Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Zebra Head: Soundtrack
Zebra Head: Soundtrack [Download]
Original Release Date: October 13, 1992
1.Half Time - Nas
2.Dog From Around The Way - AMG
3.Do The Digs Dug - The Goats
4.Puff The Head - MC Search
5.Explanation Of A Mad Bitch - Boss
6.Good Time - Kool Moe Dee
7.Colorless Love - Ex-Girlfriend
8.Sister And Brother - MC Breed
9. Holding On - Forte/Damion Hall
10.Precious Moments - Portrait
Thursday, April 26, 2007
101 Summer Jams
Yea..i know it's not even May yet, but it finally stoped snowing in NY. How great does it make you feel when you here D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "Summertime" for the first time of the season on the radio. The sun is out, I just cracked a cold Heineken & I got the grill on the front porch..."and as I think back makes me wonder how the smell from a grill could spark up nostalgia". I can never get sick of that jam. Here is a mix you can throw on at the BBQ or when u just maxin & relaxin.
001. DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh prince - Summertime
002. Black Sheep - Summa the Time
003. DeLa sunshine skit
004. Lootpack - When I be on the Mic
005. Common & Vinia Mojica - the Sun God
006. Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek - the Blast (feat. Vinia Mojica)
007. Erick Sermon & Marvin Gaye - Music
008. Masta Ace - Beautiful
009. tha Dogg Pound - Big Pimpin
010. the Game feat. Nate Dogg - Where I'm from
011. Dr.Dre - XXXplosive
012. Dr.Dre - Let me ride (extended funk mix)
013. NWA - Always into Something
014. Eazy E - Real Motherfuckin G's
015. Ice Cube - U know how we do it
016. Warren G - This is the Shack
017. Outkast - Player's Ball
018. Grand Puba - I like it
019. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Back on the Block
020. Lord Finesse - hip 2 da game
021. Large Professor - Ijusswannachill
022. Rakim - Remember that
023. Main Source - Just hanging out
024. Sister Nancy - Bam Bam
025. Tanya Stephens - It's a pity
026. Foxy Brown - Oh Yeah!
027. Shyne - Bad Boy anthem
028. Afu Ra - D&D Soundclash (feat. Cocoa Brovaz & Jahdan)
029. Barrington Levy - Live intro
030. Barrington Levy - Here I come (broader than broadway)
031. Max Romeo & the Upsetters - Chase the Devil
032. Horace Andy - Skylarking
033. Lee Perry - City too hot
034. Damian Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
035. Mr.Vegas - Heads High
036. Blak Twang - So Rotten (feat. JahMali)
037. Born Jamericans - Yardcore
038. Pacewon & DJ Revolution - Any Champion
039. RA the Rugged Man - Chains (feat. Masta Killa & Killah Priest)
040. Ayatollah & Tek - All Massive
041. Ghostface Killah - the Splash
042. Ghostface Killah - the Sun (feat. Raekwon, Slick Rick & the RZA)
043. Mobb Deep - Backwards
044. Phife Dawg - Miscellanious (rmx)
045. Big pun - I'm not a Player
046. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Appreciate
047. Q Tip - Let's Ride
048. Kurious - Uptown Hit
049. R Kelly & Aaliyah - Summer Bunnies (rmx)
050. DeLaSoul - Breakadawn
051. Souls of Mischief - 93 til' infinity
052. OC - evaridate (feat. Pharoahe Monch)
053. J Dilla - Think Twice
054. Digable Planets - for corners
055. DeLaSoul & Maceo Parker - I be blowin'
056. Talib Kweli & HiTek - African dream
057. El da Sensei - Summer Bluez
058. Pete Rock & Vinia Mojica - Mind Blowin'
059. Slum Village - Fall in Love
060. a Tribe called Quest - Jam
061. Snoop Doggy Dogg - tha Shiznit
062. Dr.Dre & Knoc Turn'al - Bad intentions
063. Nature & Nas - Ultimate high
064. Will I Am & Terry Dexter - Lay me Down
065. Devin the Dude - Doobie Ashtray
066. da Ranjahz - Insp HER ation (feat. Cee Lo)
067. Jay Z - Feelin' it
068. AZ - Rather Unique
069. Mic Geronimo - Wherever you are
070. Pharcyde - Runnin'
071. CRU - Just another case (feat. Slick Rick)
072. DJ Jazzy Jeff - For the love of the Game (feat. Baby Blak & Paulie Yamz)
073. INI - What you say
074. Quincy Jones - Summer in the City
075. Raekwon & Carl Thomas - Ghetto
076. Alicia Keys - So Simple
077. Doveshack - Summertime in the LBC
078. Isley Brothers - Footsteps skit
