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Philaflava’s 250 Favorite Obscure Tracks (’92-95)

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Six years ago, with the help of 8 other folks on Philaflava.com, we put together a list of our Top 100 Obscure Tracks. The list went viral and the blogosphere was laced with 100 mp3s that spread like wildfire across all blogs, message boards and websites alike. I love obscure shit. Who doesn’t like to be different, especially when it comes to music?

Everybody would always play the same radio singles, but you’d look for that one album cut nobody was checking for. Maybe it was that a b-side or that cassette single only remix. I love guest features. I’m a sucker for a good 90s collabo. The beauty of the music is not only enjoying it, but discovering it as well. Having it all to yourself, while you feel the rest of the world is on some other shit. It’s that feeling that I always yearned for when it comes to my hip-hop. It’s also the main reason I preferred The Source’s Fat Tape section over anything else in that mag. Though, many of the tracks listed in Fat Tape went on to become singles themselves.

The T.R.O.Y. squad has always been adamant about focusing on a specific era in hip-hop, most of us would consider it the “2nd” Golden Age we’ve had. I personally love ’92-95. To me, those were the prime years. It’s hard to match the production, get away with the sampling and really, come with the same energy today.

When I’m bored with music I always find myself going back to those 4 years. They never let me down and despite some of the music aging poorly or now that I’m older, I realize many of these lyrics were downright embarrassing, there is still something very cool about this era.  So with that said, I have put together a list of my 250 favorite obscure tracks from 1992-1995. 1996 had tons of great shit too, but to me, it was the beginning of that whole indie movement and it would take this list from 250 to 500 rather easily. One thing I’ve realized while compiling this list is that I am enamored with D.I.T.C. production, with the exception of Primo, Pete Rock, Diamond D and The Beatnuts, Buckwild completely owned shit in the 90s. I still don’t understand how he isn’t higher on most peoples list. The man always been incredible.

I used the word obscure loosely here, because we all know its subjective. B-sides, remixes, posse cuts, guest features and random album cuts make up my list.  I’ll do my best to work on getting up some of those mp3s, though I am sure many of you probably already have them. Let me know what some of your favorite “obscure” cuts are from the golden age, I’m sure I am forgetting some. — Philaflava

 Philaflava’s 250 Favorite Obscure Songs (’92-95)

250. Sha’Dasious – Da Whole Shabang feat. Ram Squad, 50 Grand, Tasc-4rce
249. Preacher Earl & The Ministry ‎– Return Of The Body Snatcha
248. Souls of Mischief – That’s When Ya Lost (Remix)
247. Pete Nice & Daddy Rich – The Sleeper
246. Kirk – Uptown Style feat. Ski
245. Down South – Lost In Brooklyn
244. MC Eiht – All For The Money (1/2 Oz. Remix)
243. Special Ed – Rukus
242. Lin Que – Let It Fall
241. Supernatural – Buddah Blessed It
240. Double X Posse – He Asked For It
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The T.R.O.Y Blog Presents: This Is The Remix

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

The T.R.O.Y. Blog team wishes you a Happy New Year.

 

Inspired by philaflava’s thread at the T.R.O.Y. forum.

Good quality rips, amazing and mostly overlooked remixes.

Enjoy!

 

