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The Wreck 4-4-13

by Travis on April 10, 2013

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Well it’s been a long ass time since I’ve posted anything, anything at all. Hell, I’m probably a brand new person for most of you by now. Those of you that have been following this blog, or my WYDU site back in the day or Eric’s WTR site, I’ll just say “wad up”. Am I back? Hell, I don’t know. I want to post more, but I always seem to come up with something else I’d rather do. Life is much more busier in your late 30′s than it is in your early 30′s. But if I waited for life to slow down, I might as well wait until I’m 80 and retired, if that ever happens.

I’ve posted a few of these in the past, it’s myself and DJ Jason D (he used to do a show in the Bay Area with Kut Masta Kurt back in the day) playing the best (at least in our humble opinions) in what the underground has to offer. It’s called “The Wreck”, it’s on 8pm – 10pm MST on the local station, 89.9 or you can stream live on radioboise.org, every Thursday night. Or you can wait and catch it like this, on mixcloud.com

 The Wreck (April 4th, 2013)

1. DJ Jason D – The Wreck Intro
2. Ill Bill – Exploding Octopus
3. Demigodz – Never Take Me Out feat Termanology
4. Moe Pope & Rain – Spit vs Ramo feat Reks
5. Vinny Cha$e – Harlem Roses
6. Phil G – Get Down feat Chris Crack
7. The Audible Doctor – Warm Pavement (INST)
8. R.A. The Rugged Man – People’s Champ
9. Ill Bill – World Premier prod DJ Premier
10. Czarface – Air ‘Em Out
11. Marco Polo – What’s Wrong feat Rakim
12. Trek Life – Just The Music
13. Latyrx – It’s Time
14. The Audible Doctor – Lunchroom Table Top (INST)
15. Spectac & Shakim – F.A.C.E.
16. Def Dee & Zar – Hadouken
17. Ill Bill – Truth prod Pete Rock
18. Marco Polo – Back To Work feat The Artifacts
19. Showbiz & A.G. – Watch What We Do
20. Khaleel – Nobody Tryna Hear Ya
21. Demigodz – Dead In The Middle
22. Showbiz – The Cloth (INST)
23. Curly Castro – Fenster & McManus feat Zilla Rocca
24. Effect & Dang – Rap Terminators feat Celph Titled & Esoteric
25. Czarface – Savagely Attack feat Ghostface
26. Action Bronson – Strictly 4 My Jeep
27. R Kitech – Back To The Basics feat Hakim
28. The Audible Doctor – Doing This (INST)
29. Pigeon Hole – Wolf Pack
30. Rapper Big Pooh – Cognac feat Chaundon
31. Eddie B – Marvelous feat Action Bronson
32. Malkovich – Waiting For You
33. 7 G.E.M.S. – Without You
34. Durag Dynasty – Spiral Event feat Evidence
35. Audimatic – The Wolves
36. Demigodz – Can’t Fool Me feat Eternia
37. Marco Polo – Nite & Day feat Big Daddy Kane
38. The Audible Doctor – Life Can Be Pain (INST)

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image“Death Stalks”/”True M.P.” – C.H.A.O.S. (1996, Domestic Violence Ent.)

“True M.P”

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“Death Stalks”

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With a slow day at work today and nothing seemingly occupying my time within the next few hours other than waiting on 3:51 CST to get here so I can offer up my valiant attempt at copping the limited online release of the Jordan “Cement” IIIs (200 bones just for the Nike logo on the hell, rather than the “Jumpman”?  Silly, I know..), I bring to you one of the illest, most slept-on singles from 1996, C.H.A.O.S.’ sick “True M.P.”

In somewhat of a “six degrees of separation”, “True M.P.” was produced by Pretzel’s Logic, whom also released a potent single just a year prior to ’96 with “The Promo”.  However, another favorite of mine from 1996, Natural Mystics’ “How It Go” was supplied a backbone from ‘Logic, as was the Bornsinnas 12″ “It All Comes Down 2″ and “Born Sinnin”, with all the singles being released via the Domestic Violence imprint.  For as short lived as the label was, with the release of “True M.P.”, “How It Go” and the Bornsinnas’ 12″ , it’s crazy to imagine the mark they would have made having been lent the proper ear.  A toss up between “How It Go” and this featured track from C.H.A.O.S., “True M.P.”, Pretzel’s Logic undoubtedly delivered some of the tastiest production for the ’95-’96 era.

Surprisingly, this 12″ wasn’t the only release from C.H.A.O.S. as there is also an undated release, “The Iwakening”, which by my guess is an actual remix of “Death Stalks” that I have yet to hear.  If anyone has that release, feel free to link a brotha’ up as I’d more than gracious to divulge in any more material from the Domestic Violence camp.

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5one6“Mystic Microfon” – 5one6 (1994, Ill Labels)

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“Rap Attack”

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Probably one of the most obscure classics from 1994 (although, fairly heralded and more identifiable as of late, thanks to the ‘net) is 50ne6′s 3 single smash, “Mystic Microfon”.  Boasting production from Erik Romero, whose name you’ll easily recognize from Kwest Tha Madd Lad”s debut and one of my favorite LPs of all-time, “This Is My First Album”, as he produced “Lubrication” and “Disnexone”.  Also, in 1996, Romero lent a production hand to Chino XL with what is probably one of the stronger tracks from “Here To Save You All”, “Creep”.

