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"How To Be A Backpacker"

This has been posted several times across the internet. Upon running across it again, I figured I'd give it a little shine lol. Not my thoughts or writing and I don't know the original author but it's worth sharing and discussing

By an Asian kid in the suburbs.

So you wake up one day and realize your taste in music sucks. And obviously, that means you suck as well. You're tired, frustrated, hopelessly unhip, and you're very sick of your Winamp playlist. But wait...... before you pull that trigger, consider this.

You need hip hop and you need it fast.

For your sake, I've set up a "How to be a backpacker" kit that's so easy, virtually anybody can do it. Don't worry. You'll be in touch with the little b-boy inside of you in no time. After this kit, you'll be keeping it so real that only other backpackers will understand a word you spit. So what are we waiting for? Let's begin.

A good backpacker is neck deep in underground hip hop records. Here's some to get you started:

Aceyalone - Accepted Eclectic ( OJ note: if you are indeed tryin to be a backpacker... All Balls dont bounce and The Book of Human Language are WAY tha better )

Mystik Journeymen - Black Sands ov Eternia

Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein

Anticon - Music for the Advancement of Hip Hop

Quasimoto - The Unseen

Atmosphere - Overcast

7l & Esoteric - The Soul Purpose

Start with these. Then supplement with some Aesop Rock, Buck 65, Solesides, Mr. Lif, and perhaps even a little Planet Asia. Throw in some a Kool Keith record for good measure and you're set.

Frat boys are starting to claim they're about the "real" hip hop. Show them who's boss by flaunting your superior tastes while STILL listening to all of their . Here's some of their favorites:

Jurassic 5 - Quality Control

Deltron 3030 (anything by Del)

The Roots - Things Fall Apart ( OJ's Note: great cd )

Mos Def - Black on Both Sides ( OJ's Note: great cd )

Common - Like Water for Chocolate

Dilated Peoples - The Platform LP

Reflection Eternal - Train of Thought

Method Man / Redman - Blackout (OJ's Note: this was the !!! )

Bonus Credit: Try obtaining some tapes of local artists nobody knows about. This will be your secret weapon.

So now you've got your base. But you still look like a little new-jack. Pick up some certified hip hop classics to boost your credibility. People will think you've been in the game for years. Backpacker approved classics:

Nas - Illmatic

Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus

Wu Tang Clan - Enter the 36 Chambers

De la Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising

A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory

Pete Rock / CL Smooth - Mecca and the Soul Brother

Jeru tha Damaja - The Sun Rises in the East

Freestyle Fellowship - To Whom it May Concern

Gang Starr - Daily Operation

Feeling brave? If you're ambitious, you can take things even further. Convince 'em you were there in the beginning with these:

BDP - Criminal Minded

Public Enemy - It'll Take a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (OJ's Note: this right here is extra great!! )

NWA - Straight Outta Compton

Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown

Run DMC - Raising Hell

Erik B. & Rakim - Paid in Full

Bonus Credit: Tell people you're from the Bronx. Tell them about Kool Herc, Bambataa, and Flash. You were there. Make them believe it.

(Know your elements)

There are a few more things you must learn before you blossom into a backpacker. Without delay, here you have it:

- If anybody asks, your favorite producers are Primo, Pete Rock, Automator, Prince Paul, and the RZA (but emphasize that you only like pre-Wu-tang-Forever RZA).

- You must learn to speak like a backpacker. Pepper your language with "knowmsayin" and refer to as many things as possible as "". You'll have to be patient. Try recording your voice and comparing it to some Busta Rhymes skits. Practice makes perfect.

- Wear T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, baggy jeans (not too baggy. you do not want to crossover into raver pants territory), and lots of hats and visors. Walk with a slight limp and never smile.

- Have diversity on your side. Backpackers get eclectic with Portishead, Esthero, Radiohead, DJ Shadow, and Amon Tobin. You can say your girl/boyfriend got you into it. (OJ's Note: portishead cracks )

- You must like at least one Jay-Z album. It is a backpacker's obligation. This will save your when people claim you are an elitist snob.

- Smoke lots of weed.

So there you have it. It's really much easier than it sounds. If it helps, try setting a few hours aside each day to practice hip hop. Refer to and read Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists. Go to shows, write some lyrics, learn to beatbox, get some 1200s. Learn about the elements and assimilate yourself into them. Quiz your friends and laugh at their ignorance. Confidence won't be so slippery much longer. Remember... hip hop is a way of life, and now you've got the shortcuts.

