Posts Tagged ‘long island’

DJ Moneyshot Deconstructs It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Friday, August 9th, 2013

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Those of you who listened to the Solid Steel Radio Show‘s treatments of 3 Feet High and Rising and Paul’s Boutique know what to expect. Those who haven’t need to get on that, and be ready to take in a seamless hour-long mix that is part behind-the-scenes audio-documentary, part sample archive, and all dope… or as they put it:

It’s another special show as our own DJ Moneyshot presents another classic album deconstructed for the Solid Steel 25th Anniversary. Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ is also 25 years old and to honour both occasions DJ Moneyshot shows us once again why he’s the mixtape king with the career-best offering, Solid Steel and the Hour of Chaos. Over 60 blistering minutes he takes in all the beats, breaks, samples and spoken word nuggets that made this seminal Bomb Squad production such an explosive release. Amongst the vast stack of tracks in the mix, expect words of wisdom from Louis Farrakhan, exclusive interviews with Hank Shocklee, and all the soul, rock ‘n’ roll and early rap tracks that went into making up P.E’s (if not hip-hop’s) finest album.

Full tracklist after the jump.
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510 Studios: The Terrordome That Inspired A Nation Of Millions

Friday, July 5th, 2013

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Listening to Roc Marciano’s recent appearance on the Combat Jack Show, I was pleasantly surprised to hear mention of the legendary 510 Studios, a Hempstead, Long Island-based recording space that was founded by Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Hank Shocklee and frequented during its day by such hip-hop luminaries as Leaders of the New School and Mobb Deep, as well as several other local artists, including Son of Bazerk, Sugar Bear, Kings of Pressure and Underground Brigade. Apparently, during this time Roc would also hang out there recording demos. I’d heard the place’s name brought up in interviews before, but after this latest reference, I decided to dig a little deeper. I was further surprised to see that despite the prestige of its founders and clientele, the studio is almost totally forgotten online. The only substantial source I could find on its history is the video below, a trailer for an “upcoming documentary” directed by Earl Holder, CEO of Peripheral Enterprises and the man behind Synthetic Substitution: The Life Story Of Melvin Bliss — not to be confused with Earle Holder, chief mastering engineer for Public Enemy and owner of Atlanta-based HDQTRZ Master Studios.

Seeing that the video was uploaded back in October 2010 and that the film still isn’t listed on IMDB (or mentioned anywhere else on the web for that matter), I wondered if it had ever been released or even finished. So I contacted Earl, who was kind enough to inform me that he had indeed “completed the documentary in April of this year, just before Public Enemy got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” All he’s waiting on now is a score, hopefully to be provided by Bomb Squad producers Eric Sadler and Paul “Omari” Shabazz. When a release date is set, we at TROY will surely be among the first to let you know, but until then the best we can do is enjoy the trailer and continue to ensure that 510 Studios’ legacy is preserved through our appreciation for the music that was created there.

One last note: though the studios have long since closed, the building itself remains standing. As a matter of fact, I work not far from there. The picture up top was taken during my lunch break.

-Samuel Diamond

Spin Doctor vs. De La Soul – Brakes Is High

Friday, October 5th, 2012


Snagged this mix from the good blokes over at Dephect Clothing. In their own words:

A chronological blend of over 60 De La Soul classics and the original breaks used to create them from their first four albums; ’3 Feet High & Rising’, ‘De La Soul Is Dead’, ‘Buhloon Mindstate’ & ‘Stakes Is High’ & coming in at around 1 hour 45 mins this is a must for anyone with a love of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul & the art of sampling.

While this isn’t quite the monumental feat of sample source remixing that A Tribute to the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique was, it is a nice mix to enjoy over the weekend. Click here to download.

-Samuel Diamond

Son of Bazerk – On The Verge Of An Ass Whippin

Thursday, September 27th, 2012


Strong Island’s own doo-wopping hip-hop crew is back again. Apparently this is off of their upcoming album, RaWaLiTy.


http://www.divshare.com/download/19670218-7c0

For those unfamiliar with S.O.B. or anyone else who missed their 2010 resurgence, Fifth Element sat the guys down for a five-part interview that’s definitely worth your time.

-Samuel Diamond

J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E. 1992-1993 Unreleased EP

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Order here.

A1 3 The Hard Way
A2 Fun
A3 An Episode Of My Favorite MC

B1 Pump It Up
B2 3 Ways 2 Rip It
B3 An Episode Of My Favorite MC (Instrumental)

Written, Composed and Arranged By J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E.
Produced by J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E.
Recorded at North Shore Sound Works, Long Island, New York, 1992-1993. (more…)