Monday, November 23, 2009

Old School Mondays:: Treats of the Day Edition

If you were on the site last week, you're likely aware that I'm a big fan of Ghettosocks' new album, Treat of the Day. There are a number of reasons for this, but one of the main ones is certainly Socks' liberal use of awesome old school vocal samples throughout the album. I'm not going to lie to you fine folks: I'm a sucker for old rap samples. If you've spent any time around this site, that shouldn't surprise you, but honestly, if you put a few songs on your album where you Premo-scratch (sure, everyone's done this, but I always associate it with Premier) a bunch of samples from classic hip hop songs for the chorus, well then you've gone a long way towards winning me over.

So, with an album full of good material fresh in my head, I couldn't resist doing an OSM that features the original songs for some of Treat of the Day's best samples. So then, a word about each song:

Jaz - Hawaiian Sophie - No better song to start with, as one of my favorite songs on TOTD is called Dreams of Hawaiian Sophie, and this Jaz tune is a Golden Age classic that I've never posted before. Luau's and high-top fades - a winning combo. And yes, it does feature a young, rather skinny version of yer man Jay-Z. Big Jaz put Jay on - it's too bad they hate each other now.

KRS-One - I Can't Wake Up - I also said this about Dreams of Hawaiian Sophie: "thanks in no small part to the fact that it samples one of my favorite KRS songs". This is that song, one in which KRS dreams he's a blunt being smoked by various hip hop personalities over a Premo beat. It's weirdly awesome.

Gangstarr - Dwyck f. Nice & Smooth - I've posted this song before, but bits of it are featured in both Ricochet and Pink Lemonade, so it appears again. Plus it's awesome, so there should be no complaints.

Joeski Love - Pee-Wee's Dance Another song that was posted a while ago, but again I refer to the awesomeness. Or perhaps some kitschy awesomeness, although I really do love this beat. It's also used in Ricochet.

Big Daddy Kane - Put Your Weight On It - Awesome, live-mix type of jam from BDK's often overlooked Taste Of Chocolate album. Kane just rips it as Mr. Cee flips the beat a few times. Forgot how great it was. Kane's "cut like a guillotine" from this song is scratched into the end of Fatal Flying Guillotine, which makes sense.

Wu-Tang - Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F*ck Wit - Grimy classic from the Wu (seriously, go back and listen to 36 Chambers, so awesome - more so when you consider RZA made some of those beats on like a 4-track) that is also sampled in Fatal Flying Guillotine.

The B-Boys - Rock The House - This jam is a classic here at the hill because hill co-founder somehow got a semi-warped, vinyl copy of it from somewhere in New Jersey one summer when he was on tour with Thrush Hermit as their merch guy (100% true story). It's Syndicate sniper Donald-D exhorting the masses to dance whilst Chuck Chillout cuts it up on the 1's & 2's. Great stuff, and Don's voice is sample on Rock The Discotech.

Have to warn you, there some awesome songs below, so go an enjoy, but like King Tee said, it's at your own risk. Oh, and if you like these songs, go get that Treat Of The Day.

MP3:: Jaz - Hawaiian Sophie

MP3:: KRS-One - I Can't Wake Up

MP3:: Gangstarr - DWYCK

MP3:: Joeski Love - Pee-Wee's Dance

MP3:: Big Daddy Kane - Put Your Weight On It

MP3:: Wu-Tang - Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nuthing Ta F Wit

MP3:: The B-Boys - Rock The House

Jaz - Hawaiian Sophie

Joe Ski Love - Pee Wee's Dance

Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nuthin' Ta F' Wit

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Old School Mondays:: The (Don't)Stopper Edition

First off, let me apologize for the lack of OSM-age last week. I hate to skip it, but time was scarce last weekend, and we wanted to ensure we got the awesome Paper Bag vinyl contest posted bright and early (as an aside, if you haven't entered that contest, do so now, as today will likely be the last day for it). But now we're back, and I wanted to return with a jumbo version to make up for last week's absence. But what to post? I was a little stumped for ideas, but then I remembered a song I went hunting for last week after writing one of my posts.

