Posts Tagged ‘the roots’

Remember KMD?

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

A common misconception seems to be who makes up the Native Tongues collective. The core isn’t as big as you think. There are affiliates like L.O.N.S., The Beatnuts, Brand Nubian and influenced groups like Black Star or Da Bush Babees too. But the NT O.G.’s were responsible for countless classics. Many of which, I’m sure make up some of your favorites. For years, every time there was new group that sounded like they influenced by the Tongues, that group was immediately heralded as the next Tribe. It happened early on with The Roots, then Slum Village and then Little Brother. We desperately wanted a group to fill that void for us, but none could match up to ATCQ. Out of all the groups I mentioned, I have always felt KMD could have carried that torch. Even though they came out around the same time and shared a label with L.O.N.S. and Brand Nu, KMD felt very much like they were from the Native Tongues school. From the lyrical content to the production, it felt very familiar. Back then, everyone was loosely affiliated. You had Prince Paul working with both De La, Latifah and 3rd Bass. You had The Beatnuts working with Pete Nice, Chi Ali, Kurious and Common. Everybody was somehow related. KMD had a short lived career, but their two albums gave every indication that they could have carried on that Native Tongues tradition. There are a lot of similarities between Q-Tip and MF Doom too. Age, personalities, reclusiveness, creativity, production and dopness.

Check out our Complex collabo where we lace you with the 100 Best Native Tongues Songs.

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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Take It Personal Podcast (Ep 3: Holiday Edition)

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

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For some, it doesn’t feel like the holidays until we see our pals John McClain, Kevin McCallister or Ralphie Parker. Episode 3 is our holiday special and its packed with classics from OutKast, Redman, Common, Lord Finesse, Big Pun, Nas, Screwball, The Roots, Mad Skillz, The Beatnuts and L.O.T.U.G., plus new music from The LOX, Snowgoons, Meyhem Lauren and Hus Kingpin & SmooVth. And what’s our show without a little banter? We each discuss/diss our favorite years in hip-hop as well as our guilty pleasures. Stay tuned, you don’t want to miss this show!

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Take It Personal now available on iTunes

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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Killin’ It On Canvas (Nas, ATCQ, Wu-Tang, Gang Starr)

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

For the art lovers out there, definitely check out what The Funky Rabbit is offering up these days. A music-inspired art blog that has recently turned its focus on some of hip-hop’s finest. There is most certainly something for everyone here, so give it a click, help spread the word and if you dig be sure to like, share or even cop if your pad is in need of some dopeness. –Philaflava

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Throwback Video Mix

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Longtime Philaflava member one of the original blog squad members Michael Timex put together this dope video using just  Mixemergency and Serato. Featuring KRS-1, M.O.P., Big Daddy Kane, The Roots & Gang Starr just to name a few. I wish more people made these kind of mixes.

T.R.O.Y. Throwback Fridays: Video Playlist

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Halloween is over. November begins and it’s Friday muthafuckas!

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Pick Your Favorite Q-Tip Collaboration

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Let’s face it, Tip has been around for along time so this list could easily be as long as Schindler’s. I took the liberty of narrowing it down to make the decision process a tad easier on you guys.

Pick your favorite collabo that appears in poll listed below. OpJay has also created a 60+ Q-Tip playlist featuring production all the way to the best Q-Tip features. It includes music from Mobb Deep, Janet Jackson, Organized Konfusion, Cypress Hill, Stevie Wonder, R.E.M., Run-DMC, The Black Eyed Peas, Slum Village, Stanley Clarke, Mos Def, Beastie Boys and The Brand New Heavies to name a few. Check it out and vote wisely.

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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.

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Dropped Same Day: Black Moon / Em / Prince Paul / Rob Swift / Roots / Sporty Thievz

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Alright, so far we’ve been focusing on some cornerstones of the early to mid nineties but let’s take it to the other side of the decade for a moment. On this day the Best of Vanilla Ice was released and so was TLC‘s FanMail, as well as these half a dozen hip hop records…

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Tuesday, February 23rd, 1999.

Six LPs: Black Moon‘s second, on Duck Down / Priority, Eminem‘s sophomore, via Aftermath / Interscope, Prince Paul‘s second, through Tommy Boy / Warner Bros., Rob Swift‘s sophomore by way of Asphodel Records, The Roots‘ fourth, off MCA and Sporty Thievz‘s only, via Columbia / Ruffhouse.

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