Friday, April 27, 2007

Kid Sensation Remix Vinyl Rips

If your familiar with old school Seattle hip hop like the Nastymix label and all the old Mix-A-Lot stuff, no doubt you'd be down with this dude, Kid Sensation who after releasing 2 albums on Nastymix, 'Rollin With Number One' in '90 and 'The Power Of Rhyme' in '92. He went on to release 'Seatown Funk' and 'Mr K-Sen'. There is another rare album he sort of released but good luck finding it. He changed his name to Xola recently but don't think he mixes with the Mix-A-Lot camp anymore?

Here are 3 remixes from some twelves I got, Hope you enjoy them.

Kid Sensation MP3's:
Back To Boom (92 REMIX)
Ride The Rhythm (REMIX)
The Weekend (REMIX)

Friday, April 20, 2007

J-Zone & DJ Sheep

Last night we went to the J-Zone & DJ Sheep show, and it was a real fuckin' weird night, firstly, we were on North Terrace in town with Afeks, who was in the middle of a pipe (weed not crack) when we noticed a cop car right next to us with twisted necks staring at us, they did the usual plate check and follow but for some miracle didn't pull me up. I'm not sure how, but this was just the start of a dope night. We went into the club (Fowlers Live) and met up with DJ Sheep who took us out back to meet J-Zone, get some shit signed, sip some henny and and talk about underground obscure gangsta rap, man I always knew J -Zone was into dope hip hop by the rappers he mentions on his records but fuck, he knows his shit inside out and back to front. Didn't matter if it was New York, Bay, LA or Down South, J-Zone knows it all. I actually forgot I was talking to an established artists with a heap of albums out because he had no ego, no attitude and just wanted to talk about Rap-A-Lot, Tweedy Bird Loc, South Park Coalition, Mob$tyle............ you get the point.

Anyway, As for the show itself. It was a shit venue, security were fuckheads, the crowd was wack, the sound was shit but J-Zone put on a sick show. Usually when a solo rapper hits the stage it's a pretty simple show (not that's necessarily a bad thing) but Zone (who walked out on stage in Nikes, NBA socks to his knees, a fur coat and a red headband with 2 twenties hanging out the side) was as much an entertainer as a rapper. He played ball through a whole track, got on his knees like Bushwick while he rapped over a Geto Boys beat, he did his own version of Vanilla Ice's 'Ice, Ice Baby'.... anyway, I guess you had to be there? DJ Sheep also put in a dope 5 minute DJ set.

After the show Sheep played a 1 hour gangsta set with plenty of Eazy E and MC Eiht and a splash of Ganksta NIP before J-Zone took over with stuff like UGK and Tweedy bird Loc. This was happenning with the clubs cleaners sweeping the floor and security trying to kick everyone out, finally J-Zone was told to end his gangsta set, he didn't look to happy about it.

Thanks to Green & Gold for bringing this show to Adelaide, DJ Sheep for the hook up and J-Zone for putting on a night I'll never forget.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

I'm A Slacker

In the words of Tecca Nina, I'm a slacker. I recently realized that I haven't posted on this blog since February 24th, and although I've been busy as fuck, I still feel guilty. Since starting the new Uni year I've had no time to keep up with the important things in life like buying beats and posting blog articles. Although I haven't been able to go out hunting for discs myself in a while, Bullant has been making sure the flow hasn't dried up for me. So, for this post I'll just pick 5 of the latest CD's I've got my hands on, give my 2 cents on each and upload a track for you all to check out, if you're interested.

Tech N9ne - Anghellic First up, I finally got round to picking up a copy of the self proclaimed Kansas City king's 'Anghellic' album that dropped in 2002 on Strange Music. As anyone who's familar with Tech N9ne's work would already know, listening to a Tecca Nina album is a unique experience, and not one that I recommend to anyone who finds it hard to get into music that's straight out of left field. With one of the dopest flow's known to man and incredible production backing him up, I'm yet to hear a Tech N9ne album I haven't loved, and this release is no different. The album kicks off with a bang in the form of 'Devil Boy', then just a few tracks later listeners are greeted by the Halloween theme song that Nina utilises well in 'Psycho Bitch', a sick track that is all about exactly what the title claims- a psycho bitch. Other stand out tracks include 'It's Alive', 'Who You Came To See', 'F.T.I', 'God Complex' and the the cult classic 'Einstein, Tech N9ne'. Although I still prefer 'Absolute Power' and Tech's latest effort 'EverReady', this was still money well spent.

187 Fac - Fac Not Fiction
In 1997, under the watchful eye of Bay Area hip hop legend Spice 1, the duo consisting of G-Nut and Den-Fenn (187 Fac) dropped their 'Fac Not Fiction' album on Penalty Recordings. This gangsta duo have free flowing rhymes and have appeared on albums such as the 'America Is Dying Slowly ' compilation, Mac Dre's 'The Rompilation' and the SCC presents 'Murder Squad' album, amongst others. With funky production from the likes of Mike Mosely and Ant Banks, and with Spice 1 overlooking the project, there was never going to be any doubt in terms of what listeners could expect with this album, good ol' fashioned funky gangsta rap. As I previously mentioned in my dope duo's post, one of the keys to making dope combo's is the rappers' abilities to switch in and out of each others verses at ease - a quality that these Bay area gangstas have no problem with. Although there are a whole bunch of tracks I could of uploaded, I went with 'All Head No Body' on the strength of it featuring B-Legit, Spice 1, Vidal, Gangsta P and the now incarcerated Big Lurch.