The song is The Stopper by Cutty Ranks. I've certainly said this before, but back at the start of the 90's, if you were into hip hop, chances are you were into some dancehall reggae as well. I certainly was, and to this day hearing any of the big songs from back then will bring a smile to my face. This is exactly what happened when I saw Skratch Bastid and Scratch flipping The Stopper-styled funk while preparing for their new T.O. club show. That got me in a Dancehall reminiscing mood, and so I went looking for some other old favorites.

So, like it or not, that's what you're getting: a "here are some old dancehall songs I enjoy" OSM. I'm actually quite happy because while doing this list I finally remembered a song I'd been trying to think of for a while. It's Mack Daddy by Bobby Konders (with chatting from Mikey Jarret - chatting! I know the lingo friend), and I'd been trying to remember the name of this song for a while so I could find it - although this should have been easier, I forgot it was on Red Alert's Propmaster Radio Show mix which I have a cassette copy of. Anyway, this song is classic, I remember there was a period of a fews months where we'd yell "Mack Daddy....Mack Daddy, Mack Daddy...Mack Daddy!" at random intervals because of this song. Well, at least I would anyway.

To go along with this we've got a couple of other all-time favorites, Typewriter from legendary hardman Louie Rankin (who I've talked about a couple times, but I care not, that album is an all-timer in terms of old school herohill lore), and Ghetto Red Hot from the always awesome Super Cat. To wrap things up we have something for the ladies, the classic Flex from Mad Cobra. I actually found this tape in one of my boxes, and I had to laugh because I honestly couldn't remember one other song on it except for Flex - which suggests I might have bought it mainly for that smoothed out dancehall love jam, and that is comical/horrifying.

So there you have it, enjoy. Oh, and BO!

MP3:: Cutty Ranks - The Stopper

MP3:: Bobby Konders & Massive Sounds - Mack Daddy

MP3:: Super Cat - Ghetto Red Hot

MP3:: Louie Rankin - Typewriter

MP3:: Mad Cobra - Flex

Cutty Ranks - The Stopper

Super Cat - Ghetto Red Hot

Mad Cobra

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Old School Mondays:: Grandmaster Flash Edition

Unless you're like the Ack, and you boycott any video game that requires you to do anything more complicated than repeatedly mashing one button, you've likely heard of DJ Hero. DJ Hero is exactly what you'd think: a DJ-based take on the Guitar Hero or Rock Band music simulation games that have blown up in the last few years. It looks pretty cool, and I certainly want to try it, but one of the more impressive aspects of the game is the song list.

The makers of the game assembled a track list for the game that features nearly 100 mash-ups of pretty well-known songs, many done by DJ luminaries like Z-Trip, DJ Shadow, the late DJ AM, Jazzy Jeff and the immortal Grandmaster Flash, who also narrates the instructional portions of the game. Flash is an interesting character, he's kind of like hip hop's favorite wacky uncle, except this uncle also just happened to pioneer a DJ-ing technique that became requisite part of the music & culture. I don't know about you, but when I think of Flash, I inevitably think of one thing: The Message. Sublime in every way, the original conscious rap song doesn't actually feature Flash doing his cutting & mixing thing, but it is pure, uncut awesome, and I realized I'd never posted it before, and so the main point of this post is to right that wrong.

But I figured it made sense to post something that also shows flash doing his thing, and there's no better example of that then The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel, which is like five minutes of Flash doing his live "quick-mix" thing. And so you're getting that one too. But once I started listening to these old songs, I couldn't stop, and there's a couple more for you. The Genius Of Love-sampling It's Nasty has always been a favorite of mine, so it's here too. You can't really talk about Flash and the Five without mentioning their first single Superappin', and we've got that one too. To finish, we've got a boombox favorite, New York, New York, which has a classic chorus and much more guitar shredding than I remember.

I say this all the time, but it's really true this time: these are some classic songs. If you aren't familiar with Flash or The Furious Five, school yourself, if you are, just let the memories flow.

MP3:: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message

MP3:: Grandmaster Flash - The Aventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels of Steel

MP3:: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - It's Nasty

MP3:: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - Superappin'

MP3:: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - New York New York

Video:: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message

Video:: Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - It's Nasty

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Old School Mondays:: PW Wolf's 45 Live Edition

I hinted at this last week, in my original post for Peanut Butter Wolf's 45 Live box set of hip hop vinyl singles, but the track list for his collection provided too irresistible. So, that's what you're going to get, more songs featured in the set, but first things first, if you haven't heard about 45 Live, go and to check it out.

