Posts Tagged ‘thebigsleep’

Creatin’ More Styles…

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Music Cloud by Domenic Bahmann

The fluctuations in format that naturally stem from ever-advancing technology seem to play a larger role than one may realize, in determining the overall climate, even culture, of particular time periods in hip hop music.

DJ Kool Herc was first to isolate and elongate what is now known as the break, beginning the proliferation of sample culture as we know it today. That was August of ’73. The members of Chic didn’t hear that their familiar hit Good Times had been looped up by The Sugarhill Gang ’til it had already been on the radio, just after the summer of ’79. From when Herc set it off ’til hip hop first met wax, all sorts of creative people were busy honing their craft at home and in the streets. By ’77 some of the live park jams started to get recorded and passed around the projects, dubbed and traded from one giant ghetto blaster to the next. These boomboxes would sit outside a speaker set to record, which sounded great when listening to the mix, but not so good once the MC got on the mic. The tapes made from these sessions remain largely hidden, lost, destroyed, or forgotten to this day, still shrouded in mystery, guarded like cherished religious texts or any historical artifact. Fragments are therefore treasured as precious, regardless of quality. And so the first half dozen years of hip hop music, the roots of the culture, remain largely buried, lost to the sands of time. What’s left behind however, is the stuff of myth and legend. Conflicting, juxtaposing stories, filled to the brim with details of who started what, the way it was, and how it all became the way we know it to be today. (more…)

“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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Everything is Dooable

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Matt “Doo” Reid (March 2nd, 1971 – December 12th, 1998)

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One of the most important and yet underrated hip hop visual artists since the days of Basquiat, Haring, and Quinones. (more…)

Tony Bones Discography

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Thanks to TheBigSleep and everybody on Philaflava for creating this great compilation.

Tony Bones’ Discography:

199? 89.9 Promo ft. Mr. Live
199? Dirty Soap ft. The MHQ
1994 Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle
1995 Come Upstairs [Demo] ft. Prince Po (Produced by Prince Po)
1995 Pure Marrow (Deep In Ya Bones) [Demo] ft. Pharoahe Monch (Produced by Pharoahe Monch)
1995 Rhythm & Ism (Hold Me Back) [Demo] ft. Mr. Live & Prince Po (Produced by Prince Po)
1995 Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle ft. Mr. Live & Breezly Brewin
1996 Hunger Strike ft. Mr. Live (Produced by Earl Blaize)
1996 Luvamaxin ft. The Juggaknots (Produced by The Juggaknots, Cut / Scratched by Sticky Fingas)
1996 Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle ft. Mr. Live
1997 (Bring Da) Noise [Demo] ft. Mr. Live (Produced by Big Ves)
1997 Placebo ft. Mr. Live (Produced by Big Ves)
1997 Splashin’ Over Monica ft. Mr. Live (Produced by Big Ves)
1997 Throw Ya Mitts ft. Mr. Live (Produced by Big Ves)
1997 Throw Ya Mitts [Clean] ft. Mr. Live (Produced by Big Ves)
1997 Underground Railroad Freestyle ft. Mr. Live, I.G. Off, Hazadus, Kwest, Poison Pen, A.L. Skills, Skam2?, Shadowman Boogie & Doxxmen
1998 Stretch & Bobbito Freestyle ft. Mr. Live
1998 Tetsuo’s Revenge ft. GE-OLOGY & Ocean Aquanaut (Produced by GE-OLOGY)
200? Current Affairs / Current Events / The Return
2007 Make It Rowdy ft. Mr. Live (Produced by Earl Blaize)

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Ya Rock and Ya Don’t Stop: Forty Years of Hip Hop

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

(Special Guests: Coke La Rock, Cindy Campbell, Clark Kent & Timmy Tim.)

Obviously the birth of a culture is a process with many pioneers, not a single moment. However, if you had to point to a single mythical birthday for this music we call hip hop, this would probably have to be it. It all started back on August 11th, 1973 at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the West Bronx when a six foot five muscular sixteen year old named Clive Campbell had already become a DJ named Kool Herc. He had decided to help his kid sister Cindy Campbell throw a back to school party so that she could get some money for new school clothes from the boutiques down on Delancey Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Little did anyone know the party that they threw would inadvertently spark a global culture and become the most pervasive and popular music the world has ever known. So let’s take it back. Way back, back into time.

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Dropped Same Day: Tribe Called Quest / X Clan

Monday, May 13th, 2013

After securing only around a third of the vote during the first Dropped Same Day, we’re takin’ it back even further as Tribe returns to face off against the Afrocentric group X Clan, featuring both of their introductory albums at the beginning of the nineties.

Choose the winner. (#10)

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Tuesday, April 17th, 1990.

Two LPs: Tribe‘s first, off Jive / RCA and X Clan‘s debut, on 4th & B’way / Island.

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

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

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

Dropped Same Day: Ahmad / Beastie Boys / 8Ball & MJG / Heavy D / Jeru

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

And ya don’t stop. This time around we’ve got Mr. Back in the Day, the Sabotage boys, a couple players on their night out,  the boyz with Nuttin’ But Love and the prophet. As the groups continued to put out records, a couple new solo artists stepped onto the scene to start their careers.

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Tuesday, May 24th, 1994.

Five LPs: Ahmad‘s first, by way of Giant / Reprise / Warner Bros., The Beastie Boys‘ fourth, through Grand Royal, Eightball & MJG‘s second, off Suave House, Heavy D & the Boyz‘ fifth, via Uptown and Jeru the Damaja‘s debut, on PayDay.

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

Dropped Same Day: Big L / Dana Dane / Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Monday, April 8th, 2013

For today’s history lesson, we’ve got the introduction albums from two deceased New York hip hop crew members in yet another D.I.T.C. / Wu-Tang connection and what is still the most recent record from eighties star and Kangol Crew member, Dana Dane.

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Tuesday, March 28th, 1995.

Three LPs: Big L‘s debut, on Columbia, Dana Dane‘s third, via Maverick and Ol’ Dirty Bastard‘s first, off Elektra.

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