079. Ice Cube . It was a good day
080. Notorious BIG - Big Poppa
081. Junior MAFIA - Get Money
082. Cam'Ron - Oh Boy (feat. Juelz Santana)
083. Redman - Smoke Buddah
084. Poor Righteous Teachers - Word iz Life
085. Jonell & Hitek - Round & Round
086. Snoop Dogg - Doin' too much
087. Domino - Ghetto Jam
088. Sweet Sable - Old time's sake
089. 213 - Another Summer
090. Jaguar Wright - Same shit, Different day (part 01)
091. Leela James - Music
092. Nappy Roots - Po' Folks (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
093. Twista - Sunshine (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
094. Jay Z - It's Hot (Some like it Hot)
095. Rico & Kubus - Buitenbad
096. 88 Keys - the Scott Steinway trio
097. Nuyorican Soul - You can do it (baby)
098. Roy Ayers - Everybody loves the Sunshine
099. Kool & the Gang - Summer Madness
100. Dj Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - Summertime (reprise)
101. (bonus track) Al Green - Summertime
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Joell Ortiz - The Brick
Joell Ortiz - The Brick [Download]
1. 125, Pt. 1 (The Bio)
2. Brooklyn Remix - Joell Ortiz,
3. Caught Up
4. Night in My P's
5. 125, Pt. 2 (Fresh Air)
6. Hip Hop
7. Modern Day Slavery - Immortal Technique, Joell Ortiz
8. 125, Pt. 3 (Connections) - Joell Ortiz, Ras Kass,
9. Bqe - Lord Black, Joell Ortiz,
10. Block Royal
12. Keep on Callin'
13. Time Is Money - Joell Ortiz, Styles P
14. Brooklyn B*******
15. 125, Pt. 4 (Finale)
Monday, April 23, 2007
Nature - For All Seasons [Download]
2: Man's World
3: We Ain't Friends
4: Shit Like This
5: The Ultimate High
6: Young Love
7: Go Ahead
8: Natures Shine
11: Talking That Shit
12: I Don't Give A Fuck
13: Can't Stop
Nature - Wild Gremlinz [Download]
2: The Wake Up
3: Wild Gremlinz
4: So Fresh
5: The Ride
6: I Don't Give A Fuck
7: Take That
8: Love That How
9: What Cha Know
10: Get Gully
11: Who R U?
12: Supa High
13: Life & Death
14: Coming Home With Me
15: Disturbin The Peace
Friday, April 20, 2007
"We Got Gunz" Mixtape
America is mutha f''in "GUN CRAZY"....in last week this so called "great nation" of ours has been has been plagued by gun violence. V-Tech & NASA have made world headlines,our inner cities have been closing schools left & right due to threats of copy cat Columbine High School violence. Just last week in Rochester NY(my hometown)a 14 year old boy was shot in the head walking home from his grandmothers house. Sebastian Telfair of the Boston Celtics just got busted AGAIN on the Bronx river Parkway for holdin heat. This shit is nothing new, it's almost like we have become immune to this crap. It shows in our music also.... So here i present to you the "We Got Gunz" mixtape. Stop the shootin' Suckaz!
We Got Gunz [Download]
1. Onyx - Throw Ya Gunz (Live In NYC)
2. Organized Konfusion - Stray Bullet
3. EPMD/Das EFX - Cummin At Cha
4. Public Enemy - My Uzi Weighs A Ton
5. Boggie Down Productions - 9mm Goes Bang
6. Sean Price/Jus Allah - Gunz
7. Nas - Shoot Em Up
8. Spice One - Triggas Got No Heart
9. Da Lynch mob - Freedom Got An AK
10. Cypress Hill - Shoot Em Up
11. Brand Nubian - Pass The Gat
12. Gang Starr - Tonz O Gunz
13. Nas - I Gave You Power
14. El Da Sence - Gun Blast
15. The Lox - Bust Yo Gun
16. Dre - Nigga Wit A Gun
17. Ruff Riders - We Bust Our Guns
18. Biggy & Cam'ron - Gun Talk
19. Smiff-N-Wessun - Gunn Talk
20. Pharohe Monch - Gun Draws
21. Cassidy - Aim 4 Da Head
22. MOP & Gang starr - We got guns
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Dead Prez elevate themselves through the knowledge of yesterday and its significance in the present day. The symbol in their logo comes from an ancient Chinese oracle called the I-Ching (the book of change). This system was used by the wise men and women of China some three thousand years ago, as a means of analyzing reality and perfecting the art of foresight. That process of change is symbolized in their music, and they believe there is a common link between all historically oppressed people. These niggaz are the hard truth.....peep'em!!!!!
