Posts Tagged ‘various artists’

Monsta Island Czars Return To Monsta Island Vol. 2

Friday, May 25th, 2012


Making a 2nd volume of Return To Monsta Island was a must. While Sam nailed most of the standout cuts using our set parameters for Vol. 1, I knew there were plenty of others I already had in mind for Vol. 2. After putting together a loose playlist based on my selections and several that Echo Leader had chosen, I realized there was more than enough good material out there to keep most of the restrictions we had for Vol. 1. I decided to include songs featuring verses from outside friends and associates, but every song had to have at least one verse from an original Czar. The DOOM and Grimm restrictions would still be in place as well. At Echo Leader’s request, the DJ Fakts One Remix of MF Grimm’s “The Original” was included “cause it’s so damn dope.” Even though it was recorded before the Czars were formed, it’s a nice tribute to ‘the original’ Monsta Island Czar. All that and then some after the jump… (more…)

Monsta Island Czars: Return To Monsta Island Vol. 1

Friday, May 18th, 2012


The Monsta Island Czars have gone through numerous lineup changes over the years — so many in fact that it can be hard to tell at any given time who is in and who is out. Making matters more complex, most of the members have several aliases which they use interchangably, sometimes (but not always) dependending on whether or not they’re working with the rest of the group. While much of their best work has been done in collaboration, each member can stand strong on his own as well. Unfortunately, aside from Doom and Grimm, most of these guys haven’t yet gotten the shine they truly deserve. This compilation aims to help correct that by showcasing each of the core members as an individual solo artist. Tracklist, download link and some additional background information after the jump… (more…)

The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents: 100 Forgotten Favorites (Recap)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011


Part I of IV
Part II of IV
Part III of IV
Part IV of IV

In case you’ve been in a funky diabetic coma for the past few weeks, you’ve been doing the wop, the smurf, and the baseball bat to our latest four volume compilation, The TROY Blog Presents: 100 Forgotten Favorites. We originally intended to zip it all up into one huge download but the collection is damned near a gig and there’s no easy way to do that. Instead we simply offer links to the four parts for those who may have missed a step or two in the process. (more…)

The TROY Blog Presents: 100 Forgotten Favorites, Part IV of IV

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The TROY Blog Presents: 100 Forgotten Favorites

A few years back, a team of nine rap fans associated with the TROY forum at Philaflava.com and The TROY Blog assembled a compilation of 100 obscure rap songs from the past that we felt deserved to be recognized and remembered. We caught some flak from hardcore ebay collectors for the word “obscure” but years later our claim is vindicated because even the better known songs from that list are rarely mentioned. Today in 2011 three members of the original team —Thun, Philaflava and Magneto— have assembled a new list, which we call Forgotten Favorites. We picked 100 songs, mostly from the late ’80s through the late ’90s, that are too good to dissipate into the void of the internet, tracked down the highest quality mp3s for your listening pleasure (big up to the folks in the forum who helped us with that), and assembled them into a compilation that we will unveil in four parts of 25 songs each. Dirt_Dog provided the cover art to make the whole affair as iPod-friendly as possible. Blast this at a high volume wherever you go, there’s something for everybody, from classic singles that nobody bumps anymore to vinyl-only b-sides and album cuts that got overlooked to demos and unreleased tracks that were unearthed only recently.

If you missed Part I, you can find it here, if you slept on Part II get it here, and Part III is over this way. Hit the jump to get the full liner notes and download links. (more…)

The TROY Blog Presents: 100 Forgotten Favorites, Part III of IV

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The TROY Blog Presents: 100 Forgotten Favorites

A few years back, a team of nine rap fans associated with the TROY forum at Philaflava.com and The TROY Blog assembled a compilation of 100 obscure rap songs from the past that we felt deserved to be recognized and remembered. We caught some flak from hardcore ebay collectors for the word “obscure” but years later our claim is vindicated because even the better known songs from that list are rarely mentioned. Today in 2011 three members of the original team —Thun, Philaflava and Magneto— have assembled a new list, which we call Forgotten Favorites. We picked 100 songs, mostly from the late ’80s through the late ’90s, that are too good to dissipate into the void of the internet, tracked down the highest quality mp3s for your listening pleasure (big up to the folks in the forum who helped us with that), and assembled them into a compilation that we will unveil in four parts of 25 songs each. Dirt_Dog provided the cover art to make the whole affair as iPod-friendly as possible. Blast this at a high volume wherever you go, there’s something for everybody, from classic singles that nobody bumps anymore to vinyl-only b-sides and album cuts that got overlooked to demos and unreleased tracks that were unearthed only recently.

