Saturday, 26 January 2008

NWA If It Ain't Ruff (Straight Outta Compton) (Priority) 1988

Classic NWA. This tune features only MC Ren and I always liked his style if not vocal tone. This was Dr Dre before he really started the 'G-Funk' sound, instead of George Clinton he is still on old soul and funk samples and uses classic funksters Average White Band who are actually from Scotland! The rhymes are slick and these complement the killer loop along with some well timed scratches.

NWA If It Ain't Ruff

Average White Band A Star In The Ghetto

Friday, 25 January 2008

Brand Nubian Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down (Elektra0 1992

The very definition of a classic record. Samples Lou Donaldson's 'It's Your Thing' for that KILLER rhythm track.

Brand Nubian Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down

Lou Donaldson It's Your Thing

Break Machine Street Dance (Sire) 1983

>Classic from the breakdance era. Was massive all over the place this one, not strictly rap but from that early drum machine time when tunes were still funky and had a vocal on the top..

Break Machine Street Dance

Sadat X It Go's Down Ones Again (DL Productions) 1997

Wicked hip hop tune from Sadat X of Brand Nubian fame. Love the intro to this as well, the way Sadat tears it up on this first verse...One of the best instrumentals as well.

Sadat X It Go's Down Ones Again

Sadat X It Go's Down Ones Again (Instrumental)

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Capone -N- Noreaga Live On Live Long (The War Report) (Tommy Boy) 1997

This is one hell of an album! 'The War Report' out in 1997, this is an absolute must if you like East Coast hip hop. Some badass beats, basslines and samples on this record. Admittedly it is aimed at the streets but it has the classic formula that only the East Coast seems to deliver-phat beats, samples and no crazy high hats all over the place like some of the new sh*t we hear now. Real rap music in my opinion..

Capone -N- Noreaga Live On Live Long

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Eric B & Rakim Paid In Full (Coldcut Seven Minutes Of Madness) (4th & Broadway) 1987

Rakim's the best. His rhymes were so smooth and way ahead of their time. This was THE golden age for rap music-the late 80's. This mix is the classic Coldcut one that apparently Eric B & Rakim didn't like too much. Samples Dennis Edwards' classic bassline from 'Don't Look Any Further' and also Ofra Haza's 'Im Nin'Alu'

Eric B & Rakim Paid In Full

Ofra Haza Im Nin'Alu (Globe Style) 1987

Dennis Edwards Feat Siedah Garrett Don't Look Any Further (Motown) 1984

Monday, 14 January 2008

Smif N Wessun Home Sweet Home (Dah Shinin') (Wreck) 1995

Top album track from the album 'Dah Shinin'' released in 1995. Another East Coast bomb. 'Home Sweet Home' uses a Roy Ayers sample from 'We Live In Brookyln, Baby'

Smif N Wessun Home Sweet Home

Roy Ayers We Live In Brooklyn, Baby