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)
Categories : Feature, Bronx, Freestyle.
July 28, 2007
KRS One tells Cheo H. Coker the Kris Parker Story, in EgoTrip, winter 1995.
KRS One & Common : freestyle on Hot 97
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)
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)
Categories : Producer, Interview.
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
Categories : Freestyle, Podcast, DJ.
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)
Categories : Queens, Demo, Editorial.
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)
Categories : Bronx, Live, Review, Chris Wilder.