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East Coast Rarities Volumes 80-89 (1990-1998)

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Here we go again with another round of my east coast 12 inch compilations. Up for grabs today are volumes 80-89. I know there are some geographical mistakes here and there but you’ll find most of the cuts here are indeed east coast. I’d try to pick favorite tracks but I put these compilations together alot of times to create a specific vibe. I’m over halfway done on posting this series. It’s been an ongoing project for years. I’ll let the selections speak for themselves on this one.

volume 80 —

01. (4:50) boostin kev – smoke you on the mic 1994
02. (5:03) three times dope – kick dat style 1994
03. (2:47) justice system – mobilization 1997
04. (3:38) brass tacks – ice breaker classic (original serious mix) 1996
05. (3:36) saafir – just ridin’ 1994
06. (4:28) microphone terrorists – hall of fame 1996
07. (4:19) ill misery – m.i. shit is hot 1997
08. (4:05) rolla rocka and precize – heat waves 1996
09. (4:23) sunz of man – natural high 1997
10. (4:42) junior m.a.f.i.a. – white chaulk 1995
11. (4:06) flowmastaz click – dirty money 1995
12. (2:46) nas ft. large professor – one plus one 1996
13. (4:35) ed o.g. & da bulldogs – as long as you know (poisonous mix) 1994
14. (2:35) private investigators – mom dukes 1994
15. (3:41) flex force – flex the flavor 1993
16. (4:41) keefy keef – ’cause i’m keefy keef 1993
17. (3:37) shazzy – stone walls 1993
18. (3:10) az ft. the rza – doe or die (remix) 1995
19. (3:11) kin smuv – play to win 1997

Volumes 81-89 after the jump, like always. (more…)

The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents: Funk-O-Rama V3

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Volume three of our Funk-O-Rama compilations.
So far you liked it, so we tried to keep step up with forthcoming ones.
Thanks to Chris Lark for the suggestions, helped me out a lot.
** dirt_dog on the covers.

01. Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina
02. Kool Moe Dee – Funke Wisdom
03. EPMD – Let The Funk Flow
04. Chubb Rock – He’s Funky
05. The Beatnuts – Get Funky
06. Three Times Dope – Funky Dividends
07. Poor Righteous Teachers – Rock Dis Funky Joint
08. Whodini – Funky Beat
09. Kid N’ Play – Gittin’ Funky
10. Da Brat – Funkdafied
11. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Brand New Funk
12. Tragedy Khadafi – Funky Roll (Outro)

Stilltown Presents Philadelphia: Release Yourself

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Once again our homie Stilltown has made a great compilation and placed it on his own blog. Well, we decided it deserves to be seen also on T.R.O.Y. blog, due to material it offers.

Previous time it was Chicago compilation, but this time, he has focused on his own ground, Pennsylvania, but aiming on Philadelphia, not his home town Pittsburgh this time.

Stay tunned, cause soon, together with Stilltown, we will present you some dope Pittsburgh stuff.
Stilltown Presents Philadelphia: Release Yourself (2010)

*All tracks were recorded between 1987-1994*
01. Life Is Like A Nike Commercial (Just Do It) (Poison Ladd SLR & Beats In General)
02. Funky-Rye-Men (Ebony Broadcast System)
03. Outstanding (L-Rock)
04. Flex the Style From the Flow (Tyree)
05. Release Yourself (Phill Most Chill)
06. I Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Steady B)
07. Watch ‘Em All Take A Fall (Too Def Connection)
08. Flatline (Lyrical Underworld)
09. Ease Back (Jon Doe)
10. Rock Rock On (Cipha)
11. Check It Out (Lord Aaqil)
12. We Give Knockouts (Pure DeeFunk)
13. 45 Confessions Of A Killer (Legion Of Doom)
14. One Straight Binness (Tuff Crew feat. Shujaa & Class)
15. Sound In Your Ears (Tasc 4orce)
16. Kick Dat Stlye (Three Times Dope feat. Ruggedness Maddrama)
17. Checkin’ Down the Menu (Ruggedness Maddrama)
18. Beyond the Door (100X)
19. Boom Box (Lux)
20. Mind Over Matter (Tuff Crew feat. Emcee Mechanism)

Is Philly the 2nd most important city to Hip-Hop?

