Growing up in the Golden Era of Hip-Hop, I was privy (some say luckily spoiled) to some of the most consistent output of great music of our culture. This experience has led myself and others in my age range to look down on the music produced by current hip-hop artists. Its easy to hate when you hear the radio, watch MTV, and the level of mediocre songs constantly blogged about on the internets. But, those that do their proper e-digging and visit to indie concerts, know that hip-hop is prospering. So, I give to you, my fellow hip-hop heads, The ReIntro – a sample platter of some of my most recent likings of established artists, burgeoning mcs, and underground producers. This is ReIntroduction to hip-hop, who we once loved, broke up with, grew to appreciate, and now back to date but not ready to marry (word to Sake1). Part 2 will be released on 12/10/10. Tracklisting after the jump.
A live set recorded at one of the Bay Area’s greatest parties, PST Live! at YoshiSF. Resident Sake1 invited me for a guest spot on July 23, 2010. He basically said play “sexy soul, you know what to do” and what you hear is the result. Proud of this mix and the people loved it, too. Your comments and feedback are always appreciated.
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.
After doing some e-digging last week for some Primo beats, I found some great catalogs of Primo beats online that were non-album cuts from Gangstarr. I have most of these but wanted to share them with you! I’ll post another 2 volumes tomorrow. Pass it along.
Cold Rock Da Spot posted earlier this year but unfortunately I missed it. My fail. But I finally got it and wanted to share it with you. The updated the zip file they made has a live version of “potholes” and “Stakes Is High” w/ a unreleased promo remix. As an avid De La fan, I thought I should share this find. By the way, I know you may think I’m crazy but I think Grind Date was their best album. Yeah, I said it. Tracklisting after the jump.
Ice Cube. Say what you want about him and his now “softer” image but this man made some truly historical and socially conscious music in his prime years. I am posting up some of the original albums and remixes from those albums to get you back into state of mind of reflection, anger, and action. Track listing and links after the jump. I am interested in hearing our KTL readers thoughts on Cube’s music, image, and impact in the comments section. Shout out to Pup on this one!
Mister Cee made this mix yeeeeaaaars ago but it still bangs. Mister Cee is not the best mixer but has some of the best song selections and exclusives. Something to bump to keep you focused on dope lyrics and great beat selection. Smarten up, Nas. Props to DU for the links and image. Track listing after the jump.
I posted about these guys awhile back. I think it was the City of Awards video. And I found online the mp3 version of the C.E.O. joint which I’ve been playing at my gigs for the last few months. People trip out to it – in both the good and bad ways. Anyways, as Ivan says, “I jizzed in my pants” when I saw this promo EP posted at Blind I. Download, you won’t be disappointed.
Joell Ortiz, 1/4 of Slaughter house and full-time Brooklyn MC, does justice to most, if not all, to the songs he covers. Hell… this mixtape just wins for the cover art, which was done by ChiefRocka Industries. Props to eskay and everyone else who is posting this. Spread good hip-hop. Tracklisting after the jump.
Flying under the radar due to the hype of the NBA playoffs, Cassie vs. Rhianna, “Motherlover”, and the Relaspe leak; De La Soul has been making moves and noise with the signature quality music. They just got back from Australia where my favorite mixtape DJ, J. Period, was opening for them. Then they released last week the stellar mix for Nike, which the homie, Dukes, took the time to chop up the mp3 for 2 new songs.
After the jump are some vlogs of J. Period’s trip to Australia and De La discussing the Best of Q-Tip mixtape.
*** UPDATE: I haven’t visited Cold Rock Da Spot in awhile but I am glad I did today because they dropped a great post on De La’s rare songs and remixes then proceeded to give them to you, the hip-hop loving public. Now stop reading and go check it out!