If you need further assistance... try to Discover Hip hop.

Ok! You're welcome.

Good luck everybody!

We always try to put up some "non-hip-hop" for our visitors because hip-hop is not the only music most of us listen to on a daily basis. Hip-hop itself, as evidenced by the samples and sounds produced, is a major mash of all types of influences all meshed into a beautiful mix.

Somebody requested some John Mayer and since I like dude alot, I figured I'd pass these along.

John Mayer - As/Is (Live 2 Disc Rare)

"As/Is" is a limited edition Live 2 CD Set of John Mayer and his band recorded at various concerts from his 2004 summer tour. This is an Official Sony release and is packaged in an album style cardboard fold out. The band is: John Mayer - Vocals, Guitar; Michael Chaves - Guitar; David Ryan Harris - Guitar/Vocals; Erik Jacobson - Trumpet; JJ Johnson - Drums; Chris Karlic - Sax/Flute; David LaBruyere - Bass; Kevn Lovejoy - Keyboards. Along with his hits such as "Your Body is a Wonderland" and "Clarity", John performs "Inner City Blues (Makes Me Want to Holler)" featuring DJ Logic. This factory sealed new CD is on limited release and not available at stores. No longer sold through the John Mayer and Sony website.


1. Only Heart - August 3, 2004 at Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
2. My Stupid Mouth - August 14, 2004 at Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ
3. No Such Thing - July 24, 2004 at C.W. Mitchell Pavilion, Spring, TX
4. Covered in Rain - August 14, 2004 at Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ
5. Split Screen Sadness - July 16, 2004 at Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA
6. Blues Intro - July 24, 2004 at C.W. Mitchell Pavilion, Spring, TX
7. Come Back To Bed - July 24, 2004 at C.W. Mitchell Pavilion, Spring, TX


1. Your Body Is A Wonderland - July 24, 2004 at C.W. Mitchell Pavilion, Spring, TX
2. Somethings Missing - August 4, 2004 at Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
3. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (featuring DJ Logic)- July 27, 2004 at Sandstone Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
4. Clarity - August 3, 2004 at Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
5. 3X5- August 3, 2004 at Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
6. Home Life - July 16, 2004 at Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA
7. Comfortable - July 24, 2004 at C.W. Mitchell Pavilion, Spring, TX
8. Neon - July 24, 2004 at C.W. Mitchell Pavilion, Spring, TX

Disc 1 Disc 2

John Mayer - Heavier Things & Room For Squares

Cats are always emailing and requesting instrumentals so, for you aspiring rappers & dudes like me who just love to hear the music, here's a few.


CD 1

1. Sickstrumentals - Alchemist Feat. Prodigy - We Got This (2:19)
2. Sickstrumentals - The Diplomats - Get Used To This Feat. Juelz Santana & J.R. Writer (2:52)
3. Sickstrumentals - Jay-Z - Decemeber 4th (4:32)
4. Sickstrumentals - Jay-Z Feat. Juvenile - Snoopy Track (2:53)
5. Sickstrumentals - Joe Budden - #1 (4:01)
6. Sickstrumentals - Memphis Bleek - All About Me (3:03)
7. Sickstrumentals - Fabolous Feat. Mike Shorey - Bubble Gum (2:32)
8. Sickstrumentals - Beanie Sigel Feat. Peedi Crakk - Flatline (produced by Boola) (2:26)
9. Sickstrumentals - Kanye West - The New Workout Plan (5:17)
10. Sickstrumentals - Infamous Mobb Feat. Big Noyd - Tonite (2:43)
11. Sickstrumentals - Amerie - Touch (Produced by Lil' Jon) (2:13)
12. Sickstrumentals - 50 Cent - The Jux Freestyle (0:59)
13. Sickstrumentals - Rockstar North - San Andreas Theme Song (1:26)
14. Sickstrumentals - 50 Cent - All For Sale (2:39)
15. Sickstrumentals - Ja Rule Feat. Black Child - Last Of The Mohicans (2:27)
16. Sickstrumentals - Jadakiss - Air It Out (2:44)
17. Sickstrumentals - Jay-Z - Meet The Parents (3:04)
18. Sickstrumentals - Nas - Street's Disciple (2:42)
19. Sickstrumentals - Cam'ron - Dip-Set Forever (3:29)
20. Sickstrumentals - 2 Pac - When We Ride On Our Enemies (2:40)
21. Sickstrumentals - G-Unit - Groupie Love (2:31)
22. Sickstrumentals - Jay-Z - Blueprint² (3:07)
23. Sickstrumentals - Game - Buddens (2:32)
24. Sickstrumentals - Cam'ron Feat. Jim Jones - The Dope Man (3:19)
25. Sickstrumentals - Juelz Santana - Mic Check (2:41)
26. Sickstrumentals - Die One Day (2:39)
27. Sickstrumentals - Jay-Z - Ignorant Shit (3:11)

