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

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

What's good party 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's on now B (not out loud of course).

I know there is a big list at 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

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

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


I got a cool and very thoughtful e-mail from a young cat named DR (thanks D) and he told me that with the blog being private, he can't check it like he used to, as Google is blocked at his school and he has this blog bookmarked, so I thought he is right, this is an informative blog and not one that just provides links without any info.

So fluck it, private was a dumb idea in hindsight and I want to thank everyone that wanted to be a part of CRDS and for your ill comments.

Make old man happy...LOL

Do you ears and soul a favour and go and get the Godfather Don-The Nineties Session CD

JVC Tapedeck Fat Tape Volume 4 up next week (lots of goodies on this one ;)

and there is a new Wildchild (Loot Pack) album out, did anyone know this was coming out?, because it surprised the hell out me (definitely a "Jack In The Box"...bodoom bish...), production from Madlib, Oh No, Black Milk and Kev Brown who laces a remix of the dope posse cut with Special Ed,MC Lyte and Percee P.

hmmmm mmmmm aint that something

The Wu's 8 Diagrams has leaked, not sure if this the official version or not, most of those that have heard it are not pleased, I'm yet to sit down and give it a good listen on some fat speakers.

Jean Grae has a new album of never before heard unreleased material...11 tracks.

Rita J has released a new mixtape for free online (and I told Jen I would put this on my blog for her) Rita is dope and runs with All Natural Inc

Special shout to D Street and her lovely but cheeky girl Lola...she is 2 years old and says Biz Mark and likes Beatboxing, because they have one of those Biz clocks in their home, how dope is that?

The Bizmark, Bizmark...oh baby you goth whath I neeeeeeddddd...

Lastly, I am sorry but the Superstar Q interview had to be taken down, due to threatened legal action...




Following the dope rap videos from the 90's post, I decided to get our own TV Channel and have done it from the years 1988-95.



word up the cold rock joint is going private, so please send me an e-mail if you want to continue to part of the c.r.d.s. experience.

I can tell you that I still have a lot more dope, rare and obscure goodies to hit you off with...and don't forget that next year will be to celebrate 20 years of 1988 and I will be doing a compilation every month of 88 dopeness as well as continuing the JVC Tapedeck Fat Tape comps.

Thanks so much to all of you that have left comments and kept in touch via e-mail,it's mad appreciated.

Peace kids


Some dope 90's rap videos from You Tube

You might have seen them, but it doesn't matter...enjoy and keep some tissues handy as you may get a little misty eyed...and yes all of the pause frame pictures were made by me...I gots teh freeze frame skills...haha

consider this cold rock da spot's personal You Tube videos page, because every dope one I find, will end up in here.

Showbiz & A.G. - Fat Pockets (Video Mix 1992)

Diamond D- Best Kept Secret (1992)

Shadez of Lingo ft. Erick Sermon - Mad Flavaz (1993)

I.N.I. - Fakin' Jax (1995)

Stezo & Jim Slice-Bop Ya Heads (1994)

Rough House Survivors - Check Da Back Pack (1992)

Onyx-Last Dayz (1995)

Ill Al Skratch-Chill With That (Easy Mo Bee remix)(1995)

Basblasta-Dangerous (1994)

Lord Finesse ft Grand Puba,Sadat X & Large Pro-Actual Facts(1996)

see if you can spot all of the cameos in this one...

Beatnuts-Reign of The Tech (1993)

Real Live-The Turnaround (1996)

EPMD ft Redman & K-Solo-Headbanger (1992)

Gang Starr-Take It Personal (1992)

Method Man-Method Man (1993)

Ground Floor-One Two (1994)

Souls of Mischief-93' Til Infinity (1993)

more later...enjoy


Unkut reaches 350 posts and interviews the legendary Lord Alibaski

Congratulations Robbie and keep dropping those jewels B

Also, the link for The JVC Tapedeck Fat Tape Volume 2 is still available and I will re up Volume 1 tonight, e-mail me if you need links.


I took time i'm back to work...

I had actually planned to take some more time away from my blog, but your comments that were left in the Out of Biz post have made me realize that I have some dope fans out there and fans get hungry...not only that, I enjoy doing this.

I cannot even thank you enough and I have honestly been moved by your appreciation and genuine comments, it's ill to know that there are good people out there on the big bad internets...

So without further ado, a massive thank you to all of you and to my family Magnifik, Illest and Goonie Hodges at the one and only Pete Rock forum, my crew at the Bust The Facts forum and my fellow bloggers,my real life friends and You and You You (Clap Your Hands...Lol)

plus a special shout out to my wonderful groupies Dani S and Aps...haha

Mad respect!

so as we roll we go with Volume 3 of the JVC Tapedeck Fat Tape series...which I know a lot of you enjoy...because you tell me so :D

^Hard to believe we were rocking these in the 80's, they just seem so ancient now.

