Posts Tagged ‘the source’

Growing Up With The Source

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

My youth was spent collecting cards, comics and listening to rap tapes. I’m not a very religious person, but my bible was The Source. Every month, there would be just two magazines I had to buy, not Mad, not Nintendo Power, but the Beckett Monthly to see if my Griffey, Canseco or Frank Thomas rookies had gone up in price, and of course, The Source magazine. I felt like Sam studying at The Citadel, so I could become this hip-hop maester. There was no internet back then. Certainly, no podcasts either. I can’t imagine having a show like Take It Personal back then. If you lived outside of the NYC, and I did for most of my teen years, you had just a few options. Those were Yo! MTV Raps and The Source. I knew plenty about Hot 97 or Kiss, but I could never listen to it live. My Stretch & Bob experience came in form of trading tapes. But my knowledge came directly from The Source and whatever Yo! would play. The Heavy Rotation, Fat Tapes, Unsigned Hype, Hip-Hop Quotables and Sure Shot Singles. And as much as I loved The Source, like many kids leaving their teens, I stopped buying the magazine somewhere around your junior year. I know my days of card collecting were kinda over once high school hit. When you finally grow a pair, all you want to do is release what’s inside them.

ProSet rap cards weren’t going to help you achieve that. But like many guys entering their marriage years, you find a way back to relieve your youth. With love comes heartache too. The Source became corrupt. David Mays allowed Benzino to Suge Knight his way to the top. He decided on who got covers, ratings and if they didn’t play (pay) for ads, they wouldn’t get love. He practically extorted groups into doing features for Almighty RSO/Made Men (Mobb Deep, M.O.P., The LOX, DPG, Cocoa Brovaz). Mays was like Jason getting stuck up in the latest episode of Ballers, he couldn’t do shit but give it up. Almighty RSO’s Classic Limited Edition received 4 ½ mics. That’s 1 mic higher than O.C.’s Word…Life masterpiece. You know scored lower than Classic Limited Edition? Doggystyle, Me Against The World & Reasonable Doubt to name a few. He awarded his own album with the same rating as OB4CL, which is crazy in itself. As far as I’m concerned, The Source hasn’t been the same since ’97, and even those years were questionable. Still, The Source from early to mid 90s were the best and is responsible for shaping my knowledge and taste in hip-hop. And for that, I thank all the contributing members who wanted to do right. He believed in the music, not the politics and who helped make so many of us real heads. Thank you. –Philaflava

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Saafir – Unsigned Hype Demo Tape (1992)

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Everything you need to know about this demo tape is just down below in  the Unsigned Hype article from August ’92.

Big thanks to J. Whitemare and his dope blog 12manrambotapes.

Enjoy!

saafir unsigned hype

01. Intro
02. It’s A Pimp Thang
03. Mark
04. Prime Time After Seven

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–Markshot

“When the Unsigned Hype Column in The Source Was Like, Our Only Source of Light…”

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The Source Magazine, a.k.a. The Hip Hop Bible, got its start as a couple page long Boston newsletter back in August of ’88. However, the now famous Unsigned Hype segment didn’t debut straight away, if you look back, that section is noticeably absent. It actually wasn’t until almost two years later, in May of ’90 (as far as we know), that demo tapes and black and white photos were suddenly being requested by the now New York City based organization.

The Source, Issue #12 (May 1990)

Looking back it becomes the opposite of a “Where Are They Now?” feature, showcasing where people were then, quickly giving the public an exclusive first look at future names, staples and sometimes even icons, such as J Rock, DMX, DJ Shadow, Mobb Depp, Common, Biggie, Saafir, Agallah, Extra Prolific, Artifacts, Skillz, CNN, J-Live, David Banner, Last Emperor, Rawcotiks, Thirstin Howl III, A.L., Eminem, and Neek the Exotic… among many others. Whether you were just tryin’ to keep with what was current at the time or are into the hindsight of it all, these pages were and are not to be missed. Plus new talent is still put on display in the publication to this day, with them recently championing Action Bronson a few years back (and people like Joell Ortiz and Jay Electronica ten years ago now).

