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Take It Personal Podcast (Ep 5: Respect The Architects)

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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This is the first installment of several “Respect The Architects” episodes we’ll be doing. It’s important to not only remember, but respect the pioneers, the originators and the emcees who have influenced in hip-hop as we know it today. While shows like The Get Down or Hip-Hop Evolution have done a great job with the visual side of things, episode 5 is all about the audio. Our topic of the show is what emcee opened your eyes to hip-hop and made you hit that rewind button until it broke? Sit back, relax and thoroughly enjoy the sounds of LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions to name a few.

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Rick Rubin Compilation (1984-1989)

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Words cannot express how much I appreciate Rick Rubin. If you’re no stranger to the Philaflava message boards, you’ll know I even dedicated an entire forum to the man. There may not be a more accomplished producer to have mastered almost every genre of music. Whether it was LL Cool J, T-La Rock, Run DMC, Beasties, Slayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Danzig, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, NIN, Jay-Z or Lana DelRay, Ricky Rubin has pretty much worked with every accomplished artist you can think of. Below is a mix our homie claaa7 was kind to cook-up. Respect the God. –Philaflava

Rick Rubin Compilation (1984-1989)

01. T La Rock – “It’s Yours”
02. LL Cool J – ” I Need A Beat” [Original]
03. LL Cool J – “Rock The Bells” [Original]
04. Beastie Boys – “Rock Hard”
05. Hollis Crew “It’s The Beat”
06. Run DMC – “Christmas in Hollis”
07. Jazzy Jay – “Def Jam”
08. Junkyard Band – “The World”
09. Jimmy Spicer – “This is It”
10. Jazzy Jay – “Cold Chillin’ in the Spot”
11. Run DMC – “Jam Master Jammin'”
12. LL Cool J – “Going Back to Cali”
13. LL Cool J – “Jack The Ripper”
14. Run DMC – “Mary, Mary”
15. Queen – “We Will Rock You” [Remix Reduced by Rubin] [*]

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The Greatest Mix In All of Spotify (1992-95 Hip-Hop by Philaflava)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

This is mammoth! 390+ tracks, 27+ hours of music featuring Masta Ace, Spice 1, Lord Finesse, World Renown, Brand Nubian, Tha Alkaholiks, Mic Geronimo, Mac Mall, all the way to Da King & I. This has to be the most complete 92-95 mix of hip-hop you’ll hear on Spotify. Check it out and enjoy your weekend!

    Evolution Of The B-Boy

    Friday, November 22nd, 2013


    Longtime Philaflava member and T.R.O.Y. blog affiliate Mark 563 drops his debut, Evolution Of The B-Boy series. These are high quality contour-cut stickers featuring the first 4 illustrations from Mark 563. They feature Eazy-E, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane & Slick Rick (between 3.5” and 3.8” tall). They’re going to go with the quickness, so make sure you support the homie and grab yourself the first of many in the series.

    Cop series 1 for just $10 right here.

    T.R.O.Y. & Certified Dope Apparel Present – Sounds Like The 90′s Vol. 22

    Friday, September 20th, 2013

    It’s been a constant struggle to produce these lately, manly because I always feel I’m at an impasse with the selections. Is it too new sounding? Is it too dated? Is the quality of the mp3 good? Then of course, there is always, isn’t this track kinda played out by now?

    I know it’s hard to believe, but I really do put in work selecting, sequencing and creating the overall package for your CD-r or iTunes. This time around T.R.O.Y. and Certified Dope Apparel bring you volume 22, a compilation that features a collection of tracks that we feel exemplifies just how great hip-hop has been, even if a few joints are slightly aged by now.

    15+ years ago Ecko used to give mixtapes out with the purchase of their clothes. I never did rock much Ecko, but I made sure to rock those mixtapes. It was an ingenious idea by Mark Milecofsky Mark Ecko. Now 100 million dollars later you have Eckō Unltd. Not that we’re expecting to reach those levels but we feel we have something special with these 3 great collaborative shirts with Certified Dope. And of course, purchase or no purchase, we hope you enjoy our latest offering,  the Sounds Like The 90’s Vol. 22 .

