I haven't had time to do anything blog related recently so here's some things that have appeared online elsewhere that may be relevant to your interests...
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Friday, 16 March 2018
Big Ted and Shortee Blitz drop tracks by Erick Sermon, Cam'ron, Jadakiss and Young Gunz, plus the excellent Bangers by Alchemist and Lloyd Banks. SAS and Mr Complex are the studio guests.
Saturday, 10 March 2018
The tracklist for this isn't entirely dissimilar to this one that I posted last month so it's fair to say it's from the week before or after. Decided to post it up anyway because Tim goes into the Capital Rap Show archives not once but twice and pulls out an old Cash Money & Marvellous session and a freestyle by Chill Rob G, Queen Latifah and the Jungle Brothers, both of which I assume are from the late 80s or possibly 1990 in the case of the latter (which I posted on it's own years ago). There's also a few exclusives like the Rakim track and Mobb Deep's 'We About To Get Hectic' which didn't see the light of day until 2014. Another gem that never made it to the shelves is the track by Passion, which apparently was intended for a Def Squad project that got shelved, which is pretty nice if you like that mid 90s G-Funk vibe. Oh, and you get the lesser spotted friday night intro (before the ODB 'Its friday...yes its friday' became the standard).
Raekwon - Ice Cream
Rakim - I Get Visual
Mobb Deep - We About To Get Hectic
'Is New York In The House' party break
A Tribe Called Quest - Glamour & Glitz
Kool G Rap - Check Da Bitch
LL Cool J - Papa Luv It
Rap Sheet Report with Daryl James
Chill Rob G, Queen Latifah & Jungle Brothers freestyle (Capital Rap Show)
Raekwon - Striving For Perfection
Raekwon - Knuckleheadz
Redman & Method Man - How High
Doug E Fresh - Where's The Party At
Hodge - Head Nod
Luniz - I Got 5 On It
South Central Cartel ft Jayo Felony, MC Eiht, Spice 1 & Treach - So What Cha Sayin
Jamal - Fades Em All
Cash Money & Marvellous in session (Capital Rap Show)
>>Battle Of The Beats:
Nightbreed - For Real
Poets Corner - Hang Em High
Sunday, 4 March 2018
And so we have the first appearance on OB4ZL for Dave Pearce's rap show on Greater London Radio. Most people in the UK are familiar with Dave as he spent the latter part of the 90s and early 00s doing big things on the dance music side of things having moved to Radio 1 from Kiss FM. Prior to that his voice was immortalized on Public Enemy's 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions...' - that's him on the album's intro introducing them at the Hammersmith Odeon - which is quite impressive in itself, but he was also involved with the premium rate phoneline that eventually gave birth to HHC magazine.
The selection on this tape is a mix of UK and US, with the hardcore/underground stuff like Schooly D, ATCQ and Gang Starr getting play alongside the likes of Wrecks N Effect and Redhead Kingpin. There's even a bit of Hip House by way of Tyree's Turn Up The Bass (Kool Rock Steady RIP). DJ Chin and DJ KCJ are on the mix and there's lots of shout outs on the phones and his regular MC competition where listeners could call in and show off their skills, or lack of, by doing a rap on a specific subject (this week: the environment). Bask in the innocence of a simpler time and speculate on what became of Rebel from Farnborough and his crew.
I left the news report in and tried to get a better idea of the date by googling the stories but no joy.
Saturday, 3 March 2018
The world premier of Still DRE kicks things off here, and if you heard it at the time you'll probably remember it well as it's played 3 times back to back in it's entirety (and again in the last hour).
Phife Dawg and Lootpack are in the studio for part 2. Westwood posted up the freestyle from this already if you want it straight from the DAT.
and for the last part of the show there's a 2Pac tribute set for the 3rd anniversary of his death
Monday, 26 February 2018
UK dons Skitz and Rodney P had a great show on BBC 1Xtra from the station's inception in 2002 up until 2007. Like a lot of shows in the post-tape/pre-mixcloud era not many seem to have been preserved so it's nice to get this one out there. There's a good mix of styles and sub genres on here too which is something that's missing from a lot of radio and podcasts today. Particularly liked the Lord Tariq track at the start which I hadn't heard before
If you're in the mood for some slightly older UK rap radio then you could do worse than check this new mixcloud page chronicling Max & Dave's Kiss FM Rap Show
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Big Pun ft Prodigy & Inspectah Deck - Tres Leches
DJ Spinna ft Missin Linx - Who U Be
The LOX - Goin Be Some Shit
Show & AG - Full Scale
Polyrhythm Addicts - Not Your Ordinary
DITC - Thick
Blahzay Blahzay - Federal Reserve Notes
Screwball - Who Shot Rudy
Nas - Nas Is Like
Cormega - Take Mine
Pharoahe Monch - Official
Shabazz The Disciple - Brooklyn Bullshit
Channel Live ft Method Man - Ghetto B.I.
Naughty By Nature - On The Run
Mobb Deep ft Kool G Rap - The Realest
Jadakiss - Kiss Of Death
Gang Starr - All 4 The Cash
Common ft Sadat X - 1999
I definitely slept on that Missin Linx joint with DJ Spinna when it came out - the beat on that is lovely. Same with the Sheek solo track on the first LOX album, which has a nice stripped down beat courtesy of Carlos Broady and Nashiem Myrick. The NBN take on Miuzi Weighs A Ton was a recent discovery on a Marley Marl/Westwood tape and is pretty tough. The DJs amongst you can probably spot when I didn't know what to play next and threw on Nas Is Like. Shabazz The Disciple's Brooklyn Bullshit was something I heard Shortee Blitz play on Kiss FM and the next day I managed to get the last copy in the UK distributor's warehouse (I was a buyer for a chain store at the time). It's a on German label strangely enough. Gang Starr's All 4 The Cash feels like it was probably recorded for Moment Of Truth and would've fitted in nicely on that album. Enjoy...
Had trouble coming up with a name for this mix so went in the archives and decided to make it Volume 2 of this