December 8, 2009


What's good CRDS readers?

I was just going through all of the releases that I really enjoyed from this year and I have to say that it was a pretty dope year for underground Hip Hop, these are my top 5 albums that stayed on heavy rotation through out 2009.

Really great album from Diamond District that I went (and go back) to time and time again, the production was really ill (Oddisee is one the greats as far as I am concerned) and Yu, Oddisee and X.O. were ill on the mic devices, the whole album is very consistent and has a truly great sound, my favourite album of 2009 with "Streets Won't Let Me Chill" being the highlight cut for me, that cut reminds of me some golden era DITC type beats.

Oh man Exile's beats on this were so dope and Fashawn has a great voice and flow, there wasn't a weak track on this and I can't tell you how many times I had "When She Calls" on repeat this year, which was actually my favourite track of 2009, the production on that gave me chills down my spine...and don't forget to check out the bonus cuts.

I was really pleased that Doom took some time off
, because we got this dope album after his absence, I loved it and I mean all of it...Doom was in top form and the production was nuts, the only gripe I had was a credited Kurious guest appearance that was well... nothing, Doom/Zev has been one of my favourites for over 20 years now.

This fat album just came out of nowhere for me, and what an album it was, solid production and great rhymes, I had heard some other Aarophat tracks before, but I think it was Illastrate's diverse and dope production that really made me pay attention, a great album that should have been released as a physical product, really dope Midwest Hip Hop from those Midwest Kids.

Yep more Diamond District dopeness, there was just something about this free album from D.D. member Yu that just became addictive to me, again, great and diverse production (Kev Brown, Slimkat 78, Oddisee, Yu and others) dope rhymes and a consistent album
that was enjoyable from front to back.

and the rest...

Raekwon-Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2
DJ Spinna-Sonic Smash
Big Tone-The Art Of Ink
Cyne-Water For Mars
Abstract Rude-Rejuvination

Atmosphere-Leak At Will
BK One-Radio Do Canibal
Blame One-
Days Chasing Days
Blaq Poet-
Tha Blaqprint
Blockhead-The Music Scene
Brother Ali-Us
De La Soul-Are You In?

DJ Mistu The Beats-A Word To The Wise
Finale-A Pipe Dream and A Promise
J-Dilla-Jay Stay Paid
Macro Polo & Torae-Double Barrel
Felt (Slug & MURS)-Felt 3
Jazz Liberatorz-Fruit Of The Past
J-Rawls and John Robinson-Jay Are
Mos Def-The Ecstatic
Odissee-Mental Liberation
Peanut Butter Wolf-Straight To Tape
Mr Lif-I Heard It Today
Qwel & Maker-So Be It
Sene and Blu-Day Late and A Dollar Short
Thaione Davis-Still Hear
Paten Locke-Super Ramen Rocketship

Del & Tame One-Parellell Uni-Verses
Diego Bernal-For Corners
PUTS-Carried Away
Jason The Argonaut-Casting Couch
J.R. & PH7-The Standard
Qwel & Jackson Jones-Jump The Gun
Souls of Mischief-Montezuma's Revenge
Superstar Quam-Allah-Invisible Man
Trek & Oddisee-New Money-The Remixes
Substatntial & Burns-Substantial/Burns
Muamin Collective-World B Free
Emskee-Hardly Seen, Rarely Heard
Freestyle Professors-Gryme Tyme

Greenhouse-Electric Purgatory EP
J-Period/Q-Tip-The Abstract Best

Cormega-Born and Raised
Dres-From The Black Pool Of Genius EP
Kev Brown-Presents Random Joints
The Black Sunn-The Sun Is Black EP
Large Professor-The LP (Finally!)

what were your top albums and EPs of 2009?

November 26, 2009


What's good party people?, just a quick note to say sorry for not updating the blog in a while, I am dealing with some pretty heavy personal family issues and haven't been able to concentrate on the blog and I have also been away...I will return sometime in the future

In the meantime, thanks very much for all of the comments.



Update: I 'd like to wish all of my readers a very Happy Christmas and once again, thanks so much for all of the kind comments and feedback, it is mad appreciated and I will return to the blog next year.