Let's Get Free
Turn Off The Radio Vol. 1
Get Free Or Die Tryin (Turn Off The Radio Vol. 2)
Revolutionary But Gangsta
Can't Sell Dope Forever
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
My Xperience (1996) [Download]
1. Fed Up
2. Lord Is My Light & Salvation, The
3. Hip-Hopera ("Mr. Punk") - (with Fugees)
4. Guns & Roses - (with Anthony Malvo/Red Rose)
5. Mama - (Scare Dem Version)
6. Change Like The Weather - (with Junior Reid/Busta Rhymes)
7. War Beyond The Stars
8. Living Dangerously - (with Barrington Levy)
9. War Face (Ask Fi War) - (remix, with Raekwon)
10. Marathon ("To Chicago")
11. Revolution III - (with Beenie Man/Dennis Brown)
12. Gun Down
13. Mi Nature
14. Virgin Island
15. Who Send Dem
16. Seek God - (remix, with Junior Reid)
17. Maniac - (with Richie Stephens)
18. Suicide Or Murder - (with Jeru The Damaja)
19. Benz & The Bimma
20. My Experience
Next Millennium (1998) [Download]
1. Next Millennium - (featuring Noreaga)
2. Eagle And Di Hawk
3. It's A Party - (featuring Cocoa Brovaz/Nona Hendryx/Free)
4. Big Life - (featuring Ritchie Stevens)
5. Heartbeat - (featuring Anthony B./Red Rose/Jack Radic)
7. Deadly Zone - (featuring Mobb Deep/Rappin' Noyd)
8. Scare Dem Way - (featuring Scare Dem Crew)
9. Love That's Real, A - (featuring Brian Gold/Tony Gold)
10. No Supastar - (featuring Bunny Ruggs/Killah Priest/Dramatxx)
11. Can't Believe Mi Eyes
12. Woman A Trail Mi
13. Reggae Party - (featuring Third World/Shaggy)
Monday, April 16, 2007
Shabba Ranks - As Raw as Ever(1991)
Shabba Ranks - As Raw as Ever(1991) [Download]
1. Trailor Load A Girls
2. Where Does Slackness Come From
3. Woman Tangle
4. Gun Pon Me
5. Gone Up
7. Flesh Axe
8. A Mi Di Girls Dem Love
10. The Jam
11. Ambi Get Scarce
12. Park Yu Benz
**CROOKLYNS REQUEST LIST**
*Mad Lion - Real Ting (1993) Props to Chris & Eric
*Quo - Quo (1994)
* Diamond D - Grown man TalkProps to "big t in the 313"
*Doowop Mixtapes from 92-97
*Any Bounce Squad/Snaggapuss freestyles from early - mid 90's
*Any NY Radio or Mixtape rips from 1992-1997
Snowgoons - Joining Forces (2007 Mixtape)
Snowgoons - Joining Forces (2007 Mixtape)
(Props To Andy for the link!!)
1.Intro feat. DJ Kidkut
2.Snowgoons feat. Born Unique – Real World
3.Jedi Mind Tricks – The Worst
4.Snowgoons feat. J-Sands & Mitchell Hennessy – Clip Full Of Ammo
5.Snowgoons feat. Reef The Lost Cauze – Never
6.Weathermen – Gut You
7.Army Of The Pharaoh’s – Narrow Grave
8.Chief Kamachi feat. Guru – The Best
9.Static & Nat Ill feat. Promoe – Getup,Getout
10.Army Of The Pharaoh’s – Tear It Down
11.Likwit Junkies – S.C.A.N.S.
12.Non Phixion – Black Helicopters
13.Jedi Mind Tricks feat. Killasha – Contra
14.Rasco feat. Edo G & Reks – Gunz Still Hot (Produced by Molemen)
15.King Syze feat. Vinnie Paz - Blitzkrieg
16.Prinz Porno - Keine Liebe
17.Maylay Sparks feat. Gemini – The Sickest
18.Non Phixion – It’s Us
19.Jeru Da Damaja – Ain’t The Devil Happy
20.Snowgoons feat. Supastition – Bring It On
21.OC – Time’s Up
22.Ghostface – Run
23.J-Spliff feat. Sean Price – State Of Mind
24.Snowgoons feat. Mitchell Hennessy & Edi Amin – German Lugers
25.Elbis feat. Infamous MC – I Make Moves Tight
26.Roger Rekless – Aber Nein (Hitfarmers Remix)
Friday, April 13, 2007
Stretch Armstrong's Blog "Konstant Kontakt"
If you have not had the pleasure of peeping Stretch Armstrong's Blog "Konstant Kontakt" You are missin out on IMO the greatest blog "On The Inernet". Voted the Best Hip Hop Radio Show of All-Time by the Source Magazine in 1998, the Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show (featuring DJ Lord Sear)89.9 was a one of kind program of entertainment. Whether it was the first recorded appearances of artists like Nas, Big Pun, Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang, DMX, Big L, Cam'ron, Monch, or Company Flow, or just bug-out snapping on the listeners, this show went down in the record books as the keeper of the '90s.
