Posts Tagged ‘baltimore’

Baltimore & Washington DC Underground Parts 29-32 (1990-2010)

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Here at last are the last 4 volumes in my Baltimore/Washington Dc compilation series. As always there is a wide range of styles so if something doesn’t grab you, keep listening. There are more than enough dope, rare cuts to go around. Tracklists and links are after the jump, as always. Now that I’m posting the ‘last’ 4 volumes, I’d like to put out a request. If you’re from Baltimore/Washington Dc/Virginia and you have some other underground hip hop not seen on my compilations please hit me up! Some of the things I’d like to find are:

Apb – Don’t know the album name, but it features the track ‘Black Cloud’.
Aradamus – Life Is A Humbling Experience Ep (Washington Dc 1999)
BlackHead Assassins Ep (Baltimore 1994)
Black House – Dark Streets (Washington Dc 199x)
Deuce4k – In The Neighborhood (Washington Dc 1993)
Enoch – Fickle Mind State (Tape) (Washington Dc 1997)
Lucky Loots – The Soldiers are Comin… (Washington Dc 1996)
Mahdi Mobb – (Dyin’) Ona Humble (Washington Dc 1993)
One Man Gang – Tryin To Get Over (Tape)(Maryland 1993)
The Flatliners – Dc Style Ep (Washington Dc 1993) (Not the New York crew who put out ‘u.s.a’)
The Outsidaz – The Huh (Baltimore 1994) (Not Young Zee’s group, this was produced by Joe Davidge) (more…)

Baltimore & Washington DC Underground Parts 26-28 (1991-2010)

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Getting down torward the end here, up for grabs today are volumes 26-28 in my Baltimore/Washington Dc compilation series.  I know alot of our readers are probably ‘old school’ heads for the most part, but don’t let that stop from you from checking out some of the newer material featured here. The Package stands out in particular. Every track I’ve heard from them rips. Dc locals
will certainly recognize the name ‘Opus Akoben’. If you liked their albums keep your eye out for The Package. Also, I believe the  tracks by Sparrow and Global Plantoon on Volume 26 are unreleased. Tracklists and links after the jump. (more…)

Baltimore & Washington DC Underground Parts 23-25 (1990-2010)

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Coming at ya with volumes 23-25 in my Baltimore/Washington Dc series today. For those who’ve been following these posts you already know the Bmore/Dc compilations are loaded with obscurities. That’s not to say there aren’t some more well known artists featured too, but the hip hop scene in the ‘DMV’ is still mostly underground. If you haven’t checked these out yet don’t sleep!  I can lead a horse to water, but I can’t make him drink. I can encourage a horse to take a big, long, satisfying swig from a deep well though. If anyone out there can share the full album from APB I’d love to hear it. I have looked for a long time, and only ever found a single from them. Dope shit, makes me wonder what the full length release is like. Also,  or those who are wondering you can generally find more info like where I found the tracks, audio sources, credits for contributors, etc, if you read my nfo files. Tracklists and links after the jump. (more…)

Baltimore & Washington DC Underground Parts 20-22 (1990-2005)

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Here we go again with that Baltimore/Washington Dc underground. Up for grabs today are volumes 20-22. As is generally the case, there are some dope and obscure cuts so don’t sleep even if you do know some of the material. I can almost guarantee you’ll find some new tracks. There is some music that I think you’ll return to, now and in the future. Tracklists and links, after the jump. (more…)

Baltimore & Washington DC Underground Parts 14-16 (1991-2007)

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Fresh off the heels of the last set come the next three editions of my Baltimore/Washington Dc. There are some obscure and dope cuts so don’t pass these over. If I had to pick some favorite tracks I’d probably go to ‘down with cpc’, unda pressha, and who’s this. I won’t lead you astray though. Let me know what ya like. Links and tracklists are after the jump. (more…)

Baltimore & Washington DC Underground Parts 11-13 (1991-2005)

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

In this post-election haze it’s clear to me that underground hip hop from the DMV area has been worlds apart from the gloss of national politics for many years. I know this isn’t news to natives of the region but it’s especially stark to me at this point in time. What will it take to have an honest national discussion where everyone is involved and has a palpable stake in what happens to our country ? The not-so-covert spending of well heeled political  ‘action committees’ makes it more important than ever to encourage independent voices. I’m not going to pretend  that every track featured here is revolutionary but hip hop as an art form has always fostered insight, dissent and debate.  It’s time to spotlight the scene there because it offers a huge amount of music some of which is quite though-provoking and deserves widespread attention.

