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The weekend's here & we're out trying to get busy living.

But at the same time, we couldn't just leave you on a Friday with no added tunes.

So enjoy picking thru these & we'll be adding some more possibly as well. The comment box over there has been poppin with a lot of good shit too so don't sleep on it.

We promise you, we've got some real nice drops, features and words coming up so check back daily as always.

Here's some funk to get your weekend started off right.

More heat from the 5th Platoon Turntablists, this time in the form of DJ Daddy Dog.

Dally passed me this joint yesterday and off top, it was in the rotation.

Leaders Of The Old School [True Classic Schollars]



01. I Do Damage (Intro) - DJ Daddy Dog
02. Top Billin'(Daddy Dog Mix) - Audio Two
03. I Got It Made - Specail Ed
04. The Bridge - MC Shan
05. Eric B. Is President - Eric B. & Rakim
06. Funky For You - Nice & Smooth
07. Sucker MC's - Run DMC
08. The Original Human Beatbox - Dough E. Fresh
09. Nobody Beats The Biz - Biz Markie
10. Go Stetsa - Stetsasonic
11. So Whatcha Sayin' - EPMD
12. You Know I Got Soul (Daddy Dog Mix)- Eric B. & Rakim
13. Mona Lisa (Daddy Dog Mix)- Slick Rick
14. Peter Piper - Run DMC
15. Children's Story - Slick Rick
16. Party Groove - Showbiz & A.G.
17. Something For The Radio - Biz Markie
18. Juice Interlude - DJ Daddy Dog
19. Uptown Anthem - Naughty By Nature
20. Live At The BBQ - Main Source
21. JBeez Comin' Thru - Jungle Brothers
22. Caught Up - Chubb Rock
23. At Your Own Risk - King Tee
24. Rated XXX - Kool G. Rap
25. Soul Clap - Showbiz & A.G.
26. Poppa Large - Ultramagnetic M.C.'s
27. Saturday - De La Soul
28. Creator - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
29. Jinglin' Baby - LL Cool J
30. Raw - Big Daddy Kane
31. Do It My Way - Kid N Play
32. Warm It Up Kane - Big Daddy Kane
33. Know The Legde - Eric B. & Rakim
34. I'm Mad (Remix)- EPMD



DJ Daddy Dog(Of The Almighty 5th Platoon) - Leaders Of The Old School [True Classic Schollars] PW is dallypersonal



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Our Requests

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc


Stray Shots


Clipse - Exclusive Audio Footage

OC-Starchild

Kanye West - Freshmen Adjustment

VA-DJ_Juice-50_50_Blendz-RnB_64_Pt._2_Bonus_Disc-Bootleg-2006-

Jay-Z Unplugged

Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt

Atmosphere-best of headshots 1-6 (headshots se7en disk 2)

Cunninlynguists-A Piece of Strange

Cunninlynguists-A Piece of Strange Instrumentals

Cameo-Anthology (Two Discs)

The Time-What Time is It?

The Time-Ice Cream Castle

Little Brother-The Chittlin Circuit 1.5

Dr. Octagon-Dr. Octagonecologyst

Erick Sermon-No Pressure

VA-DJ_Trap-The_Real_Best_Of_Dipset_Vol_4-(Bootleg)-2006



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"I Let My Tape Rock Til My Tape Popped..."

































I stole this pic from somewhere because it was ill. Whoever you are, we thank you lol.



My guy 420Records hit me up with a request to share some fairly ill shit. Here's his intro...

Peep game. These are links to original songs that were sampled and turned
into mostly hip-hop instrumentals. There are some R&B songs in there but the
majority are hip-hop originals. You are going to have to scour this to find
what you are looking for, if anything, but guaranteed there are some gems in
here. This is a test post just to see if y'all like what I'm doing here so
please leave comments and let me know if you want more.


Please believe, he obviously put in a lot of work & some of you DJ's may hate it for taking out the dirty work...but me, I'm a lazy ass so I don't feel like searching so I'll be enjoying this very much.

Marinate with it & let it take full effect.

Props to 420Records.


A Page

B Page

C Page

D Page

E Page

F Page

G Page


Salute!

Gotty™



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Our Requests

Lil' Keke - It Was All A Dream

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc


Stray Shots

Digable Planets - Reachin' (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)

Sunset Park OST

Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections

Above the Law-Black Mafia Life

Soundgarden-Badmotorfinger

Gucci Mane-Trap House

M-Double-A-L album Mackalactick Musick

Young Gunz-Brothers From Another

Trick Daddy-Thug Matrimony

Gang Starr-The Ownerz

Z-Trip - Shifting Gears

Blackalicious - Nia

Billy Corgan - The Future Embrace

Tapemasters Inc Presents Eminem - Rebels of a Republican America

VA-DJ_Coolbreeze-Da_Official_(The_Ultimate_South_Mixtape)

VA-DJ_Coolbreeze-W.G.M._11.5_(Hosted_By_Turk_And_B.G.)-(Bootleg)-2006



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"The Trife Life Wearin Handcuffs Like Bracelets..."

"...25 to life we faced it"

























QB has always produced some of the grittiest rappers to ever come onto the music scene.

Out of all those that deserve to blow, we've featured Cormega's work.

But we haven't touched on Big Noyd.

Out of every crew of rappers, there's always a sense that they haven't or aren't living the lives they portray, but instead reppin the lives of their crew members who were the ones puttin in all the work.

I believe that sorta sums up Mobb Deep's relationship with Noyd, except Noyd is able to speak for himself & just happens to have the crime record as an added "real" bonus.

He shined on several tracks with Mobb and was featured on several albums consecutively. Whatever happened to his relationship with them, he never got the full chance he deserved but has remained pretty constant on his own.

Here's is EP which released in 1996 and was only recognized by those who were followed the work of Mobb Deep at the time.

Standout track include "Recognize & Realize", which tore up the mixtape circut, and the bouncy "All Pro" with a nice verse from Ty Nitty and Prodigy, back when he rapped with energy.


Big Noyd - Episodes of a Hustla



Every few months, I feel the need to post certain albums.

This is one of them.

























Mohanesburg (respect due!) shot me this and when I saw it, as always, I got amped and broke out my copy.

