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Growing Up With The Source

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

My youth was spent collecting cards, comics and listening to rap tapes. I’m not a very religious person, but my bible was The Source. Every month, there would be just two magazines I had to buy, not Mad, not Nintendo Power, but the Beckett Monthly to see if my Griffey, Canseco or Frank Thomas rookies had gone up in price, and of course, The Source magazine. I felt like Sam studying at The Citadel, so I could become this hip-hop maester. There was no internet back then. Certainly, no podcasts either. I can’t imagine having a show like Take It Personal back then. If you lived outside of the NYC, and I did for most of my teen years, you had just a few options. Those were Yo! MTV Raps and The Source. I knew plenty about Hot 97 or Kiss, but I could never listen to it live. My Stretch & Bob experience came in form of trading tapes. But my knowledge came directly from The Source and whatever Yo! would play. The Heavy Rotation, Fat Tapes, Unsigned Hype, Hip-Hop Quotables and Sure Shot Singles. And as much as I loved The Source, like many kids leaving their teens, I stopped buying the magazine somewhere around your junior year. I know my days of card collecting were kinda over once high school hit. When you finally grow a pair, all you want to do is release what’s inside them.

ProSet rap cards weren’t going to help you achieve that. But like many guys entering their marriage years, you find a way back to relieve your youth. With love comes heartache too. The Source became corrupt. David Mays allowed Benzino to Suge Knight his way to the top. He decided on who got covers, ratings and if they didn’t play (pay) for ads, they wouldn’t get love. He practically extorted groups into doing features for Almighty RSO/Made Men (Mobb Deep, M.O.P., The LOX, DPG, Cocoa Brovaz). Mays was like Jason getting stuck up in the latest episode of Ballers, he couldn’t do shit but give it up. Almighty RSO’s Classic Limited Edition received 4 ½ mics. That’s 1 mic higher than O.C.’s Word…Life masterpiece. You know scored lower than Classic Limited Edition? Doggystyle, Me Against The World & Reasonable Doubt to name a few. He awarded his own album with the same rating as OB4CL, which is crazy in itself. As far as I’m concerned, The Source hasn’t been the same since ’97, and even those years were questionable. Still, The Source from early to mid 90s were the best and is responsible for shaping my knowledge and taste in hip-hop. And for that, I thank all the contributing members who wanted to do right. He believed in the music, not the politics and who helped make so many of us real heads. Thank you. –Philaflava

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Take It Personal: Hip-Hop Mount Rushmore

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Episode 9 might be titled the Calm Before The Storm, but it’s anything but. Our next show will be a DJ Premier tribute, so we wanted to take a short break from the tributes and get back to the traditional potpourri show. Special guest, Aaron Wade, sat in with us as we discussed and dissed each other’s Hip-Hop Mount Rushmore. We also announced the winner of our Evolution of The B-Boy Sticker pack contest and play some ridiculously dope music from Mobb Deep, Jeru The Damaja, Brand Nubian, Kool G. Rap, Gang Starr, Ice Cube, Das EFX, People Under The Stairs, Insight, J-Zone and Supastition. Plus, we threw in some new jawns by King Magnetic, Kendrick Lamar and a special K-Def/DJ 360 Beneficence remix. So, while you’re listening. think of who you’d put on your Mount Rushmore and then share your picks with us in the comment section. RIP Don Rickles!

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Philaflava: It Was In The Fuckin’ Movies

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

In January, we’re doing a themed soundtrack episode on Take It Personal, so it only made sense to share with you some of the amazing work TheBigSleep has been putting in on the Philaflava forums lately. Hip-Hop soundtracks have always been important releases. Many created with little association to the actual film, some monumental to the films and it’s critical moments. Today we bring you the first 4 compilations in the series that showcases just that. –Philaflava

01. Grand Wizard Theodore – Subway Theme [Scratch Mix] (Wild Style)
02. Ollie & Jerry – Breakin’ …There’s No Stoppin’ Us (Breakin’)
03. The Treacherous Three – Santa’s Rap (Beat Street)
04. Beastie Boys – She’s On It (Krush Groove)
05. Run-D.M.C. – Krush Groovin’ ft. The Fat Boys, Sheila E., & Kurtis Blow (Krush Groove)
06. Ice-T – Colors (Colors)
07. Beastie Boys – Desperado [Live] (Tougher Than Leather)
08. Flavor Flav – I Can’t Do Nothin’ for You, Man (House Party)
09. Kid ‘N Play – Kid vs. Play: The Battle (House Party)
10. 2 Live Crew – In the Dust (New Jack City)
11. Kam – Every Single Weekend (Boyz N the Hood)
12. Grand Puba – Fat Rat (Strictly Business)
13. Leaders of the New School – Shining Star (Strictly Business)
14. Naughty by Nature – Uptown Anthem (Juice)
15. Big Daddy Kane – Nuff Respect (Juice)
16. Cypress Hill – Shoot ‘Em Up (Juice)
17. Main Source – Fakin’ the Funk ft. Neek the Exotic (White Men Can’t Jump)
18. Dr. Dre – Deep Cover ft. Snoop Dogg (Deep Cover)

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A Bunch of Niggas

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

It’s crazy that 3 outta 6 rappers featured on “A Bunch of Niggas” are no longer with us. RIP Heavy D, Biggie & Guru.

Heavy D – A Bunch Of Niggas feat. 3rd Eye, Biggie Smalls, Busta Rhymes, Guru & Rob O (prod. Jesse West)

Another Heavy D, Biggie & Pac collabo, again 3 gone. Easily the one of the best collabs that ever featured these greats.