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

I’m just speaking for me, not the blog but I also believe it’s a very legit question too. When you put it down on paper and realize all of the Philly legends, microphone masters, turntable technicians, classics hits and summer anthems it’s an argument worth making.

Obviously, NYC is number one but when you think about how Philly changed the game and continues to deliver the top talent what city/state takes its spot? L.A? Atlanta? Jersey? Houston? Detroit? Think about it…

Here are just some (not complete) of some Philly representatives.

Schoolly D
Steady B
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
DJ Cash Money
Three Times Dope
The Roots
Beanie Sigel
Jedi Mind Trick
Dice Raw
Peedi Crakk
Rosco P. Coldchain
Gillie Da Kid
Chief Kamachi
Reef The Lost Cauze
Maylay Sparks
Baby Blak
Young Chris
Truck North
Ram Squad
Mountain Brothers
Jamal (Illegal)
Dat Fat Cat Clique
The Kartel
Last Emperor
Da Youngsta’s
Munk Wit Da Funk
Grand Agent
Known Rulers
High & Mighty
Philly’s Most Wanted

So what do you think? Click here to vote

Tall Dark & Handsome – Jackson 5

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Does anyone recognize a track that sampled the beginning of “Darling Dear” by The Jackson 5? The melody and the “La La La” singing?

Back in August, I posted on the “Track ID” thread from the T.R.O.Y. forum looking for the track that sampled it. I mentioned that the track was probably from the late 80’s or early 90’s. At first, I thought that it was Three Times Dope but after going through their albums, it wasn’t. I was still pretty sure that it was done by a group. After 5 days, no one replied so I asked again. Fellow T.R.O.Y. Bloggers Cenzi, Verge, and another forum member said that it didn’t ring a bell to them.

Today, November 7 as I’m writing, I don’t really remember what triggered me listen to this track but I went on Youtube to hear Tall Dark & Handsome (self titled track) from their 1988 hip-hop album on B-Boy Records. As soon as the track started, I remembered that it was that song that I was looking for 3 months straight. I knew that I wasn’t dreaming.. It’s definitely a classic ‘ahead of its time’ type of joint! If you want their album you can buy the Traffic Ent. Reissue from 2005. I still included a link courtesy of bustthefacts for those who wants to give it a quick listen.


Tall Dark & Handsome – T.D.H. (1988)

– Thomas V

Tri-Pack Wafer: Three Times Dope, Main Source, Gang Starr

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I hope one of his peoples could hook him up with a tri-pack/ That’s three different flavors/ Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry wafers” – MF Doom, “Kookies”
Three Times Dope “Increase The Peace” from Original Stylin’

