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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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
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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Six years ago, with the help of 8 other folks on Philaflava.com, we put together a list of our Top 100 Obscure Tracks. The list went viral and the blogosphere was laced with 100 mp3s that spread like wildfire across all blogs, message boards and websites alike. I love obscure shit. Who doesn’t like to be different, especially when it comes to music?
Everybody would always play the same radio singles, but you’d look for that one album cut nobody was checking for. Maybe it was that a b-side or that cassette single only remix. I love guest features. I’m a sucker for a good 90s collabo. The beauty of the music is not only enjoying it, but discovering it as well. Having it all to yourself, while you feel the rest of the world is on some other shit. It’s that feeling that I always yearned for when it comes to my hip-hop. It’s also the main reason I preferred The Source’s Fat Tape section over anything else in that mag. Though, many of the tracks listed in Fat Tape went on to become singles themselves.
The T.R.O.Y. squad has always been adamant about focusing on a specific era in hip-hop, most of us would consider it the “2nd” Golden Age we’ve had. I personally love ’92-95. To me, those were the prime years. It’s hard to match the production, get away with the sampling and really, come with the same energy today.
When I’m bored with music I always find myself going back to those 4 years. They never let me down and despite some of the music aging poorly or now that I’m older, I realize many of these lyrics were downright embarrassing, there is still something very cool about this era. So with that said, I have put together a list of my 250 favorite obscure tracks from 1992-1995. 1996 had tons of great shit too, but to me, it was the beginning of that whole indie movement and it would take this list from 250 to 500 rather easily. One thing I’ve realized while compiling this list is that I am enamored with D.I.T.C. production, with the exception of Primo, Pete Rock, Diamond D and The Beatnuts, Buckwild completely owned shit in the 90s. I still don’t understand how he isn’t higher on most peoples list. The man always been incredible.
I used the word obscure loosely here, because we all know its subjective. B-sides, remixes, posse cuts, guest features and random album cuts make up my list. I’ll do my best to work on getting up some of those mp3s, though I am sure many of you probably already have them. Let me know what some of your favorite “obscure” cuts are from the golden age, I’m sure I am forgetting some. — Philaflava
Philaflava’s 250 Favorite Obscure Songs (’92-95)
250. Sha’Dasious – Da Whole Shabang feat. Ram Squad, 50 Grand, Tasc-4rce
249. Preacher Earl & The Ministry – Return Of The Body Snatcha
248. Souls of Mischief – That’s When Ya Lost (Remix)
247. Pete Nice & Daddy Rich – The Sleeper
246. Kirk – Uptown Style feat. Ski
245. Down South – Lost In Brooklyn
244. MC Eiht – All For The Money (1/2 Oz. Remix)
243. Special Ed – Rukus
242. Lin Que – Let It Fall
241. Supernatural – Buddah Blessed It
240. Double X Posse – He Asked For It
It’s no secret that Lord Jamar isn’t exactly fond of homosexuality, especially in hip-hop. Here is a recent clip that I’m sure will be making headlines in the rap world. He’s pretty adamant about his beliefs. While he has every right to voice his opinion, so does rappers like Macklemore, even if you aren’t a fan. And not for nothing, Lord Jamar freely showing his penis in HBO’s OZ was as gay friendly as you could get. What are your thoughts on the subject?
For all of our Spotify users out there, our lil’ bro blog OpinionatedJay has put together 4 really cohesive mixes covering a few different themes such as indie rap, collaborations and posse cuts to quintessential Boom-Bap hip-hop. Check them out and subscribe to the ones you like because we’ll continue adding to these playlists as more tracks become available via Spotify.
Stussy and MTV team up to present these classic shirts featuring original artist imagery along with Stussy styling. The Stussy x Yo! MTV Raps Collection features Ice T, De La Soul, Gang Starr, Slick Rick, Digital Underground, Queen Latifah, Brand Nubian, Eric B. & Rakim and MC Lyte. $36 a pop tho. DAMN! –Philaflava
Today’s golden sample is from “Everbody Loves the Sunshine,” the titular track to the classic 1976 album by Roy Ayers. “Sunshine,” which has been sampled by a variety of artists old and new, continues to be a staple of hip-hop production and one of the most recognizable samples ever. Most of you will recognize the ubiquitous vocal samples (“My life my life my life my life!” and “Sunshine!”), as well as the dreamy piano loop that will get even the piano movers dancing; it’s one of those gems that literally contain 3 minutes and 59 seconds of sample-worthy material, front to back. Without further ado, here is the Roy Ayers original; the poll options and videos for each are after the jump.
Original Source: Roy Ayers – “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” (1976)
As promised monthly, here is the latest of Sounds of The 90s: The Remixes Volume 2. Each month we’ll be bringing you 10 remixes of the 90s we hold near and dear to our hearts. Let’s reminisce on these tracks and remember why we’re still listening to hip-hop today. Why we’re still on blogs such as ours where we get to relive the greatest era our music has ever seen. As always, if you have a favorite remix and would like it to be included on future volumes be sure to send it our way or post it up on our forum. Look for the return of Sounds Like The 90s tomorrow! –PhilaflavaDownload V. 2