Sunday, 26 April 2015

DJ Step One - Days Of Old

The last mix I did proved to be pretty popular so here's another one. I went with the early 90s selection on this...

A Tribe Called Quest - Butter
Naughty By Nature - Guard Your Grill (smooth mix)
Lord Finesse - You Know What I'm About
Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, RBX & Rage - Stranded On Death Row (Benny B re-edit)
Brand Nubian - Steal Ya Ho (remix)
Redman - A Day Of Sooperman Lover
Da Lench Mob - Ankle Blues
Mighty Ethnicz - Harmony Hall
LL Cool J - Eat Em Up L Chill
Ice T - Mind Over Matter
Geto Boys - Mind Playing Tricks On Me
Paris - Days Of Old
Grand Puba - Ya Know How It Goes (T Ray remix)
Black Sheep - Similak Child
Public Enemy - Shut Em Down (Pete Rock remix)

Friday, 17 April 2015

Tim Westwood - Radio 1 Rap Show (1996)

45 minutes of Tim getting it in Big Dog Style on 8th March 1996. Unusually, the show kicks off with some older West Coast stuff - 2Pac, Snoop, Pharcyde and Tha Alkaholiks - before getting into the newer joints of the day by Fat Joe ('Firewater' is kind of slept on), Geto Boys, AZ and Wu Tang.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Tony Touch - Power Cypha 2 (1997)

The second volume of Tony Touch's freestyles series. Some great stuff on here...

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Tony Touch - Power Cypha 3 (1999)

Classic. A ton of freestyles by just about everyone...


Full track list here. Original tape courtesy of Junior Pepaseed.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Don't Sleep #7
The Usual Suspects (1997)

A double header for this edition of Don't Sleep. One of my favourite tracks of the late 90s that kind of got lost in the shuffle of great posse cuts from that era - John Blaze, Banned From TV, The Firm joints, Reservoir Dogs, Benjamins etc . The notable thing about this particular cut is that it comes in two different versions. Both were officially released but neither seems to be considered the original or the remix. They both use the same beat but the line up of rappers varies. 

Version 1, taken from the How To Be A Player soundtrack features Mic Geronimo alongside DMX, Cormega, Fatal and Ja Rule. This was back when DMX was on the cusp of becoming the biggest rapper on the planet for 2 years and no one was entirely sure how Ja Rule spelt his name (he's listed as "Ja" on this). I believe Cormega was signed to Def Jam at this time which explains his appearance and Fatal was getting a bit of attention off the back of his 2Pac association. The beat is courtesy of one of the lesser know members of The Hitmen - Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool and is pretty simple and minimal with a nice Mandrill sample and a subtle bit of ESG in the background.

Version 2 featured on Mic's 'Vendetta' album and on the b side of the Nothin Move But The Money 12". Cormega and Fatal have been replaced by the more than capable line up of Tragedy, Jadakiss and Styles P. No idea why. Label politics would usually be the answer but I can't see why Def Jam would let DMX on there and not Cormega. They did drop him though so maybe that had something to do with it. Still dope. Don't sleep.

Previous Don't Sleeps are here

Saturday, 28 March 2015

DJ Step One - So 90s

Haven't had time to touch turntables for a while, so last night I got my shit together and ran through some 94-95 era stuff to get my groove back and get the standard up to par for a couple of collaboration mixes I'm putting together (which I'm hoping to have ready soon but breath should not be held). Anyway: 1 take, play-and-record all vinyl business. Off we go....

Big Daddy Kane - In The PJs
AZ - Gimme Yours (remix)
Group Home - Suspended In Time (remix)
Little Indian - One Little Indian
Ill Al Skratch - Don't Shut Down On A Player
Show & AG - Ain't No Fun
Notorious BIG - DJ Enuff freestyle
Smif N Wessun - Nuthin Move But The Money
GZA - Killah Hills 10304
Method Man - I Get My Thang In Action
Naughty By Nature - Craziest
Tha Alkaholiks - Relieve Yourself (blend)
Xzibit - Paparazzi
King Just - No Flow On The Rodeo
Channel Live ft KRS One - Mad Izm (remix)
Shadz Of Lingo-  Mad Flavaz (remix)
Jeru The Damaja - Da Bitchez (instrumental)
Dogg Pound - Big Pimpin
Warren  G - So Many Ways
Erick Sermon - Safe Sex (remix)
Ice Cube - You Know How We Do It (remix)

For an authentic 90s experience play this on a stereo with BASS BOOST and throw a towel over the speakers for that muddy, muffled Memorex sound we all pretend we loved but with hindsight was pretty terrible.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Green Lantern - The Best Of 2000

The always dope GL mixes up the year's bangers on this one - Dre, Outkast, Prodigy, Royce, Wu Tang, Big L and loads more. Superbly put together as you'd expect...