Last Thursday was pay day. I had some overtime on it, plus two full weeks after being short the last couple of checks because of the holidays and the such. Needless to say, I haven’t had much money to spend on myself lately. I paid a bunch of bills then decided it was time to hit up some of the used music stores and see what I can track down in the used bins. No better way to waste a bright & sunny Thursday afternoon than checking out some CD stores.
Twist & Shout: Colofax Ave, Denver Colorado ($29.73)
Twist & Shout is one of the two main wax/inpendent music stores in Denver. You have Wax Trax and you have Twist & Shout. Each have their own pro’s and con’s. Wax Trax seems to have the harder to find stuff as far as wax goes, but their CD selection isn’t up to par with Twist & Shout. Twist & Shout moved locations recently and I had not been there since the move. The new store is pretty nice. Much more room than the old location. They also had their own special “Hip Hop & Underground Room”, with a DJ spinning records (although I’m thinking dude was more of Drum & Bass/Trance dude with purple hair) and everything in one area. At first I thought it was kind of cool, then I kind of took offense to it, since it seem like it was easier to keep an eye on us “hoodlum” hip hop purchasers. Whatever.
I went through the wax, just to see if I found anything extremely rare. I didn’t see anything I couldn’t live without. T&S has always been very good about carrying all the latest hip hop releases on CD, best I’ve seen in town. They include stuff that is supposbly only avaliable on the sites like hiphopsite.com, such as the J-Zone “Experianced” project that he uses Jimi Hendrix samples that I thought was only avaliable through hiphopsite.com. It was also the only place I’ve seen Dooley-O’s “I Gotcha” release from last year, that I snapped up. It’s more expensive in price, both their new and used CD’s, which is common with the independent stores. I did go ahead an picked up a new copy of Exile’s “Dirty Science”, which was the only thing in my top 10 favorite albums of 2006 that I didn’t have a hard copy for. But you’re not here for that, on to the pickups…
Hi-C – Skanless $6.99
2. Too Greasy
3. Leave My Curl Alone
4. Punk S**T
5. Funky Rap Sanga
6. Request Line
7. Sitting in the Park
8. Compton Hoochies
9. Jack Move
11. 2 Ada Time
12. Yo Dick
13. Froggy Style
14. 2 Drunk Ta F**K
16. I’m Not Your Puppet
17. 2 Skanless
18. Let Me Know [*] – DJ Quick, Hi-C, , Tonya A
19. Do You Wanna See [*] – DJ Quick, Hi-C, , Tonya A
20. Do It [*] – DJ Quick, Hi-C, , Tonya A
This got the re-release treatment back in ’04, which is cool I guess. Nothing much different, execept for three lack luster tracks with DJ Quik at the end that do NOTHING to add to the total package. Personally this has always been a favorite of mine. It was dropped my senior year in high school and it appeals to the high school kid in it’s humor. It got much play at any party we had that year. Tracks like “Punk Shit”, “2 Ada Time”, “2 Skanless” and the WYDU Classic “2 Drunk Ta F**k” (don’t lie, it’s happened to all of us) were all favorites of us hormone charged, cheap beer guzzling, high school seniors. The $6.99 I had to fork out was a little more than I wanted to pay for it. I guess since it appears to be from ’04, they justify charging more for it. I wanted it though, so I paid for it.
Blackmale – Let It Swing $4.99
I remember copping this tape when I was in High School as well. It dropped in ’89 and I thought was always slept on as fuck. It dropped on Ruffhouse before Ruffhouse got huge. The group consisted of a duo from Philly, if I remember right. I’m not saying it’s a slept on classic, but if you enjoy music from this time period, you should be able to enjoy this album as well. Looking on Amazon, it’s going for a cheap .25 cents, but I’d rather pay the $4.99 for it and experiance the enjoyment I felt when I came across it. It’s posted up on Bust The Facts if anyone wants to check it out.
45 King – The 900 Number EP $6.99 http://sharebee.com/ed8b82b4
1. 900 Number [Original Mix]
2. 900 Number [45 King Remix]
3. 900 Number [Lakim Shabazz Acappella Vocal]
4. 900 Number [Ced Gee Remix 1]
5. 900 Number [Ced Gee Remix 2]
6. 900 Number [Ced Gee Remix 3]
7. 900 Number [YZ Acappella Vocal]
I thought for sure when I ran into this I was on to something big. Well after doing a little research, this too, has recentely been rereleased. But then I got to looking at what I have, and the copyright is 1991 (usually rereleases contain both the first copyright and the second copyright) then looking at the bottom of the re-release it says “From Eminem’s Producers”, meaning the “Stan” track he did. Mine has “Acapella versions by Lakim Shabazz & YZ”, so I’m thinking mine is original. Not that I’m that big of a record geek, but it’s still kind of cool. Again, I didn’t really want to spend $6.99 for an EP, but I’ve been on a 45 King quest the past few months, so I grabbed it.
O.G.C. – Da Storm ($5.99)
Yes, even I have my holes in my collection. When most of the BCC stuff came out, a friend of mine and I would take turns buying stuff, while the other person would dub it. He always insisted that he buy the BCC, so besides the Black Moon albums, I didn’t own anything else. I’m trying to correct that, so I’ll snap up any of those original BCC releases.
After dropping almost forty bucks at Twist & Shout, I wanted to hit up a cheap place, so it was off to Second Spin on Colorado BLVD
Second Spin: Colorado BLVD, Denver Colorado ($7.02)
I had just been there on New Years Day, but they usually have some type of sale going on. I was in luck, they still had the buy three get one free and the “Everything under $3.99 is 50% off” sale. It was a little soon after my first visit, but there was some new stuff and some stuff that the price had been brought down on. I bought a couple games as well (San Andreas GTA) and the clerk was nice enough to count it as a fourth, giving me one for free and giving me half price on one of the three, which he wasn’t supposed to do.
DJ Hurricane – The Hurra (free)
1. Now You Do
2. Elbow Room
3. Four Fly Guys
4. Can We All Get Along
5. Feel The Blast
6. Pass Me The Gun
7. The Hurra
8. Where’s My Niggas At
9. What’s Really Going On
10. Comin’ Off
11. Get Blind
12. Pat You Foot
13. Stick’ Em Up
While he may be best recognized as the Beasite Boys DJ, Hurricane is a hip hop vetern, appearing with The Afro’s and also Davey D. Hurricane dropped this LP back in on the Beasties label. It’s decent, nothing ground breaking, but it’s strong in the “Hollis Crew” flavor. For free, I’ll take it, although I thought it was going to be a $1.50, which still would have been alright.
Rob Base – The Incredible Base ($1.50)
This is another one of those “it’s so bad, but I like it” albums. This was Rob Base’s follow up to his popular debut “It Takes Two”. It’s another album that I played the crap out of in high school, probably because I knew no better. I bought it out of memories, but after listening to it again, it sure didn’t age very well.