The JVC Tapedeck Fat Tape Vol. 3

1-Main One-Nigguz Aint Got It (1995)
from the Birth of The Ghetto Child LP
Produced by Domingo

This is a hardcore New York jewel, Domingo laces the Puerto Rican, Main One with a deep jazz bassline (very similar to Eric B and Rakim's 'Juice' but I'm not sure if it is), horns and the classic drums from Manzel's "Midnight Theme".

Main One tears the mic up and rhymes about how real it is where he is from and his skills, the chorus is a typical chant that makes you want to ice grill someone and raise your hands in the air, Main One released a few more 12"s after this album and I recommend this album if you are a golden age beat seeker as this has dope beats from Ski, Silver D,Buckwild and others oh and Kurious was on the dope 'El Gran Combo' which I think I have put up here before.

2-Mesanjarz of Funk-Funk In Da Trunk (1993)
from the
Mesanjarz of Funk LP
Produced by Tony Dofat

This Latin crew from NYC only had the one album, but it was good and this is a great slice of 1993 flavour laced up by Tony Dofat, he connects the timeless 'Blind Alley' drums to an ill bassline and James Brown (still miss you Big Godfather) hey's, The MC's D-Vell and Pearl Pizazz were able rhyme slingers and bounced lines off each other to good effect, DJ Royal Tech was the groups DJ.

One love baby pah...

3-The Pharcyde-Ya Mama (Kenny Dope remix)
Produced by Kenny Dope

Oh geeez it's those drums yet again,but who cares this remix was dope and some of Kenny's finest Hip Hop work, a tasty recipe of horns, fat drums, a smooth sample and a beat breakdown at the end, but in all honesty, nothing could ever touch the original 'Ya Mama' and that's a double fact jack.

4-Kam-Every Single Weekend (1991)
from the Boyz N The Hood soundtrack
Produced by DJ Pooh

This is one of my favourite Kam joints (and his first?) honesty what's not to like here?, I still vibe on the Biz Markie vocal sample,the rubbery funk bass and classic guitar and drums from Issac Hayes' 'Breakthrough' and the Slick Rick cut ups as well.

Kam was honest in his rhymes and told it straight up... I have a question, does anyone know what the track is playing in the background when Kam gets the call at the intro?

5-Ceedeez-Mastermind Design (1996)
from the Emergency-The Sampler LP
Produced by Team Diehard

There is very little I can tell you about this sorry...

This is a solid track and interesting rhymes about designing the perfect MC...we already did he was named Rakim :D

6-Shaliek-Doing Damage (2000)
Produced by Awesome 2

I was going through some old CD's the other week and thought yep I have to share this, it's sadly another track I know very little about, but it's a damn banger b!, hard hitting drums and horns, sharp rhymes from Shaliek who sounds like OC at times and an intro by DJ Premier, this was from some mixtape called Rap Collective Volume 3, but I have never seen it and I assume it was a French release...if anyone has any info please let me know.

7-Fanat-My Style (1998)
from the Blowin Up Spots 12"
Produced by A Kid Called Roots

This Brooklyn kid was first known as K Fanat and dropped the K for this 98 12", it's a dope street record and is laced with grimy samples and head nodding drums the A Side 'Blowin Up Spot' was much the same and dope as well, K Fanat was on the compilation BQE compilation put out by Hydra records, he had the cut 'Zoo York'.

8-Tommy Tee ft F.T. and P-Dap-Blood Rush (1998)
from the Bonds, Beats & Belief LP
Produced by Tommy Tee

I have always liked F.T and when a user sent this to me on Audio Galaxy (ahhhhh those were the days) it was only labelled as FT and P-Dap so I always assumed it was produced by an underground New York producer, so years later I found a CD of Tommy Tee's Beats, Bonds and Belief and realized it was Norwegian producer Tommy Tee that did this, man that muffled bassline and those pianos, drums and the rugged flows of F.T. and P-Dap are still damn impressive.

9-KMD-Get You Now (94)
from the Black Bastards LP
Produced by Subroc

As much as I love this, I do always feel a wave of sadness at hearing Subroc's voice and production on KMD records, this was one of their best, I love the way they bring in the Das EFX sample, the bassline, that eerie horn and the fat drums from Booker T and The MG's version of 'Sing A Simple Song' (also used by Chubb Rock, Brand Nubian and Little Shawn and others, possibly your Mother...who really knows?...:P

as it says on the intro, that shit my blew head man...

10-Blvd Mosse-Move To Something Funky (1990)
from the All Praises Due To Outstanding (tape)
Produced by Tony D

Wahooooo, a super duper shout to DJ Matt Nyce for this jewel, for this one I let the music speak for itself...god I miss the 90's and people need to give Tony D his due props, this a Trenton, New Jersey rare gem.

