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The TROY Blog Presents: Funk-O-Rama V11

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Funk-O-Rama is back after long long time.

**dirt_dog on the covers.


funk-o-rama v11

01. The Beatnuts – Get Funky (Remix)
02. Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs – Stay Funky #2
03. Da Youngsta’s – Illy Filly Funk
04. Society – F.U.N.K. (From Us Nasty Kidz)
05. Figure Uv Speech – Hardcore Funk
06. Lords Of The Underground – Keepers Of The Funk
07. Funkytown Pros – Too Dam Funque
08. Paris – Funky Lil’ Party
09. Logic – Bust A Funky Rhyme
10. Blvd. Mosse – Move To Something Funky
11. Lord Finesse – Funky On The Fast Tip
12. Def Jef – God Made Me Funky



    Found on SoundCloud… a few remixes

    Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

    It seems as of late I’ve been spending a large amount of my day cruising SoundCloud. Here are a few picks of things I’ve been enjoying.



    K-Def – The Most Underrated

    Sunday, August 21st, 2011

    If there ever was a non-T.R.O.Y. compilation we’d post on here its this one. Peace to all parties involved, T.R.O.Y. forum member claaa7, who needs to just join the blog already, Al Lindstrom for hookin’ me up with most of my Tommy Boy vinyl back in the day and of course everyone else who made this happen. Check it out and be sure to thank claaa7 on his site or in the thread. –Philaflava

    Download Compilation

    Intro & Interview by Chris Moss
    Photos by Dan Love
    Compilation produced by J.E.S.A. Of 2DopeBoyz, Chris Moss, claaa7 Of The Lost Tapes & Redefinition Records

    “For a producer -or any artist for that matter- to articulate their vision and have it manifested sonically for the masses to hear is no simple task. Equally difficult is having that same artist verbally detail the creative processes that went into the creation of that work of art. Be it painting, writing, rapping, or beat making, describing the intricacies of creation is a difficult undertaking.

    I had a chance to talk with K-Def the other day and he is one cat who can put his words down in a similarly poignant fashion as one of his signature drum patterns. To borrow the title to his latest release on Redefinition Records, he’s adapted quite well as “Time’s Change”. K walks us through a sampling of some of his discography and several releases you may or may not be familiar with. Quite candidly, this selection was chosen not only to illustrate his rightfully earned place in Hip Hop, but also to show the breadth of his catalog and talent. For a producer to have worked with Diddy and UGK and Ghostface and Ol’ Dirty Bastard is quite an accomplishment. K-Def gives readers –and listeners- a chance to hear a little insight from the producer himself and some never before shared knowledge into the origins of some of his records. Pay attention.”

    01. “Introducing the Magnificent”
    K-Def: “That was done in ’95 and I had just gotten the MPC 3000 hooked up with various sound modules.” This was really the first time I had started playing keys on my beats. “The drums came right from a clean-ass, Akai factory drum disk, no sampled drums!” I was looking to move my production game away from what I had previously been doing and started incorporating more technology into my equipment setup.

    02. “Real Live Shit Remix” (Ft. Real Live/Ghostface/Lord Tariq/Killa Sin/Cappadonna)
    K-Def: “It was a methodical hypnosis beat. I had programmed the drums and hooked the sample up with the strings and the hard timpani hits. Everyone wanted to rhyme on this beat and Wu and others were really down to get on this record. I also have this session on videotape, too. It was the original version that helped us get a deal with Big Beat/Atlantic.”

    Revisiting: Lords Of The Underground – Keepers of the Funk

    Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

    From the moment I heard “Tic Toc” I was ready for the next Lords of the Underground album. After a breakthrough effort on their debut the Lords were back to work quick with the same production team of Marley Marl and K-Def to put together their sophomore album, Keepers of the Funk. The lead-off single was a little calmer than the hyped up “Chief Rocka” sound we were used to, but it was still that in-your-face delivery over funky production. However, when the album finally dropped I felt a sense of disappointment. Clearly the general public felt the same as the effort failed to keep their 15 minutes going, but was the album really that bad or did I just not give it a fair chance? (more…)

    T.R.O.Y.’s Video Show (January)

    Friday, January 14th, 2011

    It’s been a minute since we hit you with some classic videos. Our homies @ VintageHiphopSeattle always come through with the dopest videos found on Youtube. So what better way to start off the weekend right by checkin’ out some of classic joints of yesteryear? I know it’s a pessimistic thing to say, but there will never be another time in hip-hop like the 90s. And it’s impossible these videos don’t put you in a better mood –Philaflava


    The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents: Funk-O-Rama V5

    Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
    Volume 5.
    Check previous Funk-O-Rama compilations.

    01. The Beatnuts – We Got The Funk
    02. Cypress Hill – The Funky Cypress Hill Shit
    03. DJ Quik – Way 2 Fonky
    04. Lords Of The Underground – Funky Child
    05. The D.O.C. – It’s Funky Enough
    06. Common – Food For Funk
    07. Pooh-Man – Funky As I Wanna Be
    08. Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth – Funky Technician
    09. Tragedy Khadafi – Pump The Funk
    10. Too Short – Short But Funky
    11. Rascalz – Funky Migraine
    12. Fast Eddie – Yo Yo Get Funky

    D-Nice Television: True Hip Hop Stories Pt. 1

    Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

    This is nothing else than amazing footage.

