Posts Tagged ‘philly hip hop’

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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Rap City: No, Not the BET Show

Monday, June 11th, 2012

This 1988 documentary about the Philadelphia hip-hop scene originally aired on PBS channel 12 WHYY-TV. Co-Produced by filmmakers Glen Holsten and Lisa Marie Russo, it features Illadelph rap pioneers Lady B, Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Schoolly D, DJ Code Money, Yvette Money and super-producer Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo. The doc resurfaced as a three-part video on Youtube in December 2010, was presented by ego trip at a March 2011 screening at Maysles Cinema in Harlem, and was shown again in August 2011 at L’Etage as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. The latter screening was followed by a pretty comical and informative Q&A session with Holsten and the film’s stars, a rarely seen video of which is embedded below along with parts 2 & 3 of the doc. (more…)

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


The Roots

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

For those not in the know, The Roots are set to drop their 11th album (9 studio) on Tuesday titled “How I Got Over.” Like many, I took a sneak peak of this album and overall I’m happy with the results. I won’t say it’s their best work, but certainly not their worst by any means. The Roots are the epitome of quality hip-hop and I suggest you give this release your attention and support. The album lacks Black Thought zonin, features a few too many cameos and I still miss Malik B, but they stay consistent as they’re known to do. Greatest hip-hop band of all-time? Fuck yeah. Here are some videos just to get you ready for this Tuesday. Peace to ?uest. –Philaflava

Is Philly the 2nd most important city to Hip-Hop?

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

I’m just speaking for me, not the blog but I also believe it’s a very legit question too. When you put it down on paper and realize all of the Philly legends, microphone masters, turntable technicians, classics hits and summer anthems it’s an argument worth making.

Obviously, NYC is number one but when you think about how Philly changed the game and continues to deliver the top talent what city/state takes its spot? L.A? Atlanta? Jersey? Houston? Detroit? Think about it…

Here are just some (not complete) of some Philly representatives.

Schoolly D
Steady B
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
DJ Cash Money
Three Times Dope
The Roots
Beanie Sigel
Jedi Mind Trick
Dice Raw
Peedi Crakk
Rosco P. Coldchain
Gillie Da Kid
Chief Kamachi
Reef The Lost Cauze
Maylay Sparks
Baby Blak
Young Chris
Truck North
Ram Squad
Mountain Brothers
Jamal (Illegal)
Dat Fat Cat Clique
The Kartel
Last Emperor
Da Youngsta’s
Munk Wit Da Funk
Grand Agent
Known Rulers
High & Mighty
Philly’s Most Wanted

So what do you think? Click here to vote

Munk Wit Da Funk – I Been Here I’m Stayin (CD 1995 w/bonus tracks) Philly

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Munk Wit Da Funk is a rapper from Philadelphia, PA. He is mainly known for his independent 12″s released on Illadelph Records. What heads might not know is that in 1995, he released a rare 6-Track EP on CD titled “I Been Here I’m Stayin“. The first four tracks were from his previous 12″s, Cute Loot was taken from the Militant Mind State Bottom – Line / Cute Loot 12″, and Life of Luxury was exclusive to the EP. Two tracks that weren’t included on the CD are Glamour, Fortune, & Fame and Shadows. It is odd how they weren’t included since they are both from 1995. I included those below as bonus tracks. Munk also recorded a video for his “classic” track I Blame My Neighborhood. This cd is so dope that I have no idea how Munk never really made a name for himself… Here’s my cd rip(with front & back artwork), enjoy!

1 I Blame My Neighborhood
2 I Been Here I’m Stayin
3 Exersize
4 I Blame My Neighborhood (Hill Top Re-Mix)
5 Cute Loot
6 Life of Luxury


Bonus Tracks (Not on CD)
Munk Wit Da Funk – Glamour, Fortune, and Fame

Munk Wit Da Funk – Shadows (Terrorist Re-Mix)

— Thomas V

Schoolly D’s Out Cold

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

For your pleasure, it’s The ultimate Schoolly D mix. Nearly 2 hours of illy from Philly. A chronological exploration of the Evolution of Schoolly D.

Where is Schoolly School now?

Schoolly D is working for Ted Turner, rocking the M.I.C., and giving voice assistance to those ever-twisted Aqua Teens. He also provides Adult Swim with the theme song for one of it’s most dada and surrealistic shows.

Schooly D is an amazing snowboarding ninja, knowingly laughing behind his megaPhonic Hater Blockers, lurking amongst the background fabric of Abel Ferarra’s Masterpiece ‘King of New York’ and booming out the speakers of some DustHead’s boombox in South Philly as we speak.

It’s high time to step up and show respect to the Parkside Killer.


