Def Jam, 3rd Bass & Hammer’s gas face : MC Serch in GrandSlam part 1 (2003)

June 1, 2007

Surprisingly enough, Grandslam, which was a magazine that was around in 2003-2004, never had a proper website, hence none of their great interviews are archived anywhere online. Thankfully the feature on Paul C written by Dave Tompkins is.
Anyway, here is part one of a long interview of MC Serch by the P Brothers.
Also my friend Bachir did an interview with Serch a few days ago, for Hip-Hop Core. It’s finally online.


Unsigned Hype : Saafir in The Source (1992)

March 14, 2022

Digital Underground’s, Hobo Junction’s, Golden State’s and Bay Area greatest MC ever before becoming the movie and music star that he is today, in the Unsigned Hype column,  August 1992.


Also, check our one hour podcast on the Golden State Warriors Project :

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Categories : Bay Area, Demo, Unsigned, Matty C.

Unsigned Hype : DJ Shadow in The Source (1991)

February 25, 2022

Another Unsigned Hype from way back, that time Matty C was reviewing a demo tape by the young DJ Shadow. It was in the June 1991 issue of The Source.

Also check the mix we did for of DJ Shadow’s production, including a track from that tape :

Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy : Too $hort in The Source

January 31, 2022

Too $hort in the August 1992 issue of The Source, written by Reginald C. Dennis, photo by Victor Hall.

Who else feels confortable going from electro to trap beats, G funk to hyphy, boop bap to crunk ? One-hour of Short Dogs classics this week in our radio podcast on Grünt Radio : SL1200 special Too Short

Quintessential Hip-Hop Bluesisms : Biz Markie in The Source (1992)

January 10, 2022

Biz Markie in the February 1992 issue of The Source, written by Adario Strange, photo by Michael Benabib.

Here is a one-hour mix full of Biz classics, freestyles, live, covers and original samples he used in our new radio podcast on Grünt Radio : SL1200 special Biz Markie

I Know You Got Soul : Hank Shocklee & Bill Stephney in The Source (1990)

March 31, 2014

An interview with Bill Stephney and Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy/Bomb Squad) conducted by Jon Shecter in may 1990.


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Wayne’s World : Lil Wayne in Blaze (2000)

September 4, 2012

Didn’t Lil’ Wayne release Dedication 4 today ? So no, you can’t download it here, or find the lyrics, torrent or any mp3. Try DatPiff maybe. To be honest, I am just curious to know if I’ll get more clicks with this one…

This is from the february 2000 issue of Blaze magazine, and as far as I know it was his first time on a magazine cover as  a solo artist. Fell free to correct me if I’m wrong.



(Maybe I should add the word sextape to get a little more traffic ?)

Celebrated Outlaws : Graffiti pioneers in The Source (1993)

August 11, 2012

Four pages article written by Ricky Powell, covering various graffiti kings : Daze, Revolt, Zephyr, Futura 2000, Dondi, Team and Lee. Published in the “True School” special issue of The Source, november 1993.

Classic Review : Movin’ On (remix) in The Source (1991)

August 4, 2012

Review of Master Ace last single for Cold Chillin’, written by Reginald C. Dennis in The Source, june 1991.

Ace Is Wild : Master Ace feature (April 1991)

August 4, 2012

Here is a little story on Masta Ace (then spelled Master Ace) from 1991, after losing his contract with Cold Chillin and before signing with Delicious Vinyl. Written by Todd C Roberts.


Sleeping Snakes : A fiction by Masta Ace (The Source, 1993)

August 2, 2012

No offense to Slick Rick, but there is not any rapper who can mess with Masta Ace when it comes to story telling. Below is a fiction about a young graff writer written by Masta Ace and published in The Source in 1993.
Page 3 is a short interview with Ace to promote his album Slaughtahouse.
The song that comes with it is an early demo that didn’t make the final cut for his Take A Look Around album, unearthed a few years ago.



Props For The Propmaster : Kool DJ Red Alert in The Source (1993)

April 29, 2012

Feature on the legendary DJ Red Alert written by Reef in the Source, october 1993.

Classic Review : A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing in The Source (1991)

October 21, 2011

Review of Black Sheep’s first album in the november 1991 issue of The Source, written by Atco.



“There is a lot of talk about the lack of slammin’ jams on recent albums. That’s definitely not the case with the Black Sheep debut. Riding the jazzy “Flavor Of The Month,” Dres and Mista Lawnge follow-up with a style that’s bound to annoy and enjoy. With tracks such as “Similak Child,” “Hoes We Noes,” and “La Menage” (featuring Q-Tip), it’s plain to see that the Sheep rhyme about topics that might upset a few feminists, but it’s all in fun.


Musically the Sheep are unique, giving you an ear-ful of previously unused beats, basslines and samples from all types of music without making their tracks noisy or cluttered. The production comes off sounding crisp and clear to the point that you’ll find yourself freestyling over their funky beats.


Dres flows like a waterfall, and “the sugardick-daddy” Mista Lawnge spouts the lingo on a couple of cuts like on “Pass The 40,” where he states: “l stick gum in my ass cause I like to pop shit. ” Other dope cuts include ” Black With N.V. ” (No Vision), the tour-de-force “Try Counting Sheep” (which has a clever Rare Earth sample) and a message to the legions of wack rappers on “To Whom lt May Concern.” Throw in a couple of funny skits and you’ve got an idea of what the Sheep are about.


Although Black Sheep are down with the likes of De La Soul, Quest and the JB’s, they don’t sound like any of them-their shit just sounds dope.”