Thursday, 27 February 2014

OBFZL Exclusive! An interview with Fallacy

 It's been a while since I did an interview. Recently I reached out to one of my favourite MCs, Fallacy who kindly provided, as he put it  "the most in depth interview I've given since I fucked off" (he left a major deal with Virgin 10 years ago and took some time out from the industry). Since debuting on Blak Twang's b-side cut 'Homegrown' back in 1996, the man also known as Danny Vicious has worked with a variety of big names in UK music, from Roots Manuva and Roni Size to MJ Cole and Zed Bias. With a unique and versatile flow that sets him apart from the majority of UK rappers of his generation, he sounds as comfortable on a UK Garage track as he does spitting on a straight up Hip Hop beat. 
Here, he speaks on his time in music from starting out in 90s London to his pioneering 2003 album 'Blackmarket Boy' and what he's up to these days...

What was your "Day One" as far as Hip Hop goes? Was there one particular track or event that made you start writing?
I saw Beat Street when I was a child in the early Eighties, about 6 years old or maybe a bit younger. The first time I saw anyone rap I was mesmerised and I took every opportunity to live for words that rhyme from that moment on.

Which rappers were you checking for back then?
 At that time it was people like Doug E Fresh, Slick Rick, Kool Moe Dee, then just before the golden 90s era: Eric B & Rakim, X Clan, BDP, Positive K, then further along Keith Murray, Masta Ace, Onyx, Wu Tang, Redman, Biggie, Smif n Wessun and Mobb Deep. At the same time there were loads of UK artists that I was rating like Ty, BlakTwang, London Posse of course. And then people that don't get enough shine for the UK golden era too like Caveman, MC D, Delirious, PLZ, so many to mention. I'm blessed to have come across and worked with a lot of these guys over the years. The late Eighties and Nineties wasn't just about hip hop, there was Ragga, Jungle and House music happening too so people like Ragga Twins, General Levy, and Merlin were also key.

What was the Hip Hop scene like in London in the late 90s? Were you a regular at nights like Kung Fu, Mudlumz and Westwood's events? 
  The 90s was wild, it was a hotbed for talent and there were hundreds of artists who were fresh, had a direction, wanted to be finitely British and make a mark. I was only young too, a lot of people don't realise that I'm around 10 years younger than most of the other MCs that were on the scene in London at the time, so at 14/15 years old it was a magic time for me. 

The Hop: Live 09.12.98

The Hop was a Wednesday night event held at the now legendary London nightclub The End back in the late 90s. Pretty much anyone who was anyone at the time in London played there along with a host of visiting US artists. Here's a 90 minute snapshot from 1998 with DJs MK, Shortee Blitz, Pogo, Bizness and Diablo dropping joints new and old...

The club itself was based about 10 minutes from the record shop hub of London's West End where heads would congregate at stores like Mr Bongo, Deal Real, Wild Pitch and Uptown to network and cop the latest releases. I never actually went to The Hop - I lived outside London and none of my friends at the time were into rap music - but frequented The End regularly until it closed in 2009. It had arguably the best sound system around and hosted some of the most popular promoters from a variety of genres. Personal highlights include seeing Kenny Dope and DJ Spinna back to back (literally) on 4 decks at a BBE event; going to the Urban Takeover album release party with a pile of promos of my first and only Drum & Bass release to give to the DJs, and one of the closing parties where Mr C (the co-owner) dropped a 'Back To 88-89' set and had the whole dancefloor singing along to 'Promised Land' and Inner City's 'Big Fun'. I miss that place.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Tone Da Wax Pusha Presents..(SPIT!) Volume 1

Nice blends mix by Tone Da Wax Pusha out of Pittsburgh...

tracklist...(wax pusha intro)...1.jumpin jumpin bw pickin boogers..2.mama said knock you out bw legal money..3.everything i miss bw players ball..4..i shot tha-sean price..5.ooh la la la bwpaid in full cold cut remix..6..rollin stone-papoose feat the game and young buck..7.sexual healing bw explosive..8..its goin down (dj mix)-midaz the beast..9..runaway love bw doggy dogg world..10..five minutes of funk (dj mix)-whodini..11..kurt rambis-sean price..12..remember the time bw knock em out sugar friend bw los angeles times..14..numbers on the board (dj mix)-jay is a house bw tha shiznit...16..if i die tonite bw get lifted..17..we will rock you bw youll rock..18..come on (dj mix)-ruste juxx...19.(wax pusha outro)

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97 (1996)

Big up Krisch for hooking me up with this one...

I bought this here in Germany in '96. It's a bootleg tape of Flex on Hot 97 titled "No Drinks" which was put out by Toxic Tapes owned by Detlef Rick aka Rick Ski. Rick Ski was a member of L.S.D. who put out "Watch Out For The Third Rail", the first German rap album in 1991.

