December 28, 2016

Joint of The Week: Jaz.B Lat'n -"Boombatta" (1994)

























Boogie Down's Jaz.B Lat'n made a little noise in 1994 with the "Set Off" 12" inch (which featured a dope Mista Lawnge remix) and the Street Gamins EP and then promptly vanished from the scene.




















I always found it interesting that some of the production was done by Winston Rosa of cheesy 2 In A Room fame (but I guess us older heads are guilty of enjoying "Wiggle It" at some stage haha) as this was pure 90's Hop Hop, fat drums, rumbling bass lines, horns, vocal cuts and heavy jazz samples if I could compare JBL to anyone else it would definitely be The Wascals in fact if JBL did stick around to record a full album, they would have done well to recruit
J-Swift.

I chose "Boombatta" off the EP because I loved the production and cuts and it really was a fine slice of East Coast Boom Bap...

I wonder what JBL do with themselves these days?

December 21, 2016

Joint of The Week: All City Productions- "Bust Your Rhymes" (1992)



"Bust Your Rhymes" was released way back in the truly golden age of 1992 and I think a lot of heads slept on this and veered more towards the classic "Unsouled Mysterme" by Mysterme and DJ 20/20.



But "Bust Your Rhymes' was just as dope and featured a very impressive line up of Bay Area MC's going going for broke over a fat funk track peppered with Old School chants and samples provided by Joe Quixx you had the likes of Motion Man, Sway (yes that Sway), Mysterme, Evol (The B.U.M.S.) Kool Kaz (Alski) from memory it was the debut appearances for Evol, Mysterme and Kool Kaz as Sway and King Tech released their debut 12" back in 1988 but were more likely known for the "Follow For Now" 12" released in 1990.

 I'd like to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and I really hope that 2017 is a much better year for you all than the cesspit of garbage that was 2016.

In the new year (or maybe before) I will be posting up a best of 2016 Remixes compilation, It's A Remix! (96 Edition), Non LP/B-Sides compilation and more of the Joints of the Week, thanks for reading and spreading the compilations/music around.

Peace




December 17, 2016

Joint of The Week: Southpaw-"Break Wide" (1993)

























Thanks to the beauty of the internet aka the World's biggest online music store...you get to hear dope albums that you might have only been exposed to once or twice to back in the day (or not at all).

So a fat shout out goes to OGDonNinja for reminding me of the debut album from Cleveland, Ohio's Southpaw...I chose the track "Break Wide" as I have always loved the Prince "Under The Cherry Moon" loop, the breezy guitar sample and MC Breed sample from his classic "Aint No Future In Yo Frontin" joint...plus the smooth flows of Prof K and Champion are the icing on the cake.

I highly recommend the Left Hand Rule album and if I could compare it to another...it would be the debut album from OG Style-I Know How To Play Em which used a barrage of classic breaks and familiar samples and made them sound fresh which is exactly what the Left Hand Rule album does.

One

RIP Prince
RIP MC Breed
RIP The Original E (OG Style)
RIP Big Boss (OG Style, 4 Deep)

December 9, 2016

Joint of The Week: Dredknotz-Concentration (1994)

























Every week I'm going to start featuring an older track that I feel deserves to be heard and this week it's the raw and pure mid 90's Hip Hop steez from Flatbush, Brooklyn's underrated Dredknotz with the track "Concentration" taken from the groups promo 12" of" Causin' A Menace" released in 1994.

I wish they had a full album but unfortunately the Dredknotz were one of the many artists that got jerked by the Elektra label (see INI, Deda etc) so it's not known if they recorded a full length album.














What's not to love here? A deep and rumbling bass line, horns (a 90's staple), phat drums, a classic Big Daddy Kane vocal cut to shreds and Benz's ill and raspy vocals.

For those not in the loop, Benz first appeared alongside Cage (aka Mudbones) in 1993 on Prime Minister Pete Nice's and Daddy Rich's first (and only) solo LP Dust To Dust on the joints "Rich Bring It Back" and "3 Blind Mice" along side Kurious respectively.





















Check out Benz speaking on what happened with the Elektra deal and check out a video he released earlier in the year.



Mad props to Alexandre Circuit Power for the 320 rip of the Dredknotz joint :)

One

December 4, 2016

RIP 2016...

Peace...you know in all honesty I still find it hard to take in at exactly how many celebrities we have lost this year alone and I for one will be very glad to see the back of 2016.

R.I.P. to all of these great artists that all made an impact on my Life in some way...

