An “Unfiltered” Interview with Director Deezy Miaci

September 25th, 2016


photo courtesy of Deezy Miaci

Deezy Miaci is a director from Detroit living in Houston, Texas. He is beyond a conventional videographer, who just creates visuals to accompany songs resulting in incongruent marriages of graphics and sounds. Instead, Deezy is a documentarian who taps into the spirit of the neighborhoods belonging to the artists he shoots, producing motion pictures that convey the very essence of the artists along with the mud from which they’ve surfaced.

Deezy’s films are not easy to digest. Most are gut-wrenching. However, he transcends the typical “hood video” and in surpassing the status quo, Deezy’s depictions of the artists he shoots are so intimately potent that his projects sometimes come off as brief memoirs of his subjects.

Deezy declares, “I am not driven only by money,” and it is this peculiarity which has permitted Deezy to be a voice for independent artists who are without large production budgets. Deezy went on, “I like genuine good music about the streets, family, or anything with some type of message for somebody.” And whether these gloomy accounts in Deezy’s films enlighten his viewers or give them mental overcast, he tailors many of the artists’ narratives he shoots with statistics on incarceration and death. Deezy professed

I was incarcerated from 2007 to 2012. By me knowing how the system is and how it is designed, I make sure I shed light on that for anybody that is watching my videos. It is not to put the system down. It is to keep my viewers aware of the statistics so they don’t become a part of it… I want to make sure that they know that in no type of way am I trying to glorify that.

In my conversation with Deezy, we discussed his work flow and creative process. Tragically, in a humorous sort of way, he also indicated that he never wanted to be a videographer. And thereafter he talked a bit about three of his most vivid videos. Finally, Deezy shared some of his efforts as a diplomat for the streets, in trying to unify parts of Houston for the purpose of successfully impacting the music industry on a level greater than just local acclaim and according to Deezy, it’s working.

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T.R.O.Y. x Ras Beats Giveaway Soon

September 4th, 2016

If you downloaded the latest Sounds Like The 90s, you’ll know that two of the joints came courtesy of Ras Beats. His latest release, Control Your Own features MC heavyweights Roc Marciano, O.C., Elzhi (Slum Village), A.G. (D.I.T.C.), Rasheed Chappell, Blacastan (A.O.T.P.), Breeze Brewin and more. From the Slick talkin Wit No Pressure, the thought-provoking lyrics of Knowledge Of Self, the instrumental anthem Queens to the dedication record God Bless, the album has the versatility of hip hop at it’s best.

Embracing the independent spirit, Control Your Own is a project following its own direction and rules. Check out the video and audio below and don’t sleep on one of the finer releases of 2016. In a few days we’ll have the giveaway info for you, so you can earn a chance at winning  the album. And we’ll we’re on that indie hip-hop tip, both Ka’s Honor Killed the Samurai and MarQ Spekt & Blockhead‘s Keep Playing are must owns as well. Hip-hop has been good to us this year, for a change. –Philaflava

1.Control Your Own                                                                          
2.Wit No Pressure Feat. Roc Marciano
3.Study Feat. Blacastan & Rasheed Chappell
4.Shoebox Feat. JBiz
5.Let It Be Feat. Masta Ace
6.Front Line Feat. Fev
7.Knowledge Of Self Feat. O.C. & Elzhi
8.Anticipation Feat. Kool Sphere
10.Survive Feat. Sadat X
11.Bust The Science Feat. Sureshot La Rock
12.Against The Wall Feat. Sub-Con & Breeze Brewin
13.God Bless Feat. JBiz & A.G.

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T.R.O.Y. Presents – Sounds Like The 90s Vol. 24

August 16th, 2016

We create these Sounds Like The 90s, to share with you new(er) tunes, that we feel represent that 90s hip-hop we love. Listen with an open mind and most importantly, support the artists featured on these Sounds Like The 90s if you like what you hear. 24 is a great number, my favorite number for obvious reasons, so it only made sense to incorporate my childhood idol Rickey Henderson on the cover. Props to dirt_dog for always blessing the artwork. And if you’re a fan of his work, you’ll be happy to know our Certified Dope Apparel is back for a limited time as well. Peace to to all those who continue to support Philaflava, Steady Bloggin and of course, T.R.O.Y.   –Jason Gloss

Follow us on Instagram @Philaflava if you’re feeling nostalgic.
Stay tuned for the return of The Philaflava Show, as we bring you Take It Personal radio dropping this fall.