November 5, 2009

The CRDS Fat Tape Vol 16

Big ups for the great feedback I got on the last volume, here is volume 16, download, extract, turn up loud and enjoy

The CRDS Fat Tape Vol 16

1-3 6 philly-funky alcohol (1992)
2-funke natives-small talk on 125th street
3-e.c.h.o.-all about bouncin (bouncin mix) (1992)
4-figure uv speech-ready to wreck (club version) (1993)
5-budda rex-funk philly funk (1995)
6-call o da wild-clouds of smoke (1995)
7-clept the contortionist-rappers delight 2 (1996)
8-renaissance-flyz in the attic (1991)
9-sahnuhtyashun duhpartment muzik-perpetual infinite (never ending) (1999)
10-trendz of culture ft method man & treach-who got my back (1993)
11-edo.g & da bulldogs-be a father to your child (first born mix) (1991)
12-slick rick-i sparkle (1999)
13-da noe doe network-doe biz
14-five bros.wit ugly clothes-cats don't realize (1998)
15-yz-maflobi pimp strut (1994)
16-funk children-step it up (1994)

Big thanks to my man Matt Nyce (don't forget to check out Midschool Heat Vol 2, it's a burner) and Chris for some of the hook ups, much appreciated fellas.

Also don't forget that 2 of my favourite blogs, Ministry of Information and Sayin Fresh Rhymes now have a forum

November 1, 2009

Savant (of RAREBREED)

I got sent this dope EP by Savant and felt that it deserved a post...

Tucson, AZ resident, by way of El Paso, TX and Chicago, IL, Gregory "Savant" Daggett has always possessed a passion for music and literary arts. Involved in general music since age 7, and a trumpet player since age 10, he wasn't officially exposed to hip hop until age 12. Although no particular emcee caught his ear right away, he was intrigued with the entire concept of an individual or a group of people speaking over instrumentation in an intensely rhythmic lyrical form, oftentimes telling semi-autobiographic tales relating to a fictionalized counterpart. He became inspired to write and partake of the art of emceeing after hearing the 1999 classic "Black on Both Sides" by Dante Smith and honed his emceeing chops at the lunch room ciphers of Chicago high schools Whitney M. Young Magnet and George Washington Carver. He has since dedicated every verse, every bar and every word to achieving the ever elusive sense of balance in this hallowed art form. His debut release, "The Delayed Entry EP" serves as proof.

enjoy the EP here

1) The Lyricist ThreeMix feat. SimONE (prod. by RJD2, Cease & Eka the Madd Samplist)
2) Illest You've Never Heard (Could We Go) (prod. by V-Sharp)

3) Concrete Techniques feat. Three60 the Universal Ruler (prod. by Oren J.)

4) You Know feat. Rich Jones & Kasparov (prod. by Montana Macks)

5) Bottom To the Top (prod. by Satchill Head)

6) 'Til Death Do Us Part (prod. by DJ Jesaya)

7) Marry a Memory (prod. by prod. by Grandpa-J®)

8) Perfect Profession (prod. by DR+)

October 27, 2009

DJ Matt Nyce-Midschool Heat Volume 2

Another really dope mix of real, true Hip Hop, a superb mix of some classic joints and old favourites and featuring some ill cutting and scratching... I highly recommend this:

here it is again people...strictly for the hardcore mid-90's heads, no haters.....only a hater would hate on this, jus released last weekend...2nd volume, look around for vol. 1 cuz jus about everybody has it...real dj, real dj skills, real music, real mattnyce


October 17, 2009

Ancient Tongue

Ancient Tongue is a dope live Hip Hop group that hail from Long Island (Strong Island), New York, the group blends deep lyricism with live instruments and turntablism, the crew is heavily influenced by 90's Hip Hop, Dub, Trip Hop and World music etc...

Ancient Tongue have performed across the US with artists like KRS One, Black Sheep, Non-Phixion, Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, C-Rayz Walz, EPMD, Grandmaster Caz, Kool Herc, One Be Lo, RA the Ruggedman and others, they recently released their debut album Time Tells Tales, peep the video for "The Hard Road" below, this crew is definitely worth checking for.

available from:

CD Baby

shout out to Deejay Chaotic

October 5, 2009

The CRDS Fat Tape Vol 15

I am honestly getting tired of doing R.I.P. posts and 2009 has not been a good year for Hip Hop legends :( (we have sadly lost Tony D, Roc Raida and Mr Magic and let's hope that DJ Too Tuff (Tuff Crew) beats his cancer) so here is the 15th installment of the CRDS Fat Tape series to try and make things a little better,I hope you enjoy it because it's all about spreading the good music, so crank it up in your boombox/headphones/speakers.

