February 18, 2018

2018-The J.M.S. Fat Tape Vol.3

The latest installment...all dope, old and new....enjoy!

2018-The JMS Fat Tape Vol.3

01 Showbiz and AG - Hard To Kill (1992)
02 Nice and Smooth - Blunts (1994)
03 Ten Thieves - Straight From The Slums (1995)
04 Dabyre- Tunnel Vision (feat. Guilty Simpson) (2018)
05 O.C. - John Wick (2018)
06 J Scienide - Mystery Science (2018)
07 Damu The Fudgemunk, Flex Mathews - Burners (feat. Insight The TruncatorBlu) (2018)
08 Moodswingaz - Musslin' (1999)
09 Jericho Jackson - Self Made (2018)
10 Apathy - I Keep On (feat. Pharoahe Monch) (Prod. by Pete Rock) (2018)
11 Coops - That Jazz (2018)
12 Black Milk - True Lies (2018)
13 Shorty Long - Shorty'z Doin' His Own Thang (1994)
14 Tribeca Grand - NY-Phi (2018)
15 Class A Felony - I'm Not The Herb You're Lookin' 4 (Chyskillz* Remix) (1993)

R.I.P. Chyskillz


February 17, 2018

J.M.S. Joint of the Week: Okey Doke - Pass De Budda Sack (1993)

February 6, 2018

The J.M.S. Fat Tape Vol.2 (2018)

01 Planet Asia  - Royal Blood (feat. Killa Kali) (Produced by Izzynice) (2018)
02 50 Grand - Max Mode (Produced by Peanut Butter Wolf) (1996)
03 Narcotik - Literally Sauced (1995?...Reissued in 2018)
04 Clever Jeff- No Fiction (1994)
05 Amiri - Keep Keeping...(2018)
06 Afu-Ra - Whirlwind Thru Cities (Produced by Joe Roach) (1998/2000)
07 All City - The Actual (Produced by DJ Premier) (1997)
08 Godfather Don - Kaos  (1998)
09 People Under The Stairs - Wannabes (1998)
10 Pete Rock - One Life To Live (Feat. MC Eiht)
11 Aceyalone - The Balance (Produced by Mumbles) (1998)
12 Scaramanga - Holdin' New Cards (Produced by Goldfinghaz) (1998)
13 Lords Of The Underground - Burn Rubber (Produced by Marley Marl)  (1995)
14 Main One - El Gran Combo (feat. Fat Joe, Joe Fatal, KuriousPrince Powerule) (Produced by Domingo) (1995)
15 Ohmega Watts ft Othello - Long Ago (2005)

Turn it Up!!!

January 29, 2018

J.M.S. Joint of the Week: Digable Planets - "Where I'm From (Aural G. Ride 12") (1993)

One of the greatest things about Hip Hop music back in the 90's was the sheer diversity in it and NYC's Digable Planets were one trio that held the Jazz/Rap crown proudly, I was listening to their debut album tonight and was transported back to a greater time before the Internet and cellphones, before trash Soundcloud "Rappers" before the industry well and truly massacred and butchered Hip Hop and sold it back to the masses as pieces of ignorance, vanity, superficiality and polluted it with brain-dead, fake and plastic lames riding a wave but the saddest past is that these idiots just cannot see that they are absolute slaves and once their wave is done, they are done! 

Ahem back to the topic haha...DP were so smooth that it should have been a crime, Ladybug Mecca, Doodlebug and Butterfly were clearly students of not just Jazz but Funk and Soul and incorporated this into their music effortlessly with rhymes brimming with positive antidotes and superb production, they still influence Hip Hop and I recently heard a track that was pretty much just "The Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" chopped up.

The remix to "Where I'm From" was simplistic but so dope, a lone clarinet sample drifting in and out over a deep bass and past clipped "Funky Drummer" drums and the video for the original version was just as ill, watching the Digables rhyme while snow fell on them was a sight to behold.

They are still touring and had another reunion in 2016.