Sounds Like The 90s Vol. 24

1. Take It Personal Intro
2. Psycho Les (of The Beatnuts) – Hip Hop Never Left feat. Inspectah Deck, Pete Rock & Jeru The Damaja
3. Reef The Lost Cauze – Radio Suckas feat. Peedi Crakk, STS & Truck North
4. Apathy – Rap Is Not Pop
5. D.I.T.C. – Diggin’ Numbers (Remix)
6. Roc Mariciano – All For It (prod. Alchemist)
7. Meyhem Lauren – Not Guilty (prod. Large Professor)
8. Ras Kass – Paypal The Feature feat. Steele & Sean Price
9. Blu & Nottz – Giant Steps feat. Bishop Lamont, Tore, Skyzoo & DJ Revolution
10. Maylay Sparks – Illadelph Elohim feat. Rucker Pawk & The Last Emperor
11. Atmosphere – When The Lights Go Out feat. MF Doom & Kool Keith
12. Skizz – Listen To Jazz feat. Your Old Droog
13. De La Soul – Royalty Capes
14. Ras Beats – Knowledge of Self feat. Elzhi & O.C.
15. Ras Beats – Wit No Pressure feat. Roc Marciano
16. Black Thought – Making A Murderer feat. Styles P (prod. 9th Wonder)
17. MC Eiht & Spice-1 – Any Means (prod. Alchemist)
18. Termanlogy – We’re Both Wrong feat. Saigon (prod. Q-Tip)
19. DJ Joe Bodega – Mentally Decapitated feat. UG, Sean Price & Sadat X

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The Philaflava Show x Take It Personal

August 8th, 2016

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Michael “The Mac” Robinson: 25 Years Later

July 22nd, 2016


Twenty five years ago today, Vallejo, CA artist Michael Robinson, a.k.a. The Mac was shot dead in his parked car, while talking with his then pregnant girlfriend. He had just turned twenty years old. The murder was later said to be a case of mistaken identity. And with that, The Mac became the first well known rap artist in the Bay Area to be killed, July 22nd, 1991. The daughter he never got to meet, Reina, was born not long after.

(Pictured above with The Fresh Prince.)

Robinson’s sadly limited contributions to hip hop music include ’88’s The Game is Thick EP and ’90’s Enuff of Tis Sh-t EP, both of which helped start off his mentor and (fellow Vallejo artist) producer Khayree’s short lived Strictly Business label. In turn The Mac quickly became a mentor to Andre Hicks, a.k.a. Mac Dre, who, later in his career, made an album titled The Game is Thick Part II, shortly before his own demise.

To pay respects to others or simply to see a timeline of deaths of people involved with “the game”, please visit They Reminisce, where you can click to sort by name, date, or cause.


— The Big Sleep

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Philaflava Presents – The Firm: How It Should Have Been

July 16th, 2016

Freshly compiled on our message board by Queens native Pradadon and retagged, bitrate upgraded by TheBigSleep, here is how The Firm album should have sounded. Enjoy your weekend. –Philaflava

Firm Fiasco
Phone Tap
4 In The Morning
Executive Decisions
Escobar 97 (Dirty)
La Familia
Triple Threat feat. Noreaga
Desperado (Nas verse dirty no drops)
Firm Biz (World Famous Remx)(Dirty)
I’m Leaving feat. Noreaga
Throw Ya Guns feat. Half-A-Mil


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Follow us on Instagram @Philaflava

June 7th, 2016

If you don’t know, now you know. Check us out as we take you on a trip to memory lane, T.R.O.Y. style of course.

Click here or simply follow us @Philaflava


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Flicks Watched By Hip Hop

April 22nd, 2016

Though there have been a few others like it, its typically less favored brother Notorious comes to mind, now following the success of last year’s Straight Outta Compton, the rush has been on to create more rap biopics. But before we’re bombarded with whatever makes it out of development hell next, let’s take a look back at what helped get us here:

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DJ Filthy Rich – 90s Reggae vs. Hiphop Vol. 1

February 7th, 2016

In the early 90s, U.S. record labels started signing the bigger dancehall reggae artists to North American deals. In order to appeal to the domestic market, they started commissioning producers to make hip hop remixes of lead singles. Guys like Salaam Remi, Kenny Dope, Bobby Konders, Clark Kent, KRS-One, and Trackmasters were among the beatmakers creating remixes that came to be more popular in America than the LP versions. These producers in turn enlisted guest verses from rappers like Biggie, Method Man, OGC, Q-Tip, Yo-Yo, and the Geto Boys to create popular combinations. Eventually rappers began seeking out guest verses from reggae artists. The reggae-hiphop sub-genre was suddenly created, and began to flourish.