Main Source “Peace Is Not The Word To Play” from Breaking Atoms

Gang Starr “Soliloquy Of Chaos” from Daily Operation

Download All Three Tracks + 2 Bonuses (“Peace Is Not The Word to Play” Video Remix, S.O.U.L.  “Peace Of Mind”)
Call me cynical, but a plea for peace  in the form of a rap song sounds wiser and more sincere when coming from an individual. “Self-Destruction” has a slamming beat and “We’re All In The Same Gang” is, err, well-intended, but the “We Are The World” vibe of both cuts leaves me cold. Crowded in-your-face issue songs age poorly, and feel heavy-handed, simplistic, and maudlin in retrospect. The fleeting, pedantic verses and sloganeering choruses are better fitted for unintentionally hilarious PSAs destined for YouTube cult status.
I loather to wander into the eternal debate over whether or not artists should feel obligated to indulge in proscriptive propaganda. However, I find myself drawn to songs that describe the nearly unintelligible sense of helplessness when one lives in fear of getting got. I can recount dozens that accurately depict the frustration attached to living righteously in a degenerate milieu. The best ones comment further on the unfounded but understandable sense of superiority one feels when examining the life decisions made by those embroiled in the street life.
Such efforts feel appreciably human, and their messengers seem that much more likable. Rapped responses to social disorder are typically unsatisfying as policy recommendations but supremely superb as songs. Few citizens are equipped to dole out nightly vigilante justice or work proactively to alleviate the root causes of crime. It is thus refreshing to know that my favorite musical genre rarely shies away from engaging current events in explicit but creative ways. Critics of rap who remain horrified at the genre’s fixation on violence routinely fail to share my appreciation, but that’s another discussion for another time.
Main Source’s “Peace Is Not The Word To Play” is every bit an intellectual exercise as any rap song revered by the literati. The bespectacled rapping producer Large Professor flips not only the music of his sample source but also the theme of said record. He engages in virtuosic observational wordplay, invoking multiple uses of the word and its homophones at every turn. But the song’s brainy approach does not distract from its core of torment. Large Pro decries the reduction of the peace sign and greeting to a ubiquitous yet morbidly ironic reminder that the post-D.A.I.S.Y. times are fucked the fucked up. His exasperation at man’s indecency and hypocrisy is tangible.
EST of Three Times Dope is similarly bewildered by the situation in his native Philadelphia, which in the late ’80s and early ’90s boasted a murder rate three times as high as New York City. The self-proclaimed “greatest man alive” is decidedly less avuncular than Large Pro, opting to speak to his audience more as a streetwise everyman than a neighborhood activist. His instructions are simple: sit back and soak in his pragmatic yet flavorful message of brotherhood. It’s hard to take issue with his reasoning. The song’s laid back vibe can win you over, as if designed to tranquilize, and the choice to sample two slain peace lovers (Marvin Gaye and Martin Luther King, Jr.) is mighty clever.
Guru never eschews soapbox speechifying, but “Soliloquy of Chaos” is a change of pace nonetheless. His commentary focuses narrowly on the type of violence that erupts at rap shows. He expresses concern and outrage without breaking character or resorting to a reactionary anti-youth pose. Much like EST, he appeals to common sense and shared values to champion peaceful living, suggesting that violence only succeeds in ruining a good time. Like Large Pro, he registers just enough disgust at knuckleheads to seem authoritative, and one is inclined to take his plea seriously. While I doubt that these songs actually stop career hoodlums from mixing it up, they remain relevant to those of us who have no choice but to navigate our living spaces with caution and restraint while the usually suspected unseen forces and trends do what they do. 
And they’re really, really dope.  — Thun
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No My Brother, You’ve Got to Buy Your Own

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

e could throw up links for albums all day (and trust me, we do) but there comes a time when one has to do the right thing and purchase music; there are certain albums one should own. Below are some great out-of-print releases we suggest. Some go for a pretty penny and some can be bought for just a penny. Feel free to use this post as a buyers/sellers guide if you will. We have provided direct links to each album so you can purchase or sell with just one click. You just might be surprised to find out that some of the very CD’s you own are worth more than some of your stocks today.

* prices are based on current listings 10/6/08
Release date: April ’89
Best price: $50
Release date: June ’89
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Release date: July ’93
Best Price: $284 (that’s not a typo)
Release date: Aug ’96
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Release date: May ’95
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Release date: Oct ’93
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Release date: March ’93
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Release date: June ’94
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Release date: May ’93
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Release date: Aug ’93
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Release date: Jan ’03
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Release date: Oct ’96
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Release date: Jan ’93
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Release date: March ’92
Best price: $ 32
Release date: July ’96
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Release date: Oct ’96
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Release date: Aug ’94
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Release date: July ’94
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Release date: July ’93
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Release date: April ’93
Best price: $3.50
Release date: Aug ’96
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Release date: Oct ’94
Best price: $12
Release date: Aug ’95
Best price: $3.5