Posts Tagged ‘El-P’

Take It Personal (Ep 19: Atmosphere Tribute) with Slug

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Over the past two decades, Atmosphere has been touring the globe, making music, making fans and one member, especially, making babies. Hailing outta Minneapolis, Slug and Ant aren’t just a group, they’re Minnesota Nice! The slept-on beatmaker and storyteller have accumulated copious amounts of success throughout the years, so it was time Take It Personal took you on a tribute trip down Atmosphere lane. We cover the classics, the obscure, fan favorites and even some collaborations. We promise you, there will never be another Atmosphere tribute quite like this one. To further cement that, we invited Slug on the show to break bread with us. The 2-part interview plays throughout this 4+ hour tribute show. We delve into a different side of Sean Daley. We talk Al Franken, ironically, a day before the allegations came out. We talk critics, family, touring, Soundset, DJ Premier and some crazy stories like the time Rick Rubin was courting them. When you think Minnesota musicians, you immediately think of Prince, The Time, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and probably Bob Dylan, but after this show, we have to think Atmosphere will be right there with them.

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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

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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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

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El-P Discusses Kid Hood’s “Drop The Bomb”

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

We thought we had uncovered an actual demo of the legendary Kid Hood (of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario” 7 MCs Remix fame), but it turns out there’s a more elaborate story involving El-P, Anttex, Stretch and Bobbito, and others. El-P explains that:

before co flow dropped juvenile technics anttex and i combined gear and set up a studio together in manhattan. anttex was, at one point, friends with kid hood. not long after he passed, anttex brought the kid hood tape (we were using 6 track cassette recorders at the time) by the studio. i dont remember how he had it, exactly, but i know he had worked with him so im assuming it was from those sessions. the tape didnt have a beat. it was just a vocal.

i remember that the beat i made for it was supposed to land differently, but because of the shitty set up (6 track cassette decks midi’d to a relatively primitive computer) it wasnt synching up the way we thought it would. that said, it sounded so raw that i just went with it, and thats what you hear today … i remember we were all high as shit listening to this amazing rapper over this beat and feeling like his ghost was in the room with us (again… high).

Read more at El-P’s blog. Noz says that this leaves us more in the dark about Kid Hood than ever before, with his life story largely untold and an Afros-produced demo collecting dust. But it also means that the stratum of the past NYC rap scene that was never globalized and commodified still has jewels left for us to discover.

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)

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More singles after the break!


Space Is The Place w/ Kool Keith, DJ Qbert, Mixmaster Mike, etc

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

When I set out to make a space-related compilation, I knew that it was gonna be some crazy shit by default, but this may very well be one of the dopest compilations that I’ve ever put together. It took me months to research, accumulate, and isolate all of the audio for this project. I tried to limit this to 100MB, but I accumulated close to 250 MB worth of space-related tracks, so I’ll probably make a second volume at some point. If you have any recommendations, please drop me a line in the comments section.

Space Is The Place Volume 1
1. Mf Doom – Arabic Gum Intro (Instrumental)
2. Ultramagnetic MCs – Kool Keith Model Android #406
3. DJ Qbert – Destination Quasar
4. DJ Z-Trip – Black Hole
5. Mixmaster Mike – Solar Panel: Audio Mass
6. Kool Keith – Bitin’ My Space Shit (Interlude)
7. Kool Keith & DJ Spooky – Object Unknown (Remix)
8. MF Doom – Star Anis (Instrumental)
9. DJ Qbert – Inner Space Dental Commander
10. EL-P – Iron Galaxy (Instrumental)
11. Akbar – Space Odyssey
12. DJ Qbert – Cosmic Assassins
13. Mixmaster Mike – Cosmic Rays
14. D-Styles & D-Flare – Who Killed Two Pac!
15. Sir Menelik & Kool Keith – Space Cadillac
16. DJ Qbert – Invaders From The Planet Scratch
17. D-Styles & D-Flare – Spacecamp Massacre
18. Mixmaster Mike – Astronaut
19. Quasimoto – Astronaut
20. D-Styles & DJ Qbert – Return To Planetary Deterioration
21. EL-P – Deep Space 9mm (Instrumental)
22. Chief Xcel – Fully Charged Outro (Instrumental)
23. Hidden Track


DJ Qbert – Destination Quasar

DJ Z-Trip – Black Hole

Kool Keith & DJ Spooky – Object Unknown (Remix)

DJ Qbert – Inner Space Dental Commander

EL-P – Iron Galaxy (Instrumental)

Akbar – Space Odyssey

Mixmaster Mike – Cosmic Rays

D-Styles & D-Flare – Spacecamp Massacre

Quasimoto – Astronaut

Chief Xcel – Fully Charged Instrumental Outro

–Roy Johnson

Droppin’ Gems Pt. 2

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Here are some more goodies from our T.R.O.Y. message board. Make sure you’re checkin’ us out daily because we’re going to continue to drop shit 7 days a week. You can now subscribe for T.R.O.Y. updates as well.

Shouts to godmc, shinobi, drizzle, Jaz, Alaska, Lyrical Gymnastics, CharlieManson & kimani all holding it down for T.R.O.Y.

J-Treds – Recognize feat. El-P
J-Treds – Piece of Mind (Demo Mix)
Fierce – Crab b/w Come Close
Mind Space – Life Is Foul
L-Fudge – What If
L-Fudge – Realise feat. J-Live
Unsung Heroes – A Changed Man feat. L-Fudge
J-Live – What Would You Do feat. Mr. Complex & L-Fudge

Unsung Heroes – Dummy feat. J-Live & L-Fudge
Network Reps – Collabo feat. Tru Persona, L-Fudge & Mike Zoot
Mike Zoot – Service (Remix)

Raidermen – Stragedy feat. Natural Elements & Mike Zoot

Peace to True King for this Mike Zoot compilation

01 Mike Zoot – Service.mp3
03 Mike Zoot – Urban Harvest.mp3
04 Mike Zoot f. FT – Oh Yeah.mp3
05 Mike Zoot – All in My Own.mp3
06 Mike Zoot f. Various – Dos Collab.mp3
08 Mike Zoot f. Various – Nobody.mp3
09 Mike Zoot – Chessbumpin’.mp3
10 Mike Zoot f. Labba – Spread Love.mp3
11 Mike Zoot – Live & Stink.mp3
12 Mike Zoot f. Various – Frontline.mp3
13 Mike Zoot – Massive.mp3
14 Mike Zoot f. FT – Hoes & Dough.mp3
15 Mike Zoot – Scene.mp3
16 Mike Zoot f. Tek – Midnite Run.mp3
17 Mike Zoot f. El Da Sensai – Inter.mp3
18 Mike Zoot f. Royal Flush – The Tu.mp3
19 Mike Zoot – World Renown f. Vario.mp3