If you missed Part I, you can find it here and if you slept on Part II, get it here. Part IV of IV is on it’s way, so take the next few days to catch up before the grand finale. Hit the jump to get the full liner notes and download links. (more…)

The TROY Blog Presents: 100 Forgotten Favorites, Part II of IV

Monday, October 17th, 2011

The TROY Blog Presents: 100 Forgotten Favorites

A few years back, a team of nine rap fans associated with the TROY forum at Philaflava.com and The TROY Blog assembled a compilation of 100 obscure rap songs from the past that we felt deserved to be recognized and remembered. We caught some flak from hardcore ebay collectors for the word “obscure” but years later our claim is vindicated because even the better known songs from that list are rarely mentioned. Today in 2011 three members of the original team —Thun, Philaflava and Magneto— have assembled a new list, which we call Forgotten Favorites. We picked 100 songs, mostly from the late ’80s through the late ’90s, that are too good to dissipate into the void of the internet, tracked down the highest quality mp3s for your listening pleasure (big up to the folks in the forum who helped us with that), and assembled them into a compilation that we will unveil in four parts of 25 songs each. Dirt_Dog provided the cover art to make the whole affair as iPod-friendly as possible. Blast this at a high volume wherever you go, there’s something for everybody, from classic singles that nobody bumps anymore to vinyl-only b-sides and album cuts that got overlooked to demos and unreleased tracks that were unearthed only recently.

If you missed Part I, you can find it here. Part III of IV is coming shortly, so for now bounce ta this to get your work week started right.  You can find download links, the track list, and detailed liner notes after the jump. (more…)

The TROY Blog Presents: 100 Forgotten Favorites, Part I of IV

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The TROY Blog Presents: 100 Forgotten Favorites

A few years back, a team of nine rap fans associated with the TROY forum at Philaflava.com and The TROY Blog assembled a compilation of 100 obscure rap songs from the past that we felt deserved to be recognized and remembered. We caught some flak from hardcore ebay collectors for the word “obscure” but years later our claim is vindicated because even the better known songs from that list are rarely mentioned. Today in 2011 three members of the original team —Thun, Philaflava and Magneto— have assembled a new list, which we call Forgotten Favorites. We picked 100 songs, mostly from the late ’80s through the late ’90s, that are too good to dissipate into the void of the internet, tracked down the highest quality mp3s for your listening pleasure (big up to the folks in the forum who helped us with that), and assembled them into a compilation that we will unveil in four parts of 25 songs each. Dirt_Dog provided the cover art to make the whole affair as iPod-friendly as possible. Blast this at a high volume wherever you go, there’s something for everybody, from classic singles that nobody bumps anymore to vinyl-only b-sides and album cuts that got overlooked to demos and unreleased tracks that were unearthed only recently.

Part II of IV coming shortly – enjoy Part I of IV over the weekend. You can find download links, the track list, and detailed liner notes after the jump. (more…)

Midwest Series Volumes 6-9 (1990-1997)

Friday, April 8th, 2011

No I haven’t forgotten my midwest efforts. This compilation series has been on the backburner for too long though. To any hip hop who’s not deaf and provincial, there is an absolute gold mine of hip hop that doesn’t originate near any coast, east, west or south for that matter. I’ve got 21 editions in this midwest series and these are volumes 6-9. Tune into these sounds from the heartland. I think you’ll like what you hear.

