Friday, 19 August 2016

Its Overture presents The Hot 97 Tapes: Summer Of '96 Mix

Big up RiVerse of DJ duo Its Overture for giving me the heads up on their new mix. I don't sent too may things that are 100% appropriate for this blog but this one ticks all the boxes...

"An unauthorized fever dream remixing memories of Hot 97 in the summer of 1996." 


This is a really original and creative with its use of drops and recordings from Hot 97 as part of the mix. Highly recommended.If you enjoy it make sure you check their Large Professor tribute mix too.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

DJ Clue - Clue For President part 3 (1998)

Still got a few Clue tapes to post up so here's some classic '98 biz. This is one featuring the infamous Chain Gang freestyle by Black Rob & The LOX along with all sorts of other treats...

Monday, 8 August 2016

Action Pac - Die Hard Artillary: Year In Review

This another one passed to me by the ever generous Grime & Lime, after I posted up this Diehard Records release a few months ago. The tape (from 97 or 98 I think) is a Diehard label showcase put together by mixtape vet Action Pac, and includes a bunch of joints that despite some recognisable names - and even more recognisable samples - mostly stayed under the radar...

I'm only really familiar with a couple of the Genovese joints and the dope 'The Block Hot' featuring Lord Tariq. I haven't really given this a thorough listen yet but I'd been meaning to post it for ages and has already misplaced the file once so didn't want to delay it any longer.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

some re-ups & a blend

When I set this blog up and started ripping my old tapes I wasn't clued up on the whole digital fidelity thing so most of the early posts are at 128 kbps. This morning I re-ripped 2 of my all time favourite tapes at 320 and added them to my mixcloud page. Go check 'em out...

Evil Dee on Hot 97 (1994)

Mastermind - Tape 36 (1997)

I still get asked about the Mastermind tapes a lot so I'll try and get the other 2 I have re posted at some point.

I also added DJ Semtex's 'Volume 6' tape the other day

As a bonus, here's a quick blend I did of AZ's The Come Up over the instrumental of 'Money And Shows' by Real Live, which I recenly scored off K-Def's bandcamp page. Thanks to Filthy Rich for the heads up on that one.

Monday, 1 August 2016

DJ Step One - Street Sweepers Vol 1

First of the month. New mix. This one takes it back to that early 00s mixtape era - Clue, Kay Slay (hence the title), Green Lantern, Custmaster C etc. There's no shouting, drops or distortion but hopefully you enjoy...

AZ 'Problems'
Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg 'The Wash'
G Dep 'Doe Fiend'
Mobb Deep ft Vita & Big Noyd 'Burn'
50 Cent ft Nas & Nature 'Too Hot'
Da Ranjahz 'Wear It Out'
Beanie Sigel 'Beanie (Mack Bitch)'
Eminem, Tony Yayo & Lloyd Banks 'Bump Heads'
The LOX 'Dirty Ryders'
Fat Joe ft Jadakiss 'My Lifestyle' remix
FT 'Stand Up'
Scarface 'Safe'
Big Pun ft MOP 'New York Giants'
The Game & Obie Trice 'Growin Up In The Hood'
RZA ft Method Man, Jayo Felony, WC, Crooked I & E40 'We Pop' remix
Ghostface Killah 'Good Times part 2'
Cam'ron ft Memphis Bleek & Beanie Sigel 'The Roc (Just Fire)'
Jay Z 'Show You'

Friday, 29 July 2016

DMX freestyles tape (1996)

It's easy to forget that in the late 90s DMX was one of the biggest artists on the planet. Admittedly alot of people weren't keen on him. Swizz Beatz production wasn't for everyone, especially if you were bumping Shawn J Period and Hi Tek at the time.. Dude is a more than competent rapper though so if the keyboards and barking put you off back in the day I'd still suggest giving this a try. I don't think this has been online before, and it finds the Darkman in a considerably less amped mode than he was known for . You'd expect a rapper on the come up in '96 to be rhyming off things like Shook Ones and Who Shot Ya but Earl goes with a less predictable selection of instrumentals. Omniscence's 'Touch Yall', LL's 'Hey Lover' and the 'Wu Wear' beat all get laced, plus there's 3 takes over 'If I Ruled The World'. They vary slightly so I left them all in. The tape itself is fully no frills. Literally just someone playing the beat and DMX rapping over it. No multitracking or added adlibs etc...

I didn't have a cover or tracklist so I've just named the tracks after the instrumentals, apart from a few I couldn't recognise. Big up Grime & Lime for throwing this one my way. Go see him for mixtapes.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Firm - La Familia (1996)

As you might already be aware, a recent collaborative effort on the Philaflava forum resulted in a reconstruction of The Firm album, re-imagining the track selection as it should've been. It's one of those releases thats generally considered a bit underwhelming, mostly due to it being less than the sum of its parts. The highs are high but the lows aren't really what the people involved should have put their names to in 1996. During the course of the discussion, the subject of 'La Familia' was raised. This was a song I'd kind of forgotten about since having it on a Future Flavas tape back in the day, but it turns out it's only official release was as a clean version on Foxy Brown's 'I'll Be' single, and Cormega's verse had been replaced by one from Nature after the group's line up changed. Save for a couple of mixtapes and poor quality youtube rips, the original was nowhere to be found. You can probably see where this post is going.
A quick check on my shelves turned up this bootleg 12" with the uncensored version featuring Cormega. So here it is. Shout out to DJ Filthy Rich for cleaning up the pops and crackles for me.

The Firm: How It Should've Been

The 12" is well worth picking up if you see it, as it also includes the original version of 'Benjamins' without Biggie and 'You'll See' (another promo only Bad Boy track). The Tracey Lee/Canibus/McGruff joint is also unreleased.