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jeudi 27 mai 2010

Large Professor - Still Hangin' Out | 1991-2006 [The 4-in-1 Shampoo Funk]

Si la fameuse marque Elsève a su populariser le concept du " 2 en 1 " durant la fin des années 80 - début 90's, en revanche Large Pro a su réinventer le coup du " 4 en 1 " avec le sample de Gwen Mc Rae - 90% Of Me Is You (1974) : Retour sur la saga d'un sample tant chéri par Extra P ! So, get ready for the Queens Funk STEELO ... Nahmean'.

Extra P & Nasty Nas - History in the making [Illmatic]

# 1 Main Source - Just Hangin' Out '91

That's classic ! what more can is say ?!? ... si ce n'est que cela me donne envie d'organiser des barbecues hallal en plein air lol
Just Hangin' Out

# 2 Havoc, Tragedy Khadafi & Large Pro - Da Funk Mode (Large Professor Remix) '93

My Favorite Version without a doubt ... Lefrak Reprazent ! Mobb don't sleep comme dirait l'autre HEY YO TRAG' COME ON .. EXTRA P ON THE CROSSFADER .. AH YEAH !
Da Funk Mode (Large Professor Remix)

# 3 Akinyele - In The World (Large Professor Remix) '96

When Large Pro meets the Black Benny Hill a/k/a Akinyele : The Mad Scientist alwayz come correct wit' tight production on this one ... en revanche ne parlait pas du reste des prods à Large Pro sur le décevant LP Vagina Diner *Average*
In The World (Large Professor Remix)

# 4 Large Pro - Beatz Volume 1 '06

Allez faites un effort, cette-fois ci vous finirez à coup sur par le trouver ; ) ... le beat a une durée exacte de 3:05 .. Go Cop That Joint !

R.I.P Paul Cee and much respect to the MasterMind of Illmatic.

Peace Y'all

RIP Guru "Keith Elam" ... Above the clouds

(Harry Elam Jr., Harry Elam Sr., and Keith (“Guru”) Elam on Cape Cod in the 1970s.)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Boston-born Keith Elam, who rose to fame as Guru, founder of the rap group Gang Starr and a person who sought to merge rap and jazz, died earlier this week. His brother, Harry, a distinguished professor of drama at Stanford, has written this remembrance).

“Positivity, that’s how I’m livin..” So goes the lyric from my brother’s early hip-hop song, “Positivity.’ My brother Keith Elam, the hip-hop artist known as GURU-Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal-died this week at the too-young age of 48 because of complications from cancer. ‘Positivity’ was what he sought to bring to the music and to his life, and for me that will be a large part of his legacy.

In February of this year, my brother went into a coma, and I traveled across the country from my home in California to see him. At his bedside, I stood and stared at his overly frail frame, his head that he had kept clean-shaven for the last 20 years uncommonly covered with hair, his body connected to a sea of tubes and wires. I listened to the whirl of machines around us and took his hand. As I did, my mind flashed back to now-distant times, so many memories. And I saw us as teenagers at the beach on Cape Cod playing in the water together. And I saw us as boys, driving to school. My brother was five years younger than me, so we attended the same school only for one year — my senior year, his seventh-grade year — at Noble and Greenough School, and I would often drive us both to school. Invariably, I made us late, yet my brother, never as stressed as me, was always impressively calm. At school he endured the jests and teasing from the other boys about being my “little brother.’ I was president of the school and had charted a certain path at Nobles. But my brother found his own creative route at school, as he would throughout his life. His journey was never easy, never direct, but inventive. Through it all he remained fiercely determined with a clear and strong sense of self.

Over the years I had proudly watched my brother perform in a wide variety of contexts. While at Nobles, we had a black theatre troupe known as “the Family.’ In 1973, we put on a play entitled ’’A Medal for Willie,’’ by William Branch, and because he was only in the seventh grade, Keith played only a small role, but even then you could see his flair for performance, his comfort on the stage. At home, our older sister Patricia would teach him the latest dances, and he would execute them with verve as I watched from the sidelines, impressed with his moves, and not without a few twinges of jealousy since I’ve always had two left feet. As a teenager he raced as a speed skater. I do not remember how he became involved in the sport; I only remember traveling with my family to watch his meets in the suburbs of Boston. I do not remember if he won or lost, I do know that he always competed with great ferocity and commitment.

