Posts Tagged ‘kmd’

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.

And don’t forget to give us a like on Facebook. Our new page will bring you all things Philaflava so you can stay on top of the latest forum threads, SteadyBloggin and of course The T.R.O.Y. blog.


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Shad, Curren$y, and Earl Sweatshirt (OFWGKTA): On The Rhythmic Path

Monday, November 15th, 2010

In the third decade of recorded rap, we are privy to the subtle and sometimes mysterious distillation of stylistic influence; we need not rely on a blatant rehashing of an old favorite’s concepts in order to fall in love with genre again. Elements of A Tribe Called Quest’s debut LP People Instinctive Travels and the Paths Of Rhythm have trickled into far-flung nooks and crannies of the rap world; my best guess is that The Neptunes and Kanye West have played a major role in this process post-2000. Rather than redraw every strand of the web of influence I will examine how PITPOR shaped the sound of certain groups in the 90s and then point to contemporary artists whose works are reminiscent of these developments.

PITPOR‘s enduring contribution to the art of rapping is the melding of a deceptively relaxed vocal presence with odd unexpected cadences and similarly eccentric lyrics. Q-Tip’s matching of this vocal style with drums tweaked to sound harder than even Paul C’s productions and a surprisingly melodic set of samples inspired Mobb Deep to craft their distinctive deliveries. ((I expound on this argument, in far greater detail, here and here.)) However, while Mobb Deep recited damnation narratives and darkened their sound ((Arguably to the brink of self-parody.)) other groups that were likely inspired by PITPOR —namely K.M.D., The Future Sound, ((I wrote a piece on their brilliant debut The Whole Shabang, and another piece about their song “The Function” and the decline of dancing of hip hop dancing after 1992 here.)) and UMCs— were less hesitant to incorporate joyous digression into their lyrics. (more…)

Say What, Say What? Dante Ross

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009


Note: Say What, Say What? is a new feature here at T.R.O.Y., where we will take notable net-savvy hip-hoppers to task for their brazen statements and/or WTF moments. We don’t dis nobody to be somebody, we just like to spark debates to keep the readers chatting.

Philaflava: Alright, check this shit out, T.R.O.Y. readers. Dante Ross, A&R extraordinaire and one third of the production team Stimulated Dummies recently did an interview with the homey Robbie at Unkut, which by the way I suggest you check out if you haven’t already.

Thun: It’s a great three-part interview, as is par for the course at Unkut. Dante The Scrub (sweating profusely) is one of hip-hop’s greatest internet interview subjects. His anecdotes are hilarious and he’s not afraid to mix it up with former members of Hard 2 Obtain in the comments sections of interviews that mention his name only minutes after his Blackberry receives the Google alert notification. More importantly, judging by this picture he is either channeling Copywrite or finally staking his claim to being the undisputed father of Scott Storch’s distinctive brand of d-bag swagger.

Philaflava: One of his responses in this interview kinda threw me a bit because if I’m reading this right Dante actually thinks T.I.M.E. is bad record. Now, I don’t know about him, but most of the hip-hop world out there considers this to be the best L.O.N.S. album and many even label it a classic. How on earth could he possibly think this was bad? Say what, say what?

Thun: Let the record show that the man behind Everlast’s enduring reign on Billboard had the following to say about the album that had “Spontaneous” and “A Quarter To Cutthroat”:

So what happened there? I thought the brass as Elektra pulled Busta aside and said, ‘We’re gonna make you a solo artist.’

That never happened, that’s all bullshit. Let me tell you what happened, ‘cos I was there. When Leaders of the New School turned in their second album it was bad – from me to you, it wasn’t a good record. I tried to change the record, make it better. They went back in the studio, had to do it again … when we went to make the second Leaders of the New School record I had Q-Tip ready to help me make the whole record with them, like the way he did for Mobb Deep’s album. None of them dude’s were with it except Bus … I’m gonna be honest with you, making that record – when they turned it in the first time, and I knew it was wack and I sent back in … I knew the record was bad, that when they turned it in the second time I couldn’t make it no better – they would not let me.”

Philaflava: We’re not done yet folks. A while back Dante said something similar about another album, it was Del’s No Need For Alarm. I’ll put my personal opinion aside because I am one of those who actually consider this a classic, but surely there can’t be any Del fans out there who dislike this album. Dante you truly believe both these albums were weak? Say what, say what?

Thun: He also once claimed that he hated the drums on K.M.D.’s first record, but lo and behold the brothers Dumile weren’t trying to hear his input. He kinda sorta has a point, because the drums are hardly the strongest aspect of the record. But are we to blindly accept that any record untouched by Dante is somehow less of a classic than it could have been with more of his knob fiddling? No Need For Alarm, Mr. Hood, T.I.M.E. – these may be records with flaws, but are they garbage? Really? According to what rubric? Is the technician’s nitpicking really relevant to the fan’s taste? Is hip hop reducible to studio algorithms?

