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Take It Personal – West Coast Classics III

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Episode 16 is the 3rd installment of our West Coast Classic series. We thought a trilogy would work, but there is just so much to cover that we’ll be blessing you with WCC IV in a few weeks. On this show we have tributes to N.W.A., 2Pac and Golden State Warriors (Ras Kass, Saafir & Xzibit). We also have classics from Compton’s Most Wanted, Da Lench Mob, DJ Quik, Spice 1, J5, Mac Mall, Kam, E-A-Ski, People Under The Stairs, Threat, Above The Law, Kendrick Lamar, Tash, Brotha Lynch Hung and Warren G to name a few. We plan to drop part IV real soon, so make sure you catch up to all 3 installments first. We hope this goes down as one of the most complete and entertaining tributes ever assembled of West Coast hip-hop.

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Take It Personal – West Coast Classics

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Episode 14 is the first installment of our West Coast Classics. Dust off those Chucks, throw on your khakis and strap-in for this for this west side roller-coaster ride. We got tunes from N.W.A., Ice T, Too $hort, King Tee, DJ Quik, Digital Underground, Above The Law, 2Pac, Cypress Hill, W.C., Murs, Kurupt, People Under The Stairs, MC Eiht, Nate Dogg, The Game, Ras Kass, The B.U.M.S., plus special tributes to Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre, Hieroglyphics and The Likwit Crew. Keep it locked, cuz the TIP crew is just getting started on this WCC series and even though there is a lot to cover, we tackle this muthf*cker like Lyle Azado.

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M.O.P – Remixes, B-Sides & Non-Album Tracks Vol. 2 & 3

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Thanks to Thereallex for putting this joint together. It’s one 1 of 8 volumes we’ll be bringing you of M.O.P. remixes, b-sides and non-album tracks. Be sure to send him your thanks on the forum and be on the look out for volume 2 coming at cha. —Philaflava

M.O.P – Remixes, B-Sides & Non-Album Tracks Vol. 2

01 – Roc La Famillia(Main) Ft Jay-Z , Memphis Bleek
02 – The Life Ft Gangstarr
03 – Bk To La Ft Xzibit
04 – Watch How It Go Down (Rmx) Ft Termanology and Papoose
05 – Pounds up (Remix)
06 – 4 Life Ft Gangstarr (Slight differences in the mix)
07 – Stand Clear (Matrix & Fierce Vip Remix) Ft Adam F
08 – 718 Ft Cormega
09 – Life Ft Guru and Stiken Moov
10 – Call An Ambulance (Remix) Ft Busta Rhymes, Rah Digga
11 – U Dont Know (Remix) Ft Jay-Z
12 – Sit Em Back Slow Ft Az
13 – Pounds Up (Remix)
14 – Sufferin’ (Feat. Rave & Fizzy Wo)
17 – 4 My Peeps Remix Ft Red Hot Lover Tone Organized Konfusion, Biggie Smalls
18 – Keepin It Gangsta (Remix) Ft Fabolous
19 – My Kinda Nigga (Unreleased version)
20 – Stress Ya’ll (Rare and Exclusive – Bootleg Vinyl version)


Vol. 3 after the jump (more…)

Loud Records “The Set-Up” Promo Tape (1997)

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

It’s taken me a long time, but as promised, here is a 320 rip for the 1997 promo sampler “The Set-Up.” It’s mostly made up of tracks everyone knows from nine seven, but it also contains 2 tracks that were never released: The Dwellas “The Main Aim” and Aäsim D’XplicitFly Shit” (misspelled as D’Xpicit on the tape and sleeve). The .rar file contains all the scans including the back cover and a full scan of the sleeve.

a1 Big Punisher-You Ain’t A Killer

a2 Davina-So Good
a3 Dead Prez.-Food, Clothes and Shelter
a4 The Dwellas-The Main Aim
a5 Aäsim D’Xplicit-Fly Shit

b1 Chef Raekwon-Wu Gambinos (Hidden Chamber)
b2 The Likx feat. ODB-Hip-Hop Drunkies
b3 Mobb Deep-In The Long Run
b4 Yvette Michele-I’m Not Feeling You
b5 Xzibit-At The Speed Of Life
b6 Sadat X-Game’s Sober