    We have used only one interview so far from D-Nice TV, and was an interview with Dres, during our Native Tongue month.
    Well now it’s about time point you, if you haven’t seen it so far, with all of those amazing interview, which will bring you back in the days for a minute.
    Enjoy and thanks to D-Nice for this footage and we can only say, keep ’em coming.

    DJ Rob One – Gavin Mixtape 1995

    Saturday, October 24th, 2009

    DJ Rob One was one of the more influential DJs in the LA underground until March 16, 2000 when he passed away after a battle with cancer. He used to host a very successful radio show in L.A. at CSUN (Cal State University Northridge) called “The Fly ID Show.” Here’s a mixtape that he released in 1995. Contains music by Gang Starr, Lords of The Underground (w/ a drop), Big Shug (w/ a drop), Digable Planets, AZ, etc. It’s a really dope mix!


    — Thomas V

    I got this off ebay from a seller who converted his old dub-tapes into cdr’s. He’s only selling the cds for 2.99! I suggest that everybody go and purchase his items! Props to aplie1!

    R.I.P. DJ Rob One

    The Most Prominent Member Out The Group (Pause)

    Friday, October 31st, 2008
    Everybody wants to be Mick or Paul, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes the group’s core isn’t always the lead– take Lars Ulrich or Pete Townshend for example. And sometimes a group gains very little notoriety all together, but below are a few rap groups that we hold near and dear and their most prominent members.


    Let’s be real for a second: Fu-Schnickens had 3 members and most of us only recall one. While they had a few hits like “True-Fu-Schnick,” “La Schmoove” and the Shaq laced “Whats Up Doc,” Chip Fu was the only talent out the crew and arguably a better Das EFX impersonator than Skoob or Krazy Drayzy. Chip Fu is still trying to make a name for himself appearing on various projects and most recently the Nas’ “Where Are They Now?” remix. Meanwhile somewhere at a Gray’s Papaya you could probably find the other two members Moc Fu and Poc Fu sharing the grill duties.

    Answer: Chip-Fu

    Brand Nubian

    We all know Puba was the best and there is no question “One For All” is their magnum opus, but the one guy who never quite got his props was Sadat X. Mr. Murphy is responsible for keeping this group relevant past 1990. He won’t ever beincluded in discussions for the best rapper, though one could make a valid argument that he should be placed somewhere in the Top 40. Sadat X had more than just a voice, he also had a likeability factor that is extremely rare these days. He was witty and more importantly provided the much needed balance to the Nubians. Many people don’t realize just how great “In God We Trust” or “Everything For Everything” are and on both albums Grand Puba is M.I.A.. Without those albums you wouldn’t have Brand Nubian today and for that Derek X is the most important member of Brand Nubian. Because after all, aren’t most of us trying to forget about Lord Jamar after we awkwardly saw his cock in HBO’s Oz?

    Answer: Sadat X

    Ill Al Skratch

    If you ask me both Ill and Al Skratch are the sample people because they both said the same shit. If it wasn’t asking us “Where My Homiez?” it was telling us to creep with them or letting us know they were that Brooklyn/Uptown connection. Don’t get me wrong, I fucking love “Creep With Me” as I think it’s one of the better stupid simple summertime albums we had in the 90’s, but neither of them are winning Rhyme of The Month anytime soon.

    Answer: It’s a wash!

    The Artifacts

    Do I even need to go into detail about this one? Tame One is the reason The Facts were great for two albums. In fact, I’d go ahead and say T-Ray deserves to be the 2nd most important member out the group. While El Da Sensei was a nice compliment to Tame, neither were able to duplicate success once the group split. El has dropped several solo albums that most people equate to lyrical NyQuil and Tame has dropped several albums/mixtapes that all have showed promised but lacked one or two things—production and El Da Sensei.

    Answer: Tame One

    Organized Konfusion

    See “The Artifacts” with Pharoahe Monch playing the role of Tame One and Prince Poetry as El Da Sensei.

    Winner: Pharoahe Monch

    Souls of Mischief

    A-Plus, Opio, Phesto & Tajai make up the group. They’ve dropped 4 albums to date. One being a must-own and the others being a must-download at your own risk. When you think about it SOM were rather vanilla. But if you had to pick one as the best it has to be A-Plus simply because he produced most of their hits, including “’93 Til Infinity.” I still wouldn’t be able to pick one out in a police line-up.

    Winner: A-Plus

    Lords of The Underground

    The L.O.T.U.G. were pretty big for a minute with the help of Marley Marl, K-Def and Pete Rock. “Here Come The Lords” may have not aged well but there is no denying that it was afavorite among many of us. I just wish they stopped making music after “Keepers of The Funk” in ’94 because their last few albums made it extremely difficult for me to enjoy “Funky Child” or “Chief Rocka.” Was I the only one who was duped into buying “Resurrection” in ’99 featuring a cameo by Da Brat? No thank you guys. Stay the fuck retired please.

    Winner: DoItAll if only for his cameo appearance in the series finale of The Sopranos.