Being a fan of both genres myself, the marriage of reggae over hip hop beats was a match made in heaven. I started collecting every single piece of vinyl I could find with these remixes.
I wanted to put my collection to use, and decided to create a series of mixes containing 90’s reggae artists over 90’s hip hop beats. Everything from popular hits to obscure white label-only remixes. Including my own custom blends of 90’s reggae acapellas over hiphop instrumentals from that time period. What began as a casual one-off “best of” type of mix, evolved into a multi-volume obsession. I even learned to produce my own party breaks just for this project.

I’ve finally finished the first volume, and wanted to share it here first for the Phila/TROY blog fam. BIG shout outs to certain forum members who contributed tracks/acapellas/instrumentals for this project, especially bbatson, step one, dirt dog, and jaz. Nuff respect. Special thanks to Juhmar for the artwork. -DJ Filthy Rich/djfilthyrich@yahoo.com

Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb (Filthy Rich blend)
Mikey Jarrett – Mack Daddy
Shaggy – Gunshot
Shaggy – Gunshot (Beemin RMX)
Jamalski – Put It On (Filthy Rich blend)
Cheshire Cat – Boom Shot Dis (Sabotage) (Filthy Rich blend)
Burro Banton – Boom Wa Dis (Hip Hop RMX)
Super Cat – South Central (DJ Clue RMX)
Bush Babees – Swing It
Lady Saw – No Long Talking (Filthy Rich blend)
DJ Filthy Rich – Agony In De Dance (Party Break)
Ini Kamoze – Here Comes The Hotstepper (LP Version)
Fugees ft Mad Spider – Boof Baf (Refugee Doodle RMX)
Super Cat – Ghetto Red Hot (Hip Hop Remix)
Bounty Killer ft Cocoa Brovas – It’s A Party (Filthy Rich blend)
Shabba Ranks & KRS One – The Jam (Back To The Bridge Mix)
Mad Stuntman – I’m The Mad Stuntman (Mad Hip Hop mix)
Major Mackeral – Hot (Filthy Rich blend)
Bounty Killer/Michigan & Smiley – Fed Up/Tom’s Diner (Filthy Rich Remix)
Shabba Ranks – Trailor Load A Girls (Filthy Rich blend)
Patra ft YoYo – Romantic Call
Lil Vicious & Dougie Fresh – Freaks
Mad Lion ft Method Man – Take It Easy (Filthy Rich ReFix)
Red Fox – Dem a Murderer (Original + SD50 RMX)
Comedy skit
Merciless – Gun From Paris (Filthy Rich blend)
General TK – Poisonous Dettol (Filthy Rich blend)
Kenny Dope – Supa (Party break)
Kenny Dope ft Gringo – Dondadda (Original Rama Jama Mix)
Fuschnickens – Ring The Alarm
Tenor Saw – Ring The Alarm (Hip Hop Mix)
Sister Nancy – Bam Bam (Hip Hop RMX)
Rumble – Safe RMX
Capleton ft Method Man – Wings Of The Morning RMX
Born Jamericans – Boom Shak A Tak (RMX + Original)
Super Cat – Too Greedy (Filthy Rich blend)
AV8 – Blunted (Party Break)
Buju Banton – Boom Bye Bye (Filthy Rich blend)
Smif N Wessun ft OGC, Jahdan – Sound Bwoy Bureill

https://www.mixcloud.com/djfilthyrich1/ … -hop-vol1/

https://soundcloud.com/djfilthyrich/90s … p-hop-vol1


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Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang Clan: Protect Your Neck (Wu-Tang Full Demo Tape)

February 4th, 2016



Here is the ’91 demo tape RZA put together to shop their deal, which eventually landed them on Loud Records. The rest is history.

01. Ason Unique – Wu-Tang
02. Shaquan, Prince Rakeem & Baby-U – Your On
03. Prince Rakeem & Ason Unique – The Wu is Comin Thru
04. Prince Rakeem – Wu-Tang Master
05. Prince Rakeem – Problems
07. Prince Rakeem – It’s All About Me
08. Prince Rakeem, Shaquan, Baby-U, Inspectah Deck – I Gets Down For My Crown
09. Prince Rakeem – Taking Heads Off
10. Prince Rakeem – It’s Murdah
11. Prince Rakeem & Raekwon – Brind Da Ruckus
12. Prince Rakeem & Ghostface Killah – Tearz
13. Prince Rakeem & Ason Unique – Freestyle
14. Prince Rakeem – Ohh We Love you Rakeem

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Props to ’94 Hip-Hop for the link.

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