Prince
David Bowie
Glenn Frey

John Berry (Beastie Boys)

Phife Dawg
Leonard Cohen
Maurice White
Sharon Jones

Vanity
Ray Columbus

Bob Cranshaw

Colonel Abrams

Craig Gill (Inspiral Carpets)
Trisco Pearson (Force MD's)
3-2 (The Convicts)
DDTX (Lighter Shade of Brown)
Prince Buster

Steve Young (MAARS)
Alan Vega (Suicide)
Bernie Worrell
Prince Be (PM Dawn)
Tenor Fly
Billy Paul
Lonnie Mack
Keith Emerson
Dale Griffin (Mott The Hopple)
Nick Caldwell (The Whispers)
Otis Clay
Eddie Harsch (The Black Crowes)
Lewie Steinberg (Booker T & The MGs)
Gov Mattic
Smylez
Mic Gillette (Tower of Power)
Ice Cold Lils 3000 (B-Girl from New Zealand)
DJ Big Kap
Paul Kanter (Jefferson Airplane)

November 29, 2016

Track ID Help



Does anyone have an ID on this dope joint?...I downloaded it in 2015 but I didn't tag it with the artist.
I have searched and Shazamed but nothing yet.
Leave a comment if you know...
Peace

November 26, 2016

2016-JMS Presents-It's A Remix! Vol 5 (90 Edition)




01-3rd Bass-Product Of The Environment (Project Remix)
02-K-Solo-Your Mom's In My Business (Remix)
03-Special Ed-Come On, Let's Move It (Remix)
04-Brand Nubian-Slow Down (Pete Rock Newromix)
05-M.C. Shan-Time For Us To Defend Ourseleves (Defending Remix)
06-Low Profile-Funky Song (Remix)
07-Audio Two-Get Ya Mother Off The Crack (Remix)
08-EPMD-Gold Digger (E&P's Remix)
09-Kwamé And A New Beginning - Hai Love (Back To The Boneage Mix)
10-Boo Yaa T.R.I.B.E.-Psyko Funk (Remix)
11-King Tee-At Your Own Risk (Budha Mix)
12-Lakim Shabazz-Need Some Lovin' (Anttex Remix)
13-Majestic Productions-Front Line (Remix)
14-C.P.O.-Ballad Of A Menace (Homicidal Theme Remix)
15-Eric B & Rakim-In The Ghetto (Freestyle Mix)

November 19, 2016

2016-JMS Presents The Daily Commute Volume 2













Peace...In all honesty it has been a crazy, confusing and hectic week no make that year, 2016 has been so freaking unkind to the entertainment industry and the World in general...but like I always do I manage to find solace in good music and often make compilations that I enjoy listening to while riding the train/bus in the morning and in the evening or doing chores or just zoning out...

Just like the last one or for any other compilation that you find on my blog, I sincerely hope you find something new and enjoy the ride as much as I do. RIP Sharon Jones.

2016-JMS Presents The Daily Commute Volume 2

1-Cisco Cisco-Jazzy Nights (Andres Vegas Stripped Mix)
2-Lump-Rain
3-Larse-Taboche
4-Scott Diaz-Vinyl Love (Original Mix)
5-Viken Arman-A White Shadow
6-Pin-Right Time (Northern Zone Remix)
7-Mage-Summer In The City
8-Mitekiss-Chasing
9-Kasper, SATL & Lurch-Sky Turns Black
10-ODD - Making Moves (Original Mix)
11-David Hasert - Heart & Soul (Original Mix)
12-Bert H & High N Sick - Escape
13-LowXY-Forsaken
14-Vacant-High Rise
15-Bonobo-Kerela

November 12, 2016

A Tribe Called Quest-We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service...






Throughout these very dark and bewildering times, we now have the sixth and final ATCQ album We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service (the tile is apparently a reference to Veterans Day) in our ears to take our mind off this crazy World and I personally feel that it is better than expected and a fitting farewell to the late, great Phife with a few missteps that hinder the album somewhat.

It's an album with a smorgasbord of talented musicians and artists (Andre 3000, Jack White, Elton John, Anderson Paak and Busta Rhymes) along with a few others, the album sets off on a classic sounding Tribe vibe with "The Space Program" and hearing Tip and Phife trade verses and Jarobi going for broke was just pure enjoyment...that track along with "The Donald" (featuring a gruff sounding Busta Rhymes), "Solid Wall of Sound" (featuring Elton John) which is actually hard to describe but I personally think it works on all levels and "We The People" with it's fat and loud Black Sabbath drums, Q-Tip abusing the m.i.c. with lyrics of consciousness and truth are definite highlights.

"Whateva Will Be" again sounds like 90's Tribe but with a modern twist, "Dis Generation" (with an aggressive Busta Rhymes) could easily make radio, but radio is far more interested in playing and supporting cookie cutter trash made by ignorant idiots that have no business being in the industry and while I'm not huge on the Andre 3000 feature on  "Kids" it isn't the worst track on the album, no that honour goes to the "The Killing Season"...that one should have been left off the album.