There's no describing it except to say a chick with a whiny but beautiful vocals over some the most well-placed samples and dark grooves. Gloomy, dark, but splendid. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite albums of all time, bar none.

Good music just crosses so many boundraries and this is prime example of why that's true. If you haven't listened yet, take the time to do it.

Portishead - Dummy


If you still need a reason to cop the new Ghost for $7, here's two...

1. "Shakey Dog" where Ghost tells one of the illest, most detailed stories about robbery since Scarface was in his heyday with the "Mr. Scarface" series.

2. "9 Milli Bros"...to hear the whole Wu smash a RZA track makes the $7 alot cheaper than the cost of concert ticket & they way they move, it might be one of the few opportunities we have to hear'em all again on one track.



Dear God...

Please hurry and let the Clipse drop something...

The Clipse - "Mr. Me Too"

...oh man. Eargasmic.


Salute!

Gotty™



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Our Requests

Lil' Keke - It Was All A Dream

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc


Stray Shots

Kurupt-Against tha Grain

Slum Village-Slum Village (2005)

Ying Yang Twins-United State of Atlanta

Slim Thug-Already Platinum

Portishead-Dummy

Mobb Deep-Juvenile Hell

MF Doom-Live From Planet X

Webbie-Savage Life

Talib Kweli-Right About Now

2Pac-Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

Damian Marley-Welcome to Jamrock

Tyrese-Tyrese

Outkast-Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

Prodigy- H.N.I.C.

Justus League - WJLR Radio Volume 1

Lil' Flip - I Need Mine [ADVANCE]

Jacki-O - Free Agent Mixtape

Guerilla Maab - Resurrected

Sly & Robbie - Live At Rokslide Festival 2004

Augustus Pablo - Live in Tokyo

Guru - Jazzmatazz Vol. 1

Guru - Jazzmatazz Vol. 2

Guru - Jazzmatazz Streetsoul



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"Do You Want More?"


















In Roots news...

"That's gonna be like our white label [underground single]," ?uest said of the track "In the Music." "That's our announcement calling. The most significant thing in that song is not the full return, but the resurrection of the once-invisible Malik B, a member of the Roots that has been missing for the past six years. We talked about his issue on the song 'Water' on Phrenology. That's pretty much the surprise of the record. Malik makes a wonderful return on the microphone on some cuts."

Why is this important?

1. Even without Malik, the Roots never stopped progressing. If he comes and falls back in stride, we'll have....

2. Triple OG Roots shit!!! Back to two MC's, the ill drummer plus the extras.

That's all you truly need to know.


But if you want more check out MTV's Mixtape Monday's for more stuff regarding T.I. & his New South tour ambitions, 3-6 Mafia using their Oscar to get in clubs & things of that nature.


Single Shots


A small roundup of various singles making the rounds...


Fonsworth Bentley - "Laid Back"

Bun B - "Pass The Mic" (Ft. The H-Town All Stars) Lil Flip, Chamillionaire, Trae, Chingo Bling, Short Dawg, Hawk, Magno & Mike D

Outkast, E40, And Goodie Mob - "Coupe Devilles"

Lil Boosie - "Had A Dream"

The Cataracs - "I'm In Luv With A Swisha"

E-40 Ft. Kanye West, The Game & Keak Da Sneak- "Tell Me When To Go (Remix)"

Mike Jones ft. Consequence- Get Robbed (Produced by Kanye)

Chamillionare - Ridin Dirty (Remix) feat Jae Millz & Papoose

Busta Rhymes - Psycho (Feat. Cassidy, Papoose)

Pimp_C_Ft_Bun-B_&_Paul_Wall-Hold_Up_(1st Single_off_Pimp's_Solo)

Playaz Circle ft. 8Ball & MJG- "Bitch Chill"

Kanye West, Paul Wall, GLC & T.I. - "Drive Slow" (Remix)

Joe Budden feat. Barnes - "B-More Shit"

Three 6 Mafia ft. DMX & Lil' Flip - Popping My Collar (Remix)

Kanye West feat Twista & Keyshia Cole - "Impossible" (Mission Impossible Theme Song)



Single Shots

Totally irrelevant but I upped this Ne-Yo album for a homie and I figured I'd pass it around before the link went dead from inactivity.

Ne-Yo - In My Mind

"Everybody Got They Cups But They Ain't Pitched In..."


























Retro back in this piece. In memorance of this past weekend full of liquor, I'm putting down a party post. Now, if you've had any type of experience with alcohol, you know what these Dixie cups mean. Every cookout, every house party, every time you cracked that bottle open as a young'n, people brought their motherfucking cups out like welfare checks. Ninja style. The universal symbol for some drunk times. Whether it was lean, gin and juice, or just beer from the keg, the Dixie cups made for a good time.

Out by my way, when people bumped certain joints on the cd changer/turntables, folks whipped out their cups, blunts, bongs, tabs and proceeded to get FADED.

I suppose I have somewhat of a West Coast bias, but these particular joints still get me hyped to get fucked up and wild out on some ignorant shit.

Snoop - Gin & Juice

Hence the coined title, "Everybody got they cups but they aint chipped in..." I would put stacks up that anytime people heard that song, someone would ALWAYS catch a moment of clarity like, "Yeah mufucka, you aint donate shit but that mufucking Dixie cup in your hand!" Serious comedy if you the casual observer in this situation. Mad folks got they're cards pulled cuz of Snoop.




Luniz - I Got 5 On It

Bay area classic, hands down. If you came late to a blunt session, your ass got passed up and written off. No freebies amongst our crew for the continual leechers. Either put in, or get put the fuck up out the house. Food stamps, bus tokens, whatever. Just put in and you're straight for at least a few puffs worth of that cheeba.






Three 6 Mafia - Sippin On Some Syrup

This here is a more recent, sentimental favorite of mine. Both Gotty™ and I always recite, "Take that monkey shit off, you embarassing us," a la Pimp C, anytime we see folks not repping it right. Texas twang and all. When this blew in 99-2000, that was the first sign the Dirty was fixin to come up in a big way. Had mofos out in LA sippin on Nyquil and Robutussin acting a fool. Yeah the song was about cough syrup. Just not that kind. I'm talkin about that Barre/Prometh with some Codeine. Get right with the crushed ice, Sprite, and you good for the night. Hell, even a portion of the next day. Shoutout to H-Town while I'm at it, I know he's up on that lean.


