Saturday, 17 February 2018

Radio 1 Rap Show 19.02.99 with Rob Swift

Bit of a significant show this as Big L's death 4 days earlier is announced at the start....

Rob Swift is in the house promoting his album The Ablist with his MC Gudtyme

...and then there's a tribute to Big L with Max Glazer mixing up some of his best tracks. You also get Westwood interviewing L back in late 94/early 95 where he drops a freestyle over Who Shot Ya

Thursday, 15 February 2018

La The Darkman - I Want It All (DJ Step One blend)

Blend time! Big fan of La The Darkman's debut 12", both sides of which got significant amounts of play on mixtapes and rap radio when it dropped. Here I've taken the acapella from I Want It All and matched it up with an instrumental I discovered on this bit of vinyl. I don't have the record any more but I'm pretty sure this particular beat was produced by none other than Mr Thing.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Radio 1 Rap Show 24.03.00

New York Live with Tim and Marley Marl joined by Max Glazer, Steele of Smif N Wessun and J Force.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Stretch Armstrong on Hot 97 (1996)

Stretch on Hot 97 from July '96, with Nine in the house for a brief interview and freestyle. in the midst of the sort of bangers you'd expect, you can also find Akinyele's excellent 'Freaky Deaky' which appeared on a couple of mixtapes but sadly remains unreleased.

Artifacts - The Ultimate
King Sun - NY Love (All Eyez On Sun)
McGruff ft The LOX - Reppin Uptown
MOP - My Kinda Nigga
Ill Al Skratch ft Greg Nice - Me And The Click
talk break
[Crucial Conflict commercial]
Powerule ft Noreaga - Well Connected
Nine - Lyin King
Nine interview & freestyle
The Roots - The Good The Bad & The Desolate
Adagio - Obvious Joint
Lace Da Booms -Ain't No Secret
CNN - Stick You
ATCQ - Peace Prosperity & Paper
Cru ft Black Rob - Nuthin But
Lace Da Booms - Cut That Weak Shit
Akinyele - Freaky Deaky 
Beatnuts - Find That
Heltah Skeltah - Soldiers Gone Psycho
Edo G - Dedicated
Jeru The Damaja - One Day

NB: not 100% that I have the a and b side of the tape in the correct order but the way Stretch is talking in the first part makes me think that it's the beginning of the show. Also, Adagio appeared at the beginning of side 2 and also at the end (after Jeru 'One Day'). I gave up trying to figure it all out because life's too short.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Radio 1 Rap Show (August 1995)

Don't have an exact date for this one but it's a friday, the week after a Rap Exchange, Lennox Lewis is on the following night and Tim mentions Carnival is coming up so it's almost certainly August. Only 60 minutes long but there's a classic 7 minute Ultramagetic MCs freestyle (with Tim Dog) from 1989.  I posted that on it's own years ago, but here it is again if you missed it. If anyone can ID the 2 party breaks for me that'd be great. Always liked the 'What about Uptown in the house?!' one over Bring The Pain. That RBX track dissing Dr Dre is pretty terrible btw.

Redman & Method Man - How High
Doug E Fresh - Where's The Party At
'Is New York In The House' party break
Raekwon - Knowledge God
Redman ft Roz - I Get Down Like That
Erick Sermon & Keith Murray - It's My Thing
Ultramagnetic MCs - Capital Rap Show freestyle (1989)
'What about Uptown in the house' party break
South Central Cartel ft Jayo Felony, MC Eiht, Spice 1 & Treach - So What Cha Sayin
Raekwon - Ice Cream
Kool G Rap - Its A Shame
A Tribe Called Quest - Glamour & Glitz
LL Cool J - Papa Luv It

Think I got this tape off Rich (hope it's all going well in Russia mate, assuming Putin hasn't blocked OB4ZL out there).
Reminder that I try to avoid posting too many Westwood shows in a row so occasionally post some on the Mixcloud page that might not make it to  the blog, as well as reposting other shows other people have uploaded on there. So keep an eye on it is what I'm saying. That and the Hip Hop Radio Archive. Got some other things lined up for here but been short of time recently. I do still have a ton of Westwood tapes from 99-02 to get through but I'll try and mix it up with some other bits.

Monday, 29 January 2018

An appreciation of the Nuthin But A G Thang video

I put The Chronic on for the first time in a while recently. The first thing I thought off during the intro was that I had about the half the tracks off the album recorded off Westwood before buying the tape and eventually playing it so often that the print wore off on both sides.The second thing was how great the videos for the singles were. Dre Day tends to get the plaudits for lampooning it's targets, but I think Nuthin But A G Thang could well be the greatest synergy between rap audio and video ever. It captures the vibe of the track perfectly. The simplicity of 2 rappers going back and forth over a smooth-ass loop accompanied by what's presented to us as a typical day in their life: driving about, getting high and partying. No limo to a strobe filled nightclub VIP section, no fish eye lenses, celebrity cameos, speedboats or Scorsese rip offs going on here. Strictly car share, barbecue and beers.

For those of us outside of California (specifically 14 year old white kids in the UK), the visuals helped us make sense of the music we were obessesed by, and gave the music added authenticity which back then could be the difference between sink or swim for a rapper's career.  Boyz N The Hood had come out the year before, and there'd been videos like Ice Cube's Steady Mobbin but somehow the G Thang video took all the key ingredients, squeezed them into just under 5 minutes, and had the song of the year as the soundtrack.

I think it was Stetsasonic's Daddy O who observed that G Thang was a really brave lead single, given how against the grain it was when it came out, by taking it back to the old school (It's like this and like that and like this...'  is about as late-70s-park-jam a hook as you'll find)
Pretty ironic given that the parties involved came to represent everything the Real Hip Hop brigade would come to hate, but that's rap music for you.

With all that in mind, I thought I'd break down my favourite rap video of all time. DJ Charmaine Champagne: your time...

Sunday, 28 January 2018

the one where Tim gets shot

As you may remember, Big Tim got shot back in '99*. The full story behind it was never made public but general consensus seems to be that some gangster types wanted to do some business with him (promoting a show, running security or whatever) and didn't react well when he refused. As a result he couldn't present his show the following weekend so Funkmaster Flex steps up and covers for 3 hours, albeit with no talking just music. The voice you hear before the show starts is Pete Tong, who presumably had just explained what had happened in his very best Simon Bates voice. This is still the BBC after all and their DJs don't get shot every day.

Flex gets busy dropping Nas, Ruff Ryders, Mobb Deep, Redman, Missy, Biggie, Jay Z as well as throwing on 50's 'How To Rob' (which is still great) and some GZA, Beatnuts, High & Mighty, Flipmode Squad and Sir Menelik's dope '7XL' featuring Pubes and Derek. Oh, and Mobb Deep and Kool G Rap 'The Realest' which I've been bumping a lot recently.

*The Guardian article says Tim was 30 at the time of the shooting. Suffice to say, that's not entirely correct. He must've been at least 40 in '99.