Posts Tagged ‘1998’

Red Foo & Dre’ Kroon ‎– Balance Beam

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Before most of our parents knew him as that mulatto looking dude with the frizzy fro from LMFAO, we knew him as that Redfoo who could be heard on The Wake Up Show rhyming alongside Evidence of Dilated Peoples. But when your father is one of the most successful and powerful men in showbiz, well, you start making music that sounds like this.

Probably because you can and nobody retires from selling 12″ indie hip-hop. I know it’s tough to separate the two, kind of like that M.O.P. & LFO collabo, you know that boy band who made the song about Abercrombie and Fitch? Regardless, Balance Beam is a solid album and shows that even if Redfoo is a complete parody today, he had skills before selling his soul to the Kardashians of the world.

Red Foo & Dre’ Kroon ‎– Balance Beam (1998)

1 Hardcore Ish
2 On The Microphone
3 Don’t Touch The M. P.
4 Slow Down Cousin’
5 The Freshest [Featuring] – Evidence
6 Bangin’
7 Two Brothas
8 Um Ba Baba
9 Love Of Mine
10 L. D. L.
11 Who Wanna
12 I Want Ya Body
13 Life Is A Game Of Chess (Pt. 1)
14 Journey
15 Game Of Charnas
16 Life Is A Game Of Chess (Pt. 2)


Thanks to JankZ in T.R.O.Y. forum for posting the link.

The Digital Revolution: A Critical Analysis of RZA As Bobby Digital In Stereo

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

“Bobby Digital is about what molded me: comic books, video games, the arcade scene, breakdancing, hip-hop clothes, MCing, DJing, human beatboxing, graffiti plus Mathematics and the gods. That’s hip-hop to me.”

-RZA on Page 91 of The Wu-Tang Manual (more…)

T.R.O.Y.’s Unofficial Wu-Wednesday (Week 9)

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

This week is a double dose of Davina. She was Loud Records R&B crooner, only dropped the one album in 1998 (plus several singles starting in 1984) and plays all instruments on the album. Not sure how she landed the Wu spots (and Xzibit), I’ll chalk it up to being label mates.

Davina-So Good (CD Single) (1997)
01 So Good (Radio Version)
02 So Good feat. Raekwon
03 So Good feat. Xzibit
04 So Good (Instrumental)
05 So Good (A Cappella)

T.R.O.Y.’s Unofficial Wu-Wednesday (Week 8)

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Bobby Bobby Bobby, Digi Digi Digi. Somewhat rare promo CD that came with an issue of Stress Magazine back in 1998.

Bobby Digital-NYC Everything (Stress Magazine Promo CD) (1998)
01 NYC Everything feat. Method Man
02 Do You Hear The Bells



The Five Bros – Believe In The Five (Maryland 1998)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

This was a request that came up while I was posting my Baltimore/Washington Dc compilation series. To be completely honest the ep is a little flat in my opinion, but I did like tracks 2 and 5 in particular. Da Great Diety Dah is featured on ‘Believe In The Five’ and it’s probably the strongest cut. You be the judge. The Five Bros are from Western Maryland I believe. Track listing and download links to be found after the jump. (more…)

’98 B-More Styles

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Today I’d like to focus on two joints from the 1998 independent scene in Charm City. A year ago in one of our many Weekly Request Threads on the T.R.O.Y. forum, member diggy64 upped a couple rare records for us (that have spread throughout the internet somewhat). One of those is the self titled debut (and sole recordings) from the Starvin’ Art Clique, featuring MCs 30 Fingaz and Hawaii and producer Guess Who?, interview here.

Starvin’ Art Clique LP (V2)

Starvin' Art Clique

01. Rogue & Vagabond (Produced by Guess Who?)
02. Showbiz (Produced by Guess Who?)
03. The Night (Produced by Guess Who?)
04. Relations (Produced by Guess Who?)
05. Shiesty (Produced by Guess Who?)
06. Keep Pushin’ On (Produced by Guess Who?)
07. Charm City (Produced by Guess Who?)
08. Alone (Produced by Guess Who?)
09. Slackin’ (Produced by Guess Who?)
10. Keep Pushin’ On Remix (Produced by Guess Who?)
11. Poetry (Produced by Guess Who?)
12. Starvin’ Art (Produced by Guess Who?)