Big thanks to Matt Nyce, stalkism
, The Big Sleep, Hawkone, Uai Rap Soul and Kryptic


the crds fat tape vol 15

1-balance & terror-represent (1992)
2-pryme tyme-brother wit soul (1993)
3-frankie cutlass ft evil tiwns-faces of death (1993)
4-kings of swing-the blunted (1993)
5-the brotherhood-mad headz (1996)
6-urbanites-rock the spot (2000)
7-get o.p.e.n. ft sadat -x-get open (1997)
8-private investigators-mash up the mic (remix) (1993)
9-rough house survivers-you got it (knobody remix) (1997)
10-q-ball & curt cazal ft exmenn-war out here (1995)
11-ill breed militia-what's an i-eleven? (1994)
12-black sheep-strobelite honey (no we didn't mix) (1991)
13-larry larr-keep on y'all (1991)
14-two kings in a cipher-movin on em (the hard one) (1990)
15-caveman-cool (remix) (1991)

October 3, 2009

R.I.P. Super Rocking Mr Magic aka Sir Juice

"A Woooooorld Premier"

Sadly another great and legendary DJ has passed on, the pioneering John Rivas aka Mr Magic passed away from a heart attack on the morning of October 2nd 2009, Magic first debuted on WBLS FM in 1982 with the first exclusive rap radio show to be aired on a major station, the show known as Rap Attack featured Marley Marl and Fly Ty.

During the 1980's, Magic had a rivalry with Kool DJ Red Alert and after dissing BDP's demo, the infamous "Bridge Wars" (BDP vs MC Shan/The Juice Crew rang out and...well I am sure you all know the rest.

Magic was referenced in a lot of songs and Whodini's "Magics Wand" was the first, but everyone from Nas, Notorious B.I.G., 2-Pac and Blaq Poet have mentioned his legend in their tracks.

Every Hip Hop DJ doing radio shows, owes that opportunity to Mr Magic, Magic was the one that opened the doors for rap being played on radio.

I remember getting dubbed tapes of Mr Magic Rap Attack shows from friends at school and I loved them, he always rocked the dopest shit, had a dope voice and cold rocked the party and from what I heard on those tapes, he always played material that I would scrawl down on a never ending wants list, the Rap Attack series were on high rotation back in the day too.

Today's kids might know the name from his Wildstyle Pirate radio station on Grand Theft Auto's: Vice City game, Mr Magic released 5 volumes of The Rap Attack series

DJ Premier's condolence letter:








check these links for more info and tributes

Mr Magic interview from 1995

Wake Your Daughter Up tribute post tribute post

Chairman Mao tribute post

Will C tribute post

Davey D tribute post

Bust The Facts: Whodini-Magics Wand 12"

Fat Lace tribute post

New York Times obiturary

Thank you Mr Magic

September 21, 2009

R.I.P. Grandmaster Roc Raida

One of the greatest to ever touch the turntables,Grandmaster Roc Raida sadly passed away

My sheer condolences to Roc's family and many friends, this is a very tragic loss, please take some time to read about the great man and to click on the links and videos provided.



Turntablism Innovator & Deejay Icon Roc Raida Dies
September 19th, 2009 | Author: Jake Paine

Awaiting final confirmation, artists and associates including Da Beatminerz and Busta Rhymes have stated that turntablism pioneer and instructor Roc Raida has died this weekend. The New York-based deejay was most known for his years with the award-winning X-Men (b/k/a) The X-Ecutioners. This crew, whose legendary lineup included founder Rob Swift, Total Eclipse, Mista Sinista and Roc Raida (Steve Dee, DJ Boogie Blind and DJ Precision were also members at various times).

Last month, it was reported that the deejay was hospitalized as a result of a spinal injury. Although those reports have yet to be officially confirmed, the Hip Hop industry began a campaign wishing the innovator for a speedy recovery.

At 37 years old, Roc Raida won numerous ITF and DMC championships for his turntable skills. Although he is remembered for his jovial character away from the decks, Raida was an innovator in cut-throat deejay battles that often involved incorporating competitor's names into his mixes. Raida's also known for his agile spin-moves, and often making acrobatic cuts on the turntable, through legs, over the shoulder, and using his mouth to cut the fader.

Through his AdiarCor imprint, Roc Raida released over half a dozen CDs and DVDs, that were both mixtapes, documentaries and instructionals for aspiring deejays. His mixtapes, including Crossfaderz, and WHAT! 187 FM are also remembered for their comedic interludes, often making mock commercials for malt liquors, car services and Jamaican nightclubs.

