Happy 2008 and the first comp of the year...

It is almost 2008, so what better way to kick in the new year than with a fat tape?

The CRDS Fat Tape Volume 1-2008

1-Big Daddy Kane-It's Hard Being The Kane (1990)
from the Taste of Chocolate LP and Raw 91 12"
Produced by
Prince Paul

Ahhhhh Big Daddy Kane, so smooth and full of clever lines, metaphors, delivered in a thick Barry White like tone and this would have to be the best cut from the fairly average third album from Antonio Hardy, there was just to much crooning and made for radio commercial syrup.

However Prince Paul came through on this joint, horn stabs, drums and bass lead into a fat bassline and percussion, while an ill horn sweeps through and Kane who is "cool as a draft" rips the mic with rhymes of raw power and dope lines,this is how the rest of the album should have sounded, what I love about this track the most is the horns.

2-Mr Voodoo-Hemlock (1996)
from the Lyrical Tactics 12"
Produced by Charlemagne

Those horns still give me chills and what about that ill bassline and Vopdoo's flow?...pure illness, this is another joint that would get a lot of requests when I played it on radio or out in bars and clubs in the 90's.

Brooklyn, New Yorks' Mr Voodoo was part of the dynamic Natural Elements crew and blessed a lot of tracks in his time, he now goes by the name Agu and still rhymes and makes music. mental receptors is setting off metal detectors...word


3-Troubleneck Brothers-Gusto (1993)
from the Troubleneck Wreck 12"
Produced by
Troubleneck Brothers

Dope, I remember this being requested a little bit, back in 1993 when I cold rocked it on radio (haha), listen to that bassline, those ill drums and that old school vocal sample (I think it might be from Wild Style) and again,sadly there isn't a great deal about the Troubleneck Brother's out there, they were from the Bronx and released an independent tape album in 1992 titled Fuck You and one of them went onto to start the all hip hop website.

4-Tony Tone-Flow To The Bone (Original Laidback Mix) (1993)
from the Flow To The Bone 12"
Produced by Tony Tone

Tony Tone (of Style fame) kicks a true 93 style and you hear flavor, mad and wreck along with some iggidy in his rhymes, but it's all good, over a simple mix of a surface sample bassline and Impeach and Synthetic Substiution drums Tone does work and this still sounds great as does the horn sample in the hook, I had this on a mixtape in the 90's and it's great to hear it again...word and special thanks to Matt for the hook up.

5-Blak Twang-Real Estate (1996)
from the Real Estate 12"
Produced by DJ Rumple

A dope and honest cut from the U.K's Blak Twang where he rhymes about the poor and housing estates he dwelled in, Blak talks about seeing high unemployment rates,having chicken nuggets robbed and drug addicts and doing what he and others had to do to get money and survive, over a soild bed of bass drums and a smooth bassline, this is a great slice of raw UK Hip Hop and my favourite track from Blak Twang.

6-Brotha Life-The Wreck'a (Original Mix) (1993)
from the The Wreck'A 12" (Island Noyze Records)
Produced by Brotha Life & Nathaniel X

Here is again another great example of 1993 Hip Hop, a piano loop, shuffling drums, bass and you guessed it horns swaying in and out of the mix,not a lot is known about Brotha Life, but I think he did House records as well as Hip Hop ones, the other track and the The Wreck'A remix were dope as well and I will up them at a later date, special thanks to Matt for this and to Smoov and Redkhat for the 12" pic.

7-Masta Ace Inc-Mad Wunz (1993)
from the Slaughtahouse LP
Produced by Ase One & Latief

Ahhh those horns (did I mention I am sucker for ill horn samples?.) and those slammin' drums and Ace's flow and Lord Digga's gruff voice on the hook and... oh you just know this is one of my all time favourites and from one of my all time favourite album,s it's funny but a lot of what Ace rhymes about on here is still a problem in Hip Hop and yep Ase One was of course an alias for Masta Ace....
To The Beat Y'All

8-The Beatnuts ft Al Tariq,Problemz and Marly Metal-Hammer Time (2001)
from the Take It or Squeeze It LP (2001)
Propduced by
The Beatnuts

I didn't think Take It Or Squeeze It was a bad album and this track made up of an ill piano loop, bass and kicking drums was a highlight for me, it is interesting to note that Psycho Les drops the we stand strong like the twin towers line because we all know what happened in 2001.

I have always thought that Kool G Rap would destroy this and I can hear him on this... I have started listening to this album again and know my man BH enjoys Problemz so this is dedicated to him.

9-Poor Righteous Teachers-Ghetto Love (1993)
from the Black Business LP
Produced by Father Shaheed

Ahhhhh back to 1993 again, I remember thrashing this tape until to snapped and then I got a dub off a friend, this was the first PRT album with no Tony D beats and it had Father Shaheed lacing the beats on their third album, on this joint we get another use of the classic Young Holt Trio Limited drums, a piercing horn and a sample I know form a BDP track, there isn't much to say here, except for I miss those days and this type of Hip Hop.