This Is The Remix-3

01. Beastie Boys – Sure Shot (Large Professor Remix)
02. Nine – Ova Confident (Original) [Clean With Bass Version]
03. Special Ed – Freaky Flow (Premier Remix Street Version)
04. Channel Live Mad Izm (Original Buckwild ’95 Remix) Feat. KRS-One
05. Raw Breed – Rabbit Stew (Flame Boiled Mix)
06. Mic Geronimo – Hemmin Heads (Cheeba Mix)
07. King Tee – Black Togetha Again (Marley Marl Remix)
08. Wu-Tang Clan – Method Man (Crazy C.’s Swisher Mix)
09. Live Squad – Murderahh (Replay Mix)
10. Top Quality – What (Radio Version Uncut) Feat. 3rd Eye
11. Gauge – Cranium (Remix) Feat. Cella Dwellas
12. Raw Breed – Rampage Outta Control Feat. Kool Keith, Godfather Don & Grandmaster Mel
13. PHD – Set It Part 3 (Mix Tape Remix) Feat. Havoc, Hostyle & Legacy
14. Rampage – Beware Of The Rampsack (Danger Zone Rampsack Remix) (Radio Edit)
15. Sham & The Professor – So-Low-Ist (The Kenny Dope Remix)
16. Motion Man – Mo’ Like Flows On (12inch Mix)
17. The Whooliganz – Put Your Handz Up (QDIII Remix)
18. Masta Ace Inc. – Saturday Night Live (L.A. Jay Remix)
19. A Lighter Shade Of Brown – Spill The Wine (Muggs Wine Mix)
20. Black Sheep – Try Counting Sheep (Caveman Funky Organ 7inch)
21. Funkdoobiest – Dedicated (Funkmaster Flex Mix)
22. Red Hot Lover Tone – Give It Up (Diamond D Remix)
23. Digital Underground – The Return Of The Crazy One (Lean Butter-Bean Remix)
24. Illegal – Back In The Day (Rowdy Main Mix)
25. Punk Barbarians – Bubblin’ – R&Bubbles Mix
26. Street Poets – Skinz (Remix)
27. INI – Fakin Jax (Rude Youth Mix) Feat. Mekolitious & Pete Rock
28. A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Hootie Mix)
29. Mic Geronimo – Wherever You Are (Remix)
30. Guru – Lifesaver (DJ Premier Remix)
31. Dark Sun Riders – Time To Build (Ultra Marsalis Remix)
32. Ras Kass – Won’t Catch Me Runnin’ (Special Moet Mix)
33. Solo – Heaven (Straight Hip Hop Joint) Feat. Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard, Young Zee, The Almighty Arrogant & Rufus Blaq
 
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T.R.O.Y. Presents – Brothers Want To Hang With The Meth

Friday, November 15th, 2013
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It’s no secret Method Man just makes things better. That is why we compiled 14 tracks that sport a Mr. Meth sample, ultimately making the song more memorable.  We hope you enjoy this compilation in its entirety as both dirt_dog and I have been doing.  Happy Friday muthafuckas!

T.R.O.Y. Presents 
Brothers Want To Hang With The Meth Bring The Rope

01 Ras Kass – Remain Anonymous (Won’t Catch Me Runnin’ 12″ – 1994)
02 Keith Murray – East Left (New Jersey Drive Vol. 1 – 1995)
03 Special Ed – Rukus (Revelations – 1995)
04 Shyheim – Shaolin Style feat. Squig (The Lost Generation – 1996)
05 Brick City Kids (Artifacts) – What What (Brick City Kids 12″ – 1997)
06 The Beatnuts – Hit Me With That (The Beatnuts – 1994)
07 Lords Of The Underground – M.O.N.E.Y. (M.O.N.E.Y. 12″ – 1996)
08 Rahsheed – Industrypartybumrusha! (Wasabi – 1997)
09 Ran Reed – Whutcha Want (Cellar Sounds Volume One – 2008)
10 Gang Starr – You Know My Steez (Three Men and A Lady Remix) feat. The Lady Of Rage & Kurupt (You Know My Steez 12″ – 1997)
11 Fat Joe – John Blaze featt. Nas, Big Pun, Jadakiss & Raekwon (Don Cartagena – 1998)
12 Naughty By Nature – Connections (New Jersey Drive Vol. 2 – 1995)
13 The WhoRidas – Get Lifted (Get Lifted 12″ – 1999)
14 MF Grimm – Head In The Clouds (Remix) (The Hunt For The Gingerbread Man – 2007)

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10 Most Unappreciated Westcoast Rappers of All-Time

Friday, September 27th, 2013

un·ap·pre·ci·at·ed

adj.

1. Not recognized, as to quality or worth: an unappreciated gesture of good will.
2. Not having risen in price or value: an unappreciated investment.

For many years the left coast got overlooked as a whole, then came the early 90s and shit just hasn’t been the same for gangstas. While the Death Row/Aftermath era stole a little mojo from the eastcoast, there were still many westcoast lyricists who never quite got their proper due. There also has been an abundance of artists who never even got a chance that shine like the amazing Bad N Fluenz click featuring Rappin’ Ron and Ant Diddly Dog, The B.U.M.S. or Project Blowed‘s The Nonce.

