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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Outlaw Four “Million Dollar Legs” (1980)

As a DJ, it’s not always easy to share records that you discovered years ago, while digging on your knees in a dusty basement. But then you remember that all the glory should go the the creator (I don’t mean God) and not the DJ/Collector. I’ve mentionned it before but …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Finale “Odds & Ends”

via Mello Music Group: Finale needed to live. Such a fundamental and basic idea often gets overlooked in the fast food mentality of popular culture. You can make music without something to say, but it rarely lasts. The records that stick with us are usually those with a deeper understanding …

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Mixtape Mondays

Classic Mixes: Dj Premier “New York Reality Check 101″ (1997)

This CD is a compilation of independent New York City artists from 1997. It is arranged & presented by Haze (New York City graffiti artist) & mixed by DJ Premier. Blends, mixes, scratches and all that slick stuff: DJ Premier. Album mixed at Premier’s Crib. The various intro/outro/skit tracks on this …

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Sunday @ the Movies

“Rhyme & Reason” (1997) by Peter Spirer

“Peter Spirer was behind many of the notable hip-hop documentaries on this list, but none are as ambitious (or as successful) as Rhyme & Reason. It’s not even that Spirer interviewed over 80 major artists for the film—it’s the subject matter he includes that other documentaries fail to acknowledge. – …

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20th Year Anniversary of Raekwon’s “Only Built For Cuban Linx”

My first proper introduction to Raekwon as a solo artist, believe it or not was from the samurai scene off “The Boondocks” (Season 1, Episode 4). “Guillotine (Swords)” was the track, and I was floored. This will probably be a dead giveaway that i’m pretty young and didn’t grow up …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Capone-N-Noreaga “Lessons”

I was reading through the latest rap news and releases this morning: Meek Mill wants to run for mayor of Chicago, Drake releases a diss track to Meek for riding Nicky Minaj’s coattails, Fetty Wap has two songs in the top 10… Maybe it’s an age thing. Maybe I don’t understand, …

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Video Digs
Hip-Hop

“Rapping to the Beat” 1981 Report by ABC News

When the mainstream media reports on an emerging artistic movement or even new technology it’s usually pretty cringe-worthy. Much like the hilarious 1994 TV feature on “what is the internet“, this 1981 TV report on ABC News will make you laugh, shake your head is disbelief and make you realize how far …

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Classic Mixes: Dj Babu / Kankick “Comprehension”
Mixtape Mondays

Classic Mixes: Dj Babu / Kankick “Comprehension” Cassette Tape (1999)

I heard about this classic mixtape through Kutmah who named it as one of his favorite mixes of all-time. So I decided to dig it out and found a copy floating out there. The mixtape is from the late 90’s and was distributed through Fat Beats. It featured Babu of …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Kool Keith & L’Orange “Time? Astonishing!”

Taken from Martin Boev’s great MGNT site I wrote an article earlier this month about Kool Keith’s legacy- the way he was able to break common perceptions of rap as an art form. I described his style as eccentric, at times seeming like he’s talking through the beat, with no …

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Today in Dope Music History
Hip-Hop

Today in Dope Music History: Eric B & Rakim release “Paid in Full”

July 7th, 1987 Eric B And Rakim release their classic platinum-selling debut album “Paid In Full” on 4th & B’way Records on this day in 1987. “The album featured the classic hit singles “Eric B Is President”, “Move The Crowd”. “I Ain’t No Joke”, “I Know You Got Soul” and …

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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: UMC’s “One to Grow On” (1991)

Here is one I hesitate to call a Forgotten Treasure since it’s really more of an all-time classic, at least for me. The UMC’s, not to be confused with the legendary Ultra Magnetic MC’s were a duo comprised of Haas G and Kool Kim which only put out two LP’s: …

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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Half A Mill “Any Day Can Be Your Last” (1994)

I found this myserious 12′ single in a dollar bin a few days ago while going through heaps of forgettable records, but then the Afro and $$ visuals caught my attention. Well it turned out to be a very good score because “Any Day Can Be Your Last” is a …

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