Waxpoetics #37

September 30, 2009

The Michael Jackson issue has landed!  In tribute of the late-great MJ, Waxpoetics blesses us music crazies with their official dedication to The King of Pop.  They venture back to Indiana and explore his hometown, talk to the Mizells about the Corporation, and chat with songwriters that MJ paired with through the years.  Other featured artists include Mayer Hawthorne, Illa J, Lee Fields, The Mackrosoft, Shawn Lee, and much more…Cop HERE.


Sample Heaven

September 29, 2009

Last weekend I came across a record I’d been looking for since the beginning of my crate digging days.  Tom Scott’s The Honeysuckle Breeze (Impact), is infamous to hip-hop fans for being the original sample behind Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s timeless anthem “T.R.O.Y.”  Tom Scott absolutely kills it on “Today,” and the second those infectious horns hit, it’s over.  This is by far one of my favorite findings yet, and even though my savings account took a little bit of a hit, it’s one record that is well-worth the investment.

Also, it got me to thinking…While this is easily one of the illest samples of all time, what other OG samples make the cut?  In no particular order, I thought I’d throw together a quick list of samples that live in infamy among the hip-hop community.  Check below for the results..

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Late pass (again).

Recently copped that Purple tape sequel, and couldn’t be any more impressed with the official outcome.  OB4CL2 has been in limbo for what feels like a decade now – first in the hands of Dr. Dre and Aftermath, then independently, until finally reaching EMI.  Just as this LP reached a Detox level of anticipation, Chef Rae gave us the final street date, along with production credits, and full track list.  Not only did the hype continue, but the slowly leaked album tracks sounded nice, which helped the Wu-general’s cause.

Continue on for the full review..

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Donald Byrd Call

September 26, 2009

Now, I’ve been known to get easily excited over your common $5 record just as much as your rare $75 record, and today is a perfect example.  A got a package in the mail out the blue from the good homie DJ Stephen Wonder, who recently moved down to Austin, TX (known to have a plethora of hole-in-the-wall-diamonds-in-the-rough type record spots).  Being a bigger Donald Byrd fan than me, he’s been way more on his Blue Note game since day one, while I’ve been playing daily catch-up ever since.  I only recently found a clean (and affordable) copy of Byrd’s Places & Spaces (shout to The Mizell Brothers & B.Cause), which has quickly become one of my prized possessions.  I’ve known about his other work and have kept these titles in the back of my head, especially Stepping Into Tomorrow, which is about as classic as a jazz record gets.

The only problem is, I haven’t been able to snag a clean copy throughout the years.  It’s either mad-warped, DJ’d to death, or missing from the sleeve entirely.  Being the Byrd & Mizell enthusiast that Wonder is, he naturally had two clean copies in his stash.  After one conversation about how ill Places & Spaces is overall, Stephen brought up Stepping (and the fact that he has two copies), and offered to send one of them my way…While $5 records are enough to get me excited, a free copy of a certifiable classic is about as good as it gets..

Oh, and this is a pretty influential LP for hip-hop as well (see below for proof)..

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Mad Scientist

September 25, 2009

Off the classic, yet postponed-like-hell Large Professor solo debut The LP, this track became an official single on 12″ in 1996.  Keep in mind, this is at least 4 years after the album had been recorded and sitting in the hands of moronic record execs.  While I hate to admit it, I got my copy on bootleg back in the day…But I guess that was the only way to get a copy, and the hip-hop gods know I need my Large Pro.

R.I.P. Roc Raida

September 23, 2009

May 18, 1972 – September 19, 2009

This is terrible news.  As a key member of the world-famous X-Ecutioners, and overall beast on the one’s and two’s, Raida has been a living legend since breaking on the scene in 1997.

As a fan of his music and fellow turntable addict, I’ve known of Raida throughout his impressive career in the game.  Rest in peace homie.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Remember Gully Snoop?

September 16, 2009

Snoop Doggy Dogg: “Fallin Asleep on Death Row (Prod. Dr. Dre)”

Welllll…Here you go.  Above is a previously unreleased Snoop Dogg track from his Death Row sessions with Dr. Dre (maybe for Doggystyle?).  My guess is this was leaked from the estate that recently bought rights to all Death Row material.  If you ask me, there’s nothing better on this green earth than Snoop Dogg during the earlier stages of his career.

Props NahRizzite.

Best At It

September 16, 2009

Brother Ali (feat. Joell Ortiz & Freeway) “Best At It”

Not sure if this is the first single for Brother Ali’s upcoming LP US, but regardless this one is dope.  Three of the nicest MC’s out right now over a nice guitar riff, killing mics as usual.  I hope this album is a slapper, and continues the momentum that Brother Ali’s been on recently (White Van Music).

US in stores 9/22.  Don’t sleep…

Props NR.

CuDi Sounding Very SV-ish

September 16, 2009

Kid CuDi: “Cuditastic”

Live on NY radio with Rosenberg, CuDi mixed it up by freestyling (no BlackBerry) over vintage Dilla beats.  While the lyrics aren’t mind-blowing, something about his flow sounds very right over these old Slum Village tapes.  Maybe the whole sing/simple rap thing just brings me back to Fantastic Vol. 2.

Regardless, CuDi is starting to grow on me.  Not mad at all!

New Raekwon Out Today

September 8, 2009

After all the craziness that took place in order to get this album released, I can finally say that OB4CL2 is available at stores everywhere today.  Below are two bonus tracks only available on UK copies and iTunes download (via NR):

Raekwon (feat. Ghostface): “Badlands” (UK only)

Raekwon: “Walk With Me” (iTunes only)

Make sure to grab your copy today, because word on the street is this one is a certified classic…Stay tuned for an official review from Bass Rocks.