Saturday, December 16, 2017

Aaron Henry ‎- The Poet Laureate - 1997


12" - 1997 - Not On Label  



12" vinyl released in 1997 by Aaron Henry, a Hip-Hop artist from Pennsylvania. The record is composed of four tracks with the instrumentals on the B-side, produced by Aaron Henry, Generation 2000, Ham Bone Washington, Jamal Reid, Sugarcane Otis and the well-known Kokayi, producer from Washington DC.


"Unfettered by the everyday confines of commercial hip-hop, Aaron Henry has his sights set on redefining the world's music scene...., while making a little bit of history for himself at the same time.
This twenty-five year old Capricorn has developed his soulful sound through studying his childhood idols such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Tracy Chapman, and John Mellencamp. 
"My ecletic tapestry seeks to bridge the gap between the old and the new."
Aaron best describes his style by saying "It's a beatnik coffee house funk, filled with bluesy acoustics, folk oriented lyrics and an undeniably hypnotic flow." Aaron likes to keep the majority of his tracks simple but still funky in order to let his baritone poetics take the forefront of his songs.
While avant garde enough for the buzz clip generation, closer inspection reveals Aaron's likeness towards his hip-hop influences: Rakim, De La Soul, Pete Rock, and his hometown favorites, the Roots.
"I admire these individuals because they made hip-hop what it is today with their originality and classic songs. I want to make classics because they never go out of style."
-- and just listen to his work or see him perform. Filled with melodic tunes and bouncy cadences, this dude from Pennsylvania proves to have nothing less than classic material...always striving to out-do himself, Aaron tries to complete one new song a month. "Writing is my favorite thing to do , it helps me keep my insanity!" His laid back rage for the stage and improvisational rhyming skills has also led him to acquire membership within the Washington D.C. based Freestyle Union allowing him a chance to do his thing for the D.C. audiences at the State of the Union, Arena Stage, and also opening for the Last Poets and Guru at the 9:30 Club. "To say his old school feel and off-beat swagger is addictive is an understatement....... so sit back and watch when Aaron Henry drops in his two cents." " - courtesy of  IUMA archives







Album Review : Mad Kap ‎- Look Ma Duke, No Hands - 1993


LP - 1993 - RCA 


From The Source - April 1993







Friday, December 15, 2017

Interview : Knight Rider - Sir Menelik



From Hip Hop Connection - January 1998 






C.A.M - The First Move - 2017


CD - 2017 - C.A.M 

"The First Move" is the debut EP released on November 30th 2017 by the London based emcee C.A.M. 9 tracks produced by Wickstarr and Chro. 
"Listening to 'The First Move' is not a superficial experience but one which pulls the listener deeper into C.A.M's mind state. Through out the project he explores themes of spiritualism, existentialism, and his reflection on life, death, pain and joy. Each track has a part of his mind and soul that touches the listener introspectively."



1 - Cosmos Atum Man
2 - Cold Soul
3 - The Vice Grip
4 - 1st Epiphany
5 - Twin Beacons feat Parallax
6 - Self-reflections
7 - Lazarus
8 - 2nd Epiphany
9 - Gazing out the window feat CW Jones








Orders  

Contact : C.A.M 

Debonair P Presents Debonair Blends 15-19 (5xCD Bundle)




Debonair P is back with a new batch of CDs of his Debonair Blends Mix Series covering 340 tracks over nearly 7 hours :

- Debonair Blends 15: 1990-1994
- Debonair Blends 16: 1992-1994
- Debonair Blends 17: 1995-1997
- Debonair Blends 18: 1995-1997
Debonair Blends 19: 2000-now






Tracklist:

