Various Artists – On The Down Low (New York 1995)

This is a very dope cd I picked up awhile ago called ‘On The Down Low’. It was recorded at House Of Hits, which I think is in New York. It was put out in 1995. All of the artists are from New York to my knowledge. A few of them I know other tracks from like Pretty Tone Capone and Preacher Earl. Pretty Tone Capone had some earlier releases too that are worth finding if you are not familiar with him.

The 1st is Case Dismissed / Kidnapped (1992)
The 2nd is Across 110th St. / Sexy / Marked 4 Death (1993)

Anyway, back to this particular release. I know our readers are fans of that timeless mid 90’s boom bap and this cd is an unrecognized gem. What an amazing score for less than 3 dollars. In terms of content and temperament, I could probably compare the music here to the early lyricist lounge tapes from 1992-1997. I’m a sucker for these sorts of compilations and ‘On The Down Low’ hits like a champ. There are 2 r&b tracks on here, numbers 4 and 8. Given the strength of the other 10 selections, a couple of r&b tracks are excusable foul balls.

Here’s the link and the tracklist —

01 (04:43) five & five – keys & g’s
02 (04:26) big ds – keep it ill
03 (03:50) t-r-y-a-d-z – tryadz
04 (04:15) brown sugar – dreamin’
05 (05:32) xtra pleza – warpath
06 (03:37) kay superior – focus
07 (04:00) pretty tone capone – g-spot
08 (05:07) maurice – let me fix you
09 (04:21) gorilla l – on & on
10 (03:02) preacher earl & the ministry – 14 floors to the lobby
11 (04:30) phorced n’ tre – the newcomer
12 (05:13) dem nigs – many styles


Mixed by Evah Gorman, Norman Bullard, Kenny Ferracho, Sack Entertainment, Hitmen Productions, The Phathedz, Larue Cheatham, Soundwave Productions, and Ron Bowen.

I dont think many of these tracks appear anywhere else. Hit me up with some comments if you like this cd and I’ll work hard to post more in the same vein.


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11 Responses to “Various Artists – On The Down Low (New York 1995)”

  1. Kimani17 says:

    Good stuff schenectady, pretty sure both of those Pretty Tone Capone 12"s are up here too.

  2. dat_triflin_ass_dude says:

    much appreciated dunn

  3. Fosterakahunter says:

    Check the "legendary" Mob Style for more Pretty Tone Capone.

  4. Anonymous says:

    thanks Schenectadyfan, very interesting artists!

    would definitly like to see more in the same vein!!!!!


  5. Schenectadyfan says:

    Thanks for reading and thanks for the comments! Nice to know people are digging 'On The Down Low'.
    Stay tuned for more.

  6. Shaun D. aka Wicked says:

    Ok, I just uploaded both "Volume 1" and "Can We Play? (Volume 2)" for your listening pleasure. I uploaded "Volume 1" cuz I'm not sure if dude who started this post did the properties of the mp3's correctly. I'm real picky about making sure that shit is done right with no lame websites or blogsites listed in the comments or whatever. Enjoy…

    On The Down Low – Volume 1 [1995]

    On The Down Low – Can We Play? [1996]

    Can We Play? (Volume 2) features another Preacher Earl And The Ministry joint, but this one is the first ever production from J-Zone.

  7. Schenectadyfan says:

    um, yes, i did in fact do 'the properties of the mp3s correctly'…….

    just so ya know, i rip all my original media in high quality wav format, then convert to variable bit rate mp3 which results in more 'live' sound than rips at constant bit rate, generally at 192 k.

    and no, except for track 1, there are no comments in the id3 tags other than the artist/track names.

  8. Bigg Boss Luciano says:

    Props to Schenectadyfan & Shaun D. aka Wicked for uppin these! Been lookin' 4 these

  9. ski says:

    Links are dead, damn!

  10. ski says:

    Links are dead, damn!

  11. guy says:

    can some1 re-up the volumes?

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