1 Introduction (Chitlin Circuit) (0:41)
2 Housing The Joint (3:05)
3 We Get Ill (2:17)
4 Parkside 5-2 (2:51)
5 Saturday Night (4:22)
6 Gucci Time (2:59)
7 Mr. Big Dick (4:26)
8 Here We Go Again (2:44)
9 Smoke Some Kill (3:27)
10 Another Poem (4:15)
11 Same White Bitch (Got You Strung Out On Cane) (4:09)
12 Treacherous (4:02)
13 Black Man (2:47)
14 Fat Gold Chain (1:46)
15 Black (0:20)
16 Gangster Boogie (3:56)
17 It’s Like Dope (3:54)
18 D Is For (3:23)
19 Black Attack (1:03)
20 Who’s Schoolin’ Who? (3:20)
21 Mama Feelgood (3:24)
22 Education Of A Black Man (1:59)
23 Black Jesus (3:51)
24 Super Nigger (1:55)
25 Am I Black Enough For You? (4:29)
26 Don’t Call Me Nigger (3:16)
27 Run (3:49)
28 King Of New York (4:34)
29 Die Nigger Die (3:57)
30 How A Black Man Feels (3:50)
31 Peace To The Nation (4:27)
32 Welcome To America (4:02)
33 Gangster Tripping (4:16)
34 I Wanna Get Dusted (4:13)

Check out our homie Eyes and Teeth from Beats and Blood who’s responsible for this gem.

100x – The T.R.O.Y. Hollywood Stories

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

In typical Philaflava fashion somebody posts a request or a question and they usually get a quick response. In this case they got a response by the man who was behind the music in question–L.E. Square.

What you’re about to read is the most in depth look at 100x there’s ever been. The name may look familiar in the blogosphere. You may know them as the group Rasheed Wallace signed or as the group that’s 12″ singles fetch top dollar on eBAY, but today you’re going to know what 100x was all about.

Be sure you read the entire thing because at the end there are two exclusive tracks that has never been released until now. With L.E. Square’s permission we’re leaking it here first. That’s right, T.R.O.Y. is dominating the game. Lights out blogger nerds, we run things.

The 100x Timeline
by L.E. Square

Lee “L.E. Square” Johnson
Founding Member and Producer of
100X (10th & Oxford)

The group started out being known as the Untouchables. We have one wax release under that name on Solid Ground records. (12inch. Death Wish b/w MC Killin). The members then were “Magnificent Mar,” “Round Mound” and “Darryl C a.k.a. Dangerous Darryl.”

1989 – 90
Darryl C left the group as did Round Mound. The group reformed and Round Mound returned as “RM” and Mar changed his name to “Lamar Supreme” and the group changed its name to 100X picking up the neighborhood street moniker (100X – 10th & Oxford.) With help of my first manager Sidney Cliett I got my first MPC 60. We added members BadNews, Mal Blak, Lex Ruger and Mustafo. I recorded tons of 100X material in my parents basement on 13th and Oxford.

1992 – 99
My basement studio became one of the hottest go to spots in Philadelphia. I have worked with tons of artists who I will name later. We did various shows in the Tri-State area, mainly Philly.
We did shows with Ice Cube, Onyx, KRS One, Naughty BY Nature, Nice n Smooth, Poor Righteous Teachers, Tim Dog, Ultramagnectic MC’s, Wu-Tang Clan, Keith Murray, Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack and Redman. We bombed every “Rap Underground North” and Club Dances. The Trocederou was one of our favorite spots to perfom as was Rhythms @ 2121 Arch St. The sound engineer from that club was Tony Pleas and we became great friends and he introduced me to “Greg Osby” who recorded for Capitol Records.

From that situation was born 3-D Lifestyles. I produced 6 records on that album and my brother “RM” did 2. One of my best friends at that time (PUD, may he rest in peace) introduced me to Blair Thomas. Blair and I formed a partnership and the small studio that I built in my
parents home became a bigger one. The garage became the booth and the music machine really started pumping hard. “RM” (who is my younger brother) started producing as well as Lamar Supreme. I created X-Calibre Records and Manhole Productions and X-Calibre Studios. We got a building and built a 2 room facility after spending a lot of money at Silicon Chip mixing and laying tracks for the single which became “Beyond The Door.” We continued to produce lots of material and the next single to come was “Fast Loot Tactics.” We also shot a video for this song. I did a remix and we took both songs to radio. The remix started getting a lot of spins. At that time I began to produce other groups outside of 100X. Tommy Hill of Ram Squad, Major Figgas, Jaguar Wright and I also did Gillie’s first hit single “Love for Gillie.” I was the first to produce Ab-Liva (Major Figgas & The Clipse). In addition I also worked with Suave House Records and did Gillie’s “Something to Bounce 2.” At that time our relationship with Blair was ending and again thru my best friend PUD I met the next person who became involved in the 100X movement, Rasheed Wallace.

We had two releases pressed duting our time with Rasheed which was the EP called “Plugged In” and another 12 in that had “Thug Bowl” on it. Rasheed wanted to start a label. I came up with “Urban Life Records” and “Direct Hit Studios,” which was a million dollar plus facility. (The
1st Euphonix System 5 facility in the area).