The other is an even more sought after EP (and only material) from Mr. Ruckuz, entitled The Verdict, the one thing released on Madd Versatile Records. This piece of wax now sells for hundreds of dollars online; download link and details after the jump. (more…)

Zoo York’s Mixtape VHS (1998)

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Filmed in ’97, released in ’98. Although this video has been available online for some time, both streaming and for download, the downloadable version has until now, been incomplete. (It’s also up on YouTube in four parts.)

“How long did you film for Zoo York’s Mixtape?”

“That’s a very good question. I would just hang out with R.B. from time to time. It wasn’t like we were really filming for anything in particular. By the time those guys were putting together Mixtape, I was surprised that I even had enough footage to have a full part. So basically, I have no clue.” ~ (Skater) Jeff Pang

“Did you guys get to pick which song you skated to?”

“I didn’t. I didn’t see the video until it was all finished. I definitely wouldn’t have chosen any music with lyrics talking about child molesting their little sister? But back in those days I was ‘bad ass’ and was like ‘who gives a shit anyway’.” ~ (Skater) Jeff Pang

“How did you come up with Mixtape’s concept?”

“It sort of happened organically. And probably not the way you expect. It goes like this. My best friend (and original Shut Posse Skater) Beasley and myself, threw these wildly popular hip hop parties from 1989 – 1991 called Trip. We threw them at this huge night club in New York’s Meat Market called Mars. We had a lot of amazing DJs. Our main DJ was Duke of Denmark and we got the Allmighty KG (from the Cold Crush Brothers) to be our MC. It was an amazing time. Our back up DJ was Clark Kent and we also broke a few new kids who had never DJed before. Most notably, Moby. Ask him. I gave him his first gig. Another DJ was my good friend Adrian Bartos, who DJed under the name Adrian B. But that name sucked.

Adrian was going to Columbia University and got himself a late ight radio spot out of Columbia’s radio station WKCR. He got our other friend, Bobbito Garcia, to host. But his name still sucked and he begged me to come up with a name for him. Adrian was a tall and skinny cat and everyone was calling him DJ Skinny Bones. He hated that! So Grand Poobah [Maxwell] just had that song out ‘like Stretch Armstrong I go…on and on and on and on’. And stretch is American slang for skinny so I was like ‘okay, you’re DJ Stretch Armstrong. And you can cut your name off a record’. So that was it. Adrian became Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito the barber (who actually used to cut hair).

I was going to the SVA Film Program at the time and had access to all these video cameras. So, I would go up to the radio show to hang out anyway, so I just started to bring my camera. And poof! Before you know it I had hours and hours of footage of everyone rapping. I lost a lot of it as well. Which is a loss. But, regardless, I still had about four tapes worth of freestyles and mayhem up at the station. And there it sat for years.

By the time we got Zoo up and running and we’re in need of a video, the soundtrack was obviously going to be hip hop. And I really thought the world should get to see some of this amazing footage. Busta Rhymes debut, Ghost and Meth. I mean, these were important moments in New York hip hop and I wanted to share them.

Andy Howell already did the Sky Pager video. The video cassette box was designed to look like a pager (this was before cell phones) but I really liked the marketing idea, so I said ‘let’s make the video tape into a huge cassette tape and make a hip hop mixtape of our skaters over my Stretch Armstrong footage’. And there it was. I think we may have shot Diamond D specifically for the Mixtape I video, but other than that it was all older footage. I think I even date the footage if you watch Mixtape again.” ~ Eli Gesner (originally printed in Kingpin Magazine)

“Who’s the DJ in the intro and where did the intro take place?”

