Posts Tagged ‘souls of mischief’

Take It Personal – West Coast Classics IV

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

It’s exactly a year today, we debuted our Take It Personal show and here we are with Episode 17. This is the final installment of our West Coast Classics series. That’s 4 shows total clocking in over 17 hours of everything West Coast. NOBODY, let me repeat, NOBODY has ever done this kind of tribute before and I don’t see anyone dumb enough to try. On this show we have tributes to the great West Coast indie/underground scene, another Bay Area homage and we couldn’t forget about Death Row Records. We also have classics from Blu, Suga Free, Styles of Beyond, Zion I, Spice 1, Invisibl Skratch Piklz, DJ Shadow, Madlib, Mac Dre, Tha Dogg Pound, Eazy-E, Dru Down, Odd Future, 2Pac, The Jacka, Kendrick Lamar, The Coup, Souls of Mischief, Paris, C-Bo, Living Legends, Fashawn and E-40.

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Is 93 ‘Til Infinity A Top 50 Album of All-Time?

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

A great question was asked today on the Philaflava message boardis 93 Til Infinity a top 50 hip-hop album of all-time? The answer is no.

This album is a personal favorite of mine. I have no problem labeling it a classic either. I also don’t think any of us can dispute the fact ‘93 Til Infinity is one of the greatest tracks — ever. You can’t argue with that. 1993-94 Hiero was some of the best shit ever. Casual dropped a classic (Fear Itself). Del dropped a classic (No Need For Alarm) and this album, that makes it a trifecta. Even Extra Pro was a pretty great! But that is really the point of this post and unfortunately, it’s coming at the expense of SoM. Many of you will be quick to say, sure it has to be. Some of you will say, maybe this isn’t top 50, but surely 60-75. Guess what? It’s might not even in the top 100. How fucking crazy is that? 93 Til Infinity is an amazing record. If we’re comparing it to any album (Kendrick or not) that came out in the last 5+ years, we’d probably say it’s better than all of them.

The 90s were crazy and every Tuesday a new classic dropped. Not a once-a-year thing, it would a few times a week thing. Think about that. To further prove the point, I have compiled a list of albums, many certified classics, but mostly albums that I feel rank higher than 93 ‘Til Infinity. My opinion, but if you look at the list, maybe you’ll agree. Keep in mind, this a favorite thing. If it were, 93 ‘Til Infinity would be chilling around the 30 mark. This is a list where the heart has no involvement whatsoever. The list is not in order and certainly I would opt to listen to 93 ‘Til Infinity over many of these listed. Certainly over any Eminem album, but again, that isn’t’ the point. It really is crazy because you start to realize just how many classics albums dropped between 1988-95. It adds up quickly as you can see.

So, is this album in your top 50? 75? 100?

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Philaflava: It Was In The Fuckin’ Movies

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

In January, we’re doing a themed soundtrack episode on Take It Personal, so it only made sense to share with you some of the amazing work TheBigSleep has been putting in on the Philaflava forums lately. Hip-Hop soundtracks have always been important releases. Many created with little association to the actual film, some monumental to the films and it’s critical moments. Today we bring you the first 4 compilations in the series that showcases just that. –Philaflava

01. Grand Wizard Theodore – Subway Theme [Scratch Mix] (Wild Style)
02. Ollie & Jerry – Breakin’ …There’s No Stoppin’ Us (Breakin’)
03. The Treacherous Three – Santa’s Rap (Beat Street)
04. Beastie Boys – She’s On It (Krush Groove)
05. Run-D.M.C. – Krush Groovin’ ft. The Fat Boys, Sheila E., & Kurtis Blow (Krush Groove)
06. Ice-T – Colors (Colors)
07. Beastie Boys – Desperado [Live] (Tougher Than Leather)
08. Flavor Flav – I Can’t Do Nothin’ for You, Man (House Party)
09. Kid ‘N Play – Kid vs. Play: The Battle (House Party)
10. 2 Live Crew – In the Dust (New Jack City)
11. Kam – Every Single Weekend (Boyz N the Hood)
12. Grand Puba – Fat Rat (Strictly Business)
13. Leaders of the New School – Shining Star (Strictly Business)
14. Naughty by Nature – Uptown Anthem (Juice)
15. Big Daddy Kane – Nuff Respect (Juice)
16. Cypress Hill – Shoot ‘Em Up (Juice)
17. Main Source – Fakin’ the Funk ft. Neek the Exotic (White Men Can’t Jump)
18. Dr. Dre – Deep Cover ft. Snoop Dogg (Deep Cover)

