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Take It Personal Podcast (Ep 4: Wu-Tang Tribute)

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

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To many, Staten Island is known as the dump. To us hip-hop heads, it’s known as Shaolin, the home of the Wu-Tang Clan. Who would have thought a group of 9 rappers would have changed the game, but they definitely did. Nobody has ever done hip-hop like WTC and I’m pretty sure nobody ever will. While The Wu is one of the most respected and beloved group of all-time, a two hour tribute doesn’t seem long enough. That said, here is our tribute that should help remind you that Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F*ck Wit!

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Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang Clan: Protect Your Neck (Wu-Tang Full Demo Tape)

Thursday, February 4th, 2016



Here is the ’91 demo tape RZA put together to shop their deal, which eventually landed them on Loud Records. The rest is history.

01. Ason Unique – Wu-Tang
02. Shaquan, Prince Rakeem & Baby-U – Your On
03. Prince Rakeem & Ason Unique – The Wu is Comin Thru
04. Prince Rakeem – Wu-Tang Master
05. Prince Rakeem – Problems
07. Prince Rakeem – It’s All About Me
08. Prince Rakeem, Shaquan, Baby-U, Inspectah Deck – I Gets Down For My Crown
09. Prince Rakeem – Taking Heads Off
10. Prince Rakeem – It’s Murdah
11. Prince Rakeem & Raekwon – Brind Da Ruckus
12. Prince Rakeem & Ghostface Killah – Tearz
13. Prince Rakeem & Ason Unique – Freestyle
14. Prince Rakeem – Ohh We Love you Rakeem

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T.R.O.Y. Presents – Sounds Like The 90’s Vol. 21

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

SLT90s 21-front

It’s been an awfully long time since we last dropped Sounds Like The 90’s, 586 days to be exact.

Moving forward I will be doing my best to produce this series every 6-8 weeks. It’s hard gathering select tracks because as many of you know, there just isn’t a lot of music these days that remind us of the 90s.

I make these compilations because it represents where we are today. It usually contains tracks that emphasize an era in which we all know will more than likely never be duplicated again.  Some tracks on these compilations contain contemporary music that might have a slight hint of that era. Others, well it may just contain an artist that was very relevant from the 90s. Overall, these are put together to showcase today’s music as a music time capsule.

So, whether you like one track, ten tracks or all of them, enjoy these compilations for what they are. While terms like “exclusives” have become extinct due to new age technology and the blogsophere, we do our best to hand pick relatively newer material.

Enjoy 21 and sorry for the wait.


Wu-Tang Forever?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Who ever thought we’d see the day our beloved Wu Tang members would desperately cling for relevancy? There is no denying the Wu is one of the greatest, most influential and successful groups of all-time. Growing up there was point when every Wu release was met with tremendous excitement and copped with ease. Even the Wu affiliates were copped, every one from Shyheim to GP Wu to Killarmy all the way to Royal Fam.

They’ve been responsible for a plethora of classics, both solo and collective efforts. But if we’re all being honest here, we know the last release that was truly worthy of its praise was the ’09 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II. Way before that and certainly well after, there hasn’t been much and when I say before that, I meant for a long period of time. Once the dust settled and the hype dissolved, we later realized albums such as 8 Diagrams or the 11 year old Iron Flag were simply not up to par. They were not how we wanted to remember the Wu. (more…)

Inspectah Deck – Let Me At Them (Demo Piano Version)

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

I first had this taped off the radio about 15 years ago, either from a WNWK or WKCR broadcast. I’m guessing around 1994
or 1995 was the time frame, being that the official soundtrack version on “Tales From The Hood” didn’t drop until a good while after I first heard this. The one main difference on this demo is the piano sample that was curiously taken out of the soundtrack version. Hearing the demo first, every time I would hear the other version, it was like I was waiting for those pianos to drop in the mix. It got to be frustrating to even listen to this piano-less shell of a song. I can almost guarantee that after hearing this demo, you will not want to ever hear the official release again, well almost. The sound quality on the demo is much inferior to the other one. The reason for the pianos getting dissed would probably be due to sample clearance problems, but I guess only Deck knows for sure since he did the beat. All that is definite is that whether or not you found the version of this song you already knew to be memorable, it will be now. Sure the rest of the elements of the beat are all great on this but the pianos really are just that crucial to the illness of “Let Me At ‘Em”. They give it an added raw Wu sound, with the menacing darkness that would have fit right in a ghetto horror flick.
Let Me At Them (Demo Piano Version)
Let Me At Them (Soundtrack Version, No Pianos)

Download the demo and the other version both here. re-upped 3/30/12

Click on the cover to pick up the entire Tales From The Hood Soundtrack(at 320kbps) from our friends over at “Hq Hip Hop“.