I said pretty much all I needed to say about the awesomeness of this set in my previous post, but for this one here I just went down the list and picked out some notable songs, and preferably ones I haven't posted before. Rockin' It is just a one of those legendary songs that never sounds old, despite how old school the style it uses is. Earlier this year I posted on Mantronix, but somehow I didn't post Hardcore Hip Hop. Better later than never I suppose. I never managed to get my hands on a JVC Force album back in the day, but it's one of those mythical NY groups I'd always heard about. Because of that, I'd always wanted to post on them, but never got around to it. This is a good enough reason I'd say.

Cash Money & Marvelous is another group I've posted on, but I didn't post Mighty Hard Rocker, and it's a great jam. I realized that I've ever posted The Bridge is Over before. So consider that a wrong now righted.

Some great old school songs from a great collection.

MP3:: Fearless Four - Rockin' It

MP3:: Mantronix - Hardcore Hip-Hop

MP3:: JVC Force - Strong Island

MP3:: Cash Money & Marvelous - The Mighty Hard Rocker

MP3:: Boogie Down Productions - The Bridge is Over

Video:: BDP - The Bridge Is Over

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Old School Mondays:: Giving Thanks for Rakim Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you up here in Canada. I know the whole "Thanksgiving in October" thing usually confuses Americans, but it's essentially the same deal. We may not have the usually mediocre Dallas and Detroit-based NFL games on our Thanksgiving (speaking of thanks, I'm tremendously thankful for the Saints 4-0 start), but we have Turkey and pumpkin pie, and that's really what counts.

So, being a holiday, I hadn't planned on preparing an OSM this week, but the whole notion of giving thanks made me think I should post some songs from a golden ager that I'm thankful for. So I figured we might as well start with the best: the God. Rakim Allah might just be the best to ever do it, so I'm sure I'm far from being the only one who his thankful for his contribution to hip hop. So enjoy some songs from Ra's early career, and have a happy Thanksgiving.

MP3:: Eric B. featuring Rakim - Eric B. Is President

MP3:: Eric B. And Rakim - I Ain't No Joke

MP3:: Eric B. & Rakim - Move The Crowd (Beatmix By The Democratic 3 Feat. DJ Slack)

MP3:: Eric B. & Rakim - As The Rhyme Goes On (Pumpin' The Turbo - Chad Jay In Effect Version)

MP3:: Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Old School Mondays:: Swayze is Swayze Edition

Due to the busy-ness of the last couple weeks, this post is rather delayed, and I know that a few articles to this effect showed up after Patrick Swayze's death a couple weeks ago, but when I heard about it, I immiediatly thought of OSM. And clearly I'm not the only one, which is impressive, because you'd be hard pressed to find a dude that was less hip hop than Patrick Swayze, yet his name became a commonly used part of hip hop vernacular in the 90's. So, you know where this OSM is going by now, today we've got 5 songs that feature "Swayze".

If you're still reading this, then I likely don't need to tell you this, but the most common use of "Swayze" was as a shorthand way of saying "I'm Ghost", not because it rhymed with "crazy" as some British paper tried to claim. I'm not sure who used it first, but it was big in the EPMD camp, and when I think of the phrase, it's within the context of an EPMD song. So it only makes sense to that we lead off with a couple of EPMD songs, Boon Dox and It's Going Down - I think PMD uses Swayze in both songs, and if you're looking for a textbook usage, I'd look no further than EPMD.

But, the Swayze goodness doesn't end at EPMD -The Symphony Pt.2 features a brief Swayze usage from G. Rap, but this one is just mainly here because it's a fun listen. A rare E-Swift intro verse contains the Swayze ref on The Alkaholiks Can't Tell Me Shit, which is good, because I'll take any reason I can get to post songs from 21 & Over. Ever heard of this Method Man? I hear he's kind of popular. Well he also uses Swayze on his rather excellent Bring The Pain.

So, R.I.P. to Patrick Swayze, but go ahead and enjoy a rather unexpected part of his legacy with these songs.