If anyone has any info on the track towards the end of side A that features Treach then let me know. I'm told its by Double II Family out of New Jersey but can't find anything about them online.

Yvette Michele - Everyday & Everynight (Remix) ft Doo Wop
Big Noyd - Recognize & Realize Pt.II ft Big Noyd
SWV - You're The One
Derelect Camp - Prillz (Pressure)
Jay-Z - Ain't No Nigga ft Foxy Brown
? ('it aint nothin like Hip Hop music' party break)
Doo Wop - Freestyle
Funkmaster Flex - Let's Get Specific ft Cool Whip, Havoc, Tragedy, Raekwon & Freddie Foxxx
Total - No One Else (Remix) ft Foxy Brown
East Flatbush Project - Tried By 12
Faith Evans - Ain't Nobody
Double II Crew (?) - ? ft Treach, Kandy Kane (?)
Junior M.A.F.I.A. - Get Money (Remix) ft Notorious B.I.G.
Side B
Junior M.A.F.I.A. - Get Money (Remix) ft Notorious B.I.G.
Shyheim - Can You Feel It
Akinyele & Sadat X - Loud Hangover (Remix) ft Yvette Michele
East Coast Assassins - The Payback
Horace Brown - One For The Money
Jigmastas - Beyond Real
DJ Kool - 20 Minute Workout
Ladae! - Party 2 Nite (Fabulous Flava) ft Chubb Rock
Mad Lion - Double Trouble (Third World Mix) ft KRS-One
I.N.I. - Props
Monifah - I Miss You (Come Back Home) (Remix) ft. A.Z.
Tragedy - L.A. L.A. ft. Capone-N-Noreaga & Mobb Deep
Shyheim - Dear God ft Pop Da Brown Hornet
Beenie Man - Memories (B.A.D. Remix) ft Buddha Stretch
Mixed Elements - Yah Yah
Redman - Funkorama (Remix) ft Erick Sermon

And that's post #600 :)

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Philly's Most Wanted - Next Episode freestyle (2000)

Philly's Most Wanted first came to my attention via a German music channel I used to pick up on satellite. They had the video for 'Cross The Border' in heavy rotation for a while and as it has one of those choruses that will stay stuck in your head for days, I eventually ended up copping the 12". 
The remix that followed flipped it into a whole different track, with a beat that sounds like the Neptunes' take on Its All About The Benjamins and guest verses from Pusha T (back when he was known as Terrar) and Fabolous, who's gets his maths all wrong and implies he was a big time coke dealer at the age of 12. Both tracks are a bit slept on well worth picking up. You get the feeling that if the Clipse weren't around, PMW could have been the ones getting first refusal on beats like 'Grindin' and Boo-Bonic might be wowing hipsters with increasingly bland drug raps over shitty beats instead of  the aforementioned Pusha.
Anyway, this is taken from a promo 12" for the duo's album (there was also a DJ Clue hosted mix CD which is why he's on the intro). 5 minutes over Dre's 'Next Episode' beat...

For all the talk about 'bringing New York back' - which lets face it, still hasn't happened after nearly 10 years - a Philly renaissance its well over due.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

DJ Step One - Some 90s Business

Mixed up some 90s tunes earlier. Enjoy.


MC Ren 'Mayday On The Front Line'
Ice Cube 'Ghetto Bird' (Dr Jam's mix)
Sam Sneed ft Dr Dre 'U Better Recognize'
King Tee 'Dippin' (remix)
Smif N Wessun 'Wreckonize' (remix)
Cash Money Click ft Mic Geronimo '4 My Click'
Redman ft Roz 'I Get Down Like That'
Jay Z 'In My Lifetime'
Mobb Deep 'Back At You'
Real Live 'I Get Down For Mine'
Notorious BIG 'Who Shot Ya'
Group Home 'The Realness'
Blahzay Blahzay ft La The Darkman, Smoothe & Trigga 'Danger pt II'
Royal Flush 'Rotten Apple'
Outkast 'Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik'
AZ 'Your World Don't Stop' (original mix) 
Nas 'The World Is Yours'

Sunday, 2 February 2014

DJ Mister Cee
The Best Of Jay Z: Lifetime Pt II (1998)

The B-side of this tape is mostly joints off Jigga's 'Hard Knock Life' LP, but there's some gems to be found on the A-side such as the opening 'Roc-A-Fella Shit' which flips the same sample as MOP's 'World Famous' (and Scarface's My Block'). Sauce Money appearances are always welcome around these parts and Cee also pulls out a few lesser spotted R&B guest spots. Jay Z had really hit his stride around '98 and this captures that era nicely.

This is another Junior Pepaseed sureshot...