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


June 11, 2017

J.M.S. Joint of The Week: Sylvan Esso - "Rewind" (2017)
















What Now the sophomore album from Durham, North Carolina Electro-Pop outfit
Sylvan Esso (Amelia Meath and Nicholas Sanborn) has been on high rotation since it's release back in April of 2017.





















What Now is the follow up to their debut self titled album released in 2014 that contained the gems "Hey Mami" and "Play It Right".

While I enjoy all of the album a great deal, "Rewind" is one that I often go back to, it's just a perfect slice of Electro-Pop provided by Nicholas's interesting array of production, laid-back guitars, clattering kettle drums, bass and wobbling synth sound and Amelia's glittering and airy vocals.

It's all described beautifully by Amelia herself...

"This is about me watching scenes from movies over and over again when I was a kid, learning turns of phrases and dance moves, and how to be a person. The chorus is about repeated viewings on VHS — how when you are rewinding something the picture dims and when you press 'play,' the room floods with light again. It is about building your personality from media, and then slowly dismantling it to become an honest human and an amalgamation of your influences from family, friends, movies, music and idols."



June 3, 2017

2017-J.M.S. Presents - Dem No Wicked Like (90's Ragga/Hip Hop Compilation)




01 A Tribe Called Quest - His Name Is Mutty Ranks (Produced by The Ummah) (1998)
02 Nicodemus, Junior Demus, Super Cat, Junior Cat - Cabin Stabbin (Remix) (Produced by Kenny Dope and Little Louie Vega) (1994)
03 Burro Banton - Sensi Cheeba (Hip Hop Mix) (Produced by Bobby Konders) (1995)
04 Apache - Hey Girl (feat. Milo & Collie Weed) (Produced by Large Professor) (1993)
05 Asher-D - Ragga Talk (Produced by Simon Harris) (1991)
06 Shinehead ft. Sleepy Wonder - Me and Them (Produced by Sugarless) (1994)
07 Jigsy King - Gimme The Weed (Break A Dawn Remix) (Produced by Buddah Stretch) (1995)
08 Capleton ft. Q-Tip - Original Man (1997) (Produced by Herbie Miller, Ian Allen)
09 Jamal-Ski ft. Michael Rose - Ragga Youth (Produced by T-Ray) (1993)
10 Red Fox -Ya Can't Test Me Again (Produced by DJ Premier) (1993)
11 Culture Posse - For Real (Troopa's Jeep Mix) (1993) (Produced by Kasem and Kenny Dope)
12 Kali Ranks - Kill Dem All (Produced by Marc Pomeroy) (1995)
13 Shabba Ranks - Ting-A-Ling (Remix) (Produced by K-Def and Marley Marl) (1993)
14 De La Soul ft. Yankee B - Itzsoweezee (Hot) (De La Soul Remix) (1996)
15 Buju Banton - Champion [Hip Hop Remix] (Produced by "Prince Charles" Alexander and Rob "Fonksta" Bacon)
16 Da Bush Babees - Remember We (Salaam Remi Version) (1995)
17 Poor Righteous Teachers - Selah (1993) (Produced by Tony-D)
18 Terror Fabulous - Yaga Yaga ft. Gary Minott (Beatminerz Remix) (1994)
19 Mad Cobra - Flex (Sex Mix) (Produced by Clifton "Specialist" Dillon) (1992)
20 George Nooks and Lupa - Real Man (Radio Edit) (Produced by PK and Psycho Les) (1996)

2017-J.M.S. Presents - Dem No Wicked Like (90's Ragga/Hip Hop Compilation)









R.I.P.