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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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Michael “The Mac” Robinson: 25 Years Later

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

 

Twenty five years ago today, Vallejo, CA artist Michael Robinson, a.k.a. The Mac was shot dead in his parked car, while talking with his then pregnant girlfriend. He had just turned twenty years old. The murder was later said to be a case of mistaken identity. And with that, The Mac became the first well known rap artist in the Bay Area to be killed, July 22nd, 1991. The daughter he never got to meet, Reina, was born not long after.

(Pictured above with The Fresh Prince.)

Robinson’s sadly limited contributions to hip hop music include ’88’s The Game is Thick EP and ’90’s Enuff of Tis Sh-t EP, both of which helped start off his mentor and (fellow Vallejo artist) producer Khayree’s short lived Strictly Business label. In turn The Mac quickly became a mentor to Andre Hicks, a.k.a. Mac Dre, who, later in his career, made an album titled The Game is Thick Part II, shortly before his own demise.

To pay respects to others or simply to see a timeline of deaths of people involved with “the game”, please visit They Reminisce, where you can click to sort by name, date, or cause.

Peace,

— The Big Sleep

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Flicks Watched By Hip Hop

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Though there have been a few others like it, its typically less favored brother Notorious comes to mind, now following the success of last year’s Straight Outta Compton, the rush has been on to create more rap biopics. But before we’re bombarded with whatever makes it out of development hell next, let’s take a look back at what helped get us here:

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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…)

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“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…)

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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.

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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

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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

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