This is especially for my man O-Fish.

10-Pure Genius-Undercover (1995)
from the Unbelievable 12" (Pure Pressure Records)
Produced by
Pure Genius?

From Nottingham, England comes this dope and mellow track, using a great Lord Finesse vocal sample, a smooth bassline and fat drums (a chop of the ...Simple Song drums) you just can't go wrong,they also released "Unbelievable" and "Law of The Land" but some more info on these kids would help...anyone?

11-Lacks-The Idiology
from the Re:Lacks Vol 1 With The World LP
Produced by Lacks

This is none other than Ta'Raach, rhyming over a breezy track about lame MC's and the perils and hardships of making music for a living,the drums and keyboard sounds work well and it reminds me of some Kev Brown type of production, Lacks did the beat himself and the rest of the album is on this type of vibe and definitely worth checking out.

12-Ultramagnetic MC's-Pluckin Cards (1992)
from the Funk Your Head Up LP
Produced by Kool Keith

The second album is often a difficult one if the first album is a classic, the Ultra's didn't quite match the brilliance of Critical Beatdown, but Funk Your Head Up was it's own beast, Keith is so bugged and out of his mind with these rhymes about TV shows and er...sprinkling pepper on doo doo...wtf...haha but it's the fat Synthetic Substitution drums and warbling funk that makes this one of the stand outs, oh and some dope horns are in the mix as well.

13-Pip Skid-I Can't Front (2001)
from the P & C Factory Seconds LP
Produced by mcenroe

Another example showing mcenroe's fine production talent and I have always admired Pipi's gruff voice and honest rhymes, that sample is so freaking familiar and sounds like something the Beatnuts would use anyway it's a dope sample and I love the drums on this and of course Pip, yeah I know some kids won't enjoy this, but if you do..that's goo...oh and check for the amusing phone message from John Smith at the end.

14-The Hansoul Project-That's Life (1993)
from the That's Life 12"
Produced by -The Hansoul Project

Hmmmm bacon...listen to that ill crackle,the jazz samples and those drums just pound, ahhhhh 1993 come back, please come back, oh and yes indeed those horns but on a smile on my dial, the Hansoul Project was Spill and DJ Ran and they were signed to Loud Records when they released this, I am unsure if they had an album, so if you know please post in the comments section, props to Werner for the pic.

15-C.E.B.-Monkey on My Back (1993)
from the Countin' Endless Bank LP
Produced by Sabir

It is a sad and tragic tale about Philly's Steady B and Cool C as they should be living in good health but instead they are in jail and mostly likely for life as they were botched up a bank robbery in 1996 and an innocent police officer was shot and killed, they are both paying for their crime so we can still celebrate them as musicians, this record had a classic Ruffhouse sound, hard drums, rumbling basslines, quirky stabs and hooks and some of the lines seem to point at their eventual downfall.

the crds fat tape volume 1-2008


1. big daddy kane - it's hard being the kane (5:00)
2. mr voodoo - hemlock (4:24)
3. troubleneck-brothers - gusto (4:29)
4. tony tone - flow to the bone (original laid back mix)) (3:19)
5. blak twang - real estate (4:26)
6. brotha life - the wrecka (original mix) (3:35)
7. masta ace onc - the mad wunz (4:15)
8. the beatnuts feat al tariq, problemz, marly metal - hammer time (3:46)
9. prt - ghetto we love (4:42)
10. pure genius - undercover (2:37)
11. lacks - the idiology (3:57)
12. ultramagnetic mc's - pluckin' cards (4:59)
13. pip skid - i can't front (3:49)
14. the hansoul project - thats life (radio edit) (3:39)
15. c.e.b. - monkey on my back (4:01)

CRDS Presents-Tha Marley Marl Appreciation Post

"It Gots to be fonkeeeeee"

Marley Marl was born Marlon Williams in 1962 and was a Man that gave birth to fat and classic and overused breaks and beats,The Emotions "Blind Alley" and The Honey Drippers "Impeach The President" were discovered by Marley, oh and a little drum pattern called "Funky Drummer" was first used by Marley (thanks to BH for reminding me about that important fact),his production ethic often presented dirty(mostly James Brown) loops, heavy bass drops and funk, soul, jazz and whatever samples he conducted on his trusty Roland TR 808, SP900 and his Korg SDD's ( he had three) he didn't just loop beats either, in fact Marley would often separate, snares, kicks and hi-hats to form his own unique drum patterns.

A Queens, New York DJ/ Production veteran that gave life to some of the finest MC's in Hip Hop History, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie,Intelligent Hoodlum aka Tragedy,Kool G Rap, Roxanne Shante, Craig G and his cousin MC Shan and we can't forget TJ Swann, better known as the Juice Crew, Marley's loosely fitted crew paved the way for so many MC's (and please note I said MC's not shitty fly by night wack ringtone "rappers") "The Symphony" goes down in my view the greatest posse cut of all time and it was a sort of blueprint for large crew units like The Hieroglyphics,Visionaries, The Hit Squad and of course the Wu Tang Clan and many others.