CD 2

1. Sickstrumentals - Cassidy Feat. Jay-Z - I'm A Hustla (2:51)
2. Sickstrumentals - G-Unit Feat. Spider Loc - Controversy (Know Me) (2:04)
3. Sickstrumentals - T.I. Feat. B.G. - What They Do (2:43)
4. Sickstrumentals - Clinton Sparks Feat. Black Rob & P. Diddy - Knock 'Em Out (2:14)
5. Sickstrumentals - Mobb Deep (2:35)
6. Sickstrumentals - The Alchemist Feat. Mobb Deep - It's A Craze (2:49)
7. Sickstrumentals - 50 Cent - Ryder Music (2:40)
8. Sickstrumentals - 50 Cent - Position Of Power (2:26)
9. Sickstrumentals - 50 Cent - Just A Lil' Bit (2:49)
10. Sickstrumentals - 50 Cent - I Dont Need 'Em (2:33)
11. Sickstrumentals - Juelz Santana Feat. J.R. Writer - Play Time Is Over (1:42)
12. Sickstrumentals - HeatMakerz Feat. Juelz Santana & Jim Jones - Streets On Fire (2:56)
13. Sickstrumentals - Jay Z - Peoples Court (3:00)
14. Sickstrumentals - Game Feat. Floetry - Start From Scratch (2:46)
15. Sickstrumentals - 50 Cent - I'm Supposed To Die Tonight (2:3
16. Sickstrumentals - 50 Cent - This Is 50 (2:42)
17. Sickstrumentals - 50 Cent - What Up Gangsta (2:39)
18. Sickstrumentals - Ludacris Feat. Sleepy Brown - Blueberry Yum Yum (2:20)
19. Sickstrumentals - Game - Dreams (Produced By Kanye West) (2:53)
20. Sickstrumentals - The Diplomats Feat. Hell Rell - Wouldn't You Like To Be A Gangsta Too? (2:44)
21. Sickstrumentals - Ludacris - Number One Spot (3:07)
22. Sickstrumentals - Eminem - Rain Man (Produced By Dr. Dre) (2:49)
23. Sickstrumentals - G-Unit - G-Unit (2:24)
24. Sickstrumentals - Fat Joe - Fuck 50 (2:51)
25. Sickstrumentals - Kanye West Feat. Beanie Sigel & Freeway - Philly Niggas (2:41)
26. Sickstrumentals - Jim Jones - Certified Gangstas (2:55)
27. Sickstrumentals - Beanie Sigel Feat. Sadat X & Grand Puba - Bread And Butter (3:54)
28. Sickstrumentals - Jay-Z Feat. Too Short - A Week Ago (2:40)
29. 229 - Jim Jones - Cobra Freestyle (Bonus Track) (4:00)

Common - Be Instrumentals

9th Wonder - Gods Stepson Instrumentals

A Tribe Called Quest - The Love Movement Istrumentals

And if you need a jazz fix, might I recommend the Classical-Jazz-World over in the The Blogger's Lounge. Way way too many titles and artist to even begin to list. You won't be dissapointed in what you find.

In case you missed it, Nick B's Contribution that was in the comments box a few days ago.

And a few others that were floating around in the comments box upped by Hardie.

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - All Souled Out EP

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - The Main Ingredient

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca And The Soul Brother

Pete Rock - Soul Survivor Pt. 1

Pete Rock - Soul Survivor Pt. 2

Pete Rock - Surviving Elements

Pete Rock - Hip-Hop Underground

Pete Rock - Lost & Found

Pete Rock - Never Coming Out EP

To everybody, follow that example. If somebody requests something or needs a reup, we can't do it all. If you've got it, get up off your ass and share that shit! Put it in the comments box or email it to us and we'll put it up for everybody. It's that spirit and that spirit alone that's gonna keep this joint up and running. All we are is the conduit. Your contributions are what gives us something to give.

Remember, anytime you see a funny file extension (.stf, .exe. & etc) change them to .rar.

Another helpful tip....ctrl + F. It works wonders & let's you search for whatever you want on any page. Try it.

