Cymande Is My Shit

February 28, 2009

If you aren’t up-to-speed on the 70’s funk/soul/African group from London (originally spread out from parts of Jamaica & Guyana), then it’s time to do a little digging.  Back in the day my good friend DJ Stephen Wonder hipped me to the group’s first LP Cymande, which is best known for their heavily-sampled anthem “Bra.”  While I knew a little of the group, I hadn’t yet fully taken in their music…But that all changed when I moved to The Bay.

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(Masta) Ace Up The Sleeve

February 26, 2009

Last week I came across a nice copy of Masta Ace’s third full-length Sittin’ On Chrome (Delicious Vinyl), and since I’ve been on the lookout for “Born to Roll” I picked it up immediately.

I’m not too familiar with Masta Ace’s catalog (especially the later stuff), but word has it that “Born to Roll” was a response to the West Coast rap scene.  At the time (1995), Dr. Dre and the G-Funk Era had been dominating nationwide radio for years, and supposedly this album was a mock of the entire movement.

It’s all speculation though, and I have yet to see any solid proof on this claim…Let’s take a deeper look.

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Fakin’ Jax

February 25, 2009

Came across this gem recently, and thought I’d share the wealth on this weeks Bass Radio entry.  “Fakin’ Jax” is from Pete Rock’s failed INI project Center of Attention.  The official album never saw the day-of-light due to label issues (heard that one before), and could only be copped through bootlegged copies.  It finally saw a proper release almost a decade later on Pete Rock’s Lost & Found: Hip Hop Underground Soul Classics (2003).

Word bond.

Rap Addiction

February 24, 2009

Blaq Poet: “Rap Addiction (Prod. DJ Premier)”

Dope single from Blaq Poet (of Screwball), as produced by the legendary DJ Premier.  The beat speaks for itself and Poet holds it down throughout the track.  As long as Preemo’s in charge, these type of tracks never get old…

Via Preemo’s Blog

Just Relax

February 24, 2009

Blu: “Just Relax (Prod. Noah)”

Sounds straight off a 12″ to me!  From Japanese producer Noah, the above track is the latest effort from L.A. MC Blu.

Blu is really killing it lately, and has set himself as one of the most important up-and-comers in the game.  If you haven’t peeped his debut with Exile Below the Clouds, you need to check it out immediately (REVIEW HERE).

Is Detox Actually Happening?

February 18, 2009

UPDATE: Dr. Dre (feat. T.I. & Nas): “Topless” (CDQ)

Dr. Dre (feat. T.I. & Nas): “Topless” (Radio Rip)

Wow.  This is the kind of music that hip-hop needs right about now…A note to Dr. Dre:  PLEASE JUST RELEASE THE GODDAM ALBUM ALREADY.  If things go like they have in the past, this song will get hyped for about a month and then never see a proper release.  I would want more than anything to hear a mastered version of this on Detox. T.I. and Nas are killing it!


Props to NR.

G.O.A.T. – Lord Finesse?

February 18, 2009

Not many MC’s come into the game and make as much of an impact as Lord Finesse did in 1989.  With DJ Mike Smooth, Finesse made one of the most memorable debuts in hip-hop history.  The Funky Technician (Wild Pitch Records) became an instant classic, and propelled the young Bronx rapper to super-stardom.

Creating a certified classic LP is an incredibly difficult feat, especially with the amount of worthy competition in New York during the golden era…But is it enough to garner G.O.A.T. status?

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Come on Feet

February 18, 2009

For Bass Radio this week, I thought I’d give some shine to Lord Quas’ classic debut The Unseen.  Including a sample from the infectious Planete Sauvage theme music, “Come on Feet” created an original (and almost eerie) sound with the main single from this LP.  The video is pretty dope too, so peep game if you haven’t checked it yet.

Losing Out

February 12, 2009

Second video single from Black Milk’s Tronic (Check review HERE).  This is one of the best albums to come out in years, so if you aren’t up to speed, it’s time you check yourself.

Oh, and Royce goes in on this one!

Blow the Horns!

February 11, 2009

M.O.P.: “Blow the Horns”

Mash Out Posse!  Here’s the latest from Brownsville’s own M.O.P., as produced by frontman Fizzy Womack.

What am I gonna have to do for a full M.O.P. album?  Preferably produced entirely by DJ Premier too…Is that asking too much?