Marley first began his production techniques when he was an intern at Unique Studios and he first hit the scene in 1984 by producing "Roxanne's Revenge" for Roxanne Shante then with "DJ Cuttin" released on Tuff City under the alias NYC Cutter 1985 and with the 'Marley Marl Scratch' besides all of the artists in the Juice Crew, Marl has produced and or remixed for...

Eric B & Rakim
Heavy D


Paula Abdul
Lord Of The Underground
MC Lyte
Rick James
Sister Sledge
Microphone Prince
KIng Tee
Monie Love
LL Cool J
Busta Rhymes
Dred Scott
En Vogue
Aron Hall
3rd Bass
Fat Joe
Force MD's
Chubb Rock
Movement Ex
Bobby Brown
Da Youngsta's
Fat Boys
Kieth Sweat
Mic Geronimo
Real Live
Sister Slegde
Chaka Khan
Dimples D
Jinx Da Juvey
Spoonie Gee
Stephanie Mills
Junior Giscombe
Bell Biv Devoe
Too Nice
Kid N Play
Steady B
White Boys
Oran 'Juice' Jones
and many more

Marley still works hard and sadly he had a heart attack this year, but thankfully he survived it, if Marlon left us there would be a massive void in Hip Hop, he still continues to work hard and released the Hip Hop Lives album with KRS One this year, it didn't fare as well as it could have, but it still contained some dope beats and KRS One was entertaining and educating, but some people just didn't feel it.

Marley is also the one to thank for the production steez of the great DJ Premier,Pete Rock (I am sure Pete got his love of horns from an early Marley Marl influence) and Large Professor amongst many others,

I could write pages and pages on Marlon's work but it would be very lengthy and I like for the remixes on this compilation to speak for themselves.

there is a great write up about the legend here...


so without further ado, here is the first in two volumes of dope (some rare) remixes from the great Marlon Williams, Marley Marl you are indeed one hell of a Man and Cold Rock Da Spot salutes you.

volume 1 of crds presents-tha marley marl remix files...


1. biz markie - biz is goin' off (12inch vocal remix) (1988)
2. roxanne shante-live on stage (hip hop version) (1989)
3. big daddy kane - rap summary (remix)
4. craig g - word association (remix) (1991)
5. the microphone prince - trunk of funk (remix) (1993)
6. masta ace - movin on (remix) (1991)
7. ll cool j-jingling baby (remixed and still jingling) (1990)
8. craig g-shootin' the gift (remix) (1989)
9. tragedy- at large (marley mix) (1993)
10. king tee- at your own risk (budha mix)
11. 3rd bass - product of the environment (remix) (1990)
12. big daddy kane-ill take you there (remix)
13. da youngsta's-hip hop ride (remix) (1994)
14. big daddy kane-raw (remix) (1993)
15. dred scott-nutin ta lose (marley marl remix)
16. capone-n-noreaga-feat. mobb deep and tragedy khadafi-l.a. l.a. (kuwait mix) (1997)
17. biz markie - vapors (remix) (1988)
18. king tee-black togetha again (marley marl remix) (1992)
19. lords of the underground - check it (remix)
20. masta ace - letter to the better (remix) (1990)

This dedication post is especially for my man AL, who is a massive Juice Crew fan and a longtime great friend.

Essential albums from The House of Hits




RE UP: CRDS Presents-The Adagio Collection…and some Jaz/Weds Nite Jam History

Photo by Stephen Mackey

I was going through some old discs and remembered that I had some old Weds Nite Jam stuff from the 90's, so here are two ads we made in (I think )1991 but it may have been earlier, I will ask Big Daddy Cam as I am sure he will know, these ads are funny and you may laugh your head off..it's all gravy..

Oh and I am pretty sure that were the first people to sample the "Night Court Theme"

1-WNJ Promo Ad (1991)
Haha..this was mad fun to make,Vee hooked up the beat and snatched the TV theme from Night Court, added some "Hihache" drums and away we went, I wrote the rhymes and Mikey was always bugging out in the background with his Word...but listen to the part where it goes Booommm...haha Mikey is going to kill me for that one.
2 WNJ Promo Ad 2 (1991)
I have fond memories of making this one,and I can't remember if this is the first or second one we with did the Average White Band sample) anyway have a listen and have a chuckle or a guffaw (lol)

Peace to Mikey, Micheal and Cam for putting me on like Big L :D


CRDS Presents-The Adagio Collection…

1-adagio - the break (97)
2-adagio - poetry to infinity (02)
3-adagio - upper hand

4-adagio - the obvious joint (96)
5-adagio - listening pleasure

6-adagio - hold tight (97)
7-adagio ft wisdom- the meaning (98)
8-adagio - 20-cents (a tale of two dimes)

9-adagio - boy & girl tale (97)
10-adagio-my girl (97)
11-adagio-who is adagio (02)
12-adagio ft wisdom and juggaknots-all star jam (96)
13-adagio - listening pleasure (remix) (98)

15-adagio-obvious (97)
16-adagio ft the juggaknots-who makes it hot (02)
17-ass and benefits (96)

Adagio was M.C. Reign Supreme and Big Cousin aka The
Obvious Wonder they first broke on the underground scene with the mixtape and underground radio show favourite The Obvious Joint” in 1996.
After that they released a succession of singles and e.p.'s mainly in 1997 and also appeared on records by Wisdom and The Juggaknots.