Ras Kass Live Performance @Bike Day LA Hollywood, CA

Thursday, May 6th, 2010
Ras Kass performed live at the Bike Day LA free event in Hollywood, CA. Ras Kass performed a five track set with full energy; including the classics Goldyn Chyld (DJ Premier Remix) , Soul On Ice (Remix) , 3 Card Molly, & Ghetto Fabulous. Even thought it was a great performance from Ras Kass, you could tell that you weren’t in a “hip-hop” crowd. It was mostly “skaters, long hair, skinny jeans” type of dudes. That’s why I was surprised when I saw that Ras Kass was performing there. But being a hip-hop head, I still had to go check it out and show some support to Ras! The setting was really dope! Ras Kass performed live on a rooftop. The sound system was messed up in the beginning though, Ras Kass’s mic was too low. He noticed after the first track so they went and fixed it.
If you don’t know, Ras Kass is releasing an album titled “A.D.I.D.A.S.” with DJ Rhettmatic. The first track that they released is titled “Release Yourself“. They weren’t thinking of putting it on the album but with all the praises they received, they might now add it to the project. I talked to Ras Kass and he said that they have so many dope tracks that it’s hard to get everything together on a 70 minute CD.

— Thomas V

Step One “Illegal Remixes Vol. 2” (2010)

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

The first volume of Illegal Remixes assembled by Step One proved quite popular, so here’s another batch of unofficial remixes for you.

There’s a good variety of flavours on this one, ranging from straight-up Hip Hop on the Meth, Xzibit and Mobb Deep tracks, to the reggae re-rubs of the Jungle Brothers and Fugees joints. The West Coast is represented on the “West Up!” remix and the ATL gets a look in with 2 Outkast joints. As with the first set, some of these are ripped from vinyl, others have been posted on blogs and forums. I’ve credited the creators where possible so click the links and show them some love if you like what you hear.

01 A Tribe Called Quest-Stressed Out (Richy Pitch Remix)
Remix by
Richy Pitch.

02 B.I.G.-Party and Bullshit (Cosmo Baker Remix)
Remix by
Cosmo Baker (one-third of The Rub).

03 Blackalicious-Passion (Strictly4TheLuvOfThaArt Mix)
Remixed by
DJ Funkyone aka Funkdoc. Germanys Finest!

04 Fugees-Ready Or Not (Dancehall Remix)
Remixer unknown.

05 Jungle Brothers-Jungle Brother (Drumsong Remix)
From the excellent
Upstate Remix series, available at Juno.

06 Method Man feat. Busta Rhymes-What’s Happenin (Showoff Remix)
Remix by
Statik Selektah.

07 Mobb Deep-GOD Pt. III (Ron G Remix)
Remix by the Legendary
Ron G.

08 Nas-Made You Look (Apache Remix)
Remixed by Gringo Starr for the Nation of 5’6. Nice interview with
No Identity Records that happened right about the time the vinyl dropped for this remix.

09 Outkast-Ms. Jackson (Party Flavors Remix)
Remix by Technical & True Blue for Dollar Bill Records.

10 Outkast-Spottieottiedopaliscious (Carl Mo Remix)
Remixed by
Carl Mo, courtesy of BLVDST.

11 The Pharcyde-Nuttin’ Like (Scientist Remix)
Remix by
DJ Scientist.

12 WC Mack 10 & Ice Cube-West Up! (Soul Focus Re-Fix)
Remix by
Soul Focus DJs.

13 Xzibit-Paparazzi (White Label Remix)
Remixer unknown.



King Tee The Great

Monday, February 15th, 2010

I shouldn’t have to sell you on King Tees greatness. In my book he is one of the most underrated emcees of all-time. When I think of real O.G.’s Tee is one of the first names that comes to mind. Along with the likes of MC Ren, King Tee kills most of the guest spots he gets. To give you a better idea here are two compilations filled with King Tee collabos from 1988-2009. For bonus tracks make sure you check out the great T.R.O.Y. forum where everyday is like Christmas.

