Thursday, November 30, 2017

Interview - Caught In The Middle Magazine : The Nonce

From Caught In The Middle Magazine - Vol.1 Issue #1 - 1994

12" - 1994 - Wild West Records 

Third Sight - Orchids & Corpses EP - 2017

SR999 EP - 2017 - Sanctimonious Records 

A1 - Kopastetic 
A2 - Rare Form 
A3 - You Must Be High
B1 - Set It Off 
B2 - Twice As Nice 
B3 - Mediatate Sedated

The tracks presented on Sanctimonious Records debut release consist of six Third Sight demo cuts from 1993-1996, the first time these tracks have been released on vinyl. The group members, Jihad the Roughneck Emcee, Dufunk and D-Styles, made their debut on the underground classic Rhymes Like a Scientist 12” in 1996 followed by The Golden Shower Hour LP in 1998.

Orders :

Third Sight Orchids & Corpses (SR-999) - Limited to 200 copies
 Third Sight - Orchids & Corpses (SR-999) Test Pressing - Limited to 10 copies
Third Sight Tape bundle - Limited to 50 bundles
Third Sight Orchids & Corpses / Gun Shot Victim bundle - Limited to 100 bundles

Mix : Spek Da Architek Presents F.T

01. Intro / (Concrete Mob - Boiling Point Instrumental)
02. Buckwild - Wack Juice
03. Half Pit Half Dead - Better Off Dead
04. The Almighty RSO feat. Mobb Deep - War's On
05. The Colony - Where Ya At
06. Onyx feat. Method Man - Evil Streets (Remix)
07. The Psycho Realm - Stone Garden (Instrumental)
08. FATAL Fountain - All About Wars
09. NY Confidential - Backstabbed
10. Connecticut Kartel - Money Clips
11. Lace Da Booms - Ain't No Secret
12. Nick Wiz - Over Drive
13. Dizaster - Infiltrate
14. Shadowz In Da Dark - Final Chapter
15. Mr. Voodoo - Lyrical Tactics (Instrumental)
16. Ruggedness Madd Drama - Checkin Down The Menu (Remix)
17. Soul Survivors - We Rock The Mic (Instrumental)
18. Call O' Da Wild - Ruffturrain
19. Camouflage Large - Cocbacda 9
20. Cypress Hill - Killa Hill (Instrumental)
21. 12 O'Clock & Raekwon - Nasty Immigrants
22. ICF - Now Or Never (Da Klan Mix)
23. Maylay Sparks - Skool Dayz (1st Semester)
24. Wu-Tang Clan - It's Yourz (Instrumental)
25. Grand - The Visitor (Situation Critical)
26. Frankenstein - The Rain Is Gone
27. KC Da Rookee feat. Pure God Manifested - What Da Blood
28. Khromozomes feat. Infared - Say Word

Contact : Spek Da Architek

Album Review : Rakim - The 18th Letter - 1998

LP - 1997 - Universal Records

From Hip Hop Connection - January 1998 

Shabaam Sahdeeq & Shadowz In Da Dark - S&B Freestyle - 1996

Here is a Hot97 freestyle of Shabaam Sahdeeq and Shadowz in Da Dark from a Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show aired on December 8th 1996. Shabaam was there for the promotion of his first 12" single "So Real / It Could Happen released on Synistavoicez Records / Freeze Hip Hop, and was accompanied by both Shadowz in Da Dark members : Black Sun and Monochrome.

Sure Shot Singles : King Tee - Free Style Ghetto / Let's Get It On - 1994

12" - 1994 - MCA Records

From The Source - July 1995 - Scan courtesy of Frederic Thecle 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Different Shades of Black - Next School Pionners LP - 2017

RFLP-01  - 2017 - Roots Forward   

A1 -  Intro 
A2 - World Wrath 
A3 - Ill Compositions 
A4 - Comprehension feat. DAYO, Da Buda, Dazol Fiend, Roddy Rod
B1 - Taylor Made 
B2 - Game From Truth 
B3 - Outro 
B4 - VHS (Bonus Track)

In April 2017, I talked about the reissue on vinyl of this dope album originally released in 1995.
It's now available on Roots Forward Record, 300 Copies with Sticker Cover.


Don't Sleep !

Grown Man Rap Show - Episode 144 - Remix Special

Hosted by veterans DJ Toast & Paul Nice and broadcast live every Sunday night 10pm-12 midnight (ET) from 91.5 WRPI (Albany NY), Toast & Paul bring you 2 hours of the best in vintage & contemporary true school Hip Hop.

