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Best Producer on The M.I.C.?

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

When Diamond D said he was the best producer on the mic, we kinda agreed with him. Sometimes that self-proclamation just sells itself. When you hear “King of Pop” we all think of just one person. Over the years, many producers have taken a stab at rhyming. DJ Premier started as a rapper before he met Guru. The Alchemist and his buddy Scott Caan were The Whooliganz before ALC became a household name. Today, you have many multi-talented artists who do both very well. Black Milk is a perfect example. El-P another one. Roc Marciano and MF Doom handle most of their production too. This isn’t anything new in hip-hop, the God Rakim did many of his own beats. Legends like Large Professor, Erick Sermon, RZA, Lord Finesse or Havoc have always been equally talented on both ends.

But this poll is about picking just one. Who is the best producer on the mic? Now before you vote, understand, this list could have been as long as Schindler’s if I included everyone. The reality is, this comes down to maybe just a few guys when you truly think about it. And I’m willing to bet whoever you think should be added, isn’t better than the few guys I’m thinking about. It’s not that I don’t recognize many of the newer cats putting in work, but for this poll I went with guys who have been holding it down for decades, not just a few summers. These are guys with healthy track records, impressive catalogs and classics tracks under the belt. These aren’t artists who got a little too drunk one night and spit 16 bars. These are producers/rappers who truly have mastered the art of both. They are the Bo Jacksons of hip-hop.

Remember, you aren’t picking your FAVORITE producer or your FAVORITE rapper in this poll. You’re picking the extremely talented producer who you feel is the BEST rapper in this poll. Essentially, the best producer on the mic!

There can only be one, so who’s it gonna be?

Best producer on the mic?

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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 FactMag.com and our homie, Alex from Steadybloggin.com, 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…

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Nas and Madlib “Naslib” (2007)

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Here’s a nice little 38 minute mix of Nas accapellas over Madlib beats done by DJ Serv1. The only place you could get this was with issue #30 of Stop Smiling magazine in 2007. It looks like you can still order the back issue (issues? there were 2 different covers) and get the cd for a couple extra bucks. No track list included, but you’ll recognize everything.

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enjoy,
–dirt_dog

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K Funk Presents: Hiss-Story Vol.1– DJ Nikoless

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

01. Intro – Hiss Is For You
02. Madlib – My Style Is Different… ’95
03. The Distortionists – Retaliation ’96
04. Kemest – One For Dah Mental ’95
05. Stedy Serv – Lyrical Graffiti ’99
06. Interlude: (All Natural-50 Years) ’96
07. Definite Vacation 4 Suckas – Perfection ’97
08. Dirte & Ope-Ski (T.S.P) – I’m Only 19 ’99
09. PRZM & Illogic – Poisonous (How We Do) ??
10. Headshots – Look Into Our Wilderness ’97
11. Kool Keith – You Know The Game ’95*
12. The LO’s ft. Erick Sermon – New Haven Connect ’95
13. Raw Elements – Blauw! ’97
14. Of Mexican Descent – 242 ’94
15. K Borne – The Qwest [JEL Remix] ’97
16. Funkytown Pros – Fake Ass Hip Hoppas ’95
17. Brain Leakage – Brain Leakage ’92
18. S.P.O – Puttin’ Heads To Bed ’92
19. Savage Intellect – Technique Of Fury ’90
20. Interlude: Incredible Bongo Band – Apache ’73
21. Masai Bey – The Untitled ’93
22. Interlude: (Jurassic 5-Jurass Finish First Outro) ’00
23. Interlude: HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!
24. Interlude: (Giant Panda-Diggin In The Tapes) ’05
25. Bonus Cut: Paten Locke – Auto Reverse ’09

Download the demo mixtape here.  –re-upped 5/20/12

Wow. This is what happens when you have a demo fiend like K Funk, and an acclaimed radio show host/dj like Kevin Beacham, on the same forum. Exclusive demo mixtape anybody?! I can absolutely co-sign that this is a great listen all the way through and will be looked back on as a classic mixtape to many people.
Personally, I love demos and this should not fall short of any of your expectations if you feel the same. Everything is in the best available quality. No radio rips or skips or pops anywhere in sight.
*In case you were wondering, this Kool Keith cut was actually released on that Unreleased Sex Style Archives in 2009. You can cop that here.