MP3:: EPMD - Boon Dox

MP3:: EPMD - It's Going Down

MP3:: Marley Marl - The Symphony Pt.2 f. Master Ace, Craig G, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap, Little Daddy Shane

MP3:: The Alkaholiks - Can't Tell Me Shit

MP3:: Method Man - Bring The Pain

Video:: Marley Marl Presents Juice Crew - The Symphony (Part 2)

Video:: Method Man - Bring The Pain

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Old School Mondays:: Kid N' Play (2 Hype Edition)

Greetings. It's the Labor Day weekend up here (and elsewhere) so today's a holiday and I'm going to keep the writing brief. But I'll make up for it in musical accompaniment, as this OSM is packed with music & videos. I know the following video has made the rounds on the interweb, but it inspired this post, so it's required viewing (props to herohill alumnus Mr. E for sending it over):

Funny or sad? I think for me it was certainly both. Kid N' Play were once megastars where hip hop is concerned. The kick step, House Party, their own cartoon - Christopher "Kid" Reid and Christopher "Play" Martin had it all for a while. But like plenty of Golden Age icons, it didn't last, and now Kid's IMDB profile reads like a B-list celebs wet dream: Host of Your Big Break, playing a celebrity judge in Pauly Shore is Dead, guest spots on shows such as V.I.P. and Sister Sister. Ay yi yi. But oh well, Kid N' Play's 2 Hype played a large role in my Junior High experience, likely being herohill alumnus Shawn Lapaix's favorite album, so we played the hell out of it. I realized we'd nevern OSM'd it before, so here's all the best stuff from it. Enjoy.

MP3:: Kid N' Play - Rollin' With Kid 'N Play

MP3:: Kid N' Play - 2 Hype

MP3:: Kid N' Play - Do This My Way

MP3:: Kid N' Play - Gittin' Funky

MP3:: Kid N' Play - Gittin' Funky (UK 12" Remix)

Video:: Kid N' Play - Rollin' With Kid N' Play

Video:: Kid N' Play - 2 Hype

Video:: Kid N' Play - Do This My Way

Video:: Kid N' Play - Gittin' Funky

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Old School Mondays:: Stezo

I had nothing in the hopper for OSM this week, so I went looking into my old boxes of tapes for inspiration, and like The Biz in '88, I picked a winner. Yes, Stezo. He's the funkiest Steve Williams New Haven, Connecticut ever produced, a former backup dancer for EPMD, and the creator of the Steve Martin.

Stezo of course moved on to become an MC himself, and put out Crazy Noise, his sole full-length album in 1989. Boy did I love that album. Back in the day I picked up a cassette copy from the US at some point after seeing the video for Freak The Funk, and everything about it was great. It's on a classic old school label (Fresh/Sleeping Bag) and most of the production was really awesome, chock-full of classic breaks (in fact Stezo and his main man Dooley-O introduced the famous "Skull Snaps" break to hip hop on It's My Turn. Stezo might not have been the most lyrical of MC's ("Off the record, this is the anthe-num / And if you're dry, I came to damp 'em") but his cadence and wordplay were pretty addictive.

Have I mentioned that I loved this album? I know it wouldn't show up on anyone's best albums list, but it's one of those under the radar golden age album I still have a fondness for. It does have some great jams though, I'd put songs like Bring The Horns, Freak The Funk, It's My Turn, and To The Max up against anything. The Google informs me that Stezo not only kept putting out the occasional 12" during the 90's, but he has a myspace and appears to still be on the grind. His '94 release Bop Ya Headz has a video and features Jim Slice, who I believe was one his DJ's on Crazy Noise. I'd never heard it before, and it's quite different from the Stezo I know (but it isn't a surprise, just look at the change from the silver lamé hammer pants/red shirt & shoes outfit he was rocking for It's My Turn, to the fatigued-out look in the latter video), but it's a pretty good example of the Das-influenced hip hop that was big in '94-95.

So there you have it, start your week with some Stezo - that's a no-lose proposition in my book.

