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Take It Personal – Episode 31 with Supastition

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

As the summer comes to an end, we felt the best way to transition was to let the music do the talking. We have new joints by Redman, Westside Gunn, DJ Muggs, Redman, Dres, Blueprint, Apollo Brown & Locksmith, plus we sprinkle in smooth favorites by Little Brother, Hieroglyphics, Felt, O.C. and take it back to ’93 with classics by Fat Joe, Ultramagnetic MC’s, Brand Nubian, MC Breed, Tha Alkaholiks and KMD to name a few. We also catch-up with our longtime friend at supastition , who shares some great stories and was kind enough to allow us to remix one of his tracks too. Sit back, relax and enjoy the musical journey and peace to all of the Stevie Wonder fans out there – this cover is for you!

Take It Personal – Episode 31 with Supastition

1. Cunninlynguists – Nasty Filthy feat. Supastition & Cashmere The Pro
2. Vanderslice – North American Money feat. Slug & Evidence
3. DJ Skizz – Dead Wrong feat. Freeway, Conway & Westside Gunn
4. Westside Gunn – The Steiners feat. Elzhi
5. DJ Muggs & MF Doom – Assassination Day feat. Kool G. Rap
6. Kool G. Rap & 38 Spesh – Flow Gods feat. Meyhem Lauren & Freddie Gibbs
7. Apollo Brown & Locksmith – No Question
8. Oxygen & Paul Nice – Feel Good Music
9. Special Ed – Taxin’
10. Blame One – Frontin’ Foes
11. Redman – I Love Hip Hop
12. Blueprint – Health Is Wealth feat. Supastition & Mr. Lif
13. Supastition – Boombox
14. Little Brother – For You
15. Devin The Dude – What A Job feat. Snoop Dogg & Andre 3000
16. The Roots – Somebody’s Gotta Do It feat. Devin The Dude & Jean Grae
17. Supastition – The Williams
18. Supastition – Yada Yada (DJ 360 Remix)
19. Esau – 2 Many Emcees feat. The Nobodies, Yaggfu Front, Danja Mowf, Apathy & Supastition
20. Supastition – Nickel On The Needle
21. Hieroglyphics – You Never Know
22. Felt (Murs & Slug) – Dirty Girl
23. O.C. – Bonafide feat. Jay-Z
24. Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs – Love Comes And Goes
25. Kurious – Mansion & A Yacht feat. Sadat X & Mike G
26. The Beatnuts – World’s Famous
27. Fat Joe – Flow Joe
28. Trends of Culture – Who Got My Back (Remix) feat. Method Man & Treach
29. Intelligent Hoodlum – Mad Brothers Know His Name
30. Brand Nubian – Pass The Gat
31. Ultramagnetic MC’s – Two Brothers With Checks (San Francisco, Harvey)
32. Mobb Deep – Project Hallways
33. Tha Alkaholiks – Can’t Tell Me Shit
34. MC Breed – Gotta Get Mine feat. 2Pac
35. Eric B. & Rakim – Step Back
36. Pete Nice & Daddy Rich – Kick The Bobo
37. KMD – Sweet Premium Wine
38. Mad Skillz – The Nod Factor
39. Dres – Peace Phife feat. Red Alert, Chi-Ali & Sadat X
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Take It Personal – West Coast Classics

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Episode 14 is the first installment of our West Coast Classics. Dust off those Chucks, throw on your khakis and strap-in for this for this west side roller-coaster ride. We got tunes from N.W.A., Ice T, Too $hort, King Tee, DJ Quik, Digital Underground, Above The Law, 2Pac, Cypress Hill, W.C., Murs, Kurupt, People Under The Stairs, MC Eiht, Nate Dogg, The Game, Ras Kass, The B.U.M.S., plus special tributes to Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre, Hieroglyphics and The Likwit Crew. Keep it locked, cuz the TIP crew is just getting started on this WCC series and even though there is a lot to cover, we tackle this muthf*cker like Lyle Azado.

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Is 93 ‘Til Infinity A Top 50 Album of All-Time?

