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Important Indie Hip-Hop Releases

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

I’m not saying all these are classics, though many are. I’m not saying that some of these are even the best releases by these artists. I am saying that these are some of the most important independent hip-hop releases of all-time, in my opinion. These 36 albums, many of which are still influential to this day, helped define the genre.

This isn’t a definitive list and I know there are plenty more that deserve a spot, but these are my selections (no order). Indie hip-hop is the foundation. There is no major without it. I hope many of you have listened to most of these, because they are the very reason we still invest in the music today. I could easily have made this into 50+ with The Best Part, Time Waits For No Man, Movies For The Blind, Beauty And The Beat, Champion Sound, A Piece of Strange, Revolutionary Vol. 1- 2, Leak Bros, the list can go on and on. I’d love to hear your picks, please post them on our Facebook or Instagram or in the comment section below. –Philaflava

Video: Take It Personal Podcast (Episode 8): Indie Hip-Hop Tribute

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Independent Hip-Hop Tribute

Monday, March 27th, 2017

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Episode 8 is our Jansport (backpack) special. A tribute to the independent hip-hop movement that helped spawn labels like Fondle ‘Em, Hydra, Rawkus, Stones Throw, Def Jux and ABB records. A time, where the internet played a major role in the music. This era allowed people to DIY, giving them an outlet never had. This movement created dreams, jobs, life-long careers and of course, some amazing music too. Speaking of music, if we covered everything this episode would be 20 hours instead of 2. We picked obscure cuts all the way to classics heard from the late 90s to the early 00s. We got everybody from Mos Def, Company Flow, MF Doom, Murs, Planet Asia, J-Live, Juggaknots, Weatherman, Saukrates, Jigmastas, Cannibal Ox, L-Fudge, Godfather Don, All Natural, Non-Phixon, Cage, Latryx, Mr. Voodoo, K-Otix, and Vakill to name a few. You don’t want to miss this!

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Take It Personal Podcast (Ep 2): ATCQ Tribute

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Sometimes sequels are just better, like a lot better. Take The Empire Strikes Back, Low End Theory, The Infamous and De La Soul Is Dead for example. Take It Personal Episode 2 is our best yet! Not only is this an A Tribe Called Quest tribute show, but we’re playing joints by Ultramagnetic MC’s, Black Thought, Company Flow, Mos Def, Vinnie Paz, Nas, AZ, Ras Kass, D.I.T,C, Atmosphere, MarQ Spekt & Blockhead to name a few. Join Jason Gloss, Kevlar & DJ 360 on musical journey you won’t want to end. Or maybe you will, you probably will…

Please be sure to subscribe to one of the many options available to listen to Take It Personal so you can stay connected when new shows are released. From us at Take It Personal, thank you for your support and happy holidays to all of you. –Philaflava


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The 50 Most Important Indie Hip-Hop Albums

Friday, March 27th, 2015

 The 50 Most Important Indie Hip-Hop Albums

There have been several lists coming out lately on social media that inspired us to come up with this one. Shouts to and our homie, Alex from, for the brain spark. Keep in mind that we’re talking about “indie” hip-hop here and because it has seen tremendous growth over the years, we’ve implemented a few filters to round out the list to the 50 most important ones.

No old-school releases are included, i.e. your early BDP type stuff. Nothing with major label distribution behind it. No singles, EPs, compilations or soundtracks (sorry Soundbombing). No subsidiary of major labels (think Relativity/Sony). No mixtapes, demos or out-the-trunk releases (sorry 40 water). We tried our best to make this independent-as-fuck. This order does NOT represent the greater release, rather the lasting impact it had on the artist/group, label, culture and hip-hop in general. Of course, this is the opinion of T.R.O.Y. and we welcome yours in the comments section.   –Philaflava

List after the jump…


Everything is Dooable

Thursday, March 27th, 2014


Matt “Doo” Reid (March 2nd, 1971 – December 12th, 1998)


One of the most important and yet underrated hip hop visual artists since the days of Basquiat, Haring, and Quinones. (more…)

Random VLS Drops: Massinfluence – Analyze b/w All Out (1999)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Massinfluence is hip hop group from Atlanta, GA.

The following paragraph was taken off their bandcamp page.

This is the third 12-inch release by Massinfluence. It wasn’t placed on the Underground Science album because it was recorded after the album was turned in for pressing. Mitchell Street Crew member Mr. Len of Company Flow is featured on the cuts“.


