Futurized Funk – A tribute mix to Easy Mo Bee


Here is a mix that I made to pay homage to one of my favorite producers., Easy Mo Bee.  I didn’t want to consider this a “best of” but felt that it was a strong representation of his work.  This mix is also dedicated to a good friend of mine, Matthew Africa, who passed last month.  He encouraged me to make this mix and provided some great ideas. As usual, this a one take mix. It was cool to see Easy Mo Bee give me props on his twitter.  Tracklisting after the jump:


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Posted on October 4th, 2012

FADER make Biggie their Icon



Every year, FADER makes a musical artist who has made an undeniable impact on the masses their ICON for their ICON issue.  This year, they smartened up and made The Notorious BIG, more familiarly known to us as Biggie, as their choice for the cover.  The photographs and imagery is great but the gem in the issue is the write-up by Andrew Noz. Take a moment to read a really smart piece on one of hip-hop fallen legends.


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Posted on April 26th, 2011

Jay-Z on Juan Epstein

Jay-Z finally made it to Juan Epstein!  Props to Cipha Sounds for getting him on. Jay-Z is about town doing interviews for his new book, Decoded. He probably thought who buys books? Nerds.  Who listens to Juan Epstein? Nerds. BINGO! Let’s reach the target audience.  Jay seems very comfortable and really forthcoming with his answers.  Dope stories told.  Although my liking for Peter Rosenberg and his interview persona are waning, my true dislike for this interview is for the girl that pops up in the middle asking dumb questions to Jay.  Who let her in the room?  Its not as bad as NY Delight was on the Combat Jack show but man, talk about interrupting the flow of an interview. Anyways, Jay resolidified why he’s my favorite MC and has great stories to share about Biggie, Kane, Dilla and more.  Enjoy.  Got a bonus in the comments section.

Jay-Z_on_Juan_Epstein (November 15, 2010)

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Posted on November 16th, 2010

Biggie’s flow mentored by Jazz Great

You know Biggie’s original moniker? MC CWest.  See, if you read a little more, you’d be smarter.  My homie, Dave, hit me up to this NPR broadcast where Biggie was named one of the “50 Greatest voices”.  Most of us know Biggie’s story but NPR did their research and found the origins of Biggie’s trademarked flow.  AZ even has a few words to say. Full article after the jump.

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Posted on August 18th, 2010


Spotted this in Todd Selby’s new book, “The Selby Is In Your Place.  This sofa is in the studio of the art duo Casey and Van Neistat, in New York City and has the lyrics from Juicy written all over it. Click the image to see the detail.

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Posted on June 29th, 2010

DJ Franchise – Set from Guerrero Gallery (SF)

Hello to our 32 readers! I broadcasted my set from Guerrero Gallery (http://guerrerogallery.com/) last week. Lucky for you, I also recorded it also. Sound Quality is not at THX levels but I think you’ll enjoy it regardless. Some classic hip-hop to brighten up your day. Feel free to leave comments below.

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Posted on May 25th, 2010

Jay Electronica – Ghost of Christopher Wallace

Jay Elec dropped this gem earlier today.  What a way to start the weekend.  This joint has the internets ablaze.  Way better than the Drake and Eminem joints that dropped earlier this week.  Diddy is the hypeman on this joint and actually adds to the song.  The sound is reminiscent of “Death of Autotune” but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Listen and DL now! Props to Twitter.

“Get out the way and let us be great… They’re not ready”

Jay Electronica feat. Diddy – The Ghost of Christopher Wallace

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Posted on April 30th, 2010

DJ Franchise – Live set from Namu (SF)

Here is my live set from Namu in San Francisco on 4/26/10. I went heavy into the Guru/Primo and Pete Rock joints I could find on my laptop for this set. A freestyled set to make the hip-hop heads in the place were entertained. Sad Fact: some white lady towards the end of the night asked me to play “Single Ladies”. I politely told her I couldn’t but if she knew of a Dilla or Primo joint I would play it. She didn’t. Feel free to leave any comments and feedback. I promise I will post more this week. Expect more streamed sets, as well. Shout out to the Lee Bros & Che for stopping by.

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Posted on April 27th, 2010

RIP GURU – Gangstarr Vol. A-Z

Guru of Gangstarr passed away today.  One of the most pivotal duos of hip-hop, along with EPMD, they really changed the landscape of the hip-hop sound and my life personally.  Love Sick was the first of many Gangstarr records I considered personal classics.  Although, Guru’s music post-Gangstarr was not my favorite, I still respected the man and his legacy.  I bet no one is going to be playing tribute sets with 7 Solar Grand productions in them.  With his passing, I hope the groups that squabble over small beef get their act together – talking to you, Little Brother.

In honor of Guru, here are Gangstarr Remixes and Rarities Volume A-Z.  Close to 400 songs here!Links and Tracklisting after the jump. This list contains 26 volumes of rarities; it contains 99% of what Guru and DJ Premier have ever recorded (minus their official albums, of course). the only missing ones are only some guru productions and a couple of buckshot lefonque ones DJ Rremier produced. enjoy.

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Posted on April 20th, 2010

Jonathan Shecter – Picking Up the Nas Illmatic Rough Mix

DJ Beatnick from San Diego put me on to Jonathan Shecter (aka Shecky Green). Although, I didn’t remember the name, I knew his story.  He was one of the co-founders of the Source when it was just a newsletter at Harvard which turned to the most influential hip-hop magazine at its peak.  He left before the Benzino/David Mays debacle.  Anyways, he nows lives in Vegas, makes the Hip-Hop Honey DVDs, and plays Poker at the high stakes level.  Occassionally, you can catch him on Twitter, telling stories from the Source days or earlier.  A site called Shecky Stories has compiled his Twitter stories for your ADD entertainment. Below is the gem of a story of when he got the rough mix to Nas’ Illmatic and what The Source staff’s reaction was to it at their first hearing.  Pretty amazing.  Check out Shecky Stories for stories on Biggie and 2Pac as well.

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Posted on March 22nd, 2010