A Man For All Seasons : KRS One in The Source (1997)

July 29, 2007

KRS was the first to have his face on the front page of The Source, and I think this is the last time he was on the cover. A very good feature written by Carlito Rodriguez in march 1997, probably one the most personal piece about him where he talks about his friends, his wife and his two sons Kris and the late Randy.

KRS One, Lord Finesse & Supernatural : Freestyle (DivShare)

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Categories : Feature, Bronx, Freestyle.


Blueprint Of Longevity : KRS One in Egotrip (1995)

July 28, 2007

KRS One tells Cheo H. Coker the Kris Parker Story, in EgoTrip, winter 1995.

KRS One & Common : freestyle on Hot 97

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And Then There Was One ! KRS One interview in The Source (1994)

July 27, 2007

Some more KRS interview, this one from 1994, The Teacher answers the questions of part-time teacher Louis Romain, from The Source.

KRS One : 13 And Good (Ali Shaheed Muhammad remix)

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The Legendary Man Behind The Board : T-Ray interview in Elemental (2004)

July 25, 2007

Long interview with a very overlooked producer, Todd Ray by Austin The Judge Wheeler. This low profile guy made classics for Lord Finesse, Artifacts, Cypress Hill (according to this interview at least !), Double X Posse, as well as Joe Burgos aka Fatal (another rapper whose album for WEA never came out…) Those unfamiliar with his music should also check the great http://www.canibringmygat.com/2007/07/12/t-ray/ for more mp3. I’m not really buying his story about discovering Nas though…

Fatal : Timber (DivShare)

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Categories : Producer, Interview.


The Studio Star Behind the Fresh Prince: Jazzy Jeff in Rap Express (1991)+podcast

July 23, 2007

Here is an interview I did with my man Jazzy Jeff a few months ago. I first met Jeff when he did his solo album. I was handling the promo for BBE and I got to hang around with him, take him record shopping with journalists while he was supposed to stay at the hotel etc. So we got to chat but my job was not to harrass him with questions, which got a little bit frustrating. So now I don’t work for BBE anymore so last time he came to town I had the opportunity to sit down with him for 45 minutes to do a proper interview.

Part 1 : On Philly, meeting Will, Word Up, and New-York rappers
Part 2 : On Jive, Hollywood, Kenny Dope, Skillz, Serato, and his favourite DJ
Part 3 : On Columbia, his crew of producers, and BBE

And not that you care, but the magazine scan below is from Rap Express in 1991, the offspring of teen metal magazine Circus. No, I couldn’t find any feature on Jazzy Jeff from any reputable hip-hop magazine.

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince : Capital Radio freestyle part 1
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince :
Capital Radio freestyle part 2

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Categories : Freestyle, Podcast, DJ.


Evolve : Pharoahe Monch editorial in The Source (1995)

July 21, 2007

Editorial written by rappers’ rapper Pharoahe Monch for The Source in may 1995. As far as I know he never used the lyrics that mysteriously appeared in his rhyme book, if they did, I’d really like to hear the song. And you should know how much I love this Simply II Positive demo, so that’s where the MP3 of the day comes from. 

Simply II Positive : International Arrival (demo) (Divshare)

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Categories : Queens, Demo, Editorial.


Classic Review : Live Hardcore Worldwide in The Source (1991)

July 20, 2007

Review Of BDP’s live album from The Source, in may 1991, written by Chris Wilder.

Boogie Down Productions : Ya Know The Rule (live) (DivShare)

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Categories : Bronx, Live, Review, Chris Wilder.


Higher Learning : KRS One in Blaze (1999)

July 18, 2007

Great article on KRS One, the Reprise A&R. OK, he wasn’t exactly a great A&R but it’s still an interesting read. The feature also mention various songs from the unreleased Maximum Strength album (Elliott Wilson, if you read this…) and rarely seen vintage pictures of KRS and Scott LaRock by the great Jannette Beckman. From the february 1999 issue of Blaze. Written by editor in chief Jesse Washington.

KRS One : Knowledge Reign Supreme (ZShare)
KRS One : Knowledge Reign Supreme (DivShare)

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Categories : Bronx, Feature.


Revolution 101 : a letter from KRS One to The Source (1996)

July 16, 2007

Typically, the january year-end issue of The Source was the boring one that nobody read. Except KRS who found some comments from Kierna Mayo Dawsey offensive . I wanted to scan the lengthy article in question but it’s so boring that my scanner keeps falling asleep midway through it.