Adagio were last heard of in 2002(The classic Poetry to Infinity backed with Who is Adagio?12") and oddly there is hardly anything about them on the internet, not one photo or bio,only a list of records they have released and appeared on at discogs


Adagio is one of my all time favourite artists and it’s a shame there was never a full album,
but this is as close as you are going to get
I first did this comp in 2006 and it was quite popular on a few forums and blogs not to mention Soulseek, plus I received some requests for it via e-mail (what's good Mr Incognito ;), so I have redone it up and tried my hardest to find the best quality recordings.

My thanks to Trav and the WYDU crew @
and those ill vinyl collectors
ral278 and mirro @

and a fat Downtown Science shout out to
lynton @


and I have to state that being a rap nerd pays off when you get personal e-mails from Saalam Remi  and X-Ray (Darc Mind)...word up.

It's Goodnight from him and...CRDS Presents Da Das EFX Remixes

Alright good people, this is the last post of 2007 and I want to personally thank my crew at the PR forum, Mag, Illest, Goonie and the rest of our small family,the vinyl nerds at Diggers With Gratitude and Smoov at Vinyl Addicts and of course a massive shout to my blogger family, Travis, Dart, Eric, Mach,Illustrious, Allkuttraz, Ruud, Scholar, Dan love, etc...

I told Philaflava that sometimes you have to go through the worst kinds of hell, before you can see the bigger picture and he agreed and told me to do my thing, so I made sure T.R.O.Y blow up a little and haven't finished yet....kaboom

Mad props to those who have voted for me as T.R.O.Y. mod of the year

I want to thank everyone of you that left kind, positive and dope comments, I want to thank every reader that I speak to regularly through e-mail... you have made CDRS the great place it is today.

I was going to do a list but there are to many names... so if you read this Thank You as well :D

Next year is going to be mad CRDS will be kicking off with the first Back To 88 The Great compilations and write ups, as well as more JVC Tapedeck Fat Tapes and remix comps, so Happy Christmas and have a safe time, eat drink and be merry and have a good snooze after Christmas lunch after undoing your belt...haha

The figgedy funk rippers...

A friend told me he saw Das EFX live in Europe sometime this year and he said that they still have it, so let's hope that they can bring that to a dope album, I do get the feeling that they might be on EPMD's We Mean Business, but don't know for sure.

Let's get a few things cleared up here, Das were never gimmick rappers, listen to the powerful deliveries Drayz and Skoob gave and their lyrics were clever and often funny as hell, how can you deny the incredible chemistry these 2 had?

What became the gimmick was the one-off crews and groups that one ran with it and maybe had a single or an album and then vanished.

I know a lot of heads say that they bit the style off Demon Boyz from the UK, but I disagree, I mean I can hear it a little and I guess the Demon Boyz style was influenced by reggae/dancehall and ragga.

I think all Das did was take a rapid style,and add their own flavour to it.

Anyway, I have always been a big fan of Diggy Das and was disappointed that 1998's Generation EFX album was very weak, the solo efforts from the duo haven't been that strong either.

So here is a little compilation I did up and I do know that there have already been Das EFX remixes albums, but this is the CRDS one and I am pretty sure I got everything here.

So with that said

Giggedy grab your headphones, crack a brew, kick your feet up and enjoy the real Hip Hop.

2007-CRDS Presents Da Diggy Das EFX Remixes

1. das efx ft mobb deep - microphone master (dome cracker remix)
2. das efx - east coast (promo remix)
3. das efx - they want efx (remix)
4. das efx - straight out the sewer(solid scheme remix 1)
5. das efx - mic checka (solid scheme remix)
6. das efx - real hip hop (pmd remix)
7. das efx - jussumen (pete rock remix)
8. das efx - kaught in da ak (dj premier remix)
9. das efx - real hip hop (pete rock remix)
10. das efx - freak it (remix 2)
11. das efx - real hip hop (solid scheme remix)
12. das efx - freak it (remix)
13. das efx - it's like dat (remix)
14. das efx ft mobb deep - microphone master (41st side street remix)
15. das efx - baknaffek (solid scheme radio remix)
16. das efx - freak it (remix 1)
17. das-efx - host wit da most (rappaz remix)
18. das efx - straight out the sewer (solid scheme remix-2)
19. das efx - baknaffek (e-a-ski remix)
20. das efx - microphone master (jay dee remix)
Bonus track 21. das efx - hard like a criminal


EPMD...The Remixes

I will make this short and simple kids...

To celebrate the great rap vets Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith's 20 years in the rap game, I have compiled all of EPMD's remixes that I know you will enjoy.