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The Greatest Mix In All of Spotify (1992-95 Hip-Hop by Philaflava)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

This is mammoth! 390+ tracks, 27+ hours of music featuring Masta Ace, Spice 1, Lord Finesse, World Renown, Brand Nubian, Tha Alkaholiks, Mic Geronimo, Mac Mall, all the way to Da King & I. This has to be the most complete 92-95 mix of hip-hop you’ll hear on Spotify. Check it out and enjoy your weekend!

    Dropped Same Day: AZ / Jamal / Kausion / KRS / Menace Clan / Souls of Mischief

    Monday, April 29th, 2013

    Here’s another six records, this time from around the middle of the decade. AZ first shows up on the scene, in addition to three artists / groups that only ever dropped a single album and then of course there’s the Jive rematch between KRS and Souls.

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    Tuesday, October 10th, 1995.

    Six LPs: AZ‘s debut, via EMI, Jamal‘s only, on Rowdy Records, Kausion‘s only, through Lench Mob Records, KRS-One‘s sophomore, by way of Jive, Menace Clan‘s only, off  Noo Trybe / Rap-A-Lot and Souls of Mischief‘s second, via Jive.

    Pick your favorite and / or the best album, doesn’t matter.

    Check other posts in the Dropped Same Day series here.

    And feel free to state your case, leave corrections or post additional match ups you would like to see in the comments below.

    — The Big Sleep

    Hiero Producer Series: Domino (Re-Upped)

    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

    Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be posting production compilations for all of the Hiero producers. There will be 24 volumes in all, or 2 GB worth of music, so get your external HDs ready.

    First up, we got 4 volumes from one of the most underrated producers in the history of hip hop: Domino. Casual’s “Fear Itself” LP from ’94 is generally regarded as a classic, and Domino’s funk-based arsenal is one of the album’s key ingredients. He also hooked up some of the dopest beats on Del’s ’93 masterpiece “No Need For Alarm”, and he was the foremost producer on Hiero’s underrated ’98 LP “3rd Eye Vision”. Aside from his stellar contributions on the aforementioned albums, he also produced quite a few bangers of the non-album variety.

    The production discography speaks for itself; Domino deserves a shitload of credit for helping to define the Hieroglyphics sound.

    Domino – Production Files Volume 1
    1. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – Sailing
    2. Pep Love, Jay-Biz & Del – Anasthesia
    3. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – The Blues
    4. Casual – Fear No Evil (Demo)
    5. Casual, Opio & Tajai – Rippers (Demo)
    6. Souls Of Mischief – Our Secret (Demo)
    7. Del – No Need For Alarm
    8. Del, Casual, Snupe & A-Plus – No More Worries
    9. Del – Don’t Forget
    10. Souls Of Mischief – Let ‘Em Know
    11. Souls Of Mischief – Live And Let Live
    12. Souls Of Mischief – Disseshowedo
    13. Souls Of Mischief – What A Way To Go Out
    14. Souls Of Mischief – Make Your Mind Up (Remix)
    15. Souls Of Mischief – Cab Fare (Remix)
    16. Souls Of Mischief – 93 Outro
    Re-upped 04/01/13

    Domino – Production Files Volume 2
    1. Casual – Intro
    2. Casual – Me-O-Mi-O
    3. Casual & Saafir – That Bullshit
    4. Casual – Follow The Funk
    5. Casual, Del & Pep Love – Who’s It On
    6. Casual – We Got It Like That
    7. Casual – Lose In The End
    8. Casual – Thoughts Of The Thoughtful
    9. Casual – Be Thousand
    10. Casual – Me-O-Mi-O (Domino Remix)
    11. Casual – Follow The Funk (Demo)
    12. Casual – Lose In The End (Demo)
    13. Casual – Thoughts Of The Thoughtful (Demo)
    14. Casual, Opio & Pep Love – Who’s It On (Demo)
    15. Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar
    16. Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar (Domino Remix)
    17. Extra Prolific – Is It Right
    Re-upped 04/01/13