    Vol. 22 takes us back in time, so extract the file, burn to a disc (56 mins total) or add to your playlist. Spread the word, spread the file and let’s celebrate hip-hop music.  I hope you enjoy Sounds Like The 90’s as much as I do creating them, even if it’s sometimes a challenge. –PhilaflavabomockbiggercousinmockbiggersologreymockbiggersolotankbiggerCLICK HERE TO ENTER STORE

    Certified Dope & T.R.O.Y. Presents – Sounds Like The 90′s Vol. 22

    1. Prince Paul Intro
    2. De La Soul – Get Away
    3. Prodigy & ALC – R.I.P. feat. Havoc & Raekwon
    4. Fat Joe – Your Honor feat. Action Bronson (prod. DJ Premier)
    5. Sauce Money – Just Nice feat. DJ Premier
    6. Da Buze Bruvaz – Unsportsman Like Conduct
    7. 14K – Live From Pimpstead feat. Roc Marciano
    8. Slum Village – Rock Rock feat. Rapper Big Pooh & DJ Jazzy Jeff
    9. Raekwon – T.U.R.K.E.Y. feat. Mic Geronimo & The Kid Daytona
    10. Roc Marciano – Ruff Town feat. Cormega
    11. Ka – Off The Record
    12. True Master – Batman & Robin feat. Raekwon & Ghostface Killah
    13. Common Interlude
    14. Kid Tsunami – Catch Wreck feat. O.C.
    15. Marco Polo – 3 O’Clock feat. Organized Konfusion
    16. Jeru The Damaja – Solar Flares (prod. Large Professor)
    17. Grand Daddy I.U. – She Said feat. Sadat X
    18. Action Bronson – Strictly 4 My Jeeps (Remix) feat. LL Cool J & Lloyd Banks

    Running Time: 56 minutes



    Jim Sharp “Straighten It Out Volume 2”

    Thursday, January 24th, 2013

    A few months ago Jim Sharp messaged me to let me know that the followup mix to “Straighten It Out” was complete. Unfortunately, I was too busy and not really focused. But now that I’ve got the time, this mix is crazy good. Chock full of Jim’s own custom edits and mixes. Especially the Willie Hutch remix and The Main Ingredient edit. As long as you’re listening, check out some of his other (unmixed) edits.

    And if you missed out on volume 1, check his whole SoundCloud page or see my old post.


    LL Cool J – Year of The Hip Hop (prod. K-Def)

    Sunday, September 11th, 2011

    The is just unfuckwitable. We’ll have the mp3 for you once it’s made available (link below). For now peep the high quality rip and check out the back story. –Philaflava

    Back in 1994 K-Def was working on some beats out of the B Room in Marly Marl’s House Of Hits when LL Cool J walked in on his session and said “let’s make some tracks together.” Uncle L had always wanted to rhyme on a track using the famous ESG breakbeat ‘UFO’, so he had Def lay it down with some scratches and then went to town with the mic. Both thought they had a sure fire hit on their hands but unfortunately it was never used.

    The DAT tape of the studio session was feared lost for several years before it eventually turned up stuck behind a radiator! Now, 17 years later, K-Def and Slice-of-Spice are set to release ‘Year Of The Hip Hop’ on vinyl.

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    (Poll) Pick Your Favorite LL Cool J Track

    Monday, February 7th, 2011

    From the depths of the T.R.O.Y. Forum, courtesy of Da Publisher. Poll after the jump. (more…)

    DJ Yoda – LL Cool J (live in one take mix)

    Friday, February 4th, 2011

    Dirt Dog gave us the heads up on this and it doesn’t disappoint. Get wise. Download link:

    More DJ Yoda mixes here:

    Rick Rubin

    Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

    Not much to say about this man, other than he is a fucking GOD. Peep Robbie’s piece on Ricky Rubin @ Unkut. Props to him and his site for always delivering the freshness. –Philaflava

    When Rick Rubin is written about in the media, he is either portrayed as “the most important producer of the last 20 years” or as the shaggy ‘Wolfboy’ guru who carries lapis lazuli Buddhist prayer beads and dislikes footwear. While many of the startlingly broad range of musicians that have worked with Rick gush his praises, there seem to be just as many who were left disappointed by the experience. For every successful creative rebirth that Rubin has been involved in – such as reviving the careers of Metallica, Johnny Cash and The Dixie Chicks – there are also the aborted projects with groups like U2 and Muse.

