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Groove Merchantz (Godfather Don & V.I.C.) Compilation Vol. 1+2

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

I came across this amazing post by claaa7 on the T.R.O.Y. forums this morning and knew immediately I had to share it with our blog family. For those that don’t know, the Groove Merchantz were a production team consisting of Godfather Don and V.I.C.

While Don went on to do a lot of stuff with Kool Keith, The Mighty V.I.C. worked a lot with The Beanuts, giving us some of their best work to date. Check out both volumes and enjoy. Peace to Claa7 and be sure to send him thanks if you’re a forum member or frequent his blog. –Philaflava

GROOVE MERCHANTZ – “DOUBLE GROOVES VOL. 1

01. Bas Blasta – “Dangerous” [Groove Merchantz]
02. House Of Pain – “On Point” [Groove Merchantz Remix]
03. Kurious – “Mansion & A Yacht” [Groove Merchantz]
04. Jemini – “Funk Soul Sensation” [Godfather Don Remix]
05. Scaramanga – “Group War 2000” [Godfather Don]
06. Artifacts – “The Interview” [V.I.C.]
07. DJ Honda Ft. Cuban Link, AL, JuJu & Missin’ Linx – “On The Mic” [V.I.C.]
08. MC Lyte – “Ruffneck” [Beatnuts Remix by V.I.C. & JuJu]
09. Godfather Don – “Properties Of Steel”
10. Rawcotiks – “Live That I Live” [V.I.C.]
11. Raw Breed – “”Rabbit Stew” [Godfather’s Flame Boiled Mix]
12. Ultramagnetic MC’s – “Raise It Up” [Godfather Don]
13- Brick City Kids – “Brick City Kids” [V.I.C.]
14. Missin’ Linx – “Missin’ In Action” [V.I.C.]
15. Godfather Don – “Burn”
16. Kurious – “Spell It With A J (Jorge)” [V.I.C.]
17. Godfather Don Ft. Sir Menelik- “No Competition”

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GROOVE MERCHANTZ – “DOUBLE GROOVES VOL. 2

01. Nas – “One Love” (Ft. Sadat X) [Groove Merchantz Remix]
02. Bas Blasta – “The Rhythm” (Ft. Lord Finesse, Fat Joe & JuJu) [Groove Merchantz]
03. Rawcotiks – “Real Heads” [Groove Merchantz]
04. Big Punisher/Terror Squad – “Brave in the Heart” [V.I.C.]
05. Artifacts – “That’s Them” [V.I.C.]
06. Cenobites – “I Was Forgotten” [Godfather Don]
07. Casual – “Same O.G.” [V.I.C.]
08. Royal Flush – “It’s Royal Flush” [Godfather Don]
09. Ultramagnetic MC’s – “Saga Of The Dandy, The Devil & Day” [Godfather Don Remix]
10. Brick City Kids – “Brick City Kids” [V.I.C.]
11. DJ Clue Ft. Mobb Deep & Noyd – “The Professional” [V.I.C.]
12. Infamous Mobb Ft. Prodigy & Noyd – “Killa Queens” [V.I.C.]
13. Screwball Ft. Prodigy & Godfather Don – “The Heat is On Remix” [G.D.]
14. Non Phixion Ft. Hostyle – “Don’t Get Beside Yourself” [V.I.C.]
15. Godfather Don – “Memories”
16. Stretch & Bobbito Ft. Black Thought, Absolute, Common & P. Monch – “Live From the Stretch & Bobbito Show” [V.I.C.]

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10 Most Unappreciated Westcoast Rappers of All-Time

Friday, September 27th, 2013

un·ap·pre·ci·at·ed

adj.

1. Not recognized, as to quality or worth: an unappreciated gesture of good will.
2. Not having risen in price or value: an unappreciated investment.

For many years the left coast got overlooked as a whole, then came the early 90s and shit just hasn’t been the same for gangstas. While the Death Row/Aftermath era stole a little mojo from the eastcoast, there were still many westcoast lyricists who never quite got their proper due. There also has been an abundance of artists who never even got a chance that shine like the amazing Bad N Fluenz click featuring Rappin’ Ron and Ant Diddly Dog, The B.U.M.S. or Project Blowed‘s The Nonce.