    Domino – Production Files Volume 3
    1. Hieroglyphics – Intro
    2. Pep Love & Opio – All Things
    3. Del – At The Helm
    4. Tajai – Interlude
    5. Hieroglyphics – Off The Record
    6. A-Plus – Interlude
    7. Pep Love – After Dark
    8. Del & Pep Love – No Nuts
    9. Del – Interlude
    10. Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew (Remix)
    11. Del – Press Rewind
    12. Del – Phoney Phranchise (Remix)
    13. Pep Love – Act Phenom
    14. Pep Love – Different
    15. Pep Love – Sabotage
    16. Pep Love – Relief
    17. Souls Of Mischief – Interrogation
    Re-upped 04/01/13

    Domino – Production Files Volume 4
    1. Del – No More Worries (Instrumental)
    2. Del – No Need For Alarm (Instrumental)
    3. Del – Don’t Forget (Instrumental)
    4. Souls Of Mischief – Let ‘Em Know (Instrumental)
    5. Souls Of Mischief – Live And Let Live (Instrumental)
    6. Souls Of Mischief – Disseshowedo (Instrumental)
    7. Souls Of Mischief – What A Way To Go Out (Instrumental)
    8. Souls Of Mischief – 93 Outro (Instrumental)
    9. Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar (Instrumental)
    10. Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar Remix (Instrumental)
    11. Del – At The Helm (Instrumental)
    12. Pep Love – After Dark (Instrumental)
    13. Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew Remix (Instrumental)
    14. Del – Press Rewind (Instrumental)
    15. Del – Phoney Phranchise Remix (Instrumental)
    Re-upped 04/01/13

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    Del, Casual, Snupe & A-Plus – No More Worries

    Del – No Need For Alarm

    Souls Of Mischief – Make Your Mind Up (Remix)

    Souls Of Mischief – Cab Fare (Remix)

    Casual – Me-O-Mi-O

    Casual – Follow The Funk

    Casual, Del & Pep Love – Who’s It On

    Casual – Lose In The End

    Casual – Thoughts Of The Thoughtful

    Casual – Me-O-Mi-O (Domino Remix)

    Extra Prolific – Brown Sugar (Domino Remix)

    Pep Love & Opio – All Things

    Pep Love – After Dark

    Del – Press Rewind

    Pep Love – Act Phenom

    –Roy Johnson

    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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    Hiero Producer Series: A-Plus (Re-Upped)

    Monday, April 1st, 2013

    Installment #2 of the Hiero Producer Series: A-Plus

    Domino is generally regarded as the production king of the Hieroglyphics crew (and rightfully so), but A-Plus has always been my personal favorite. Throughout the 90s, he utilized legendary soul-jazz samples from the likes of Bob James, Grover Washington, Billy Cobham, The Crusaders, Ahmad Jamal, Freddie Hubbard, etc. The man has terrific taste in music, and that is reflected in his production discography. I guess that I’m just a huge fan of soul-jazz, though, so that would explain my preference for A-Plus production over the funk-based arsenal of Domino.

    Again, make room on your external HDs, as the Hiero Producer Series will ultimately comprise 2 GB worth of music. Here are four volumes worth of A-Plus production files:

    A-Plus – Production Files Volume 1
    1. Souls Of Mischief – Theme From The Vandals
    2. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – Every Day Of The Week
    3. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – Reckless
    4. Extra Prolific & Tajai – Let It Ride
    5. Souls Of Mischief – Tow Away Zone
    6. Souls Of Mischief – Batting Practice (Original)
    7. Souls Of Mischief – Step To My Girl
    8. Souls Of Mischief – Cab Fare
    9. Del – Catch A Bad One (Remix)
    10. Del – Thank Youse
    11. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity
    12. Souls Of Mischief – Never No More
    13. Souls Of Mischief – Anything Can Happen
    14. Souls Of Mischief – Good Feeling
    15. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity (Remix)
    Re-upped 03/31/13