Volume 6 —

01 (5:29) sir rock t – smooth operator [tulsa 1991]
02 (3:08) m1 – rage [detroit 1993]
03 (3:31) ruff-n-rugged – swing sump’n ruff [flint 1993]
04 (4:02) known 4 lynchin’ – ghetto language [detroit 1994]
05 (3:19) mood – karma [cincinatti 1997]
06 (4:27) k stone and the deadmen – crossbones and skeletons [detroit 1994]
07 (5:59) most ill crew – mad at the world [columbus ohio 1995]
08 (4:26) da basement society – dat’s da biscuit (remix) [nebraska 1994]
09 (4:43) just ro – untitled (bonus) [chicago 1995]
10 (3:18) psyclone – trife (dirty) [chicago 1995]
11 (4:14) b-def – black police [detroit 1995]
12 (4:14) black mob – sick of this shit [chicago 1995]
13 (3:31) alps cru – just can’t explain [chicago 1996]
14 (6:40) yacktown boys club – summer madness [pontiac michigan 1991]

Get volumes 7 &8 after the jump. (more…)

Philly Retrospectives Volumes 21-23 (1989-2000)

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Bringing more obscure underground dopeness today, it’s volumes 21-23 in my Philly retrospective series. A few of the tracks featured here were never officially released and some of them are radio rips. Read the nfo files if you want to know particular details. I love this Philadelphia project. If you’ve been following the series you know it runs deep. If not, do yourself a favor and start here. Collectors stay tuned, volume 28 is not far away. That’s the ‘final’ Pa compilation., but as I explained with the New Jersey series, there is never really an official ‘end’ to them. These collections are a longtime and ongoing labor of love.

Volume 21 —

01 (0:30) schoolly d – black  1989
02 (1:14) lux – power 99 intro drop  1989
03 (4:41) poppa bear kool breez – what’s the word ?  1995
04 (3:39) da funk – you can come & get done  1996
05 (4:01) bang bang poet ? – untitled track  1994
06 (3:56) lord aaqil – kid, what’s ya name  1993
07 (3:57) too def connection – music for your body  1992
08 (4:22) mel man – mel funktion  1991 (pittsburgh)
09 (4:54) big ish – invasion of the body snatcher (og mix)  1991
10 (5:08) munk wit da funk – money (remix) ft. altovise  1998
11 (3:18) jam & dkc – assault & battery  1996
12 (4:56) dat bul nat – cuties in cars  199?
13 (4:19) merdah – school boy crush  1994
14 (3:51) john doe – move on 1993 (unreleased demo tape – ruff house records)
15 (4:08) bahamadia – spontaneity 1996
16 (3:48) black opz – the reign 1997
17 (3:07) dj demonic – snakes in my hood 1995  (pittsburgh)
18 (0:18) ice dog – northside intro 1993
19 (3:42) steady b – bogardin (remix instrumental) 1994
20 (6:04) trauma center – doing much damage on da mic 1994
21 (3:53) ill advised – roll call 1997
22 (2:30) the last emperor – bums 2000

Volumes 22 and 23 after the jump. (more…)

Southern Series Volumes 17-20 (1991-1997)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

I’ve only done 24 southern compilations altogether. It’s sort of a shame I haven’t put together more. Provincialist snobs might look down upon bass and booty music but real heads know better. That’s not all that’s going on down below the mason-dixon line. I’ve been ruminating on 5-10 essential southern hip hop albums I’d suggest to anyone. That’s going to take awhile but I’ll get back to you on it. In the meantime, check out volumes 17-20 in my southern series.

volume 17 —

01 (4:18) way 2 real – southern funk (texas 1994)
02 (1:44) ave – red-neck intro (florida 1995)
03 (5:02) fesu – life goes on (texas 1992)
04 (4:03) rich da factor – get low playaz (louisiana 1995)
05 (4:24) street military – kick door burglar (texas 1995)
06 (0:31) carmike – intro (memphis 1995)
07 (3:50) fm – game (memphis 1992)
08 (2:59) trick daddy – goin’ down like that (florida 1990)
09 (4:05) grimm – pack a fist full (louisiana 1994)
10. (3:49) willie d & scarface – dem boyz (texas 1992)
11. (4:54) point blank – startin’ sh** (texas 1997)
12. (4:55) papa chuk – texas roughneck (urban hustlers mix) (1992)
13. (5:00) hen! – chillin’ in the morgue (atlanta 1994)
14. (4:08) azim – bounce ta dis (texas 1993)
15. (4:25) anm – junky thats funky (memphis 1991)
16. (4:25) daddy d – southside (new orleans 1994)
17. (5:15) m-team – share the funk (memphis 1991)

Volumes 18-20 after the jump. (more…)