Friday, June 29, 2007

Brother Ali @ St Pauls

Brother Ali @ St Pauls
Friday 29 June 2007

Up until last night I'd never heard Brother Ali's music before but seeing as he was in town I copped a ticket to his show. A part of the reason I decided to go was to catch local rapper Damo's first ever live show and I've gotta say his set was worth half the ticket price alone. Later in the night Terra Firma came on and rocked a few tracks in anticipation for their upcoming album release. Finally Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali hit the stage and rocked a lengthy set. Brother Ali had great stage pressence and combined with meaningful lyrics I'll be sure to check out his albums in the near future. Here are just a few flix I took on the night.

Words One & Damo

Simplex (Terra Firma)

Raph A.L. (Terra Firma)

Mic Lez (Terra Firma)

Brother Ali (Rhyme Sayers)

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Random Vinyl Rips

Alright got a few tracks ripped that don't really fit in a certain topic, so here's some random tracks. First is 'Word Association' by Bostons 7L & Esoteric, this track is definately available on cd but I only have the 12" and seems it's a nice track I gotta put it up. 7L & Esoteric make a dope duo, they're also members of the "super group" Army Of The Pharohs with Celph Tittled, Outer Space, Apathy, Chief Kamachi, Crypt The War Child, Planetary, King Syze, Reef The Lost Cauze, Faez One, Des Devious and Vinnie Paz which is another crazy album, infact you've got a 1 in 10 chance that you're listening to them right now on the shuffle mp3 player on the side of your screen?

I have always been a fan of Dre Dog since I was at school and heard 'Smoke Dope And Rap' from his In-A-Minute Records days. After he changed his name to Andre Nickatina I lost track of all his albums he dropped. He's also made a few with Bored Stiff's Equipto, which are dope! Anyway, I found a compilation on wax in a second hand store a year or two ago called 'Rules Of The Game' and on it is a Andre Nickatina & Equipto track called 'Blueprints Of war' not sure if this track is made for the compilation or if it's on one of their albums but it's the best track I've heard from these guys with a eerie beat and fast in and out verses.

If you've heard the 'Walk On Toes' track by Grimm, South Park Mexican, Ricksta and Lucky Luciano from the latters album, then you've heard the remade version. The original is Grimm, South Park Mexican and Mr Kee from a Black And Brown compilation, the OG.'s called 'Game Untold', I personally like the remade one better but Mr Kee's verse on this one is quality. A five verse version with them all on it would be good, also unlike the remade version the one that's up for download is at it's original speed where as the other one is slightly screwed up.

The final track is Thirstin Howl the 3rd, Rack Lo and Clinic, Clinic is an Australian artist from Brisbane, the track's called '5 Finger Discount'. It's produced by Stricknine from Class A Records which is an Australian producer and label who produced a handful of tracks from Thirstin and Racks album 'Lo Down And Dirty'. No surprize by the title this track's all about racking up from stores, good to hear another American/Australian collaboration which is getting a more and more common thing. You may have noticed we've finally changed the tracks playing on the MP3 player on the blog, We appologise to any serial visitors who heard the same 10 tracks over and over again, we'll try and change them up more often, probably won't though through lazyness.

7L & Esoteric - Word Association
Andre Nickatina & Equpto - Blueprints Of War
Grimm, South Park Mexican & Mr Kee - Game Untold
Thirstin Howl The 3rd, Rack Lo & Clinc - 5 Finger Discount

Monday, June 18, 2007

DJ Kansel & Agonylife - Oz-Tex Connect Official Mixtape

Resident Records Australia Presents:
DJ Kansel & Agonylife
Oz-Tex Connect Mixtape

***Limited Edition***

...::: TRACKLISTING :::...
01. DJ Kansel & Agonylife - Intro
02. Agonylife & H.A.W.K. - Flows
03. ESG - Purped Out
04. Towdown & Mike Jones - Diamonds & Tattoos
05. KB Da Kidnappa - These New
06. Doc Holiday & P.L.A. - Look At It
07. Stunta The Tex Mex Thugga
08. Stunta - Flow
09. Lil Flip & Below Zero - New Era
10. Da Ryno of Dirty 3rd Records
11. Da Ryno, Bavu Blakes, Magno - 2 Tuff
12. Colby Savage - Tha Block
13. The Agonylife Catalog
14. Agonylife & Slim Thug - Flows
15. Slim Thug Tha Boss
16. Cory Mo - Flow
17. Towdown 'The Texas Tycoon'
18. Towdown & Lil Flip - Look At Me
19. Lil O - Flow
20. KB Da Kidnappa - No Love For My Enemys
21. Colby Savage & Small Texas - Salute Me
22. The Real Street Military
23. Icey Hott - Papers
24. Agonylife In The Mix
25. Pimp C & Bun B (UGK) - Money On My Mind (Kansel Remix)
26. Slim Thug - Herda That (Kansel Remix)
27. Lil Keke & C-Note - Where Da South At
28. Lil O & H.A.W.K. (R.I.P.) - Don't Plex
29. Stunta - Flow
30. Chalie Boy of Dirty 3rd Records
31. K Rino (SPC) - Break It Down
32. Chingo Bling The Tamale Kingpin
33. Chingo Bling & Lucky - Flows
34. KB Da Kidnappa - Outro
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Friday, June 15, 2007

Top 10..... Same Ol' Rappers Over & Over Again

Why is it that whenever someone feels the need to list their top emcees of all time there's about 10 names that keep popping up over and over again? Is it because they are obviously the best to ever grab the mic... or is it that some people need to put down their 'Source' mag and start realizing that thereare more than a couple of dozen artists out there?