Bone Thugs & Harmony - First of the Month

This right here doesn't need an introduction. It aint really about weed, but anytime my peoples around the way had problems, they always turned to Mary Jane. A little bit of comfort in each toke. First of the month, you get those unemployment checks, spend it on rent, food, diapers, and a little of that dro. Growing up in and around LA, this was the standard, when we fell on hard times. There wasn't any fucking therapy if you were an 80's baby. Our therapy was partying, smoking, drinking, and fuckin our worries away.


Bone Afroman - Because I Got High

No need for words here. Afro is a fucking fool.


Be easy everyone. I'm off to the corner store for some zay and yak.

Outty 5000,

Retro Inspired




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Our Requests

Lil' Keke - It Was All A Dream

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc


Stray Shots

Nice & Smooth - Ain't A Damn Thing Changed

Mitch Hedberg - Strategic Grill Locations (1999)

Mitch Hedberg - Mitch All Together (2003)

Lil Keke - It Was All A Dream

Kool Keith and Tomc3 - Project Polaroid

Eazy E - Eazy Duz It

Biggie - Duets

Elzhi - Witness My Growth (Take 2)

Herm - Tryin' to Survive in the Ghetto

Dj Rhetmatic of Beat Junkies - The Wedding Mixer

Prince Paul - Confessions Of A Beat Junkie

Declaime - Ill Mind Music

DITC - Worldwide Instrumental



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"Penny For Your Thoughts..."



















We've recently tried to intiate ways for vistors to take a more active role in sharing their opinions and views on music by creating a
Myspace group as well as a Last.FM group.

In a recent discussion, in the Last.Fm Forum, we began a discussion of The King and an interesting side argument popped off about artists "selling out" in order to appeal to a broader fanbase or at least fans outside of their original fan base, another visitor and myself had the following discussion with varying points of contention.

The statement...


"It's pretty much a sell out in my eyes, no quality joints pop off anymore. Thats why I still and will always think no commercial is gonna be hotter than some production team swaying your views on whats going to sell...Its all about the heads that can relate to your music, not about how many club hits you can get."

The response...


"We, as listeners, create a "tension of opposites" for artists. one side is yelling 'show growth', while the other 'stay the same'...so which should they do?

Then you have labels that say "sex & violence sells" while an artist's heart might say "it's deeper than that".

Lastly, your lifestyle changes. Instead of getting escorted to the precinct by cops, you're getting police escorts and givin out autographs to'em.

So what should they do?
"


It's an argument that will remain in place for fans and artists as long as hip-hop stays in it's position of prominence.

Let's face it, the majority of us hip-hop heads love to hear Fab do that mixtape shit. While Loso's Way, Rise To Power> wasn't his best mixtape, it was some of the best work Fab has done in years, only because he reverted back to what made him hot - punchlines and talkin' shit.

But on his albums, fans of this side of the guy are always left wanting more and asking "when is Fab gonna put out an album that lives up to the shit we know he can spit about the streets?"

As someone pointed out to me recently, Fab and Clue have figured out one thing.

Those radio friendly jingles like "Baby" and "Can't Let You Go" are what sell, because they appeal to women and women are the ones who buy albums.

Big & Puff created this blueprint but kept it balanced, while cats today sometimes get it out of whack.

Personally, I feel like T.I. tried too hard to aim at the "female/partygoer" demographic for my tastes. I want to hear him speak of the "trap muzik" that makes me feel like money is taking me back a few years ago when spending the night scrambling and breaking day in some seedy location was the only way of life. Same thing with Felony Fab when we desire to hear him speak of coke by the boatloads and brags how his earrings light up clubs.

But F-A-B-O knows what sells & Styles said it best, "Bitches buy records but aggins do what bitches do..."

And it's the reason why he sells platinum, while someone like Saigon, who rhymes with mixtape swagger and Killer Mike or Ras Kass whose subject matter is not as easily digestable doesn't.

In one breath, we complain and read album reviews in magazines critcizing artists for not improving on their flow or changing up their subject matter to something outside of money, hoes and clothes.

In the next breath, we point and laugh at artists like Com, Andre 3000 and Nas who take a risk my showcasing the changes in their mentality. We throw stones at them for not doing what's real, while all the while, they're are doing what's real. But they are doing what's real...that being what's real to them.

Tension of opposites I'm teling you.


Here's the illest Nike commercial not to make it US markets.

Vince got moves son & you know we in support of it since Joe Budden is on the audio.




Play it above or click the link below...


Nike VC Commercial







Fishscale releases on Tuesday with most major retailers having it listed at a price under $7. So go show your support if you're feeling that.



Salute!

Gotty™



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Our Requests

Lil' Keke - It Was All A Dream

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc



Stray Shots

Do or Die-Get that Paper

T.I. - King

Spank Rock- Yoyoyoyoyo

Al Green-Take Me to the River (Two Discs)

2Pac-2Pacalypse Now

DJ Quik-Trauma

The Jerky Boys

Dilated Peoples-20/20

Murs-3:16 the 9th Edition

Biz Markie-The Biz Never Sleeps

The Temptations-The Ultimate Collection

B-Legit-Block Movement

The Dayton Family-F.B.I.

Dane Cook - 2003 - Harmful If Swallowed

Dane Cook - 2005 - Retaliation (Two Discs)

Premier - Unreleased Beats Vol.3

Jay Dee - Welcome to Detroit

Soul Beats Vol. 3

J-Zone - Instrumental Vol. 4

Hi-Tek - Beats And Grooves

Dave Chappelle - For What It's Worth

Nas - Stillmatic Instrumental

Rawkus Records Presents Soundbombing 3

Biggie - Ready To Die

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"Dusted"



















It's hard to put a finger on this man's appeal to me.

I wanted to review his self-titled album a while back but never really got around to it & now his new joint has dropped so it's proper time to give him some shine so you'll check for him.

Van Hunt's voice sounds like a slightly deeper, more toned version of Prince sans the exotic behaviors. As well, he's able to portray sensuality with his voice & lyrics, but never sounding too "neo-soul" to me because I generally don't like that shit. Alot of artists who are pigeon-holed in that category rely on the screams, wails and the idea of being "in touch with their emotions" to sell them. You don't really get that from son as it feels more like he's singing about life & love from experience.

