Posts Tagged ‘epmd’

Take It Personal – Episode 22 (Classic Material)

Friday, January 26th, 2018

On episode 22 we’re joined by hip-hop historian, journalist and Boston native Dart Adams, as we discuss, dissect and disagree what makes a classic hip-hop album. Are there modern day classics? Are the standards different these days? Speaking of classics, we got a few from Redman, Main Source, K-Solo, Big Daddy Kane, Outkast, Rakim, EPMD, Brand Nubian, Double XX Posse, Da Youngsta’s, Smif-N-Wessun, Big L, Ill Al Skratch, plus some new music from both Planet Asia and Evidence. Thank you for tuning in, we know you’re gonna love this one. Fly, Eagles, Fly!



Take It Personal – Episode 21 w/Apathy & Vanderslice

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Season 2 kicks off with special guests Apathy and Vanderslice. We talk classics, dickhead rappers, Griselda rappers and drum-less beats. Ap touches on his upcoming project Widow’s Son, his collabo with Pete Rock and also shares some feelings about the Perestroika support. Vanderslice, an extremely dope beat maker himself, is brutally honest and brutally funny too. Nobody is safe when he is on the mic, not Talib Kweli, not Q-Tip, not Pete Rock and not even our homie Big Ghost. Episode 21 sounds like Stretch & Bob meets Viva La Bam. We pay homage to graffiti and have bangers on this show from Smoothe Da Hustler, Das EFX, Company Flow, Lord Finesse, Artifacts, EPMD, Conway, Roc Marciano, Real Live, Jedi Mind Tricks & Red Hot Lover Tone. Strap on the seat belt, cuz ’18 is going to be one hell of a ride on Take It Personal.

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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.

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East Coast Rarities Volumes 100-101 (1990-1998)

Monday, August 8th, 2011

There is a shitload of rare material on these compilations. If you have listened to all of them so far, thank you! Hope everyone likes these. We’ll be dropping two new volumes for the next few days. I’m going for 200 of these east coast hip hop 12 inch mixes eventually. Sometimes there are location/year errors on these mixes, but whatever. I know the majority of the people who listen to these overlook mistakes because there is a lot of dope material, most of it actually east coast. Lend me your thoughts, yo! – Schenectadyfan

volume 100

01 (4:17) epmd – crossover (trunk mix) 1992
02 (4:14) afrika bambaataa – time 2 get open 1993
03 (4:40) fearless four – keep on rockin’ 1992
04 (2:29) son of sam – charisma 1993
05 (4:45) smoove dee – smove is the name (og club mix) 1995
06 (4:32) e rule – listen up 1994
07 (5:13) az (ft. nas) – mo money, mo murder “homicide” (1995)
08 (4:15) dj mighty mi ft various artists – actual facts remix 1997
09 (4:18) rob o – world premier 1997
10 (3:32) q jru ft. tragedy khadafi – u bless me
11 (2:44) shadows of mayhem – shakaphobia 1992
12 (4:19) nimbus – n.y. the essence 1998
13 (2:23) dark skinned assassin – uncontrollables 199?
14 (4:09) uneek, d. wop, don black & noreaga – above water ii (unreleased) 1997
15 (3:53) cheeph boogie – ready 4 war 199?
16 (3:53) sauce money ft dj premier – against the grain 1997
17 (2:54) brain dead – homicide 1997
18 (4:06) broadway – will to survive 1997


Erick Sermon – No Pressure

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

After a breakup which may have been a little foreshadowed on the Business Never Personal EP, it was time for E Double to step out of the EPMD shell and prove himself as a solo artist. Having handled a majority of the production during his time with Parrish Smith it was expected that if either of the two was going to make it by themselves, Erick would have the better chance. Although No Pressure didn’t quite gain the commercial success that the Green-Eyed Bandit previously saw while alongside his partner-in-rhyme, the album itself was actually quite well made, with that funky boom bap style Erick Sermon was known for. In fact while only a couple singles came from the release, what was critically panned as a failure was actually one of the better albums in the EPMD catalog. (more…)

The Best Complementary Emcee?

