Posts Tagged ‘Craig Mack’

Biggie vs. Star Wars – Life After Death Star

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Biggie remixes have been done to death, no pun. But never have they been mashed with Star Wars.  Richie Branson and Solar Slim AKA Otaku Gang put in work on this one. Props for the creativity and for breathing some life after death (star) on this one. –Philaflava

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.


Hot 97 Radio Freestyles Pt. 5

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Copped this pre-owned comp from my local record store for $3. The A side consists of a 13-minute freestyle session featuring DMX, Canibus and Noreaga. Oddly enough, the tracklist says it’s Nature, but it’s definitely N.O.R.E. Who else would say “Your people homos like the cat who killed Versace?” They also credit Capone and Nature as appearing on the first track on the B side, but as far as I can tell, only Nas and Noreaga are on there. It sounds like Nature was in the sesh but didn’t make the final cut when they put this to record; “they” being Wild Style Records, Ltd., about which I can tell you absolutely nothing, except that they aren’t the best (mis)spellers in the world (see “Noriega” and “Rockefella”). Here’s the tracklist as it appears on the record itself.

A1 Dmx, Canibus & Nature
B1 Nas, Nature & Capone & Noriega
B2 Craig Mack
B3 Jay-z & Rockefella Family
B4 Genovese
B5 Killah Priest


I’ve tagged the tracks a little differently. Also, note that the exact lineup for B3 is Sauce Money followed by Da Ranjahz (Half Dead & Wais P).

“Cool, but where are Parts 1-4?” you ask. Well, some earlier volumes of this series were posted all the way back in 2009. As to whether or not they’re still stored on a hard drive somewhere, your guess is as good as mine.

-Samuel Diamond

Guest Review: Craig Mack – Operation Get Down

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Peace, party peoples, once again live and direct from Strong Island, your majesty Eric B is in the proverbial building. For those that don’t know the ledge, the “B” stands for Barrier, as in “an ear to ear buck-fitty will become your personal barrier to success if you don’t agree I deserve 38% up front.” The last time the I wrote for this blog, I reviewed my ultra-rare Ebay smash hit self-titled solo album. The editors said there was a “conflict of interest” but one cold stare and I got them to see my side of things, in record time too. Today I’ll be providing an in-depth review of an album I extortitive-produced, Operation Get Down by err, whathisface, j/k lulz.

Now, I ain’t gonna front, reading the responses of my long-time fans in the comments section of that first review and seeing the link retweeted like a futuristic Roxy flyer being passed around the city had this grown-ass man damn near in tears. Make no mistake, ya boy is glad to be alive and kicking on this crazy dirt pile, still shining like a freshly polished dookie chain with the fly anchor and/or scorpion pendant in the hot Noo Yawk sun.  (more…)

Craig Mack – Let Me Get Down feat. Notorious B.I.G.

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

With a nice little follow-up to the Craig Mack compilation we posted earlier, here is the cleanest rip I’ve ever heard of “Let Me Get Down” featuring Biggie. Peace to DJ Mike Nice for showing T.R.O.Y. love once again. –Philaflava

Craig Mack – Let Me Get Down feat. Notorious B.I.G.


Craig Mack – Non-LP Tracks & Remixes

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Super props to the homie WhoossainTha49thAmbassado for coming thru with this sick compilation of Mr. Macks work. Craig Mack really got a raw deal. His album dropped the same time Ready To Die did and after “Flava In Ya Ear” not a penny went into his projects, including album and videos. He was dubbed a wannabe Redman and when Diddy realized Biggie was the bank he let Mack sit on the sidelines until his contract ran out. Craig Mack isn’t a wannabe Redman, he isn’t even 1/4 of Redman but he was a cat who, at times was under-appreciated and there is no denying the fact he had quite a few hits. Peep out the compilation and thanks to Whoosain for collecting the tracks for us. –Philaflava

Craig Mack – Non-LP Tracks & Remixes
Craig Mack – 1994 – Flava In Ya Ear (Easy Mo Mix)
Craig Mack – 1994 – Flava In Ya Ear (Nashmack Club Mix)
Craig Mack – 1994 – Flava In Ya Ear (Remix) (feat. Busta Rhymes,
LL Cool J, Notorious B.I.G. & Rampage)
Craig Mack – 1994 – Get Down (Q-Tip Remix) (feat. Q-Tip)
Craig Mack – 1994 – Shinika
Craig Mack – 1997 – What I Need (The Remix)
Craig Mack – 2000 – Brand New N!gga
Craig Mack – 2000 – Mack Come Thru
Craig Mack – 2000 – What Up 4,5
Craig Mack – 2001 – Dat’s My Word
Craig Mack – 2001 – Heard It All Before
Craig Mack – 2001 – Please Listen To My Demo
Craig Mack – 2001 – The Wooden Horse (feat. Frank Sinatra)
Craig Mack – 2002 – Coronation Of A King
Craig Mack – 2002 – NYC Lets Go
Craig Mack – 2003 – Excuse Me
Craig Mack – 2003 – Straight In Ya Mouf
Craig Mack – 2006 – Hip-Hop Life
Craig Mack – 2006 – I’ll Spend Dat
Craig Mack – 2006 – Mack Tonight
Craig Mack – 2006 – Together (feat. Gwen Stefani)

