Saturday, November 18, 2017

E.C. ILLA - Seeds, Stems & Gems LP - 2017

CD / Tape - 2017 - Big Herc, Inc

The Chicago based emcee E.C. Illa is back with his last limited edition project "Seeds, Stems & Gems" released on CD and Cassette, containing tracks recorded between 1991 and 1996. 

"Hear an 18-23 year old Illa in the early stages of his career, repping the city of Chi to the fullest on the album's never-before-released tracks. Seeds, Stems & Gems also includes the brand new song "Golden Era Sh#t", featuring M.O.P.
As with all of EC's releases, the recording quality on this album is of the upmost quality, with solid 90's production by EC himself and Panik of The Molemen, among others.
The cover art was drawn by Hip-Hop Legend, Schoolly D and  each copy of Seeds, Stems & Gems will also come with a limited edition "Chicago Hip Hop & It Don't Stop" logo sticker, designed by Chicago Graf king, SLANG"

350 copies only (300 CDs & 50 Cassettes).
Pre-Orders only available at for 2 more weeks, then gone forever ... 
Don't Sleep Fellas !

(For Info : No additional shipping charges for International orders.)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Evidence - Weather or Not - 2018

LP - 2018 - Rhymesayers Ent. 

01 - The Factory
03 - Powder Cocaine feat. Slug & Catero
04 - Jim Dean
05 - Weather or Not
06 - Moving Too Fast feat. Catero
07 - Runners feat. Defari
08 - Bad Publicity feat. Krondon
09 - Rain Drops
10 - Sell Me This Pen feat. Alchemist & Mach Hommy
11 - Love Is A Funny Thing feat. Styles P, Rapsody, & Khrysis
12 - 10,000 Hours
13 - What I Need
14 - To Make A Long Story Longer feat. Jonwayne
15 - Wonderful World feat. Rakaa
16 - By My Side Too

"Evidence has returned to deliver his third solo album, Weather or Not, the final chapter in The Weatherman series before beginning the next saga. “As a writer and a rapper, I’ve been using the weather as a metaphor my whole career,” Evidence explains. “On the Dilated Peoples song “Guaranteed”, I had a line that said, ‘Some think I’m clever, others think I’m the one who makes too many references to weather… or not.’ Every time I would perform that song live, the crowd would always say the ‘or not’, so I knew I was on to something, and it would eventually be an album title.” 

For Weather or Not, Evidence tapped a stellar cast of producers to share duties with, including Alchemist, DJ Premier, Nottz, DJ Babu, Twiz The Beat Pro, Sam I Yam and Budgie. The album also features an all-star lineup of guests and friends, including Slug (Atmosphere), Rakaa (Dilated Peoples), Alchemist, Styles P, Rapsody, Jonwayne, Defari, Krondon, Khrysis, Mach Hommy and Catero. 

“I made this album with loyalists in mind,” Evidence says. “There’s nothing that’s unintentional. There are no wasted words.” While the album predominantly highlights his talent as a rapper, Evidence is also a well known producer, photographer and videographer. But, for all of his non-stop, high-level productivity, Evidence is most notably modest, a quality fully captured on Weather Or Not. 

“Now that the album is finished, I can see clearly that every single song serves its own purpose. To me, it’s like a playlist, or a greatest hits collection…except that none of these songs existed before I made them.” "

Release Date : January 26th 2018
Pre-Orders : Vinyl / CD 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nitebreed - Volume 1 - 1993

12" - 1993 - Necks Hit Records 

Let's talk about this wax which was sold on ebay few days ago for a crazy price... 765 $...
Anyway, It was released on Necks Hit Records in 1993 by Nitebreed a.k.a Nitebreed The Prince Of Darkness. 

The 12" is composed of 3 tracks : "Beep Out Of The F-Words" which contains a sample of "Mysterious Traveller" performed by The Weather Report,  "22 Quick And Ez Ways To Cook A Homosexual" and "Hard 2 Kill". 
All the tracks were produced by Nitebreed himself with the help of Dj Blaspheme and Scott Tracy Taylor.

If you want to talk about the lyrics, the label had a clear-cut position :  "These Lyrics depict graphic reality from the grim perspective of a young black male in Amerikkka 1993 and may be considered offensive to homosexuals, feminists, Police officers, lesbians and caucasians in general. However, we at Necks Hit Records don’t really give a fuck. "

Microphone Check : Phase II - UMC's

From The Source - April 1994 - Scan courtesy of Frederic Thecle 

Stones Throw Presents Radio City Chaos, Vol. 1 - 1998

Cassette - 1998 - Stones Throw Records

Etienne from Til.Infinity Blog has recently dropped a Stones Throw Records cassette sampler with 28 minutes of snippets from Stones Throw 12'' singles catalogue.

