EPMD-Listen Up

EPMD-Listen Up

Yes!!! the first single off the forthcoming
We Mean Business LP (slated for December 9th,2008) this is just basic EPMD, but it works really well and is mad catchy, hey if it isn't broke, why try to fix it? it's dope to hear Teddy Riley on the vocoder like Roger Troutman, instead of that horrible auto tune shit, this made a nice end of the night birthday present.

CRDS Presents The Diamond D Remix Files...

"It's Diamond D with the dope sound..."

The Bronx, New York legend, born Joseph Kirkland is one of Hip Hop's greatest ever producers
(and is one of my all time favourite producers) first starting out carrying records for DJ Jazzy Jay and then as a DJ himself way back in 1979, Diamond D got into production and laced records for the Ghetto Girlz and then fellow D.I.T.C. members Lord Finesse and Showbiz and AG's first albums,Funky Technician (1990) and Runaway Slave (1992) and Diamond's classic debut album, Stunt, Blunts and Hip Hop dropped in 1992.

fter that album dropped, Diamond D was in big demand and produced, appeared with and/or remixed for...

Fat Joe

Ras Kass
House of Pain
Percee P
Yaggfu Front,
Leaders of The New School
Busta Rhymes
Brand Nubian
(and Sadat X)
Mos Def
The 45 King
DJ Jazzy Jay
Tha Alkaholiks
Pharohoe Monch
ED OG & Da Bulldogs
Red Hot Lover Tone
Private Investigators,
The A-Teem

Raazda Rukus
Da Beatminerz
Sean Price
Tribe Called Quest
Shadz of Lingo
Organized Konfusion
Justice System
Cypress Hill
Terror Tongue
Big C
Bumpy Knuckles
Too Short
Big Red
Total Devestation

and more than a few others (phew)
, Diamond followed up his debut with Hatred, Passions and Infidelity in 1997.

Diamond D's beats often consisted of ill jazz horns, hard hitting drums,thick basslines, flutes, pianos and strings all sampled from classic jazz,rock, soul and funk etc albums, Diamond D is also a founding member of the infamous DITC (Diggin In The Crates) crew (Showbiz and AG, Lord Finesse, Diamond D, Big L (RIP),O.C., Fat Joe, Milano and Buckwild) who released their first album in 2000 and have an upcoming album titled The Movement, DITC records released the album Unreleased Production 1994, which featured unreleased material from Fat Joe, Amed, Page,Lord Finesse, Deshawn and others, Diamond recently released The Huge Hefner Chronicles album, which sadly was pretty bland, but I guess he just wants a piece of the pie.

The never before released Ultimate Force (Diamond D & Master Rob)-I'm Not Playing album finally saw the light of day, when it was released last year (2007) and showed that Diamond D was well head of his time when it came to the beats and production, the album was originally supposed to be released in 1990, but stayed in the vaults until Jazzy Jay got it out and re-mastered it.

I hope you enjoy this compilation of ill Diamond D remixes and a very special shout out to Sterbyrock from Rhode Island
and Roy Johnson from the incredible T.R.O.Y. blog

crds presents the diamond d remix files

1-house of pain ft diamond d-word is bond (remix)
2-private investigators-who am i? (god) (diamond d remix)
3-the a.t.e.e.m.-yeah
(diamond d remix)
4-red hot lover tone-give it up
(diamond d remix)
5-brand nubian ft diamond d-punks jump up to get beatdown (remix)
6-justice system-dedicated to bambaata (diamond d reminisce version)
7-a.d.o.r.-day 2 day (diamond's mecca mix)
8-diamond d & the psychotic neurotics-i'm outta here (unreleased remix)
diamond d ft cru-hiatus (remix)
10-outkast-southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (diamond remix)
11-ras kass-soul on ice (remix)
12-leaders of the new school-classic material (remix)
13-cypress hill-when the ship goes down (remix)
14-illegal-we getz buzy (remix)
15-lord finesse-praise the lord (diamond d's mix)
16-yaggfu front ft diamond d-slappin suckas silly (yaggfu remix)
17-krs one-ah yeah (diamond d remix radio)

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Bonus: Busta Rhymes-Bus A Bus (Remix)

Big Beat...

