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 : 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.”


Classic Review : Love Sick in The Source (1991)

April 20, 2010

Review of Love Sick 12″ by Reef, published in june 1991.

Gang Starr : Credit Is Due (

Classic Review : Step In The Arena in The Source (1991)

April 20, 2010

Boston based group Gang Starr given a less than stellar rating for their classic album in february 1991 issue of Boston based magazine The Source.

Gang Starr : Ex-Girl To Next Girl (remix) (zShare)

Categories : Reef, Brooklyn, Review.

Behind The Rhymes : Eric B & Rakim in The Source (1990)

October 29, 2007

1990 Interview with Eric B & Rakim by Matty C & Reef, from The Source.

Eric B & Rakim : Everything’s Cool (DivShare)



Categories : Interview, Reef, Matty C.

Bronx Bombers : Ultramagnetic MC’s in The Source (1992)

May 11, 2007

Interview from 1992 with Ultramagnetic MC’s in The Source reminiscing about the good old days, talking about how I Like Your Style is a great song and discussing Kool Keith mental state.

Ultramagnetic MC’s : Message From The Boss (demo version) (zShare)
Ultramagnetic MC’s : Message From The Boss (demo version) (Send Space)