This blog has rare demos from Nas,Organized,Tame one,DMX and so many others.... My favorites are the live radio rips from 1994(with A crazy Mobb Deep freestyle) and a rip from 1992 with Digable Plantets. Just click on "Konstant Kontakt" and let yourself fall back into a time when hip hop was raw, fun, and real!!!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Showbiz and A.G
There would be no D.I.T.C. without Showbiz and A.G. The first release was an EP titled Soul Clap, released in 1992. They released their debut album, Runaway Slave, the same year. A short version of their track "Soul Clap" was included on the album, as well as past recordings such as "Fat Pockets" and "Party Groove". The posse cut "Represent" featured the first album appearance of Big L (RIP). Their 1995 album, Goodfellas, featured a darker sound than their debut. Guest artists on the LP included D-Flow, Lord Finesse, DJ Premier, Roc Raida, Dres, Method Man and Diamond D. I'll be postin there solo joints later this week.
Soul Clap EP
Unreleased Shit EP(1995)
Full Scale( CD version )
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Soul Assassins - Chapter I[Download]
1. The Time Has Come - Muggs For Soul Assassins
2. Puppet Master - Dr. Dre & B Real
3. Decisions, Decisions - Goodie Mob
4. Third World - RZA & GZA/Genius
5. Battle Of 2001 - Cypress Hill
6. Devil In A Blue Dress - LA The Darkman
7. Heavy Weights - MC Eiht
8. Move Ahead - KRS-One
9. It Could Happen To You - Mobb Deep
10. Life Is Tragic - Infamous Mobb
11. New York Undercover - Call O' Da Wild
12. John 3:16 - Wyclef From Refugee Camp
Soul Assassins, Chapter II[Download]
1. Real Life - Kool G. Rap
2. We Will Survive - G.O.D. Pt.III Of Infamous Mob
3. You Better Believe It - X'zibit & King Tee
4. When The Fat Lady Sings - Gza
5. This Some'n To - Goodie Mob
6. Armageddon (Interlude) - Kurupt
7. Victory Or Defeat - Hostyle Of Screwball
8. Heart Of The Assassin - Chace Infinite/Krondon/Phenam a.k.a. Don Krisis/Ras Kass
9. Suckers Are Hidin - Dilated Peoples
10. When The Pain Inflict - Kurupt/Roscoe
11. Don't Trip - Cypress Hill
12. Razor To Your Throat - Everlast
13. Millennium Thrust - Self-Scientific
Monday, April 09, 2007
Special Ed born Edward Arche (Brooklyn NY) held hip hop down at an early age. Ed was only 16 when he droped his debut "Youngest In Charge in 1989. "Think Abot It" was my mutha f-in JAM...wit that Rakim sample...god damn...pure HEAT. At 17 he droped the classic album "Legal" with the bangers "Come On, Let's Move it " & "Mission". This cat disappeared for the next 5 years only to re-up on the Brooklyn classic "Crooklyn Dodgers" along with fellow Brooklynites Buckshot & Masta Ace.
If you don't know his stuff....now is a good time to peep it. Ed was & always will be one of my favorite artists of all time. If there was a hip hop "Hall Of Fame"....dis cat would be in on my first ballet...no doubt!
Youngest In Charge (1989)
Still Got It Made
Friday, April 06, 2007
The Breakdown (Part1) Public Enemy - Black Steel in The Hour of Chaos
The Breakdown Of A Classic (Public Enemy - Black Steel in The Hour of Chaos) From 1988's "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back"(Download).
Public Enemy's -"Black Steel in The Hour Of Chaos"(Peep it) has long been my #1 hard body hip hop jam off all time. The lyrics to this gem are a prime example, not only of story-telling in rap, but of using a story to express political views, mainly about the prison system, war, and racism. This is the reason i personaly picked "Black Steel" as my #1 Hip Hop song of all time!!
The song is built on a high-pitched piano sample from the Isaac Hayes song "Hyperbolicsyllabicseequedalymystic" (peep It) the jam also samples "Little Green Apples" (Peep it )by The Escorts and "Living for the City" (Peep it) by Stevie Wonder.
The vocals are done mostly by Chuck D, with Flavor Flav appearing in between verses, speaking to Chuck over the phone. Flavor actually went to another room and did actually call the studio to achieve this effect.
The lyrics deal with a story bout the Vietnam war. Chuck D has been drafted ("I got a letter from the government, the other day / I opened and read it, it said they were suckers / they wanted me for their army or whatever") ; however, he refuses to become part of the army ("I said 'never!'"). The main idea behind this is that the war is wrong, and so is the treatment of Black people by American society ("here's a land that never gave a damn about a brother like me"). This serves to both criticize war, racism and the prison system ("4 of us packed in a cell like slaves").
