R.I.P. Michael Joseph Jackson

:( Wow, this really is the end of an era isn't it?, I know why thousands and thousands (actually it's probably millions) all over the World shed tears and celebrate the strange but incredible career of Michael Joseph Jackson, Michael was an amazing singer/vocalist, dancer and all round talent, I don't know many people that don't know who Michael was and how he influenced so many, but on the real, I am really glad he has now found everlasting peace, Michael didn't have a happy life and behind the smile was years of sadness, but he kept on and was about to embark on a MASSIVE tour, 50 shows, there has been dumb speculation that maybe MJ faked his death, but as a longtime fan, I just don't see it, these concerts he was about to embark on, were to pay off debts and the story goes that he was excited and rehearsing a lot, if the rumours about his painkiller addiction are true, then it's easy to see why Michael burned out.

I don't even know where to start about MJ, I do remember hearing early Jackson 5 material on the radio and pulling out my Dad's Off The Wall album and absolutely loving it when I was a boy and then when Thriller came out I bought the vinyl (still have it) and I was a huge fan, I loved every single track off that album, but "Human Nature" will always play a special part, due to the fact that I had the biggest crush on this girl and that song always made me think of her, she had a boyfriend at the time and I wasn't even acknowledged really, but I always think of her when I listen to "Human Nature" and I remember the year, 1982 when I first heard that song (in fact I was listening to it while typing) and getting a flood of great memories, I also remember the time my step brother came home smiling and he had bought me the Bad tape along with a big poster of the album cover for my birthday, man I wish I still had that and I wish I still had the stickers and cards I used to buy from the dairy (with the sugar filled pink bubble gum), I also regret not ever seeing him live, I have seen (almost) all of my rap heroes, but never Michael.

The thing with Michael's music, it created memories and he had a voice and style that was unique and beautiful, I understand why people have been gathering to his star on the Hollywood walk of fame, I understand why music video channels have been playing Michael Jackson videos over and over, I understand why DJ's and blogs have been putting together special mixes and tributes, I understand why Michael was the voice of many decades and meant so much to so many people, whether it was "Ben" or Michael's efforts with the Jackson 5.

Michael's voice and presence was inescapable and as a long time and saddened fan, I don't believe he was a child molester and I am not willing to go any further with that statement.

I do believe that he was very unhappy for most of his life and that he never had a real childhood, because he was thrust into the spotlight at such an early age and I do believe that Joe Jackson's hard nose parenting, had a lot to do with Michael's unhappiness in later life, but when you hear Michael's music, all that just vanishes and I believe that's when he was at his peak, singing and performing, making music that spread across the globe and spans generation to generation, just like the great, late Bob Marley and rock icon Jimi Hendrix.

R.I.P. Michael, thanks for the great, timeless music and memories, there won't ever be another like you, at least , not in my lifetime.

Here is a compilation of Michael Jackson sampled Hip Hop tracks

I know I am not the first to do this, check the T.R.O.Y.'s blog excellent compilation


Also a dope tribute at Fat Lace


Also check out these dope articles and photo displays




But this is the Cold Rock Da Spot one, so enjoy yourself ;) this post is deciated to Apsara and MJ fans all around the world

CRDS Presents: RIP M.J.


1-Nas-It Aint Hard To Tell (samples "Human Nature")
2-Chubb Rock-Enjoy Yourself (samples "Off The Wall")
3-Derek B-Get Down (samples "I Want You Back")
4-DJ Ace and Daquan-Hard To The Core (cuts up "I'll Be There")
5-Ice Cube-You Know How We Do It (samples "Billy Jean")
6-Tony D-Adam's Nightmare (samples "I Want You Back", before "OPP", truth)
7-Pete Rock & CL Smooth-Appreciate (samples "2-4-6-8")
8-De La Soul-Stakes Is High Intro (samples "Sing A Simple Song")
9-Masta Ace Inc-The B-Side (samples "Aint No Sunshine"
10-MC Lyte-Poor Georgie (samples "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin")
11-Aceyalone-B-Boy Kingdom (samples "I Can't Help It")
12-Michael Jackson-Aint No Sunshine
13-Raekwon-Rainy Dayz (samples "
Aint No Sunshine")
14-Heavy D & The Boyz-Peaceful Journey (samples "Heartbreak Hotel")
15-Large Professor-Mad Scientist (samples "Thriller")

DJ Matt Nyce-Mid School Heat Volume 1/R.I.P. Iz The Wiz

My Man, DJ Matt Nyce (a true connoisseur of that real Hip Hop) did up a dope mix of some, obscure, rare and ultimately ill joints on this Mid-School Heat mix, the tracklisting comes with the download
, I know you are going to dig this.


R.I.P. to the legendary aerosol King, Iz The Wiz

Iz was from the New York borough of Queens. Beginning in 1972, he became a long reigning All-City king of New York known primarily for his quick, simple two letter tag, Iz represented a new breed of fame-obsessed writers concerned with finding the perfect balance between quantity and quality. He was also featured in the 1983 documentary Style Wars.

From years of using toxic aerosol products without any type of protective mask, Iz was diagnosed with kidney failure in 1996. In early 2000, in an interview for Style Wars revisited, he commented that he would give up all his past fame for full health. In August of 2003 he held a gallery showcasing his legal artwork in New York.

IZ also had his art cameoed in the game: Marc Ecko's Getting Up.