Both are these consist of acoustic tracks (woohoo...I love it!) Standout tracks from these two selections - "Dust", "Down Here In Hell" and "Precious".

Give them a listen and be sure to check for his other work we've previously posted (FYI - I prefer his previous work to his new one but perhaps it'll grow on me)...

Van Hunt

The Napster Sessions


1. Dust
2. Down Here In Hell
3. Seconds Of Pleasure
4. Simply Beatuiful


Van Hunt - The Napster Sessions


Acoustic EP


1. Hidden Charms
2. Seconds Of Pleasure
3. Precious


Van Hunt - Acoustic EP






















Fat Joe

Love Hate

To be one of the least recognized cats in the game, Joe Crack always seems to evoke either one of these two emotions from listeners...passionately.

I'm a fan of the dude personally but I won't gush over him because I think I'm respectful of the history behind him and the image - the street thuggery (dig deep and check Crack's track record), the graff artist, the shoe enthusiast.

Lyrically, again...love hate.

Even if you knock him, there's something about the "let me bare my soul for you" drive behind this series of songs, first to last, that has to make you respect him for doing all he's done in the game. And each one is accompanied with some of the best beats around...the tremendous swells of the second one, the ill piano supplied by Premo on part one, and deep haunting basslines of part three.

And always, revealing each go-round...

"I'm sick and tired of stressin, every days a different lesson
I'm free-fallin tryna leave this deep depression
My son Joey still slow, my moms got cancer in her throat
My big brother sniffin dope

Lemme know how many motherfucker wanna be just like me
Screamed at and treated like shit by your wifey
This hot bitch be sweatin the coke cash
My baby mother think I grow dough out my ass
It's like, how much fight I got left in me?
Niggaz won't be happy till they bring the fuckin death of me
But you never see Joe look weak or flow off beat
and Charlie sees the board in four more weeks
"

"Still Real (Shit Is Real Part Two)"


Fat Joe - "Shit Is Real"

Fat Joe - "Still Real (Shit Is Real Part Two)"

Fat Joe - "Shit Is Real Part Three"



Salute!

Gotty™



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Our Requests

Lil' Keke - It Was All A Dream

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc

Lil' Keke - It Was All A Dream


Stray Shots

Scarface - My Homies, Part Two (TWO DISCS)

Darryl Hall & John Oates - Rock & Soul Part 1 Greatest Hits

Matisyahu - Youth

3XKrazy - Stackin' Chips

Jay-Z - Grey Album

Kool Keith - Sex Style

Do Or Die - Get That Paper (2006)

Game-G.A.M.E [Retail][2006]

Little Brother - The Commercial Free EP - 2006 [Retail]

Lyfe Jennings-Lyfe 268-192-(Special Edition)

DNA featuring Chopper - The Re-Up

DJ Jazzy Jeff - Hip Hop Forever Volume II

Chi-Ali - The Fabulous Chi-Ali

Sadat X - Experience & Education

Jean Grae - This Week

Mobb Deep - Hell on Earth

Bobby Brown - The Definitive Collection

Pink - I'm Not Dead [Retail][2006]

Warren G-Return of the Regulator

Xzibit-At the Speed of Life

The Best of Sade

Too $hort-Short Dog's in the House

The Time - The Time

The Color Changin Click-Homer Pimpson

Parliament-Tear the Roof Off (1974-1980)(Two Discs)

Totally Insane-Backstreet Life

The Coup-Genocide & Juice

The Black Eyed Peas-Behind the Front

The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness

KO47 - Big Beat Tracks

Charlie Murphy - Live in Atlanta, GA [2006]



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Props to DENEIRE, Mohanesburg & Rely for their contributions today and everyday
















Stray Shots

Van Hunt - On the Jungle Floor

Mark Farina - Mushroom Jazz Volume 4

Freestyle Fellowship - Innercity Griots

Dj Screw - Autopsy

Peven Everett - Studio Confessions

Wale Oyejide - One Day Everything Changed

Big Daddy Kane - Long Live the Kane

Beady Belle - Closer

OC - Word Life

NWA - Straight Outta Compton

Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

Eazy-E - Eazy Duz It

BDP - Criminal Minded

PA - Straight No Chase

Various Artists - Suave House Compilation

DJ Screw- 3 In Tha Mornin Part Two

The Click-Game Related

Soul II Soul-Club Classics Vol.1 (10th Anniversary Edition)

The Nonce-World Ultimate

David "Fathead" Newman - I Remember Brother Ray

Al Green - I'm Still In Love With You

Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love

Ray Parker Jr. - Best Of Ray Parker Jr.

Karyn White - Sweet & Sensual: Best Of Karyn White




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GANGSTA GRIZZIIIILLLLLZZZZZ!!!!!
























Mixtape Wedsnday for readers of TSS. RETRO checking back in.

Now, I've personally been bumping mixtapes since the mid 90's. Mind you, it was damn near impossible to find some quality tapes back then out here in LA. I'd be lucky to get a shitty six month old mixtape in the bargain bin at my local record shop. But now, the fucking market is saturated with them. The new age mixtape Dj's came in droves. No more Clue and Slay. There's at least 50 known Dj's in NY alone trying to make a name for themselves.

Now, I'm not knocking their hustle, cuz in a sense, Gotty™ and I share many similarities to those Dj's in question. We're trying to make a name for TSS
, we stay current on hits and releases, but bring back the old school occasionally, and we have a fan base that checks for us on a regular basis. Problem is, too many mixtapes these days are put out too quickly. Quantity, without quality. Bullshit fillers from people we never heard of, and prolly don't even want to hear. Gotta let some of the up and comers shine, but good Lord, some of the filler tracks are getting ridiculous. Sounding like it was recorded on a Tyco microphone to a midi instrumental. The fuck outta here with that shit.

That's where one of my recent favorites comes in. DJ DRAMA has been KILLING the game right now. I'll be surprised if he doesn't win Dj of the year. Yeah yeah, I know he's down with Grand Hustle and TI, and that may contribute to his success and fame. But this dude stays consistent and on his grind. To my knowledge, there hasn't been one shitty tape he's dropped yet. And before you right him off as some "Southern" mixtape Dj, keep in mind he's done joints with Saigon, Busta, and Trick Trick just to name a few.