1. BOOSTIN’ KEV - THAT BE BOOSTIN' (REMIX)
2. BOOGIEMONSTERS - RECOGNIZED THRESHOLDS OF NEGATIVE STRESS (REMIX)
3. BIG RED - HOW THEY WANT IT
4. JAMANI - YA'LL KNOW MY STELO
5. KEITH MURRAY - ESCAPISM
6. MADKAP - QUESTIONS
7. SIMON BARR - EMCEE
8. I-POWER - BREAK DA RULEZ
9. BLACK STAR - COMIN' THRU
10. FUNKDOOBIEST - REPRESENT (J&B MIX)
11. SHORTY LONG - SHORTY'Z DOIN' HIS OWN THING
12. DA HENCHMEN - LIVEWIRE
13. REDMAN - SMOKE A BLUNT TOO
14. RAS KASS - REMAIN ANONYMOUS
15. HARD 2 OBTAIN - HIP HOP LIFESTYLE
16. FESU - YA DON'T STOP
17. YZ - SO FAR…
18. FAT JOE - DA FAT GANGSTA
19. KING SUN - GET DOWN WITH DA GET DOWN
20. SILKY BLACK - STEP UP AND GET SOME
21. LO DOWN - FRIGHT NIGHTS
22. ILL BISKITS - GOD BLESS YA LIFE
23. PEP LOVE - ROCK ON
24. OC - BROTHERS ARE FAKE
25. DREDKNOTZ - THE ANTHEM (REMIX)
26. ENDANGERED ELEMENTS - WHATZ THE DEAL
27. MAIN SOURCE W/ THE LOX - SET IT OFF
28. PAULY YAMS & DJ JAZZ - GET PAID
29. ROB O - WORLDWIDE
30. NAS - REPRESENT (ORIGINAL VERSION)
31. DA YOUNGSTAS - IN THE CITY
32. Q-BALL & CURT CAZAL - MAKIN' MOVES
33. RAMPAGE - THE LAST BOY SCOUT
34. EC - BUD TO THE JAZZ
35. ED OG - GOING OUT MY MIND (REMIX)
36. AKINYELE - YO
37. DUNGEON LORDZ - TOLD YA
38. FREDDIE FOXXX - CAN'T BREAK AWAY
39. GRAND PUBA - HIP HOP
40. RAKIM - SHADES OF BLACK
41. BAS BLASTA - AIN'T WHATCHA DO
42. BROTHER ARTHUR - WHAT YOU GONNA DO
43. INFINITE DESCRIPTION - SWINGING TIGHT
44. MENTAL CASTAWAYS - UNDERSTAND ME
45. MOBB DEEP - HOLD DOWN THE FORT
46. DA CHOZEN - THE FUNK IS ON
47. LOTNS - CLASSIC MATERIAL (REMIX)
48. MR RUFFNECK - FREAKY FLOW
49. RAGGEDY MAN & SNAGGAPUSS - ALL MEN ARE DOGS
50. URBAN THERMO DYNAMICS - HARDCORE NIGHTS
51. AMP BOOGIE - MAINTAIN
52. T-MAX - REAL MCS
53. BLACK PRINCE & AZIATIC - PROPS & SPECS
54. LONNIE O - IT'S LIKE DAT RMX
55. GODFATHER DON - COLORS OF DEATH
56. K-OTIC FAMILY - VACCINE
57. SOCIETY - RAP AS AN ART
58. GHETTO CONCEPT - CERTIFIED (REMIX)
59. REGGIE CAPERS - DO IT LIKE THAT
60. US PLUS ONE - FOR ALL MY PEOPLE LOCKED DOWN
61. KIRK - CATCH THE BEAT
62. KOOL KAY DEE - TROPHY ON THE MANTLE
63. MADPACK - SIX SOULS SINGIN'
64. MASSIVE STAFF - SUSPECT
65. SCIENTIFIK - ALL AROUND G
66. UMC'S - WE GO
67. DA FAT CAT CLIQUE - YOUNG GIRLS ARE MY WEAKNESS
68. DIVINE BEINGS - ROCK ON
69. ZIGG ZAGG - DA PROGNOSIS
70. GRAND DADDY IU - TAKE IT FROM DA TOP


 Orders 


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Low Budget Butta' - 1997




Few days ago I blogged something about C-Vorheez and I realized that I had never blogged about this various artists compilation called "Low Budget Butta' " released in 1997 on The Low Budget Brothers label. The comp is dope from the beginning to the end... but unfortunately really hard to find it. A lot of cats are looking for that wax but the price puts a damper on their enthusiasm.


LP - 1997 - Low Budget Brothers - Photo courtesy of Gabriel Chev


 The Label was created by the association of 3 producers : Ra Hanna a.k.a Ultra , Sheldon Ellerby a.k.a Coz or C-Vorheez and Kyle Monroe a.k.a Dj A.C.L .
Coz hailed from Paterson NJ, Ultra and A.C.L were both from Passaic, NJ. The name of Ultra may not speak to you but you should already know him ... in the Mid-90s he produced records for X-Clan and Dark Sun Riders under the name of UltraMan.
At that time, Dj A.C.L acronym for All Cuts Lethal from Marley Marl Future Flavors Radio, worked with his cousin Keith Shawn Williams a.k.a Seven Shawn formerly of World Renown.
"Ultra and I grew up together in the city of Passaic, NJ. He is a mentor to me in djing and producing. I met Coz after Ultra move to Paterson, NJ. Ultra introduced me to him." 


The album is composed of 12 tracks featuring different New Jersey based artists like Mystro Enerjetic, Flexman who is also a DJ from Paterson, Mad African, Seven Shawn (World Renown), C-Voorheez, Flip Da Scrip or the mysterious Kinetic, an emcee who met for the first time Ultra at Smack Studios in Englewood NJ. According to Dj A.C.L "Kinetic was introduced to me through Ultra I believe. When we met he was based out of Hackensack, NJ." 








It also features groups like The Chozen Ones a.k.a Da Chozen, a crew from Paterson NJ who consisted of Eshawn, T-Smooth, Big Bunk, B-Hop, Shortcutt (R.I.P) and Dj Tab DiBiassi.








or Crooked Anglez and Mental Ward (Sludge Champion, Slo-Flo, Les Jah, Master Poet & The Sandman), two groups who were both affiliated to the Crystal Lake crew.