"Where I'm From (Aural G. Ride 12')"

Bonus cut: "Dedicated"

January 20, 2018

The J.M.S. Fat Tape Vol.1 (2018)

01 Effiscienz feat Union Blak - A Jersey Tale (2018)
02 Extra Prolific - Never Changing (1994)
03 Mz Boom Bap and Ryler Smith - The Spark (Feat. Finsta) (2017)
04 Showbiz - Bronx Day (Feat Tashane and Majestic Gage) (2017)
05 Natural Elements - I Got Your Heart
06 Nefertiti - Miss Amutha Nature (1994)
07 Kurious - Tear Shit Up (1994)
08 Blaque Spurm - I'm Thirsty (Previously Unreleased)
09 Zhiggie - Rakin' In The Dough (Uptown Bounce Mix (Edit) (1992)
10 K-Solo - Letterman (Solid Scheme Remix) (1992)
11 EPMD - Brothers On My Jock (ft Redman) (1990)
12 Knucklehedz - Savages (1993)
13 13 12 Block - Anything
14 Caveman - Brother In Action (1992)
15 Prince Paul - Just Can't Give Up Ft. Buckshot, J-Zone

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January 17, 2018

J.M.S. Joint Of The Week: 12 Block - "It Ain't Nuthin" (1994/95)

12 Block was actually Long Island crew Hard To Obtain and this dope EP of unreleased joints recorded in 1994/95 was released in 2014 on the Heavy Jewelz imprint.

I often get the Mary.J Blige vocal sample in my head, in fact I did earlier today so it became this week's joint of the week and rightfully so those strings, slow loping drums and menacing bass-line make this joint a sure-shot.

12 Block - "It Ain't Nuthin" (1994/95)

Super duper fat shout out to Verge and OGDoninja.

January 6, 2018

2018-JMS Presents - A Tribute To E-Swift Volume 1

Happy New Year...and what better way to kick off the new year than with a dope compilation (first volume of two) from a very underrated West Coast Producer/DJ/MC.

Eric Brooks aka E-Swift was born in Columbus, Georgia and raised in Toledo, Ohio and came to prominence through the legendary King Tee with E-Swift appearing on King Tipsy's classic second LP "At Your Own Risk" on the mic and wheels of steel, this led to E.S.P. being formed with Tash and J-Ro (who had previously recorded with King Tee as part of the Compton Posse in the late 80's)

E.S.P. later changed their group name to Tha Alkaholiks on upon a suggestion from King Tee and due to issues with the E.S.P. name.

After appearing officially as Tha Alkaholiks on King Tee's classic third LP Tha Trilfin Album the crew released their classic debut LP 21 and Over in 1993 on Loud records and released 2 more other albums on the that label before taking a 3 year hiatus and releasing the Firewater album on Koch in 2006.

E-Swift has actually produced for a mad impressive array of dope artists over the years (including the late, great ODB and Sean Price) and could always keep up with the production trends and make consistent head nodding joints, I can attest to having quite mad gigs in the 90's where the likes of "Make Room", "Bottoms Up", "Hip Hop Drunkies", "I Got It Bad Y'all", "Only When I'm Drunk", "Likwit" and many others would fill a dance floor and punters would just lose it!

It's now 2018 and the good news is that E-Swift and Tha Liks are still releasing the ill ish and the long overdue and highly anticipated Liknuts LP with the legendary Corona, Queen's Beatnuts will see the light of the day this year.

In the meantime...enjoy!

2018-JMS Presents - A Tribute To E-Swift Volume 1

01 King Tee ft E-Swift- E Get Swift (1990)
02 Tha Alkaholiks - Can't Tell Me Shit (1993)
03 Defari - Big Up (1995)
04 Xzibit ft Saafir & Ras Kass - Plastic Surgery (1996)
05 Heltah Skeltah - Operation Lock Down (1996)
06 Tha Alkaholiks - Daaam (E-Swift Mix) *
07 King Just- Shaolin Soldiers (1995)
08 Defari - Likwit Connection (Feat. Phil Tha Agony & Tha Alkaholiks) (1998)
09 Tha Alkaholiks ft King Tee - Bottoms Up (1995)
10 Xzibit ft Tha Alkaholiks & King Tee - Let It Rain (1998)
11 Dilated Peoples - Right On (feat. Tha Alkaholiks) (2000)
12 Tha Alkaholiks - Make Room (1993)
13 Tha Alkaholiks Presents E & J Sound System - Rubber Bands (2015)
14 Stetsasonic - Go Stetsa 1 (DJ E-Swift Mix) (1994)
15 Barbershop MC's - New Era (feat. Xzibit) (1999)
16 Tha Alkaholiks - Coast II Coast (1995)


*Fat shout out to DJ Notaro for the hook up on that one :)

December 30, 2017

2016-J.M.S.-Presents - Non LP Cuts Vol 1

Edit: For some reason I never actually posted this...better late than never right?