One of my favorites gotta be "Down With The King." If this wasn't one of the most lopsided verbal victories in down south history, then I'm definitely missing something. TI seriously takes Flip to the woodshed for a good beating. Not to mention Face, Hump, and 3rd all coming in personally to throw dirt on the grave of the Leprechaun. All you Flip fans gotta agree, your boy got got. Real real real bad.


























DJ DRAMA, TI, & P$C - Down With The King
Part 1
Part 2



Drama also breaks artists on the comeup. Da Snowman, aka Young Jeezy, aka BMF affiliate. Trap Or Die comes a very close second to TI for the best tape he dropped. Yeah it might be his second tape with Drama, but this is where he really blew, pause. Before Boyz N Da Hood, before the joint with Fabolous, before the high profile Def Jam budget for "Thug Motivation," there was this. And got damn if it wasn't hot. Part of Jeezy's appeal is that he knows what the fuck he's talking about. Some of his verses you couldn't understand unless you were connected to the streets in one way or the other. So D-boys bumped this hard ridin dirty in their slabs. And i can't blame them.



























DJ Drama & Young Jeezy - Trap Or Die


It this doesn't convince you that Drama is about his business and still hungry even after signing a major label deal, well, we got some gems more gems for you.

DJ Drama & David Banner - The Hustlers Guide To The Game

DJ Drama & P.Diddy - Gangsta Grillz XII

DJ Drama & Lil Webbie - Gangsta Grillz XIV

DJ Drama & T.I. - The Leak

DJ Drama & Project Pat - Gangsta Grillz XV

DJ Drama & Young Jeezy - Streets Is Watching

The Aphilliates & Lil Scrappy - Full Metal Jacket

DJ Drama & Slim Thug - Boss Basics

DJ Drama - Legend Series 1(Hosted By Bun B ) Chopped By Swisha House

DJ Drama And Aphilliates Presents Got That Purp 2005

DJ Drama & Boyz N Da Hood - Straight Outta A-Town

DJ Drama & T.I.-Gangsta Grillz 8 Meets In The Streets 4

DJ Drama & Trick Trick - Welcome To Detriot

DJ Drama & Young Buck - Case Dismissed

DJ Drama & Saigon - Welcome To Saigon

DJ Drama & Young Jeezy - Can't Ban The Snowman

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Outty 5000...


RETRO



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Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc

Lil' Keke - It Was All A Dream






"Since you become a paid cat T.I. you been so layed back..."

"I wonder where lil' bad ass Tip from back in the day at"


Intial repeatable track/early prognosis

"Live In The Sky"


Jamie Foxx's, not my favorite by far, subtle ad-libbing & crooning

+

Somber piano and dark bassline

+

T.I.'s ability to tell his war stories & report from the streets better than anybody else on his level right now....

"My cousin Toot ain’t have to die
Right in front of his son, and his wife
He lost his life struggling over a gun
Give a damn what he done, that’s my muhfuckin folk
And I love dat nigga to death, no motherfuckin joke
I can feel my eyes fillin, the Lord as my witness
If I catch him, I'mma kill him, I made it my business
Back in da day, ya stayed in my business
Taught me I ain’t have to incorporate yay in my business
Coincidentally, that’s why today you’re not wit me
My cousin died over some yay and I miss him
Plus he had his family out, let’s say she da eyewitness
But her boyfriend did da shootin, judge gave her life sentence
I heard dat, now I’m dressed up in all black
Shot up da whole apartments, but he still ain’t brought back
Da best friend I had, and Jamel, I lost dat
Guess ya death was a lesson in life, it taught me dat
"

"Tell Me What You Know About Me..."


















"W.E.B.B.I.E A.K.A. Trill E.N.T.
Young S.A.V.A.G.E nigga
In the streets that where I be thats where I'm at cuz
Thats where I was way before the fuckin' rap cuz
Tryin' law cap get yo ass capped cuz
Or in the muthafuckin' trunk behind the speakaz
I pack gatz like them old school beepaz
Bitch you got that work but you workin' them people
Yeah
Talkin' shit like a hoe about me huh
So like a man I'ma murk you when I see ya
Catch yo bitch on that cell phone shoot up up her Nokia
You ain' stupid you got ears bitch you know I'm forreal
Get that chainsaw and let you feel that pain that I feel
Slice yo ass all the way down from yo brain to yo ear
"

"G-Shit"



One of the illest young aggins in the game right now. The first time I heard Webbie, I actually thought it was B.G. (For a comparison, check him on "Stop Hating" from the mixtape below). Close similarities in voice & subject matter but minus the dog food habit.

No more.

The first time I dropped one of their cds in the whip...it got stuck for over four or five months.

Don't sleep on Boosie either. Together that offset each other rather well.

Shotgun Selections...

"All Of Us"
"Show Ya Tatoos"
"How You Ridin"
"My Aggin Then"
"My Life Is Lovely"
"Laid Way Back"
"G-Shit"



Lil Boosie & Lil Webbie - Trill Azz Mixtapes Vol. 1

Lil Webbie - The Savage Mixtape

Lil Boosie - Bad Azz Mixtape


Part 1

Part 2


Support

Alot of variety out there maintained by some dedicated folks and we're happy to help pass the good word.


The Gospel Fill-Up - For your gospel music fix.

The Throwbacks - Dedicated to R&B music of the 80's and 90's.

TheIllest - One of the little homies doing his thing.


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Our Requests

• Anyone have any DJ SHI'ITE Mixtapes? If so, give us a holler on the email. It's been on the want list for a while. Anyone able to hook us up, it would be greatly appreciated.

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Bill Cosby - Hello Friends,To Ennis with Love

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc

Lil' Keke - It Was All A Dream



Stray Shots


VA-OG_Ron_C_Presents-Fuck_Action_44-2006

Barry White-All Time Greatest Hits

RBX-The RBX Files

Too $hort-Shorty the Pimp

Trick Trick-The People vs. Trick Trick

Crucial Conflict-The Final Tic

GZA - Words From the Genius

Gregory D - The Real Deal

Esthero - Wikked Lil Grrrls

DJ Shadow - Funky Skunk

Hezekiah Walker - Live in Atlanta at Morehouse College

Kirk Franklin & The Family - Kirk Franklin & The Family

Jason's Lyric OST

Aaron Hall - The Truth

Karyn White - Karyn White




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Heavy Soul, Lite Syrup....

















