Editor’s Note: DJ Pos 2 stays deep in the Ohio rap scene, (particularly the one that is centered around his home city of Columbus) as both a participant and a fan. Impressed with Schenectady Fan’s coverage of Ohio’s underground, he now steps forward with his own compilation titled Triple Crown Classic (the triple crown refers to Columbus, Cincinatti, and Cleveland). Download the compilation, turn up the volume, and read what a scene verteran has to say about the artists and songs. For more on the Columbus scene peep Pos 2’s blog The BustownStomp.
Triple Crown Classic (Ohio Hip Hop)
Intalec – “Frustration” (’96 Columbus)
Intalec’s nickname is “Mentor For The City.” He is the one that mentored the mhz as far as production, rocking shows, so on and so on. He was the Rakim to us in columbus, well to most of us anyways. No idea what he is doing these days.
Bros. Grimm – “Grimm Technique” (’96 Columbus)
Bros. grimm grew up in Columbus but moved to Philly sometime ago. They were one of the 1st groups to put out material in the Columbus hiphop scene as early as ’94.
Andrew Bagadonuts – your finished! (’00 Columbus)
I put this one in here for Kevin B. he was a big fan of Andrew’s and always wanted to know more of him. He was in Spitball for a lil bit and this is one of the songs he did solo. Beat produced by Przm, give a million bucks to anybody guessing that sample. It’s from a n64 exclusive game.
Afaliah Afelyone – “Inhale/exhale” (’98 Columbus)
She was very popular in the late 90’s in the columbus scene. I believe she is still around doing shows and such. This track was on a compilation from J.Rawls’ Buka Records.
Foulmouf Dux – “Don’t Get Confused” (’00 Columbus)
Supergroup of dj przm, jakki da motamouth, and copywrite. This song is from the EP they were working on that was eventually erased by Przm because he did not like how it was recorded. Here is one of the few tracks that exist.
BJ Digby – “Surrender” (’01 Cincinnati)
BJ digby is also known as Holmskillet. That’s about all I know.
Johnny O and Sorcerer Crew – “Legally Def “/ “It Pays the Cost To Be The Boss” (’88 Cleveland)
This record here is actually from a compilation of Cleveland artists. It’s hard to match up song titles with artist so this could be incorrect. But regardless, great LP coming out of cleveland in ’88.
Mission Control ft. Rubix and Talib Kweli – Millionaires (’99 Cincinnati)
One of my fav. 12″ releases. This is from the Mission Control compilation. Everywhere I looked I saw a sticker for this CD droppin back then.
Is What!? – “Parachutes” (’01 Cincinnati)
They are a live band hiphop group. I remember them doing shows in columbus as far back as ’98.
Tha Alkaholiks – “21 And Over” (’95 Columbus/Cali)
Tash is originally from Columbus, Ohio and this is the song where he tells a story about the east side of Columbus.
Tavaris ft. Coolio – “Straight Butta Remix” (’95 Columbus)
This song was everywhere in Columbus and the video was played on Rap City but the crazy thing was dude was still working at a grocery store, then a few years later Foot Locker. I put the rmx on here because people are more familiar with the single mix, if they are even familiar at all.
Thought Set – Thought Set (’04 Columbus)
A group of juveniles that were once labled “the baby mhz.” The Catalyst, who rhymes first, is still active with music and is signed with Kool G. Rap’s label. This 12″ was released overseas. Thought Set have not released any other material officially but Catalyst did a mixtape with Team Invasion in ’08.
3ms ft. Metro (SA Smash) and Bru Lei – “Stop Frontin” (’01 Columbus)
This is the original to Camu Tao’s classic “Hold The Floor.” The sirens in the background are from Przm recording with his front door open while Bru was recording his verse.
Letter People – “Notcha Average” (’00 Columbus)
From a Przm-produced compilation of Columbus artists. This is one of the standout tracks from that CD.
Iyan Anomolie – Amazing Year (early 2000’s Cleveland)
Iyan did his thing in Cleveland for a number of years and then went to cali in ’06. He made an impact all thru ohio and was known to put on a very good show.
— DJ Pos 2