Album of 2010 and Posse cut of 2010...

Tampa Bay's own Producer/MC Celph Titled and legendary NYC producer have bought back that real Hip Hop with the really ill "Ninety Ninety Now" album, Celph spits over old banging Buckwild beats, complete with ill hooks and samples from classic Hip Hop records (I am sure I heard some Scott Lark in there and great cuts from Mista Sinista...and it is a recipe for the nothing but greatness, this feels and sounds like a classic album from the 90's and all of the guests Diamond-D, Sadat-X, Grand Puba, OC, RA The Rugged Man, FT,  Ryu, Vinnie Paz, Treach, Apathy, Majik Most, Dutchmassive all deliver top notch performances too.

The awesome posse cut 
"There Will Be Blood" (featuring Sadat-X, Grand Puba, O.C. and Diamond D)

Buy the album here:

You will not be disappointed

Also be on the lookout for the No Sleep Recordings Sampler.

01. Celph Titled & Buckwild - Buck's Four Course Meal (prod. by Buckwild)
02. Celph Titled & Buckwild feat. Rise - Nothin' To Say (prod. by Buckwild)
03. O.C. - Outsiders (prod. by Buckwild)
04. Nautilus - Contact (prod. by Nick Wiz)
05. Ran Reed - Big Shot (prod. by Nick Wiz)
06. Rakim - Man With A Gun (prod. by Nick Wiz)
07. Big L - I Can't Understand It (Original Demo Version) (prod. by Showbiz

Yo! Raps Presents ATCQ Vs De La Soul and The Headknocka

Check it out good people of Wellington, 2 dope gigs that are must attendances...

First up, next Wednesday night at the infamous Good Luck Bar will be the return of the hugely popular Yo! Raps night.

This time the Internationally World Renown Maz Def has 2 special guests on board, Omega-B (4 Corners) and Jaz72, who will be rocking the house with nothing but classics from 2 of the greatest Hip Hop groups of all time, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest as well as tracks that they were featured on and original samples and Native Tongue selections.

It's free and it's going to mad ill...

Yo! Raps Presents De La Soul vs Tribe Called Quest
Good Luck Bar
126 Cuba Mall
10 PM-4 AM!/event.php?eid=111024012294117

Big thanks to Kev Fresh, Maz Def and the crew at Good Luck Bar

and then on Friday night, the 29th of October at Bar Medusa, Evil Mule will be tearing the roof off with a mad live performance of new and old Evil Mule material, joining them will be the awesome talents of...

MHB (Manky Chops House Band) with special guest Jinetero MC
and DJ's
Kase (LCA)
and special guests DJ Art Official

The night kicks off at 8:30 PM and will be one to remember (it will also be my 38th Birthday, so drinks up haha) come along, it's only $5.

Manky Chops Presents A Evil Mule Production-The Headknocka
Bar Medusa
154 Vivian Street
$5 entry

Big thanks to Manky Chops for the dope poster/stickers and to Tamara and crew at Bar Medusa.


DJ Dee-Ville Presents...JVC FORCE - Livin' In C.I. (1988-1993)

Those that know me, know that I am one of the biggest (the almighty) JVC Force fans there is (even AJ Rok would tell you this haha) and this mix/compilation by DJ Dee-Ville is mad ill, get your download on and check out the JVC Force official website.


What do Public Enemy, EPMD and Rakim have in common? Apart from being three of the greatest acts in Hip Hop history, they all originate from New York's Long Island. Also hailing from Central Islip, L.I.; The Almighty JVC FORCE, stepped on the Hip Hop scene in the late 80's. They quickly signed to B-Boy records on the strength of its Boogie Down Productions affiliation, but after Scott La Rock was murdered, JVC was left without the support system they needed. 

*(Jaz: De La Soul, KMD, K-Solo, Keith Murray, The Knucklehedz, Hard 2 Obtain, Son of Bazerk and Sid and B-Tonn, Leaders of The New School, also hailed from Long Island)

Rappers B-Luv, AJ Rok and DJ Curt Cazal should be remembered today with their hometown contemporaries as pioneers and innovators of the Golden Age of Hip Hop. 23 years later, the beats they made remain creative and fresh, Cazal's scratches sound fresher than ever and those slow flow brag rhymes ooze with finesse. In short; this is my kind of Hip Hop.