MP3:: Stezo - Freak the Funk

MP3:: Stezo - It's My Turn

MP3:: Stezo - To the Max

MP3:: Stezo - Bop Ya Headz

Video:: Stezo- It's My Turn

Video:: Stezo - Freak The Funk

Video:: Stezo - Bop Ya Headz f. Jim Slice

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Old School Mondays:: (DJ) Hurricane Edition

This is an OSM I've been meaning to do for a while, but how I ended up posting it today is a little odd (but which of my little OSM theories isn't?). Anyway, as you may or may not know, this past weekend here in Halifax was all about one thing: Hurricane Bill. This big, fat underpowered storm had been on track to skirt right by the coast of our fair province, and perhaps bring with it some hectic weather. So we all got in prep/hype mode, only to receive what was essentially a very rainy day. Yes, the wind was rather strong, and for perhaps a 20 minute period, things were almost hurricane-like, but we were expecting something a little more grandiose.

So, sitting down last night to come up with an OSM idea found me trying to come up with something hurricane related. Turns out this isn't the easiest task, but there's one man I kept coming back to: Hurricane. I suppose most folks know Hurricane as the Beasties former DJ, but he's also a fairly successful MC in his own right, both as a member of the cult-famous The Afros and as a solo artist.

The Afros are easily in the gimmick rap hall of fame, as rapping in afro wigs is both ridiculous and awesome to the max. Of course, because acronyms were all the rage back in the day, Afros stood for "A Funky Rhythmic Organization Of Sounds", but it seems pretty obvious to me that Hurra, Kool Tee & co. just put the wigs on one day, thought it was hilarious and created a whole thing around it. Nothing wrong with that, as Kickin' Afrolistics was a pretty solid album and my cassette copy got plenty of run. The were on JMJ records, and I think Jam Master Jay (R.I.P.) produced some/all of the tracks on the album. As one might expect from a group called The Afros, this isn't the most serious album going, but it does some pretty awesome party rap tracks, like Coolin' With The Fros, and Feel It. And then of course, there's the jam they are remembered for: Kickin' Afrolistics. So for those of you out there who are close to my age, these songs will likely make you smile.

As for Hurricane's so work, I actually don't know much about it. His '94 solo record, The Hurra, was put out by Grand Royal I think, and the Beasties are featured on Four Fly Guys, so I have to think the Ack owned this album at some point. I think the B-Boys and Mario Caldato were involved in producing this record, so the tracks certainly feel a lot like the "hip hop" tracks on Check Your Head and Ill Communication - heavy bottom grinders that would pulverize eardrums if they would played through Milk Dee "big as your girl" type speakers. But they don't feel too 90's dated, so here's Elbow Room and Four Fly Guys, enjoy.

MP3:: The Afros - Feel It

MP3:: The Afros - Kickin' Afrolistics

MP3:: Hurricane - Elbow Room

MP3:: Hurricane - Four Fly Guys

Video:: The Afros - Kickin' Afrolistics (Clark Kent Superlistic mix)

Video:: The Afros - Feel It

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Old School Mondays:: Funky Hit Posting Edition

Well, I'm not going to write a ton for this one, but I think a plethora of quality songs will make up for that. Last week I finally got around to listening to Lyrics Born's new mixtape, which I'd been sent info on a while ago. LB made a video for what I guess can be considered the first single (if mixtapes have singles, although I think it will appear on his next album as well), Funky Hit Records, and if the staccato drum track on that one doesn't make you think of old school hip hop, well then I'm not sure what to tell you. Anyway, it got me thinking about other classic songs that start with "Funky", and so that is what I'm giving you today.

That seems like a pretty broad category, or at least one that would yield a lot of potential songs, but I struggled with it actually. In fact I almost forgot all about one of the best songs on the list below, Three Times Dope's uber-classic Funky Dividends. Anyway, it's been included, so crisis averted, and the rest of the list is pretty damn good I think.

Funky Lemonade has one of the best titles of the 90's, and must be the top in the most intriguing back-story category (Chi-Ali being 14 and in the Native Tongues, killing a guy in '99 over $300). The eternally underrated Lord Finesse with a funky take on the guitar lick that diggety-das would make a big splash with soon after, and LOTUG, who many feel were overrated and blessed with solid Marley production that brought them their 15 minutes back in the early 90's. To wrap things up, we have an eternal classic from the duo that may be only second to the legendary H&O; as far as the hill's love for musical duos goes: Nice & Smooth. Funky For You is awesomeness in melodic, old school hip hop form, we will accept no debate on this. It remains one of the only songs I've done an in-depth lyrical analysis for on the hill, and it only gets better with age.

