Posts Tagged ‘rawkus’

Important Indie Hip-Hop Releases

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

I’m not saying all these are classics, though many are. I’m not saying that some of these are even the best releases by these artists. I am saying that these are some of the most important independent hip-hop releases of all-time, in my opinion. These 36 albums, many of which are still influential to this day, helped define the genre.

This isn’t a definitive list and I know there are plenty more that deserve a spot, but these are my selections (no order). Indie hip-hop is the foundation. There is no major without it. I hope many of you have listened to most of these, because they are the very reason we still invest in the music today. I could easily have made this into 50+ with The Best Part, Time Waits For No Man, Movies For The Blind, Beauty And The Beat, Champion Sound, A Piece of Strange, Revolutionary Vol. 1- 2, Leak Bros, the list can go on and on. I’d love to hear your picks, please post them on our Facebook or Instagram or in the comment section below. –Philaflava

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Video: Take It Personal Podcast (Episode 8): Indie Hip-Hop Tribute

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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Independent Hip-Hop Tribute

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Episode 8 is our Jansport (backpack) special. A tribute to the independent hip-hop movement that helped spawn labels like Fondle ‘Em, Hydra, Rawkus, Stones Throw, Def Jux and ABB records. A time, where the internet played a major role in the music. This era allowed people to DIY, giving them an outlet never had. This movement created dreams, jobs, life-long careers and of course, some amazing music too. Speaking of music, if we covered everything this episode would be 20 hours instead of 2. We picked obscure cuts all the way to classics heard from the late 90s to the early 00s. We got everybody from Mos Def, Company Flow, MF Doom, Murs, Planet Asia, J-Live, Juggaknots, Weatherman, Saukrates, Jigmastas, Cannibal Ox, L-Fudge, Godfather Don, All Natural, Non-Phixon, Cage, Latryx, Mr. Voodoo, K-Otix, and Vakill to name a few. You don’t want to miss this!

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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

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Shawn J. Period – The Unspoken 90’s

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

 

A few years ago we had ran a Shawn J Period production spotlight, which captured some of his greatest work. It was definitely a popular piece as we helped many people get acquainted or re-acquainted with the man they call Shawn J. Unfortunately, Shawn stopped making beats all together once the millennium hit. Luckily for us, Vinyl Tapes has teamed up with Shawn J. Period to release an instrumental album, one of many to come. For all the vinyl lovers out there, you can now cop this release directly from their site.

SIDE A: Living the Street, Under My Breathe, Mos of the Time, Sprink Wall, Flower Rose, Red Hear
SIDE B: Life Worth, Type Set, Super Dope, Lunar Sunday, Farside Moon

Vinyl Tapes is a new vinyl only label based out of Brooklyn NYC. Shawn J. Period’s “The Unspoken 90’s Volume One” is the first in its series of unreleased Hip-Hop instrumentals from the Golden Era. This record picks up where “Frontline” and “Universal Magnetic” left off, when Shawn stopped sampling and began creating all of his music from scratch. The result is a wider and warmer breadth of music where the musicality of Shawn J. Period emerges. The beats are complete with bridges and breaks, shattering the monotony that can often be all too common from an instrumental release.

The record contains “Living the Street”, the heavily sought after track from the NOTORIOUS movie score. They are pressed on translucent red vinyl with the first hundred signed by Shawn J. Period. The covers are thick heavy gloss with a poster insert with every record.

Check out the samples here.

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deejaysee Mixes

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Rawkus Records Tribute Mix

Props to dirtdog for the find. More mixes, including those dedicated to RZA, Premier, Public Enemy, and Dr. Dre can be found  here!

Is streaming too futuristic for you? You can download the mixes for offline play here.

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