Sometimes sequels are just better, like a lot better. Take The Empire Strikes Back, Low End Theory, The Infamous and De La Soul Is Dead for example. Take It Personal Episode 2 is our best yet! Not only is this an A Tribe Called Quest tribute show, but we’re playing joints by Ultramagnetic MC’s, Black Thought, Company Flow, Mos Def, Vinnie Paz, Nas, AZ, Ras Kass, D.I.T,C, Atmosphere, MarQ Spekt & Blockhead to name a few. Join Jason Gloss, Kevlar & DJ 360 on musical journey you won’t want to end. Or maybe you will, you probably will…
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We finally did it. It’s been years in the making but here is the return of The Philaflava Show (sorta) with co-hosts Kevlar, DJ 360 and Jason Gloss. If you enjoy good music and good laughs, check it out. Youtube and iTunes downloads will be available shortly. Stay tuned! –Philaflava
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.
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.
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
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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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.
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.
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
4 In The Morning
Escobar 97 (Dirty)
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