Photos courtesy of Ozone Crew 







About productions, all the tracks were made by Ultra, ACL and Coz with pure indie Hip-Hop style. Four instrumentals for each producer :


A1. C-Voorheez - Dreams - Produced by Coz
A2. Crooked Anglez, Mental Ward, Kinetic, C-Voorheez - The Six Mcees Vs The ACL Death - Produced by ACL
A3. Mystro Enerjetic - Problem Child - Produced by Ultra
A4. Flexman - Blowin Out Ya Speakers - Produced by Coz
A5. Mad African - Funk Zone - Produced by Ultra
A6. Mental Ward - Choose Ya Fate - Produced by Coz
B1. Kinetic - Mom's Is The Ghetto - Produced by ACL
B2. Chozen Ones - Type Niggazz - Produced by Ultra
B3. Kinetic, Flip Da Scrip - Root To All Evil - Produced by Ultra
B4. Seven Shawn - Relic For A Lost Place - Produced by ACL
B5. Crooked Anglez - War - Produced by Coz
B6. Kinetic - T2 - Produced by ACL



Unfortunately this album was the only project released by the label :
"We only did one project because I funded it all... we did pre production at coz's studio and recorded in NY . It was just us tired of listening to wack artists so we banded together to prove we could do it. I have other songs that didn't make the album. It was a dope experience." - Ultra


Photo courtesy of Kyle ACL Monroe



Me : "The comp is really appreciated by the record collectors nowadays, do you think there will be a reissue one day ?"
ACL : "Really? I mean I've heard rumors but never looked into it. That's cool. There was so many tracks that didn't make the cut. Hence the title. There may be one day with bonus instrumental tracks and songs."
Ultra : "Never"


well... I hope Dj ACL will manage to change Ultra's mind, fingers crossed !! Peace

Props to Ra Hanna & Kyle ACL Monroe  


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Album Review : Sadat X - Wild Cowboys - 1996


2xLP - 1996 - Loud Records 


From Rap Pages - July 1996 - Scan courtesy of Max the Keeper






Grown Man Rap Show - Episode 146 - Paul Nice & DJ Toast




Hosted by veterans DJ Toast & Paul Nice and broadcast live every Sunday night 10pm-12 midnight (ET) from 91.5 WRPI (Albany NY), Toast & Paul bring you 2 hours of the best in vintage & contemporary true school Hip Hop.

This is Episode 146 - originally aired on December 10, 2017






3rd Bass “Wordz of Wizdom” (1989)
3rd Bass “Wordz of Wizdom (Death In the Afternoon Mix)” (1989
(Paul Nice set)
Cold Crush Brothers "Fresh, Wild, Fly and Bold" (1984)
Paul Nice f. Tony Touch & Stimulus "World Tour"
Paul Nice f. Tony Touch "Award Tour Dubplate"
Stimulus "The Master (Instrumental)"
Jurassic 5 "Concrete Schoolyard" (1998)
Common "No Sell Out"
KRS-One "Sound of da Police" (1993)
Oxygen "Feel Good Music"
Jay-Z "Public Service Announcement (Paul Nice Remix Take 3)"
The Jaz f. Jay-Z "The Originators" (1990)
Eric B & Rakim "I Know You Got Soul" (1987)
Showbiz & AG "Party Groove" (1991)
Stetsaonic "Go Stetsa I" (1986)
Stetsaonic "DBC Let The Music Play (Instrumental)" (1988)
Ultramagnetic MCs "Feelin It" (1988)
Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud "Super Casanova" (1988)
Kings of Swing "Nod Your Head To This" (1990)
Jorun Bombay Presents The Rampagers "Rampage"
(DJ Toast set)
Redman “Pick It Up” (1996)
Redman “Pick It Up (Remix)” (1997)
Tha Alkaholiks “Daam!” (1994)
KRS-One “Step Into a World (Rapture’s Delight)” (1997)
Jay-Z “Friend or Foe ’98” (1997)
Pharoahe Monch “Simon Says” (1999)
Jungle Brothers “Beeds On a String” (1989)
Slick Rick “It’s a Boy (Remix)” (1991) – Large Pro Remix
Latee “No Tricks” (1988) – 45 King episode
The High & Mighty f. Mos Def & Mad Skillz “B-Boy Document ’99” (1999)
M.O.P. “Salute” (1996)
Superstar Quamallah “Superstar Is In Ya Town” (1999)
EPMD f. K-Solo “Knick Knack Paddy Wack” (1989)
Nas “Get Down” (2002)
The Roots f. Bahamadia “Push Up Ya Lighter” (1996)
Gang Starr “Work” (1999)
The Notorious B.I.G. “Gimme the Loot” (1994)
Eric B & Rakim “Microphone Fiend” (1988) 
Show & AG “Next Level (Premier Remix” (1995) 
Non Phixion “The CIA Is Trying To Kill Me” (2002)
Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs “I Got To Have It” (1991)