2001 – present.
After leaving Rasheed in 2001, I started BME ( Big Moves Entertainment) and put out an EP and Video on “RM” who added “Willie Hutch” as one of his names. We shot an EPK and also did a video. My next project was a studio at 4th and South called “The Heat”(1 of the 1st HD3 rooms in the city). We moved the studio to another building in that same area and the studio changed
its name to the “4th Quarter”. Not seeing eye to eye. I left that situation and went out on the west coast with Waynes World Entertainment to work some acts from “Aftermath Records.”After meeting Dr. Dre and working with a few of his artists (which he dropped by the way) and recording another “RM” album I came back to Philly and started working on my own projects. I went to Va. Beach and signed with Teddy Riley and kinda layed low after that. I’m glad to say I’m back at it with a new artist that has a deal with Koch Records. His name is C-Luk (see look).

Artists I have worked with.

RM a.k.a. Willie Hutch
Do It All (Lords of the Underground)
Major Figgas
Dutch & Spade
Philly’s Most Wanted
Nina Ross
Quarta Ki
Peedi Crack
Greg Osby
Shaunta (Timbos artist that’s went to Aftermath)
Sounds of Rage
Sons of Rage
Divine Beings
Tommy Hill
Rasheed Wallace
Jermaine O’Neal
J.R. Rider
Chris Webber
Tramp n Haze
Ari Forman (Designer of Beyond the Door cover)
Lui Blonco
Ms. Jade
Jaguar Wright
D.O.D. The Situation
E a.k.a. 24-7
Gobe Raw
Rowdy Black Giants
Brother From The Darkside
The Roots
Kenny Lee (Late brother of Philly’s “Cosmic Kev”)
Teddy Riley
Joe Street (Original member of BlackStreet)
Roscoe P.
Conway (artist out of Vegas signed to Motown)
Red Cafe
Ali Vegas
The Shynin
Stretch Armstrong
D.J. Clark Kent
The Columbians (J. O’Neals group)
Porno (The Roots)
Curly Tops
Rico Slaughter
The Youngstas aka Da Youngsta Illy Funkstaz
Chopper (Making the Band)
Da Bum Rush & E.Ness (he came from Da Bum Rush)

I wanna shout a few of my fellow producers

Don Groove
D.J. Miz
BadNewz (100X)
Brian, Tim & Jay (Shynin)
Koshah (Trendsettas)
Supreme (Dispatcher Music)
Pharrell Williams (my cousin)
P-Nut 20-20
Poison Ladd S.L.R.
Beats In General
Muhammad a.k.a. M Ladin

And some very important people.
My Mom, Ms. Dee and my Dad Mr. J.; they supported and support me still!
RM and my wife “Fatty,” Sidney Cliett, Laronn “LA” Reid, Valdimir “PUD” Gibson, Blair Thomas, Barry Jones, Tony Pleas, Greg Osby, Pharrell Williams, Rasheed Wallace, Wizzard, Thomas “Money”Jones and Rell(Broski).

Click image to download


P.H.I. Wannna Know (prod. D-Moet)*
Twice As Nice (prod. L.E. Square)
Bounce (prod. L.E. Square)

*Producer of Nas’ Hate Me Now

Random 100x joints

Thug Bowl (prod. L.E Square)*
Time To Play (prod. Self)
Fugivtive (prod. L.E. Square)**
*The sample comes from John Madden ’96 on Sega Genesis.
**The sampled horns are from the movie The Fugitive.

Beyond The Door EP

Fast Loot Tatics EP (pw: philaflava)


For the first time ever we proudly present to you two exclusive 100x tracks for your listening pleasure.

1. Philly Niggas International feat. Black Thought a.k.a. Bad Lieutenant, Malik B, Mustafo, BadNewz, Lex Ruger, and Lamar Supreme

2. Live In 215 feat. Lamar Supreme, Mal Black, Black Thought, Lex Ruger, Air Smooth (Devine Beings) & BadNewz

If you want to reach out to L.E. Square check him out on Myspace, the T.R.O.Y. forums or artists can contact him directly at

Too Def Connection

Friday, October 17th, 2008

K-Funkadelic from the Philaflava forums dropped a gem earlier this morning that I thought would be perfect to share with you before the weekend kicked off.

Taken from the thread…

I’ve heard about this guys from Dread from Bust The Facts and since then I’ve tried to help him fulfill his requests and this was his #1 priority. Finally after 2 years of diggin’ we finally got it. Thanks to Tony D for puttin’ the tape on eBay. I thought it would go over $300 but luckily it only went for $100. Anyway it has that crazy Philly style from the early 90s that y’all know so don’t sleep!


01 Original 4:13
02 You Can’t Stand It 3:32
03 Music For Your Body 4:02
04 Love Is Like A Game 6:23
05 Comin’ Off 4:00
06 Watch ‘Em All Take A Fall 2:55
07 On The Uprise 4:56
08 Live In The Arena 3:14
09 Searching For Love 4:11
10 TRK-Comin’ Off 4:01
11 Running With The Lyrics 6:05

Don’t forget to peep the Tony D. post from last week

Props to K-Funkadelic for providing the goods.