I can't wait for 2008's We Mean Business and hope it's really dope..do I even need to tell you how much I love EPMD?

I didn't think so...

On a side note, I have been compiling a master list of my collection, it's nuts, I can't believe I have so much and only 2 ears and 24 hours in a day...anyways

Your PC, I-Pod awaits...comments, as always are appreciated


1. epmd - strictly business (club mix)
2. epmd - so wat cha sayin (club mix)
3. epmd - crossover (trunk mix)
4. epmd - im mad (dj scratch remix)
5. epmd - you gots to chill (club mix)
6. epmd-give the people (erick and parrish remix)
7. epmd ft ll cool j-rampage (hardcore to the head mix)
8. epmd- gold digger (e & p remix)
9. epmd ft redman & k-solo-head banger (remix radio edit)
10.epmd-give the people (jeep mix)
11.epmd-rampage (remix extended)
12.epmd-never seen before (remix)
13.epmd-im housin (uk mix)
14.epmd - get off the bandwagon (remix)
15.epmd- im mad (redman remix)
16.epmd-the big payback (club remix)
17.epmd -crossover (remix)

Another legend has gone...

Rapper Pimp C, an influential hip-hop figure credited with helping launch the popularity of Southern rap, was found dead Tuesday morning at an upscale hotel on the Sunset Strip.

Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics responding to a 911 call found the 33-year-old native of Port Arthur, Texas, lying on his bed at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood.

"It appears that he died naturally," said Capt. Ed Winter of the county coroner's office. "There were no signs of trauma, no signs of drug paraphernalia."

An investigation is pending.

Pimp C, whose real name was Chad Butler, was a member of the Texas hip-hop duo UGK, which scored a No. 1 album earlier this year.

I will admit that I am not a fan of a great deal of what comes from the South these days, but UGK were one of those groups that had it and I enjoyed a lot of their material...especially the Too Hard To Swallow (1992) and Ridin Dirty (1996) albums.

Bun B
has lost his partner in rhyme and a good, close friend and Hip Hop has lost yet another rap legend.

I admired Pimp C for his straight up way and telling it like it is and he had an amusing rant earlier this year going hard at Lil Troy and so many others...damn it....if it wasn't for cats like Pimp C a lot of the clones wouldn't have careers.

read it here


His death has affected a great deal of people all around the World and my good friend George heard the news from me via text and said that Hip Hop was finished and that he was shattered..

I was at George's place a while ago and we rocked some UGK on his fat system and I have fond memories of that night, I remember getting a dub of the banned tape years ago and used to play that a lot,my Dad hated it when my bedroom door was open though.

UGK's music was made for riding and getting high too, I can recall some years with a UGK tape in a friends stereo while the bass thumped in the back and Pimp and Bun's southern flows just sounded so dope over the sometimes minimal but effective production.

Pimp's My Space page has been flooded with RIP and sad comments from fans and forums all over have been shocked and dismayed at his passing, most fearing that it was a murder.

It's just so sad and senseless that after so many years of hard work and great records, The UGK finally have a number one album with their 7th album Underground Kingz this year and now Pimp C has gone... off to join the long,long, long list of fallen Hip Hop legends.

RIP Pimp C and thanks for the dope music and being a straight up and real dude...you will be sadly missed.



Here is some UGK, make sure you have a fat system to feel those bass drops...

UGK-Choppin Blades

UGK & Outkast-International Players Anthem

UGK-Wood Wheel

UGK ft Big Daddy Kane & Kool G Rap-Next Up (Produced by Marley Marl)


Quick note about the latest fat tape and links...

I had to lend my laptop to my neighbour for a few days, and I forget to transfer the links over to my main PC, I am sorry and will get links out to those that requested them by Tuesday.



phewww... a somewhat definitive list of the infamous Skull Snaps break...Updated:

Skull Snaps-It's A New Day (1973)

What's good party people...my peoples...my peoples...

There was a really dope interview with the human music library Scholar at WYDU this week


...and he got me thinking about something that I have wanted to tackle for a while, exactly how many times have the legendary thumping drums and hi hats from the Skull Snap's "It's A New Day" been used? (hell even I used it on some demos back in 92)

If you would like some background check out this info


and here at the great Soul-Sides with the Music Master that is O-Dub


and yes indeed Dooley-O discovered the break...


My ear seems trained to find it now, I noticed a track the other day and said to myself, that is definitely a chop of the drums in there and then laughed and said oh shit...it's on now B (not out loud of course).

I know there is a big list at http://www.the-breaks.com but there are a lot of omissions as well.

I have set off on this mission and won't stop until I get them all, so please add any I have missing from this list and next year I will start doing compilations with the ones that you want.

Sound good or Hip Hop Nerdom at it's finest?