This is Episode 144 - originally aired on November 26, 2017

Rhythym Addicts “Scorpio”
LL Cool J “Jingling Baby”
LL Cool J “Jingling Baby (Remixed and Still Jingling)”
(Paul Nice set)
Eric B & Rakim “Microphone Fiend”
Eric B & Rakim “Microphone Fiend (45 King Remix)”
Queen Latifah “Wrath of My Madness”
Queen Latifah “Wrath of My Madness (DJ Premier Remix)”
Nas “It Aint Hard To Tell”
Nas “It Aint Hard To Tell (Large Professor Remix)”
Nas “The World Is Yours”
Nas “The World Is Yours (Q-Tip Remix)”
Black Moon “How Many M.C.'s”
Black Moon “How Many M.C.'s (DJ Evil Dee Remix)”
The Beatnuts “Get Funky”
The Beatnuts “Get Funky (Remix)”
Pete Rock & CL Smooth “I Got a Love”
Pete Rock & CL Smooth “I Got a Love (Remix)”
Ras Kass “Soul On Ice”
Ras Kass “Soul On Ice (Diamond D Remix)”
Showbiz & AG “Next Level (DJ Premier Remix)”
DITC “Dignified Soldiers”
DITC “Dignified Soldiers (Buckwild Remix)”
Show & AG f. KRS-One & Big Pun “Drop It Heavy”
Show & AG f. KRS-One & Big Pun “Drop It Heavy (Buckwild Remix)”
Pharcyde “Drop”
Pharcyde “Drop (Beatminerz Remix)”
Jeru the Damaja “You Can't Stop The Prophet”
Jeru the Damaja “You Can't Stop The Prophet (Pete Rock Remix)”
De La Soul f. Jungle Brothers, Q-Tip, Queen Latifah & Monie Love “Buddy (Remix)
Partridge Family “I Think I Love You”
Nice & Smooth “Hip Hop Junkies (Bedford Park Remix)”
Rhymefest f. Kanye West “Brand New”
Rhymefest f. Kanye West “Brand New (Paul Nice Remix)”
(DJ Toast set)
Lou Donaldson “Who’s Making Love”
Tragedy f. Mobb Deep & Capone N’ Noreaga “L.A., L.A.”
Tragedy f. Mobb Deep & Capone N’ Noreaga “L.A., L.A. (Kuwait Mix)”
Public Enemy “Shut ‘Em Down”
Public Enemy “Shut ‘Em Down (Pe-te Rock Mixx)”
Craig Mack “Flava In Ya Ear”
Craig Mack “Flava In Ya Ear (Easy Mo Mix)”
Black Moon “I Got Cha Opin”
Black Moon “I Got Cha Opin (Da Beatminerz Remix)”
Showbiz & A.G. “You Know Now”
Showbiz & A.G. “You Know Now (Buckwild Mix)”
Artifacts “The Ultimate”
Artifacts “The Ultimate (Showbiz Remix)”
Big L “Put It On”
Big L “Put It On (L.G. Remix)”
AZ “Sugar Hill”
AZ “Sugar Hill (L.E.S. Remix)”
Method Man & Redman “How High”
Method Man & Redman “How High (Remix)”
A Tribe Called Quest “Bonita Applebum”
A Tribe Called Quest “Bonita Applebum (Why ? Edit)”
Naughty By Nature “Feel Me Flow”
Naughty By Nature “Feel Me Flow (Jazzy Flow Remix)”
Smif-N-Wessun “Wrekonize”
Smif-N-Wessun “Wrekonize (Remix)”
Main Source “Just a Friendly Game of Baseball”
Main Source “Just a Friendly Game of Baseball (Remix)”
Guru “Respect the Architect”
Guru “Respect the Architect (Buckwild Remix)”
Fat Joe “The Shit Is Real”
Fat Joe “The Shit Is Real (DJ Premier Remix)”

Interview : Twelth Man - Shabazz The Disciple

From Hip Hop Connection - January 1998

Venom - Ruff N Tuff - 2017

CD - 2017 - Marvel Records

"Step down into this hidden parking lot, only the trucks lights allow you to see your ennemi. You are alone with no protection. A tight crowd is packed in circle around you, they got knives & chains, your influences are here too, waiting for any mistake. Your opponent will use the 
deadliest weapons to win, you'll have to show no mercy without losing your heart. 

One man, arrived from a foreign land with his Ensoniq ASR-X machine, a challenger ready for action, with something to prove, will have to defeat the toughest opponents to win this music tournament. Especially the worst of all : Himself. 

Detroit, Buffalo, Atlanta, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Los Angeles, New Jersey, some of the best music fighters come from every state to this showdown : Camp Lo, M E D (Stone Throw), Rah Digga, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Ras Kass, Conway, The Legion, Shadez Of Brooklyn, Marquee, Skanks & Gstats (of Bankai Fam), F.O.D, Nolan The Ninja and the talented singer Stacy Epps. 

