Friday, February 1, 2008

It takes a thief to catch a thief, a killer to kill...

Sway - "found him off the streets of Berkele...where you from man?"
Lateef - "I'm from Oakland man."
Sway - "He from The Town."

Remember this Lateef? Not to diss the current Lateef, but this Lateef was incredible. When this freestyle was recorded the Latyrx album had yet to be released, but Lateef was riding on the buzz of his "Quickening/Wreckoning" 12 inch. It may not all be "off the dome," but who cares. He's got a great (sing-a-long) chorus, dope rhymes, and it's over the De La Bizness beat.

Lateef - "It Takes a Thief" freestyle

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

"I got a new tape and it's full of Bumps"

I made this mix a few years back. We nod (a store in Japan) pressed up the cds and released the majority of them in Japan. It got a bunch of really positive reviews. It's been out of print for awhile now. Maybe it will get a repress at some point, but for now you can grab this free download.

98 records, 1 videotape, and my fingers (snapping on track 31).

1. Intro
2. Kool G. Rap - "Play It Kool"
3. Showbiz and AG - "A
Giant In The Mental"
4. Volume 10 - "Styles On Deck"
5. "Ahonetwo"
6. Steady B - "Nothin' But The Bass"
7. Spyder D - "Placin' The Beat"
8. "All the Ladies..."
9. Sparky D - "Throwdown"
10. Nas - "It Ain't Hard To Tell" (remix)
11. MC Serch - "Back To The Grill"
12. Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf - "That's Word"
13. De La Soul - "Freedom Of Speak"
14. Del That Funky Homosapien - "Burnt"
15. Masta Ace - "Born To Roll"
16. "Hot Damn"
17. The Beatnuts - "Reign Of The Tec"
18. Common Sense - "Soul By The Pound"
19. "Dancin' 'Til it Hirts"
20. Casual - "It's A Me Thang"
21. Stezo - "Bring The Horns"
22. Just-Ice - " Going Way Back"
23. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - "Straighten It Out"
24. De La Soul - "Oodles of O's"
25. "1, 2, 3..."
26. MC Lyte - "I Am The Lyte"
27. B.D.P. - "Gimme, DAT, (Woy)"
28. Kool G. Rap - "On The Run" (remix)
29. Snoop Dogg - "Serial Killa"
30. Cypress Hill - "Hand On The Pump"
31. Black Sheep - "Have U.N.E. Pull"
32. bonus megamix

Controller 7 - BUMPS mix cd

Friday, September 21, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

"Me and rap go back like LL's hair line"

Chino XL is dropping comedy as a star on Reno 911 these days, but he used to be pretty hot with the punch lines back in '96. Here he runs through some lyrics from "Here To Save You All." He always came with a lot of energy back then. I remember listening to Here To Save You All when it came out and forgetting the cd was still playing and being terrified when the hidden OJ skit came on after about 10 minutes of silence.

Chino XL live '96
Chino XL live '96 pt. 2

links re-upped

"yeah...head crack, head crack!"

Not much needed to say about these. Sadat X running through Brand Nubian lyrics over OGC's "No Fear" and the Seven Minutes of Funk beat. It's pretty funny when he goes through the Punks Jump Up lyrics. The second one has Xzibit on it as well.

Sadat X September '96
Sadat X September '96 part 2

"It starts with the boooom!"

I got this from a friend in '98 or so. Most of the songs on Casual's demo tape made it on to "Fear Itself," but all of these early versions either have extra samples, different sequences, or different lyrics. It's nice to hear these songs in a more un-polished state. Heiro seemed un-stoppable back then.

Casual "Fear Itself" Demo Tape


Charizma is one of my favorite rappers. He's not exactly approaching Rakim lyrically, but he has a great voice and delivery. I had the Charizma and PB Wolf demo on the same tape as the Casual Demo. Most of the songs made it onto the Big Shots LP, but these two didn't. Bless You made it on a bonus 12" EP, but I'm not sure about this other mix of "My World Premier."

Charizma and PB Wolf "Bless You" (demo tape version)
Charizma and PB Wolf "My World Premier" (demo tape alt. mix)

The Nine Tray Riddim

I've had this tape for about 13 years now. I think I got it sometime in 1994. My friend told me he had this mixtape and then when we listened to it I heard all these Heiro songs I didn't even know existed. I was only 14 or 15 at the time and I remember thinking this was one of the greatest tapes I owned. I still enjoy it to this day. I don't know if it's for nostalgic reasons or if it just holds up well. You can't go wrong with the content. It's also mixed in a pretty simple manner, so nothing is in your face or annoying.

My friend didn't know where it came from and couldn't remember who made it, but it had some word scribbled on the cassette label that I couldn't quite make out. I didn't figure it out until years later that that scribbled word was "riddim." I put two and two together and realized it was DJ Riddim, the guy who runs Funky Riddims record store in Berkeley. I know some people have mixed feelings on him and the store, but I think this tape still works. It's mostly all 12 inches from '93 or around that time period. There is a healthy amount of Heiro b-sides, a Nas remix, "Likwit" over the "Can I get Open" beat, some Outkast, Pharcyde, Black Moon, Mysterme, Yagfu Front, Brand Nubian, De La, and even runs through some dancehall stuff at the end of side B. It's a good listen and full of some time-tested classics.

I don't even know what the title of it is. I saw him in his store once and asked him if he made this tape and he vaguely remembered it.

DJ Riddim - Circa '93-'94
Side A
Side B