Chuck is then taken to prison, which he attempts to escape from. "Black Steel" is a reference to a gun, which he needs to escape. By the end of the second verse, Chuck has taken a gun from a CO (corrections officer) who has "fallin' asleep".
With gat in hand, Chuck and the other prisoners escape "to the ghetto - no sell out". Chuck then comments on how there are 6 CO's who he "ought to put their head out". He does not, at first, but after a female tries to escape she is shot, ("Got a woman CO to call me a 'copter / She tried to get away, and I popped her"), presumably dead ("I had 6 COs, now it's 5 to go").
The final verse ends with Chuck and the rest of the prisoners on their final escape. They are confronted with shots and there is a state of chaos. Chuck makes a comment about prison and racism ("This is what I mean—an anti-nigger machine") , which later became the basis for another Public Enemy song, "Anti-Nigger Machine" (featured on the 1990 album, Fear of a Black Planet). Finally, the S1Ws come to the rescue. The song ends with the line "53 brothers on the run, and we are gone" indicating a successful prison escape. (However, in the video for the song, this line accompanies the image of Chuck D being hung by the warden of the prison.)Also peep Eric Sermon & Parrish Smith(EPMD) making a guest spot as a couple of prisoners in the vid.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Raw & Rare Mobb Deep & Prodigy Joints
WHOO KID - H.N.I.C. PT. 1 (2000)
Infamous Records Intro
Bars & Hooks
Thou Shalt Not Kill (Snoop Dogg & Prodigy)
In The Mix (Prodigy)
In The Mix (Mobb Deep)
Rare Species (Prodigy)
Locked Up Shit (Big Noyd & Prodigy)
It Could Happen To You (Mobb Deep)
Shit Hit The Fan (Prodigy)
Rock Wit Us (Mobb Deep & Busta Rhymes)
Gun Runners (Mobb Deep)
Mobb A Stel (Big Noyd & Mobb Deep)
Freestyle (Prodigy & Big Noyd)
Start Of Ya Endin' (Mobb Deep)
The Roof (Mobb Deep)
Baby Maybe (Prodigy)
Mobb Deep, Noyd, Dj Clue
Murda Muzik Bootleg Version (1999)
Deer park W/Cormega
Get At Go
Let A Bitch Be A Ho
Adreniline & Were U From
Where Your Heart At
3 From NYC
The Priest Music
U Taught Me
Rare "Boot Camp Clik" Joints RE-UP
Here is the RE-UP of those rare Boot Camp joints...
1.Sean Price - Ruck Joint
2.Black Moon - How Many Emcees(Hatchet Mix)
3.Smif N Wessun - Super Brooklyn
4.Starang Wondah, Heltah Skeltah - Above Da Law
5.Sean Price, Agallah - Go Off
6.Sean Price - Don't Say Shit To Ruck
7.Smif N Wessun, Keith Murray - Pay Ya Dues
8.Sean Price - Giv'em The Business
9.Black Moon - Jump Up
10.Buckshot - Follow Me(Remix)
11.Heltah Skeltah - Dirtiest Playaz In Da Game
12.Louisville Sluggah & Black Moon - Come Get Some
13.OGC & Heltah Skeltah (Fab 5) - Doo Doo Mc's
14.Black Moon, Sean Price,& OGC - High Times
15.Buckshot & 2Pac - Lets Get It On
16.Smif N Wessun - Wrecognize (Remix)
17.OGC, Buckshot, Mobb Deep - Suspect Nigga
18.Supreame, Sean Price - Sean P
19.Heltah Skeltah, Planet Asia, Hi Tek - Underground Tactics
20. Smif N Wessun & Mary J - I Love You(Remix)
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
"The Life on The Road With Sean Price" (Pt.1)
Opening Day:I COMPARE IT TO AN AIRPLANE TAKING OFF (By No-Ha)
The alarm clock goes off at 7AM on Thursday Morning, March 29th…the first day of Sean Price’s Nationwide tour with Jedi Mind Tricks. I have about seven hundred things that need to get done before picking up Sean at 3PM in front of Duck Down’s office on 341 Lafayette Street; the first of which is picking up our transportation for the cross-country trek.
I hop on a Metro North train to White Plains, NY, where Mark (Merch Seller/Driver/X-Factor) for the tour meets me in his ride to drive to our van pick-up location. We shoot over to Tappan, NY and immediately gaze out towards our vehicle…are we really going cross country in an ice cream truck?
The super van is no ice cream truck, but it is the size of one: 12FT high, 8FT wide and 23FT long…my initial thought is: “there is no way this jallapi is going to work. With limited options, Mark and I realize this is going to be our wings of travel for the next 3 weeks.