Kev Beacham would like to shout out the following:
Alyssa Nikole, Tina & all her family, Quincy, Mom & Dad, Tif, Chris, Mikey (stay strong!), Tif, Leon, Messiah, Ari, The Gashs, The Beachams, The Current & Redef Radio Listeners, K Funk, Philaflava, Boogs (for the Dilla quote), J Pratt, Surge Hands Of Time, Aaron Low Budget, RSE, IPR, all the artists who have sent me demos over the years and everyone who listens and enjoys!
-Thanx For The Vocal Samples: U.T.F.O, Slick Rick, James Brown, Whodini, Ultimate Choice, GMF & Furious 5, T La Rock, King T, Cella Dwellas, Ultra Sonic Man (Spider-Man), Nonce, D.O.C, Ronnie G, Just Ice, Ugly Duckling, Danny Michel, KRS One, Sir Mix A lot, SuperLover Cee, Large Professor (Main Source), De La Soul, 4Ever Fresh, J Live, Public Enemy, J Zone, Notorious B.I.G, BDP, King Sun, Chill Rob G, ?? (J Dilla) & Black By Demand
K Funk would like to send shout outs to:
Kevin Beacham, schenectadyfan, soopacee, Jaz, Verge, The Big Sleep, Philaflava, Ed Catto & The Freestyle Professors fam, DJ Prime Time of Finsta Bundy, DJ Mike Nice, DJ JS-1 and for everyone else who is still holdin’ it down!

–Verge

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Sounds Like The 90’s Volume 8

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
Better late than ever…I was actually waiting on a few tracks before I finalized this but I won’t continue to bore you with semantics. Let’s get right in to the mix, it’s definitely more east coast heavy this time around but I feel it complete that proper summer blend I was going for. Enjoy! –Philaflava

Sounds Like The 90’s Volume 8
1. Statik Seletah – Critically Acclaimed feat. Lil Fame, Saigon & Sean Price
2. Nut-Ragous – NYC To LA feat. Jay Rock
3. Slaughterhouse – Microphone (prod. Alchemist)
4. Uncle Murder – Summertime Shootouts (prod. DJ Premier)
5. French Montana – New York Minute (Remix) feat. Jadakiss, Lil Cease, Mic Geronimo & Noreaga
6. Rakim – Holy Are You
7. DJ Honda – Magnetic Arts feat. Mos Def
8. Atmosphere – Feel Good Hit Of The Summer 2
9. Luckyiam – Sumpthin 2 Say feat. Imani & Pep Love
10. Raekwon – Flying Daggers feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & Method Man
11. J Dilla – Reality TV feat. Black Thought
12. Nino Bless – Boom Bap Shit feat. Skyzoo, Ras Kass, Rhymefest & Scram Jones (prod. Madlib)
13. Havoc – Always Have A Choice
14. Tame One – Freedom of Speech
15. Young Chris – Last Two feat. Freeway & Beanie Sigel
16. Freedie Gibbs – How We Do (’93 Til Freestyle)*
17. Ras Kass – Mike Jacks*

* Bonus Freestyles


DOWNLOAD (new link 8/2/12)

 

Catch up on all 8 volumes here.
Peace and props to Kalel for knocking out this cover last minute and incorporating my idol (Rickey) on it. Big shout out to Strategy for taggin’ and bagging this mix properly so you all could have little pretty images and proper tags for each track. Peace to the T.R.O.Y. and Steady Bloggin’ fam. We run this blogosphere rap shit!

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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
http://www.mediafire.com/?kzn1zmemvom

Preview:

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
http://www.mediafire.com/?fmctmryysxm

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

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