Take a moment to thank Paul Smith for taking the time in putting these great compilations together. –Philaflava

King Tee The Great

01. Mixmaster Spade featuring King Tee & The Compton Posse – Genuis Is Back
02. King Tee, Body & Soul, Def Jeff, Tone Loc, Above The Law, N.W.A., Michel’le, Digital Underground, Young MC, Ice-T, Oaktown 3.5.7, MC Hammer & J.J. Fad – We’re All In The Same Gang
03. King Tee, Body & Soul, Def Jeff, Tone Loc, Above The Law, N.W.A., Michel’le, Digital Underground, Young MC, Ice-T, Oaktown 3.5.7, MC Hammer & J.J. Fad – We’re All In The Same Gang (Gangsta Mix)
04. Ice Cube ft. W.C. & The Maad Circle, Kam, King Tee, Deadly Threat & J-Dee – Color Blind
05. Intelligent Hoodlum, King Tee, Chubb Rock, Def Jeff, Grand Puba (Rap Industry For Social Evolution) – Keep Control
06. B-Real, Ice Cube, J-Dee, Kam, King Tee, MC Eiht, Threat & Yo-Yo (Get The Fist Movement) – Get The Fist
07. Tha Alkaholiks ft. King Tee – Likwit
08. Tha Alkaholiks ft. King Tee – Bullshit
09. Mad Kap ft. King Tee, Ahlee Rocksta & Tash – Check It Out
10. Nefertiti ft. King Tee & Nikke Kixx – Trouble In Paradise
11. Tha Alkaholiks ft. King Tee – Bottoms Up
12. Tha Alkaholiks ft. King Tee & Q-Tip – All The Way Live
13. Xzibit ft. King Tee – Positively Negative
14. Born 2wice ft. King Tee – The Jack
15. Dazzie Dee ft. King Tee, Mixmaster Spade & Toddy Tee – Where You From (Westside Hoodsta Remix)
16. King Tee – Stretch & Bobbitto Freestyle
17. Tha Alkaholiks ft. King Tee – Funny Style

Download Disc 1 (fixed)

01. Xzibit ft. Tha Alkaholiks & King Tee – Let It Rain
02. Xzibit ft. King Tee & Soopafly – Don’t Let The Money Make You
03. Ice-T ft. King Tee – Check Your Game
04. Defari, Xzibit, Knoc-Turn’al, Time Bomb, King Tee, MC Ren & Kokane – Some L.A. Niggaz
05. Xzibit, The Alkaholiks & King Tee – Where Da Paper At
06. Cypress Hill ft. Kurupt & King Tee – High Life (Fredwreck Remix)
07. Xzibit & King Tee – You Better Believe It
08. T.W.D.Y. ft. Casual, G-Stak, Keak Da Sneak & King Tee – No Win Situation
09. King Tee – Cali Expert
10. Xzibit ft. Butch Cassidy, Defari & King Tee – Loud & Clear
11. Masta Ace ft. King Tee & J-Ro – P.T.A.
12. Cypress Hill ft. King Tee & MC Ren- Southland Killers
13. Killa Tay feat. ”E”, King Tee & Rodney O – Thug Thizzle
14. Chico & Coolwadda ft. King Tee, Doughnut & The Homie E – Insomniac
15. Tha Alkaholiks ft. King Tee – The Bubble
16. J-Zone ft. J-Ro & King Tee – Choir Practice
17. Tha Alkaholiks ft. King Tee – Over Here
18. Xzibit ft. DJ Quik & King Tee – Poppin’ Off
19. DJ Crazy Toones ft. King Tee, Young Maylay & Roscoe – The Rat Pack

Download Disc 2 (fixed)

Ras Kass – The Endangered Lyricist

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Just today I received an email from Kris over at Ras Kass Central, where he has a Canibus-like online following and I noticed they’re starting this campaign called “Save Ras Kass.” Now, it’s no secret that he is one of my favorite lyricists of all-time. It’s no secret that T.R.O.Y. has showed Ras Kass more love than most rappers discussed here. In fact, I’m willing to bet there hasn’t been a blog out there that has come close to what we have done as far as support goes.

