Posts Tagged ‘J-Live’

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

List after the jump…


Sounds of The 90s: The Remixes V. 1

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Here is the debut of the newest T.R.O.Y. monthly series featuring undeniably dope must hear/have remixes.  Every month we’ll bring you 10 remixes of the 90s we all know and love. Don’t get the title twisted this isn’t Sounds Like The 90s, look for that series to return later this month. In the meantime, let’s get reacquainted with the sounds actually from the 90s. If you got a favorite remix be sure to send it our way or post it up on our forum. –Philaflava


Unsung Heroes ft. L-Fudge and J-Live “Dummy”

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Stream: Unsung Heroes ft. L-Fudge and J-Live “Dummy”

This is a nice little treat from UK producers Unsung Heroes, off their 2000 compilation Unleashed. NYC indieground mainstays of the time L-Fudge and J-Live skewer good ol’ American complacency and anti-intellectualism over a catchy guitar-driven beat. L-Fudge’s alarmingly realistic verse about how a man’s descent into depravity is hastened by a steady diet of mindless entertainment is great, but J-Live steals the show. His intricately rhymed impersonation of an adolescent so steeped in ignorance and petty materialism that he is repulsed by the mere mention of the word “school” is impressive, funny, and disturbing all at once. They recorded this years before anyone could have contemplated the mind-rot made possible by Twitter and The Jersey Shore, mind you.  — Thun

Dome Cracker Remixes (Das EFX, J-Live, De La Soul)

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Ever since I heard the “‘Microphone Master” remix back in ’95 I was hooked on DJ Spinna. The man’s catalog runs deep and yet his recognition never quite caught up. While “Dome Cracker” is comprised of DJ Spinna and Joc Maxx, who is dope in his own right, the lack of appreciation Spinna has received over the years is practically criminal. Best known for his Rawkus-era contributions such as Sir Menelik’s “7XL,” Shabaam Saadiq’s  “5 Star Generals” or L-Fudge’s “What If,” Spinna has done remixes for MC Eiht, Faith No More all the way to Michael Jackson.

So instead of me boring you with Beyond Real stories, let me just post a few superior remixes by team Dome Cracker as we pay a little respect to the man they call DJ Spinna.

Das EFX – Microphone Master (Dome Cracker Remix)

J-Live – Braggin’ Writes (Dome Cracker Remix)

Bonus Track:
De La Soul – Stakes Is High (DJ Spinna Remix)

Sounds Like The 90s Vol. 14 (May ’10)

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Back again on that Tribe shit. Props to Dirt_Dog for cookin’ up another dope cover for this series. This is the 14th installment of SLT9s and as I promised last month we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. We got new music by J-Live, Celph Titled, Jay Electronica, Capone-N-Noreaga, Truck North and Andre Nickatina. Speaking of Nickatina (Dre Dog), if you’re a fan of his music definitely check out Khan! The Me Generation, which happens to be one of the more enjoyable releases of ’10. While “Blind Genius” might not appeal to everyone, I do my best to diversify my bonds on these compilations. My goal is to have something on here for everyone, so whether you like one track, half the tracks or grow to like them all, then this compilation has served its purpose. Peace and enjoy! –Philaflava

T.R.O.Y. Presents – Sounds Like The 90s Vol. 14

01. J-Live – The Way I Rhyme
02. Ras Kass – Release Yourself
03. Celph Titled – Styles Ain’t Raw feat. Apathy & Chino XL (prod. Buckwild)
04. Ellis – Hardcore feat. Legin
05. Meyhem Lauren – Animal Science feat. Roc Marciano
06. Roc Marciano – Thugs Prayer
07. Jay Electronica – Ghost of Christopher Wallace feat. Puff Daddy
08. U-N-I & Ro Blvd. – Pulp Fiction Part 1 feat. Fashawn
09. Little Brother – Revenge feat. Truck North & Meridian
10. Truck North & 3rd – Out There (prod. DJ Premier)
11. Vado – Kick In The Door
12. Joell Ortiz – Project Boy (prod. DJ Premier)
13. Capone-N-Noreaga – The Reserves feat. Raekwon
14. Diaz Brothers – Gone Too Soon (Guru Tribute)
15. Brother Ali – Breakin’ Dawn Boys feat. Fashawn
16. MURS – I Used To Luv H.E.R. (prod. 9th Wonder)
17. Andre Nickatina – Blind Genius

A Collection Of Independent Hip Hop

Monday, November 23rd, 2009
This compilation was dropped on UK’s label named UpperCut Records. On my copy of the disk there is no year of the release, so maybe we can trust discogs and have it in mind, that it was released in 1998.