My criteria for this list is simple. You’ve had a respectable career. That means less than just three studio album. It means you’re still active (to an extent), though Mac Dre would have been an exception. It also means you’ve had to carried some influence or have done some really impressive work, be it on your own albums or others. Also, you can’t have blemished your career much. This list is who I feel are the most unappreciated, not most underrated from a lyrical standpoint. Because that’s another list which features the likes of Kurupt, Boots Riley, Brotha Lynch Hung, Saafir, Planet Asia and probably Mac Mall. This list, like all of them, is subjective but I encourage you to explore it and even come up with your own list of the 10 most unappreciated westcoast rappers of all-time.

10 Most Unappreciated Westcoast Rappers of All-Time

1. King Tee

Tee has always been the Bernard King of hip-hop. The man has been doing it since ’88 with that deep voice and that O.G. narrative style. None are cooler, more likeable and unfortunate than King Tee. Having had his fair share of adversity, Tee never quite gained the props he rightfully deserved. And who can forget that whole Aftermath disaster that pretty much froze his career in carbonite. Tee has had an impressive catalog starting with Act a Fool and ending with The Kingdom Come.  From being a benefactor to the Likwit Foundation that spawned the careers of Tash, J-Ro, Xzibit and Defari to name a few. To influencing not just one coast, but both coasts. Even Ice T has gone on record saying King Tee was Biggie’s favorite emcee too. There are many rappers who never got the recognition they deserved, but none more than the great Roger McBride.

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T.R.O.Y. Throwback Fridays: Video Playlist

Friday, September 6th, 2013

It’s crucial to start your weekend off proper and there is no better way than to check out these 10 classics. Ah, the good ‘ol days.

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Return of The Boom-Bap (The T.R.O.Y. Blog mix)

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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.

And don’t forget to give us a like on Facebook. Our new page will bring you all things Philaflava so you can stay on top of the latest forum threads, SteadyBloggin and of course The T.R.O.Y. blog.


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Hiero Producer Series: Domino (Re-Upped)

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be posting production compilations for all of the Hiero producers. There will be 24 volumes in all, or 2 GB worth of music, so get your external HDs ready.

First up, we got 4 volumes from one of the most underrated producers in the history of hip hop: Domino. Casual’s “Fear Itself” LP from ’94 is generally regarded as a classic, and Domino’s funk-based arsenal is one of the album’s key ingredients. He also hooked up some of the dopest beats on Del’s ’93 masterpiece “No Need For Alarm”, and he was the foremost producer on Hiero’s underrated ’98 LP “3rd Eye Vision”. Aside from his stellar contributions on the aforementioned albums, he also produced quite a few bangers of the non-album variety.

The production discography speaks for itself; Domino deserves a shitload of credit for helping to define the Hieroglyphics sound.

Domino – Production Files Volume 1
1. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – Sailing
2. Pep Love, Jay-Biz & Del – Anasthesia
3. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – The Blues
4. Casual – Fear No Evil (Demo)
5. Casual, Opio & Tajai – Rippers (Demo)
6. Souls Of Mischief – Our Secret (Demo)
7. Del – No Need For Alarm
8. Del, Casual, Snupe & A-Plus – No More Worries
9. Del – Don’t Forget
10. Souls Of Mischief – Let ‘Em Know
11. Souls Of Mischief – Live And Let Live
12. Souls Of Mischief – Disseshowedo
13. Souls Of Mischief – What A Way To Go Out
14. Souls Of Mischief – Make Your Mind Up (Remix)
15. Souls Of Mischief – Cab Fare (Remix)
16. Souls Of Mischief – 93 Outro
Re-upped 04/01/13

Domino – Production Files Volume 2
1. Casual – Intro
2. Casual – Me-O-Mi-O
3. Casual & Saafir – That Bullshit
4. Casual – Follow The Funk
5. Casual, Del & Pep Love – Who’s It On
6. Casual – We Got It Like That
7. Casual – Lose In The End
8. Casual – Thoughts Of The Thoughtful
9. Casual – Be Thousand
10. Casual – Me-O-Mi-O (Domino Remix)
11. Casual – Follow The Funk (Demo)
12. Casual – Lose In The End (Demo)
13. Casual – Thoughts Of The Thoughtful (Demo)
14. Casual, Opio & Pep Love – Who’s It On (Demo)
15. Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar
16. Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar (Domino Remix)
17. Extra Prolific – Is It Right
Re-upped 04/01/13

Domino – Production Files Volume 3
1. Hieroglyphics – Intro
2. Pep Love & Opio – All Things
3. Del – At The Helm
4. Tajai – Interlude
5. Hieroglyphics – Off The Record
6. A-Plus – Interlude
7. Pep Love – After Dark
8. Del & Pep Love – No Nuts
9. Del – Interlude
10. Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew (Remix)
11. Del – Press Rewind
12. Del – Phoney Phranchise (Remix)
13. Pep Love – Act Phenom
14. Pep Love – Different
15. Pep Love – Sabotage
16. Pep Love – Relief
17. Souls Of Mischief – Interrogation
Re-upped 04/01/13

