Treat Her Like a Lady..

February 6, 2010

I’ve been waiting on this one for a minute…Once I saw this 12″ some moths ago and passed, I’ve been on the hunt ever since.  This is a pretty rare release from MC Peaches (not to be confused with Peaches) off Bumrush! Records (1988).  Both sides are ill, with the slight advantage going to the title track “Treat Her Like a Lady” (sampling The Temptations’ track of the same name).  No diss to the flip with “Commin Straight Rollin Hard” (w/ “Pass the Peas” loop), which holds it’s own on this monster of a 12″.

Listen to both tracks off this 12″ after the jump:

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Brooklyn We Go Hard

February 1, 2010

This weekend I came across one of my dopest jazz finds yet, with Roy Ayer’s classic He’s Coming (Polydor 1971).  While Mr. Ayers is mostly known by the masses for his later material (i.e. Everybody Love the Sunshine), this is the type of record for groove diggers like myself.  For instance, every time I hear “We Live in Brooklyn, Baby” I bug out pretty hard…Not only because I grew up on Mos Def’s Black on Both Sides, but  mostly how infectious (and raw) the track is overall (drums?).

If you’re not up to speed on this gem (late pass for me for sure), be on the lookout because it’s definitely worth the wait.

Pot Belly

October 20, 2009

Came up on this one over the weekend and had to bring it up on MBR.  The second the needle hit “Pot Belly” on the one, those infectious drums brought me back to some great hip-hop lurking in my subconscious.  The first track that comes to mind when listening to this jazz classic, is “Friendly Game of Baseball” by Main Source (shout out to Large Pro), which is a certified golden era staple (like everything else on Breaking Atoms).

I know this dark melody has been chopped up more than once, so I thought I’d make the extra effort and do some sample digging.  Check below for a plethora of Lou Donaldson love from some true-blue crate heads..

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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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No Title

July 20, 2009

I recently came across a gem at the record shop last week, with Live at the P.J.’s by Kool & The Gang (De-Lite).  While I’m used to hearing this LP mentioned by hip-hop royalty and rare groove write-ups, I had yet to actually give it a good listening session.  But knowing how dope early Kool & the Gang are (and really anything off De-Lite), I knew this record wouldn’t disappoint. 

 The track that was called to  my attention was the first on side A, entitled “N.T.” (aka “No Title”).  The most notable part about this joint (aside from how incredibly funky it is from start to finish), are the amount of recognizable samples throughout.  As this track comes off as improvisational, both the horn and flute freestyles caught my attention the most.

Peep below..

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Cover Art Sampling

July 6, 2009

One characteristic that will always be synonymous with hip-hop is the art of sampling.  While this is typically attributed to old soul, jazz, or funk breaks, there is a form of sampling that is notably overlooked.  In a way of showing respect and admiration for past artists, certain figures in hip-hop sample cover art for their own full-lengths.  Whether it’s an old jazz record from Blue Note, or a James Brown classic, inspiration from the associated artwork can be just as influential as inspiration from the music itself.

As this side of the genre is significantly overlooked, I thought I’d take some time to dig deeper into the art of sampling cover art.  Check below for some of the most notable examples.

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eBay All Day

June 24, 2009

While I’ve always felt a little shaky when it comes to “digging” for records on eBay, I’m quickly finding that there’s a way to go about it that works.  The whole reason I stayed away from doing this in the past has to do with the idea that anyone can log on and bid, thus taking the whole point of “digging” out of the equation…Finding a rare groove from visiting your local record shop feels way better anyways.  Once dug-up, that record now has a personal story behind it (i.e. where you were when you found it, etc.)…At least more so than finding it through eBay search.

Also, you never know what you’re getting sometimes.  Some years back I was tripping off Rick James’ Street Songs and couldn’t find a copy on wax anywhere.  I took a rare trip to eBay, found it for $3 in “mint condition,” and had it shipped my way.  The record arrived a week later, complete with intact cover sleeve, as well as warped-as-hell vinyl inside (no joke).  Needless to say, this experience alone left me shook to find records online (especially the expensive ones).

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The Large Pro Remix

June 4, 2009

After a week in New York City back in April, I came away with one valuable lesson that will forever stick with me:

Large Professor runs this remix shit.

Continue after the jump:

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Skull Raps

May 22, 2009

Even though “It’s A New Day” by Skull Snaps is regarded within the rap community as one of the most influential break records ever, I thought I’d spend a little time digging into its overall impact on hip-hop.  Obviously, the genre’s best were all over this record when it was re-discovered in the late 80’s by Dooley-O…But once hip-hop got their hands on “It’s A New Day,” the flood gates opened.

Let’s take a deeper look..

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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.

Continue on after the jump..

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