Philaflava: I’m asking the readers of T.R.O.Y. to lend your thoughts and for the man himself, Dante Ross to respond. Let’s just hope he was misquoted.

ADDED: There’s a poll in the sidebar. Vote.

Fifty Remixes You Need To Hear (11-20)

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

11. KMD ft. MF Grimm “What A Niggy Know” (Remix)

12. Lord Finesse “S.K.I.T.S.” (Remix)
The original was sparser and more raw, but this remix is more layered, ringing, and insistent, which lends itself well to the tone of alarm being conveyed. Adding Big L to the chorus was an excellent decision.
13. Common Sense “Soul By The Pound” (Thump Mix)
14. Casual “That’s How It Is” (Disshowwedo Remix)
15. Grand Puba ft. Sadat X “I Like It” (Buckwild Remix)

This one isn’t hugely different from the hit original, but Buckwild manages to give it a more hardcore feel without sacrificing its mass appeal. Sadat X.’s cameo is one of his finest.
16. Artifacts “Dynamite Soul II” (Lip Service Remix)
17. Aceyalone “Mic Check” (Kemo Remix)
Kemo’s version of Aceyalone’s catchy ode to rocking shows and raking in the dough was the top finalist in a remix contest announced on the original’s sleeve. Besides being a banger of a beat, it also complements Aceyalone’s whimsical vocals quite well.
18. Camp Lo “Coolie High” (Paradise Remix)
Only Camp-Lo can out-smooth Camp-Lo. This version pulls off that sultry slick nonsensical jewel heist vibe that these BX rhymers consistently aimed for in their heyday.
19. Bush Babees “Remember Me” (Salaam Remi Remix)
20. Alkaholiks “Mary Jane” (Remix)
Tune in tomorrow for selections 21-30.

From The MTV Vaults

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Remember wishing that there was a magical way to bypass Pearl Jam and Madonna videos and access any video shown on YO! MTV Raps instantly on demand? Yeah. — Thun

Extra Prolific “Brown Sugar”

De La Soul “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey Hey)”

KMD “Peachfuzz”

Grand Puba ft. Mary J. Blige “Check it Out”

Searching For The Perfect Beat: Early 90s Edition

Monday, November 17th, 2008



Early 90s Edition

1. King Tee – Ruff Rhyme (Instrumental)
2. Def Jef – Black To The Future Remix (Instrumental)
3. Red Hot Lover Tone – D.I.Y.M. (Instrumental)
4. Kid Capri – Joke’s On You Jack Remix (Instrumental)
5. Almighty And KD Ranks – Lyrics In A This (Instrumental)
6. ED OG & Da Bulldogs – I Got To Have It (Instrumental)
7. Paris – Days Of Old (Instrumental)
8. Almighty RSO – One In Tha Chamba (Instrumental)
9. Ed OG & Da Bulldogs – Less Than Zero (Instrumental)
10. KMD – Peachfuzz (Instrumental)
11. 3rd Bass – 3 Strikes 5000 (Instrumental)
12. Downtown Science – This Is A Visit (Instrumental)
13. Downtown Science – This Is A Visit Remix (Instrumental)
14. Donald D – Hell Raiser (Instrumental)
15. Tim Dog – Fuck Compton (Instrumental)
http://www.mediafire.com/?ymnriqtddyz

King Tee track: Produced by DJ Pooh
Def Jef track: Produced by The Dust Brothers
Red Hot Lover Tone track: Produced by The Trackmasters
Kid Capri track: Produced by Kid Capri
Almighty And KD Ranks track: Produced by Tony D
Ed OG tracks: Produced by Joe Mansfield
Paris track: Produced by Paris
Almighty RSO track: Produced by DJ Deff Jeff & Ray Dog
KMD track: Produced by KMD
3rd Bass track: Produced by The SD50s
Downtown Science tracks: Produced by Sam Sever
Donald D track: Produced by Afrika Islam
Tim Dog track: Produced by Ced Gee

Pictured: Afrika Islam

–Roy Johnson

Kurious Jorge’s Top 10 Posse Cuts

Friday, November 14th, 2008
Kurious Jorge’s Top 10 Posse Cuts

1. The Symphony – Marley Marl feat. Masta Ace, Craig G., Big Daddy Kane & Kool G. Rap
2. Buddy – Native Tongues
3. Gas Face – 3rd Bass feat. K.M.D.
4. Live At The Barbeque – Main Source feat. Nasty Nas, Joe Fatal & Akinyele
5. Scenario (Remix) – ATCQ feat. L.O.N.S & Hood
6. Young Stars From No Where – Powerule feat. Kurious Jorge & Johnny Jay
7. Off The Books – The Beatnuts feat. Big Pun & Cuban Link
8. Got My Mind Made Up – Tupac feat. Method Man, Redman, Dogg Pound
9. Money In The Bank – Kool G. Rap feat. Large Pro, Ant Live & Freddie Foxx
10. 24 Hours To Live – Mase feat. The LOX, Black Rob & DMX

Shouts to DJ Next, Amalgam and Philaflava. Check for my new album “II” coming March 2009 on Amalgam Digital.