On records, Raida was present for The X-Ecutioners' 2002 album Built From Scratch [click to read], released on Loud/Sony Records. Previously, the deejay crew was infamously recruited by Rick Rubin for his Def American imprint, but failed to reach an agreement.

With his scratching abilities, Roc Raida worked on dozens of classic albums. Highlights include O.C.'s Word...Life, Big Pun's Capital Punishment, Buckshot Lefonque's self-titled debut and Immortal Technique's two Revolutionary [click to read] volumes. As a producer, Roc Raida worked with numerous members of D.I.T.C. and Smif N' Wessun.

Last week, via Grandmaster Roc Raida's MySpace page, his family said this: "Anthony Williams p/k/a/ GM Roc Raida is in the hospital. His family thanks all of his fans for the well wishes and prayers. At this time please allow him and his family privacy to deal with the matter. The rumors and chatter is not accurate and we will release something more in detail at a later time. Thank you on behalf of the family and close friends."

UPDATE: HipHopDX has received a statement from Roc Raida's family, confirming the tragic loss. "Anthony Williams p/k to the world as The Legendary Grandmaster Roc Raida has passed away unexpectedly today September 19 2009. He is survived by his wife, three lovely daughters, mother and friends. Raida was recently in an mixed martial arts accident, something that he has been practicing for several years. Although he had under gone two surgeries with great success, was released to an inpatient physical therapy facility and was in great spirits the past few days. This morning he started to have complications and passed. The family asks for privacy at this time."

Thank you to Spex1 for the following information...

The following information was supplied and approved by Roc Raida's wife Tyeasha.

Grand Master Roc Raida: May 17, 1972 - Sept. 19, 2009

Anthony "Grand Master Roc Raida" Williams was born in Harlem New York on May 17th, 1972 to Brenda Williams-Bolling & William “Tony” He was educated through the NYC Public School System.

He passed away on Saturday, September 19th, 2009 from a cardiac arrest resulting from injuries he suffered in an accident while training in Krav Maga, a type self defense system that he had been studying weekly for the last two years. He was proud that his 15-year-old daughter, Asia, shared his passion for Krav Maga and was the only girl in their class.

At an early age, Anthony joined the Mt Neboh Baptist Church & was baptized under the leadership of the Late Rev. William D. Gardner. It is at Mount Neboh where he served faithfully during his youth. He was a member of the Children's Choir, the Junior Choir, the Usher Board, and a former mascot for the Male Chorus of which his grandfather, the Late Deacon Early Williams was a member.

Anthony Williams was both African-American and Puerto Rican. He lived most of his life in Harlem but after marrying his soul mate, Tyeasha on June 26, 1997, they moved to the Bronx. Several years ago, they realized their dream of owning a home and relocated their family to Maryland. He encouraged and shared in his wife’s dream of one day opening up her own beauty salon.

He began DJing at the age of 12, spinning at local parties around Harlem. By 1995, Roc Raida represented the United States at the DMC World DJ Championships and won! He was the first DJ from New York City to hold this title and was automatically inducted into the DMC/Technics DJ Hall of Fame. Throughout his life, he lived his passion - being a professional Hip Hop DJ. He was blessed to have touring the world as his day job. Williams was honored to have worked with recording artists including Showbiz & AG, Lord Finesse, Kool G Rap and most recently, he toured exclusively with Busta Rhymes.

Although his family called him “Ant” (short for Anthony), he became known worldwide as legendary DJ Roc Raida. In 1999, Grand Master status was bestowed upon him by a group of pioneering Hip Hop DJs, during a conference at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.

Before he passed, he asked his 10 yr. old daughter, Nyra, who was the most interested, of his children, in DJing to take over for him as a DJ. She agreed!

With a very aggressive swagger on the turntables, those who knew Roc Raida were floored by his humbleness. His wife, Tyeasha reports, “His notoriety amazed him every day!” He never took that for granted. Williams was also known to be very quiet, private and easy going. His self-control was commendable unless he was pushed to his limit and then he would roar. In fact, Lord Finesse called his friend “the quiet lion” for this very reason. Those closest to him have the pleasure of remembering him also as a hilarious comedian, loving to joke and laugh.

