Posts Tagged ‘90s Hip-Hop’

Brooklyn Tribute (In Memory of James)

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Our close friend, James Murphy, and one of our biggest show supporters unexpectedly passed away on January 26. Just 3 days after his 44th birthday. James was great person who made it his purpose in life to bring joy to others. I first met him in gym class my freshman year while discussing Brand Nubian’s In God We Trust. It was hip-hop that brought us together. Hip-hop was his passion, as it is for many of us. I was fortunate to experience many great concerts with him: A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Run-DMC, Brand Nubian, Heltah Skeltah, all the Rock The Bell tours too, but the one I’ll never forget was Gang Starr. Guru was his absolute favorite. After the show he walked up to Guru, called him by his real name (Keith) and Guru was like, “you don’t know me like that cousin.” Of course, Guru was smiling, signed an auto and we all had our moment- a special moment we never forgot. They called James “MC Murf,” even though he was far from an emcee. He reminded a lot of us of MC Serch. James was born and raised in Brooklyn and proud of it. He was BK to the fullest. When he passed I didn’t know what to do with myself. I still don’t. Losing a close friend is never easy. We all grieve in different ways and mine was to throw myself into music. DJ 360 and myself decided the best way to celebrate James’ life was to do a Brooklyn tribute in his honor. These are tracks that I knew he loved, but also tracks we love and ones we feel capture the essence of BK. We fully intend to do an entire show dedicated to the boroughs of New York, but for now, this is a mini-mix in honor of our friend, James and the great Kings County. We will never be able to replace James, as he was truly one of a kind, but we know he is still listening to us from upstairs. Rest in power, my brother.

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DJ Filthy Rich – 90’s Reggae Hip Hop Vol. 2

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the 1st volume, DJ Filthy Rich had an idea to create a series of mixes containing 90’s dancehall reggae artists over 90’s hip hop beats. Everything from popular hits to obscure white label-only remixes, including his own custom blends of 90’s reggae acapellas over instrumentals from that time period. What began as a casual one-off “best of” type mix, evolved into a multi-volume obsession. Check out the mix below! –Philaflava

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Take It Personal – Episode 22 (Classic Material)

Friday, January 26th, 2018

On episode 22 we’re joined by hip-hop historian, journalist and Boston native Dart Adams, as we discuss, dissect and disagree what makes a classic hip-hop album. Are there modern day classics? Are the standards different these days? Speaking of classics, we got a few from Redman, Main Source, K-Solo, Big Daddy Kane, Outkast, Rakim, EPMD, Brand Nubian, Double XX Posse, Da Youngsta’s, Smif-N-Wessun, Big L, Ill Al Skratch, plus some new music from both Planet Asia and Evidence. Thank you for tuning in, we know you’re gonna love this one. Fly, Eagles, Fly!



Is 93 ‘Til Infinity A Top 50 Album of All-Time?

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

A great question was asked today on the Philaflava message boardis 93 Til Infinity a top 50 hip-hop album of all-time? The answer is no.

This album is a personal favorite of mine. I have no problem labeling it a classic either. I also don’t think any of us can dispute the fact ‘93 Til Infinity is one of the greatest tracks — ever. You can’t argue with that. 1993-94 Hiero was some of the best shit ever. Casual dropped a classic (Fear Itself). Del dropped a classic (No Need For Alarm) and this album, that makes it a trifecta. Even Extra Pro was a pretty great! But that is really the point of this post and unfortunately, it’s coming at the expense of SoM. Many of you will be quick to say, sure it has to be. Some of you will say, maybe this isn’t top 50, but surely 60-75. Guess what? It’s might not even in the top 100. How fucking crazy is that? 93 Til Infinity is an amazing record. If we’re comparing it to any album (Kendrick or not) that came out in the last 5+ years, we’d probably say it’s better than all of them.

The 90s were crazy and every Tuesday a new classic dropped. Not a once-a-year thing, it would a few times a week thing. Think about that. To further prove the point, I have compiled a list of albums, many certified classics, but mostly albums that I feel rank higher than 93 ‘Til Infinity. My opinion, but if you look at the list, maybe you’ll agree. Keep in mind, this a favorite thing. If it were, 93 ‘Til Infinity would be chilling around the 30 mark. This is a list where the heart has no involvement whatsoever. The list is not in order and certainly I would opt to listen to 93 ‘Til Infinity over many of these listed. Certainly over any Eminem album, but again, that isn’t’ the point. It really is crazy because you start to realize just how many classics albums dropped between 1988-95. It adds up quickly as you can see.

So, is this album in your top 50? 75? 100?


Take It Personal Podcast (Ep 5: Respect The Architects)

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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This is the first installment of several “Respect The Architects” episodes we’ll be doing. It’s important to not only remember, but respect the pioneers, the originators and the emcees who have influenced in hip-hop as we know it today. While shows like The Get Down or Hip-Hop Evolution have done a great job with the visual side of things, episode 5 is all about the audio. Our topic of the show is what emcee opened your eyes to hip-hop and made you hit that rewind button until it broke? Sit back, relax and thoroughly enjoy the sounds of LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions to name a few.

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Take It Personal Presents – Sounds Like The 90s Vol. 25

Friday, December 16th, 2016

From all of us at Take It Personal, we truly thank you for the overwhelming support you’ve given us so far. We’re only a few shows in, but we will continue to deliver these every few weeks as long as you continue to listen. Episode 3 drops next week, but here is a brand new Sounds Like The 90s to hold you over. Happy holidays to all of you. Let’s hope ’17 is a lot kinder than 2016 has been to us. –Jason Gloss

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Sounds Like The 90s Volume 25

01 MC Serch – Take It Personal Intro
02 Snowgoons – The 90’s Are Back feat. O.C., DoItAll, UG, Sticky Fingaz, Dres, Nine, Sonny Seeza, Ras Kass & Psycho Les
03 Vinnie Paz – Nineteen Ninety Three
04 Ras Kass – Bardom feat. KRS-ONE
05 A Tribe Called Quest – Ego
06 Sadat X – We Strive feat. Dres
07 O.C. – Time’s Up (DJ 360 Remix)
08 The LOX – Move Forward (prod. DJ Premier)
09 Dave East – It Was Written
10 Apollo Brown & Skyzoo – Basquiat On The Draw ft. Conway & Westside Gunn
11 Hus Kingpin & SmooVth – Mega Genesis feat. SageInfinite
12 Meyhem Lauren – 5 Wagon feat. Action Bronson
13 DJ Rude One – Murder Paragraphs feat. Roc Marciano
14 Supastition – Take It Personal Interlude
15 Reks – Gone Baby Gone
16 CZARFACE – Two In The Chest
17 Mikey D – The Rhyme Heaterz (The Symphony XXI) feat. R.A. The Rugged Man, Craig G. & Canibus
18 Ryu – Happy Days feat. Jams, Gravity Christ & Bishop Lamont
19 The Game – I Grew Up On Wu-Tang


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