1. Network Reps – Simplistic Feat. Shawn J Period, Tru Persona

2. Tommy Tee – Horizon Feat. Basheeba Earth, Black Sun, The High & Mighty, Network Reps
3. Mike Zoot – High Drama Feat. Mos Def, Talib Kweli
4. Network Reps – Dos Collabo Feat. L-Fudge, Mike Zoot, Tru Persona
5. Homeliss Derelix – Survivin The Game
6. All Natural – 50 Years
7. Homeliss Derelix – Player Status
8. Homeliss Derelix – Downsides
9. Persevere – So They Say
10. Grandmaster Garner (b.k.a. ‘Gundei) – The Solution?
11. J-Live – Longevity
12. Mood – Another Day
13. Mass Influence – Space Cases
14. Mike Zoot meets Receiver – Blessed
15. 2 Amigos – Get Potential Feat. F.T., Mike Zoot
16. Purple Penguin – East Of West

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— Markshot

CM Famalam Freestyles 1998-2002 (400 MB)

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Today, we’re presenting you with 400 MB worth of freestyles from Bobbito’s CM Famalam Radio Show (1998-2002). Most of the individual mp3s are lengthy sessions. Highlights include segments from J-Live, Atmosphere, Sir Menelik, Guru, MF Doom, Camp Lo, All Natural, Juggaknots, Non Phixion, Necro, Yak Ballz, Common Sense, etc. I acquired this stuff in a trade back in 2003.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

All tracks are untitled. It wasn’t worth the time for me to do playlists because I’m honestly not feeling the vast majority of these freestyle sessions, but I know that a lot of people love this stuff.



All Natural

Nes of Dirty Waters fame also posted a collection of CM Famalam highlights from 2001

–Roy Johnson

J-Live – Non-Album Tracks (1995-2002)

Friday, July 17th, 2009

J-Live was one of the absolute best MCs in the business back in the late 90s/early 00s. Not only did he rip shit in the studio and on tour, but he also blessed many radio show and mixtape DJs with outstanding pre-written, improvisational freestyles.

I traded for two of his concerts back in 2003 or thereabouts; Volume 3 contains his Chicago ‘o1 performance (15 minutes), and volume 4 is a complete soundboard from a ’02 North Carolina concert. Make sure to check the audio samples.

I know that I’m missing at least a few freestyles from between the years of 1995 and 2002, so if you have anything to add, please hit us up in the comments section. For instance, there is an ill freestyle on a wax-only release titled Classic Freestyles Volume 1. I found an audio sample here.

J-Live – Non-Album Tracks Volume 1
1. Longevity
2. Braggin’ Writes
3. School’s In (Original Version)
4. Can I Get It?
5. Hush The Crowd
6. Longevity (Remix)
7. Braggin’ Writes (Remix)
8. Trackrunners w/ Asheru & Grap Luva
9. Shiesty (Original Version)
10. Shyste (Wide Angles Version)
11. End Of Story w/ Peshay
12. The Truth
13. Wee Hours w/ The Arsonists
14. Interaction w/ Walkin’ Large

Download Volume 1 here.  re-upped 9/02/12

J-Live – Non-Album Tracks Volume 2
1. Seven w/ Various Artists
2. Dynomite w/ Lone Catalysts
3. Great Live Caper w/ J. Rawls
4. Great Live Caper Pt. 2 w/ J. Rawls
5. Won’t Stop Remix w/ Lone Catalysts
6. What Would You Do w/ Various Artists
7. Dummy w/ Unsung Heroes & L-Fudge
8. A Tree Never Grown w/ Various Artists
9. Realise w/ L-Fudge
10. Observe The Sound w/ Various Artists
11. Rules Of Engagement w/Esoteric & Count Bass D
12. Final Four w/ Various Artists
13. Sub Level w/ Rob Swift
14. Red Light Green Light w/ Ambivalence
15. Ships Pass
16. The Day I Fell Off

Download Volume 2 here.  re-upped 09/02/12

J-Live – Non-Album Tracks Volume 3
1. KZSU Freestyle
2. DJ B-Melo Freestyle
3. DJ Bless Freestyle
4. Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle
5. CM Famalam Freestyle
6. Eddie Ill & DL Freestyle w/ Asheru & Last Emperor
7. Eddie Ill & DL Freestyle w/ Wizdom Life & AL
8. Eddie Ill & DL Freestyle w/ Various Artists
9. Romper Room Freestyle #1 w/ Vakill & Prime
10. Romper Room Freestyle #2 w/ Vakill & Prime
11. Live In Chicago ’01 (15 Minutes)
12. Interview w/ Ambivalence
Download Volume 3 here.  re-upped 09/02/12

J-Live – Non-Album Tracks Volume 4 (N.C. SDBD)
1. Intro
2. Peace Y’all
3. A Charmed Life/The Lyricist
4. All In Together Now
5. Don’t Play
6. Hush The Crowd
7. Longevity
8. Satisfied
9. DJ DP-One Spotlight
10. Braggin’ Writes
11. Freestyle
12. Them That’s Not
13. Like This Anna
14. Mcee
15. Beatbox Outro