So there you go, some funkiness for your Monday. Enjoy.

MP3:: Chi-Ali - Funky Lemonade

MP3:: Three Times Dope - Funky Dividends

MP3:: Lord Finesse - Funky Technician

MP3:: Lords Of The Underground - Funky Child

MP3:: Nice & Smooth - Funky For You

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Old School Mondays:: Welcome Cillian Acker Edition

It's a long weekend up here in Halifax, perhaps the only really nice and sunny one we'll have this summer, so under ordinary circumstances I might not have even prepared an OSM, but what we have here are circumstances far from normal. This weekend, the Ack and his lovely wife Nic welcomed their first child to this world: Cillian Christian Acker. The Ack has alluded to the fact that their little guy has some sizable challenges ahead of him, but now that he's finally here, I just want to say welcome to Cillian and congrats to Bry and Nic.

So what to welcome Cillian with? Well, in my opinion, there is no better OSM-way to welcome a new baby boy than with the The Ruler, and It's A Boy. But this is your average baby boy, this is the Ack's boy we're talking about, so we've got the original version AND the Large Professor Remix. That's just how we roll on an occasion such as this. But that's not all. We need something else for the Ack, and so of course when the Ack and hip hop are concerned, we have to visit the Beastie canon. So, even though it was kind of a ridiculous song, in this case the title has plenty of meaning, so a remix version of Fight For Your Right it is.

Congrats again Bry and Nic.

MP3:: Slick Rick - It's A Boy

MP3:: Slick Rick - It's A Boy (Large Professor Remix)

MP3:: Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right (Junkie XL Mix)

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Old School Mondays:: Happy Birthday Petra Edition

Ok, today's OSM has a deal, and I shall tell you what it is. We were away this weekend for a family wedding (big up to Chrissy & Paul and the good people of Fredericton - home of Forward music), and so I didn't have much time to prepare an OSM for today. But as it happens, today is also my wife Petra's birthday, and so I thought I'd dedicate today's OSM to her and let her pick some songs. I mean after all, we've been together since high school, so surely she would have some fond memories of the stuff I used to bump in the Canadian Tire cassette deck in my Cutlass.

Her first request: "Does Every Little Step count as a rap song?". Ahh, kind of? But not really what we're looking for here, try again. "How about Motown Philly?". Ahhh, again, not really. Dare I ask for another? "How about that Fantastic Voyage song?". Coolio, right, ok, I sense we're not going to done any better than that, so it'll have to do. So here we go, a little Coolio for P's Barkley birthday. And Every Little Step too, cause I shan't front - I love that song. Enjoy.

MP3:: Coolio - Fantastic Voyage

MP3:: Bobby Brown - Every Little Step

Video:: Coolio - Fantastic Voyage

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Old School Mondays:: The Grunt Edition

Hopefully you caught my late Friday post on Skratch Bastid's new mix 110%, cause it's might good, and it's a free download, so go back and check it out if you haven't. Anyway, there was so much good stuff on that mix that I figured I'd get an idea for this week's OSM from it. And I thought it was going to be easy too, as I immediately planned on posting some Positive K, considering Bastid included I Got A Man on his mix, and I love the Pos K, it was a done deal. That is until I realized that I've already posted on Pos' one album two different times.

So it was time for a plan B, and luckily it was easy to find. The Public Enemy-The Grunt Mega-Mix from 110% cuts and splices PE with one of the breaks they are most associated with: The Grunt by The J.B.'s. PE's Nation Of Millions was the album that essentially got me addicted to hip hop, a habit I still can't kick today - regardless of how bad for me that product may be today. But anyway, anytime I hear the wailing horns laid down James Brown's posse, I get flooded with awesome memories. Night of the Living Baseheads, Rebel Without a Pause and Terminator X to the Edge of Panic (props to the Bastid for including the transformed Flash Gordon intro, awesome stuff) all use the Grunt,so that go me wondering what other songs have sampled it? So there you have this week's OSM, top 5 jams that sample The Grunt.