100x-Belly Of Hell
Alkaholiks-Bullshit (1993)
Baby Chill-I Pimped The Nun (1993)
Bell Biv Devoe-Gangsta (1993)
Black Poets-The Hand That Robs The Cradle(1993)
Blue Boy-Remember Me (1997)
Boss-Run, Catch and Kill (1992)
Bro-NX-Who You Be (1993) (original and remix)

Brother Arthur-What Ya Gonna Do (
Brother Shams-Teach The Youth The Truth (1991)
Bulldog Breaks - It's a New School Day
Camp Lo-Cooley High(1995)
Capital Tax-I Can't Believe It (B'Lee Dat Mix) (1993)
Chaka Demus & Pliers-Murder She Wrote (Remix)(1993)
Common Sense-Blows To The Temple (1992)
Cornershop - State Troopers (pt 1)
Craig Mack-Real Raw, Shinika (1994)
Craz-It's On (1994)
Da King and I-Krak Da Weasel (1993)
Das EFX-Bak N Effek (CMT Remix), Rappaz(1993)
Das EFX-Mic Checka, East Coast (1992)
Da Nabahood Threat-Coming From Da Dirt (1994)

Da Phlayva-Triple Threat Medly
Da Youngstas-The Aftermath (1993)
Diamond D-Sally Got A One Track Mind (1992)
DJ 20/20 & Mysterme-Unsouled Mysterme (1992)
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince-Twinkle Twinkle (1994)
DJ Shadow-What Does Your Soul Look Like, Pt 3 (1995)
DJ Spooky-Anansi Abstrakt (1996)
Dooley-O-Watch My Moves (1990)
Double X-Ruff, Rugged & Raw (1995)
Dred Scott-The Story, They Don't Know (1993)
Dysfunkshunal Familee-New Ruff Flava (Remix)
Empty Pockets-Struggles From The Days (1993)
EPMD-Can't Hear Nothing But The Music (1992)
Erick B & Rakim-Step Back (1992)

Father MC-Wiggle (1993)
Finsta Bundy ft Apani B-Keep Me High
Figure Uv Speech-Ready 2 Wreck (1993)
Figure Uv Speech-Girls Love The Jam (1993)
Fugitives From Hell-Peace 2 My N's (1993)
Gangstarr-Take It Personal (1992)
God Lives Underwater - Fly on the Windscreen
Gravediggaz - "Mommy, What's a Gravedigga?(1994)
Guru - Choice of Weapons (1995)
Grimm Reaper-So Whatcha Want....(1993)
Heavy D - It's a New Day (1992)
Hieroglyphics - All Things (1998)
Hoodratz-Ms Crabtree (1993)
Hurricane Gee ft Redman-Milky (unreleased)
Ice-T-That's How I'm Livin' (1993)
Illegal - Head or Gut,If U Want It (1993)
Illegal - Lights, Camera, Action (1993)
Ill Biskits-Beyond Understanding (1994)
Intelligent Hoodlum - Grand Groove (Remix) (1993)
INI-Keep On (unreleased) (1995)
Johhny P-Gal Man (1993)
JVC Force-6 Feet Back On The Map (1992)
Kam-Peace Treaty (1992)
Kool G Rap & Polo-On The Run (Remix) (1992)
Kruder & Dorfmeister - Deep Shit pt. 1 & pt. 2 (1995)
K-Solo-Letterman (Pete Rock Remix) (1995)
Lifers Group-Short Life Of A Gangsta (Organized Konfusion Mix)
Lords of the Underground - Funky Child (1992)
Lords of the Underground - Keepers of the Funk (1994)
Luke Vibert - I Hear the Drummer
Madd Blunted-Deadly and Dangerous (1994)
MadKap - Da Whole Kit & Kaboodle (1993)
MadKap - Irrelevant (1993)
Main One-Pauze 2 Da Drama (1995)
Marley Marl-Its All Real
Melquan-Krunch Time (1994)
Method Man-Problem
Mexakinz-Buckwhyle Style (1994)
MF Doom - Who You Think I Am? (1999)
Misfits of Madness-Peace The Hell Out (Tech's Mix) (1994)
Mr. Lif - New Man Theme (2002)
Mr Low Kash & The Shady Bunch-Play Time Is Over (1995)
Naked Funk - Pearls of Compassion
Naughty by Nature - Knock 'Em out Da Box,Written On Ya Kitten (QD III remix) (1993)
Nikki D - Your Man is My Man (1991)
Nubian Crackers ft Artifacts-Do You Wanna Hear It (1993)
ODB - Hippa to da Hoppa (1995)
Onyx - Da Mad Face Invasion, Throw Ya Gunz (1993)
Onyx - Getdafukout (1993)
Organized Konfusion - Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken? (1991)
Original Flavor-Keep On Searching (1993)
Pacewon and Mr Green-Hip Hop (2008)
Peanut Butter Wolf - I Will Always Love H.E.R (1996)
Pete Rock ft Styles P & Sheek Louch-914(2006)
Pharcyde - Passin' Me By (1992)
Prodigy - Poison (1995)
Public Enemy - How to Kill a Radio Consultant (1992)
Pudgee The Phat Bastard-Checkin Out The Ave (Remix) (1993)
Redman - Watch Yo Nuggets (1992)
Rob D - Clubbed to Death
Ruff Draf-Rounda (1994)
Ruggedness Madd Drama-Big Boyz