Just check the record.

Ras Kass – What Could Have Been?

So getting back to this viral marketing they’re doing. What exactly does Ras Kass need saving from? He is no longer in prison. He is no longer signed to Priority Records (at least, I believe so). He is no longer beefing with established rappers (who aren’t nearly as talented as he is) like Game. So basically Ras Kass needs saving from Ras Kass. Maybe it’s the folks he surrounds himself with. Maybe it’s his management? Maybe, just maybe Ras Kass needs go back to the basics and realize what made him the lyricist he is today.
Below we’re sold on “15 of Ras Kass’ classic songs to remind everyone why Ras Kass is one of the top 5 emcees. ” yet we all can look at this track list and easily pick apart a handful of selections that are suppose to help remind us of his G.O.A.T. status. No Sonset? No Etc.? No Jack Frost? No Music Bizness? No Oral Sex (pause)? No Won’t Catch Me Runnin”? No Remain Anonymous?
You know the saying you only get one chance for a first impression? Well he’s had multiple chances and he still isn’t getting it right. I’m not here to pick apart what Ras does, it’s only because I have so much respect and expectation for him as an emcee that I feel this adamant about his career and his choices he has made over the years. So download this mixtape and hear glimpses of why Ras Kass was once not to be fucked with and hopefully he’ll find his way back home. We’ve all been waiting. Hip-hop has been waiting. – Jason Gloss

DJ Mister Cee -The Best Of Mobb Deep (Updated 6/30/17)

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I wasn’t even aware that this DJ Mister Cee mix even existed until the other day when fellow TROY blogger Thomas V made mention of it. So I tracked it down and purchased it. A whopping 38 tracks of classics, appearances, remixes and a slew of unreleased material (11 to be exact).
01 Mobb Deep-Peer Pressure
02 Mobb Deep-Cop Hell (Unreleased)
03 Mobb Deep-Hit It From The Back
04 Mobb Deep-Patty Shop (Unreleased) feat. Big Noyd
05 Mobb Deep-Shook Ones (Parts 1 & 2)
06 Mobb Deep-The Bridge (94 Unreleased) feat. Big Noyd
07 Mobb Deep-Survival Of The Fittest (Original & Remix) feat. Crystal Johnson
08 Mobb Deep-Give Up The Goods feat. Big Noyd
09 Mobb Deep-We About To Get Hectic (Unreleased) feat. Gambino
10 Mobb Deep-Temperatures Rising (Original & Remix) feat. Crystal Johnson
11 Mobb Deep-Eye For A Eye feat. Nas & Raekwon
12 Mobb Deep-Drink Away The Pain feat. Q-Tip
13 Mobb Deep-Q.U. (Unreleased)
14 Das EFX-Microphone Master (Remix) feat. Mobb Deep
15 Da Youngsta’s-Bloodshed & War feat. Mobb Deep
16 Mobb Deep-Take It In Blood (Unreleased)
17 Mobb Deep-Still Shinin
18 Big Noyd-Recognize & Realize (Parts 1 & 2) feat. Mobb Deep
19 The Almighty RSO-War’s On feat. Mobb Deep
20 Mobb Deep-Back At You
21 Mobb Deep-Street Life feat. L.E.S. & ACD
22 Mobb Deep-First Day Of Spring (Unreleased) feat. Tragedy
23 Tragedy-LA, LA (Original & Remix) feat. Capone-N-Noreaga & Mobb Deep
24 LL Cool J-I Shot Ya feat. Keith Murray, Prodigy, Fat Joe & Foxxy Brown
25 Big Noyd-Usual Suspect (Original & Remix) feat. Havoc
26 Nas-Live Nigga Rap feat. Mobb Deep
27 Mobb Deep-Drop A Gem On Em
28 Mobb Deep-Rep The Q.B.C. (Unreleased) feat. Godfathers Pt. III
29 Shaquille O’Neal-Legal Money feat. Mobb Deep
30 Mobb Deep-Hell On Earth
31 Mobb Deep-Everyday Gunplay (Unreleased)
32 Foxxy Brown-Da Promise feat. Havoc
33 Mobb Deep-Crime Connection (Unreleased) feat. Cormega
34 Mobb Deep-G.O.D. Pt. III
35 Mobb Deep-In The Long Run (Unreleased) feat. Ty Nitty
36 Xzibit-Eye’s May Shine (Remix) feat. Mobb Deep
37 Mobb Deep-Extortion feat. Method Man
38 Mobb Deep-Nightime Vultures feat. Raekwon
Since this is a very recent purchase, I didn’t make a new cover to match all the other ones (and I think those days are behind me). But I did take the time to scan it in and lay out all new type. Up next is the final installment in this series, a double disc set for “The Best Of Jay-Z.”