Check me out http://www.myspace.com/kjorge10

–Kurious Jorge

Pete Nice & Daddy Rich – 3 C’s

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Corny, cool and contrived–that’s the most accurate way of describing Dust To Dust in 2008. While the many who’ll have heard this for the first time today may not appreciate the album, it’s those (like myself) who invested in Dust To Dust back in ’93 that’ll rediscover the album’s greatness. You might think it’s impossible to be both corny and cool, but I assure you it’s not. Pete Nice was the closest thing white people had to Big Daddy Kane in the rap world. I don’t mean that lyrically, rather stylistically. Pete Nice was always the “cool” one out the crew while MC Serch was always that goofy self-hating poseur that could have made Kamron (Young Black Teenagers) look like Asher Roth.

Dust To Dust is a great album for the same reasons it can be considered corny. The rhymin’ is elementary at best and sometimes flat out predictable. The album dropped at a time when rhyming wasn’t always sophisticated. Complexity didn’t exactly sell and I don’t think any of us would ever mistake groups like 3rd Bass or The Beatnuts for wordsmiths, but it didn’t matter because they were beyond witty, had an infectious swagger and most importantly dope production.

A year after the breakup of 3rd Bass and the debut album of former member Serch, Pete Nice got the co-sign by Russell Simmons to go dolo. Some might even remember seeing Russell in the “Kick The Bobo” video that sported a Serch lookalike getting beat down with a bat. Dust To Dust came and went with the quickness. Many people had already dismissed 3rd Bass as a gimmick and while Serch receive some attention from his ill-collabo “Back To The Grill” featuring Red Hot Lover Tone, Chubb Rock and Nasty Nas, it was Pete Nice who delivered the better album. It’s true that as much as Serch had help, Pete Nice did as well, enlisting friends K.M.D, Sam Sever and The Beatnuts for production. Psycho Les and Kurious both have guest spots and Cage debuts (1993) for the first time on “Rick Bring ‘Em Back.”

If you enjoyed Kurious’ “A Constipated Monkey” then there is no reason you won’t enjoy this. They’re practically identical albums. This one is just the “white” version.

Personal favorites:
Rat Bastard
Kick The Bobo
The Lumberjack
The Rapsody
Outta My Way Baby

Download Dust To Dust here!
Cop Dust To Dust for $0.75 here!

–Philaflava

Kick The Bobo

Double Down

Monday, October 20th, 2008

On T.R.O.Y. you’re going to see an abundance of mixes. All of which should be downloaded so do yourself a favor and cop an external hard drive because we haven’t even got started yet.

All the contributors have been lacing you daily and I realize it can get overwhelming, but I promise you there is nothing worse than when you realize you should have downloaded something to only find an expired link. I’m debuting my first personal mix for the blog today. I’m not sure how frequent these mixes will be but I promise you when they’re posted they’ll be carefully sequence and contain some of the highest quality (CDQ) around. Each mix will contain 11 tracks that I hope will be your soundtrack while you’re on the iron horse, on the way home from work or parlayin’ at home.

Download, burn or throw ’em into your iPOD but more importantly enjoy them!

–Philaflava

Double Down Vol. 1

01. Finsta Bundy – So Much On My Mind
02. Hard 2 Obtain – Local Hero
03. Kurious – Baby Bust It feat. M.F. Grimm
04. Ak Skils – Check Da Flava
05. Ground Floor – Dig On That feat. Lord Finesse
06. Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard – Doin’ M.C.’s Sumn Terrible feat. F.M. & Snaggletooth
07. Trends of Culture – Old Habits
08. Brand Nubian – Steal Ya Ho (Remix)
09. KMD – Sounded Like A Roc
10. Pete Nice & Daddy Rich – Kick The Bobo (Beatnuts Remix)
11. Leaders of The New School – Spontaneous (Remix) feat. Rumpletilskinz

http://www.zshare.net/download/20563414980807ec/
or
http://rapidshare.com/files/155962993/Double_Down_Vol._1_-_The_T.R.O.Y_Mixtape.rar.html


And if you ask why the name Double Down, well…

The Fondle ‘Em Collection

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

1. FE001: Godfather Don & Kool Keith, The Cenubites EP


Props to all contributors that made this happen at Philaflava.com:
sen,godmc,LyricalGymnastics,DaPublisher,CharlieManson,Mark563,thebigK,bossman,StressIzHim,sajr
nobs,ScholarWenis,drug,Jaz,tapemaniak,drizzle,kimani

–Verge