Funky Aztecs - Chicano Blues Hailing from the Northern California hip hop heartland of Vallejo, Funky Aztecs dropped their debut album, 'Chicano Blues', in 1992 on TNT/Par Records. Led by frontman, the Oakland born Merciless, this pioneering chicano hip hop group deliver hard hitting political and gangsta rhymes throughout their work, both in Spanish and in English. Some of the stand out tracks on this album include 'Straight Up Loco', 'Muthafucka', 'Nothing Else Matters' and 'Salsa Con Soulfood' featuring Digital Underground's Money B and Tupac Shakur. After this album came out, the group went on to drop 'Day Of The Dead' in 1996, 'Addicted' in 1999, 'Real Tales of Funky Aztecs' in 2000 and then they released a greatest hits album and a re-issue of their debut, both on 40 Ounce Records. Merciless has gone on to being a member of Dope House Records' Lone Star Ridaz that has released 3 albums, Merciless also took a forefront role on Baby Beesh's 'Ultimate Cartel', while at the same time working hard as a solo artist.

Ganksta Gank - Me And My Killaz A while ago I picked up an album called 'Come Into My World' by a Detroit gangster group called Gank Move, at the time of ordering it I knew nothing about them, but I was happy with what I heard once the CD came in. I hadn't put much thought into the group in a while but recently Bullant picked up a disc for me by Ganksta Gank, album title being 'Me And My Killaz', I honestly totally forgot he was from Gank Move, but all that changed with one of the first lines dropped on the album - I rolls with the click G-A-N-K M-O-V-E. This album dropped in 1999 on Skully Records, and looking at the title and the cover, what you see is what you get. Notably this album only goes eight tracks deep but talking in terms of quality over quantity, this release is worth picking up for the right price, although, on first impressions it doesn't grab me as much as the old Gank Move album did. The track I've put up for your listening pleasure is 'Murder Aint No Game'.

Capital Punishment - Living On The Edge Of A Razor Last up is the 1991 Wrap Records/Ichiban release 'Living On The Edge Of A Razor' by Capital Punishment out of Dallas, Texas. The group cosists of Lil C, B Insane & The Aggravated MC, with production from Rickey Ricardo. I first came aware of them thanks to a track of their's ('Murder') that featured on the Dutch bootleg vinyl 'Check Out The Flavour' that Bullant posted about not too long ago, and on hearing that track alone I knew I had to get this album. My first impression of this album is that it has the same raw feel to it as the old PKO albums and some of the very early Rap-A-Lot releases. This release dropped back when the south hadn't yet pidgeon holed itself as having it's own particular style, but still sounded a little different to what was coming out of the east and west coasts. With quality sample-based production throughout and emcee's who can hold their own, this album is a definite must have for any old school Texas hip hop enthusiasts.

Tech N9ne - Devil Boy
187 Fac - All Head No Body
Funky Aztecs - Salsa Con Soulfood
Ganksta Gank - Murder Aint No Game
Capital Punishment - Death Sentence

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


For those not familiar with Esham, he hails from Detroit and he dropped his first album on cassette, Esham's Boomin 'Words From Hell' in 1989/90 on Reel Life Productions (RLP) which was a label that was started by Esham and his older brother, James Smith (not the Rap-A-Lot CEO). The album was re-released on CD with a couple of tracks missing from the tape the OG tape is pretty much impossible to find anywhere, and if you do it's worth hundreds. Since he dropped the tape he's released 12 albums, 2 compilations, 4 E.P.'s, a 'Judgement Day' 5 disc box set, 2 collab albums (2 Of A Kind Killas & Soopa Villainz), 7 albums with his group 'Natas' and probably a heap of other shit that I don't know about as he's always dropping shit on the sly with over priced limited edition stuff getting released and snapped up by his die-hard fans that grab anything and everything he makes. He's meant to have another album dropping real soon.

This is just a very brief rundown on him, there's a lot to his story like his brother getting locked up not long after his career started that probably stunted Eshams career, he got out a little while back but I think he went back in not long after on parole violation. There's the whole Eminem beef that has been around for years, the Natas breakups and makeups, the signing to I.C.P.'s label before having a fallout with them..... man, there's always something going on with Esham. If you're not familiar with this guy's music grab the re-release to 'Boomin Words To Hell' and listen to originator of 'Acid Rap' unleash crazy rhymes and wierd lines and appreciate a rapper that has been out there for almost 20 years doing his own thing.

Somewhere along the line we got our hands on a bootleg styled relaese Esham put out there known as the 'Red Tape' that has a few rare tracks on it, we have put those tracks up for download along with a bonus vinyl only track called 'Crewzin Down 7 Mile' from the 'Boomin Words From Hell' wax (also appears on the rare 'Homey Dont Play' E.P. in '91. The vinyl has some tracks as the street versions and some as radio edits, this track is a radio version but luckily hasn't got too much swearing on it anyway.

Esham MP3's:
Crewzin Down 7 Mile ('Boomin' Words From Hell' Vinyl Only Track)
Don't Trip
Watcha Back