It's funny how I decided to put this mix together, It started when I randomly found the second JVC album 'Force Field' (released through another ill-fated label; Idlers). This same week my man Aitchski from the X-Squad hit me off with a bunch of B-Boy Records rarities. A couple days later I noticed AJ Rock, putting up youtube videos of old JVC radio promo's.

It had to be, even just for myself, I wanted to hear a full remastered JVC FORCE anthology. Feel free to grab this up and please show the fellas some love over at

R.I.P. Eyedea...and the return of the Infamous T.R.O.Y. blog...

"I stand alone, burned every bridge over the troubled water, no longer hiding from my personality disorder..."

Sadly Hip Hop has lost another talented artist...Eyedea was an intelligent and thought provoking lyricist and one of a kind, born Micheal Lawson in 1981 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Eyedea became well known for his fierce battle steez and ending up winning the Scribble Jam in 1999 and the Blaze battle in 2000, Eyedea also won top placings at the Rock Steady Anniversary in 2000.

Eyedea made waves when he released the dope single "Pushing Buttons" in 2000 with partner DJ and producer Abilities and followed that up with the dope First Born album released in 2001, that included the single "Blindly Firing" and the cool b-side track "Birth Of A Fish", E & A followed up First Born with 2004's E&A and 2009's By The Throat and Eyedea also released a solo album, The Many Faces Of Oliver Hart: Or How Eye Won The Write Too Think under his Oliver Hart alias in 2002.

"Pushing Buttons" (2000)

"Architects Theme" (2000)

"Blindly Firing" (2001)

"Birth Of A Fish" (2001)

In 2002, my favourite Eyedea track of all time "Even Shadows Have Shadows" appeared on the We Came From Beyond compilation which he produced under his alias Oliver Hart.

"Even Shadows Have Shadows" (2002)

My utmost condolences to Eyedea's Family, label mates, friends and fans, this is a sad loss.

R.I.P. Eyedea, your music will always live on.

Okay, that is the bad news...time for some good news...the infamous T.R.O.Y. blog is back in e.f.f.e.c.t.

The T.R.O.Y. blog has a new home, the original squad and a new what are you waiting for kid?, click that link...

Interview with Verse Essential from NYC

CRDS: What's good Verse?, please give readers your background story, where you were born, the first time you were introduced to Hip Hop, what drew you into the culture, what elements you have been involved and are currently involved in?

Verse: What's good Big Jaz. My name is Verse Essential. I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York City and then i moved to Queens in 1992 when I was 13.

I was introduced to hip hop by my sister. My first favorite rap group was the Fat Boys. Damn I'm getting old just telling you this because they was around 1986. I'll never forget one day in 1989, my sister and I were watching the black & white T.V. in the Bronx and she showed me Video Music Box with the legendary Uncle Ralph McDaniels and it was a wrap ever since. To me, it's was just more than a show. Uncle Ralph educated me on to be the best emcee because I constantly saw the best on a weekly basis. Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Biggie, Jay-Z, Boot Camp, Souls of Mischief and the list goes on. 

Let me tell you something Big Jaz, Video Music Box got so much respect in the hood that every single time it was on, nobody was outside. I kid you not bro. It was crazy!

The first element I loved in hip hop wad deejaying. Oh man, seeing DJ Scratch cutting it up on EPMD classics wearing the Friday the 13th Jason mask and DJ Premier on Gang Starr hits blew my mind. But my pops couldn't afford Dj equipment so next best thing was the Microphone. Writing dope rhymes was free and the rest was history!

CRDS: Who were your greatest influences growing up?

Verse: My greatest influence for music is my Dad. Ever since I was a kid, he always exposed me to music. Good Music!  From Curtis Mayfield to the Temptations to James Brown, I heard them all. Tapes, CD's and Vinyl ya dig?  That's the part of my childhood I hang on to the most. My mom was a big influence as well because she taught me to work hard in anything I put my mind to. Anything!

As far as hip hop influences, the biggest influence was Gang Starr. I'll never forget listening to Kool DJ Red Alert and he played flip the script single from Gang Starr's third album "Daily Operation" and I was blown away by Guru's lyrical approach to the track. A light bulb went off inside of me and I been an emcee from that day to today.   

