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Take It Personal Podcast (Ep 6: Philly Hip-Hop Tribtue)

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Episode 6 is our longest one yet and for good reason. This isn’t your typical Philly hip-hop show, this is the official Philly hip-hop tribute show. Chock-full of Illadelph classics, along with our special tour guides Vinnie Paz, Maylay Sparks, Baby Blak, CHOPS, Todd Wolfe and MarQ Spekt to help navigate you through the two one fifth. Unlike the ewoks, our episode VI won’t disappoint. So whether you’re from Philly, know of Philly or even like Philly, you can’t front on our music. We’re more than just cheese steaks, soft pretzels and Rocky Balboa, we’re home of some of the greatest musicians ever. If you’re a fan of Schoolly D, Steady B, 100x, Bahamadia, Freeway, Tuff Crew or The Roots — we got you!

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T.R.O.Y. Presents – Sounds Like The 90s Vol. 24

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

We create these Sounds Like The 90s, to share with you new(er) tunes, that we feel represent that 90s hip-hop we love. Listen with an open mind and most importantly, support the artists featured on these Sounds Like The 90s if you like what you hear. 24 is a great number, my favorite number for obvious reasons, so it only made sense to incorporate my childhood idol Rickey Henderson on the cover. Props to dirt_dog for always blessing the artwork. And if you’re a fan of his work, you’ll be happy to know our Certified Dope Apparel is back for a limited time as well. Peace to to all those who continue to support Philaflava, Steady Bloggin and of course, T.R.O.Y.   –Jason Gloss

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Sounds Like The 90s Vol. 24

1. Take It Personal Intro
2. Psycho Les (of The Beatnuts) – Hip Hop Never Left feat. Inspectah Deck, Pete Rock & Jeru The Damaja
3. Reef The Lost Cauze – Radio Suckas feat. Peedi Crakk, STS & Truck North
4. Apathy – Rap Is Not Pop
5. D.I.T.C. – Diggin’ Numbers (Remix)
6. Roc Mariciano – All For It (prod. Alchemist)
7. Meyhem Lauren – Not Guilty (prod. Large Professor)
8. Ras Kass – Paypal The Feature feat. Steele & Sean Price
9. Blu & Nottz – Giant Steps feat. Bishop Lamont, Tore, Skyzoo & DJ Revolution
10. Maylay Sparks – Illadelph Elohim feat. Rucker Pawk & The Last Emperor
11. Atmosphere – When The Lights Go Out feat. MF Doom & Kool Keith
12. Skizz – Listen To Jazz feat. Your Old Droog
13. De La Soul – Royalty Capes
14. Ras Beats – Knowledge of Self feat. Elzhi & O.C.
15. Ras Beats – Wit No Pressure feat. Roc Marciano
16. Black Thought – Making A Murderer feat. Styles P (prod. 9th Wonder)
17. MC Eiht & Spice-1 – Any Means (prod. Alchemist)
18. Termanlogy – We’re Both Wrong feat. Saigon (prod. Q-Tip)
19. DJ Joe Bodega – Mentally Decapitated feat. UG, Sean Price & Sadat X

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Maylay Sparks – Best of 1997-2012

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Longtime favorite and Philly underground legend puts together a best of compilation for your listening pleasure. Check it out and for more info on Maylay you can check him out here. –Philaflava



Philly Retrospective Series Vol. 27-29

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Moving long distance is a ton of work. It’s exhausting. It’s over! I hope nobody forgot about the last part of my Philly Retrospective series here. Today I present volumes 27-29, which for now is the ‘conclusion’ of this collection. I’m in a place at the moment where I can’t get away with playing alot of hip hop, but at least I can share with others. Here’s to listening to what you want, whenever the heck you want.