Older heads will remember how much of a thrill it was when you would pick up a 12" inch and the artists had included a track that was not on the album that you had on constant rotation...and more often than not you would think why was it not on the album? I mean EPMD's-'Brothers From Brentwood L.I." (often stated as the ultimate B-Side/Non LP cut of all time) would have been perfect on the Business Never Personal album and Das EFX's "Hard Like A Criminal" which would have sat just right on the Dead Serious album.

As would have Gang Starr's "Credit Is Due" on the Step In The Arena album but it would actually have been more in place on the A Daily Operation album.

I never understood why Mic Geronimo's "Hemmin Heads" never made it on The Natural album and how on earth was the superb Lord Finesse produced "22 Years" from Ill Biskits not on their debut album?

Now I know that these compilations have absolutely been done before, hell my man Slurg even had a blog dedicated to the B-Side and Robbie at Unkut has had a decent run down of some as well but I wanted to make my own personal compilation.

From my dusty memory it was around the early or mid 80's when record companies were giving the record buying public a little extra but it really was in the 90's were they became such a staple on a 12" inch, cassingle or CD single.

So here is a compilation I am quite proud of as I think it just feels like an old 90's NYC radio show...and these are certainly some of my all time favourite Non LP/Bonus cuts and B-Sides.


2016-JMS Presents-Non LP Cuts Vol 1

01-Mad Skillz - Skillz In '95 (Dirty Mix) (1995)
02-Casual ft Pep Love - Rock On (1994)
03-EPMD - Brothers From Brentwood L.I. (1992)
04-H20 - Hip Hop Lifestyle (1994)
05-Black Sheep - Still In The Ghetto (1992)
06-Redman ft Roz - I Get Down Like That (1995)
07-Pete Rock and CL Smooth - We Specialize (1996)
08-De La Soul ft Jeff - Mack Daddy On The Left (1989)
09-Del Tha Funkee Homosapien ft Q-TipPep Love - The Undisputed Champs (1993)
10-Gang Starr - Credit Is Due (1991)
11-Ill Biskits - 22 Years (1994)
12-Mic Geronimo - Hemmin' Heads (Cheeba Version) (1994)
13-Shyheim - The B Side-Licka Shot (1994)
14-Greyson & Jasun - No Shortz (1991)
15-Craig Mack - Shinika (1994)
16-Keith Murray - Pay Per View (featuring Passione, LBM, Kel Vicious) (1995)
17-Fat Joe feat. Big Pun and Raekwon - Firewater (1995)
18-Saafir - Pull Ya Card (1994)
19-De La Soul feat. Biz Markie - Lovely How I Let My Mind Float (1993)
20-Kwame - Wake It Up (1992)
21-Mysterme and DJ 2020 - Couldn't Get It Right (1993)

Bonus Joint: Das EFX - "Hard Like A Criminal" (1992)

December 16, 2017

J.M.S. Joint Of The Week: Ill-Advised - "Against The Grain" (1996)

Comprised of rappers Baby Blak, Mr. Lish, and occasionally Rasheed (aka Maylay Sparks) the crew put out a number of 12'' in the mid-to-late 1990's on Quake City and later Eastern Conference Records

Quake City is a label out of Philly. Ill Advised recorded two albums for them that were only released in Japan under the “Blue Dolphin” imprint. In the States Quake City Records released number of 12'' from the Ill-Advised crew, the first being the obscure “Against the Grain/Kwestions/Through the Eye" (1996), the second being the college radio hit "N.A.M.E.S./Encore", and the last two the " Affairs" joint and another pressing with a remix featuring The Roots. Ill-Advised were also featured heavily on the first or second Eastern Conference Records 12'' with the songs "Captivating Cultivating", "All In Together Now" which featured Pauly Yams, and "Know A Little Nigga". Baby Blak is also featured on the original version of "Open Mic Night". 
Credit Discogs

Ill Advised - Against The Grain

Bonus Joints: RasheedIndustrypartybumrusha

Baby Blak -Wake Up