    Rubin’s approach seems to be all about making a connection with the artist he’s working with: “I have no training, no technical skill — it’s only this ability to listen and try to coach the artist to be the best they can from the perspective of a fan”. This approach doesn’t sit well with everyone, as bands such as Slipknot have complained that they didn’t enjoy working with him since he was barely present during the project he produced (but they were happy with the album), while shots were fired by British rockers Muse earlier this year when they thanked Rick for “showing us how not to produce” during an acceptance speech at the Music Producers Guild (amusingly, it turns out that Rubin won ‘International Producer of the Year’ that same evening).

    But sour grapes seem to be the exception rather than the rule, as groups like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers can attest to after five albums with Rick’s involvement. “He basically goes into the engineer’s booth, removes everything in the room and has his people bring in the most comfortable couch-bed-type object that you’ll ever see. Then he’ll cover it with pillows and blankets, and that becomes his station.” Through this process, he often becomes ‘the fifth Beatle’, dating back to his stint as DJ Double R for the Beastie Boys first national exposure on Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’ tour. Even though Jazzy Jay and Ad Rock did some the programming for some of Rick’s early Def Jam records, there’s no denying that he was able to bring a sorely-needed, stripped-down aesthetic to the rap records of the era.

    “I was going to NYU [New York University] and I was into rap music at the time, but there weren’t a lot of rap records coming out; and the rap records that were coming out weren’t representative of what the rap scene really was. I used to go to the rap clubs in New York—I’d be the only white guy there—and they’d be playing rock ‘n roll records with guys rapping over them. Like ‘Walk This Way’. ‘Walk This Way’ was an original record that every rap DJ would have and use. Billy Squire’s ‘Big Beat’ was another one. And the rap records that were coming out at the time were like Sugar Hill Records, which were essentially disco records with people rapping over them. Kids who liked rap bought them because there weren’t any records representative of their rap scene. So, I saw this void and starting making those records, just because I was a fan and wanted them to exist.”

    The result? Radio, Licensed to Ill and Raising Hell – three of the most influential hip-hop albums of the 80’s – all of which combined abrasive, speaker-smashing drums with hard guitar stabs and traditional song structures. The last point being the most significant in terms of getting the music to a wider (read: white) audience who’d been raised on rock. He also championed the cause of Public Enemy: “I remember my old partner Russell Simmons, when I signed Public Enemy – I’d just made the Less Than Zero soundtrack and it was really good and The Bangles’ record was a hit – and Russell said, ‘You’re wasting your time. This is black punk rock. This is garbage. You could make pop records, why are you wasting your time on Public Enemy?’ I said, ‘Because they’re the greatest group in the world. Because the pop records are the ones that aren’t important. This is what’s important, you’ll see.’ And two years later, he saw”.

    Rick directed his attention to heavy metal following his departure from Def Jam, but when he started the Def American label he proved that he still had an ear for great rap by re-recording the best of the Geto Boys for their self-titled third LP, as well as an under-appreciated EP from former Audio Two MC Milk D. It wasn’t until Jay-Z reached out to Rick that he would produced another rap track, but the result was another prime example of minimalist beat science at it’s best. Since being appointed as co-head of Columbia records in 2007, Rubin has only signed one rap act – The Clipse. Last year it was announced that the crew would be working with Rick on their new album, but Till The Casket Drops was eventually released without any Rubin beats. “We went out to Malibu man, busted out with him. He gave us a lot of insight on the album and gave us some gems man. We came back, sorta re-vamped a few things and uh, you know, made the album a lot better due to that talk, for real. Definitely, it’s the reason he’s sitting in that [executive] seat”.

    Something that came as a shock to me was the discovery that Rubin doesn’t drink booze or get high. It seems that even in his college days, White Castle burgers and porn were his only vices. “I’m just not interested. I need to be in control” he told German magazine Shark, while in a USA Today profile, Rick explained, “It’s the combination of meditating and always being deeply into something. When I was young, I was into magic. Kids I knew did drugs or got drunk out of boredom. I didn’t want to give up my time.” Some of the projects that he’s chosen to take on board might also have fans scratching their heads. Linkin Park? Mars Volta? Mel C from the Spice Girls? I guess that trying to challenge yourself musically requires sacrificing good taste on occasion. But when you’re able to convince Johnny Cash to record a version of a Nine Inch Nails track – and in the process create one of the greatest cover songs ever made – it’s hard to complain. I think this 2007 piece in TIME sum him up best: “Rick Rubin enjoys long walks on the beach, sushi dinners and hugs that warm the corners of the soul. Behind the ZZ Top exterior lurks the soul of a Playmate”.