Saturday, September 22, 2007

Carson City Kings

There isn't a great deal I can say about the Boo-Yaa Tribe except they're west coast hip hop royalty. Maybe not to in many peoples heads, but in mine. I grew up in the era when Boo-Yaa dropped 'New Funky Nation' (I know you remember the 'Raid' video) but when these crazy Piru ex-gangbanging Samoans (quit gangbanging in 1987 after their young brother 'Youngman' was shot and killed) released their second album 'Doomsday' with that gangsta mentality to it, they became one of my favourites. The Tribe consists of Samoan brothers, Ganxsta Ridd, Kobra, Monsta O (O.M.B.), Godfather, Murder One, E.K.A. and Gawtti who joined later. They had another album called 'Good Times, Bad Times' that was meant to come out in '92 that was never released, I think most of the tracks ended up on 'Doomsday'. Boo-Yaa also released 'Mentally Disturbed in '96.

Boo Yaa Tribe featured on Cypress Hills 'Hole In The Head', a track on Kid Frosts 'East Side Story'. In '92 Boo-Yaa Tribe did a track for the soundtrack of 'White Men Cant Jump' (soundtrack called 'White Men Cant Rap') called 'Area Code 213'. In '93 they teamed up with Faith No More for the Judgement Night soundtrack with the metal/rap track, 'Another Body Murdered' (track was better than the movie). In '95 the album 'Ocupation Hazardous was released, I have the vinyl which goes under the banner 'Ganxsta Ridd & The Otha Side' and Emvee has the cd version that goes by the 'Boo-Yaa Tribe' banner... fuck knows?

They dropped an album called 'Angry Samoans in 1997 which was a heavy metal album and returned with the hip hop album 'Mafia Lifestyle' in 2000 and 'West Koast Nostra' in 2003. Ganxsta Ridd did feature on Caz' album 'Goin Head Up' in 2002 and on 'Legends' from the 'True Crime soundtrack (also appeared on West Koast Nostra). It's a rare thing to hear a Boo-Yaa Tribe feature on someones album. The Boo-Yaa Tribes history isn't the average background of a hip hop crew, their music career started in Japan as the 'Blue City Crew' before returning to the U.S. to start their Boo-Yaa Tribe career (which stands for Too Rough International Boo-Yaa Empire) I've read stories about them getting in a gun fight with Tone Loc after a music awards night and that classic story of Dee Barnes hiring Boo-Yaa to get Dr Dre after Dre beat on Dee for playing that Ice Cube, NWA diss to NWA when they were on her show. I'm eagerly awaiting the new album by Ganxsta Ridd and Regime member, Monsta Ganjah called 'wesperados' that will be dropping in the coming months.
Here's footage of the Boo Yaa Tribe (then known as the Blue City Crew) from the 1983 Rainbow West Coast hip hop documentary 'Breakin' N Enterin' (best documentary ever made and also features Ice T, Egyptian Lover and Chris The Glove Taylor)

Boo-Yaa Tribe MP3's:
Boo-Yaa Tribe - Area Code 213 (1992 from White Men Can't Rap)
Boo-Yaa Tribe and Faith No More - Another Body Murdered (1993 from Judgement Night)
Boo-Yaa Tribe - Gang Related (1994 from Doomsday)
Boo-Yaa Tribe - Chilling On The West Side (1995 from Occupation Hazardous)
Caz ft Ganxsta Ridd - N A Real Way (2002 from Goin Head Up


Monday, September 17, 2007

Ice T - Return Of The Real (Original Version)

Alotta Ice T fans rate 96' 'Return Of The Real', one of Ice's worst albums, I personally find it up there with his best. It's got alotta hard tracks like 'They Want Me Back In' and 'The Lane' and has dope production by Rhyme Poetic Mafias JEL. Recently I was shocked with the news that back before Priority/RSR released the album there was actually another version put forward to the label that got turned back. A label called 'Boo Muzick' has the rights to the original version and has 500 individually numbered promo copies in circualation. EMVEE is the proud owner of number119.

If you have ever heard DJ Aladins, '$port Your Vest In The West' compilation you'd be familiar with the dope Ice T & L.P. track 'Down With Us', well this is the album it was originally intended for. It also contains a different intro and another 7 tracks that differ from the final version, although one track has the same lyrics to a track that made the final version with a completely different beat, and I'm way too lazy to check which track that is at the minute.

This post is for any Ice T fan who like me a couple of months back was oblivious to this existing. and now can click a button and hear some dope tracks that has evaded us for over a decade. Note, the tracks I put up are all the tracks that didn't make the final cut, the promo version still has another 5 tracks but are on the final version.

Ice T MP3's:
File # 143 (Intro)
To Live And Die In L.A.
Groups Of Ghetto Bastards
Press Your Luck
Down With Us
Here I Go Again
Ballin Bitch I Knew
Fuck That Shit
Victim Of The Criminal Zone

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Insane Poetry - Fallen From Grace

First up sorry for the lack of posts (or none for that matter) over the last 4 weeks. Between Emvee's uni, me catching up on some tax returns, us going interstate for a small holiday, trying to organize some more important shit etc, there's been no time to do anything on the net except check my emails and myspace.

For anyone who knows the deal about Insane Poetry (and you should if you've been checking us out for a while) you'd would know that Cyco is not to be fucked with when it comes to murdering a mic, well after a long wait since the 2003 'Faith In Chaos' comes his new album 'Fallen From Grace'. Seriously I would never ever even think about promoting someones album on here or anywhere for that matter that I didn't think was a crazy fuckin' hard album. I've heard 9 tracks from this so far and have my copy hitting my letter box any day now, every single track is hard and real and is no doubt Insane Poetry at its best. Both the lyrics and the production are top notch.

I've chucked up 1 track from the album, 'Can You Feel My Pain' this track is sick but I've heard 3 or 4 tracks from 'Fallen From Grace' that are better (for me anyway), but seems as this was the track that Cyco put on his myspace for download that's the only one I feel comfortable putting up ('Heat' and 'Heartless' are crayzeee!). I've also chucked up a handfull of others that vary over the years, but are all non-album tracks. The 'On Deadly Ground' I put up is the 'Ill Boogie' version from his battle 12" against Dialated Peoples with DJ RIP One as his DJ, not the 'Blacc Plague'.

Hope you enjoy these tracks, check out Insane Poetry's myspace to get more of a feel for the new album and if you like what you hear, support a REAL underground artist and cop that shit!

On Deadly Ground (Ill Boogie 12" version)
Can't Flow With Us
Conversatan (ft. KGP)
Great Day To Die
Strange Days
Can You Feel My Pain (Fallen From Grace - 2007)