Monday, August 6, 2007
Before Nas released "It Was Written" there was a lot of anticipation and excitement about how he would follow up Illmatic. This little snippet mix was released and I was pretty excited. It's kind of cool to hear Nas rhyming over Biz and EPMD beats. Looking back on it now, It Was Written wasn't that bad. Illmatic is a pretty tough act to follow.
Nas "It Was Written" preview sampler
Smoothe Da Hustler and Trigga The Gambler's "Broken Language" was probably the best thing those two did together, but there is no doubt these guys had good chemistry. This clip of them freestyling on The Wake Up Show demonstrates that they are good bouncing off of eachother. Things start to deflate a little bit when they actually start freestyling off the top of their head, but it's fun to hear them doing the tag team raps.
Smoothe Da Hustler & Trigger Tha Gambler on The Wake Up Show
Rza is a funny guy. He's got an interesting voice and he's pretty witty. In this interview he breaks down some music biz knowledge and talks about Rae and Ghost saying Biggie bit Nas' album cover. The A alike, B alike, C alike thing always made me laugh, but what the hell does it mean to A alike?
Rza Wake Up Show interview
I used to listen to the Wake Up Show pretty religiously back around 95-99 and I taped a lot of the shows. Unfortunately I didn't label the tapes with any info, so I don't really remember exact dates. Here are 4 dj spots that I always liked. The first one is DJ Aladdin spinning some classic breaks live (without using heapdhones). This used to, and still does, blow me away. When he gets to "Billie Jean" he kills it. I think this was around '95 or '96.
DJ Aladdin Live On The Wake Up Show
The second clip is a mix that DJ Babu played one night. I don't know if he made it specifically for the Wake Up Show, but as far as I can remember this one was pre-recorded and not performed live. I can't remember eaxactly, but the intro makes me think it's pre-recorded. He runs through some classics and even throws in a few lesser known groups like The Chosen Ones and Asher D & Daddy Freddy.
DJ Babu Live On The Wake Up Show
The third clip is the "Memory Lane" mega mix by DJ Revolution. Similar to the Babu mix, Revolution runs through some classics, but includes some tracks you don't hear too often, like The Brothers "I Got Rhythm."
DJ Revolution "Memory Lane" megamix
The fourth clip is one Kut Masta Kurt's "Classics to the New School" segments. Kurt would periodically stop by the show and do these sets. The basic premise is playing original breaks/samples back to back with the songs that sampled them. The actual djing isn't mind blowing or anything, but I don't think that was the point. The "Another Wake Up Show Classic" voice gets to be a little annoying, but it's still a fun little segment.
Kut Masta Kurt "Classics to the New School"