When he announced to me that he was dropping out of graduate school at the Fashion Institute of Technology to pursue a career in rap, I thought he was making a grave mistake and warned him against it. But as always he was determined, and in the end he would succeed beyond perhaps what even he had imagined. Early on in his rap journey, he visited me in Washington., D.C., over a Thanksgiving weekend. I was teaching at the University of Maryland then, and we went to what was perhaps the most dreadful party we had ever attended. As we hastened out the door, I apologized for bringing him to this party. My brother replied “let’s write a rap song about it,’ and we did. The lyrics made us laugh as we collaborated on the rhyme scheme and rode off into the D.C. night. It is one of my fondest memories, this spontaneous brotherly moment of collaboration and play.

Keith’s big break came with Spike Lee’s film ’’Mo’ Better Blues,’’ with his song “A Jazz Thing’ underscoring the credits. I watched that film over and over again just to hear my brother at its end. Soon he was on to creating his first Jazzmatazz album with others to follow, and he became credited for creating a fusion between jazz and hip hop. To be sure, that fusion owes something to our grandfather Edward Clark and Keith’s godfather, George Johnson, who introduced Keith to jazz by playing their favorite albums for him. He credits them both on his first Jazzmatazz. That first Jazzmatazz album featured musical heroes of my youth, Roy Ayers, and Donald Byrd, and here was my brother featuring them on his album. And with this success, came tours. I have seen him perform all over the world, and each time he would give a shout out from the stage to his brother and my wife, Michele. And I was so proud. It sometimes struck me with awe that all these people were there to see my brother. I watched him deal out magic; he was in his element feeling the crowd, and them responding to his groove. This was my baby brother, the kid with whom I once shared a room. The kid whose asthma would cause him to hack and cough and wheeze at night keeping me up. But when I would complain, my parents would send me out of the room. The message was clear: Love your siblings, whatever their frailties. Shorter than me and slighter of build, my brother suffered from asthma and allergies his whole life, but he was always a survivor

Back in 1993, when he played at Stanford University, I was in perhaps my third year as a professor there. As I walked into the auditorium that night, the assembled audience of students looked at me with a new awareness, “that’s the Guru’s brother,’ not that’s Professor Elam, but the Guru’s brother.

And I was, and am, the Guru’s brother. I admired and loved him deeply, my little brother. And I was and am so proud of him, and how he made his dreams reality . And with the outpouring of love that has crowded my e-mail with his passing, I know that he touched so many with his music. My brother cared deeply about family. He raps of my parents in more than one song. They are featured on his video “Ex girl to next girl.’ It was one thing seeing my brother on MTV; it was another seeing my parents. His son K.C. was the joy of his life.

The doctors told me back in February that there was not much chance of my brother recovering from the coma. But my brother has always been a fighter, always been one to overcome surprising adversities, so this seemed just one more. We prayed that he would again prevail. But it was not to be. Still his drive, his spirit, his energy, his positivity will live on, and so will his music. “that’s how I’m livin’

Harry J. Elam Jr. is the senior associate vice provost at Stanford University and the author of several books, including “The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson.’’


lundi 30 novembre 2009

Ultramagnetic Mc's - Raise It Up 12"

Ultramagnetic Mc's - Raise It Up 12" '93

Arising from the Boogie Down Bronx in the mid-'80s hip-hop trio with a heap of new ideas to try out, Ultramagnetic's Kool Keith, Ced Gee, and DJ Moe Love occupy something of a singular place in the old-school pantheon. Combining funk-heavy tracks with jeep-rocking beats and obscure lyrical references, Ultramagnetic MC's have a list of firsts to their credit: the first group to employ a sampler as an instrument, the first to feature extensive use of live instrumentation...the first to feature a former psychiatric patient (Keith) on the mic.

Early singles like "Something Else" and "Space Groove" were block-party staples and created waves in the underground, eventually landing the group on the disco-dominated Next Plateau label, where they released their underappreciated debut

Produced by GodFatherDon

Ultramagnetic Mc's - Raise It Up 12"

Label : Wild Pitch Records

Peace / Salaam

mardi 18 août 2009

Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Basement Demos EP

Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Basement Demos EP Ltd '09

Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Basement Demos EP
All songs recorded between 1990-1991, from sessions "All Souled Out" EP dropped in '91 by Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Limited to only 200 copies, this collector's EP will not be repressed.

Side A :
01. "The Midnight Wrecka"
02. "Cool and Calm"

Side B :
01. "Go C.L."
02. "Down To Move Ya Body"
03. "Go With The Flow [Alternate Mix]"

Produced by Pete Rock

Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Basement Demos EP

Label : OneLegUp Records

Peace / Salaam

mercredi 3 juin 2009


Diamond District - “In The Ruff” (Clean) LP 2009

In The Ruff is the highly anticipated debut album from new DC hip hopgroup “The Diamond District”, created by state veterans Oddisee, X.O.& YU. In The Ruff is the answer for any lover of hip hop who asks thequestion - “Where did that grimy East coast sound go?”