Guru rest in peace!  Fat Joe said it best, "Now that Guru is gone, I can truly say hip hop is dead". I miss him...

CRDS: What are your all time favourite years for Hip Hop?, which year or years would you most like
to go back to?

Verse: My favorite era for hip hop early is from 1989 to 1999. So much hip hop, underground &;mainstream hit the masses in that era and I'm blessed to have been a part of it. 

But I love today's hip hop as well. From Little Brother to Drake to Rick Ross, I'm constantly kept in the mix and it keeps me on my toes.  When people around the world listen to Ingenious on 10/31/10, they will instantly hear how hip hop from yesterday to today has influenced me on how I make my own music.

If Michael J. Fox gave me the keys to his time machine on some back to the future shit, I would travel back to 1994. That was a year hip hop will never see again. Nas illmatic first came out that year alone. Also Snoop Dogg's first album came out along with Biggie's first album. 

Classic after Classic albums kept coming out that year. It was incredible!  And hip hop production was at it's peek. DJ Premier, Pete Rock, The RZA, DJ Muggs, Havoc from Mobb Deep and the list goes on. Not to mention, hip hop was played on heavy rotation on 98.7 Kiss FM & 107.5 WBLS. Sadly, both stations don't play no hip hop any more today. I'll never forget DJ Premier had a radio show on Friday night on 107.5 WBLS. I was always buying a new blank tape every friday after school to record the entire show. And let me tell you Jaz, he played some shit!

CRDS: How do you feel about MP3s and downloading?, do you think it hinders Hip Hop or promotes it?

I ain't gonna lie to you Jaz, I'm a MP3 download junkie. I bought a lot of rap albums on C.D., Tape and Vinyl but I downloaded so much music. I love it because it constantly keep me in the mix on what's new in hip hop. I found out about so many new artists through downloading off of blogpages alone including yours Jaz!  

Downloading and MP3s brought new life to hip hop music because it gives new rap artists including myself a chance to get new music to the world sooner. But at the same token, it does hinder hip hop because the mom & pop stores can't compete with the convenience of downloading off of your computer.  

Ever since Apple came out with the iPod in 2001, MP3's exploded on to the music scene and nobody wanted to carry a CD player anymore. The music industry was forever changed after that and it affected hip hop retail sales as well. So many record stores including Fat Beats went out of business because of this. R.I.P. Fat Beats!

CRDS: When did you first start making music and who was it with?

Verse: I first started making music in 1999 with this group named Mental Assassins. It was a three man group including myself. We used to perform at little venues around NYC and we was working on a E.P. We even printed T-shirts promoting the group.  

I even put that same t-shirt in the trash and mom went in the trash and gave it back to me. She told me to keep it because you know where you will end up in life. To this day, I still have that exact same T-shirt. To make a long story short, I got kicked out the group that same year and I was very hurt about it because I thought they was going to blow up without me. It didn't happen!  

Looking back at it today, I am blessed to have experience what it was like to be in a rap group because I got see first hand what it's like to make music with other people. And trust me Jaz, it's wasn't easy.

CRDS: If you could change things about today's Hip Hop, what would they be Verse?

Verse: What I would change in hip hop today is the way some people perceive what hip hop artists really are.  A lot of people automatically assume that when you rap, your either a thug, drug dealer or hooligan. And I know first hand this is not true.  I was blessed to have a great childhood and I wasn't raised in the streets. 

But I was brought up to be book smart & street smart. Two things you must have in order to survive in the hip hop industry.

Another thing I would get rid of is all the unnecessary categories we have in hip hop today. Underground, Commercial , Mainstream, Indie, Southern, Gangsta, Crunk to me is all bullshit because at the end of the day, it's all about good music.

That's my inner focus when I make my own music. All categories do is separate and split us up where as we need be all together. There's strength in numbers. Groups like Wu-Tang Clan, Boot Camp Clik & Dipset are all living proof to that. To this day, I will tell anybody in a spilt second, "Don't categorize me! I'm not underground nor commercial, I am a hip hop artist, point blank period."

CRDS: What is your favourite De La Soul album?