Respect due to dominicanluimi for all those FF links & everyone for their continued support!

Bookmark the url,, and spread the word.



Stray Shots

Jamiroquai - Dynamite (2005)

PW is cthug

Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown

Jimi Hendrix - The Ultimate Experience

PW is dookie

Madonna-Confessions_On_A_Dance_Floor-2005 Fixed

The_Roots-Home_Grown_The_Beginners_Guide_To_Unders tanding_The_Roots_Vol_1-2005

The_Roots-Home_Grown_The_Beginners_Guide_To_Unders tanding_The_Roots_Vol_2-2005

PW for the last three is uploaded-by-E-MARV

Stevie Wonder - Fulfillingness First Finale

Aretha Franklin - Aretha Sings the Blues @ 320

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

De La Soul - Remix, Rarities and Classics

TLC - Fanmail

J.Period Presents The Best of Lauryn Hill Vol. 2

Billy Joel - 2000 Years: The Millenium Concert Live

B.B. King - A Christmas Celebration Of Hope

Aaliyah - Age Ain't Nothing But A Number

Strictly Gunman Lyrics

01. StereoMars - Intro
02. Peter - Tosh-COming In Hot
03. Sizzla - Run Out Pon Dem
04. Vybz Cartel - Badda Dan Dem
05. Singer J - Buss Your Gun
06. Mad Cobra - Press Trigger
07. Super Cat - Ghetto Red Hot
08. General T.K - Original GUn Ark
09. Ninja Man - Shot A Talk
10. Mad Cobra - Dem Shot A Talk
11. Buju Banton - Man Fi Dead
12. Cutty Ranks - Press The Trigger
13. Terrie Ganzie - Yah Mi Born
14. Terror Fabulous - No Retreat No
15. Mad Cobra - Price Of GUn
16. BOunty Killer - Deadly Medley 2
17. Bounty Killer - Blood Bath
18. Bounty Killer - Ask Fi War
19. Bounty Killer - Miss Ivy Last Son
20. Bounty Killer & Pinchers - Benti
21. Bounty Killer - Fly Pass
22. BOunty Killer - Dead This TIme
23. Jigsy King - Judge De Book
24. Harry Toddler - Bare GUn
25. Bounty Killer - new Gun
26. Chuck Fenda - badman Talking
27. Bounty Killer - War Beyond The
28. Bounty Killer - Convince
29. Bounty Killer - Kill Or Be Killed
30. Jigsy King - Rudeboy Medley
31. Cutty Ranks - Gunman Lyrics
32. Mad Cobra - Think A Little Gun
33. Cutty Ranks - The Bomber
34. Mad Cobra - Haunted
35. Mad Cobra - Gundalero
36. Pinchers - Send Another One Come
37. Capleton - Murderation
38. Terrie Ganzir - Prepare Fi War
39. Mad Cobra - Whoa
40. Bounty Killer - Action Speak
louder Than Words
41. Bounty Killer - Not Another Word
42. Beenie Man - Mobster
43. Beenie Man - Wicked Man
44. Bounty Killer - Spy Fi Die
45. BOunty Killer - Kill Fi Fun
46. BOunty Killer - If A War
47. Ninja Man - Permit Fi Bury
48. Panhead - Gun Tune
49. Junior Cat - Would Ah Let You Go
50. Vybz Kartel - Buss Mi GUn
51. Ward 21 - Petrol
52. Spragga Benz - Good Day
53. Bounty Killer - See You No More
54. Terror Fabulous - See You No More
55. Terror Fabulous - Ole Dog
56. Terror Fabulous - No Back Answer
57. Spragga Benz - Who Next
58. Mad Cobra - Funeral Bill
59. Sizzla - RudeBoy Anthem
60. Terrie Ganzie - Mi Gun Talk
61. BOunty Killer - Lodge
62. Capleton - Murder Dem
63. Bounty Killer - Statement
64. Bounty Killer - Long Or Tall
65. Terror Fabulous - You Would A Bawl
66. Beenie Man - Dis The Man
67. Mad Cobra - Bad Boy
68. Shabba Ranks - Shine You Gun
69. Terrie Ganzie - Wanted Outlaw
70. Terrie Ganzie - Welcome The Outlaw
71. Bounty Killer - Copper Shot
72. Terry Fabulous - Gangster's Anthem
73. Junior Cat - Iron Gloves
74. Stereo Mars - Outro
75. Stereo Mars - Outro

Shoot To Kill-The Ultimate Gunman Collection-2005

PW is killa

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