Domino – Production Files Volume 4
1. Del – No More Worries (Instrumental)
2. Del – No Need For Alarm (Instrumental)
3. Del – Don’t Forget (Instrumental)
4. Souls Of Mischief – Let ‘Em Know (Instrumental)
5. Souls Of Mischief – Live And Let Live (Instrumental)
6. Souls Of Mischief – Disseshowedo (Instrumental)
7. Souls Of Mischief – What A Way To Go Out (Instrumental)
8. Souls Of Mischief – 93 Outro (Instrumental)
9. Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar (Instrumental)
10. Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar Remix (Instrumental)
11. Del – At The Helm (Instrumental)
12. Pep Love – After Dark (Instrumental)
13. Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew Remix (Instrumental)
14. Del – Press Rewind (Instrumental)
15. Del – Phoney Phranchise Remix (Instrumental)
Re-upped 04/01/13

Preview:

Del, Casual, Snupe & A-Plus – No More Worries

Del – No Need For Alarm

Souls Of Mischief – Make Your Mind Up (Remix)

Souls Of Mischief – Cab Fare (Remix)

Casual – Me-O-Mi-O

Casual – Follow The Funk

Casual, Del & Pep Love – Who’s It On

Casual – Lose In The End

Casual – Thoughts Of The Thoughtful

Casual – Me-O-Mi-O (Domino Remix)

Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar (Domino Remix)

Pep Love & Opio – All Things

Pep Love – After Dark

Del – Press Rewind

Pep Love – Act Phenom

–Roy Johnson

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Roy’s West Coast Underground Volume 1 (Re-Upped)

Monday, April 1st, 2013

What’s up, TROY fans. I’ve been on hiatus for a couple months, but now I’m back in full effect. I got six volumes of my favorite early-to-mid 90s west coast underground tracks on tap, so check back regularly. You may have noticed that I have a severe east coast bias, but this is also reflected in the type of west coast hip hop that I enjoy. I’ll be adhering to a strict time frame (1992-1996), with a focus on artists such as Aceyalone, Freestyle Fellowship, Ras Kass, The Pharcyde, Del, Casual, Pep Love, Souls Of Mischief, Blackalicious, Saafir, Homeliss Derilex, Mannish, Chali 2na, Charizma, The Dereliks, Ahmad, Motion Man, E-Rule, Lateef, The Atban Klann, Funkytown Pros, The Nonce, Madlib, Mystik Journeymen, Abstract Rude, etc.

Before you download these compilations, give this track a listen:

James Sumbi – Sunshine Men (1991)

And with that, I present to you: The Sunshine Men.

Side One
1. Mannish – The Impact Of My Insanity
2. Aceyalone – The Greatest Show On Earth
3. Ras Kass – Remain Anonymous
4. Mannish – Mannish (Instrumental)
5. Dereliks – Iz On Some Other….
6. Blackalicious – Count And Estimate
7. Motion Man – 93 Swing
8. Peanut Butter Wolf – The Chronicles (Instrumental)
9. The Nonce – Mix Tapes
10. Charizma – Methods
11. Chali 2na – Who’s Gonna Be The Next Victim
12. Casual – Rock On (Instrumental)
13. Casual, Pep Love & Del – Who’s It On
14. Saafir – Can U Feel Me
15. Freestyle Fellowship – Hot Potato
16. Freestyle Fellowship – Pure Thought (Instrumental)

 

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Hiero Producer Series: A-Plus (Re-Upped)

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Installment #2 of the Hiero Producer Series: A-Plus

Domino is generally regarded as the production king of the Hieroglyphics crew (and rightfully so), but A-Plus has always been my personal favorite. Throughout the 90s, he utilized legendary soul-jazz samples from the likes of Bob James, Grover Washington, Billy Cobham, The Crusaders, Ahmad Jamal, Freddie Hubbard, etc. The man has terrific taste in music, and that is reflected in his production discography. I guess that I’m just a huge fan of soul-jazz, though, so that would explain my preference for A-Plus production over the funk-based arsenal of Domino.