Since the original post, there were 9 more tracks added:

Craig Mack – 1994 – Flava In Ya Ear (Live On B.E.T.)
Craig Mack – 1994 – Let Me Get Down (Original Version) (feat. The Notorious B.I.G.)
Craig Mack – 1994 – Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle
Craig Mack – 1995 – Funkmaster Flex Freestyle
Craig Mack – 1995 – Tim Westwood Freestyle (with The Notorious B.I.G.)
Craig Mack – 1995 – Tim Westwood Freestyle Part 1 (with The Notorious B.I.G.)
Craig Mack – 1995 – Tim Westwood Freestyle Part 2 (with The Notorious B.I.G.)
Craig Mack – 1995 – YO! MTV Raps Freestyle
Craig Mack – 2001 – On Da Run



artwork courtesy of dirt_dog.

Best Of Westwood Radio Freestyles – Nas, Biggie, OC, Das Efx, Cam’Ron…

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

This was submitted by our friend Dj Step One from the TROY forum. If you’re digging this, check his blog out: Only Built For zShare Links

“I’ve spent the last few weeks sorting through that dusty box of tapes that so many older Hip Hop heads have stashed away somewhere and have been digitizing the various treats I’ve come across.
As Hip Hop was scarce on English radio in the 90s, most of these tapes are recordings of Tim Westwood’s show on BBC Radio 1. Up until 1994, Westwood only broadcast in London and the surrounding area, first on pirate stations LWR and Kiss FM, and then legitimately on Capital FM.
A move to the BBC in 1994 gave him two 3 hour shows every week and meant that Hip Hop heads nationwide finally had the opportunity to hear first hand the exclusives and guest appearances that would make up Tim’s show. It often meant staying in on a Friday or Saturday night, but as some of these freestyles prove, it was worth it!
I was going to do a profile of Big Tim but then remembered that Stretch Armstrong gave him a mention on his blog a while back and I couldn’t think of a better person to rubber stamp Westwood’s contribution to Hip Hop radio.”

Stretch Armstrong, speaking on The Flavor Unit track ‘The Flavor Unit Assassination Squad’:
“Bobbito and I got hip to this record via the homie Tim Westwood in London who used to have what may have been the most progressive hip-hop show on earth in the late 80’s. Because he was free to operate outside of the beef that had split NYC rap radio in the late 80’s but also was very close to both Red and Marley (though closer to Marley who eventually would broadcast a version of In Control on his show in the UK), Tim would bless the airwaves with crazy exclusives and remixes, AND, influenced by his roots in 80’s Jamaican and UK dancehall, was the first, and perhaps only, hip-hop personality to get all the hot emcees to re-record their hits with his name in them, sound-clash style. Many in the UK complained that Tim didn’t support home-grown talent, but we sure didn’t care, ’cause we’d frequently hear shit from his tapes first, sometimes to never be heard anywhere else. I’d have to confirm it with Aaron Fuchs, but I believe Tuff City only released this record after we played it on KCR from a cassette from Westwood’s show.”

Akinyele & Sadat X (1996)

Cam’Ron (1998)

Das Efx (1995)

Masta Ace (1998)

Nas & De La Soul (1996)

Biggie Smalls & Craig Mack (1995)

OC (1994)

Snoop, Daz, & Kurupt (1994)


Last Episode of Yo! MTV Raps

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

I’m sure everybody has seen this classic freestyle session at least once. The freestyle was cut into two parts. The first part had Rakim, Krs One, Erick Sermon, Chubb Rock, and MC Serch. After the commercial, they came back with Redman, Method Man, Large Pro, Special Ed, and Craig Mack. You can also see Rampage the Last Boy Scout in the crowd; I don’t know why he didn’t appear on the freestyle. Dj Skribble was on the turntables. They rhymed over the instrumentals of It’s My Thing, Mad Izm, and Real Hip Hop(Pete Rock Remix). I’ve always loved it when Erick Sermon is rapping and the beat switches to “Real Hip Hop”.

Part 1
Part 2

–Thomas V