I'm a believer that it's the latter, I know Rakim is one of the all time greats, I know that Big L is dope but fuck, Have you seen the lists on Jin's 'Top 5 (Dead Or Alive)' video, about 30 people asked, about 20 different rappers listed. There are plenty of underground artists with doper metaphores , sicker stories and tighter flows than the usual names listed. R.I.P. to both Pac and B.I.G. but are they really even close to best? Each to their own I guess.

As a follow on to those Thirstin Howl tracks I put up last week here are 3 more tracks paying homage to the greats that led the way. The first is one of my favourites, it's by San Francisco's San Quinn, the track is 'Northern California', if you're into bay hip hop (and you fuckin' should be) but don't know all the history behind it like that Richie Rich was in the legendary '415' before he went solo or Pac started out in D.U., Mac Dre's jail stint over bank robberies, X-Raided's charge or groups like Totally Insane, RBL Posse or IMP laying the foundation, then this track's for you.

Next is Crooked Letters' David Banner from Mississippi, I've never been the most hardcore David Banner fan but this track comes out at every party, 'Westside'. It's a total dedication to all the legends in the west coast hip hop game. Lastly I've put up Jin's 'Top 5 (Dead Or Alive)' Inever actually gave this dude a minute of my time to even know who he was until I got it in a mix from a friend the other week, Any track that starts out by mentioning Kool Herc, Kurtis Blow and Melle Mel is always gonna get my attention.

San Quinn - Northern California
David Banner - West Side
Jin - Top 5 (Dead Or Alive)

Saturday, June 09, 2007

911 Ain't No Joke

Cleaning up my computer the other day I found some tracks by 'Truth Told' that I forgot I even had. I played 'em and thought I had to chuck them on here. Where as alotta emcees act like they're all educated on politics but end up quoting lines off of a Michael Moore documentary, Knowledge is oozing out of the mic when Truth Told records a track. Don't ask me who or where Truth Told are from, but they sound dope.

I couldn't put up this post without putting up some Immortal Technique. There are alot of dope political rappers out there, especially since the towers dropped but these two along with Paris are up there with my favourites. I also put up "Impeach The President" by Green Lantern, Saigon, Dead Prez and Immortal Technique.

Truth Told - 911 A Cold Day In Hell
Truth Told - Birth Of The Prince Of Terror
Truth Told - Final Call Before Armegeddon
Immortal Technique ft. Mos Def - Bin Laden
Immortal Technique - The Cause Of Death
Green Lantern, Saigon, Dead Prez, Immortal Technique- Impeach The President

Friday, June 01, 2007

O.G. Stripes

My ears seem to be very different from alot of hip hop fans out there, most people love their mid 90's East Coast hip hop with DJ Premiere production.... I'm not one of those people. When it comes to East Coast hip hop I want to hear Kool Moe Dee, Eric B & Rakim, Whodini, Tony D, Slick Rick, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Donald D, Fat Boys, Schoolly D, Tuff Crew, Two Kings In A Cypher, old BDP records, Cold Chillin'....... my interest in the East faded out in the 90's for some reason but in the last 5 or 6 years I've been getting back into the East with alot of new refreshing artists like Immortal Technique, High & Mighty and the Lo Life roster.

The Lo Life artists are headed by Thirstin Howl 3rd from Brownsville Brooklyn who is a Puerto Rican ex-con who is a dope battle rapper and a def emcee. Alot of his lyrics are about shoplifting and especially Ralph Lauren gear. Their is a documentary coming soon about the Lo Lifes and all the millions worth of clothes they ganked in the late 80's and 90's. I don't even want to get into it because the quantities and dedication have to be seen to be believed and any words I write would be a massive underexaggeration. There are a couple of Thirstin Howl 3rd documentaries out now that have previews of that Lauren one on it and shows drawers and waldrobes filled with products that will make your jaw drop.

The Source magazine helped Thirstin and his crew that consists of members like Rack Lo, Unique London, Master Fool and the Alaskan Fishermen etc by reporting the Ralph Lauren story in a couple of their issues. Anyway, the reason this post was put up is to put all 3 of his 'O.G. Stripes' tracks up for download. These tracks are dedication tracks to all old school artist from New York and the West Coast. If you're into those sort of tracks where rappers dedicate a track to artists they used to bump before making it themselves, then you'd love these 3 tracks.

This post will be followed soon by simular tracks by other artists, we got about a dozen others ready to chuck on.

Thirstin Howl III - O.G. Stripes chapter.1
Thirstin Howl III - O.G. Stripes chapter.2 ft Dana Dane
Thirstin Howl III - O.G. Stripes chapter.3