For about ten years, Jerry Famolari’s Hydra Records label was responsible for putting out a whole bunch of dope hardcore east coast records until its unfortunate closure last year. Besides releasing three excellent Screwball albums, Hydra is probably best remembered for its long-running series of instrumental albums, aptly entitled Hydrabeats.
I don’t know about y’all, but beat albums usually don’t do a whole bunch for me. I don’t care how many accolades get thrown at DJ Shadow, RJD2 etc, their records send me to sleep. However, while I can’t deny that the Hydrabeats records maybe would have been more interesting with cats rapping on them, most of them are more than worthwhile. It doesn’t hurt that Jerry F managed to get some of the cream of the east coast beatmaking crop to submit chapters in the catalogue.
I own most of these records, but due to time constraints I didn’t have the chance to dub them all off for my man Travis to upload. So you’ll notice a few gaps here, which I’d be most grateful for one of you kind readers to upload.
Anyways, back to the matter at hand, simplicity is the key to many of the Hydrabeats instrumentals. Ill loops backed by hard-hitting drum programming is the predominant modus operandi here, perfect for even the most amateur rapper to do their very best Prodigy impersonations to. Even if you don’t think you’re the next Kool G Rap, these joints are heavy on the head-nod factor making them perfect for rocking in your walkman or one-door Hyundai.
I was gonna write a quick rundown on each Hydrabeats instalment or at least cover the producers involved (Beatnuts, Godfather Don, Ghetto Pros, Kid Called Roots, Nick Wiz etc), but my work at the animal husbandry lab has really been eating up a lot of my time lately so I’ll leave it to you to make up your own minds. I will say, however, that my favorite in the series is the Nick Wiz one (Hydrabeats 12). For anyone not in the know, Nick produced the majority of both the Cella Dwellas albums in addition to cooking up joints for Rakim, Cocoa Brovaz Smif n Wessun, Chubb Rock, Main One etc. Nick has some of the dopest beat skills in hip hop hands down, don’t sleep.
Polarity – apologies for the half-assed post and big up to Travis for the broadband assist.
****TRACK ONE LINK**** http://www.sendspace.com/file/hq274w
Hydrabeats Vol X: Beatnuts, 1997 http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BVY94X5N
A1 Relax Yourself
A2 Throw Your Hands Up
A3 Purse Snacther
A4 The Chase
A5 Out Of State Case
A6 I Can’t Relate
B1 Bum Rush
B2 Highlyl Recongized
B3 Homo Victim
B4 Gonna Fly
B5 Jungle Gook
B6 Crab Niggas
Hydrabeats Vol VII: Godfather Don Part 2 http://www.megaupload.com/?d=21QXHAN1
A1 Executive Technology
A2 Cream Of Corina
A3 Slick City Sick A4 Hot Open A5 Mi Vida Enfermo B1 Remembering Ivy B2 Fuck It Up B3 The Heat B4 Fist Full Of Pastelles B5 The Wicked City
*****FOR THOSE WHO HAD CORRUPT TRACK 9****
Hydrabeats Vol VIII: Anniversary Edition (A Best of sorts)
HydraBeats Vol X: Ghetto Pros
Hydrabeats Vol XI: Godfather Don http://www.sendspace.com/file/brp4mo
A1 Mental Liks A2 Pure Elevation A3 As The World Burns A4 Wilson Ave. A5 Getaway B1 Feel Me B2 Pay Back B3 Where I’m Coming From B4 Twisted B5 I’ll Be Back!
Hydrabeats Vol XII: Nick Wiz http://www.megaupload.com/?d=EQDY79S6
A1 Black Path A2 Starite A3 Mind Crusher A4 For Da Mental A5 Four Elements B1 Over Drive B2 Slate B3 Lockness B4 Slizza B5 Finally
Hydrabeats 14: Godfather Don 4 http://www.sendspace.com/file/8yxlxe
A1 Unreliable A2 No Free Shows A3 Hey! Why Show Up? A4 Call Me A Cab A5 Boning B1 Just Mix It Yourself B2 My Drivers Downstairs B3 Video Taping B4 Beep Lance B5 Porno’s My Game