The group was founded by rapper/ producer Oddisee, who has a long listof production & collaboration credits with the likes of Freeway, TalibKweli, Siagon, Little Brother, Trek Life, Charles Hamilton, Jazzy Jeff, BuckShot, Royce the 5′9”, Nikki jean, Muhsinah, J-live, Lil Fame of MOP,Skyzoo and many more. Oddisee’s soulful, haunting samples over bass-heavy beat breaks create the perfect instrumentals for him, XO & YU tomatch with their street savvy, politically conscious lyrics.


In The Ruff is a raw mid-90’s Boom-Bap themed album for the DC state ofmind, destined to appeal to all lovers of hip hop’s golden era, managing totravel back in time and push the boundaries of DC Hip-Hopsimultaneously.

00 Intro
01 Streets Wont Let Me Chill
02 Who I Be
03 Back To Basics
04 I Mean Business
05 Get In Line
06 In The Ruff
07 The Shining (Produced by Dunc)
08 The District
09 Make It Clear
10 Off The Late Night (Produced by Slim kat 78)
11 Let Me Explain
12 First Time

The Album
Diamond District - “In The Ruff” LP (Clean) 2009

Or Grab it Here !

The Album
Diamond District - “In The Ruff” LP (Clean) 2009

Real Ish Boom Bap !!!

mardi 17 mars 2009

Mic Geronimo is back ...

Mic Geronimo is back …

Mic Geronimo est de retour avec son comparse de toujours, j’ai nommé Royal Flush avec un track qui risque de ravir les aficionados de la première heure, ainsi que raviver la flamme du vivier de emcees formant le cartel WASTELANZ.

Comment ne pas évoquer Mic Geronimo sans le Masta I.C., une espèce de fracture dans le temps, comme si Buckwild en saissisant la boucle de Gene Harris avait réussi à créer une brèche en concoctant un beat hypnotique dont la lenteur se fait ressentir, tels les effets secondaires de la codéine, tant adulé par le regretté DJ Screw.

Masta I.C. est arrivé posé comme un OVNI en cette année 95 sur la terre de la Zulu Nation en exposant The Natural, mic gero témoigne d'une époque où le talent primé avant quelconques gimmicks, car Michael Craig McDermon fait partie de cette période où nombreux emcees après avoir écumés 1 ou 2 voir 3 *maxis laissés entrevoir non pas l'espoir mais la possibilité d'un album.

from Mass Movementz : The Album
Mic Geronimo & Royal Flush - Everybody Raps

*Shit's Real (12") '93
*It's Real (12") '94
*Lifecheck (12") '95

Peace / Salaam

mercredi 31 décembre 2008


Freddie Hubbard - A Jazz Giant 1938-2008

Jazz legend Freddie Hubbard passed away in L.A. [december 29] – one of the most prolific trumpeters in the bebop, hard bop and modal styles from the 1960s to today -

Hubbard was a sideman to some of jazz’s most recognizable musicians including Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon and Wayne Shorter. He also played with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

Hubbard’s albums as a leader include Open Sesame, which he recorded on the premiere Blue Note record label when he was only 22. Other recordings include the albums Goin’ Up, Hub Cap and arguably his best album, Ready for Freddie.


R.I.P. Keep Diggin’!

This year 2008 is near finished with some bad news : recession, unemployment is growing, Mid-East still under fire, 8 years of a republican policy (until 2012 here in France). Also sad to see so much people die in total indifference all over the world, by the way I would like to dedicate this last post to all the homeless who die in the streets (especially in Paris at this moment which is very rough) all the families in the lack and last but not least civils and innocent Palestinians which has been strongly victims of a premeditated policy.

I Hope the Year 2009 will be a time for Peace, Unity Love and Having Fun ...

Toujours dans la transiition j'en profite pour dédier ce dernier post à toutes les personnes mortes dans une indifférence totale, celles et ceux qui ont perdus un proche ainsi que les familles dans le besoin ... en espèrant que l'année 2009 se présente sous de meilleurs auspices.

Happy New Year !

Freddie Hubbard "First Light"

Souls Of Mischief "93 Till Infinity"

lundi 24 novembre 2008

LORD FINESSE - Rare Selection EP VOL. 2

Lord Finesse - Rare Selection EP vol. 2 '08

Lord Finesse - Rare Selection EP vol. 2

The second volume from the Funky Technician is a damn piece !! but let's get back to some recent albums .. I don't know if you have heard the last DITC which is called "The Movement" to speak true that album (unfortunately) sucks !

