Posts Tagged ‘ultramagnetic mcs’

Hydra Beats – The Complete Collection Flood

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Huge thank you goes out to Dirt Dog for this massive flood on the Philaflava forums. All volumes have been properly tagging and features all 14 releases from Godfather Don, The Beatnuts, Ghetto Pros, Nick Wiz and A Kid Called Roots to name a few. Links after the jump.

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Take It Personal Podcast (Ep 2): ATCQ Tribute

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Sometimes sequels are just better, like a lot better. Take The Empire Strikes Back, Low End Theory, The Infamous and De La Soul Is Dead for example. Take It Personal Episode 2 is our best yet! Not only is this an A Tribe Called Quest tribute show, but we’re playing joints by Ultramagnetic MC’s, Black Thought, Company Flow, Mos Def, Vinnie Paz, Nas, AZ, Ras Kass, D.I.T,C, Atmosphere, MarQ Spekt & Blockhead to name a few. Join Jason Gloss, Kevlar & DJ 360 on musical journey you won’t want to end. Or maybe you will, you probably will…

Please be sure to subscribe to one of the many options available to listen to Take It Personal so you can stay connected when new shows are released. From us at Take It Personal, thank you for your support and happy holidays to all of you. –Philaflava

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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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The Kool Keith Story

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

This dropped last week and literally NOBODY is talking about it and based on the views, certainly nobody is watching it either. You should. Despite his inability to make a decent album these days without the assistance of Automator, Kutmaster Kurt or TOMC3, Keith is a legend and his stories are always thoroughly entertaining. I swear, Keith and LL refuse to age. –Philaflava

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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Big Daddy Kane vs Ultramagnetic MC’s – Unreleased EP

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

It’s a bootleg, but a perfectly acceptable bootleg to most of us since it’s the only way we’ll ever own these songs or even be able to listen to them in full. Some of you may remember a while ago on ebay this never seen before Ultramagnetic acetate sold for over $3000 and all of us, psychotic vinyl crack addicts and regular golden era rap heads too,  died a little bit when we realized we’d probably never hear that full song that was obviously intended for play on the now defunct KISS FM radio. (more…)

Kool Keith – Total Orgasm Mixtape

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012


http://totalorgasm.bandcamp.com/track/total-orgasm-mixtape

Yet another example of an old rapper aging gracefully, Kool Keith will be turning 49 in October. This tape, mixed by DJ Junkaz Lou, dropped in January of 2012, but has gone mostly unnoticed until now. (At least, I hadn’t seen it until recently.) It’s 16 tracks combined into one 52-minute mix, which can be streamed for free or purchased for $1. The nine songs produced by Keith himself are some of the best on here, with my personal favorites being tracks 8 and 9, “Slam Dunk” and “Total Orgasm.”

Since this tape came out, Keith has also released his umpteenth solo album Love & Danger and spit some show-stopping verses on Red Apples 45‘s LUV NY project. He’s definitely had a few missteps over the course of his career, but you have to admit, a guy who’s almost 50 putting out this many dope tracks in one year really belies the notion that rap is only a young man’s game. It’s also comforting to know that Mr. Thornton hasn’t become any less eccentric in his old age. Quite the opposite in fact.

One last note: back in April, Keith claimed that Love & Danger would probably be his last album. On the other hand, as unclebengi pointed out to me, a recent interview with Red Apples 45 co-owner Ray West, the producer behind LUV NY, revealed that he and Keith “recorded maybe like thirty songs.” Here’s hoping those see the light of day.

-Samuel Diamond

Kool Keith Is Goin’ Off

Monday, June 6th, 2011

We’ll be back in full effect this week. In the meanwhile here are two videos of Mr. Thornton aka Activity goin’ off for DJ Jazzy Jay. –Philaflava

And for those who never saw Keith breaking for President Regan.

Peace to Edan and Memory Man for the find.

Ultramagnetic MCs “Chilling With Chuck Chillout”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Dope on …. acetate?

Chilling with Chuck Chill Out” one sided acetate. Never pressed to vinyl or on any Ultra Magnetic albums or compilations. This is probably a one of a kind acetate played exclusively by Chuck Chill Out at the beginning of his historic radio mix show in the late 80’s on KISS FM. One of the few early ultramagnetic recordings that is slower in tempo. Nice Herbie Hancock break and wild abstract verses from the whole crew.

The record was sold for us$2827 on Ebay

With a price tag like that should we feel bad for wanting to download the mp3?

Spotted via Grandgood via Stitch By Stitch.

The Kool Keith Takeover (SiriusXM)

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Yesterday Kool Keith Thornton took over SiriusXM’s old school hip hop channel, Backspin, for 2 hours, playing his favorite songs and adding a little commentary. Could this be Howard Stern’s possible replacement? I wouldn’t mind it. Tracklisting and download link after the jump. –Philaflava

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