Again, make room on your external HDs, as the Hiero Producer Series will ultimately comprise 2 GB worth of music. Here are four volumes worth of A-Plus production files:

A-Plus – Production Files Volume 1
1. Souls Of Mischief – Theme From The Vandals
2. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – Every Day Of The Week
3. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – Reckless
4. Extra Prolific & Tajai – Let It Ride
5. Souls Of Mischief – Tow Away Zone
6. Souls Of Mischief – Batting Practice (Original)
7. Souls Of Mischief – Step To My Girl
8. Souls Of Mischief – Cab Fare
9. Del – Catch A Bad One (Remix)
10. Del – Thank Youse
11. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity
12. Souls Of Mischief – Never No More
13. Souls Of Mischief – Anything Can Happen
14. Souls Of Mischief – Good Feeling
15. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity (Remix)
Re-upped 03/31/13

A-Plus – Production Files Volume 2
1. Souls Of Mischief – Get The Girl, Grab The Money & Run
2. Extra Prolific – Cash Money
3. Extra Prolific – One Motion
4. Extra Prolific – Now What
5. Extra Prolific – In 20 Minutes
6. Microphone Pager – Rapperz Are In Danger
7. Souls Of Mischief – Secret Service
8. Souls Of Mischief – Do You Want It
9. Souls Of Mischief – Come Anew
10. Souls Of Mischief – Ya Don’t Stop
11. Souls Of Mischief & Pep Love – Yeah It Was You
12. Souls Of Mischief & Snupe – Times Ain’t Fair
13. Del – Faulty
14. Del – X-Files
15. Del – Corner Story
16. Del – Del’s Nightmare
17. Del – Games Begin
18. Extra Prolific – Skimask & A Mic
Re-upped 03/31/13

A-Plus – Production Files Volume 3
1. Souls Of Mischief – A To The P
2. Souls Of Mischief – We Intersect
3. Souls Of Mischief – Step Off
4. Souls Of Mischief – Make Way
5. Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew
6. A-Plus, Tajai & Phesto – Mics Of The Roundtable
7. Hieroglyphics – The Who (Remix)
8. Pep Love & Casual – Last One (Remix)
9. Del & A-Plus – Battle Of The Shadow
10. Del – Stay On Your Toes
11. Pep Love – Living Is Beautiful
12. Pep Love – The Grind
13. Pep Love – U.S.
14. Pep Love – What You Are
15. Pep Love – Pacific Heights
16. Pep Love – Karma
17. Pep Love – Crooked Angles
Re-upped 03/31/13

A-Plus – Production Files Volume 4
1. Pep Love – Black People
2. Pep Love – The Substance
3. Pep Love – The Get Down
4. Souls Of Mischief – Acupuncture
5. Souls Of Mischief – Save The Babies (Conflict)
6. Souls Of Mischief – Bad Business
7. Souls Of Mischief – Superdoder
8. Del – Thank Youse (Instrumental)
9. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity (Instrumental)
10. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity (Remix Instrumental)
11. Souls Of Mischief – Never No More (Instrumental)
12. Souls Of Mischief – Anything Can Happen (Instrumental)
13. Souls Of Mischief – Step Off (Instrumental)
14. Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew (Instrumental)
15. Pep Love – Crooked Angles (Instrumental)
16. Souls Of Mischief – Bad Business (Instrumental)
Re-upped 03/31/13

Preview:

Souls Of Mischief – Theme From The Vandals

Pep Love & Jay-Biz – Every Day Of The Week

Souls Of Mischief – Batting Practice (Original)

Souls Of Mischief – Step To My Girl

Souls Of Mischief – Cab Fare

Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity

Souls Of Mischief – Never No More

Souls Of Mischief – Good Feeling

Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity (Remix)

Souls Of Mischief – Get The Girl, Grab The Money & Run

Souls Of Mischief – A To The P

Souls Of Mischief – We Intersect

Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew

Hieroglyphics – The Who (Remix)

Del & A-Plus – Battle Of The Shadow

–Roy Johnson

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Hiero Producer Series: Casual (Re-Upped)

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

We’ll be reupping a few of our pieces in the next few days. We start with this classic we did 4 years ago.

Installment #5 of the Hiero Producer Series: Casual

Who doesn’t have talent behind the boards in the Hieroglyphics crew? I haven’t even gotten to Jay-Biz or Toure as of yet, and we’re already on installment #5.

The man behind the beat for “Catch A Bad One” is…..Casual??? When I first found out that he produced the lead single off of the “No Need For Alarm” LP, it absolutely blew my mind. If you think about it, “Catch A Bad One” is probably Del’s most well-known track outside of “Mistadobalina”, and the production is most definitely a major reason as to why that track is so popular amongst hip hop fans. The truly remarkable thing is that Cas was born in ’77 or thereabouts, so he was only in his mid-teens when he produced all of the tracks that you’ll find on volume 1, including the aforementioned “Catch A Bad One”, which was released in ’93.