Thanks and peace to JR from the “Crates Of JR” blog for ripping this personally sought after demo from one of his old WBAI tapes, off the Underground Railroad. The show still broadcasts and even has a chat room/podcast thing going on every Saturday night at midnight. You can find that by clicking here at the broadcast time and then clicking the “Live Broadcast” button on the right. Also, the host for many years now, is this guy Jay Smooth from the Ill Doctrine hip hop video blog. Love it or hate it, you can’t really dismiss it, the guy has valid points on many arguments.

Memory Man Presents: Raekwon – Cuban Revolution

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
T.R.O.Y. forum member Memory Man dropped one of the most enjoyable mixtapes of the summer. It so happens to be the ideal appetizer before OB4CLII drops September 8th. This mix has been making its rounds on other sites but I felt since T.R.O.Y. Blog caters to an older audience many might have missed this and we wouldn’t that… –Philaflava

Memory Man Presents: Raekwon – Cuban Revolution

* 1.Cuban Revolution Intro
* 2.All That Money Is Us
* 3.Run Away (ft. Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Method Man & GZA)
* 4.Better Shoot Something
* 5.Cipher Born (ft. Ghostface Killah & U-God)
* 6.Get Your Shit Beat In (ft. Polite, Chip Banks, Ghostface Killah & Trife Diesel)
* 7.Slang Copulation (ft. Nas, Cappadonna & Ghostface Killah)
* 8.Curiosity
* 9.Iron Chef (ft. Ghostface Killah, Polite & Inspectah Deck)
* 10.A Wise Man
* 11.Cuban Revolution Interlude
* 12.We Gettin’ Knots (ft. Fat Joe, Armageddon & Big Pun)
* 13.Fearless Ninjas (ft. Ghostface Killah)
* 14.The All-Time Lineup (ft. American CREAM Team, Inspectah Deck & Method Man)
* 15.Live Kid (ft. Notorious BIG & Ghostface Killah)

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Danger Mouse – DM Mix (98-01)

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Before Gnarls Barkley, Danger Doom, The Grey Album, & bringing back Jemini The Gifted One, Danger Mouse was putting out his own hip-hop mixtapes which always included a handful of his early mash-ups or should I say blends. He released four promo mixtapes from 1998 to 2000. I hooked up all his remixes together into one folder full of Danger Mouse Remixes*. They were all well done. A blend that I really enjoy is Inspectah Deck’s “Rec Room” vocals over Demastas “Feel No Guilt” instrumental. While a lot of the instrumentals used for the remixes were known to my ears, my three favorites which I included below didn’t ring a bell. I think they were probably his own beats. All of you should enjoy these remixes, peep the samples below to give you a nice idea of the concept. Enjoy,


— Thomas V

*One of the remix I included is from 2001 (wasn’t on his promo mixtapes)

Inspectah Deck On The Set With 2Pac

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Hate him or love him, it cannot be denied that 2Pac was a prolific recording artist. His available catalog of work grows with each passing year and even though it has become difficult to ascertain which songs are legitimate 2Pac recordings and which are the contrivances of DJs and assorted grave robbers, sometimes the detective work and the debate are half the fun.

But what’s Wu got to do with all this? Well, recently, Philaflava‘s denizens discussed a Rebel INS verse that was not included on the album version of 2Pac’s “I Got My Mind Made Up.” Although most are in agreement that an Inspectah Deck verse was recorded for the song, there are now two mp3s floating around the intarwebz that are claimed to contain the missing verse: – Version where INS sounds somewhat offbeat, feels like a cut and paste job. – more natural sounding INS verse.

To make matters more complicated, another commenter claims that the actual O.G. version of the song is a Dogg Pound track that features both Deck and Lady of Rage that was handed over to 2Pac sans the aforementioned guest verses, with Deck’s adlibs curiously retained. I’m not sure what to make of all this but whatever the case may be, peep the tracks and let us know what you think. — Thun