Volume 27

01 (5:23) Skeem Circle – Ruff Rhymes Raw (Pittsburgh) 1999
02 (1:08) Illegal Bastardz – Soon To Blow 1998
03 (1:44) Jam & Dkc – Am I Cool (Part 1) 1996
04 (4:49) Serious – Eyes On The Prize 1997
05 (3:52) Ruggedness Madd Drama – Checkin Down The Menu (Remix) 1995
06 (4:03) Bad Newz – Rusty Knife Style 1994
07 (4:31) P.n.b. – Dirty Money 1997
08 (4:02) Grand Agent – Logic 1998
09 (3:35) Jedi Mind Tricks – Trinity 1999
10 (3:48) Black Opz – The Warning (Bonus Cut) 2001
11 (3:51) All In The Family – Repazent All Day (Remix) 1998
12 (3:29) Doublespeek – Trial By Stone (Ft. Arch Leon & Yan) 1996
13 (3:51) Imm – That’s What’s Up (Philly Anthem) 1999
14 (5:01) Deezil Money – My Word 1998
15 (4:27) Too Def Connection – Lyrical Cypha 1996
16 (4:41) Rebel Union – I’m All Black 1995
17 (5:20) D1 – Ripp’n Heads (Pittsburgh) 1994
18 (4:28) Chase & Destroy – That’s Cool 1993
19 (5:28) Urban Assault – Let It Rip 1993


T.R.O.Y. Presents – Sounds Like The 90s Vol. 16

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Just in time for fall here is the latest SLT9s for your listening pleasures. Feedback is always appreciated because after all we do these compilations for you the readers of this blog.

Unfortunately, we do not do these for the vinyl elitists or the bitter DJ’s keeping it real. This is our blog, on our site with our contributions. 17 tracks we feel either represent the 90s, sounds like the 90s or contains music from artists from the 90s. We don’t force you to visit, nor do we force you to download everything. 16 volumes strong and we won’t stop. Props to Dirt_Dog and Strategy for helping me on this one. Shouts go to Vanderslice, Maylay Sparks, Slug and Skye @ Rhymesayers. Peace and enjoy! –Philaflava

T.R.O.Y. Presents – Sounds Like The 90s Vol. 16

01. Roc Marciano – Firepower
02. Kool G. Rap – Sad
03. Black Milk – Deadly Medley feat. Royce Da 5’9 & Elzhi
04. Reks – This Or That
05. Elite Fleet – West Philly Anthem feat. The Last Emperor, Maylay Sparks & SM Squad
06. CurT@!n$ – Dope Goes To Hollywood feat. Kurupt
07. Blaq Poet – Power Music
08. Hell Razah – Return of The Renaissance feat. R.A. The Rugged Man
09. Pete Rock & Smif –n- Wessun – Prevail feat. Raekwon
10. El Da Sensei & The Returners – Knowledge Be The Key feat. Rakaa Iriscience
11. Group Home – G.U.R.U. feat. Jeru The Damaja
12. Von Pea – Boombox
13. Automatic – The Natural
14. Beneficence – Heavy Hitters (prod. Diamond D)
15. Maylay Sparks – You & Yours
16. Shad – Yaa I Get It (Oddisee Remix)
17. Atmosphere – The Best Day

Ill Advised – Collected Songs (’95-00)

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

A few years back one of the original T.R.O.Y. forum mods Mustafa Goodprose aka MGP posted a very nice obscure Illadelph drop. Forum member Echo Leader was kind enough to bring this to my attention and I thought it was definitely worthy of a re-run. Below is the original post that went with the mix. Enjoy! –Philaflava

One of the most slept-on groups ever to do it.

My favorite group of the Philadelphia underground is Ill Advised. Comprised of rappers Baby Blak, Mr. Lish, and occasionally Rasheed (aka the Rebel Rahsheed aka Maylay Sparks) the crew put out a number of 12s in the mid-to-late 1990s on Quake City and later Eastern Conference Records.

