samedi 25 février 2017

InK. - Eleveneleven


That's already two years since Private School released their last album.
Now here's the new one from InK. (Ian and Kaos aka Jundax), 2/3 of PS minus DaGoldenRay.
The formula is still there, quiet moods, slow beats. It's kind of late-late night music, something to relax to when you're stressed or before sleeping... I really like the minimal structure of the beats with a very on-point selection of samples, kind of like Sach productions per say.
The two mc's voices complement each other very well also. Gorgeous artwork too.

To sum it up: if you're into their sound,  you'll love this one. Grab a copy, digital, cassette or cd here:

Private School Bandcamp


Days A Long Night
Dig It
Loud & Close
Drowning In The Wind
All I Ever Wanted...
Unknowing
Côte
Do No Harm
1111

mardi 21 février 2017

Constructive R.U.K.U.S. - S/T EP



This one is an obscure EP from 1999 by San Diego group Constructive R.U.K.U.S..
The self-released vinyl comes in different colors, green, red and gold. 
They also made an interesting collab mix-CD with fellow SD artists Roundtable MC's years ago sponsored by skate shoe company Osiris.
One for the collectors.



We Us
Whas Hapnin
Anbesol
Unforgiven
Planet 'Y' Instrumental

jeudi 19 janvier 2017

VA - Please Pass The Mic...


Way before the Project Blowed compilation (1995) or Beneath The Surface (1998), here's "Please Pass The Mic..." a cassette-only compilation that gathered the cream of the LA underground MCs in 1992.
Given the few hints behind this project -the mysterious Under-Ground Music Company label that only released this thing for instance- it's hard to know who came up with this project really.

But it features a few usual suspects from this area, including the Unity Comittee (future Jurassic 5 and Darkleaf), Big Al (that guy from the This Is The Life documentary?), Foesum under their old Perfection moniker, Trensetta as Funky Trend who questions what colors left to wear when you live in LA in 92, Snoop Dogg and of course Volume 10 who offers an interesting pre-album version of Sho Is Hype. 

Obviously the vibe is more about g-funk and gangsta rap than the Blowed comps, but it's still a nice glimpse into what was the scene like back then.



PERFECTION ft. SNOOP DOGGY DOG - Understand Perfection
UNITY COMMITTEE - Who's Gonna Be The Next Victim
MISTER CIX - 6 In The Clip
PERFECTION - Mack Thang
DED 2 THE WORLD - The Hoes That Won't Dance
MAC-10 - Dungeons & Dragons
BIG AL - Get On The Ride
FUNKY TREND - (Tell Me) What Colors Can I Be Wearin'
SUPERB SK & UNITY COMMITTEE - The Fish Taste Superb
QWYET STORM - Spare The Rod (Spoil The Child)
GP HIP HOP NATION - Is It Good 2 U?
CHOCOLATE TAI - Can I Kill It
VOLUME 10 - Sho Is Hype (But Not My Type)


In another news, Please check the excellent Kemetic Suns post over at Thisisforthehustlers, which features Karma's view over the KS years as well as an unreleased -and great- Ka Auditron Ba album on soundcloud. I wish more artists would come up with articles like that.

vendredi 13 janvier 2017

Pseudzero - Closed Caskets (An Afterlife Megamix)


The latest mix, dedicated to Afterlife Recordz, enjoy!



CVE - CV Intro                                                                                                                                         
ELLAY KHULE - Illuminum                                                                                                    
HIP HOP KCLAN - Bars Up                                                                                                 
RIFLEMAN - Summa This And Summa That #05                                                              
CVE - Hard In The Paint                                                                                                                 
EASTSIDE BADSTADS & NGA FSH  - Iz Hip Hop Dead?
ELLAY KHULE - Struggle Music                                                                                   
DNAE BEATS F/ ELLAY KHULE - Master Flows                                                               
PTERRADACTO - Primal Rage #13                                                                      
RIFLEMAN F/ MISTER CR - Choppers Anonymous                                                      
CVE - Forever CVE                                                                                                                   
OMID F/ ELLAY KHULE - Sunny Side Up                                  
CALI-RAG - Acap Skit                                                                                                                   
CVE F/ PTERRADACTO & RIFLEMAN - Stay On Phat                                                                      
CVE - Reach To The Mic                                                                                                                       
GUERRILLAH SPIT - Guerrillah Spit                                                                         
PTERRADACTO - Primal Rage #17                                                                                                       
RIDDLORE F/ 2MEX & BUSDRIVER - You Know We Run This Shit                                      
NGA FSH - Dubs                                                                                                                                   
RIDDLORE & DEBMASTER F/ AMEWU - We Love It                                                               
NGA FSH F/ DA TWINS - Where Da Real Heads At?!                                                                           BUSDRIVER - Overshadow                                                                                                          
HIP HOP KCLAN - Massive Meltdown                                                                                     
BUSDRIVER F/ ABSTRACT RUDE - Get On The Bus                                                                         CYPHA 7 - Night Life                                                                                                                               RIDDLORE F/ BUSDRIVER - Sin Cycle                                                                
JIZZM F/ RIDDLORE - Hi Style Takeover         
ELLAY KHULE - Knuckle Sandwich                                                                                       
ELLAY KHULE - Telecommunications                                                                                                 
OF MEXICAN DESCENT F/ SNIZAKE - Medication                                                                           RIDDLORE - I Smell Smoke                                                                                                   
CVE - Not Like Those                                                                                                                           
RIDDLORE F/ LATRENDA, MICOLE, NGA FSH & TRAY LOC -  Can U Love A Villain