The good news about the super van, let’s call it Big Bertha, is that there is plenty of room for storage, which we’ll need for our DJ equipment, merchandise, projector, posters, ad mat flyers, scion promo materials (thanks for the sponsor), vinyl…oh and of course everyone’s luggage. Bottom line, thank God it’s only 4 of us traveling in Big Bertha.
Mark and I proceed to NYC and get to Duck Down’s offices where the Merchandise needs to be organized and accounted for. We’re selling T-shirts: Sean Price, “Jesus is My Homeboy” T; Sean Price “Backwards Ass Rappers” T; Boot Camp Clik, “Dog Tag” T; and Duck Down “Running Man Logo” T. After several trips loading each box (50LBS each) of t-shirts into the super van, we move onto CD’s and DVD’s. We’re selling: Sean Price, “Jesus Price Supastar;” Sean Price, “Monkey Barz;” Boot Camp Clik, “The Last Stand;” Boot Camp Clik, “Chosen Few;” 9th Wonder & Buckshot; “Chemistry,” and Smif N Wessun, “Reloaded.” Our DVD selection consists of: Sean Price “Passion Of Price” and Boot Camp Clik “Video Surveillance.”
Now that I’ve listed all of those items, can we agree that it’s a lot of merch! In fact it’s so much merch to keep track of that my hands just got tired from typing each item out.
After the merch is properly stuffed into the super van’s bathroom (to the point if you moved something it’d be like a game of Jenga collapsing) I glance down at my watch and realize we have 10 minutes to get over to 341 Lafayette Street to pick up Sean Price and Ruste Juxx. Then I laugh to myself, because what’s the chance the two of them are on time!
Mark and I swing Big Bertha around onto Lafayette Street, where we spot Sean Price and Ruste Juxx. They are on time! Ruste enters the tour vehicle and his first words are, “this is hot, very homey.” He drops his small duffle bag on the floor and takes a seat.
Sean Price, busy on the phone, screaming at somebody, takes his time to get into the super van. He gets off the phone and his first words are “what are we, the fucking Partridge Family?…this thing sucks.” I guess Sean’s reaction was a bit different from Ruste’s.
Mark is first to drive, our destination being Boston, MA. It’s 2:30PM, perfect timing, as we won’t hit any traffic leaving NYC.
“YO NOAH, I GOT TO MAKE A STOP at 37th and 8th AVE,” screams Sean Price from the back of the Super Van. In my mind, I’m like SHIT, but I say, no problem. We proceed up to 37th street where Sean takes care of what he needed to do and we keep it moving. I peer down at my watch and now it’s closer to 4PM…pretty much rush hour in NYC. This is going to be fun in our 12FT high, 8FT Wide, 23FT long vehicle.
We make it out of NYC, no sweat; it only took us 2 hours to start moving north on I-95. The seating layout inside the van is simple. Mark and I are up front (pilot and co-pilot), Sean Price is sprawled out on the couch and Ruste Juxx is trying to figure out a comfortable seating position by the dinette table (picture a Denny’s Restaurant booth).
My phone rings:
“What’s up Dru Ha?”
“Glad the ACCELA Train is comfortable”
“We’re stuck in traffic”
“Yeah, it’s pretty bad”
“Did someone just ask you if you’d like a cocktail?”
“Nah I don’t think we have enough time to pull over yet for a drink. We need to make sure we get to Middle East by 11PM and I’m sure Sean is going to want to go to the hotel first.”
“Ok, I’ll see you there.”
We pull into Cambridge, MA at 9:30PM. It has taken us 7 hours to go from NYC to Boston. It’s about an hour away from show time and we still need to organize the merch and prepare the set. I meet Dru Ha in his room and we go over the show, selecting songs and layout a proper order for the show that night. It’s starting to get closer to 11PM, set time, and we NEED to leave. We rush over to Middle East Club…only 20 minutes late, but still not great; I hate being late. The promoter meets us outside sweating. He looks like he’s just run a marathon and he can barely speak straight.
“Are you Noah?”
“Ok good; is Sean Price here?”
“No, I can’t seem to find him” (Sean Price is standing right in front of me)
“Are you serious…oh my God”
“I’m kidding, Sean is right there.”
“Ok, we need to get him inside right away before the crowd starts to riot. They thought he wasn’t coming for a second.”
“No problem, we can go on right now.”
We enter the club’s back entrance and it’s dark. Mark runs the merchandise luggage to the front of the club and sets up the table for the night. Dru Ha, Sean Price and Ruste Juxx look focused. Shucky Ducky grabs our Instant Replay machine, which is what we run our music off of for the performance and sets up the machine. Shucky then grabs a mic and screams:
“YALL READY TO SEE SEAN PRICE…MAKE SOME NOISE.”