    A-Plus – Production Files Volume 2
    1. Souls Of Mischief – Get The Girl, Grab The Money & Run
    2. Extra Prolific – Cash Money
    3. Extra Prolific – One Motion
    4. Extra Prolific – Now What
    5. Extra Prolific – In 20 Minutes
    6. Microphone Pager – Rapperz Are In Danger
    7. Souls Of Mischief – Secret Service
    8. Souls Of Mischief – Do You Want It
    9. Souls Of Mischief – Come Anew
    10. Souls Of Mischief – Ya Don’t Stop
    11. Souls Of Mischief & Pep Love – Yeah It Was You
    12. Souls Of Mischief & Snupe – Times Ain’t Fair
    13. Del – Faulty
    14. Del – X-Files
    15. Del – Corner Story
    16. Del – Del’s Nightmare
    17. Del – Games Begin
    18. Extra Prolific – Skimask & A Mic
    Re-upped 03/31/13

    A-Plus – Production Files Volume 3
    1. Souls Of Mischief – A To The P
    2. Souls Of Mischief – We Intersect
    3. Souls Of Mischief – Step Off
    4. Souls Of Mischief – Make Way
    5. Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew
    6. A-Plus, Tajai & Phesto – Mics Of The Roundtable
    7. Hieroglyphics – The Who (Remix)
    8. Pep Love & Casual – Last One (Remix)
    9. Del & A-Plus – Battle Of The Shadow
    10. Del – Stay On Your Toes
    11. Pep Love – Living Is Beautiful
    12. Pep Love – The Grind
    13. Pep Love – U.S.
    14. Pep Love – What You Are
    15. Pep Love – Pacific Heights
    16. Pep Love – Karma
    17. Pep Love – Crooked Angles
    Re-upped 03/31/13

    A-Plus – Production Files Volume 4
    1. Pep Love – Black People
    2. Pep Love – The Substance
    3. Pep Love – The Get Down
    4. Souls Of Mischief – Acupuncture
    5. Souls Of Mischief – Save The Babies (Conflict)
    6. Souls Of Mischief – Bad Business
    7. Souls Of Mischief – Superdoder
    8. Del – Thank Youse (Instrumental)
    9. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity (Instrumental)
    10. Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity (Remix Instrumental)
    11. Souls Of Mischief – Never No More (Instrumental)
    12. Souls Of Mischief – Anything Can Happen (Instrumental)
    13. Souls Of Mischief – Step Off (Instrumental)
    14. Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew (Instrumental)
    15. Pep Love – Crooked Angles (Instrumental)
    16. Souls Of Mischief – Bad Business (Instrumental)
    Re-upped 03/31/13

    Preview:

    Souls Of Mischief – Theme From The Vandals

    Pep Love & Jay-Biz – Every Day Of The Week

    Souls Of Mischief – Batting Practice (Original)

    Souls Of Mischief – Step To My Girl

    Souls Of Mischief – Cab Fare

    Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity

    Souls Of Mischief – Never No More

    Souls Of Mischief – Good Feeling

    Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity (Remix)

    Souls Of Mischief – Get The Girl, Grab The Money & Run

    Souls Of Mischief – A To The P

    Souls Of Mischief – We Intersect

    Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew

    Hieroglyphics – The Who (Remix)

    Del & A-Plus – Battle Of The Shadow

    –Roy Johnson

    Hiero Producer Series: Casual (Re-Upped)

    Sunday, March 31st, 2013

    We’ll be reupping a few of our pieces in the next few days. We start with this classic we did 4 years ago.

    Installment #5 of the Hiero Producer Series: Casual

    Who doesn’t have talent behind the boards in the Hieroglyphics crew? I haven’t even gotten to Jay-Biz or Toure as of yet, and we’re already on installment #5.

    The man behind the beat for “Catch A Bad One” is…..Casual??? When I first found out that he produced the lead single off of the “No Need For Alarm” LP, it absolutely blew my mind. If you think about it, “Catch A Bad One” is probably Del’s most well-known track outside of “Mistadobalina”, and the production is most definitely a major reason as to why that track is so popular amongst hip hop fans. The truly remarkable thing is that Cas was born in ’77 or thereabouts, so he was only in his mid-teens when he produced all of the tracks that you’ll find on volume 1, including the aforementioned “Catch A Bad One”, which was released in ’93.