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Hip-Hop, for the most part, has always been a team sport. While it’s refreshing to hear soloists like Rakim, Nas, Jay-Z and now Jay Electronica, it has been the one-two punch of many groups such as EPMD, Organized Konfusion, RUN-DMC, The Artifacts, Ultramagnetic MC’s, Tha Alkaholiks, Mobb Deep, UGK or OutKast that we quickly flock to when craving that lyrical tag-team dynamic.

So the question is who do you feel is the best complementary MC of all-time?

I won’t run a poll because it will do no justice given the plethora of 2-man MCing groups out there. Instead I ask for you to tell us, leave your answer in the comment section and let us know who is your pick and why. Keep in mind there are many groups out there, we’re specifically talking about groups with 2 emcees such as The Clipse, A Tribe Called Quest or De La Soul, not duos such as Gang Starr, Black Sheep, Pete Rock & CL Smooth or Boogie Down Productions. –Philaflava

The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents: Funk-O-Rama V3

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Volume three of our Funk-O-Rama compilations.
So far you liked it, so we tried to keep step up with forthcoming ones.
Thanks to Chris Lark for the suggestions, helped me out a lot.
** dirt_dog on the covers.

01. Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina
02. Kool Moe Dee – Funke Wisdom
03. EPMD – Let The Funk Flow
04. Chubb Rock – He’s Funky
05. The Beatnuts – Get Funky
06. Three Times Dope – Funky Dividends
07. Poor Righteous Teachers – Rock Dis Funky Joint
08. Whodini – Funky Beat
09. Kid N’ Play – Gittin’ Funky
10. Da Brat – Funkdafied
11. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Brand New Funk
12. Tragedy Khadafi – Funky Roll (Outro)

dirt_dog Remix Pack 3

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Here we go again with round 3 of the dirt_dog Remix Pack. For this set of 5 songs I decided to go with the Pete Rock and DJ Premier remixes that I used to bump from my cd single collection. Whenever a discussion about great remixes comes up, everyone praises the Pete Rock “Shut Em Down” remix. Personally I love it too, but I’ve always felt that his version of “Nighttrain” was completely overlooked. If you missed Remix Pack 1 or 2, go HERE or HERE.

Remix Pack 3
01 Public Enemy-Nighttrain (Pete Rock Strong Island Mt. Vernon Meltdown)
02 Shyheim-On & On (Premier Remix)
03 Das EFX-Real Hip Hop (Pete Rock Remix)
04 Blahzay Blahzay-Danger (DJ Premier Remix Street Mix)
05 EPMD-Rampage (Hardcore To The Head Mix) feat. L.L. Cool J


Stretch n Bobbito Treats: Shook Ones Pt.1 (Beatnuts Remix) + EPMD – Rampage Demo

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Someone offered me $500 for the acetate of the Beatnuts’ remix of Mobb Deep ‘Shook Ones Part 1’.” – Stretch Armstrong

The above is quoted from this interview with Stretch Armstrong by DJ Eli over at the TurntableLab’s blog. Check the interview here.

I had this on a cassette dubbed from the infamous Stretch and Bobbito show back in 94 and didn’t realize it was a Beatnuts remix. I always figured it was a Stretch homemade remix or an acapella blended over a rare instrumental. Well, needless to say, I lost that tape probably within a month of taping it off the radio and recently is the first time I heard it since. Now, I’m not really a religious guy in any way at all. But I always thought that if there was a heaven, all my lost Stretch and Bob tapes would be there along with everything else I ever lost. Like all my WBAI, WNYU, Red Alert, Hank Love and Halfpint, and Awesome Two tapes. Plus all the shows I didn’t have on tape. Not to mention every rare piece of vinyl ever pressed in the world. In this heaven, I would have unlimited copies of everything and my celestial neighbors would envy my godly collection. But in order for them to get a copy of anything[which I have unlimited amounts of anyway] they would have to offer me up 3 virgins of different ethnicities for me to have my way with. If heaven is anything like that at all, may the good lord strike me down before I finish this post.

