October 15, 2017

J.M.S. Joint of The Week: DJ Muggs ft Mayhem Lauren ft Action Bronson - "Shea Stadium" (2017)
























That good ol scrunched up face, head nodding, neck snapping, sinister raw ish...

The legendary DJ Muggs takes it back to 1995 and man is this ILL...Queens stalwarts Meyhem Lauren and Action Bronson absolutely murder this beat, I don't think I have heard those Lou Rawls drums sound so hard!!! and those strings are eerie as hell.

"Shea Stadium" is a bit short and I would have loved it if B-Real was on a third verse but never the less, I keep going back to this because it gave me those kind of chills.



The Gems From The Equinox album is really dope...one of the year's best easily for me personally.

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September 21, 2017

J.M.S. Joint of The Week: Dan-E-O - Dear Hip Hop (1996)

This Canadian Hip Hop classic is very poignant and speaks volumes for the true heads and for those dismayed at what the industry has done to Hip Hop!

Enough said.

Dan-E-O - Dear Hip Hop (1996)

Super fat props to RhymeVidz for the HD video.



September 17, 2017

J.M.S. Presents - Sum Ol 92 Ish! Vol. 2
















J.M.S. Presents - Sum Ol' 92 Ish! Vol. 2

01 Zhigge- Rakin' In The Dough (Uptown Bounce Mix)
02 College Boyz - Underground Blues
03 Yall So Stupid - 85 South (Soul Messiah Mix)
04 Eric B. & Rakim - Rest Assured
05 3rd Bass - Gladiator (Easy Mo Bee Remix)
06 Moving In The Right Direction - Tales From The Southside
07 Scoob & Scrap - Non Stop (Original Mix)
08 Raw Breed - Rollin Deep
09 Foundation 7 - Compredator
10 Suicide Posse - My Science Is Deep
11 K-Swift - Bang Bang
12 Ali Dee ft Kool G Rap - Bring It On (Vocal)
13 Me Phi Me - Pu' Sho Hands 2 Getha (Fist N Yo' Face Mix)
14 Father Dom - Grand Pooba (Radio Mix)
15 Prince Ikey Cee - Rhyme En Epitome

Here

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September 12, 2017

J.M.S. Joint of The Week: 499 - "Don't Categorize Me" (1995)

Oh man I let this series slip didn't I?...yeah well Parenthood (our adorable little one turns 2 next February and she loves her beats and music, just like her Dad haha) and this confusing, intriguing, amazing, overwhelming, heartbreaking, puzzling and muddling thing we know as Life can take over so without further ado...





















This week's joint of the week comes from a short lived South London duo known as 499 which consisted of DJ Pelt and MC Merit, "Don't Categorize Me" could have easily been produced by an NYC producer as it is rife with jazzy horns, familiar breaks, a great Big Daddy Kane vocal cut and smooth and  rumbling bass but it was produced by DJ Pelt who definitely could have a much longer run, my guess is that this record didn't sell very well for Profile UK so they got dropped and got dismayed by the whole industry...and really who could blame them?

I suggest that you go back and check the Still Waitin LP, it's pretty dope and yet another reminder of how fortunate we really were in the 90's.

Until the next one.

Peace

September 10, 2017

2017 JMS Playlist: - Liquid DnB Volume 1
















I've actually been meaning to post up a Liquid Drum and Bass compilation on J.M.S for quite some time now and I finally got around to it.

I hope you enjoy it (they are all quality tracks released in 2017) and it enhances your life as it has mine...

This compilation is especially dedicated to my old Friend Vasquez NZ...I miss swapping tracks with you bruv.


01 Mr Joseph - Moments In Time
02 Larigold - Please Don't Mind
03 Aperio feat Jorgie - Grey to Blue
04 Pola & Bryson - Unsaid [feat. Blake]
05 FlashbackFM & Archemy - Never Let Me Go
06 Smote - My World (Edlan Remix)
07 Nclear & Eugenics Eight - It's A New Life
08 CPH - Something About You
09 Joakuim - The Revolution
10 Rafau Etamski - Round & Round (Original Mix)
11 Alexvnder - Glacial (Original Mix)
12 Hybrid Minds - Inner Beauty
13 Dekoi- Life's A Game (Original Mix)
14 Artificial Intelligence - Holding Out (Original Mix)
15 Technimatic - Hold On a While (Alix Perez Remix)
16 Thesis - Astral Waterfall

August 13, 2017

J.M.S. Presents - Sum Ol 92 Ish!




















