Sunday, 7 February 2016

Masta Ace - Capital Rap Show freestyle (1991)

Dutch, one of the OGs of blogging tape rips,  recently shared this mediafire folder of old Westwood shows. I haven't had time to go through it all yet, but I did spot the first episode of Tim's late night ITV show N Sign Radio was in there. I did pick out this old Master/Masta Ace freestyle though...

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Mo Money ft Mase - After All (1996)

I've been keeping an eye out for Diehard Records releases after taking a punt on Mo Money & Genovese's 'The Block Hot' (as featured on my Tape Kingz Vol 1 mix). It turned out to be a good buy so when I saw this record for cheap I scooped it up. The label says it came out in 1996 but with the sample straight jacked from the SOS Band's soul classic, it could just as easily have been on Bad Boy circa 97-98. Polish it up a bit and it could pass for a Trackmasters production from that era...



I should probably mention that the sound on this is a bit off as although the record was still sealed when I bought it, the hole in the vinyl is slightly off centre. Its most noticeable in the chorus but basically its still listenable. If anyone has a better copy hook it up.
Aswell as the wayward hole, the vinyl itself is hella thin and floppy (:pause:) but I digress. I recently checked out their 'Lost N Yonkers' compilation from 1998 and although the production and mastering of tracks is pretty rough and raw (as in 'sound like they were pressed up off a Clue mixtape' raw), there's a couple of gems worthy of your attention.
It won't surprise me if once all the early-mid 90s DITC style boom bap joints have been mined to death that random jiggy rap like this becomes the sub genre du-jour for the rap collector who has everything. God knows they cant keep buying songs they already own on 7" forever.

Big Kap rest in peace!

Monday, 1 February 2016

DJ Step One - early 90s Rap mix

Wake up, wake up, wake up its the first of the moooonth and - almost unbelievably - I haven't flopped in my attempts to drop a mix at the beginning of each month so far. I'm currently 2/2 and February's edition draws for the early 90s selection (apologies for the lack of a creative title for the mix)....





Tracklist
Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg - Lil Ghetto Boy
King Tee ft Ice Cube & Breeze - Played Like A Piano
Diamond D - Check One Two
Pete Rock & CL Smooth ft Grand Puba - Skinz
Ed OG & Da Bulldogs - I Got Ta Have It
De La Soul ft Biz Markie - Lovely How I Let My Mind Float
Downtown Science - Room To Breathe (instrumental)
A Tribe Called Quest - Clap Your Hands
Show & AG ft Diamond D & Lord Finesse - Diggin In The Crates
Souls Of Mischief - Disseshowedo
3rd Bass - Green Eggs And Swine
Positive K - Nighshift
Grand Puba - Ya Know How It Goes (T Ray remix)
Ice Cube - Steady Mobbin
EPMD - Crossover (Trunk mix)
Gang Starr - Flip The Script

Armand Van Helden - A Deep Hip Hop Kinda Love

If you missed January's installment, which was on more of a house party tip, you can get that here

Saturday, 30 January 2016

DJ Filthy Rich - 90's Reggae Hip Hop Vol.1 (2016)

This one has been a while in the making but Toronto's DJ Filthy Rich has just dropped the first volume of his Reggae Hip Hop mix...



Here's the Soundcloud link. There may well be a download link appearing at some point so follow him on there for more treats.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Fusion - The Burner (2003)

Obscure promo mix CD heat now, courtesy of Fusion, a producer best known for his work with OB4ZL favourite Fallacy. This gathers up a bunch of exclusives, blends, freestyles and remixes from the US and UK. Highligts include some early Durrty Goodz (when he was still Durrty Doogz), the mix of Made You Look over the Big N Bashy instrumental, D&B vet Skibadee dropping something over a Just Blaze beat that I cant place right now and some always welcome verses by Skeme (the English one).


Sunday, 24 January 2016

DJ Clue - Winter part 1 (1995)

Clue's 'Winter part 1' tape from 1995, because it's cold outside. Lots of blends on this one...


Monday, 18 January 2016

Tim Westwood - Radio 1 Rap Show (1995)

The 11th February 1995 to be precise. This starts off with the Melle Mell joint I posted below, followed by new music by Flip Squad, Method Man, Double XX Posse, Ill Al Skratch, Frankie Cutlass, Nine, Alkaholiks, LL and Show & AG. All good then...