Posts Tagged ‘philly’

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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Da Buze Bruvaz

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

​Not many indie hip-hop labels these days churn out as much vinyl as Chopped Herring.​ While sites like Sandboxautomatic, HipHopsite, Fat Beats and UGHH used to be the main spots to cop our vinyl, its now the DIY labels producing and pushing the wax these days. The art of collecting records has become fun once again thanks to great releases. Artists are still starving and with the help of new age technology and social media, sending and receiving music is almost too convenient.  Lost DATS, unreleased demos and lo-fi recordings are finding their way to our Tech 12’s with the help of labels like Chopped Herring, Dopefolks, DWG, No Sleep and Heavy Jewelz.

Most recently, CH put out a Da Buze Bruvas EP, a duo hailing from Philly, consisting of Him-LO and Clever One. Imagine the street knowledge of Beanie Sigel with the wit of Sean Price, and that is what you get with the Bruvas. I know I am not alone when I say hearing this kind of “gutter rap” in 2013 sounding polished, yet coarse at the same time is a thing of beauty. Da Buze Bruvaz have made me a believer again.  Read more about them in our discussion thread.

For the vinyl lovers out there, make sure you cop the Da Buze Bruvaz releases here.

Da Buze Bruvaz – Cheesesteakz and Beat Breakz EP

Him-Lo – Late Night Dinna’z at da Brothel EP


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…)

Doap On Arrival – Eye Of Da Storm (1992)

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

At one Pittsburgh music outlet they keep old cassettes in the basement. Cool. Most other stores moved their tapes to the dumpster years ago, who knows how many gems have been demolished by garbage truck teeth. Maybe old cassettes are what those dumpster diggers with their lit up miners hats are looking for in the alleys of East Liberty at 1 a.m. on a Tuesday night? They’re looking for the Mel-Man tapes, I’m almost certain of it.

Anyway, a few weeks back I came across this cassette release by a Philly hip-hop crew, Doap On Arrival. Never heard of em? Me either. But that’s a good thing, right? At least for a golden era junkie finding out about an album almost 20 years after its original release it is.

The album was released in 1992 and has that vintage Philly hip-hop sound. No further info that I can provide. The music speaks for itself.

Doap On Arrival – Eye of Da Storm


Here is the additional info from the cassette cover:

Produced by OPV and B-LO Key for No Sleep Productions
All songs written by O. Walker, L. Jones, O. Vance, and B. Livingston
Dresher, PA 19025
All songs Bassment Dope Music (ASCAP) 1991, 1992 New Ground Records

EDITORS’s NOTE: I know Dresher isn’t that big, peace to my fam on South Windway, but somebody affiliated with D.O.A. should reach out. We’d like to hear more.