“None other than the legendary Roc Raida, 1995 DMC World Champion and member of the X-ecutioners. We wanted a DMC champ to mix a routine for the opening and Roc was kind enough to do a little acting for us. R.B. Umali and myself shot it at his house in the South Bronx. That was specifically done for the video…” ~ Eli Gesner (originally printed in Kingpin Magazine)

“Did you know a lot of these dudes beforehand?”

“Stretch and Bobbito are like family to me. I grew up with them. And the rappers I all sort of know from around New York City. I still have more crazy footage we never used, liked, I have Large Professor writing and then performing his rap from Live at the Bar-B-Cue for the first time ever. I mean, in hip hop, Live at the Bar-B-Cue is one of the most important songs ever and I have the creator of the song creating his rhyme. It’s important. But for the Mixtape video it was too slow a rap. And the footage is kind of dark. I gave it to Stretch and Bobbito to use for their documentary.” ~ Eli Gesner (originally printed in Kingpin Magazine)

“Any particularly funny stories in the studio?”

“That footage of Busta Rhymes is literally the first time he was on air or rapped for major public consumption. I didn’t know who he was. None of us did. Only Bobbito (who was working at Def Jam), Kurious Jorge [he’s the super stoked guy in the red backwards cap in Mixtape, Seb’s note] and some guys from A Tribe Called Quest knew him because the Leaders of the New School were shopping their demo around, but the rest of us had never even heard this guy’s name. So…everyone’s freestyling and I’m filming and then boom! This Jamaican kid in a head to toe acid wash jean suit runs in and starts screaming ‘I wanna rhyme! I wanna rhyme! Give me some headphones! I wanna rhyme!’ Like a total maniac and we’re all looking around at each other like ‘who the fuck is this?’.

See, ninety nine percent of the rappers who would come by would be very mellow. And the show was at two a.m. so everyone, even the big rappers, would be way relaxed and here comes this nobody kicking in the door and screaming and shit. Like he was gonna go crazy if we didn’t let him rhyme. So, we gave him the mic and in thirty seconds everyone’s looking at each other like ‘who the fuck is this?’! I mean the whole world knows Busta Rhymes now, but watching that happen? That was just amazing. It was watching a star being born. It was mind blowing.” ~ Eli Gesner (originally printed in Kingpin Magazine)

“Was it a hard process to put the video together?”

“DJ Ani Quinn and myself actually ‘mixed’ all the music together. It was a very long and complex undertaking. Everything in that film is analog. This was years before everything went digital. I don’t even think there’s a Mixtape I on DVD. Just VHS.

Ani and I had to blend every segment into one another and in some cases throw other music over the original raps because the beats were too quiet or too ‘slow’. We would add high hats or shakers or keys. Something to spice it up. In other cases, the rapper could not be heard, so we’d hunt down friends who had the audio recorded on cassette tape and then have to manually dub it over the video footage. It was a lot of work.

Anyone who is doing shit like this today and thinks they’re so fresh and they’re suckers. Everything’s digital and it’s all synched right off the bat. Everything we did would start drifting out of synch after ten seconds. Ani would be there tapping records while I was force spinning cassette tapes and recording it all in one take! That’s not a lie. The analog hacks we pulled off in one giant seamless mix for an hour straight in super human. I’m really proud of all that.” ~ Eli Gesner (originally printed in Kingpin Magazine)

“In retrospect, what was the best skater / freestyle combo in your opinion?”

“I love Jeff Pang over Fat Joe. That shit is like the most official grimey New York rah rah ever. It’s so New York that I think only new York kids get it. That’s just two New York kings shutting shit down. I suppose everyone gets psyched on Harold Hunter and Meth and it is the power combo, but I set it up like that. That was the N.Y.C. celebrity power move. Like, we all knew from the jump that that was the part everyone would shit themselves over.

I love Vinny Ponte over Diamond D. Vinny is such a hip hop head and Diamond D is such a hip hop pioneer super producer, that was a good mix.” ~ Eli Gesner (originally printed in Kingpin Magazine)

“Any chance to ever see Mixtape released on DVD some day?”