01. Analyze (MSC Mix Clean) Feat. Mr. Len
02. All Out (UGS Mix Clean)
03. Analyze (MSC Instrumental)
04. All Out (UGS Instrumental)
05. Analyze (MSC Acapella)

–>Download Analyze VLS<–


Single Series: Company Flow

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Company Flow dropped their debut single in 1994 on Libra Records. The year after that they dropped EP, Funcrucher on Official Recordings which was followed with two more singles also dropped on Official Recordings, Infokill and Eight Steps To Perfection. Soon after they signed to Rawkus and in 1997 dropped their full-lengh debut Funcrusher Plus who instantly became widely recognized as an underground classic. The album was followed with two more singles, Blind and Fire In Which You Burn (recorded under the name Indelible MC’s [Company Flow, Juggaknots & J-Treds]). In 1998 they released one more single, End To End Burners, also on Rawkus.

All of those singles mentioned above you can download in the following post.


Juvenile Technique VLS (1994)

01. Juvenile Technique (Radio Edit)
02. Juvenile Technique (Instrumental)
03. Juvenile Technique (LP Version)
04. Juvenile Technique (Essentials Mix)

–>Download Juvenile Technique VLS<–

More singles after the break!


J-Treds – Freestyle Spotlight

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

I’ve always thought of J-Treds as one of the most underrated MCs from the late 90s NY hip hop scene. Not only did he rip shit on his solo releases and all of the Indelibles tracks, but he also blessed a good number of radio shows and mixtape DJs with top notch pre-written, improvisational freestyles.

I’ve assembled nine of his dopest radio show/mixtape appearances from the late 90s/early 00s. If you have a freestyle that isn’t listed here, please hit us up in the comments section. Also, if anyone has a picture of him, post a link. I have absolutely no idea what dude looks like, even though I probably have just about everything in his known discography.

First up, a 15 minute Night Train freestyle session. J simply murders this shit:

Night Train Freestyle Session

Next, a 7 minute freestyle session with the Juggaknots:

Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle Session

Some more Stretch & Bobbito segments:

J-Treds & Company Flow – Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle #1 (5 Minutes)

J-Treds & Company Flow – Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle #2

J-Treds – Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle

Here’s some miscellaneous shit that came from freestyle sessions. I isolated the J-Treds segments.

Eddie Ill & DL Freestyle #1

Eddie Ill & DL Freestyle #2

Lyricist Lounge Freestyle

Unknown & Mek Freestyle

–Roy Johnson

Who Flipped It Better? Company Flow, Parallax, Lord Digga?

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Yes, I know these aren’t the only tracks to sample this Bob James cut, but they are the focus of the day. The first time I heard this used was on one of my favorite obscure 12 inches, Parallax “Bleeding Hate”. It felt like such a perfect, vibe out, meaningful beat. Then, I heard theCompany Flow usage for “Juvenile Techniques”, which I thought was incredible at the time. I really dig the whistling sample in Co Flow’s version and the overall vibe to it.

Anyway, fast forward to around 2002. So, I’m visiting my father in some godforsaken town in Wisconsin and I’m bored to death. I brought my MPC, but obviously couldn’t bring crates of vinyl with me. What I did manage to lug along was a bunch of CDs. One of them was Bob James Two, which contains the original song sampled for these cuts. So, I figured why not do my own rendition of this sample. I liked the way two separate bass pieces sounded , so I let them play at the same time and I think it came off nice. Check it out with the rest below, labelled Verge – Parallaxin’. Feel free to leave your thoughts on this in the comments section.

Fast forward to 2008. I join the T.R.O.Y. forum and soon learn that this song has been sampled to death. Other than myself, Company Flow, and Parallax sampling this, we also have:

Shyheim & Gp Wu used the bass line to great effect for Let’s Go To Lap. I think I hear a little bit of  “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” on there, too. 

Almighty Arrogant used the sample for Arrogant SOB. This is from an unreleased demo tape excavated by Kev Beacham. Very, very ill shit right here. It sounds like they used a piece from the same part that Parallax used, except with an extra sample in there.

Miilkbone’s track, Mind Gamez’,  uses one of the sections that I used. Not a bad working at all.

Lord Digga has one of my favorite flips of this sample on Take The Cake. This was off the unreleased High Plains Drifter EP that finally saw the light of day thanks to One Leg Up Records[only 200 copies were pressed]. Peep their pretty thorough interview with the Diggaman here.

Kaotic Sypher used it for Tight Situation, off of his first album One Million Strong. I don’t know much about this cat or his crew, but you can check his discog here. Dope rhymes over tight production is all I can really say.

Bob James – I Feel A Song (In My Heart)

Parallax – Bleeding Hate
Company Flow – Juvenile Techniques

Shyheim & Gp Wu – Let’s Go To Lap

Almighty Arrogant – Arrogant SOB

Miilkbone – Mindgamez

Lord Digga – Take The Cake

Kaotic Sypher – Tight Situation

Verge – Parallaxin’

Download this whole collection here.

I’m still torn between Parallax, Lord Digga, and Company Flow. Let us know who you think did best flipping the sample in the comments. This doesn’t mean it has to be your favorite song out of the bunch, just the best beat.