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by Eric on December 16, 2007

“Hidden Treasures Vol. IV”-DJ Bazooka Joe aka Truck Jewls

Amongst the two awesome (not really) Christmas parties I’ve been fortunate enough to attend (not really) for my Wife’s work over the last two days, I’ve found ample time to sort of collect my THOUGHTS and put em’ to work in regards to a few goodies that I’ve stumbled across this week.  First off, you may or may not be familiar with DJ Bazooka Joe aka Truck Jewls.  For many of you, you’ll recognize the moniker from one of Jay-Z’s “Black Album” mash-ups.  In Bazooka Joe’s case it was in the form of the “Silver Album”, which featured Jay’s poignant vocals over RJD2′s unique production.  Personally, I’ve never been a big enough fan of RJD2′s work (with the exception of Soul Position’s “8 Million Stories”) which was the determining factor in me skipping over “The Silver Album”.  Others may recall the mixtape he did for Black Sheep about a year or so ago titled “Love Is Love” (pictured to the left).  However, while conducting a search for JVC Force’s “Big Trax” (gotdamn, did I ever sleep on those guys!), I fortunately stumbled into Bazooka’s Joe’s fourth entry in his “Hidden Treasures” series.  Filled to the rim with “slept-on” (damn, I’ve been using that word too much as of late) classics and unreleased gems, “Hidden Treasures Vol. IV” features “hard to find” tracks from the likes of Nas, Wu-Tang, Lord Finesse & Gang Starr.  I mean, I thought I was up on some of this iddish, but there are quite a few joints on here that I’ve neverheard.  I’ve upped the compilation with the tracklist, in the meantime, you can also purchase Volumes I, II & III at Sandbox Automatic.Com.  Plus, you have to support a Villanova graduate so be sure to pick those up, the track-list for the remainder of Joe’s “Hidden Treasures” looks to be just as nice.  The only downside to the compilations is that the tracks are blended together, I’d much rather have each individual MP3.  It could’ve have been worse though, “Hidden Treasures” would have really sucked if it was just one long MP3…..damn, don’t you hate that sh*t?  Some of my favorite moments on “…Vol. IV” include S.I.D.’s remix of Freddie Foxx’s “So Tough”, which sounds very similar to the majority of the production from La’s “Black Reign. Also, L.O.N.S. “Spontaneous” remix is an improvement on it’s original yet it doesn’t stray to far from it’s original recipe of bounce.  Sh*t, let me shut up now….this find has just been the apex of my week musically, please don’t miss out on this one!  Who knows, maybe when I receive Volumes I-III this week I just may have to give out an early Christmas present.

Track Listing

01 – GANG STARR – TO BE A CHAMPION
02 – FREDDIE FOXXX – SO TOUGH (REMIX)
03 – EPMD – GIVE THE PEOPLE (REMIX)
04 – PRINCE RAKEEM (RZA) – DEADLY VENOMS
05 – WU TANG CLAN – BOX IN HAND
06 – NAS – UNDERSTANDING (DEMO)
07 – SLICK RICK – SLEAZY GYNOCOLOGIST
08 – L.O.N.S. – SPONTANEOUS (REMIX)
09 – OGC – HARD TO THE CORE
10 – LORD FINESSE – UNDERWORLD OPERATIONS
11 – SADAT X – FAMALAME
12 – RAKIM – REMEMBER THAT
13 – PMD FEAT. PRODIGY – IT’S THE PEE ‘97
14 – MOBB DEEP – G.O.D. PART 3 (GODFATHER MIX)
15 – SMIF N WESSON – ALL ABOUT THE CASH
16 – BUCKSHOT – FOLLOW MY LEAD (REMIX)
17 – ARTIFACTS – IT’S GETTING HOT (REMIX)
18 – PHARCYDE – IT JUST DON’T MATTER
19 – GURU FEAT. BAHAMADIA – RESPECT THE ARCHITECT (REMIX)

Next up to bat is DJ Chris Read and his self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Megamix”, and who am I to argue?  Featuring over 800 (!) Hip-Hop tracks spanning from 1979-2007, “The Diary” is mixing and beat juggling at it’s finest. It’s nearly unbelievable, one can only imagine the time and effort that went into a project like this.  I mean, where else can you hear Redman’s “Time 4 Sum Aksion”, Pete & C.L.’s “T.R.O.Y.” flow so fluidly over The Pharcyde’s “Ya Mama”?  Kudos to Chris Read for putting together a “time capsule” of sorts for the die hard Hip Hop fan.  Not just dumping one track on top of another, Chris excels at actually “beat mixing”, intertwining up to five tracks at a time….CRAZY!  Not only has Chris donated his blood, sweat and tears to this MegaMix, but it’s also FREE!  Be sure to peep the mixtape HERE, and set aside 80 minutes of your hectic schedule this week to fully engulf and appreciate Chris Read’s “The Diary”.

Thirdly, time to shed a little light on a blog that has blown me away, Werner von Wallenrod’s Humble, Little Hip Hop Blog.  I’ve been fortunate enough to do a little more “blog surfing” than usual this weekend, and the majority of that allotted time has been spent digging thru the archives of this near “genius” work.  I’m not even gonna’ front though, my man Werner looks about as “Hip Hop” as Bill Murray,  yet dude knows his stuff.  You have to take in the the Video Blog that I’ve posted below for you where Werner discusses the origins of De’ 1, gotta’ love the chat with his cat during the intro of the V-Blog…Classic ish’ right there!  Werner’s blog is more or less an AOL Journal format, but I have a feeling if dude would just convert to Blogger or WordPress he’d really pick up a head of steam, more heads should peep his work.  I just can’t seem to get the V-Blog’s out of my mind for some odd reason (shaking head), and be sure not to miss out when dude pulls the cassette singles and vinyl 12′s for the camera.  If I had to put an honest dollar on who could match this dude when it comes to Hip-Hop knowledge, I’d have no problem betting the farm on Werner.  But…….you GOTTA’ peep the V-Blogs!  Big Ups Werner!  Keep doin’ what you do!  Peep the V-Blog for De’-1 below:

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{ 5 comments }

a-one December 17, 2007 at 3:09 am

peace to Werner, the original discogs.com for hip hop. his site has to be one of the first hip hop websites i ever found. it’s hard to believe that anybody is still on aol though.

thebeathunters December 17, 2007 at 9:13 am

waow! this is early xmas. currently headnogging’, uh, hednodddin’ to the diary… thanks for the good time and words… peace

Krisch December 17, 2007 at 2:59 pm

Werner’s humble hip hop site was one of the first sites i stumbled on while on research for my own discogs (which i write since being a kid not thinking of something like the internet).

Thanks for the link to that Chris Read mix.

Dan Love December 18, 2007 at 10:22 am

Easy Eric,

Hope you’re well man. Been loving that Chris Read mix over the last week or so: great stuff. I fully agree that Werner’s blog is amazing, but it is a shame he’s not on a slightly updated platform. Get on it Werner!

Where were you for my birthday celebrations? Not even a comment? ;)

Cheers,

Dan

max_bills December 21, 2007 at 9:04 pm

man i have that bazooka joe on heavy rotation… had his black sheep mixtape but this is raw… never even heard any of those remixes and unreleased… thnx for putting up such a dope mix… yea straight tracks woulda been better aaaah the 90′s

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