Night Of The Living Baseheads leads us off, because A) It is one of my favorite songs ever and B) I have never posted it. So done deal. PR & CL Smooth's Soul Brother #1 also features The Grunt's wailing horns, and I don't think I've posted nearly enough PR & CL for OSM, so this is a good call. I've said this before, and I'll say it again, you can never post too much Ultramagnetic, so Ease Back, which also features those same horns, is up next. The Jungle Brothers U Make Me Sweat is a more subtle sampler of The Grunt, but it's perfect for this, because not only have I always loved this funky track from Done By The Forces Of Nature, but the song that proceeds it on the album, What U Waitin' 4? is also included on Bastid's 100% mix. We'll finish up with more of an obscure one: Van Full of Pakistans from Y'all So Stupid. Honestly I'm not sure where this ties in, but the interweb tells me it does indeed sample The Grunt, and I'm 99% sure I have this tape in a box somewhere, and that made me smile, so I'm putting on here. Not a bad list in my humble, so enjoy.

MP3:: Public Enemy - Night of the Living Baseheads

MP3:: Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Soul Brother #1

MP3:: Ultramagnetic MC's - Ease Back

MP3:: The Jungle Brothers - U Make Me Sweat

MP3:: Y'All So Stupid - Van Full of Pakistans (Skeff Uncensored)

Video:: Public Enemy - Night of the Living Baseheads

Video:: Y'All So Stupid - Van Full of Pakistans

Not strictly hip hop per se, but if you ever did the running man at a school dance, then you'll enjoy this next one. I know hill co-founder Shawn Lapaix will at least.

MP3:: Joe Public - Live and Learn

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Old School Mondays:: Michael Jackson Sample Edition

Perhaps you were done reading MJ-related posts? Not so fast friend. Not to worry though, I've already done my little tribute post, so this right here is more like 40% tribute, and 60% not being able to pass up a solid angle for OSM. So yes, today we've got for you a top five of old school hip hop that sample Michael Jackson.

Now Michael Jackson didn't seem like the most hip hop guy going, but after hearing him mentioned by countless MC's through the years, I think hip hop dudes were drawn to him a lot more than one would suspect. I think if you listen to his music, older stuff especially, one would certainly surmise that buried somewhere deep under the layers of whatever MJ had done to himself over the years, was a large reservoir of soul, and rappers have usually responded to soulful types, even the non-traditional ones like Prince or MJ. And yes, they also sample from them, but like most huge artists, the samples stopped quite a while ago when the songwriter realized they could charge an MC their first-born to let them use even the most inane thing, like the Orson Wells laugh from Thriller (didn't stop NWA or PE though).

But that's ok, there's still some awesome songs that were able to use some MJ material, so let's go through the ones I picked. Our lead-off track, the bon-kares Just Keep Rockin' by Brits the Double Trouble and the Rebel MC serves a dual purpose - not only does it sample my fave jam (Don't Stop Till You Get Enough), but hill alumnus Mr. E has been requesting an OSM appearance by these dudes for ages. So there you go, done and done. Chubb Rock. Vocal sample from Off The Wall. Need I say more about the Chubbster's Enjoy Ya Self? If you know my history, then I think not. Mental Stamina was always one of my favorite Jeru songs, and up until now I never knew the beat sampled Billie Jean. Well then, that makes it perfect for this list doesn't it? Speaking of favorites, De La's Breakadawn from the cult-ishly beloved Buhloone Mindstate also fits squarely in that category, and it also happens to sample I Can't Help It from Off The Wall. And to wrap things up, perhaps the penultimate MJ sample, the sublime sampling of Human Nature by Large Pro for Nas' It Ain't Hard To Tell. That's good stuff, so enjoy.

MP3:: Double Trouble And The Rebel M.C. - Just Keep Rockin'

MP3:: Chubb Rock - Enjoy Ya Self

MP3:: Jeru The Damaja - Mental Stamina

MP3:: De la Soul - Breakadawn

MP3:: Nas - It Aint Hard To Tell

Video:: Nas - It Aint Hard To Tell

The cutoff for OSM inclusion is '95, otherwise I'd certainly have included the jam below, Big Pun's You Ain't A Killer, not only because I love the song, but also because it samples MJ's With A Child's Heart, which seems like as unlikely pairing as one could get, in just about every way.

MP3:: Big Pun - You Ain't a Killer

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