Big Beat was a New York record label that specialized in R & B and House but also dabbled in reggae (Sister Nancy, Don-T,Dawn Penn, Inner Circle with "Sweat" being their greatest commercial hit) but the label was well known for good quality Hip Hop
too, through out the 1990's, Big Beat gave birth to many rap anthems and was also famous for cut and paste beat records, Nubian Crackers and Kenny Dope (as The Mad Racket) were both on this label at one stage.

A lot of the material on Big Beat, consisted of dope breaks, rough basslines and catchy hooks
, along with a multitude of horn and piano samples, in the 1990's if you wanted quality Hip Hop then Big Beat was a trusted label and had Mad Skillz, Real Live,(the ill producer K-Def and Larry-O) Junior Mafia, MC Thick (R.I.P.),LA The Darkman, Double XX Posse, JVC Force who apparently recorded an album during the "Big Trax"/"Six Feet Back On The Map" studio sessions, but it has never been released.

Percee P, Artifacts (Tame One and El Da Sensai), DFC, OFTB, Down South (Shawn J Period's first group) the late, great Notorious B.I.G.'s old crew Junior Mafia, Foesum, DJ Pooh, Lil Kim, Many Fazes, Lucas, Mandigga (Lord Digga) Fat Joe and a few others all had a home on the Big Beat label, the label was also responsible for releasing the High School High soundtrack and the reggae/dancehall compilation Buyaka: The Ultimate Dancehall Collection.

More info

The following compilation is to celebrate the label and is a collection of what I think are the greatest tracks to represent the label.

1-Many Fazes-I'm Hip (1990) (produced by Cassio Ware & Derek Jenkins)
2-Double XX Posse-Not Gonna Be Able To Do It (1992) (produced by T-Ray)
3-Mad Skillz-The Nod Factor (1995) (produced by The Beatnuts)
Percee P-Now They Wanna See Me (1992) produced by Ekim)
5-ManDigga-ManDigga Comin Through (1996) (produced by Mandigga)
6-Artifacts-Wrong Side Of Da Tracks (1994)
(produced by T-Ray)
7-Mad Racket Presents-Supa (Kenny Dope B-Boy Mix)(1992) (produced by Kenny Dope)
8-Sister Nancy-Big Beat Bam (1994)
9-MC Thick-T.H.I.C.K.-(1993) (produced by T-Ray)
10-JVC Force-Big Trax (1992) (produced by Curt Cazal)
11-DFC-Digga Bigga Ditch (1994) (produced by The D.O.C.)
12-Down South-Around The Clock (1994)
(produced by The Beatnuts)
13-Nubian Crackers ft Fragga Ranks-Do You Wanna Here It? (A Minute To Mix No Time To Sleep) (1993)
14-Large Professor & Pete Rock-The Rap World (1996)
15-Junior Mafia-Players Anthem (1995) (produced by Clark Kent)
16-O.F.T.B.-Slangin Dope (1992) (produced by Tee K.O.)
17-Real Live-Crime Is Money (1995) (produced by K-Def)
18-RZA ft Method Man & Cappadonna-Wu Wear (1996) (produced by RZA)
Mad Skillz ft Dr Mindbenda, Javon The Medival,Kalonji, Lil Roc & Lonnie-B-Unseen World (1996)
(produced by EZ Elpee)

Many Fazes-The Gangsta Lean (1990) (produced by Cassio Ware & Derek Jenkins)

Jaz Presents The Big Beat Collection


Yo, can anyone out there help me out with mp3s from the following list please?

360- 100 Proof
All Knew Program – The P.I.T.
Asphalt Poetry-Genuine
Civilized Savages-New Rhyme Speak
Cultural Posse- For Real
D.L.R. b/w East Flatbush House Of Rep.s - "Show n prove" b/w "E.F. House Of Reps"
Flipp - Roaches

Hood 2 No Good- Throw Em Up
J-Crush - I'm vex
Keefy Keef- Three's Company (full version, non mixtape)
Knoxx-I'm Hungry

Malo-Duck Duck Goose
Movement Ex-United Snakes of America (Marley Marl Remix)
Pleasure & The M.O.B. - "It's about that time" b/w "No escape from the underground"
Renaissance of Chaos-Check Out My Vocals
Sid and B-Tonn-Bonus track on 12" Not Deathwish 2
Slick Rick-What's The Scoop (Marley Marl remix)
(non mixtape version)
Slick Rick-Star Trek (Large Pro remix) (non mixtape version)
Straight Out Da Cave EP
Total Kaos-This Rhyme is Automatic
Twist It Mines - Myz b haven
Young Lord-Represent

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