Verse: It's funny you would ask me this question Jaz because this past July, I just saw De La Soul live for the third time at the Brooklyn Hip Hop festival  in Brooklyn, NYC. 

It' was so dope watching them rip through their catalog of more than 20 years of classic hip hop music. My favorite De La album is De La Soul is Dead. Every single song on that album had a life of it's own.  Prince Paul is a musical genius.  "A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays" alone always got me dancing on the ceiling like Lionel Richie. Hahaha!!!!!!

CRDS: Who are your favourite producers?

This is an easy one. I love all types of hip hop producers but my most favorite producers of all time are:

DJ Premier
Pete Rock
Dr. Dre
Marley Marl
J-Dilla (R.I.P.)
DJ Muggs

To me, these seven men gave hip hop a soundtrack that world has and will embrace Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. I myself wouldn't be the emcee that I am today if it wasn't for the sound each of these producers provided.  I was molded by the best.

CRDS: What is your favourite Bob Marley album?

Verse: Truth be told Jaz, I'm not into Reggae music but Bob Marley's music was undeniable so my favorite album from him is Legend. This album covers every single song he is known for that had moved minds and nations alike. It's funny you ask me a question like this considering that he was not a rap artist but his simple yet direct approach to his lyrics inspired countless emcees including myself to write the way your feel. And that's exactly the mind-frame I'm always in when I write my own music.

CRDS: How did you connect with Access Immortal?

Verse: I was connected to Access Immortal in the early 2000's by my good homie Abacus.  I used to run into access a lot during my shopping sprees at Fat Beats and at various hip hop venues throughout New York City. But when we ran into one another at the Rock Steady Crew anniversary show in 2003, that changed everything. 

Up to this point, I had no clue how much of a beast Access was on the mic. He was selling copies of his mixtape "Calm Before The Storm" for 5 bucks. I bought it off of the strength of what Abacus always telling me that he's dope. When I got home that night, I had 20 CD's in my bag. 19 of them went flying to the trash and Access mixtape was the last one that hit my stereo. I was fucking floored by how dope it was and to this day, I still listen to that same exact CD. A few weeks after that, Abacus took me to Access studio and the rest my friend was history.  To this day, I still hold dear to this experience. It help make the emcee that I am today.

CRDS: What artists inspire you the most today?

Verse: One secret a lot of people don't know is that I completely quit rapping in 2006 because I almost got married. When I broke off that engagement in August 2009, I felt lost and unsatisfied with my life. Access would tell me from time to time that I should get back on the studio and do some new music.  He seen something in me that I didn't even see in myself. So in September 2009, I started recording ingenious and one year later, I'm happy to say "I Did It".  

Access Immortal took me under his wing and taught me the tools of the trade when it comes to making music. He showed me how to write more appealing songs and the art of recording. He also taught me never limit myself when I comes to picking beats. Don't just rock one style, rock all styles. At the end of the day, it's all about good music. To me, when your underground, your under something. Access showed me that you can rise above it all using his own body of music as a example.  I watched him mature as a artist from when he did "Shades Of Reality" to "American Me" all the way up to "Birth Of A Dream" and it inspired to grow into a artist the world and I can be proud of.

CRDS: Anything you would like to add?

Verse: One piece of advice I would like to share to all the up and coming emcees trying to make their way into the hip hop industry is to develop an ear for this music before you decide to create it. There are too many people that call themselves hip hop artists and they have no love for the music nor any knowledge of it. Listen to the legends and other artists that has already make their mark in this music. It will help you grow with your music and as a person. I myself is living proof to this.

Thank you so much for the interview Big Jaz! ColdRockDaSpot All Day Everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Peep these dope joints from Verse...

Can't Quit Her

HeavyWeights (Featuring Karniege, Swave Sevah, Loer Velocity & Vast Aire)


The World Is Mine (Featuring Melinda Neal) (Juan lobo Remix)

Nothing To Lose (Featuring J.D. Nero)

 Access Immortal CD's at

Verse Essential at Facebook.!/profile.php?id=100000264194191

Look out for the Ingenious album...many thanks to Verse for this great interview and dope tracks.

DJ Jazzywhut - The Kool Out Sessions 2 (All Ladies Edition)

Peace Party people, here is the second session of the Kool Out Sessions (I shortened the title as the other one was too long) and this one ...