Dope piece on the best group ever by Reginald C. Dennis in february 1993.
Run DMC : Live At Montreux (DivShare)
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)
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)
Great interview where LL Cool J answers the questions of Reginald C. Dennis. Unfortunately I don’t have a copy of the Dangerous practice session that he played for him, so instead the audio is a live recording of LL dissing Ice T over the Keni Burke instrumental.
Part two of the long interview of MC Serch by the P Brothers.
For more recent news the interview we did with Serch a few days ago for Hip-Hop Core is finally online.
MC Serch & OC : Freestyle on The Stretch Armstrong Show Hosted by Bobbito (zShare)
MC Serch & OC : Freestyle on The Stretch Armstrong Show Hosted by Bobbito (DivShare)
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.
Do you remember back when there was no such thing as hip-hop magazine ? (or at least magazine totally devoted to rap music). Well if you don’t, here is an interesting example of how condescending and out of touch the rock critics were when discussing rap music. This is the NME review of Run DMC’s masterpiece from 19th july 1986.
Run DMC : Slow And Low (demo)
Review of Mobb Deep’s instant classic The Infamous, as seen by Dimitry Leger, june 1995.
Mobb Deep : Temperature’s Rising (demo)
Yeah another post about Nas, I know… It’s not even the last one.
Here is the famous 5 mics review from The Source by Shortie, and a bonus biog sheet sent with the album. And another track from the Illmatic demo.
Nas : Represent demo
While the media was hyping Snoop’s album as the most anticipated debut of all time, many of us in the hip-hop core had our eyes on another prize-Illmatic., the debut “reality story book” from Queensbridge’s Nas (formerly known as Nasty Nas). After peeping his skill on “Live at the BBQ”, “Back to the Grill”, and the official bomb, “halftime”, street dwellers and industry folks alike were predicting Nas’ first album to be monumental.
Now, I’m not one to sweat the next man, but… I must maintain that this is one of the best hip-hop albums I have ever heard. Word. Let me speak on it.
Musically, when Nas hooked up with four of hip-hop’s purest producers, it seems like all of the parties involved took their game to a higher level of expression. Whether listening to the dark piano chords of Pete Rock’s meaner side on “The World is Yours”, or Primo’s sinister bounce on “Represent” or Large Professor’s old-soul sound on “Memory Lane”, or Q-Tip’s jazzy marimba melody on “One Love” – it all motivates. Your mind races to keep up with Nas’ lyricism, while your body dips to the beat.
Lyrically, the whole shit is on point. No cliched metaphors, no gimmicks. Never too abstract, never superficial. Even the skit-intros are meaningful, and the album’s only guest rapper, AZ, is dangerous in his own right. (And he’s unsigned too? Not for long, son) Nas is just the epitome of that “New York State of Mind” in terms of style and delivery. But even outside of the “Rotten Apple” – “Listeners, bluntheads, fly ladies and prisoners, Hennessy-holders, and Old School niggas” from all over will be able to relate to Nas’ many techniques. Nas creates fantasy: “I drink Moet with Medusa/Give her shotguns in Hell/From the spliff that I lift and inhale”. He philosophizes : “I switched my motto/Instead of saying ‘fuck tomorrow’/That buck that bought a bottle/Coulda struck the Lotto”. He flows : “One forthe money/Two for the pussy and foreign cars/Three for Alize, niggas deceased or behind bars/I rap divine, god/Check the prognosis, is it real as showbiz/My window faces shoutouts/Drugs overdoses/Live amongst no roses, only the drama/For real, a nickel-plate is my fate/My medicine is the ganja”. And on, and on…
Nas’ images remind me a lot of personal memories and people, both passed and present, so the impact goes beyond just the entertainment aspect. All this may sound like melodrama but it’s not just me, I’ve been hearing similar responses all over. While “Memory Lane”, is my shit, my homies claim “The World Is Yours”, and if you’ve got peoples doing time, them “One Love” may hit you the hardest. There is nothing wack though, just different intensities for different people to relate to. The bottom line is this : even if the album doesn’t speak to you on that personal level, the music itself is still well worth the money. If you can’t at least appreciate the value of Nas’ poetical realism, then you best get yourself up out of hip-hop. Keep it real, baby.
Interview for the producer section of Rap Pages with Bilal Allah in june 1994, that’s after Midnight Marauders.
A Tribe Called Quest : Lyrics To Go remix
From the january 1993 issue of The Source, G Rap and Tyron Williams, Cold Chillin CEO, talk about censorship with Reginald C. Dennis, Ice T’s favourite journalist !
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo : Train Robbery