Rumpletilskinz-Attitudes (1993)
Saafir - Grab the Train (1994)
Sermon, Erick-Hittin Switches, The Ill Shit,Stay Real (Remix) (1993)
Shadz of Lingo - Ill and Get Clowned (1993)
Shazzy-Giggahoe (Beatnuts Remix)
Showbiz & A.G. - Silence of the Lambs (1992)
Soul Survivors-We Rock The Mic (2000)
Stezo - It's My Turn (1989)
Super Lover Cee & Cassanova Rud-This Dubs For U (1993)

Total Devastation-Hemp Rally (1993)
The Henchmen-Come On (1994)
Tim Dog - I'll Wax Anybody (1991)
Trife-Guaranteed Rec (1995)
Ultramagnetic MCs - One, Two, One, Two (1993)
Ultramagnetic MCs - Two Brothers with Checks (1993)
Underground Mafia-Caught Up In The System (Down Low) (1992)
Vivienne McKone - Beware (1992)
Wascals - Hard Rhymes (1993)
Whatnoxic-Perveert Mode (1995)
Yaggfu Front - My Dick is So Large (1994)
Yaggfu Front-Slappin Suckas (Diamond D Remix)(1995)
Yall So Stupid-Dirt Road White Girl (1993)

JVC Tapedeck Fat Tape Vol 4

Here weeeeeeeeee go with Volume 4 and you will note that I have now cut these comps down to 15 tracks, the reason?...well some of my readers burn these comps onto CD and I want to try and get the comps to fit on an 80 minute CD joint.

1-Godfather Don-Sleep (unreleased until 2007)
from the Godfather Don-The Nineties Session LP
Produced By: Godfather Don

Godfather Don was one of the illest to ever do it, behind the boards and the mic and if you listen to this unreleased until this years incredible The Nineties Session album, you will hear Don taking stabs at fake MC's and a fucked up record industry, propelled with a great Nas sample and a haunting plucked strings sample that becomes as addictive as anything, I feel privileged that Traffic Entertainment got these jewels from Godfather Don...

I miss his sound and style more than you know...highly essential and so ill.

link for you to buy this album and support a true underground artist:

2-Gruf-Payday (2001)
from the Druidry LP
Produced By: mcenroe

I thought a great follow up to the Don joint would be from Winnpeg's Gruf produced by the sadly under rated mcenroe, just listen to that string sample,the drums, that vocal chat and the general vibe and feel of the track, the whole album is worth well checking and out and his 2nd album Hopeless (2005) was good, but not as good as this album.

Gruf more than hold his own this and drops conscious and thoughtful lyrics, something that is needed in a lot of today's Hip Hop more than ever.

3-Of Mexican Descent-I Am Still (1998)
from the Exitos Y Mas Exit Lp
Produced By: Evidence

I will admit that I think 2 Mex (Visionaries,Mind Clouders etc) does far too much and not all of it is good, but the Of Mexican Descent albums were a highlight in his career, I still find it a little hard to believe that the man behind the boards is none other than Evidence on this because while I like a lot of Ev's beats some of his material has been below average to be honest, anyway check those slow drums, those laid back and dope Spanish strings and the butter smooth flows of 2 Mex and the hard to pronounce Xolalolanxinxo, anyway the whole album is worth checking.

4.Massive Ring-Middle East (1993)
from the Middle East 12"
Produced By: Bill Source

Finally!!!, I haven't got the B-Side "The Funk Wrecker" yet, but I love this all the same, it's because it's so sparse and all of the MC's (Bill, Tru, Taquan & Ra Loce) are dope that make this a winner.

Hard hitting Lonnie Liston smith drums, a vocal sample from (I think RUN DMC?), soulful bass and horns that could have been stolen out of Pete Rock's crates, there is sadly very little known about this crew, but I can tell you that they were from Maryland in Washington DC
and step to me, you better step to the Middle East is not a chant about Dubai...lol.

Timeless 90's Hip Hop.

5-Operation Ratification-Trey Pound God (1993)
from the Ill Kid Jumbo Sampler
Produced By: Guru

I was sent a link to the Ill Kid Jumbo Sampler 12" a few weeks ago (Thanks Matt :) and I thought, wait a minute, I read about this once, but never saw it and none of these cuts appeared on the Ill Kid compilation in 1995, this EP was only pressed in limited edition numbers and isn't going for a $12345.000 at e bay just yet...lol


Here is Panchi (NYGZ) tearing up a dope track, that kicks off with a Redman sample, deep bass, fat drums, a scratch on the beat and a guitar loop and it's a Banger son!

The other joints on the EP are from Bahamadia, Stikken Moov, and HL Rock

6-Trife ft D-Mob-So What (1995)
from the So What EP
Produced By:Trife & D-Mob

Another awesome example of simple and sparse Hip Hop, a classic fat break, a fuzzy guitar sample (damn I know this), bass drops and an eq'd sample with the capable MC Trife riding the beat with ease, this a rare NYC indie and Trife apparently did an album with D-Mob titled Guntowns Finest, but I have never seen it, maybe you have?.