:: 1st of all I was totally disappointed by the NY's Finest made by the Soul Bro' so I was still waiting for the next D.I.T.C. and when it was released ... oh shit ! 45 sec after listening briefly all the tracks this album was going straight to the garbage .. Oh yeah, i'm dead serious son! I don't know what happened to veterans Hip-hop producers like Lord Finesse and others producers like the Double D (Huge Hefner) & Pete Rock ? althought Pete's treatment has some good points ... only Preemo keeps providing dope beats and stay steady.

The Ups and Downs ↓↑ :

The Ups ↑


& Downs ↓

:: 2nd surprise Lord Finesse has recently changed his name into "Finesse" okay ! maybe like Ali Shaheed Muhammad, I guess he's probably in this debate about saying or not saying "Peace God" and not using other words from the ghetto (5% rethorics) that seems to be a blasphemy (see notes from Ali / A.T.C.Q (peace god ?), or maybe he has simply cut short his name.

Anyway, back in the days DITC used to be so tight with those grimey samples & drumbreaks, 10 years after the last opus "Finesse" has replace all the lovely fat kicks/snares by some dumb claps with a poor production ?? ... no evolution in the drum and beat construction - here's sum shit on which you can meditate and knod ya head while waiting for the next "real" piece of the diggin' in the crates crew .

LORD FINESSEの未発表音源をVol. 2の2枚のEPにコンパイル!!!

01. Lord Finesse feat. AG - Fat For The 90’s (Demo Mix)
02. Grand Puba - Untitled
03. Lord Finesse feat. Shel-Rumble & Harry O - Show ‘em How We Do Things (First Session)
04. Big L - Principal Of The New School
05. Lord Finesse feat. Marquee - Awakenings Interlude
06. Lord Finesse - Awakenings Interlude (Instrumental)
07. Caron Wheeler - Soul Street (Funkyman Remix)
Produced by Lord Finesse

Lord Finesse - Rare Selection EP vol. 2

Label : N/A

Peace / Salaam

vendredi 10 octobre 2008


Well my friends, I don't know WTF is goin' on these days but it's getting more and more hard to post sum thingz ... I guess is the lack of time ... After having been graduate last year it seems to me that recently the spot is forsaken since January '08.

Indeed, while working full-time it's difficult to reconcile both (namely my passion for the hip-hop and the job - which is obviously not my main passion). Consequently, I thought on several occasions of stopping the adventure but my love for this culture is too strong. Thus, I will from time to time try to put on line some stuff and give a feedback to the comments if needed.

Peace "I'll be back" like this moth@fuckin Governator !


Libellés :

vendredi 22 août 2008

DJ PREMIER - Works Of Mart [Mix-Tape]

Works Of Mart - Penalty Records Promo Mix by DJ Premier

Here’s a gem from 1995. These were given out by Penalty Records to promote artists like Lord Finesse and mixed by none other than DJ Premier. Full audio below for you to savour the flavour...


source : Fat Lace Magazine


ISAAC HAYES (1942-2008) ...

Ain't got no words to explain, so just listen ... The late, great Isaac Hayes performing Burt Bucharach’s & Hal David’s “Walk On By (Single Version)” at Music Scene, 1969

You'll find here some classics from the Black Moses :


Isaac Hayes - Going In Circles


Isaac Hayes - Ike's Moods


Isaac Hayes – Walk on By

Label : H.B.S

mercredi 30 juillet 2008


Down to Erf - Learn to Earn

A former member of the soulful Hip-Hop crew named Down to Erf, Mathematik's background embraces almost all the fundamental aspects of hip hop culture. He started out as a dancer in grade 4, evolved as a lyricist, learned to DJ and inspires his audience listen closely to hear his lessons. Pure Math is more than simple equations, it is a philosophy, a language and a perspective based on diverse elements that, when mixed by genius, invites its students and followers to step up their game.

This hip hop pioneer returns as architect of beats and poet who¹s got extraordinary rhythm and flow to continue his trajectory of revolutionary hip hop sound. His tracks throughout the album are reminiscent of the tri-part approach consistent with his past work: words that inform the mind, beats that move the body and a narrative that speaks to the soul.

Down to Erf - Learn to Earn

" Add with that, the solid production and the multiple eye winks to the old school and the whole crate digging culture ! "

... But now I learned to earn cos I'm righteous ... [Rakim Allah]

Peace Y'all Hope you enjoy that shit ... Tight !


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