My criteria for this list is simple. You’ve had a respectable career. That means less than just three studio album. It means you’re still active (to an extent), though Mac Dre would have been an exception. It also means you’ve had to carried some influence or have done some really impressive work, be it on your own albums or others. Also, you can’t have blemished your career much. This list is who I feel are the most unappreciated, not most underrated from a lyrical standpoint. Because that’s another list which features the likes of Kurupt, Boots Riley, Brotha Lynch Hung, Saafir, Planet Asia and probably Mac Mall. This list, like all of them, is subjective but I encourage you to explore it and even come up with your own list of the 10 most unappreciated westcoast rappers of all-time.

10 Most Unappreciated Westcoast Rappers of All-Time

1. King Tee

Tee has always been the Bernard King of hip-hop. The man has been doing it since ’88 with that deep voice and that O.G. narrative style. None are cooler, more likeable and unfortunate than King Tee. Having had his fair share of adversity, Tee never quite gained the props he rightfully deserved. And who can forget that whole Aftermath disaster that pretty much froze his career in carbonite. Tee has had an impressive catalog starting with Act a Fool and ending with The Kingdom Come.  From being a benefactor to the Likwit Foundation that spawned the careers of Tash, J-Ro, Xzibit and Defari to name a few. To influencing not just one coast, but both coasts. Even Ice T has gone on record saying King Tee was Biggie’s favorite emcee too. There are many rappers who never got the recognition they deserved, but none more than the great Roger McBride.

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Which is your favorite collaboration?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Not ever, but from our list. There are so many great collabos that it’s impossible to consolidate for just one poll. We’ll run a few more polls but for now choose wisely. And don’t forget to check out 150 track Spotify playlist featuring some of our favorite collabs ever.

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Return of The Boom-Bap (The T.R.O.Y. Blog mix)

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

For all of our Spotify users out there, our lil’ bro blog OpinionatedJay has put together 4 really cohesive mixes covering a few different themes such as indie rap, collaborations and posse cuts to quintessential Boom-Bap hip-hop. Check them out and subscribe to the ones you like because we’ll continue adding to these playlists as more tracks become available via Spotify.

And don’t forget to give us a like on Facebook. Our new page will bring you all things Philaflava so you can stay on top of the latest forum threads, SteadyBloggin and of course The T.R.O.Y. blog.


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Ras Kass – Non-Album Tracks (1994-1996) (Re-Upped)

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Editor’s Note: Back by popular demand

Ras Kass is easily one of my favorite MCs of all time, but I’m mostly just a fan of his mid-90s discography. Fortunately, he recorded quite a few tracks in between the years of 1994 and 1996, and he also blessed several radio shows with ill pre-written freestyles. Three volumes worth of non-album tracks is no small feat – that’s more than Organized Konfusion had in between the years of 1989 and 1998.

I have also included a “Soul On Ice” instrumental companion as a bonus. Enjoy, and hit us up in the comments section if you have anything that isn’t included here. There’s an alternate version of “Won’t Catch Me Runnin” that I was hoping would surface before the completion of this post, but nobody seems to have it.

Ras Kass – Non-Album Tracks Volume 1
1. Live From C-Arson
2. Remain Anonymous
3. Etc (Extended Version)
4. Won’t Catch Me Runnin’
5. Riiiot! w/ Chino XL
6. Come Widdit w/ Saafir & Ahmad
7. Plastic Surgery w/ Xzibit & Saafir
8. Arch Angels w/ Xzibit
9. E=MC5 w/ Western Hemisfear
10. Jack Frost
11. Soul On Ice (Remix)
12. Anything Goes (Remix)
13. Won’t Catch Me Runnin’ (Remix)
14. On Earth As It Is… (Vaporized Blend)
15. Come Widdit w/ Saafir & Ahmad (Fredwreck Remix)
16. Soul On Ice (Explicit Remix)
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Roy’s West Coast Underground Volume 1 (Re-Upped)

Monday, April 1st, 2013

What’s up, TROY fans. I’ve been on hiatus for a couple months, but now I’m back in full effect. I got six volumes of my favorite early-to-mid 90s west coast underground tracks on tap, so check back regularly. You may have noticed that I have a severe east coast bias, but this is also reflected in the type of west coast hip hop that I enjoy. I’ll be adhering to a strict time frame (1992-1996), with a focus on artists such as Aceyalone, Freestyle Fellowship, Ras Kass, The Pharcyde, Del, Casual, Pep Love, Souls Of Mischief, Blackalicious, Saafir, Homeliss Derilex, Mannish, Chali 2na, Charizma, The Dereliks, Ahmad, Motion Man, E-Rule, Lateef, The Atban Klann, Funkytown Pros, The Nonce, Madlib, Mystik Journeymen, Abstract Rude, etc.