“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.” Coretta Scott King



A month or so ago, I was going to make a post, clowning & speaking on females, exploits and all the testerone induced music that matches such thoughts.

Then Dally checked me by saying something as simple as "Sorry but I won't take part in that one. I have a wife and a daughter."

Needless to say, he made me think before putting those words out there but I still wanted to do something directed at women....however I decided to spin it positively.

I've spoken my piece about previous relationships & encounters before and I'm not shy about discussing any of it. It's those things, good & bad, that make me the charismatic mofo I am today lol.

Let me show respect where it's due, in musical form.


I'd like to give you something...we'll call it "Heavy Soul, Lite Syrup"

See, at age eighteen, my homie Shawn dropped a gem on me that I've stuck with ever since.

He was like "son you still hittin them hoes & runnin. I'm laying up with these broads, eating breakfeast the next day."

Now, Shawn was as street as they came and I put that on everything I love.

So to hear him say that, it put things into an interesting perspective for my impressionable young mind.

Some people of the opposite sex are straight that...sex. Beat, skeet, bounce.

There are some though, they hold a special spot & you should treat'em that way, inside and outside of the bedroom.

This is one for the ones with whom you need to show your sensual side.

It's not a not a "knock boots" soundtrack.

At the same time, it's not a sappy "ooh baby I love you" that'll make a chick wanna hurry up, get dressed and get the fuck up out because you on some sucker for love shit.

It's more of a mid-tempo, balanced, straightforward compilation of what I think are the "best love songs of all time to cut to without sounding neither too afront & rugged nor too soft".

Yeah...

In no particular order...no further adieu...

Silk - Lose Control
George Duke - No Rhyme, No Reason
112 - Funny Feelings
Chico DeBarge - Love Still Good
Ginuwine - Wait A Minute
Jagged Edge - Healing
Jodeci - You And I
Maxwell - Suitelady (The Proposal Jam)
Lauryn Hill - Nothing Even Matters
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Outside Your Door
Miles Davis - Blue In Green
Missy Elliot feat. Ginuwine - Take Away
Playa - Cheers To You
R. Kelly - Company Meets The Lonely
Tank - Slowly
Marvin Gaye - I Want You
The Isley Brothers - I'll Always Come Back To You


Heavy Soul, Lite Syrup

Disclaimer - We, TSS, are not responsible for any babies created because of this mix.

Some random shots still on the subject...

Is it possible to use the word "bitch" and put a positive spin on it?

Only if you're good with yours and spawn food for thought like these two.

Jeru The Damaja - "Da Bitchez"

Jay-z - "Bitches & Sisters"


I stumbled upon these two last night & I loved them immediately. The husband and wife team of Kindred Family Soul doing two beautiful songs showing the true dymanics of love, relationship and marriage.

"Woman First"

"Let It Go"

And somebody close hit me off with this track & gave my day a special shine even on a cloudy day in the city. Some people just have that uncanny ability to reach out your hand & end up touching your heart & mind in the process.

Hall & Oates - "Sara Smile"


We didn't forget you usual dose of hip-hop; look below.

Little Brother's Gangsta Grillz dropped & I know some cats are beasting for that. T.I.'s out but it's only a webrip so I'm passing on that for at least another day or so til I can't take it anymore lol.

Don't trip. We about to get back on our grizzly with this rap shit. For now though, enjoy.


Salute!

Gotty™



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Our Requests

• Anyone have any DJ SHI'ITE Mixtapes? If so, give us a holler on the email. It's been on the want list for a while. Anyone able to hook us up, it would be greatly appreciated.

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc

Lil' Keke - It Was All A Dream



Stray Shots


DJ Drama & Little Brother-Separate But Equal

Black Moon - Enta Da Stage

Black Moon - Diggin In Da Vaultz

Gnarls Barkley - Advance Promo

Papoose - A Threat And A Promise

Various Artists-Lyricist Lounge Vol.1 (Two Discs)

A G 2 A Ke-Mil Ticket

Royce Da 5'9"- MiC Mixtape

Mo Thugs-Family Scriptures

Atlantic Starr-Ultimate Collection

Zapp & Roger-All Time Greatest Hits

Marshall Jefferson-Move Your Body:The Evolution of Chicago House (Two Discs)

Top Authority-Somethin to Blaze To

The Regime-Thugg Lordz

X-Raided-Psycho Active

Mack 10-The Recipe

DJ Muggs vs. The Gza/Genius - Grandmasters

Magnificent and Mike Jones - 1st Round Draft Picks

ATOP - The Torture Papers

Yesterdays New Quintet - Stevie

The Brothers Johnson - Best Of The Brothers Johnson

Alicia Keys - Remixed & Unplugged In A Minor (Import)

DJ Keyz Presents Alicia Keys - The Ultimate Collection Vol. 2



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A skinny Kay Slay to the far right...well worth showing.


...with jazz came years ago.

I was sixteen & the dude who put me on was a junior at a prominent liberal arts college.

Honestly, I was just around because those liberal arts, head in the clouds dudes had the natural material to get anybody's head into the clouds lol. Piffery in it's finest form.

I digress.

One of the first vinyls I remember dude cueing up was a John Coltrane album and he proceeded to tell me that John's wife, Alice, was accompanying him on piano.

From there, I was officially hooked on jazz.

I can't always tell you who's playing what or the chord they're playing because I have no formal musical training. Barely ever touched an instrument.

But I've managed to learn a little bit more, year after year and with each listening.

Fast forward to now...

It's still hard for me to point out the intricacies contained in some jazz music upon intial listening. So, I have to listen to it several times.

I just know it's abstract art & it is appreciable because it takes my mind somewhere.

Such is this case with this album and I was burning to share my joy with you.

I was torn between getting it up & at you all asap because after one listen, I was in the zone & wanted to share it.

But to circumevent the whole reviewing process, I'll let you just read what the homie Chari had to say.

And then let you enjoy the album courtesy of their crew.

Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidananda




Next up, I get alot of random contributions. Some I enjoy; some I don't. But I try to listen to them all.

This joint, I liked.

