Month: July 2017

The Tape That Tape Made #5: The Chosen Ones

Lord Shafiyq - My Mic is on Fire flyer

I speak for everyone in the known universe when I say that Enter the Lord by The Chosen Ones is a desert island album. If you’re ever planning my funeral, just put ‘Robodoc’ on loop. Before it dropped, Shafiyq had his solo moment with the excellent ‘My Mic is on Fire’ and ‘Kool Kat’ 12″s (which I love, but The Chosen Ones stuff is better) and three of his solo tracks make it onto the cassette version of Enter The Lord. But not in their original form.

There are four bonus tracks on the cassette, making this a version to track down in addition to the vinyl. One is a completely new track, ‘Make It Better’. The other three are remixes of ‘My Mic is on Fire’, ‘Kool Kat’ and ‘Rhymes on my Mind’. To add more value, this isn’t same remix of ‘Mic’ that is on acetate, and it’s not the same ‘Kool Kat’ remix that is on the 12″. You have to applaud DJ Doc’s work ethic here – brand new remixes just for the cassette. I can only apologise for the quality, especially on ‘Rhymes on my Mind’ – my old tape deck was just about shuffle off to the graveyard at that point. Before it went, however, it did ask for ‘Robodoc’ to be played on loop at its funeral.

The Chosen Ones – Make It Better (cassette only exclusive)

The Chosen Ones – My Mic is on Fire (cassette only exclusive remix)

The Chosen Ones – Kool Kat (cassette only exclusive remix)

The Chosen Ones – Rhymes on my mind (cassette only exclusive)

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Who Rocked it Best?* P.A. Posse Vs. Brothers G.R.Y.M.

Christmas tree made of guns

So, the first bit of audio I dropped from the PA Posse days wasn’t actually too bad. This, however is.

A couple of people who’ve read the advance copy of my book singled out the bit about this particular song as one of their favourites, probably because they were dumbfounded that I said these words into a microphone. It’s basically the most naive lyrics I ever penned, delivered clunkily, albeit with a killer KRS sample on the chorus. It’s one of those tracks you record because you love the vocal sample so much you build an entire, stupid-headed idea around it.

I love to hear other artists use samples that we ourselves rocked. Just before I joined the PA Posse, Countdown and Greenpeace gave me a beat tape full of loops they were toying with. At the same time, Special Ed dropped his second album and the track ‘Ready to Attack’ used the exact same combo of two samples they’d put together for one track.

I never heard anybody else use the sample we grabbed for ‘Under the Christmas Tree’, until the always brilliant Chopped Herring label dropped the Ghetto Repaired Young Minds EP by Brothers G.R.Y.M this year. It went straight into my top 5 Herrings, not least because the track ‘Circle Circle Dot Dot’ uses the same backdrop as we did. Happily for them, they used it for a lost banger that the world can now hear. Unhappily for us, we used it for an embarrassing lecture about the perils of buying toy guns for kids during the Yuletide season. My voice sounds like it breaks about sixteen times during this track, and I’m only occasionally on beat. Good grief.

Brothers G.R.Y.M – ‘Circle Circle Dot Dot’

 

The P.A. Posse – ‘Under The Christmas Tree (Unfinished Demo)’

*Don’t answer. We know.

Posted by drewhuge in Audio, Wiggaz: The Book

Lyrics you always got wrong: Wiggaz Unreleased Extract

Quite early on when I was doing the first draft of Wiggaz With Attitude, I hit on what I thought was a great wheeze. The type of thing that would be funny, make great content for the book and also involve other people actually doing some writing on my behalf, which is always good.

I sent out a quick internet survey to my friends via email, Facebook and the Diggers With Gratitude forum, one of the few sanctums of sanity left when it comes to online discussion of hip-hop. What lyrics, I asked, did you always get wrong? Continue reading →

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The Tape That Tape Made #4: Tribe From the Northside

I’m keeping it Trenton this week, with a tape I picked up online a few years ago. I already knew what I was buying, but even if I hadn’t I’d be lured in by the cover, the group’s name, and tracks with names like ‘Knowledge is Power’ and ‘Asalamalakum’.

Tribe from the Northside tape cover Continue reading →

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Trenton Makes, The World Takes: Tony D bonus

Shortly after posting my Tony D interview the other day, I remembered that my man PQuest had just issued a dope limited run T-shirt. It captures the time when Naughty By Nature were acccused of jacking a beat from Tony D’s 1989 instrumental compilation Music Makes You Move. They – allegedly – used it for a little known and deeply obscure song called ‘O.P.P’ which no-one ever heard anything about ever again. As Tony told me, he didn’t have much of a leg to stand on legally, considering his own laissez faire attitude towards the samples he’d used.

Anyway, PQuest is a huge Tony D fan, and these tees are not only fantastically niche in a way it’s hard not to love, they’re green (the best colour for rap tees) and, best of all, each one sold makes a contribution to Tony’s widow and two children.

Cop them here – do your bit for Tony’s family and, at the same time, commemorate a small piece of hip-hop folklore. We hope this grows into a thing – coming soon, the Fat Lace Big Daddy Kane AIDS rumour tee.

Posted by drewhuge in Hip-Hop Memorabilia, Rest In Peace

Trenton Where We Live: Tony D interview

Hip-hop heroes seem to be dropping like flies recently. I prefer them when they’re droppin’ funky verses. I spoke to Trenton, New Jersey producer and rapper Tony D not very long before he died, in an interview for Hip-Hop Connection. I spoke to YZ and Wise Intelligent in the same week and it was nice to join the dots between the three, even after a lot of not always smooth history.

Tony D reading a newspaper

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The Tape That Tape Made #3: Double Dip – Marchitect & 2 of a Kind

Let’s nerd out on some uncheap stuff here. Marchitect’s ‘Dead in Your Tracks’ is a dope 1994 indie staple, beloved of the people who think the mid 90’s rap records that sold 11 copies are the golden age. Regardless, this is still a nice, rarely seen killer. Even rarerererer is the cassingle, which has a hitherto unshared, unposted tape-only track called ‘Corners of the mind’. I mean, it’s only okay, isn’t it? But someone out there will love this, and perhaps also the unflattering picture of Marchitect on the tape cover. Continue reading →

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Crap Graf: ‘Bone, Thugs & Disharmony’ by Wally Duchamp

I Fucked Mrs Bones crap graf

This Crap Graf was submitted by a young reader called Jimmy Clarke. He’s a gentleman known as a frequenter of public lavatories for strange amounts of time. Way too long for a number one, a bit too long for a number two, and possibly even longer than you need for a Frankie Goes to Hollywood*. We’re not sure what he’s up to in there, but it has helped him develop a curate’s eye for lavatorial art, and this is very much a curate’s egg. Continue reading →

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