Roc Raida through battles, performances, videos, dvds and even a Pepsi commercial, influenced thousands of DJs, both to party rock as well as to battle and he took several aspiring DJs under his wing to mentor personally. As a member of legendary turntablist crews, The X-Men and The X-ecutioners, he along with his brothers-in-vinyl took the world by storm, innovating, influencing and inspiring at every turn. In 2006, to progress and contribute to the Hip Hop DJ battle scene, he founded Roc Raida’s Gong DJ Battle, a national DJ battle that occurs annually, combining head to head turntablist dexterity with comedy and drama.

Not only was he a World Champion DJ, he was a dedicated father and husband.

Anthony leaves to cherish his memories; his loving wife: Tyeasha Williams; three beautiful daughters: Asia, Nyra & Tia; one son: Earl Tyric Smiley; mother: Brenda Williams-Bolling; his step-father: Clarence Bolling; mother-in-law: Clarice Powell; father-in-law: Deryl Hunt; sister: Tamneka Bolling; 2 brother-in-laws: Willie Neat & Keith Powell; 3 aunts: Arlene Tramble, Jacquline Knox of FL, & Jacquline (Donald) Tramble; 1 god-sister: Tina Carter; Adoptive Grandmother: Juanita Jackson and a host of cousins & dear friends.

Anthony is now reunited with his grandparents, Deacon Early & Helen Williams & his Aunt Minister Carol Knox.

The family would like to acknowledge these amazing "God-sends". They have truly been Tye's backbone throughout this ordeal. To: Henley "Pro" Halem, Sean C, Fat Man Scoop, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier and Christie Z. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!!

The family would like to expressly thank Chatman-Harris Funeral Home in Baltimore MD as well as Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem NY for their generosity and kindness.

September 19, 2009

The CRDS Fat Tape Vol 14

What's good party people?, first up, I want to send out a MASSIVE thank you to Mr Jared Freeman, he recovered all of the data from my defective hard drive and I honestly can't thank him enough, I feel really privileged to have got everything back... If you live in Wellington and need PC repairs or data recovery at very reasonable prices then don't hesitate to contact me and I will pass on his details...also a big fat shout out to Sweet Tooth for recommending him to me, thank you b.

Here is the 14th installment of the CRDS Fat Tape, more dope 90's goodies that you may or not know, in any case I hope you enjoy it, I had fun compiling this one and went through a ton of joints.

If you haven't already...make sure to check out these 2 dope blogs for rare and obscure Hip Hop uploads

Ministry of Information

Sayin Fresh Rhymes

the crds fat tape vol 14

1-aqui-check out the soound (1995)
2-main one-pauze 2 da drama (1995)
3-joint ventures-gotta give it up (1993)
4-foundation 7-love aint like this (1992)
5-jaz b lat'n-set if off (mista lawnges radio mix) (1994)
6-zhigge-rakin in the dough (uptown bounce mix) (1993)
7-juice with soul-to the uumhm (1993)
8-knowledge-put on your x (underground marley fusion mix) (1992)
9-essence don-simple (1993)
10-broadway-will to survive (1997)
11-us plus one-for all my people locked down (1994)
12-shy rock-pop blows the 9 (1995)
13-the future sound-when the end meets- (life of a futuristic b-boy) (1992)
14-mcm-straight on up (1994)
15-a tribe called quest-lyrics to go (tumblin dice remix) (1994)

Big thanks to Matt Nyce, Kevin Beacham and DJ Sav One

September 12, 2009

Tony Costa Tribute Show

For those in the Wellington area on the 19th September at Bodega, a special tribute show for the late, great Tony Costa will be taking place, there will be a whole host of live talent and DJ's (check the flyer for who is performing) and it's only $10, with proceeds going to the Family of Tony Costa :)


September 1, 2009

CRDS Presents-The Fat Tape Vol 13

Back in business and I would like to extend my utmost gratitude thanks to all of those that have left kind and positive comments in the last post, I really appreciated that, there really are some dope blogs out there and I feel fortunate to know some of the people I do and I want to let them know that this post is especially for you all.

Here is the 13th installment of the CRDS Fat Tape Series, this was, as always a lot of fun to compile (and all dope 90's material) no doubt you probably have heard all of these joints at one time or the other, but you know what you should do, download it and turn it up loud, your speakers/headphones will thank you.