Smooth & seamless blending.

It's got a good riding in the car after work vibe or maybe a slice of life catering to grown folks grooving somewhere exotic on vacation, like Stella gettin her groove back.

Either way, I liked it.

DJ Bounce - Good Shit (2004)

Check for more of Bounce at Myspace where he'll be premiering Warrior.fm, his new radio show. Also, there's another mix of his & tracklistings below.



In the same vein of understandble smooth shit, you'll find the complete collection of the Hidden Beach Recordings below. It's a mix of jazzed out versions of hip-hop tracks. While I prefer it when go-go artist do shit like this, it's bound to be a treat to some of you who enjoy this subgenre of sorts so I'm glad to share.

Hidden Beach Recordings Presents Unwrapped Volume 1

Hidden Beach Recordings Presents Unwrapped Volume 2

Hidden Beach Recordings Presents Unwrapped Volume 3

Hidden Beach Recordings Presents Unwrapped Volume 4



And I couldn't leave you without some type of hip-hop...but truly Vakill is all I'm listening to and I'm stuck on it.

So in a roundabout way, here's some art and here's the connection to hip-hop.

Hidden Beach is a label co-owned by Michael Jordan

Damn near every hip-hop artists can trace some of his swagger back to Jordan's days as a Chicago Bull.

And the recent commercial he's got out for his latest shoe is remarkable, casting kids trying their best to be like Mike.

To tie it all together, here's a synched up version of the commercial and the actual moves mimmicked.





There.

But if that ain't enough, rewind and catchup on my dude 40 Cal. Son is prolly one of the most entertaining but slept on member of the Dips. He isn't charismatic as Cam. He don't talk slick as much as Jimmy. And he's not as entertaining as Juelz.

He's a bit more of each of those aforementioned dudes.

Yeah...I said it. Sue me. Feel free to disagree.

40 Cal - 40 Calories Mixtape

40 Cal - Open Your Eyes Mixtape

Change to rar.

As usual, the smorgasbord is below.

There should be something for everyone so be sure to tell a friend who got this blog shit on lock. We're expanding our horizons for the moment while hip-hop is slow, as you should as well.


Salute!

Gotty™


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Our Requests

• Anyone have any DJ SHI'ITE Mixtapes? If so, give us a holler on the email. It's been on the want list for a while. Anyone able to hook us up, it would be greatly appreciated.

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Bill Cosby - Hello Friends,To Ennis with Love

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc

Lil' Keke - It Was All A Dream


Stray Shots



VA-DJ_Kay_Slay-Down_With_The_King_Part_4(The Final Chapter)-(Bootleg)-2006

Tha Alkaholiks - Likwidation

Rap Essentials - The Rebirth

Mountain Brothers - Self: Volume I

Luniz - Operation Stackola

TRU - Understanding the Criminal Mind

Messy Marv - Messcalen Pt. 2: Scrapas, Stunnas & White Tees

Bizzy Bone-Heaven'z Movie

E-40 - The Element of Surprise (Two Discs)

UGK - Trill Azz Mixes

Krayzie Bone - Gemini:Good vs. Evil

D12 - Devil's Night

Tommy Wright III-Genesis:Greatest Underground Hits (Two Discs)

Warren G - I Want it All

Do or Die-Headz or Tailz

E.C. Illa-Illa LP

Z-Ro-Look What You Did to Me

Whodini-The Jive Collection Series Vol.1

Various Artists-The Wicked Streets of Chi: The Classics

Eminem-Infinite

MC Breed-The Best of Breed

Esham-Judgment Day Vol.1

Esham-Judgment Day Vol.2

Spice 1 & MC Eiht-Keep it Gangsta

The Last Dragon Soundtrack

Krush Groove Soundtrack

Set It Off Soundtrack

DJ FSNS - 9th Wonder Samples

Dj_Drama_Project_Pat-Gangsta Grillz 15

DJ Whoo Kid & Mase - G-Unit Radio Pt. 16

Juicy J-Chronicles of the Juice Man

Dave Chappelle - Killin Them Softly

Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water


David Axelrod Abridged Discography


Songs Of Innocence

Songs Of Experience

Victim Of The Joke



White Stripes Discography

The White Stripes

De Stijl

White Blood Cells

Elephant

Get Behind Me Satan



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"Magno goes hard!"

That's all I know.

I am aware I just spoke about him a few posts ago....so what lol. I try to make it a habit of only speaking on the stuff that really moves me.

When I like an artist, I'm pushin for him to blow...so I can be like "yeah yeah, I told you man!"

Now, obviously, Houston's music ain't for everybody.

Half of them, I doubt I could stomach a whole album.

But if I had to co-sign for one dude who I enjoy listening to from that part of the map, it'd be Magnificent easily.

I've been rotating singles and shit off of mixtapes of his off and on since H-Town put me on to his music.

Now, he's got a ways to go to be considered as having universal appeal, real talk. But he's signed with DJ Clue's Desert Storm imprint so he should become well-rounded by the time they bring him.

But for feel good, straight up rappin...Mag sounds like your homie you grew up with so you listen because you know him, you know the stories he's talkin about and you ride around listening simply based off love.

Dookie shot me this joint and it's pretty solid.

Some quality beat-jackin with Magno's usual humor spit with his Down South accent. Some definite rewindable lines.

Notables...

"Magno" with Killa Kyle

"It's Magnificent" over a freaked version of the "PSA" beat.

"We Gonna Shine" with Charlie Boy (a staple on the hooks apparently...sounds like Nate Dogg on lean to me lol).

The "Uncle Leroy" skits with son talkin about eighths, prostitutes and a old ass dude trying to spit slang "knowhatimtalkinbout..."

"Advantage Magno"...good natural, braggin rights freestyle with funny references to old time spirituals, Monica Lewinsky & Judge Hatchett


Give it a listen...

Magnificent - Magno Mixes Vol. 1


And while we on some South shit, this track goes hard.

Lil Keke, Bun-B, Pimp C & Paul Wall - "Chuck Up The Duece"


Watching tonite's episode of The Sopranos reminded me that I don't wanna die alone, regretful.

Instead, I wanna be surrounded...ah fuck it, Nas said it better.