Eat Em Up Trife

7-Double XX Posse-On A Mission (1990)
from the Executive Class 12"
Produced By:Melo-Odoms & Sugar Ray

I have always been a fan of this crew and had been looking for this for mad years, I actually forgot that they were the first to sample that crazy keyboard/ barking dog sample that KMD used on the Nitty Gritty remix (It's a reeeeeemmmiixxx) (I think it's Cat Stevens, but I'm not sure), also some very familair keyboards are used on this as well (D-Nice, Public Enemy?), solid 90's Hip Hop.

8-Blackstract-40 G's and A 9 (1994)
from the I Stole Your Girl 12"
Produced By: Saran Rap

A great slice of 90's Hip Hop, an addictive Cypress Hill sample from "Pigs", FAT Sly and The Family Stone drums and a keyboard sample, which from memory Donald D used to great effect,and an anti Police violence message delivered in a strong and commanding tone.

Blackstract later released the dope "Diary of a Mad MC" in 1995

9-The Kali-Kalism (Remix) (1992)
from the Kalism EP
Produced By: The Kali

I gave you the original version on Vol 2, now here is the remix, an ill horn, tight DJ cuts and a lovely laidback sample towards the end, this was the West at it's finest, some call them the Kali and others call them the Kali Tribe, but it's all gravy with seasoned potatoes B.

NB: I am wondering if someone found a bunch of this EP on CD as it appears to be for sale (and sealed) on E Bay and other places.


10-Chill Devine-Long Live The Lyrical (1990)
from the Putting It Wildy 12"
Produced By:Chill Divine and Rev Roc

This feels like so long ago, but damn it's still dope, the production is classic late 80's-early 90's and reminds me of Marley Marl and the hook is Chill's voice and DJ cuts (remember those?).

Chill is smooth and this is still a sought after record, it's easy to see why and chris from Diggers With Gratitude did a great review on it a while back (and thanks for the cover as well)


11-Ruggedness Madd Drama-Comin At Cha (1993)
from the Big Boyz 12"
Produced By:
Ruggedness Madd Drama

Ahhhhh, the Philly ruggedness (and Madd Drama), flipping the same Lou Donaldson drums as Double XX Posse's-"The Pure Thing"
and a dope horn (did I mention I love horns?) and a clever Tribe Called Quest sample which also samples Lou Donaldson...I think this is quite rare, so enjoy and super props to my man Matt you rule kid.

Here is the ghetto video for "For Real" (1994)



12-Ruff Draff-Da Clipz Go On (1994)
from the Rounda 12"
Produced By: Ruff Draff

Listen to how ill those Melvin Bliss drums are (yes of course those ones) and the Bohannon sample and that sample, oh and the very rugged flows of this West Coast crew, I can't find a thing on this and I know it is indeed quite rare and I know Smoov from Vinyl Addicts has been lucky enough to get a copy, a super duper shout to Matt for the hook up, if you enjoy this joint then I will put up 'Rounda' on a later compilation.

Thanks to Smoov for the pic of the 12"

13-Figure Uv Speech-Wick Wick Wack (1993)
from the U Already Know LP
Produced By:
Figure Uv Sp

It wouldn't surprise me if you already know this, but I noticed I had it on a burnt CD from years ago and remembered that I loved this track, kicking Sly and The Family Stone drums, a dope loop, bassline and an infamous BDP sample, the production actually reminds me of Da Beatminerz, but it's dope and the album was pretty good too.

14-Brothers of The Mind-Rough & Tough (Remix)(1995)
from the Rough & Tough 12"
Produced By: Da Beatminerz (original by Pal Joey)

Oh and speaking of the Da Beatminerz, here's a great remix from them from a record on the Max'n label with an MC named Lyrical Freestyle who has a great flow and reminds me a lot of Krimunul from The Jigmastas, but it's the laid back beat, bassline, "Buffalo Gals" sample (Heeeeeyyy yaaaa) and the well placed Afu Ra vocal sample, to be honest, I remember a friend years ago had this 12" and when he played it on air I always nodded my head and asked him if it was DJ Spinna....what an egg...haha.

15-Smile Oak-I'm Smiley
from the PUTS-American Men Volume 1(Limited Edition)
Produced By: People Under The Stairs

We end on a great note with the enigma that is Smiley Oak, who was he you ask?, good question as all I know is that he was down with People Under The Stairs and appeared on Hardcore on their debut album The Next Step (1998).

I am lucky enough to own one of those American Men CD's and love everything about this track, Smile is in a crew called Cosmic Truckaz and I haven't heard them yet, if anyone has heard the album, can you let me what it is like please?.

Also, I really hope PUTS come out with some new material, I still listen to Stepfather and Hip Hop needs groups like them.


jvc tapedeck fat tape vol 4


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