Aside from his contributions on the officially-released Hiero albums, he also produced quite a few bangers of the non-album variety. The remix for “That’s How It Is” is fucking incredible, and it’s easily my favorite Casual beat. I’m also a big fan of his work on the “Wrongplace” remix, as well as the demos for “Gotta Lotta”, “Can U Feel It”, “Hydra”, etc.

Casual – Production Files Volume 1
1. Pep Love, Casual & Jay-Biz – It Gets No Better
2. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – The Orgy
3. Casual – Gotta Lotta
4. Casual – Can U Feel It
5. Casual – Where They At
6. Souls Of Mischief – Break A Leg
7. Del – Catch A Bad One
8. Del – Worldwide
9. Del -Wrongplace (Remix)
10. Souls Of Mischief – Batting Practice
11. Souls Of Mischief – Tell Me Who Profits
12. Casual – You Flunked
13. Casual – Get Off It
14. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To
15. Casual & Del – A Little Something
16. Casual – Chained Minds
17. Casual – That’s How It Is (Remix)
18. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To (Remix)
19. Extra Prolific – The Fat Outro
Re-upped 03/31/13

Casual – Production Files Volume 2
1. Souls Of Mischief – Chaos And Turmoil
2. Souls Of Mischief – Where The Fuck You At
3. Casual – Hundreds Of Rhymes
4. Casual – We Made You Guys
5. Casual – Years Ago
6. Casual – Gas Ignited
7. Casual – The Best At It
8. Casual – It Don’t Matter
9. Casual, Pep Love & Opio – Basement Freestyle
10. Casual – This Is For My Niggas
11. Casual – Dumb Shit
12. Casual – 900 RPM
13. Casual, Tajai & Opio – I Feel Like Bustin’
14. Casual – Freestyle
15. Casual – The Ending
16. Souls Of Mischief & Casual – Big Shit
17. Casual & Pep Love – The Last One
18. Casual & Opio – Dune Methane
19. Hieroglyphics – Heat
20. Hieroglyphics – Hydra
21. Hieroglyphics – Bubble Up
22. Casual – The Scandle
Re-upped 03/31/13

Casual – Production Files Volume 3
1. Del & Casual – Jaw Gymnastics
2. Pep Love – If You Can’t Beat ‘Em
3. Pep Love – Fallen
4. Pep Love – The Birds And The Bees
5. Pep Love – Fight Club (Remix)
6. Del – Catch A Bad One (Instrumental)
7. Del -Worldwide (Instrumental)
8. Souls Of Mischief – Batting Practice (Instrumental)
9. Souls Of Mischief – Tell Me Who Profits (Instrumental)
10. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To (Instrumental)
11. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To Remix (Instrumental)
12. Hieroglyphics – The Last One (Instrumental)
13. Hieroglyphics – Heat (Instrumental)
Re-upped 03/31/13

Preview:

Casual – Gotta Lotta

Casual – Can U Feel It

Del – Catch A Bad One

Del – Worldwide

Del -Wrongplace (Remix)

Casual & Del – A Little Something

Casual – That’s How It Is (Remix)

Casual & Opio – Dune Methane

Hieroglyphics – Hydra

Del & Casual – Jaw Gymnastics

–Roy Johnson

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T.R.O.Y. Presents – Sounds Like The 90’s Vol. 21

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

SLT90s 21-front

It’s been an awfully long time since we last dropped Sounds Like The 90’s, 586 days to be exact.

Moving forward I will be doing my best to produce this series every 6-8 weeks. It’s hard gathering select tracks because as many of you know, there just isn’t a lot of music these days that remind us of the 90s.

I make these compilations because it represents where we are today. It usually contains tracks that emphasize an era in which we all know will more than likely never be duplicated again.  Some tracks on these compilations contain contemporary music that might have a slight hint of that era. Others, well it may just contain an artist that was very relevant from the 90s. Overall, these are put together to showcase today’s music as a music time capsule.

So, whether you like one track, ten tracks or all of them, enjoy these compilations for what they are. While terms like “exclusives” have become extinct due to new age technology and the blogsophere, we do our best to hand pick relatively newer material.

Enjoy 21 and sorry for the wait.

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T.R.O.Y. Presents – Sounds Like The 90s Vol. 19

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

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