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.

Masta Ace : Howard Park (demo) (DivShare)

Abstract Attitude : A Tribe Called Quest In The Source (1991)

September 24, 2011

Feature on Tribe Called Quest written by Chris Wilder in The Source, november 1991.

A Tribe Called Quest : Georgie Porgie featuring Brand Nubian (demo) (DivShare)


Classic Review : The Low End Theory in The Source (1991)

September 24, 2011

Review of Tribe’s 5 mic classic in The Source, november 1991, written by Reef.

A Tribe Called Quest : Scenario feat LONS, Black Sheep & De La Soul (demo) (DivShare)

“What do you do for an encore after making one of the most ground-breaking unique and outstanding hip-hop albums ever ? Instead of moving ahead to an uncharted musical plateau that may be over everyone’s head, the Tribe have veered off to the side, molding their jazz-infused samples with fat hardcore beats to give their progressive sound a streetwise edge.

The most prevalent theme on this record is the Tribe’s disillusionment with the music industry. Song topics address shady promoters, bootleggers and the greedy, insensitive record labels that rip-off artists. Meanwhile Tip and Ali drop some more fat loops from their secret sample vaults. The tracks are kept simple and feature the type of fat drum beats that can be heard from a boomin’ system three blocks
away. Instead of just throwing a beat over a loop, the Tribe combine distinct pieces of music, program their own beats, and transform their samples into a sound that is truly their own. They add the right touch-whether its a live bass with singing on Q-Tip’s “Verse From Abstract,” or the jazzy sax loop on Phife’s” Butter.”

Q-Tip has already proven he is a highly skilled lyricist with his own distinct style and once again he flows lovely, dubbing himself “the abstract poet.” Those who questioned Phife’s microphone techniques on the first album will swallow those doubts as he practically steals the show on this one. Phife provides a more straight-up b-boy approach to complement Tip’s mellow vibes.

Other outstanding cuts include “Buggin’ Out”, an uptempo jam with a catchy bassline, “Rap Promoter” with its chunky guitar samples, “ShowBiz”, featuring Brand Nubian’s Lord Jammar and Sadat X and ex-Ultimate Force member Diamond D, and “Scenario” a duet with the Leaders Of The New School that feature some incredible lyrics from Busta Bhymes. There’s no sophomore jinx to be found here only real hip-hop.”


Sure Shot : It Ain’t Hard To Tell in The Source (1994)

August 1, 2009

Unsigned review of Nasty Nas’ second single in february 1994.
The audio companion is an early demo with totally different lyrics and slightly different beat.

Nas : It Ain’t Hard To Tell (demo) (DivShare)

Second Coming : Nas in The Source (1994)

August 29, 2008

Classic article on the Illmatic sessions written by Jon Shecter in april 1994.

DJ Premier : Represent original demo instru (DivShare)

Categories : feature, queens, Jon Shecter, Demo.

Taking You There : Pete Rock & CL Smooth in Rap Pages (1994)

September 25, 2007

Lenghty interview with Pete Rock and CL Smooth in Rap Pages, september 1994 . Div Share seems to work again, let me know in the comments if it’s trippin again.

Pete Rock & CL Smooth : Lethal Weapon (demo) (Mass Mirror)
Pete Rock & CL Smooth : Lethal Weapon (demo) (Div Share)

Categories : Interview, Demo, Ghetto Communicator.

Unsigned Hype : Saafir in The Source (1992)

August 19, 2007

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.

Saafir : Light Sleeper (demo) (DivShare)


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

A Point Of Clarification : CL Smooth letter to the Editor in The Source (1992)

August 14, 2007

After the august interview CL Smooth took time to write to The Source to make sure his manager-mate LL Cool J didn’t take offense of his remark.

Pete Rock & CL Smooth : CL Strikes Again (demo) (DivShare)


Categories : Letter, Demo.

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)


Categories : Queens, Demo, Editorial.

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.


Classic Review : Organized Konfusion in The Source (1992)

June 13, 2007

Published in the Source, january of 1992, a review of Organized Konfusion first album, penned by Matty C. The audio is a track from their famous demo produced by the late Paul C, back when they called themselves Simply II Positive MC’s.

Simply II Positive aka Organized Konfusion : Mind Over Matter (demo) (DivShare)

Livin Proof review in The Source (1995)

June 13, 2007

You know you suck when the guy who review your album can’t find one decent line in your rhymes and can only quote an interlude ! You gotta appreciate how Joe Charles tries hard not to make fun of their lyrics. Lyrical enthusiast will surely appreciate the demo version of Supa Star, with different lyrics ! Have fun.

Group Home : Supa Star (demo) (DivShare)