The club is packed. You can barely move. It’s filled with young kids screaming Sean Price’s name. The floor is sticky from spilled beer, the place is hot, and the smell isn’t pretty.
Dru Ha enters off stage left receiving a nice roar from the crowd. He sets up behind the instant replay machine and cues the intro track for Sean’s set (voice drop from the new movie, 300).
“SPARTANS, TONIGHT WE DINE IN HELL.”
The crowd responds with cheers, while Sean Price grabs a microphone and marches onto stage:
Sean Price goes on to perform for 45 minutes; entertaining the audience from start to finish. He’s animated, witty, and controls the crowd like the veteran he is.
His set ends at 12:20AM. We hang out at the club and watch Jedi Mind Trick’s performance, which concludes at 1:30AM. Mark finishes up with his final merchandise sales and I deal with the promoter collecting our money for the night.
We enter the super van at 2:15AM, after a slice of pizza, and make our way back to the hotel. I jump in the shower, and finally call it a day at 3:15AM.
The day started at 7AM in NYC and ended at 3:15AM the next day in Boston.
Summary of the Day:
“Opening day of a tour is like preparation and take-off for an airplane.” You need to prep the plane, check that everything is in order and then launch yourself 185M.P.H. down a runway, catapulting yourself into the air en route to a cruising altitude, where the operation calms down a bit.”
We haven’t quite made it to our cruising altitude on our tour, but at this point it is safe to use approved electronics.
Day Two and Three: (Nothing like some local support)
Day two begins at 9AM, after a few hours of sleep. Today we have radio set up at WERS in Boston, and we need to be over there by 12PM. I spend some time in the early morning organizing the books. Each receipt needs to be accounted for, as well as our income (show money and merchandise).
Expenses on the road can build up fast:
• Weed (not in this particular order)
• Advances (money an artist needs before the end of the tour…usually sent to family at home)
• Miscellaneous costs
I need to make sure that we aren’t spending more money than is budgeted. This isn’t a tough task with just two artists, but can get more complicated on a tour with the entire Boot Camp Clik (8 artists in total).
We arrive at radio at 12:15PM. Our team consists of Dru Ha, Sean Price, Ruste Juxx, Mark and myself. Mark holds down the van, double-parked on a busy Boston street, as the rest of us proceed to WERS’s studio. Sean delivers a solid interview, although I know how much he hates doing them. We drop off single vinyl for the DJ and bounce.
The next show is in Burlington, VT, but it’s not until tomorrow, so we are in no rush to get there.
The drive to Vermont is easy; no traffic and a quick ride.
When we arrive in Burlington, I reach out to the VT Union, a rap group in the local area who is looking for a feature from Sean Price. VT Union also informs me about a party going on in the local area, which we decide to go to.
We enter the party at 12AM and make our way to the bar. Everyone gets in, even though the bouncer tries to give Ruste Juxx a hard time about something. The bouncer realized he was at fault and actually bought Ruste a drink (I think he might have been a fruit-loop).
Seconds later a young gentleman approaches Dru Ha:
“Do you know where I can score some coke”
“Yeah dude, do you have some coke I can score off you?”
Drew shares a laugh about this with Sean Price.
We get our drink on for a few hours and make our way out of the club, returning to our hotel calling it a night at 3AM.
Day three begins at 10AM. We link back up with VT Union who drives us to their studio where Sean Price is going to do his feature for them. Dru Ha, Mark and myself go for a walk down the street from the studio, where we find Lake Champlain.
This is the perfect place to find our ROCK for Sean Price. Let me set this one up. Rumors have been spreading over the net that Jay Z called Sean Price to sign him to Rock-a-fella Records. With that being said, we , at Duck Down, would like to crown Sean Price, as the newest member to the ROCK, by actually placing a ROCK, from the ground, around his neck at the show tonight.
Dru Ha approaches a beautiful rock garden outside an apartment complex. This rock garden was arranged impeccably, from smallest to largest rock, brightest to dullest rock. Without hesitation Dru kicks a rock from its placement in line of other rocks.
“HEY! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” (A scream projects downward from above, an older man peering out of his window)
“Oh okay because it looks like you’re doing something.”
“No, I was just admiring your rocks.”
“Yeah I got them all at the lake. I hand picked each one myself and cleaned each of them.”
“They are very nice rocks”
How the hell did we get caught taking a rock? IT’S A ROCK! And my other question is what the fuck was that guy doing standing at his window? I guess we just looked suspicious.
Not an issue. We moved on and found a better rock than the one Dru removed from the Rock Nazis’s garden.
On our way back to the studio, Dru Ha, Mark and myself stumble upon a street named DREW STREET:
“Hoze (that’s me) I need that sign.”
“No problem Cheeze (that’s Dru Ha)
“How are you going to get it?”
