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Things To Do While Travis Is A Bum…..

by Travis on March 4, 2009

As you can tell, I’m a little laxed on the blog this week. I’ve just been feeling a little burned out lately and work has been hectic, so taking a step back for a few nights. Instead of my half assed write ups of stuff, you are getting a heavy dose of the email box, so I guess I’m just like 90% of the other bloggers out there now….oh well. Anyhow there are plenty of other great things out there that you can be checking out while I get energized again….. Here are a couple suggestions:

Some of you may remember the The Diary (World’s Greatest Rap Megamix) that DJ Chris Read put together. If not, you need to catch up. It made some noise early last year and is one of the better projects I’ve come across of it’s kind in quite a while. Well Chris is back…..

To check BOTH mixes, go straight to:

And Check out Chris on myspace


Whilst the practice of releasing mixtapes between albums to maintain relevance has become a common practice in recent years. British DJ and producer, Chris Read is turning tradition on its head and releasing what many might describe as an album between mixtape releases.

In January 2008, Chris released a mix album entitled ‘The Diary (World’s Greatest Rap Megamix)’, a stunningly intricate 800 track mix chronicling the genre’s landmark recordings in order of release from 1979 to 2007. Quick to gain support from many of the world’s best respected DJs and taste makers (including Andy Smith (Portishead), DJ Food (Ninja Tune), Ollie Teeba (Herbaliser), DJ Format, Plus One (Scratch Perverts) and DJ Yoda), the mix was described by some as one of the greatest hip hop mix albums of all time. With tens of thousands of downloads and radio broadcasts in over 30 countries, the mix has achieved cult status and continues to receive attention via the web.

Just over a year later, with work on ‘The Diary Volume 2’ underway, Chris is releasing ‘The Diary Volume 1.5 (20 Years of The Remix)’, a tribute to the innovations in production and beat making over the last two decades. In just under 80 minutes Chris sets about selecting and remixing one iconic track from each of the last 20 years, in each case paying tribute to the production style and trends in sampling popular at the time of the original release.

From the James Brown influenced sound popularised by the likes of Hurby Luv Bug and 45 King in the late ‘80s, to the jazz sampling trends of the early to mid ‘90s, to the iconic and distinct sounds of DJ Premier and Jay Dee, all the cornerstones of the genre’s development are touched upon. The result is an impressive collection of tracks that might easily be mistaken for lost or unreleased remixes from some of the genre’s greats.

“What we’re gonna do right here is go back…”
“This CD just shows how much Chris Read knows about historic Hip Hop production techniques – Its just a shame he wasn’t creating this stuff during the eras he’s covering as we would probably rate the man as being up there with Paul C, Pete Rock, Premier and all! – I can’t think of another Hip Hop CD I’ve played so much in years” (Andy Smith – Portishead)

“Crazy! This is Rap History in the making. Chris proves his production skills on this one to the fullest. A wonderful and refreshing journey through all eras of hip hop. Double thumbs up!”
(Marc Hype – MPM Records / Former ITF Champion)

“Chris continues the rap anthology concept of his super-dope ‘The Diary’ megamix in the shape of a remix project, re-lacing acapellas from 89-2009 with historically accurate beats. ‘The Diary 1.5′ serves as a great platform for Chris to showcase his ample beat-making skills whilst referencing those who’ve inspired him.”
(DJ Woody – Former World ITF Champion)

“I’m always a fan of Chris’s stuff. A lot of hard work put into it … which pays off.”
(DJ Yoda – Genuine Records)

Chris Read has for twelve years been resident DJ and promoter of ‘Substance’ one of the UK’s biggest and longest running hip hop, funk and soul club nights. In addition to numerous UK club residencies, Chris spent two years as mix show DJ on the BBC’s station for ‘new black music’, 1Xtra. To view Chris’ full biography please visit the artists page at

Still bored??? Well, head over to Lyrics To Go for a rather nice write up on everyone’s favorite Detroit group, Slum Village. If you like reading me ramble on, then you’ll be right at home with this post (and they are not even rambling).

From Lyrics To Go

Slum Village! (said In children and all the cats in the “D” voices). Their Backstory I will get into because, by now, you know the routine (or do you??? If not just dial “5″ to speak a representative of Lyrics to Go and someone will get back to you at a later time). Slum Village was orginally comprised of T3, Baatin Washool Wajeed (full MC Name, for reals), and Jay Dee. Oh Jay Dee, what a vital role you would play to YOUR GROUP’S SUCCESS!!
! These three cats went to the same high school and would usually hang out in the basement of, assuming with 99.9 percent confidence, I am not the friend (YESS!!, I want to thank the errrrbody and the you the viewer for watching our show).

OKay, but seriously, they would hang out a Jay Dee’s basement and just freestyle to beats Jay would make for fun, you know. Then, they started to get light bulbs above their heads and, what do know, a group was born. I would say there group formed the day they heard Butter from A Tribe Called Quest‘s The Low End Theory (Never heard of this album, well than I guess… TO HECK WITH YOU). Alright, getting back to the main show, Slum Village formed in 1992, and it took them forever to get noticed. But then a funny thing would happen. Jay Dee would….

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And there is some dope sample sets and rare SV finds as well.


And if you are STILL bored….Has-Lo and I had some laughs at this. Not that it’s funny as in “ha-ha”, but Jesse West is a funny dude on this, and it’s somewhat interesting…..

If you are still bored, try going outside, it’s weird what a little sun light will do to someone…..


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