Special Ed...Some Remixes

Those that know me, know I have been a Special Ed (Edward Archer) fan for the longest, Ed just had a certain quality and dope vibe and to me he was all charisma, style, talent and he had ill wordplay skills and a unique voice, which was a good thing to have when you debut at only 16 years of age, I can only imagine what Ed's high school bang on the desk beats and freestyle sessions were like, (anyone got the tapes?...lol)

I honestly think that Ed was one of the smoothest to ever touch a mic device in my ears (eyes), from his superb and let's be honest, classic debut single "I Got It Made" to the great Youngest In Charge (1989) album to his part of the Crooklyn Dodgers (alongside Masta Ace and Buckshot (Black Moon, BCC) who only released the one single "Crooklyn" in 1994 for the Spike Lee Crooklyn film (great film by the way) up to his second full length Legal (1990) to his last decent album 1995's Revelations and the independent 12" in 1997 "Think Twice" (produced by Howie Tee) b/w "On Some Next Shit" ( A.R.A.B.S.)

All the Flatbush, Brooklyn raised MC needed was a mic and a track and he proved that on his first three albums, if I am being honest, his last album Still Got It Made, just didn't have the quality of his first three albums, it wasn't a wack album, but it wasn't that great either, I think Ed was just keeping in touch with today's styles and it didn't work out, I don't think it's too much to ask (or hold hopes for) another album in the future with production from the legendary Hitman Howie Tee, DJ Premier, Pete Rock or even Marco Polo,
Count Bass D, Madlib, Oh No, Blueprint or maybe some Marley Marl beats, that might seem like some yearn for the golden age type of thinking and it is (lol) but if I had the cash, I would set that album up in a heartbeat.

Here are some Special Ed remixes for you to enjoy...

I'm The Magnificent (The Magnificent Remix) (1989)


I Got It Made (Business Like Version) (1989)


The Mission (Remix)(1990)


Come On Let's Move It (Remix) (1990)


Freaky Flow (DJ Premier Remix) (1995)


Think About It (Howie's Slow-Mo Mix) (1989)


The CRDS Fat Tape Volume 12

Yo...Back in the ipod, zune?, stereo, boombox, headphones etc with another installment of the CRDS Fat Tape series (are you collecting kids?...lol)
Now with a dope cover to put in your in your jewel case, crazy props to Werk for doing that up, check his blog


1-dereliks-i am a record (1995)
2-36zero-the lyrical jasun (1994)
3-jvc forc
e-doin damage (original version)(1988)
4-seville-keep ya movin (1989)
5-the 45 king
-45 king kick it (1989)

6-all city productions
-bust your rhymes (1992)

7-art of origin
-unration-al (1992)

8-gang starr-2-deep (city lick mix) (1992)
9-hl rock (the sly fox)-put you on lockdown (1995)
10-eric b & rakim-casualties of war (soulpower remix) (1992)
11-hoodratz-bootlegga (dj irv mix) (1993)
kgb-freek tha flow (nasitnigazjeepmix) (1993)
13-strange behaviour
-speakers on the fritz (1993)

-old skool beat (1993)

15-raw breed ft kool keith, godfather don & grandmaster mel
-rampage outta control (1993)

Lewis Parker

It's true, I don't cover nearly enough UK Hip Hop at cold rock da spot and I know a lot of people feel that Lewis Parker is just great
(myself included), I was first introduced to Lewis in 1996, when an EP titled B-Boy Antiks came through the Flipside (big ups Jammo, Ben and Andy) record store doors, I took a listen and it was like taking that first toke, the beats were raw and dope and very much like East Coast Hip Hop and Lewis had a great flow utilizing his accent, I really enjoyed this EP and wish like hell that I didn't sell my vinyl copy to pay off a debt (long and boring story) but we all make stupid mistakes at times.

I also heard and read about his cover of Oasis's Wonderwall (it's good for the record), which was released as a limited edition 45 rpm 7" record.

It took Lewis a few years to find the right label to release his ill debut album,
Masquerades & Silhouettes (1998) album and eventually he signed with Massive Attack's Melankolic label.

In the mid 2000-'s Lewis Parker moved to New York and ended up producing a track on Ghostface Killah's Fishscale LP (2006) and his More Fish LP (Outta Town Shit)
, Lewis has produced and remixed for Klashnekoff, Jehst, Tommy Evans, Profound, Supa-T, Dynas, Nomadic Poet and many, many others,In all honesty I don't claim to know everything about Lewis Parker, but if you have anything you would like to add to this post, please do in the comments section.



Here are a few bits and pieces from Lewis Parker

1. rise (vocal)
2. rise (instrumental)
3. rise (acapella)
4. visions of splendour (vocal)
5. visions of splendour (instrumental)
6. the sea freestyle
7. visions of splendour (acapella)

1. walk in the sky
2. r.o.w
3. jedi antiks
4. planets
5. mysteries of life

1. Song Of The Desert
2. Crusades
3. 101 Pianos (I've Put Out The Lights)
4. Eyes Of Dreams
5. Shadows Of Autumn
6. Ancients
7. Fake Charades
8. Thousand Fragments


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