Nas - "Live Now"

I think Nas' making that track is one of the reasons why I've stayed loyal to the man as a fan...his growth and the ability to be even to envision life past the present & the usual emcee fodder of cars, clothes, hoes & rented jewelry for videos.

Oh yeah....two new T.I. tracks dropped produced by Just Blaze....oh so serious. Go holler @ Dingle over @ Am I High?? to hear'em.



Enough for today.

Quite a bit of jewels below so be sure to take note. Some might not be standard listening for some of us, but still give'em a try. Don't like it, delete it. If you like it, put the next man on.


Salute!

Gotty™


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Our Requests

• Anyone have any DJ SHI'ITE Mixtapes? If so, give us a holler on the email. It's been on the want list for a while. Anyone able to hook us up, it would be greatly appreciated.

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Bill Cosby - Hello Friends,To Ennis with Love

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc



Stray Shots



The Beatnuts - Street Level

Consequence - A Tribe Called Quence

Consequence - Take'em To The Cleaners

Animal Pharm - Pharmaceuticals

Midnight Star - The Anniversary Collection [192kbps]

MF Doom - As Viktor Vaughn Vaudeville V

Bob James - Urban Flamingo

X- Clan - Xodus

DJ Premier - Crooklyn Cuts

DJ Daybreak - Let's Go Back (80's MIX)(2003)

DJ Daybreak - Body Moves (80's Mix)(2006)

Ice Cube - Amerikkka's Most Wanted

Stetsasonic - In Full Gear

MC Eiht featuring CMW - We Come Strapped

Frank McComb - The Truth

Vivian Green - A Love Story (2002)

Vivian Green - Vivian (2005)

Alicia Keys - Unplugged

Barry White - Greatest Hits

Michael Jackson - The Ultimate Collection (4 Discs)

Motown Chartbusters Volume 1 - 12

Jurassic 5 - Jurassic 5 EP

Grouch & Eligh - G&E Music Vol I & II

Channel Live - Station Identification



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I've Learned That It's The Voice....

...that makes me like/dislike artists.

R&B...I want a smooth, silky voice because I'm envisioning rappin with a broad & trying to cut something. Not too syrupy, not too whiny...but a balanced tenor with the ability to hit a few highs.

But for rap, I want to hear a "man" rap, not some whiny voiced cat squeaking & squalling about some gibberish.

Example - J.R. Writer

No matter how much I like the punchlines he blesses us with on Writer's Block Three, dude won't get replay with me because his voice sounds like a seventh grader. I'm praying son's balls drop before his album comes out.

I need to hear some rough talkin, bass-heavy motherfuckers spittin...makin me feel like he's talkin shit at me.

That type of shit that makes me start feeling around for my pistol til dude drops one of those "wooooohhh!" type lines that makes me rewind the track, and reminds me that I'm being entertained.

Example, Vakill




















Son sounds like he's gonna come thru the speaker and choke you out.

Harsh, aggressive + Chi-town accent, punchlines = good listening

Gruff voice, reminscient of Ras Kass but a tad deeper.

A nice mix of Chi-town gang representing with a mix of introspection.

Walking into this album with no preconcieved notions, I walked away pleased.

Several standout cuts on this album but, me being me, I always determine if I'm going to enjoy an album by the intial track. "Worst Fear Confirmed"...Hova sample...rapid fire but audible flow...point scored and I was hooked.


Vakill - "Worst Fear Confirmed"

Straw Vote


I stumbled across this jewel as well and more and more, I'm starting to love these "here's the samples!" albums.

Actually, fuck it...I'mma just start checking cd inserts & getting all the original songs producers are using.

After listening to this twice today, all I can say is "wow" and that producers & dj's remain the essence of what's keeping hip-hop alive for me.

VA - Original Nas Album Samples



Last but not least...

A part of history, not just hip-hop history, died today.

I thought I'd spoken on this crew before but maybe not.


















If you remember the early 90's, pink cadillacs, African medallions, the words "sisssssiieeeeesssss!" and "vanglourious", the reclaiming and emphasis on the Black Panther Party's relevance, Marcus Garvey, "To the East Blackwards...with a key"....then you know it's a sad day upon us to hear that Professor X of X-Clan has died.

If you don't know, get familiar.

X-Clan - To The East Blackwards



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Our Requests

• Anyone have any DJ SHI'ITE Mixtapes? If so, give us a holler on the email. It's been on the want list for a while. Anyone able to hook us up, it would be greatly appreciated.

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Hidden Beach Recordings Presents - Unwrapped, Vol. 3

Bill Cosby - Hello Friends,To Ennis with Love

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc



Stray Shots



Marvin Gaye - Trouble Man (1972) [Remastered]

Isaac Hayes - Instrumentals (2003)

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly (1977) [Remastered]

Pharrell - In My Mind (Advance)

OC - Starchild

Wagon Christ - Throbbing Pouch

Too $hort-Life is...Too Short

Above the Law-Livin Like Hustlers

MC Ren-Kizz My Black Azz

Various Artists-America is Dying Slowly

Boogie Down Productions-Sex and Violence

Wu-Tang Killa Bees-The Swarm Vol.1

TRU-Who's Da Killer?

Esham-Boomin Words From Hell

Atmosphere-You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having

Do or Die-Picture This

Above the Law-Time Will Reveal

Layzie Bone-Thug By Nature

Mo Thugs-Chapter II Family Reunion

T-Rock -Conspiracy Theory

Sir Mixalot-Swass

Down South Hustlers-Bouncin & Swingin (Two Discs)

Warren G-Take a Look Over Your Shoulder

Pharoahe Monch Rarities Features B-Sides & Remixes (Two Discs)

Devin The Dude feat. Coughee Brothaz - Collectors Edition FULL CD!! [Advance][2006]

C-Bo_And_Killa_Tay-The_Moment_Of_Truth-2006

Chino_XL-Poison_Pen-Retail-2006 [Retail][2006][GroupRip]

9TH WONDER & CHOPS - 9TH YEAR FRESHMAN -2006-

VA-DJ_Smallz_And_Pimp_C-Southern_Smoke_25-(Bootleg)-2006

DJ OSK Presents Worldwide Warfare (Hosted By M1 Of dead prez)

Prince - 3121

Prince - 94 East EP [1978][First Studio Work]

Cool Breeze - East Points Greatest Hits



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