Kanye's hook was just awful and I wasn't feeling Talib on this one, he wasn't wack I just...I don't know...it didn't move me at all.

The somber and very heartfelt and honest ode to their fallen comrade Phife can be found on "Lost Somebody" but in all honesty this track confuses me, why does it break into silence at 4:19? yes I get that it was to showcase Jack White but the chorus cuts off abruptly...and seems a bit odd.

"Ego" is another dope sure-shot as is "Moving Backwards" (with Anderson Paak) but "Conrad Tokyo" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) "Mobius  are fairly average fare.

I would say that this is overall a better album than The Love Movement and as a long time fan I am still quite impressed with this album, despite the missteps.

7/10

Edit:  The poppy "Enough" is actually a delicious slice of soulful Tip and is a complete ear worm with lush production.

ATCQ appeared on Saturday Night Live and honoured Phife with a superb performance.


November 6, 2016

2016-JMS Presents-It's A Remix! Vol 4 (94 Edition)













2016-JMS Presents-It's A Remix! Vol 4 (94 Edition)

1-Nas-It Ain't Hard To Tell (Remix)
2-Organized Konfusion ft Large Professor-Stress (Remix)
3-Scotty D-Got Ya Heads Boppin (Laquan Mix)
4-Craig Mack-Flava In Ya Ear (Easy Mo Mix)
5-Shyheim-One's 4 Da Money (Mad Dollarz Radio Remix)
6-Kirk-Down Low (Remix)
7-Ahmad-Back In The Day (Remix)
8-Extra Prolific-Brown Sugar (Remix)
9-The Nonce-Mix Tapes (81st Street Subliminal Remix)
10-Da Youngstas-Hip Hop Ride (Mellow Remix)
11-Ice Cube-What Can I Do (East Side Remix)
12-Lords Of The Underground-Tic Toc (Remix)
13-Casual-Later On (Casual's Low Down Remix)
14-Keith Murray-The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World (Green-Eyed Remix - Radio Version)
15-Tha Alkaholiks-Mary Jane (Remix)

*Volume 5 (The '90 Edition will be up in the near future)

November 1, 2016

2016-JMS Presents-It's A Remix! Vol 3 ('93 Edition)




2016-JMS Presents-It's A Remix! Vol 3 ('93 Edition)

1-Masta Ace Incorporated-Saturday Night Live (LA Jay Remix)
2-Yaggu Front-Left Field ('Step To This' Remix)
3-Rumpletilskinz-Is It Alright (Remix)
4-Trends Of Culture-Valley Of The Skinz (Jes Wes Remix)
5-De La Soul-Ego Trippin' (Part Two) (LA Jay Remix)
6-Digital Underground-The Return Of The Crazy One (Lean Butter-Bean Remix)
7-Volume 10-Pistolgrip-Pump (UK Jazz Mix)
8-Original Flavor -All That (Hard Beats Remix)
9-Mobb Deep-Peer Pressure (The Large Professor Remix)
10-Rakim-Heat It Up (One For The Bronx Remix)
11-Mesanjarz Of Funk-Keep It Flowin' (Remix)
12-Ghetto Philharmonic-Don't Bite The Concept (Underground Mix)
13-YZ-The Return (Remix)
14-Sham &The Professor-So-Low-1st (Remix)
15-Da King & I-Tears (Darp Vibe (Radio Edit)

October 30, 2016

2016-JMS Presents-It's A Remix! Vol 2 ('92 Edition)




















2016-JMS Presents-It's A Remix! Vol 2 (92 Edition)

1-K-Solo-Letterman (Solid Scheme Remix)
2-E.S.P.-Fingertips (Clap Your Hands) (Funky Vocal Remix)
3-Kwame-Can U Feel It! (Pass The O.J. Mix)
4-Ultramagnetic MC's-Poppa Large (West Coast Remix)
5-Cypress Hill-Latin Lingo (Prince Paul Mix)
6-Double XX Posse-Head Cracker (Lounge Mix)
7-Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth-Straighten It Out (Vocal Remix)
8-Kurious-Walk Like A Duck (Madik Mix)
9-Chubb Rock-I'm Too Much (Hands On The Sax Mix)
10-The Funk Family-Anyway (Baka Boyz Remix)
11-Common-Breaker 1'9 (Beatnuts Remix)
12-King Tee-Black Togetha Again (Marley Marl Remix)
13-MC Serch Ft. Red Hot Lover Tone, Nas, O.C.& Chubb Rock-Back To The Grill (T-Ray Remix)
14-Yall So Stupid-85 South (Remix)
15-Poison Clan-Action (Mike Fresh Nasty mix)