I’m going to try posting these compilation batches back to back. I don’t want to overload anyone but I do want to make it possible for people to get the whole Baltimore/Washington Dc series in a relatively short period of time. What we have here are volumes 11-13. Test the waters and sink your oars in, I think you’ll come paddling back this way again. Download links and tracklists can be found after the jump as per usual. (more…)

Baltimore & Washington DC Underground Parts 8-10 (1990-2006)

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Ok so I was going to a Baltimore/Washington Dc compilation flood, with all 32 volumes. It’s probably more effective to just go with a few at a time so people have a chance to absorb them. Slow digestion probably creates more anticipation for the next set anyway. I have to admit I cheated a bit with ‘First State Alliance’., (Yes I own the tape) but Delaware isn’t far off the mark and isn’t really fertile ground for hip hop, as far as I know. If anyone from Delaware cares to school us, please do so! Today we’ll bite off a small chunk and come back for 22 more courses later. Damn, must be gettin’ near Thanksgiving. For now, whet your appetite with volumes 8-10 in my Baltimore/Washington Dc compilation series. Playlists and download links are 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…)

Jazz MC – Brotherhood (Baltimore 1992)

Monday, July 5th, 2010

This is an underground tape from Baltimore, Maryland. It was put out by ‘StarTrak Records Inc’ in 1992. This album sold awhile ago on ebay for almost 60 dollars. I got mine for about 1/4 of that. Good deal, nice tape. It’s a little old school, but that’s to be expected for the time frame it came out in. I wish I had a camera, I’d take some pictures. Alas I am without quality equipment and can’t seem to find cover art floating around on the net. I think it’s pretty rare. Here’s the info on the tape:

Executive Producers – Sylvester Borum & Eric M. Griffith.
Scratches – C. Wilson

Get it here —

01 (4:17) jazz mc – brotherhood
02 (3:02) jazz mc – body rock
03 (4:48) jazz mc – finger on the trigger
04 (4:07) jazz mc – loungin’
05 (4:35) jazz mc – just 4 u
06 (3:50) jazz mc – jazz thang
07 (5:09) jazz mc – eazy come eazy go
08 (4:01) jazz mc – give em’ the boot
09 (4:22) jazz mc – main concept
10 (5:08) jazz mc – brotherhood (remix)

I hope you like this cassette. I’ve been playing it a fair amount lately. I hope you do too!

— Schenectadyfan

Constant Deviants/Global Platoon/Sparrow: 90’s Vaults Excavated

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010


You already know how much unreleased 90’s material has been put out on vinyl in the last couple of years. Some great stuff, some just okay. Some worth the big price tags, some not really. Well, this isn’t gonna be on that $80 record steez. It will be affordable, but more importantly, dope 90’s hip hop music.
Six 2 Six Shift Records planned releases:
Constant Deviants – Feel That b/w Problem Child(also remix and instrumentals) 12″
Sparrow – Flows Of Death b/w Armageddon 12″ (see cover art above, dope)
2 previously unreleased Constant Deviants LPs
1 previously unreleased Global Platoon LP
2 Previously unreleased Sparrow LPs
All from between 1994 and 1999. They really can’t go wrong here.

If you aren’t familiar with these artists, we have plenty of mp3s to get you acquainted here.
Constant Deviants is M.I. on the rhymes and DJ Cutt on the beats.
Global Platoon is M.I., Rome, Bosch, Fla Fla(of Sparrow), Illogic, and Supreme on the rhymes and boards.
Sparrow is Fla Fla rhyming and Dre(not the doc) on the beats.
Launchpad Records was founded by DJ Rockit.

Here’s some previews to help get you up to date:
Constant Deviants – Problem Child (unreleased, will be on 12″)

Constant Deviants – Competition Catch Speed Knots (released in 1996 on 12″)

Sparrow – Flows Of Death (unreleased, will be on 12″)

Sparrow – Physics (released in 1995 on 12″)

Global Platoon – Maitreya (unreleased, will be on LP)

Global Platoon – War (unreleased, may be on LP)

Global Platoon – Keep Your Day Job (released in 1997 on 12″)

Bosch – Little Man (unreleased demo, may be on LP)

Bosch – Rizing Suns (released in 1997 on 12″)

Rome – Dai In Life (released in 1997 on EP)


Here’s 2 videos they recently dug out the vaults:



And one last summer time banger that will be the B-Side of the Problem Child 12″:

“Feel That” and “Problem Child” were first played as demos on the Stretch and Bobbito show. If you’re feeling any of this and want to see a proper release, either follow their blog here and leave some comments, or join their facebook vinyl petition group. Make sure you let them know that you want to see these and all the other treats they’re holding onto, on vinyl or CD. These guys deserve some support in getting this stuff released. There’s plenty more heaters, I just tried to pick 10 of my favs here and it wasn’t easy.
There is dope new material in the works that we will try to keep you abreast with.

–Verge