I begin to violently shake the street sign back and forth. I’m thinking about jarring the entire street pole out of the concrete. I didn’t realize that after several shakes the street sign itself would go flying off it’s position and come to a rest on the sidewalk. One can’t imagine how loud the noise was as the metal clanked off the concrete sidewalk. We look at each other, then glance across the street and look at a shop owner on the phone with the police and proceed to take off down the street…first trotting and then running. We skip into the lot where the studio is located and hide out while Sean finishes his feature.
At least we got our ROCK for Sean.
After Sean Price lays down his 16 bars we drive to the venue for sound check. Dru Ha reworks the show with Sean Price and Ruste Juxx going over the minor details that can turn a show from being good to being spectacular. We finish with sound check and return to our hotel for a few hours before our set.
I look over at the hotel clock; 9:45PM. We are scheduled to go on at 10:00PM. I gather up the troops and we drive over to the venue in Big Bertha.
(VIDEO CLIP OF BURLINGTON, VT SHOW )
Tonight’s show is sold out. Higher Ground in Burlington, VT is much larger than Middle East, holding 750 fans. Sean Price takes the stage and performs another stellar show. The highlight of the evening came from Ruste Juxx who electrified the crowd with his performance of “Vic Flare.” Ruste Juxx navigated the stage with comfort and ease. He complemented Sean Price, as Pippen did Jordan.
As the evening drew to a close things seemed more organized. Sean Price’s performance routine is set; the merchandise is organized and a system is in place each night. Dru Ha is on his way home to NYC from Burlington tomorrow. The team will now consist of Sean Price, Ruste Juxx, Mark, and myself as we continue our journey onward to Buffalo, NY.
Summary of the Day:
“When In Rome”
Stay tuned for further updates and videos in the next Sean Price Tour Podcast.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Top Authority & The Legion
Flint Michigans Top Authority is one of those groups that never had any promotion but still made major noise on the undergroung hardcore hip hop scene.This is a str8 classic gangsta album front to back. The track "Voice's" is a heart pounding track that will get anyone vex just listening to it. Level of a Gangster, Another Murder, & Pop Him are all great hood tracks that have that heavy bass & hardcore feel. "93" (Things Ain't How They Should Be)is the feel good jam of the album...the slow rap jam that comes from the heart. This album is just as good today as it was in 93...non stop G-Music!
The Legion - Theme + Echo = Krill(1994) [Download]
I had COMPLETLY forgotten about this gem untill i dug up a few review's of it on OH WORD.COM & UNKUT.COM The first time I heard The Legion was on the Black Sheep track "We Boys" off their "Non-Fiction" album. They were aaaiiight...nothing special. Then I saw that they had tracks w/ Black Sheep, Chi Ali ("Who's it on, pt. II") & Showbiz & A.G. ("Who's it on, pt. I") so I decided to give them a chance. I bought it on cassette 13 years ago and somehow it got jacked(like 75% of all my tapes back then). Peepin it today brings back that 94 Native Tounge sound that gives me chills of nostalgia.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Mick Boogie & Marco Polo - Newport Authority
Newport Authority [Download]
1. Newport Authority Intro
2. Skoob (of Das Efx) “How I Get Down” REMIX (Cuts by Jayceseoh)
3. Special Teamz “1 Call” (Cuts By Jayceeoh)
4. Masta Ace Interlude
5. Masta Ace f. Big Noyd “Do It Man”
6. Large Professor “The Radar” (Cuts By DJ Revolution) *PORT AUTHORITY EXCLUSIVE
7. Grand Daddy I.U. “Veteran” (Cuts by DJ Linx)
8. Torae “Good God” Interlude
9. Kool G. Rap & D.V. Alias Khryst “Hood Tales” *PORT AUTHORITY EXCLUSIVE
10. Boot Camp Clik “He Gave His Life”
11. Boot Camp Clik “Hate All You Want”
12. Brooklyn Academy “The Growler”
13. O.C. Interlude
14. Skyzoo “Block Sh*t” (Cuts By DJ Linx)
15. Kardinal Offishall “War” *PORT AUTHORITY EXCLUSIVE
16. O Dot Allstars f. Catalyst, Copywrite, Tage & Kingdom “U Must”
17. Torae “Casuality”
18. Supernatural Interlude
19. Rasco “What Happened To The Game”
20. Not A f*cking Game Interlude
21. Block McCloud f. Jean Grae “All A Game” (Cuts By DJ Linx)
22. Brand Nubian Interlude
23. Sadat X f. Boss Money “If You”
24. Pumpkinhead f. Roc Marciano (of The UN) “Swordfish” REMIX
25. Boot Camp Clik “Yeah”
26. Pumpinkhead f. Arch Rival “Swordfish”