stuff but have yet to find this vinyl version on any so in a way it's an exclusive sort of. I have included the artwork and a tracklist and the quality is superb."

Cold Crush Brothers vs Fantastic Romantic 5
live at Harlem World 1981

Side A

1: Intro, Yes Y'all, 1981, Other Mc's, Taken on stage

Side B

1: And it's us. Charlie Chase never leaving the base alone - Tony tone never leaving the girls alone, Hey Y'all freestyling.

Side C

1: Freestyling, Cold Cold Crush, The Fantastic 5 Intro.

Side D

1: The Gusto is going home with me, Freestyling, Charlie Chase Outro

May 4, 2009

Kool Keith WRSU 7/25/2004

Kool Keith is a legend, and I don't know how my boy Keef Kash convinced him and his boys to drive their beemer all the way from the Bronx to New Brunswick, N.J., for no money, but he did. It just goes to show how kool Kieth really is.

Keith rolled down with his DJ Jaycee, and his other friend to promote his Personal Album on WRSU's Radio Ruckus in 2004 (as you may have read in this post from 2007).The Personal Album is just that, a personal album made by Keith that supposedly wasn't released or made available for sale. Fortunately for those of you interested, you'll hear two tracks from the album on this show. Kool Keith was nice enough to hang out with us at the station, answer some questions, drop a few rhymes, sign a few things, take some pics, and chop it up with us for a minute. It was definitely one of the more memorable nights at the show.

For those who don't know, Radio Ruckus was one the longest running hip hop radio shows in the NJ area on WRSU, 88.7 f.m. My boy DJ Force was holding it down there for a minute, and we were able to meet a few well known artists through doing it. You'll hear the throwback intro (from 2000 when Radio Ruckus had the 2nd roster line up) in the beginning of this mix, but at this time AB and DJ Knowledge were the residents and I was filling in. From time to time I might drop a few of these Ruckus shows on DW, I need to rip the ones with Rugged Man and DJ Sinista next. Leave some feedback if you have any interest or enjoy this one here...

Anyway this is the show in its entirety, the full two hour broadcast dated July 25, 2004, featuring special guests Kool Keith and Oktober, who was featured a few posts back on the CM fam show Relm sent over. You'll hear your boy DJ Nes on the wheels, then host DJ Force on the wheels, followed by special guest Kool Keith getting interviewed by Keef and AB and Oktober closing the show. Peace to DJ Force, Keef Kash, AB, and all the WRSU heads.

Radio Ruckus - July 25, 2004 (featuring Kool Keith & Oktober)

1) Intro
2) Ultimate Force - I'm not Playin
3) Unique - Pure Dynamite
4) Boogie Down Productions - Poetry
5) JVC Force - Strong Island
6) Positive K - Quarter Gram Pam
7) YZ - In Control of Things
8) Too Poetic - God Make Me Funky
9) N.W.A. - Something Like that
10) Alliance - Bustin Loose
11) Divine Sounds - Bedstuy Do or Die
12) Schooly D - Saturday Night
13) Eric B & Rakim - Paid in Full
14) Ultramagnetic MC's/Kool Keith joints
(about 30 minutes worth)
15) Kool Keith Interview
16) Kool Keith - It Gotta Be That Way
17) Kool Keith - Girl Wants to Kill Herself
18) Kool Keith - Freestyle
19) Oktober/2 for 5 joints
20) Oktober Freestyle

To hear another track from the Personal Album, check this post.

May 3, 2009

Feel That

This next post goes out to my boy Greg T, a good friend of mine from high school who I caught up with today. Greg and I were avid Stretch & Bobbito listeners, and between the two of us have a pretty decent tape collection. After a few Heinkens (a la 1995) I convinced him to write a guest post for DW, so stay tuned for a guest spot from Greg in the near future...

This joint was one of our personal favorites from 1995 from a group called the Constant Deviants, "feel that." You may know this group from their 12" single "Competition Catch Speed Knots" on Vestry records. This jont here I'm not sure was released on vinyl or if "Feel That" is the title. Basically the song is about the dude's aspirations to live great and do his thing, so feel that.

Constant Deviants - Feel That