Big thanks to

Matt Nyce (Midschool Heat Volume 2 coming soon)
The T.R.O.Y. blog and
Kevin Beacham


The Underground Come Up
Hip Hop As It Should Be
Back To Da Ground Undaaa

Crates of AG
Wake Your Daughter Up


CRDS Presents-The Fat Tape Vol 13

1-Steady B-Bogardin (Remix) (1994)
2-Brooklyn Zoo-The New Shit (Original Version) (1994)
3-Black Caesar-Black Caesar (1993)
4-Blackhearted Skavangerz-Give Thanx Augusts (Nknasa Mix) (1997)
5-Mikey Dee-Killers On Wax (1997)
6-Lost Cawz-Hooks (1994)
7-King Sun-Big Shots (Remix) (1991)
8-No Concept-Help Us We're Dope (1992)
9-Pen Powz-Penz N Needlez (1994)
10-Eightball-What The Fuck Is The Eightball (Gutter Mix) (1993)
11-Phat Doug ft Preacher Earl-Here We Go (Original) (1995)
12-Da Phemoms-Old School Rule (Drum Mix) (1993)
13-The Jaz ft Jay-Z-It's That Simple (1990)
14-Terminator X ft Juvenile Delinquintz-
Juvenile Delinquintz (Remix Radio Version) (1991)
15-Hard 2 Obtain-Hip Hop Lifestyle (1994) *

*=I actually meant to put Ism and Blues on here, instead of Hip Hop Lifestyle (which is on vol 2, sorry about that chief)

here it is

Hard 2 Obtain ft Artifacts-Ism and Blues (1994)


August 5, 2009

CRDS Presents-The LG Experience

Update: L.G. contacted me and I just wanted to share with you all what he said

Jaz Whats Good.I want to thank you for your post on my work. Its crazy
cause I've had your blog as a favorite for a while,but didn't check it
for a min. I was copying links from some of the best sites I fuck wit
to send to my boy in Detroit & came across the post. I appreciate your
interest dogs. I'm still makin heat.I'm currently workin on albums by
Malay Sparks,Baby Blak,& B.A.M.


The LG Experience pka Patrick Harvey, Easy Moe Bee's younger brother, is one of those producers that you would most likely have heard of and heard, but know nothing about him, this was the case on research for this post, I went all over the net looking for a picture or any other info, I went through old magazines like The Source, Rap Sheet and Rap Pages, but came up with nothing.

Patrick started out producing for The Genius aka The GZA and produced 3 tracks on his debut album, Words From The Genius (1991) Who's Your Rhymin Hero, Super Freak and Stay Out of Bars and then went on the produce for Sista Souljah and the Double XX Posse, french group Supreme NTM, Naughty By Nature, Questionmark Asylum, Shaquille O'Neal, Hurricane (former Beastie Boys DJ, who released a solo album in 1995) Boogiemonsters and a few others, but he is probably best know for his ill remix of Big L's-Put It On and his instantly recognizable production for Ill Al Skratch and the One Love remix for Nas, his production often consisted of lovely horns, dope basslines and fat, crisp drums, as you will hear on the compilation provided.

You know what?, I wish I could provide more information, but there honestly isn't any out there, so props to the LG Experience for the dope production and remixes over the years.

Big thanks to aREAL and The Big Sleep for the info and the hook ups and don't forget to check out his blog

Also, I was sent to this dope link from the T.R.O.Y. blog last year, which has the top 10 joints that L.G. has produced (according to him).


crds presents-the lg experience

1. big l ft kid capri - put it on (l.g. remix)
2. double xx posse - executive class ii
3. questionmark asylum - get with you (l.g. mix)
4. naughty by nature - hldin' fort (l.g. & lorider remix)
5. nas - one love (l.g. main mix)
6. ill al skratch - where my homiez remix (extended)
7. the genius - who's your rhymin' hero
8. hurricane - comin' off (coffee shop remix instrumental)
9. ill al skratch-chill with that (radio remix)
10. boogiemonsters-strange (stranger mixshow mix)
11. ill al skratch - don t shut down on a player remix
12. boogiemonsters-recognized thresholds of negative stress (stressless mix)

Mad more of his music at this ill... blog

August 2, 2009

R.I.P. Baatin

Sadly, one of the founding members of Detroit's Slum Village (J-Dilla (R.I.P.) T3) and Titus "Baatin*" Glover passed away on August 1st from unknown causes (at this stage), he was only 35, but he left a great catalogue of good music behind, other bloggers and websites have already done justice with well written articles on Baatin's passing and you can read them here:

Discography at Discogs

* =
The word Baatin means “hidden” in Arabic, and is nomenclature for the Islamic hidden aspect of God