After struggling with kidney failure for many years, Iz The Wiz passed away on the 17th of June, 2009






R.I.P. Iz and many thanks for your contributions to Hip Hop and Graffiti Art

The next CRDS Fat Tape will be up soon

Oh and could Notes From The Underground please contact me at coldrockdaspot@hotmail.com

Also, sorry but I got rid of the C-Box, some loser was using it to abuse others.


R.I.P. Tony Costa aka TC aka Tone

Man, sometimes life is just not fair, I heard that someone died while colliding with another surfer on the radio earlier this week and it wasn't until today, that I found out it was an old friend of mine, a real humble and down to earth dude that was the one that was tragically killed doing (besides Hip Hop) what he loved.

Father of two and with another child on the way, I want to send my utmost condolences out to his wife, Sam and his two little girls Jahmin and Unity and entire Family.

I remember the day I first met Tone, it was sometime in the early 90's and he was freestyling to me and I was really impressed with his flow and how passionate he was about Hip Hop, we would always see each other at gigs and talk about various albums, artists and how his music was coming along, Tone was part of Palmerston North rap outfit Illy Spittaz and Wellington crew Strange Tongues, he was a cool MC and rhymed about real life things, he also enjoyed making beats.

Tone, or as I liked you to call you Top Cat, thank you for the many memories and the time I got to spend with you while you were here, you were one of a kind and will never be forgotten, last thing I want to say is, it's obvious how much you meant to so many people bro, you made the front page of our local newspaper.

Good journeys my friend, good journeys



story on his passing


Back 2 Basics/Hip Hop NZ condolence post:


Surfers farewell Tone


I dedicate this one to TC

De La Soul-Forever

RE-UP: Chill...A Beatnut.!...Beatnuts-The Nuts Remix Files...

I have had a few requests for this one, so here it is re-upped with an extra track, enjoy.

Chill...A Beatnut.!...Beatnuts-The Nuts Remix Files...

First up, yep I have indeed done a post on the infamous Corona, Queens cats before but this one is a little different to that one and that one
(sorry if the You Tube links don't work anymore)

was actually my first ever post and with the way the 45 King, PMD, Gang Starr, EPMD etc comps are going, I felt it was time for a 21 track compilation (mix, fat tape) of strictly Beatnuts remixes. (by they way infinite thanks for the awesome feedback and comments and to my new readers, welcome and to my blog family...word up.

I personally feel that the Big City album

was heavily slept on and there are some great tracks on it,in fact I like the whole album, but I do however feel that because JuJu was missing from it, it would have been a different album.

If you aren't feeling this album, get a friend that has a super fat stereo system in his car and then really hear it, or play it on your stereo loud to get the full effect, how anyone can not feel the bugged synth on "Big City" or the addictive loop and deep bassline on "Runnin' Around" is beyond me.

What I love the most about The Beatnuts, apart from their classic beats,basslines, horns and dope loops and amusing rhymes, is their true dedication, almost every year, they are there either producing, doing a remix or rhyming on someone else's records and they have been doing that since the early 90's.

Yes, Ju and Les will return with another album most likely next year but man, I just don't understand why Al Tariq can't be there as well...third of the trio remember.

here is the comp my good peoples...

coldrockdaspot presents-beatnuts-the nuts remix files.


1. common - breaker 1-9 (beatnuts remix)-1992 (relativity records)

Vid of original version

2. pmd - shade business (beatnuts remix)-1994 (rca records)

3. prime minister pete nice & daddy rich - kick the bobo (beatnuts remix)-1993 (def jam recordings)

Vid of original version

4. chi ali - funky lemonade (beatnuts remix)-1992 (relativity records)


5. da lench mob - aint got no class (beatnuts remix)-1993 (east west records)

6. shazzy - giggahoe (beatnuts & chris lighty remix)-1990 (elektra records) *

7-beatnuts-no escapin this (alternate mix)-2001 (loud records)

Vid of original version

8-mc lyte-ruffneck (beatnuts remix)-1993 (atlantic records)

Vid of original version

9-beatnuts - get funky (remix)-1994 (relativity records)

10-no id -state to state (beatnuts mafia remix)-1998 (relativity records)

11-beatnuts-no equal (remix)-1998 (relativity records)

12-da youngstas-wild child (beatnuts remix)-1993 (atlantic records)
Vid of original version

13-rhymester-20 centuries (beatnuts remix)-1995

14-mondo grosso - le manege (beatnuts remix)-1996

15-soulive-steppin remix (feat beatnuts) (prod beatnuts)-2003 (velour recordings)

16-justice system-dedication to bambaataa (beatnuts flamenco remix)-1994 (mca records)

17-naughty by nature - it's on (beatnuts remix)-1993-(tommy boy records)

Vid of original version

18-fat joe feat. grand puba & diamond d - watch the sound (beatnuts remix)-1993 (relativity records)

Vid of original version

19-scritti polliti ft mos def - tinseltown to the boogiedown (psycho les remix)-1999 (virgin records)

20-prime minister pete nice & daddy rich-rat bastard (what the....remix)-1992 (def jam recordings)

21-ice-t-addicted to danger (nut shop remix)

Link for this chumpy..

unofficial Beatnuts website

*=If you end up thinking damn it where have I heard that sample before...think BDP-Sex and Violence LP for the answer ;)

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