Posts Tagged ‘strong island’

Spin Doctor vs. De La Soul – Brakes Is High

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Snagged this mix from the good blokes over at Dephect Clothing. In their own words:

A chronological blend of over 60 De La Soul classics and the original breaks used to create them from their first four albums; ‘3 Feet High & Rising’, ‘De La Soul Is Dead’, ‘Buhloon Mindstate’ & ‘Stakes Is High’ & coming in at around 1 hour 45 mins this is a must for anyone with a love of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul & the art of sampling.

While this isn’t quite the monumental feat of sample source remixing that A Tribute to the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique was, it is a nice mix to enjoy over the weekend. Click here to download.

-Samuel Diamond

Son of Bazerk – On The Verge Of An Ass Whippin

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Strong Island’s own doo-wopping hip-hop crew is back again. Apparently this is off of their upcoming album, RaWaLiTy.

For those unfamiliar with S.O.B. or anyone else who missed their 2010 resurgence, Fifth Element sat the guys down for a five-part interview that’s definitely worth your time.

-Samuel Diamond

"You Can Still See New York City Through The Trees"

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Take the time to drive a few miles east of Mecca, past the quasi-suburban locales of Southeastern Queens cited in the music of LL Cool J and Run DMC and venture off into the wilderness of Strong Island. You will inevitably encounter the heavily Black and Latino hamlets and Census-designated places that Havelock Nelson, Jeff Chang, and other writers have identified as the locus classicus of a new school rap movement that managed to dictate the pace of NYC street culture from a distance.

The Black Belt of Long Island is a Twilight Zone of sorts – not nearly as blighted as NYC’s worst ghettoes but a far cry from the picture perfect Levittown idyll of Robert Moses’ twisted imagination. A place where the comfort and repose afforded by detached single family housing is counterbalanced by staggering educational disparity. Where a thriving car culture and ample highways provide a temporary from the inequities of “small box” governance. Where park jams and mobile DJ sound systems and mix shows bloomed not long after the seeds drifted over from the five boroughs. A dynamic, fluid collection of zones frequently depicted by its native rap artists as the expansive magical sum of the Island’s hopes and disappointments.
Join us on a journey through Strong Island, from Hard 2 Obtain’s “12 Block City” (Lakeview) to Keith Murray’s dirty stinking corner (Central Islip) to the birthplace of De La’s D.A.I.S.Y. consciousness (North Amityville) to the stomping grounds of EPMD and Rakim (Brentwood and Wyanadanche) to every spot mentioned in Original Concept’s “Knowledge Me,” a hilarious and timelessly ill ode to L.I.’s underappreciated hip-hop pioneers. — Thun
Original Concept “Knowledge Me”
Public Enemy “M.P.E.”
JVC Force “Strong Island” (Blue Mix)
MC EZ & Troupe “Get Retarded”
K-Solo “Rockin’ For My HomeTown”
Leaders Of The New School “International Zone Coaster”
EPMD “Brothers From Brentwood, L.I.”
Resident Alien “Emergency”
Keith Murray “Sychosymatic”
Hard 2 Obtain “L.I. Groove”
Punk Barbarians “L.I. Zone”
De La Soul “Long Island Degrees”
Rakim “Strong Island”