Slum Village-I Don't Know

Slum Village-Fall In Love

Slum Village-Raise It Up

Black Milk ft Slum Village & Baatin-Action

Black Milk ft Baatin-Eternal

Slum Village-Forth and Back

Slum Village-Keep It On

Slum Village-ELA (Remix) * The very track that sports the name of this blog

July 27, 2009

CRDS Presents-Da Best of 09 Vol 1

And yes y'all...Here are some of my favourite joints from 2009, these are some of the joints that boomed out of my speakers and my fat headphones and these are some of the joints I got a real kick out of while rocking them on the Weds Nite Jam show (Wellington, New Zealand), I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

1. arablak - the deed
2. big tone - business
3. oddisee - hip hop's cool again
4. pugs atomz - roof top
5. blame one - more fiyah
6. doom- absolutely
7. dj js-1 ft-large professor-like this
8. finale ft invincible - the waiting game
9. mos def ft slick rick- auditorium
10. raekwon ft ghost and meth-wu- ooh
11. dj spinna ft torae-lyrics is back
12. j dilla
feat. lil fame-blood sport
13. capone-n-nore-grand-royal
14. ghostface and doom-chinatown wars (remix)
15. meyhem-got the fever

July 21, 2009

Get well soon MCA...

I grew up on the Beastie Boys, so it was with sadness that I heard about Adam Yauch's recent diagnosis of cancer, as a long time fan, I wish him all the best in recovery and I look forward to the Beastie Boys new album, Hot Sauce Committee

This story made our local news and it just shows how influential the Beasties still are

In a video announcement at the group's website, Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch announced that he was recently diagnosed with cancer of a salivary gland and lymph node. The prognosis seems positive--he refers to having surgery next week, and localized radiation treatments after that, but also notes that he had a full-body scan and that the cancer has not spread anywhere else in his body.

All Beastie Boys shows are canceled for now, and the band's new album, Hot Sauce Committee, which was supposed to be released in September, will be pushed back to a later date.

July 9, 2009

Mad, Mad, Mad

Back in the 90's, when certain Hip Hop lingo was
used, it got used a lot, take for instance Flavo(u)r, or Fat (Phat) or Def or Ill, but one word that is still used by many artists and is still used to describe something as dope or really ill, or to mean a lot... is the word Mad.

Mad groups (ha!) and artists either named their group or themselves from this word, ie

Mad Flava,
Mad Kap

Mad Skillz
Mad Drauma
Mad Lion
Da Mad Scientist
Mad Shorties
Mad Flowas
Ruggedness Madd Drama
WC & The Madd Circle
Misfits Of Madness
Mad Fanatic
Mad Sci
Mad Pack
Mad MG's
Madman Shawn
Madd Blunted
Mad Scientist Phase (Brokin English Klik)
Black Madness

Mad Racket
Mad Cobra
Mad Mike
The Mischevious LQ & The Mad Mischief Crew
Mad Doctor X
Kwest The Madd Lad
Madd Syco
Mad African
Da Mad Klique
Mad Rapper

Masta Ace even joked about the word Mad, when he said "I got the mad knife, I'm mad mean, I kill mad crews, I read mad magazine, on his classic joint "Saturday Night Live".

I decided to put together a 15 track compilation of artists and groups with the word Mad in their title... this was fun to make and I hope you enjoy it.

Big thanks to Matt Nyce and
schenectadyfan for some of these joints

crds presents; mad, mad, mad

1-madman shawn-walk thru hell
mad flava-gots ta flow ta this
3-black maddness-wild brooklyn bandits
4-madd blunted-madd blunted

5-da mad scientist-never fear
6-the mischevious lq and the mad mischeif crew-representing

7-mad skillz-skillz in 95
8-misfits of madness-peace the hell out (blunt mix)
9-mad fanatic-massacre
10-mad pack-kill a kopy kat
12-mad sci-set if off
13-mad kap-questions
14-madstyle-halls of horror
15-mad mg's-mad mg's

please add on in the comments of any groups/artists I might have missed.

Update: Verge from T.R.O.Y. posted up his Mad compilation and mentioned a few artists I forgot.