dimanche 8 janvier 2017

Nomadik Mind Travlers - S/T


A regular request here is this pretty obscure cassette from 1999, the self titled album from the Nomadik Mind Travlers.
I don't know much about them but from the few hints we can get at discogs, they appear to be a duo comprised of Intillect and Shaun, and since they both appear on the Agriculture comp and Joe Dub is featured on a track, something tells me they must be from Hawaii (?). Once again, hit up the comment section if you know more.

What you get here is the cassette rip with separate tracks. I also noticed that on each side a track seems to be absent or merged with another one, or maybe it's just a tracklist error..  Those tracks are both 4th tracks on each side (Cut So Quick and Square One).



Hazey Elements
Mind Travlation
Up In The Air ft. Epic Paradox & Joe Dubbs
(Cut So Quick)
Life After ft. Epic Paradox & Sef
If It Was Up To Me
What's This World?
2055
Nature Vs. Man
Devils Tongue
(Square One)
Higher Powers
Shmeez
Freedom ft. Defiance, Epic Paradox & Visionary Force

mercredi 28 décembre 2016

Kwame Harrison (Mad Squirrel) - Bay Area Hip Hop Mix




I just discovered this cassette-only mix that was made by K.Harrison aka Mad Squirrel from SF's Forest Fires Collective. The mix is already 3 years old but full of great nuggets, and some never-heard stuff.
Who heard about Jihad's "Soul Mate" tape from 98 for example? Same with that Conceit tape, and what about that Prego EP that's impossible to find too?
Have a taste to the link below.

Here


GAMMA RAY & FATGUMS - Bay Tribute
BFAP - Intro Freestyle
MURS & ASOP - Lose My Mind
KONCEPTS - We & Dem
JIHAD! - Cali Stare
JUN DAX - 2000 AD/ Two Zero
CONCEIT - Fascinating
SKOTREL - Trainspotting
GAVIN - Verse One
ELIGH & SCARUB - Everything Goes
MEGABUSIVE - Anarhic Adjustment
AYENTEE & KONCEPTS - Falling Down
IND-RAY & THE "I" - Song 13
TOP RAMEN - Freestyle
PREGO W/ZEST (Aka JUST ONE) & FELLER QUENTIN - T-60 Slow
KARMA CHI & KIRBY DOMINANT - Jungle Repellents
MURS - Untitled
WONWAY - Regrets Freestyle
DESTINED & MAD SQUIRREL - Recipe Of We (Unreleased)
JUN DAX - Watch Where You Walk

And in case it's not enough, here's another one he did with his cd collection, but unfortunately no tracklist on this one:
https://www.mixcloud.com/IASPMUS/please-listen-to-my-cd-r-underground-hip-hop-music-from-the-fans-by-anthony-kwame-harrison/

samedi 26 novembre 2016

Asphalt Records - Syncaset Demos 7''



Asphalt Records is a label run by swedish DJ/Producer Imperial aka DJ Coolie Bee.
He mostly reissues demos and material from his old group Asphalt Legion and the MC's affiliated to it, which are mostly from Santa Cruz CA.

The Syncaset Demos is the new one of the series, a 300 copies 7'' that sound pretty fresh. 
Kleva & Collin O on the A Side (from 1994) and Quin & Coolie Bee on the flip (1995). Listen to the clip below and purchase if it's your cup of tea. 






Face A

KLEVA & COLLIN O - Solar Energy

Face B

QUIN & DJ COOLIE B - California Cripple