This is dedicated to the crew at the B.T.F. forum.

11-King Solomon-A Fine Thin Line (2001)
from the Solstice EP
Produced by Preme Ohio

Dayton, Ohio MC King Solomon is cool and this blend of chopped up strings, bass, piano and drums is dope to these ears, what he did was mos def worth checking, he was on the Lone Catalysts, Mood type of vibe and released this EP on the Illmindmuzik label and is soon to release an album titled Sol-Itude this year.

12-Apache-Hey Girl (1993)
from the Apache Aint Shit LP
Produced by Large Professor

Large Professor loved those Whatnauts drums and uses them to ill effect on this dope track for Apache and using Milo(LONS) and Collie Weed for the chorus was a wise move plus Apache's dirty rhymes are funny and to the point, I used to thrash this when I had it on tape and now just thrash it my headphones.

A question to ponder: why was Large Pro never a core member of DITC?

13-Lord Finesse-Return of The Funky Man (remix) (1991)
from the
Return of The Funky Man 12"
Produced by Showbiz

I could write many pages on how great Lord Finesse and DITC is but I'm not going to (this time), this was the dope remix that was on the 12" and I am sure you know the drums and the bassline and the vocal hooks so I don't need to tell you, the question is what is Finesse up to these days?...We need him and DITC more than ever these days.

14-Lord The Arkitec-Name of The Game (1997)
from the
Name of The Game 12"
Produced by Large Professor

I think by the fact that I have three Extra P produced joints on this volume you can tell I have been on a Extra P kick recently, this Queens MC sounds just lovely over these beats, and that Biz vocal sample is a winner, the whole track is just dope and I could imagine hearing Nas over these beats too...It's pretty funny how Large Pro used that 'boing boing' sample from 'Hard' in this though.

15-Divine Styler-Ghetto Supreme Being (1999)
from the Strength Magazine Presents Subtext LP
Produced by
Divine Styler

I have always felt that the Brooklyn born Divine was well ahead of his time and 1989's 'Tongue of Labryinth' is one of my all time favourite cuts, this track is hard to describe but it's a definite headnodder, a little out there and kind of Aceyalone like, a great track to bump in headphones as you get all of the effects.

16-Jahbaz-Dirty Jungle (1999)
from the Various-Special Brew-Heavy Loungin Compilation
Produced Ticklah

Jahbaz was first in the Justice System and released this great joint in 1999, Ticklah did dope work behind the boards on this and the Lou Donaldson drums, bassline, jungle sounds and horn are very infectious...yeah I still love this and if you haven't heard the comp this came off...then do.

17-Da Henchmen-What U Gonna Do (1994)
from the What U Gonna Do 12"
Produced by The Tick

The Ill A-Side to the track posted on the first Volume

Dope horns, a sinister bassline, fat drums using a great chop of the infamous Sly & The Family Stone break (you know the one) and raw vocals basically, if you enjoyed 'Flippin On 'Em' you will enjoy this...oh yeaaaahhhhhhhh

18-Mic Gerinomo-Hemmin Heads (1994)
from the It's Real 12"
Produced by DJ Irv

I could never understand why this didn't make The Natural LP in 1995, because it's just dope and DJ Irv uses 'Hydra' something lovely, a Nas sample from 'Halftime' a beautiful piano (Gang Starr lovers will know this one) and yes DJ Irv is Irv Gotti.

A Nas and Mic collbao would have been interesting and yes Mic did release some new material this year, but it just didn't have the magic that he used to deliver "my syllables are critical in paragraph form" indeed.

19-Powerule ft Large Professor-Gots To Get This (1991)
from the Powerule Vol 1 LP
Produced by Powerule & Large Professor

I really like what Large Pro did here, there is all kinds of dopeness going on in the mix, Kool and The Gang horns, an EPMD sample from "Gold Digger", the chunky drums of Sly's 'You Can Make It If You Try' some spaced out keyboard sounds, James Brown vocal samples and cool rhymes, I never understood why this album rated so poorly.

20-Papa Chuk-
Trunk of Funk
from the Badlands LP
Produced by Master O.C.

First of all, Nope I can't think what the damn loop is, but I know it and I know eventually I will i.d. it, this is a dope little ditty from Austin,Texas's Papa Chuk about the Ladies with the big ol's amusing and I am not really sure what Papa means when he says can you smell it? haha.

Laced up by Old School DJ, Master O.C. from the Fearless Four and using, yes those Sly drums and a very familair loop that I can't pick, the whole Badlands album is worth hearing and Papa Chuk is still doing his thing.

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Peace party people...I-I-I-I-I see ya later...

DJ Jazzywhut - Kool Out and Kick Back Session 1

1 Don't Forget It (Original Mix)  by  Dabeull ft Jordan Lee 2 So Cool (BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble Remix)  by  Blossom 3 Treasure (...