“Smiles every time my face up in The Source.”

So naturally we went through every issue from Unsigned Hype’s inception up until the end of ’98, providing you with over eighty scans from the first decade of The Source’s existence, as well as a few updates, recaps and retrospectives along the way as an added bonus.

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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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Wu-Tang Clan “Live At The Source Awards (1995)

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Another gem from my trading days. The audio contains the full performance of a very hungry and energetic Clan, especially ODB.


01 Intro
02 Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin To F’ Wit
03 Protect Ya Neck
04 Shame On A Nigga
05 C.R.E.A.M.
06 Clan In Da Front
07 7th Chamber
08 Method Man
09 Rosie Perez Presents Gold Record

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enjoy,
–dirt_dog

Drop A Gem On ‘Em

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Throughout the recent weeks there have been numerous gems dropped in T.R.O.Y.. Here are a just few to give you a taste.

http://www.zshare.net/download/57217919eea0

1. Can’t Stop Rockin’ (Tribute)
2. Brooklyn Kids (Dirty Mix)
3. Scars And Pain
4. Letcho ‘Batyflo
5. Funk Soul Sensation (Dirty)
6. Story Of My Life
7. 50 MC’s In A Cipher

Nice & Smooth feat. Nine, Ill Al Skratch & M.O.P. – Dr. Feelgood
http://www.zshare.net/audio/19349165e10bec57/

Pudgee The Phat Bastard feat. DMX – Inner City Blues (prod. D.R. Period) http://www.divshare.com/download/5394558-1e9

Da King & I feat. Pudgee The Phat Bastard – Kingpin
http://www.zshare.net/audio/187874938e47b3fa/

Yaggfu Front feat. Diamond D – Slappin’ Suckas Silly [Remix]
http://www.divshare.com/download/5380986-394

The Source Fat Tape (Aug ’94)
1. “I Get Physical” – Pete Rock & CL Smooth
2. “I Used To Love H.E.R.” – Common Sense
3. “Distortion To The Static” – The Roots
4. “Hit Me With That” – The Beatnuts
5. “Shook Ones Pt. I” – Mobb Deep
6. “Shit’s Real” – Mic Geronimo
7. “1-800-Suicide” – Gravediggaz
8. “Big Box Of Blunts” – Mad Lion
9. “Stress (Large Pro Remix)” – Organized Konfusion
10. “Mental Stamina” – Jeru The Damaja
11. “The B-Side” – Masta Ace feat. Paula Perry
12. “Do You See” – Warren G
13. “All For The Money” – MC Eiht feat. CMW
14. “Time’s Up (Remix)” – O.C.
15. “Buck Em’ Down (Remix)” – Black Moon
16. “Breakfast @ Denny’s” – Buckshot LeFonque

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Q8WGQ9HY

A1 Best Ones Yet
A2 Checkin Down The Menu (remix)
B1 Make U Go Crazay
B2 Make U Go Crazay 2
http://www.zshare.net/download/18995079a50c5d7e/
Best Ones Yet (Instrumental) http://www.divshare.com/download/5442984-90e
Make U Go Crazay (Instrumental) http://www.divshare.com/download/5443039-245



1. Fanfare & Previews
2. Where’d You Get Your Bo Bo’s
3. Trooper 101
4. Mr. Hook
5. Busted Loop
6. Fruitless-Moot
7. Black Liquid
8. Slappin’ Suckas Silly [LP Remix]
9. Action Packed Adventure
10. Left Field
11. Hold ‘Em Back (What’s the Meaning?)
12. Uptown Downtown
13. Frontline
14. Sweet Caroline
15. My Dick Is So Large [*]

http://www.zshare.net/download/1054064213e073/

http://rapidshare.com/files/145145071/YAGGFU_FRONT_-_The_Secret_Tapes__2002_.rar

— Philaflava