    Aside from his contributions on the officially-released Hiero albums, he also produced quite a few bangers of the non-album variety. The remix for “That’s How It Is” is fucking incredible, and it’s easily my favorite Casual beat. I’m also a big fan of his work on the “Wrongplace” remix, as well as the demos for “Gotta Lotta”, “Can U Feel It”, “Hydra”, etc.

    Casual – Production Files Volume 1
    1. Pep Love, Casual & Jay-Biz – It Gets No Better
    2. Pep Love & Jay-Biz – The Orgy
    3. Casual – Gotta Lotta
    4. Casual – Can U Feel It
    5. Casual – Where They At
    6. Souls Of Mischief – Break A Leg
    7. Del – Catch A Bad One
    8. Del – Worldwide
    9. Del -Wrongplace (Remix)
    10. Souls Of Mischief – Batting Practice
    11. Souls Of Mischief – Tell Me Who Profits
    12. Casual – You Flunked
    13. Casual – Get Off It
    14. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To
    15. Casual & Del – A Little Something
    16. Casual – Chained Minds
    17. Casual – That’s How It Is (Remix)
    18. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To (Remix)
    19. Extra Prolific – The Fat Outro
    Re-upped 03/31/13

    Casual – Production Files Volume 2
    1. Souls Of Mischief – Chaos And Turmoil
    2. Souls Of Mischief – Where The Fuck You At
    3. Casual – Hundreds Of Rhymes
    4. Casual – We Made You Guys
    5. Casual – Years Ago
    6. Casual – Gas Ignited
    7. Casual – The Best At It
    8. Casual – It Don’t Matter
    9. Casual, Pep Love & Opio – Basement Freestyle
    10. Casual – This Is For My Niggas
    11. Casual – Dumb Shit
    12. Casual – 900 RPM
    13. Casual, Tajai & Opio – I Feel Like Bustin’
    14. Casual – Freestyle
    15. Casual – The Ending
    16. Souls Of Mischief & Casual – Big Shit
    17. Casual & Pep Love – The Last One
    18. Casual & Opio – Dune Methane
    19. Hieroglyphics – Heat
    20. Hieroglyphics – Hydra
    21. Hieroglyphics – Bubble Up
    22. Casual – The Scandle
    Re-upped 03/31/13

    Casual – Production Files Volume 3
    1. Del & Casual – Jaw Gymnastics
    2. Pep Love – If You Can’t Beat ‘Em
    3. Pep Love – Fallen
    4. Pep Love – The Birds And The Bees
    5. Pep Love – Fight Club (Remix)
    6. Del – Catch A Bad One (Instrumental)
    7. Del -Worldwide (Instrumental)
    8. Souls Of Mischief – Batting Practice (Instrumental)
    9. Souls Of Mischief – Tell Me Who Profits (Instrumental)
    10. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To (Instrumental)
    11. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To Remix (Instrumental)
    12. Hieroglyphics – The Last One (Instrumental)
    13. Hieroglyphics – Heat (Instrumental)
    Re-upped 03/31/13

    Preview:

    Casual – Gotta Lotta

    Casual – Can U Feel It

    Del – Catch A Bad One

    Del – Worldwide

    Del -Wrongplace (Remix)

    Casual & Del – A Little Something

    Casual – That’s How It Is (Remix)

    Casual & Opio – Dune Methane

    Hieroglyphics – Hydra

    Del & Casual – Jaw Gymnastics

    –Roy Johnson

    Dropped Same Day: KRS-One / Souls of Mischief / Spice 1

    Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

    Continuing with the ongoing saga, we have a Jive Records triple threat. Two of ’em are well regarded, often called classics and one other that often gets overlooked, charted high, had a track featured in Menace II Society and was labeled by Tupac “…hardest album ever recorded”.

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    Tuesday, September 28th, 1993.

    Three LPs: KRS-One‘s solo debut, on Vibe, Souls of Mischief‘s first, off BMG / Vibe and Spice 1‘s sophomore, via Jive.

    Pick your favorite and / or the best album, doesn’t matter.

    Check other posts in the Dropped Same Day series here.

    And feel free to state your case, leave corrections or post additional match ups you would like to see in the comments below.

    — The Big Sleep