Download Volume 4 here.  re-upped 09/02/12


School’s In (Original Version)

Braggin’ Writes (Remix)

Trackrunners w/ Asheru & Grap Luva

Shiesty (Original Version)

Shyste (Wide Angles Version)

End Of Story w/ Peshay

KZSU Freestyle

DJ B-Melo Freestyle

DJ Bless Freestyle

Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle

CM Famalam Freestyle

Eddie Ill & DL Freestyle w/ Asheru & Last Emperor

A Charmed Life/The Lyricist (North Carolina ’02)

Don’t Play (North Carolina ’02)

Them That’s Not (North Carolina ’02)

Props to dirt dog for the awesome cover.

–Roy Johnson

Galt MacDermot – Samples

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Galt MacDermot is easily one of my favorite soul-jazz pianists/organists of all time. After discovering “Duffer” on a breaks compilation about a decade back, I decided to snatch up whatever I could find. Fortunately, a good portion of his late 60s/early 70s albums and soundtracks had been repressed: “Woman Is Sweeter”, “Shapes Of Rhythm”, “Cotton Comes To Harlem”, etc. Also, Galt released the amazing “Up From The Basement” compilations in early 2000, and both volumes were entirely composed of unreleased tracks, including an alternate version of “Duffer”!

Unfortunately, I had a difficult time tracking down his 1971 masterpiece “The Nucleus”. The Chicago-based record store “Dusty Groove Records” was purchasing ’em from Galt’s dead stock at a rate of ten per order, and I was always late on the draw. What made it worse is that Dusty Groove wouldn’t let you reserve a copy in advance! I’d search ebay and see it going for upwards of $100 (most likely from sellers who purchased numerous copies from Dusty Groove). Eventually, I got fed up with the BS and decided to contact Galt himself. I was able to snatch up three copies of “The Nucleus” at $25 a piece, as well as two copies of his classic “Hair Cuts” LP from 1969 (instrumental renditions). I also purchased a gang of others, including “Ghetto Suite”, “Isabel’s A Jezebel”, “Two Gentlemen Of Verona”, “The Karl Marx Play”, etc. Suffice to say, I was a very happy man.

Galt’s late 60s/early 70s catalog remains largely untapped in terms of sampling potential. Here’s a good portion of what’s been utilized up to this point (although my cut-off period for all things hip hop related is right around 2001/2002, so you’ll have to excuse me for not being familiar with artists that have sampled Galt in recent years).

Galt MacDermot – Samples
1. Galt MacDermot – Golden Apples Part II
2. K-Def – Galt Is Loose (Instrumental)
3. Jay Dee – Mash (Instrumental)
4. Galt MacDermot – Cathedral
5. MF Doom – Pennyroyal (Instrumental)
6. Galt MacDermot – Bedroom
7. Beatnuts – Uncivilized (Instrumental)
8. Galt MacDermot – Stockyard
9. Quasimoto – Return Of The Loop Digga
10. Galt MacDermot – Harlem Medley Pt. I
11. Quasimoto – Discipline 99
12. Galt MacDermot – Coffee Cold
13. J-Live – The Truth
14. Gangstarr – Werdz From The Ghetto Child (Instrumental)
15. Galt MacDermot – Space
16. Busta Rhymes – Woo-Hah (Instrumental
17. Busta Rhymes – Woo-Hah (Worldwide Remix Instrumental)
18. MF Doom – Cinquefoil (Instrumental)
19. Galt MacDermot – Ripped Open By Metal Explosions
20. Artifacts – C’Mon Wit Da Git Down
21. Galt MacDermot – Duffer
22. Galt MacDermot – If Our Love Is Real


Galt MacDermot – Golden Apples Part II

Galt MacDermot – Cathedral

Galt MacDermot – Bedroom

Galt MacDermot – Stockyard

Galt MacDermot – Harlem Medley Pt. I

Galt MacDermot – Coffee Cold

Galt MacDermot – Space

Galt MacDermot – Ripped Open By Metal Explosions

Galt MacDermot – Duffer (Bonus Track)

Galt MacDermot – If Our Love Is Real (Bonus Track)

As a bonus, here is the amazing “Hair Cuts” LP that I purchased from Galt himself back in 2001. I remastered it with click repair.

Galt MacDermot – Hair Cuts (1969)
1. Aquarius
2. Sodomy
3. Donna-Hashish
4. Easy To Be Hard
5. Where Do I Go
6. Don’t Put It Down
7. Hare Krishna
8. Good Morning Starshine
9. Let The Sunshine In

Obviously, hit up google for out-of-print Galt records like “The Nucleus”, etc. Also, make sure to purchase everything that has been repressed over the past decade. If you’re a fan, then you owe it to the man. Hell, I’ve probably contributed at least $300 to his cause!

–Roy Johnson