Nas, KRS One & Rakim : Classic (edit) (DivShare)

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Categories : Bronx, Letter.


The Way Of White Folks : DJ Shadow letter to the Source (1991) + new interview

July 13, 2007

Yeah, I had a hard time finding the MD with the interview, but it was even more difficult to find another mention of DJ Shadow in The Source, besides this letter he wrote to magazine as a young fan in may 1991. I think Elliott Wilson may have mentioned him or Latyrx in his Independents’ Day column years later though.

So here is the audio of the interview I did with him where he talked about the Unsigned Hype demo, Dave Funkenklein, Paris among other things. The only problem is that the interview was not made for radio or broadcast so the sound is not so good, the main problem is that you don’t really hear my questions, sorry.

DJ Shadow interview Part 1 : on his first time spinning on the radio, Dave Funkenklein, the demo, what gear he was using and meeting Paris

DJ Shadow interview Part 2 :  on his little dude days as a digger, meeting James Lavelle, how much of a failure his career was in the US and why he didn’t produce many rappers besides his own crew

DJ Shadow interview Part 3 : On why he changed his sound, his relationship with the press, why he lets the major choosing the singles and why Keak The Sneak and Turf Talk are the best new artists out right now

DJ Shadow interview Part 4 : on how his under-the-radar projects since Private Press should have let us know he was changing, how he still like playing his old stuff, “Broken Levee Blues”, “This Time” and why he has so many songs with vocals on “The Outsider”


Sellout Or Savior ? : KRS One in Rap Sheet (1997)

July 11, 2007

Cover story on KRS One published in Rap Sheet (of which KRS was a contributor) written by editor in chief Darryl James in july 1997.

KRS One : Freestyle on Hot 97 (Div Share)
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Classic Review : KRS One in The Source (1995)

July 8, 2007

Review of an advance copy of KRS self-titled album, which was then titled Hip-Hop vs. Rap and was supposed to include “What I Know”.

KRS One : What I Know (DivShare)

Hip-Hop vs. Rap is like a greatest hits album from KRS and BDP, meaning that the best elements from his past albums are exhumed, brushed off, pumped up with new life and made FRESH for ’95, you suckers ! Armed with fierce, lyrical voracity, the king of self-hype and promotion truculently challenges any MC and aims to back up whatever he claims. So with “MCs Act Like They Don’t Know”, battle mode is pressed. Kris opens using the melody from Kurtis Blow’s “The Breaks” to rock his flow. as DJ Premier provides the break beats. The beat is caressed with chiming bells, monotonous piano keys and cuts and scratches, all meshed over a slick bass line. Delivering for the hardcore. Kris proceeds to flip different styles, drop punchllnes, sing different melodies and challenge, harass, spank and punish all wick, wick, wack MCs. The gauntlet tossed. Kris is ready to go skills for skills, toe to toe, in a battle for worldwide rap supremacy.

This theme only builds and manifests further with tracks like “Build Your Skillz” (featuring Busta Rhymes), “Ah Yeah !” and “Rappers Are in Danger.” Droppin’ ill styles, flows and lyrics, Kris proceeds to “run shit like diarrhea” and volunteers to “get you open like a prostitute’s butt cheeks.“ “Ah Yeah !” offers classic BDP deep bass, marching drums, aggravated trebles and enough “Bo ! Bo ! Bo !”s that you’ll think he’s Riddick. A swinging beat and repetitive digital sound reminiscent of the classic “Jimmy” allow Kris to continue his barrage, enveloping you with his lyrical dexterity. In “Rappers Are in Danger.” a sampled O.C. informs MCs he’s takin’ respect while KRS explains that any MC can battle for glory, but to kick a dope rhyme to wake up your peoples is another story.

Interwoven with battle lyrics, there always looms knowledge. “Natural” speaks on God and Jesus, rearranging the popularly accepted God picture with pure KRS facts. A Diamond D supplied track brings “What I Know”, which speaks on the untaught history of brutality against Blacks from 1906 to the present. Kris rocks your knot and schools ya at the same lime. “Give Me Relief”” is “Stop The Violence” 1995 style, as it’s made clear that we shouldn’t be afraid to apologize. grant forgiveness, say you‘re sorry or be a neutral vegetarian‘; or quite simply to not indulge in beefs. A couple of tracks manage to slow down the pace and subtract from the full value of this offering, but not enough to hinder the overall tight production and lyrical intensity. Blessed with years of consistency, an MC‘s skills can be taken for granted and thus slept on. Caution : don’t sleep.

A.L. DRE


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