Oh well. Time to stop dreaming and move it on along. Here’s another excerpt from that Stretch interview:

“Ha- well you did manage to get me to give you the EPMD/LL Cool J “Rampage” demo. How ill is that? We used to play that on the air like it was no thing. For those of you that don’t know it, the beat is different, and you hear the 2″ stop, LL tell the engineer to take it back to the top, and then he spits rhymes that never made the album. It’s a demo, but it’s also a snapshot of the recording, hearing LL talk and experiment a little.”

Yeah, I had this one on tape, too. I’m not sure if the one we have for you here is the entire version of that demo. But, hey, it’s 3 minutes of some ill hip hop history. LL destroys it, as he was hungry again at that time trying to get back in the limelight. You’ll notice that PMD spits the famous, “While you were banging on tables, I was banging Snow White,” backwards. Instead, he says,“While I was banging on tables, you were banging Snow White.”

After I stop typing, enjoy both the Shook Ones Beatnuts remix and the partial Rampage demo. Thanks go out to jamo609 and serch4beatz, both of the Philaflava T.R.O.Y. forum. The amount of rare Stretch and Bobbito shows and hard to find mid 90’s mixtapes that these guys have been uploading is abundant. Don’t sleep, that’s only one thread out of hundreds where these got unearthed. Last week officially marked my first year as being a part of the Philaflava message boards, and I can’t stress enough how conducive to my hip hop life it has been.
If you’re not down, do yourself a solid and join up. You won’t regret it. Just make sure you go directly to the T.R.O.Y. forum.

Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Pt.1 (Beatnuts Remix)

EPMD, LL Cool J – Rampage (Demo)

Thanks again go to jamo609 and serch4beatz.

DJ Mister Cee “The Best Of Redman”

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Once I got my hands on the Method Man mix, I discovered there was one for The Funk Doctor Spock. Sold. Again with this Mister Cee mix, nothing too fancy, nothing too special, one good freestyle, several remixes and one live track. But the real catch on this disc are the two unreleased tracks. Ten years later (or so), I believe this is the only place you can find them.

01 Redman-Freestyle (Live At Russel Simmons’ Phat Jam)
02 EPMD-Hardcore feat. Redman
03 EPMD-Headbanger feat. K-Solo & Redman
04 Redman-Blow Your Mind
05 Redman-Time 4 Sum Akshun (Original & Remix)
06 Redman-Tonight’s Tha Night (Original & Remix)
07 Redman-Redman Meets Reggie Noble
08 Redman-How To Roll A Blunt
09 Redman-I’m Getting Blunted (Unreleased)
10 Redman-A Day Of Soopaman Lover
11 Erick Sermon-Swing Over Here feat. Keith Murray & Redman
12 Hurricane G-Milky (Unreleased) feat. Erick Sermon & Redman
13 Keith Murray-How’s That feat. Erick Sermon & Redman
14 Redman-Rockafella (Remix)
15 Redman-Can’t Wait (Original & Remix)
16 Redman-We Run N.Y. feat. Hurricane G
17 Redman-I Get Down Like That
18 Redman-Where Am I
19 Biggie Smalls-The Points feat. Coolio, Big Mike, Doodlebug, Buckshot & Redman
20 Redman & Method Man-How High
21 Redman & Method Man-Freestyle (Live On Angie Martinez’s Radio Show, Hot 97, NY)
22 Montell Jordan-Somethin’ 4 Da Honeyz (Remix) feat. Redman
23 Boyz II Men-Vibin’ (Remix) feat. Erick Sermon, Keith Murray, Redman & 2 To Da Head
24 Aaron Hall-Curiousity (Remix) feat. Redman

My original cover was in a sorry state, so I scanned it in, cleaned it up and threw in all new type exactly the same as the original. Coming soon will be “The Best Of The Notorious B.I.G.” and “The Best Of Mobb Deep” in the series.