Word is born! I will always hold 1992 as the greatest year in Hip Hop music after 1988, both years had such an abundance of consistency dope releases, genre defining music, smorgasbords of styles and of course '92 was a pinnacle year for legendary and iconic greats like EPMD and The Hit Squad, Gang Starr, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, D.I.T.C 
as well as a whole slew of other established artists and mad independent artists.

It's actually quite staggering that all of these tracks are or will reach their 25th year anniversary in 2017 and I personally think they all still sound really dope and are only a small handful of tracks that define the sound, creativity, soul and true character of 92.

R.I.P.
Big-L
Guru
Chris Charity (Solid Scheme)

Enjoy...

J.M.S. Presents - Sum Ol 92 Ish!

August 10, 2017

Sean Price - Imperius Rex LP





















Just a little over 2 years ago, the Hip Hop World sadly lost another one if it's great Son's
The inimitable P! aka Sean Price aka Ruck.

Now on the second year anniversary of his passing, Duck Down have unleashed his posthumous LP, Imperius Rex and it's a certified banger!!!...Head nodding beats and Sean's hilarious violent threats and twisted wordplay are once again in effect but you also get some of the old BCC, MF Doom and Wu crew shining as well.

But enough of me babbling on...check out the guests, production credits and stream it and also check out a couple of videos below.







We miss you Big Ruck!

Pick up the LP and limited edition bundles from the Duck Down store.

July 25, 2017

J.M.S. Joint of The Week - Big-L -"School Dayz" (Produced by Lord Finesse)



I seriously wish that the late, great Big-L was still here as he would absolutely clown these horrible and ignorant mumble/trap "rapping" morons, "eat them like souffles" and would send them running home with hurt feelings and sore pride so this weeks JMS Joint of The Week is from the legend himself and is produced by the legendary and oddly underrated Lord Finesse, this cut should have been on The Lifestyles Ov... LP (it was only on the promo cassette and didn't make the retail version) and it's the classic D.I.T.C. recipe, kicking jazzy drums, deep and melodic bass-lines, horns and Lamont's ill and commanding vocal presence.





















"School Dayz" has been around the net in various quality versions over the years but I think the best quality version I have heard is from the Devil's Son EP (From the Vaults) EP released in 2017.



I am guessing that Lord Finesse created this beat around the same time he produced Ground Floor's '94 classic "Dig On That"  (an all time fave) which I think I will feature at a later stage.

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Big-L -"School Dayz" (Produced by Lord Finesse)

July 14, 2017

The Doppelgangaz - Dopp Hopp Review





















The long awaited fifth full studio album release from Orange County, NYC duo (well trio if you included Big Josh) The Doppelgangaz is finally here and is a great listen from start to finish.

The production as you would expect is superb and runs the gamut of a solid Hip Hop production arsenal: deep bass kicks, kicking drums (a break or two in the mix but not full break-beat loops), swirling keyboards, all kind of samples from flamenco guitar, soul etc and rumbling and smoothed out bass lines, not to mention that they get quite experimental with some of their break downs ("Bubblin" for one is a great example of this), which just shows just how devoted and serious about the craft The Doppelgangaz are.






















Truth be told, I have always likened Matter OV Fact and EP to EPMD as they have that kind of chemistry and once again MOF and EP drop amusing lines about the opposite sex (“Strong Ankles”), pharmaceuticals, the cloak lifestyle ("Pride's Cloak", "If It Wasn't For The Cloak") Humourous ish (“Boston Beard”) and amusing anecdotes "Beak Wet", "Dopp Hopp" on well everything really.

The engineering on Dopp Hopp is top notch too and you can pick up little things in your headphones especially on "Future 86" that vocal distortion is ill AF.