Eddie F. – Let’s Get It On feat. Heavy D, 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, Grand Puba & Spunk Bigga

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Black Moon – Behind The Moon (Movie)

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Not sure where this came from or if its official cuz it looks kinda low budget but a must for any Bootcamp fan. Around the 1 hour mark they discuss One Nation where you can peep how it all went down, told by Dru Ha doing his best to sound like LL Cool J. Enjoy! –Philaflava

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Scareface Ain’t A Happy Camper

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

I can’t even recall the last time I saw this man smile. It seems like in every picture, interview or verse he spits these days, the man is just miserable. There is no denying that Rap-A-Lot has a history of toying with people and I don’t doubt a lot of what Face says, but damn this dude hates everything. Check out the full interview at Noisey.

Below is his personal rankings of all his albums.

NOISEY: Let’s start with your least favorite album, whether that is with the Geto Boys or during your solo career.  What do you think comes last and why?

SCARFACE: I don’t like any of the Geto Boys albums at all. Not one. There isn’t a Geto Boys album that I like. I didn’t learn anything from it, and it was a bad time in life for me too. With the label, with life, whatever… it’s a point in my life where I was the most miserable. Everybody else was happy but I wasn’t. I did all of this shit for everybody else and nothing for me. So I cant even lie, I don’t like none of the Geto Boys albums.

Not even We Can’t Be Stopped?
No, I don’t even like that motherfucker because I feel like I was forced to make that album. There is not one album that I like. Do I like songs by the Geto Boys? Fuck yeah! “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” or “Mind of a Lunatic” were great songs. As far as my favorite Geto Boys album? None of them impress me.
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The Greatest Mix In All of Spotify (1992-95 Hip-Hop by Philaflava)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

This is mammoth! 390+ tracks, 27+ hours of music featuring Masta Ace, Spice 1, Lord Finesse, World Renown, Brand Nubian, Tha Alkaholiks, Mic Geronimo, Mac Mall, all the way to Da King & I. This has to be the most complete 92-95 mix of hip-hop you’ll hear on Spotify. Check it out and enjoy your weekend!

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    Poker Songs to Perk your Poker Games

    Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

    Poker Songs to Perk your Poker Games

    Poker playing is going places, as hip-hop poker is now a hot item on the casino playing. Poker game is an exciting game and when spiced with hot hip-hop songs, it’s the coolest game to play. To start the rhythm going, here is playlist of the best poker hip-hop songs ever.

    1. Dr. Hope Poker Rap
    A good hip-hop to kick off your playlist is Dr. Hope Poker Rap. To give you some info, Dr. Hope is Tim Anders, a once World Poker Tour finalist and when he’s not rapping out, he’s playing pro poker. This poker rap song is funny but wait it’s all about poker and while you are enjoying the hip-hop beat, you get at the same time poker tips and strategies. With that, it deserves to be the starter on every poker playlist.

    2. Money by Michael Jackson
    Listen to the song and feel the rhythm of a poker game getting hotter and hotter.

    3. This Is Why I Am hot by MIMS
    Get into the heat of your poker game and tell everybody what makes you hot with your poker games.

    4. Poker Rap by Tintedlincoln
    This is what it’s telling everybody that makes this Poker rap song worth of getting on hip-hop poker playlist.

    5. Trapped by 2Pac-
    Why is it that every player feels like he’s trapped in his mobile poker game? Let the song tell you.

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    T.R.O.Y. Challenge: 6 Degrees of Seperation Mixtape

    Sunday, October 13th, 2013

    A few weeks ago on the T.R.O.Y. forums I suggested doing a Degrees of Separation mixtape. While there were a few interested heads, it was just Huldrich Bullsh!t was able to complete the difficult task. The rules were as followed.

    Every track has to relate.
    Every track has to be a collabo.
    Every track should be from 1991-1996.
    There has to be at least 2 westcoast tracks.
    There has to be at least 1 Pete rock produced track
    There has to be at least 1 De La Soul feature (could be Dove or Pos alone)
    There has to be at least 1 Grand Puba song or feature
    You don’t have to use a following song by the last guest rapper, it can be any in the song.
    12 tracks min. 14 tracks max.

    You can download his mixtape here.

    1. Goodie Mob – Soul Food (Crazy C Remix) feat. Eightball & MJG
    2. Eightball & MJG – Sesshead Funky Junky feat. MC Breed
    3. MC Breed – Gotta Get Mine feat. 2Pac
    4. 2Pac – Ain’t Hard To Find feat. E-40, B-Legit, C-Bo & Richie Rich
    5. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Studio Ton Remix) feat. E-40 & MC Eiht
    6. Funkmaster Flex – Nutthin’ But Flavor feat. Biz Markie, Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Charlie Brown
    7. De La Soul – Stone Age feat. Biz Markie
    8. Kool G. Rap – Erase Racism feat. Big Daddy Kane & Biz Markie
    9. Frankie Cutless – Know Da Game feat. Kool G. Rap & M.O.P.
    10. Red Hot Lover Tone – 4 My Peeps feat. Biggie, M.O.P. & Prince Poetry
    11. Chubb Rock – 3 Men At Chung King feat. Red Hot Lover Tone & Grand Puba
    12. MC Serch – Back To The Grill (Remix) feat. Red Hot Lover Tone, Chubb Rock, O.C. & Nas
    13. AZ – Gimmie Yours feat. Nas
    14. Sway & King Tech – Wake Up Show Anthem feat. Lauryn Hill, Nas, Organized Konfusion, Dred Scott, Shyheim & Ras Kass

     

     

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    T.R.O.Y. Throwback Fridays: Video Playlist (Dedication To 2Pac)

    Friday, September 13th, 2013

    Today marks the 17th year since 2Pac’s passing. Since we normally do Throwback Friday videos, it made sense to make today all about Pac. Rest in peace homie.

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