“Ruff N Tuff” is the debut album of the Marvel Records artist VENOM, producer/remixer, half of NINJUSTICE (with Kyo Itachi), best known for his productions on Blaq Poet album "The Most Dangerous" and Marquee "Femme Fatale" + a bunch of underground bangers for Bankai Fam, Dirt Platoon... 
Not a compilation but a true producer album as Eric Sermon “Insomnia” or Pete Rock’s “Soul Survivor” , an "action album" with a deep concept that sounds like no other. With uncanny production skills, the Beat Warrior VENOM use music as a weapon, he punched the pads with brass knuckles and pushed his machines to their last limits. He programmed hard hitting drums and layered samples as bricks, then broke it with knife-hand scratches and ultimately let the world knows his productions strenght... 

Here you have an authentic Marvel Records album with the usual cover hand-painted by the legendary Melki (who did classic movies cover in the 80's such as Nightmare On Elm Street, Creepshow, Buckaroo Banzai, etc..). 

Only one question remains : Are you tuff enuff? " 
- Marvel Records

All tracks produced by Venom for Marvel Records. 
Cover illustration by Melki, Photographies by Yann "L'Oeil" Cressent.

Order your CD 
(comes with a Limited Poster + a classy 8 pages poster booklet + Sitckers)

Cooley Roc - Make No Mistake - 1995

Cooley Roc was a Northwest Hip-Hop artist based in Seattle. He dropped in 1995 a classic album on Xenosoul Records called " Make No Mistake", released on Cassette and CD format. This album composed of 19 tracks produced by Stile Free is really hard to find ... so if you find one don't hesitate to buy it !!  I have no more information about this artist ...

Datkid & Baileys Brown - Teeth Ledger - 2017

SPR010 - LP  -  2017 - Split Prophets 

Last Datkid & Baileys Brown's project called " Teeth Ledger" is now available via the Bristol based label Split Prophets.

Order you copy now :
Vinyl (10 Tracks) or CD (13 Tracks) 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Album Review : Capital Tax - The Swoll Package - 1993

LP - 1993 - MCA Records 

From The Source - August 1993 

Press Kit Scans courtesy of Frederic Thecle  

Lac Rippa / Scrooge - Lets Get It On / Concrete Jungle - 1995

Not a lot of info about Lac Rippa, Scrooge and this 12" ... except the duo was produced by Russell Pressley a.k.a Russ Prez, who produced at that time for Wu-Tang affiliated groups like Deadly Venoms, KGB or Killarmy. I asked to Russell some info about the group but I haven't had any answer yet. 
The 12" was released in 1995 on Mentally Disturbed East West and is composed of two tracks : "Lets get It On" which contains a sample of "Impeach The President" performed by The Honey Drippers and "Concrete Jungle" which uses the same bassline as Mobb Deep in "Trife Life", a sample of "You Are My Starship" performed by Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson.

Royalz feat. Roc Marciano - Facts 7" - 2017

7" - 2017 - GRHYME Productions

A - Facts feat Roc Marciano
B - Facts Instrumental

Royalz first single from his upcoming debut production album "Live 95". This special 7" features Roc Marciano and is available on very limited 7" vinyl (150 copies).


Friday, November 24, 2017

ILL Advised - Can U Smell It - 2018

LP - 2018 - Smoke On Records  

Smoke On Records is back again with a new wax which will be dropped in April 2018 : "Can U Smeel It"  by Ill Advised, group composed of Baby Blak, Mr Lish and occasionally Rasheed a.k.a Maylay Spark. 
This very rare album was originally released in 1997 on Quake City Records and came out in Japan only (CD). Productions by Basun Beats, D.J. Jazz, D.J. Mighty Mi, D.J. Miz & Reef.

So for the first time on Vinyl, don't sleep ... 500 copies only !
Shipping Date : April 2nd 2018

Video : E.C. Illa - Dark Times

New E.C. Illa music video "Dark Times" taken from the very limited-edition album "Seeds, Stem & Gems LP", available exclusively at 

Song recorded in 1993 . Video directed and animated by Juan "Big Herc" Hernandez

The Awesome Two (Special K & Teddy Tedd) - March 5th 1994 - WNWK

Heavy D - Got Me Waiting
Talk Break
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Murder Was The Case
Freddie Foxxx - So Tough
KRS-One - Hip Hop Vs. Rap
Stetsasonic - Sally
Talk Break
King Just - Warrior's Drum
A Tribe Called Quest - God Lives Through
Bahamadia - Total Wreck
Frankie Cutlass - Puerto Rico
Talk Break
KMD - What A Nigga Know
Grand Daddy I.U - Represent
Mic Break
Craz - It's On 
Talk Break
DJ Mondee Mix
DJ Rendez-Vous Mix
Talk Break
Snoop Dogg, Nate Dog & Warren G Live

Props to Dj Eclipse