Rasco - Intro
Lootpack - Likwit Fusion
The Turntablist - Super Duper Duck Break #1
Rasco - Suckas Don't Respect It
Persevere - Word Agression
Peanut Butter Wolf & Planet Asia - In Your Area

The Turntablist & J-Rocc - Super Duper Duck Break #2
Rasco - Heat Seeking
Fanatik- Amuzin
Persevere - Oblivion
Peanut Butter Wolf & Dave Dub - Necromancin
Lootpack - Episode #1

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lab Technicians - Scientists Of Sound

From Hip Hop Connection - August 1996

 LP - 1996 - Downlow Ent.

From Hip Hop Connection - January 1997

N-Tense - Raise The Levels Of The Boom - 1993

12" - 1993 - Phat Wax Records

From The Source Magazine - November 1993 - Scan courtesy of Frederic Thecle

Scan courtesy of Blu' Warta (RIP)

Written by Cristina E. Desposito - February 24, 2005

Monday, November 13, 2017

4izacru ‎- I Know Ya Style / Boriqua Skinz - 1995

12"- 1995 - Rukus Records 

In April, I blogged both tracks of this rare wax released on Rukus Records in 1995 but didn't have any information about this group. Since then, I've been in contact with M-Tri who produced the track "I know My Style" and he gave me some info about 4izacru :

"The members of 4izacru were Kid Dynamite, Cos, Steve Lover and DJ Furious. They were from Sunset Park Brooklyn, NY and were managed by Hot Dawg (Chubb Rock's dancer). I met them around 93/94. I worked with Kid Dynamite in a department store and we became cool. He told me him and his brother Cos were in a group and I played him some beats which led to working on "I Know Ya Style". They pressed that up with "Boriqua Skinz" as the flip side which was produced by Hot Dawg. I think they pressed up 500 copies. I produced another track for them that was supposed to be for their album. They also pressed another single "Boriqua Mameez". I lost touch with them around 1997. A few years ago I found out through a mutual friend that Steve Lover had passed away." - Courtesy of M-Tri

I'm sure it won't be a problem for you to listen to these tracks again !  R.I.P Steve Lover

Props to M-Tri

Hype - HHC 1996 : Dobie

From Hip Hop Connection - August 1996 

 EP - 1995 - Pussy Foot Records 

Recluse Crew - More Raw - 2017

LP - 2017 - Vinyl Digital

A1 - Hardcore feat. Disputeone & Bravado
A2 - The Dawning feat. Kurious
A3 - Original Brothers feat. Basement Khemists
A4 - How We Live feat. Absouljah
B1 - HIgher feat.Mellow Man ace
B2 - Who Are We feat. Deploi
B3 - Love For Music feat. Disputeone & Bravado
B4 - Just Rappin feat. Disputeone

300 Copies Only !
Shipping Date : December 15th 2017


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Album Review : Yall So Stupid - Van Full Of Pakistans - 1993

LP - 1993 - Rowdy Records

Press Sheet scan by Frederic Thecle 

From The Source Magazine - May 1993 

The Spearhead X version in this video doesn't appear on the album. If you're looking for that version , check the 12" !

Vakill ‎- Demo - 199X

Demo - 199X - Molemen 

A Vakill's demo tape has recently been unearthed by my man Hakan Dougpark. The tape is composed of 2 tracks "From Womb To Tomb / The Chicago Way" produced by Panik of Molemen. No more info about the release date.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Ill Brothers - Mescaline - 1994

12" - 1994 - Nerve Deafness Recordings 

In 1994 , the L.A based group The Ill Brothers or Ill Brothers Project (IBP) dropped a 12" composed of 6 tracks, released on the Label Nerve Deafness Recordings. The main single of the wax is the excellent "Mescaline - The Funky Dope Maneuver" produced by Dj Homicide. The other tracks are produced by The Ill Brothers, Dj Homicide and Zulu Gremlin.