Tri-Pack Wafer: Ghostface, Xzibit, Royal Flush

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Ghostface Killah “All That I Got Is You”

Royal Flush “Family Problems”

Xzibit “Carry The Weight”

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”
The above quote is taken out of context from a typically elaborate low-brow extended metaphor courtesy of MF Doom; “kookies” represent different “flavors” of porn stars but also slyly references web browser “cookies.” For our purposes however, the tri-pack wafer is simply a convenience pack of three related but distinctly enjoyable songs. Today’s selections are culled from the same era (1996-1997) and each one is claimed by its respective narrator to be an autobiographical account of an impoverished, unstable upbringing. 
I tend to be skeptical of criticism that suggests that rap lyrics, or any life-writings,  can ever exist in a form that is unsullied by fictive manipulation. It is a stance that belittles both critic and artist and flirts dangerously with the logical fallacies intrinsic to voyeuristic racial tourism. Who are these rappers to tell us that they are singularly impervious to the temptations of nostalgic revisionism or self-serving discretion? Conversely, who are we critics to presume that rappers are incapable of knowingly and creatively playing with the facts? With that said, I  love these songs precisely because their unwavering claims of authenticity are occasionally shaky, and I am loathe to debate the unknowable plausibility of such recollections. 
Today’s songs are framed more as confessionals or psychotherapy sessions than rosy-hued remembrances, and mostly avoid the saccharine platitudes that plague most “back in the day” songs. They are not entirely free of melodrama, however. Ghostface’s “All That I Got Is You” is an unapologetic R&B tearjerker filled with tales of roach-plucking and pissy mattress sharing so fucked up they practically redeem Ghost’s now-trademark effusiveness. Royal Flush is nearly maudlin as a blatant if convincing Ghostface impersonator and comes across as rather desperate in his attempt to maintain a facade of stoic realness against a musical backdrop suited for his emotional, graphic account of domestic abuse. 
Xzibit’s reminiscence steers clear of sentimentality in such an overdetermined manner that he actually sounds much like the angry, introverted adolescent he describes. While Ghostface and Royal Flush rhapsodize about their struggling mothers and hint at the eventual acquirement of a healthy adult perspective on pressing life matters, Xzibit just grumbles. He frames his past as an explanation of present behaviors, dysfunctional or otherwise. There’s a detectable trace of self-effacement for its own sake in his suppressed emotiveness. In each of these cases, the narrator’s central concern is the public’s current perception of his legitimacy as a spokesperson for the impoverished collective. Childhood is merely a reel of stock footage edited for the purpose of propaganda. 
And it never sounded better.
 — Thun