Sadly, as expected, “Mystic Microfon” would be the last we’d hear from 50ne6 and it’s a damn shame as it’s hard to find a better 3-song stretch than that of the title cut (which features a slick lyrical sample from Jeru The Damaja’s “Come Clean”), “Dirty Little Bitch” and “Rap Attack”. The EP was released on Ill Labels which was actually distributed by Tommy Boy Records.

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*NOTE* I’ve received quite a few emails since we’ve become a lil’ more…ahem, active? Namely for many of the old mixes that are now down (thanks Megaupload..), I’ll try to re-up as many as I can over the next few dayz – Eric C.

Honestly, before I had any clue of THIS (which is very nice!), I’d begun work on the “Buckwild 100″. No shade, but 21 tracks? C’mon B, that’s not how we do “mixes” here at Bloggerhouse! So what we have below is 100 (!) of my favorite Buckwild productions, blended by yours truly for your listening enjoyment. Stay tuned for Pt. II of “The Buckwild 100″, which will highlight some of Buck’s more “recent” production. With this mixtape, I wanted to stick to the classics to stick with one cohesive “sound”, so to speak. Hit the jump for tracklisting and linkage!

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henchherringres_400“Basket Case” – Da Henchmen

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Comprised of a bunch of emcees hailing from all parts of New York, Da Henchmen arrived on the scene in ’93-’94 with the release of their EP, “Beware: Lyrically Dangerous” (on which “Basket Case” DOES NOT appear and has also sold upwards of $1,000.00!) and also released a 12″ later that same year with “What U Gonna’ Do?”/Flippin’ With Da Henchmen”.  However, in 2011 Chopped Herring Records thankfully released a collection of Da Henchmen’s work from ’93-’95 as “The Ill Cyde Vaults”.  Now, before I expound, let me just say that my love/adoration of what some may label “random rap” has become quite excessive/compulsive over the last two years or so.  Groups such as Down To Erf, Citizen Kane, Ring (Massive Ring) and even more “known” acts such as The Juggaknots, Micranots and Jigmastas (or rather, anything that DJ Spinna touched) have remained in constant rotation.  However, the last two days have been nothing…and I mean, nothing but Da Henchmen blaring in the headphones.

Straight up and down, “The Ill Cyde Vaults”, named after the label on which Henchmen product was released, and specifically “Basket Case” are simply out of control! Twenty (!) years later this EP sounds as if it came right outta’ the oven!  It’s only proper that “Basket Case” samples Guru from “Now You’re Mine” (from “Hard To Earn”), much like the Gang Starr classic, hoop references are plentiful.  Everyone from Ed O’Bannon to former Villanovan (ahem..plug) Kerry Kittles gets a mention on this lovely production from The Tic.  Also, be sure to visit Chopped Herring to purchase the Vinyl EP and they can also provide you with more data on this unique crew from the East!

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image“No Question” (SP Remix) – Alps Cru

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“United” (SP Remix) – Large Pro & MF Grimm

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This past September, F5 (Crucial’s independent label) released a handsome EP that contained one of my favorite tracks of the year (well, at least..my first time hearing it), the “SP Remix” of the Alps Cru classic “No Question”.  Boasting appearances from the featured Alps Cru, Large Pro & MF Grimm listed above, as well as tracks from the likes of Sadat X, Tha Grimm Teachaz, Edo G and Black Spade, Crucial’s 7-track EP (9 really, but two instrumentals for “No Question” & “United”) “Retro/Active” packed plenty of punch!

Labeled the 12″ side and the EP side, “Retro/Active”, released as vinyl only, sold out quickly via sites like UGHH.com.  Well worth tracking down, if only for the remix of “No Question”, which features one of the sickest sampled hooks I’ve heard in quite some time.  It’s easy to sleep on “gems” like “Retro/Active” in today’s day and age when releases are dropped in abundance on the daily, but if you have to sift through the rummage to uncover items like “Retro/Active” it’s time well spent.

 

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6 FingersBack in 2007, what was labeled by some as the “best debut since Nas’ “Illmatic”, Blu & Exile’s now CLASSIC LP, “Below The Heavens” arrived without much warning in the middle of a very hot summer.  At the time, most recognized for his production and serving as 1/2 of Emanon (along w/Aloe Blacc) along with his solo debut/compilation LP, “Dirty Science” in ’06, producer Exile truly planted his foot in Hip Hop’s groundwork with the elegant backdrops he provided for a very cocksure Blu.  Last year, the duo again resurfaced as a “duo” to release “Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them” to mixed reviews.  Honestly, I think Travis Glave said it best in his R.Y.M. (Rate Your Music) review of the LP, “I really don’t know how I feel about this album”.  Yet, the same sentiment is shared by me..hell, I even had to send a few people email/texts stating “is this a new album from Blu & Exile or a dated LP that is finally being released”?  Even to this day, I’m on the fence with “..Flowers”.

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More Backpack Goodies Pt. II

by Eric on January 19, 2013

Jigmastas11. “Dead Man’s Walk”-Jigmasters

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Found On: “Beyond Real”/”Dead Man’s Walk” 12″ (1996, Beyond Real)

Sampling Gazar Szabo & The California Dreamer’s “A Day In The Life”, one of Hip Hop’s most underrated producers, DJ Spinna, supplied partner “in rhyme” Kriminul with the perfect backdrop for what would be the first in a succesful string of singles from the duo. “Dead Man’s Walk” with it’s eerie vocal sample and pumping drums would tide fans over, along with bangers like “Iz U Dee”, “Last Will & Testimony” and “Original” prior to the debut of Jigmastas first full-length LP, “Infectious” which wouldn’t release until nearly 5 years after this single.

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