There are a handful of tracks on Dopp Hopp that in a realistic World should be all over radio "Roll Flee ft Tnava)", "Die 4 It" (a perfect outro song for an album) and "Bubblin", E.W.W.” all sound like they were designed for cruising down the road with the system pumping loud and the windows down (12’ o’clock at night mostly ;)



















In all actuality Dopp Hopp often reminds me of Masta Ace Inc's classic sophomore album Sittin' On Chrome (1995) simply because some of the production has an East meets West feel and the album is a mesh of solid boom bap tracks and smoothed out joints, Dopp Hopp is a much needed breath of fresh air from the lame, boring and dull music currently polluting the industry and the culture.

It wouldn’t come as a shock to hear some longtime fans say that they aren’t feeling this album but I for one am seeing, hearing, feeling and appreciating the Dopp progression…say yeah!

8/10 






Pick up Dopp Hopp here 

June 24, 2017

2017-J.M.S. Presents - R.I.P. Prodigy





















Like so many worldwide I am still reeling at this loss (A special thanks to my old Friend Matt B for notifying me of the tragic and sad news the day that it hit), this one hit me hard and it never gets easier losing someone that (sonically) had become such a huge part of your life for so long and in all honesty as much as I love "Shook Ones Pt. II"..."Survival of The Fittest" was the joint that gave me serious chills down my spine and has in my honest opinion the illest use of a pitched down piano and horn samples in Hip Hop music period.

Needless to say that it was worn out by the repeat button and thankfully I got to see Mobb Deep live a little while ago but it's crazy to think that there won't be a Hav and P anymore.

















I planned to do a lengthy tribute post but because I don't have the energy (we just keep losing the great ones) or the time (my Family return home soon which will certainly mean way less posts but this blog in various forms has been going since 2007 and I refuse to let it die) I am just going to let this 25 track deep compilation (which was really tough to compile) speak for itself and in short Prodigy was a beast and was the epitome of raw, grimy and hardcore Hip Hop and he proudly represented Queensbridge and East Coast Hip Hop to the fullest.

























Since P's passing I have listened to well over 300 of his recordings and like the late, great Guru said it's mostly the voice and Prodigy indeed had that but he also had a stand up and pay attention prose, a seriously ill, menacing and cold flow and he could rap circles around some of the vets, he also worked with many of the great Producers and MC's and that is why he is so revered in Hip Hop.



















My sheer condolences go out to the Johnson Family, Havoc, Tragedy, Big Noyd, Infamous Mobb, Cormega, Nas etc and to all every true Hip Hop head that knows exactly how much the passing of Albert "Prodigy" Johnson is one of the greatest losses in Hip Hop since Phife's passing.

2017-J.M.S. Presents - R.I.P. Prodigy

01 Mobb Deep - Flavor For The Non Believes
02 Mobb Deep - Peer Pressure (The Large Professor Remix)
03 Mobb Deep - Shook Ones
04 Mobb Deep - Survival of the Fittest
05 Mobb Deep - Back At You
06 Nas - Live Nigga Rap (feat. Mobb Deep)
07 Mobb Deep -The Bridge
08 Screwball - The Heat Is On ft. Prodigy, Godfather Don
09 Frankie Cutlass - Know Da Game (feat. Mobb Deep, Kool G Rap, M.O.P.)
10 Mobb Deep - G.O.D. PT. III (Je$u$ RMX)
11 PMD - It's The Pee 97 (Street) (feat. Prodigy)
12 Cormega - Killaz Theme (feat. Mobb Deep)
13 Durag Dynasty -  Fish Meat (featuring Prodigy)
14 Das EFX ft Mobb Deep - Microphone Master (41st Side Remix)
15 Big Pun - Tres Leches (Triboro Triology) (ft. Prodigy, Rebel INS)
16 Pete Rock - The Game (Feat. Raekwon, ProdigyGhostface Killah)
17 Mobb Deep - Hoodlum (ft. Big Noyd, Rakim)
18 Mobb Deep - Feel My Gat Blow
19 AZ - Save Them (feat. RaekwonProdigy)
20 Prodigy - R.I.P. (Ft Havoc, Raekwon)
21 Mobb Deep - Spread Love
22 Prodigy - Stronger (Prod. by King Benny)
23 Mobb Deep - Never Goin' Back
24 Mobb Deep - Where Ya Heart At
25 Prodigy - You Can Never Feel My Pain

Bonus Joint: D.V. Alias Khrist feat Mobb Deep -Building

Peace

R.I.P. Prodigy 
November 2, 1974 - June 20, 2017