Before you download these compilations, give this track a listen:

James Sumbi – Sunshine Men (1991)

And with that, I present to you: The Sunshine Men.

Side One
1. Mannish – The Impact Of My Insanity
2. Aceyalone – The Greatest Show On Earth
3. Ras Kass – Remain Anonymous
4. Mannish – Mannish (Instrumental)
5. Dereliks – Iz On Some Other….
6. Blackalicious – Count And Estimate
7. Motion Man – 93 Swing
8. Peanut Butter Wolf – The Chronicles (Instrumental)
9. The Nonce – Mix Tapes
10. Charizma – Methods
11. Chali 2na – Who’s Gonna Be The Next Victim
12. Casual – Rock On (Instrumental)
13. Casual, Pep Love & Del – Who’s It On
14. Saafir – Can U Feel Me
15. Freestyle Fellowship – Hot Potato
16. Freestyle Fellowship – Pure Thought (Instrumental)

 

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T.R.O.Y. Presents – Sounds Like The 90′s Vol. 21

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

SLT90s 21-front

It’s been an awfully long time since we last dropped Sounds Like The 90′s, 586 days to be exact.

Moving forward I will be doing my best to produce this series every 6-8 weeks. It’s hard gathering select tracks because as many of you know, there just isn’t a lot of music these days that remind us of the 90s.

I make these compilations because it represents where we are today. It usually contains tracks that emphasize an era in which we all know will more than likely never be duplicated again.  Some tracks on these compilations contain contemporary music that might have a slight hint of that era. Others, well it may just contain an artist that was very relevant from the 90s. Overall, these are put together to showcase today’s music as a music time capsule.

So, whether you like one track, ten tracks or all of them, enjoy these compilations for what they are. While terms like “exclusives” have become extinct due to new age technology and the blogsophere, we do our best to hand pick relatively newer material.

Enjoy 21 and sorry for the wait.

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Ras Kass’ Goldyn Chyld 10 Years Later

Monday, October 29th, 2012


By now we’ve all heard the story… In the midst of various label issues with Priority Records, Ras Kass gets pinched for this third D.U.I. Granted an extension, he goes back to work, however, just two weeks before he’s scheduled to begin his sentence, Priority recants on their previous agreement, informing him that they will not be releasing Goldyn Chyld at all. The album masters then “disappeared,” and Ras Kass did his time, came home and moved on with his life. Though a few of the songs included on Goldyn Chyld have been out for a decade — as they’d originally been recorded for Ras’ third album, Van Gogh, which was bootlegged before it could ever be officially released — nobody, with the possible exception of a few lucky fans and other confidants, has since heard or seen the completed album… that is, until 2012.

New Philaflava board member madstadik (presumably that’s ‘mad static’ and not, well, you know) was kind enough to bless the T.R.O.Y. forum with what by all accounts appears to be a legitimate rip of the actual album masters, “which means correct sequencing, skits and not pieced together from parts of Van Gogh and leaked Goldyn Chyld tracks,” as he said. This time we’re not the first to receive the long lost album, but regardless, we’re more than happy to pass it along and extend our gratitude to madstadik.

As for the music itself, if you’ve been following Ras’ career since the beginning, it’s probably not far from what you’re expecting. You’ve already heard the album’s title track, so you know that’s a certified banger with Ras Kass delivering his trademark lyricism over some classic Premo production… but of course, you also know that Ras’ catalog post-Rassassination has been less than stellar. While I’m personally a fan of Van Gogh, I usually find myself in the minority there and honestly haven’t been able to defend too much of his work since then. That being said, after a few listens, I’m willing to rank this album on the same level as Van Gogh, maybe even a little higher actually. Of the 17 songs on here, a few fall flat but several are straight-up incredible. Of those I hadn’t heard before, “Revelationz 22:22 (Intro)” and “Happiness” are my favorites. Aside from them, what makes me prefer this album over Van Gogh is what I consider far superior sequencing and overall sound quality. Tracklist and download link are below. (more…)