“Zoo’s lawyers will never let it get re-released. It’s a licensing nightmare. We went out and got all the rappers and skaters and everyone to give us the okay to use them, but then our lawyers were like ‘what about the music everyone is rapping over?’. I mean, we don’t even know what half that stuff is.

Part of the reason why it’s so hard to find Mixtape I is that Zoo is protecting itself from lawsuits. Not that there’s any money to be made off that video. It had one VHS run over ten years ago!” ~ Eli Gesner (originally printed in Kingpin Magazine)

“Would this kind of project would be possible today?”

“No! Not with hip hop and skateboarding. But yes with something else. See, the reason why things like this are so great is that it all happened organically. No one thought any of this shit was important at the time. We just did it ‘cause we loved it! You must follow your passion and hopefully you’ll be in the right place at the right time. If you want to be a photo journalist? Easy. Find a war and go to the front line. You’ll get pictures of shit blowing up and people dying. This is sort of the same thing but that the war just formed around us and I was there to film it.

Also, I happened to skateboard and I was fortunate enough to say ‘hey, I’m going to put my passions together and call it Zoo York’. So, something like this will happen again, you just need to be in the middle of what’s happening. And I don’t know what that is.

Maybe my kids will really get into Downhill Mixed Martial Arts and then start listening to Techno Cowboy Music and mix it together and poof! Mixtape III! There’s no way to tell. You just have to find what you like and contribute to it. Be a part of it. Get involved.

And save your shit! This would be a way more interesting interview if I saved half the shit I lost or got rid of. I had Jay-Z and Big L rapping together as a duet before Big L was killed. If Big L was never killed, it would have been a duet, instead, today’s kids only know Jay-Z. And I lost that tape. Hate me now!” ~ Eli Gesner (originally printed in Kingpin Magazine

Peace to Kingpin Magazine, A Visual Sound, Zoo York, the Stretch & Bobbito site, the T.R.O.Y. forums and veteran member bad-cop for the new, fuller rip.

The Big Sleep

Public Enemy “Bring The Noise 2000”

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

I stumbled across this forgotten mix a couple weeks ago. It was one of the first things I ever downloaded from the internet. Please note that it is ripped at 128, but that’s the only way it was ever released.

As stated on the cover it's "A industrial megamix of Public Enemy hits, instrumentals, bass dubs, jamz, b-sides & unreleased solo joints." The story goes something like this: Chuck D posted this album in 1998 for free on PE's website. Parent company Polygram lost their shit and forced them to take it down thinking it would damage album sales. Really, who would ever post music for free? Chuck D was way ahead of his time.

01: There Were More Hype Believers Than Ever in ’97 (5:39)
02: Welcome to the Terrordome (X-games remix) (5:44)
03: Bring the Noise (1:59)
04: You’re Gonna Get Yours (:55)
05: Whole Lotta Love Going On In the Middle Of Hell (1:33)
06: Don’t Believe the Hype (2:01)
07: How to Kill a Radio Consultant (1:28)
08: Night of the Living Baseheads (:57)
09: Cold Lampin’ (1:18)
10: Move! (2:20)
11: Welcome to the Terrordome (3:05)
12: What Side You On? (1:07)
13: Hazy Shade of Criminal (1:40)
14: Buck Whylin’ (1:07)
15: Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1:29)
16: 911 Is A Joke (1:33)
17: Louder Than A Bomb (:50)
18: Rebel Without A Pause (1:21)
19: G’Damn That DJ Made My Day (1:05)
20: Son of Public Enemy (:32)
21: Burn Hollywood Burn (1:16)
22: Incident at 66.6 FM (1:32)
23: Live and Undrugged (1:59)
24: She Watch Channel Zero?!?! (2:30)
25: Fight the Power (2:52)
26: Mind Deep (5:09)
27: Mind Deep Instrumental (4:40)

Thanks to Dean from for keeping this one alive. There are also a ton of other downloads available: live concerts, remixes, b-sides, cameos, etc.