"Snikaze McSweeny & Ill Brother Chatone met during High School Geometry Class in 1988. They both immediately recognized that they were both deep into Hip-Hop Music and Culture. ILL Brother Chat invited Snikaze to kick rhymes over beats at his house, Shit was dope so it became official. Later they met underground locals : Emcee, Jay Jaballas & Turntablist, DJ G-Wiz. The Ill Brothers Posse was now in full effect. Tired of trying to get signed to a major Label , They decided go their own route and make their own records." - Ill Brothers 

Picture and Demo courtesy of O.Wang

"I received this demo from the So Cal hip-hop group, Ill Brothers Posse, circa 1994, just as I was beginning my first regular radio show at KALX in Berkeley. The A-side had five songs (though only four are titled) and for years, I didn't know if the B-side was part of the demo or what; the only label was "Uno" but now I think it might be a 3-song demo from OMD (Of Mexican Descent). In any case, I always dug the IBP, especially their first two 12"s, "Mescaline" and "Olestra." This demo has one song that made it to the "Mescaline" single ("Valley of the Broken Necks"). Far as I know, nothing else on this was ever pressed up." - Oliver "O-Dub" Wang

Rock Steady Crew - LA Chapter (1991) :
Top clockwise l-r : Rich One (NASA Crew), Rakaa (Dilated Peoples), B-Boy Iceman, Evidence (Dilated Peoples), Jay Jaballas (The Ill Brothers), MC Snizake (The Ill Brothers), Dj G-Wiz (The Ill Brothers), Rhettmatic (Beat Junkies), Rob One (RIP) (CBS/Fly ID Show/Shapeshifters), B-Boy Wrek (NASA Crew), & Teri
Bottom l-r: B-Girl Heather Last, B-Boy Easy Roc, B-Boy Zulu Gremlin, & B-Boy Nonstop (LA Breakers & Airforce)

Evidence (Dilated Peoples), Jay Jaballas (Ill Brothers), B-Boy Wrek, Snizake (Ill Brothers), Dj G-Wiz (Ill Brothers), Rhettmatic Nirza, & Rob One (RIP). Pics courtesy of Rhettmatic, Original Photos by Brian Cross.

Devaloop - From The Bits To The Cosmos - 2017

LP - 2017 - Radio Juicy / Urban Waves / 

1. Blast (Intro) 02:03
2. Nino Senja (feat. Ryler Smith & Dj Educut)
3. Ya No (feat. Emblema)
4. Adipösi Exkrement (feat. Kids Of The Stoned Age & Dj Ham-E)
5. Str8 From Allah (feat. Izreal) 03:24
6. No Reason To Bluff (feat. Teknical Development)
7. Shinobi Style 2 (feat. Malev Da Shinobi) 03:17
8. No Sides (feat. Pete Flux & Debonair P)
9. From The Bits To The Cosmos (feat. Hexone & Dj Foxx)
10. Samsara (feat. Silentists)
11. Nightshift (feat. Warpath)
12. Water & Earth (feat. Samura Loré)
13. (Bonus) Enygma (feat. McGyver & Dj Foxx)
14. (Bonus) Suffer No Fools (feat. Ella Mae)

Debut full length album by Devaloop featuring Ryler Smith, Dj Educut, Emblema, Kids Of The Stoned Age, Dj Ham-E, Izreal, Teknical Development, Malev Da Shinobi, Pete Flux, Debonair P, Hexone, Dj Foxx, Silentist, Warpath, Samura Loré, McGyver, Dj Foxx, Ella Mae.
"From The Bits To The Cosmos is the debut full length album by Devaloop! For this occasion he brings us his most accomplished album to this day. With no less than 16 featuring artists from all over the world the album is a detailed exploration of the international underground hip hop/rap scene. Devaloop plays his cards like a mastermind. With a laidback yet upbeat and positive vibe he can make everything work. His music is soulful, jazzy, modern but still with a vintage feel. The album plays out in a graceful way and leaves you wanting for more!" - Radio Juicy

300 Copies Only !
Orders : HHV / Radio Juicy

Friday, November 10, 2017

Pudgee - Down For My Crown / Your Hood Is My Hood 7" - 2017

 Picture Disc 7" - 2017 - Back2DaSource Records

A1 - Down For My Crown Feat Bas Blasta 
B1 - Your Hood Is My Hood

This 45 contains two dope unreleased tracks from the 1995 King Of New York album sessions :
"Both tracks got lost at some point but were recorded with the intention of becoming part of his classic 1995 sophomore album "King of New York"! The first track is "Down For My Crown" featuring Bas Blasta and was produced by Soul Gee. The B-Side is "Your Hood Is My Hood" which was produced by Nikke Nikole."

300 copies Only !