Here’s what you might’ve missed in the first half of the shortest month:
Thirty & Good Vol 1 (90s R&B): R&B that bangs harder than most contemporary rap. Tekitha, Yvette Michelle, Groove Theory, Joi, D’Angelo and others.
Sounds Like The 90s (Volume 2): Sequel to our hugely popular compilation, devoted to recent rap that hearkens back to our favorite era. Cormega, Reks, Fat Joe, The Roots, MF Grimm, Atmosphere, and others.
Valentine’s Weekend “Funk Drops” Compilation: Verge puts together a Valentine’s Funk compilations so you don’t have to. Ladies dig the grooves, brothas dig pointing out the samples. Roy Ayers, Syreeta, O.V. Wright, Melvin Van Peebles, Rotary Connection and more!
Valentine’s Stimulus (90s R&B): The economy’s fucked the fuck up but you still need to get your fuck on. 90s R&B brings us all back to a time of unfettered economic growth and endless possibilities.Â
Reader Submitted Material
Vinyl Selections -Masta Ace, God Sunz, Dee Surreal: 12 Inchers’ Tried & Broke introduces you to some vinyl gems that worth hunting for.
Samples & Grooves
On The Starting Line … Funk Marathon Volume 3: Think we’re all rap, all the time? Don’t be silly. This is the third 8 hour+ volume of funk music we’ve hosted.
Who Flipped It Better? Company Flow, Parallax, Lord Digga, etc: Bob James’ “I Feel A Song” has been flipped time and time again. Verge challenges you to pick the best usage.
CJ Moore/ The Majors: From Copenhagan to Crown Heights.
JVC Force Non-Album Tracks – Music you may have missed from Strong Island’s proudest representatives.
K-Solo Non-Album Tracks – Another Strong Islander whose catalogue remains underappreciated.
D&D Project In Association With DJ Premier: Rare EP featuring Guru, Billy Danze, Teflon, Finsta Bundy and others.
Rare Tapes, CDs, Demos, Mixes, Compilations, etc.
DJ Massacre – Back 4 More: Â Molemen (Chicago) mixtape.
The B-Side Wins Again: Roy Johnson’s favorite b-sides from the 90s.
Last Emperor’s Demos: Philly lyrical legend’s demo recordings that caused a stir in the 90s.
Shallow Days 2: The Mother Of Civilization: Compilation focusing on anti-gold digger songs.
DJ Koco – With The Dope Sound: Japan’s own DJ Koco mixes everyone from Organized Konfusion to Akbar to Children Of The Corn and Reflection Eternal, to great effect.
Regional Obscurities – Houston, TX: Rap from the land of low-riders. Some hard, funky cuts on this one.
New Jersey Underground Part 1: The down n’ dirty from the underground of Jersey!
Ohio Hip Hop Round 2: East coast, West coast, none of the above. Ohio’s rap scene is deeper and more distinct than you think.
Baltimore & Washington DC Underground Part 2: More obscure goodness from the mid-Atlantic.
Analysis & Commentary
Figure Eight – Slavery: Eight songs that deal with slavery and lynching.
Kool G. Rap “I Declare War”: Who was G. Rap calling out on this song? Kevin Beacham weighs in.
Tri-Pack Wafer: Ghostface, Xzibit, Royal Flush: Life as a shorty shouldn’t be so rough.
Public Enemy “Night Of The Living Baseheads”: When is bass not really dope? Chuck D’s lyrical and rhetorical sophistication explored.
New York Undercover – You Get No Respect: The Biggie and Sticky Fingaz episode of the infamous mid-90s TV series.
Stay tuned for more T.R.O.Y. goodness,