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

A great question was asked today on the Philaflava message boardis 93 Til Infinity a top 50 hip-hop album of all-time? The answer is no.

This album is a personal favorite of mine. I have no problem labeling it a classic either. I also don’t think any of us can dispute the fact ‘93 Til Infinity is one of the greatest tracks — ever. You can’t argue with that. 1993-94 Hiero was some of the best shit ever. Casual dropped a classic (Fear Itself). Del dropped a classic (No Need For Alarm) and this album, that makes it a trifecta. Even Extra Pro was a pretty great! But that is really the point of this post and unfortunately, it’s coming at the expense of SoM. Many of you will be quick to say, sure it has to be. Some of you will say, maybe this isn’t top 50, but surely 60-75. Guess what? It’s might not even in the top 100. How fucking crazy is that? 93 Til Infinity is an amazing record. If we’re comparing it to any album (Kendrick or not) that came out in the last 5+ years, we’d probably say it’s better than all of them.

The 90s were crazy and every Tuesday a new classic dropped. Not a once-a-year thing, it would a few times a week thing. Think about that. To further prove the point, I have compiled a list of albums, many certified classics, but mostly albums that I feel rank higher than 93 ‘Til Infinity. My opinion, but if you look at the list, maybe you’ll agree. Keep in mind, this a favorite thing. If it were, 93 ‘Til Infinity would be chilling around the 30 mark. This is a list where the heart has no involvement whatsoever. The list is not in order and certainly I would opt to listen to 93 ‘Til Infinity over many of these listed. Certainly over any Eminem album, but again, that isn’t’ the point. It really is crazy because you start to realize just how many classics albums dropped between 1988-95. It adds up quickly as you can see.

So, is this album in your top 50? 75? 100?

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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 FactMag.com and our homie, Alex from Steadybloggin.com, 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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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

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

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

Souls Of Mischief – That’s When Ya Lost/Remix – Germany CD Single

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

I know I couldn’t have been the only one looking for this remix for the longest. Only a few thousand were ever pressed on CD, where as most had the blue vinyl at the time making this CDS are rare find. The wait is over though, thanks to 1994hiphopblogspot here it is encoded at 320 kbps for your iPods, Sony walkman or whatever your digital weapon of choice is. –Philaflava

Tracklist

01. That’s When Ya Lost (Album Version)
02. That’s When Ya Lost (Remix)
03. Let ‘Em Know
04. That’s When Ya Lost (Album Instrumental)

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Random VLS Drops: Del The Funky Homosapien – Wrong Place (1994)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Single from Del’sNo Need For Alarm” album. It also contains “Undisputed Champs” track, featuring Pep Love and Q-Tip, which is not included on the album.

Enjoy!

01. Wrong Place (LP Version)
02. Wrong Place (Casual Remix)
03. Wrong Place (LP Instrumental)
04. Don’t Forget
05. Undisputed Champs Feat. Pep Love & Q-Tip

–>Download Wrong Place VLS<–

–Markshot

Who Flipped It Better? Hiero vs. Large Pro

Monday, July 13th, 2009

When I first heard this George Duke record, I immediately recognized the sample for Hieroglyphics’, “You Never Knew”. Dope sample. A Plus also incorporated a Patrice Rushen singing sample and sped it up to great effect. They wound up with an energetic, fast paced, warm weather anthem that made for a dope single and great video.

The first time I heard Large Pro‘s, “Dancin’ Girl”, I recognized it as having the same sample as “You Never Knew”. I had to go back and dig for the original because it’s not easy trying to remember every single song you ever heard and who used what for what. Nahmean?
Anyway, I was expectedly impressed with the way LP flipped that Duke sample. He looped that shit up lovely and turned it into a mellow, lounging at the tittie club anthem.

Not much more to be said here. Two great producers, two hip hop anthems.
Both dope, but in different ways. This is another example of the talent and creativity that goes behind sampling. Another example of how everybody hears things differently and how a good ear for samples can keep things fresh.

Previews:
George Duke – Seeing You

Patrice Rushen – Didn’t You Know

Large Professor – Dancin’ Girl

Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew


Don’t sleep on the “sampling” link within the post.

–Verge