01. Madflowaz - Enter The Realm Pt.1
02. Ruggedness Madd Drama - For Real
03. Mad Doctor X - Keep It Lovely
04. M.A.D. - Prison Or Street
05. Kwest The Madd Lad - What's The Reaction Remix
06. Madd Syco - Handle My Biznezz
07. Mad African - Funk Zone
08. Mad Pack - Six Souls Singin
09. Da Mad Klique - Come Wit It
10. Mad Rapper - freestyle from a Tony Touch tape
11. Mad Lion - That's All We Need

June 30, 2009

R.I.P. Michael Joseph Jackson

:( Wow, this really is the end of an era isn't it?, I know why thousands and thousands (actually it's probably millions) all over the World shed tears and celebrate the strange but incredible career of Michael Joseph Jackson, Michael was an amazing singer/vocalist, dancer and all round talent, I don't know many people that don't know who Michael was and how he influenced so many, but on the real, I am really glad he has now found everlasting peace, Michael didn't have a happy life and behind the smile was years of sadness, but he kept on and was about to embark on a MASSIVE tour, 50 shows, there has been dumb speculation that maybe MJ faked his death, but as a longtime fan, I just don't see it, these concerts he was about to embark on, were to pay off debts and the story goes that he was excited and rehearsing a lot, if the rumours about his painkiller addiction are true, then it's easy to see why Michael burned out.

I don't even know where to start about MJ, I do remember hearing early Jackson 5 material on the radio and pulling out my Dad's Off The Wall album and absolutely loving it when I was a boy and then when Thriller came out I bought the vinyl (still have it) and I was a huge fan, I loved every single track off that album, but "Human Nature" will always play a special part, due to the fact that I had the biggest crush on this girl and that song always made me think of her, she had a boyfriend at the time and I wasn't even acknowledged really, but I always think of her when I listen to "Human Nature" and I remember the year, 1982 when I first heard that song (in fact I was listening to it while typing) and getting a flood of great memories, I also remember the time my step brother came home smiling and he had bought me the Bad tape along with a big poster of the album cover for my birthday, man I wish I still had that and I wish I still had the stickers and cards I used to buy from the dairy (with the sugar filled pink bubble gum), I also regret not ever seeing him live, I have seen (almost) all of my rap heroes, but never Michael.

The thing with Michael's music, it created memories and he had a voice and style that was unique and beautiful, I understand why people have been gathering to his star on the Hollywood walk of fame, I understand why music video channels have been playing Michael Jackson videos over and over, I understand why DJ's and blogs have been putting together special mixes and tributes, I understand why Michael was the voice of many decades and meant so much to so many people, whether it was "Ben" or Michael's efforts with the Jackson 5.

Michael's voice and presence was inescapable and as a long time and saddened fan, I don't believe he was a child molester and I am not willing to go any further with that statement.

I do believe that he was very unhappy for most of his life and that he never had a real childhood, because he was thrust into the spotlight at such an early age and I do believe that Joe Jackson's hard nose parenting, had a lot to do with Michael's unhappiness in later life, but when you hear Michael's music, all that just vanishes and I believe that's when he was at his peak, singing and performing, making music that spread across the globe and spans generation to generation, just like the great, late Bob Marley and rock icon Jimi Hendrix.

R.I.P. Michael, thanks for the great, timeless music and memories, there won't ever be another like you, at least , not in my lifetime.

Here is a compilation of Michael Jackson sampled Hip Hop tracks

I know I am not the first to do this, check the T.R.O.Y.'s blog excellent compilation

Also a dope tribute at Fat Lace

Also check out these dope articles and photo displays

But this is the Cold Rock Da Spot one, so enjoy yourself ;) this post is deciated to Apsara and MJ fans all around the world

CRDS Presents: RIP M.J.

1-Nas-It Aint Hard To Tell (samples "Human Nature")
2-Chubb Rock-Enjoy Yourself (samples "Off The Wall")
3-Derek B-Get Down (samples "I Want You Back")
4-DJ Ace and Daquan-Hard To The Core (cuts up "I'll Be There")
5-Ice Cube-You Know How We Do It (samples "Billy Jean")
6-Tony D-Adam's Nightmare (samples "I Want You Back", before "OPP", truth)
7-Pete Rock & CL Smooth-Appreciate (samples "2-4-6-8")
8-De La Soul-Stakes Is High Intro (samples "Sing A Simple Song")
9-Masta Ace Inc-The B-Side (samples "Aint No Sunshine"
10-MC Lyte-Poor Georgie (samples "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin")
11-Aceyalone-B-Boy Kingdom (samples "I Can't Help It")
12-Michael Jackson-Aint No Sunshine
13-Raekwon-Rainy Dayz (samples "
Aint No Sunshine")
14-Heavy D & The Boyz-Peaceful Journey (samples "Heartbreak Hotel")
15-Large Professor-Mad Scientist (samples "Thriller")