Basically the story is this: Quake City is a label out of Philly. Ill Advised recorded two albums for them that were only released in Japan under the “Blue Dolphin” imprint. In the States Quake City Records a released number of 12’s from the Ill Advised crew, the first being obscure “Against the Grain/Kwestions/Through the Eye,” the second being the college radio hit “N.A.M.E.S./Encore,” and the last two the 1986/Internal Affairs joint and another pressing with a remix featuring The Roots. Ill Advised were also featured heavily on the first or second Eastern Conference Records 12 with the songs “Captivating Cultivating,” “All In Together Now” which featured Pauly Yams, and “Know A Little Nigga.” Baby Blak is also featured on the original version of “Open Mic Night.”

The crew fell off the map in 1999 when Mr. Lish went on a “judicial vacation” somewhere “up north.” There were a lot of problems with Quake City Records, I believe that they went under in 2000 the the two albums they released in Japan (Wasabi and Can U Smell Me) never made it to stores in America. The problems for the crew only magnified with Eastern Conference Records. Milo Berger, aka DJ Might Mi aka DJ Mighty Bi, never paid Ill Advised a dime for anything. Word on the street (and straight from Baby Blak’s mouth in an interview with Elemtree) was that they took Mi by force to an ATM machine and um, uh, well… “intimidated” him into draining his account for them on the spot. Also, Ill Advised affiliate Rahsheed is said to have thrown a stack of Eastern Conference 12’s into the Delaware River in the video for his track (and first release on Quake City Records for all you vinyl geeks out there) “Industry Party Bumrusha.” I’ve never seen this myself, just read about it one the internet. If someone can hook that video up for me though that’d be dope.

Ill Advised has gotten their shit together somewhat as of late. Baby Blak put out a nice album in 2003 called Blak Is Back. Blak has also put out a lot of 12s with DJ Revolution. He’s also done a lot of work with hip hop legend DJ Jazzy Jeff. Lish is supposedly out of jail and the duo are currently preparing their American debut on BBE records.

For all of you vinyl collectors out there I want to let you know that there are some seriously rare Ill Advised joint floating around that have never made it to the internet. The first two are the crew’s Japan-only releases Wasabi and Can U Smell Me?. The third is a version of (I think, not sure which song it is from their catalog, but it’s from one of their 12’s) with Mr Eon on it and a different beat. It was played a few times on 89.1 and 89.9 in NYC. I’m not sure if it’s test-pressing only or just an isolated acetate. If anyone remembers the “Neuman” skit on High and Mighty’s debut album Home Field Advantage that’s what that whole thing was about; Ill Advised thinking Eon was wack and Milo not paying them what they were owed so they pulled Eon’s vocals off of all their new songs. The skit kinda backfired on High and Mighty in my opinion because everyone from Cage to Tame One to Necro has aired out Mighty Mi for his sloppy business dealings. Also a word of warning for the vinyl collectors (and maybe Ill Advised if they are reading this), there are two versions of the Through the Eye/Kwestions/Against the Grain 12′ floatring around out there. I am not sure if one is a bootleg but I’ve seen pictures of a version with a faded rainbow-colored label being sold in Japan. I have a different version with an off-white-colored label. I am not too sure which one is the original or if the crew knows about the second pressing because when labels are running low on money, and this is especially true of smaller indie labels, they normally start bootlegging shit in Japan. Wild Pitch did it. Ask that Oasis-looking faggot Cage about Bobbito pressing up some of his shit (The Muppet Show) and releasing it in Japan behind his back. It happens all the time so I’m not sure of one of the pressings is legit.

And now the good part, the music. I’ve ripped a number of Ill Advised tracks from the original vinyl and uploaded them here for all of you. A few people have the N.A.M.E.S 12′, it hardly comes up for sale, and fewer people even know about the 12′ they released before that. Most rap fans missed the great shit they did on EC because it was never released on CD (and it’s the best material EC ever put out in my opinion). A lot of people know about the shit they did with the Roots.

Here’s the tracklisting, and remember that the quality of the actual vinyl for a lot of these records is dodgy and unmastered. Don’t expect CD-quality sound, just good music.

Ill Advised – Collected Songs (’95-00) Remix feat. The Roots
Against The Grain
All In Together Now
Captivating Cultivating
Internal Affairs
Know A Little Nigga
Through the Eye

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