Rest In Peace

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

The best of Prodigy by Dan Greenpeace

Infamous Mobb Deep press photo

We’re still celebrating the life of Prodigy over here at Wiggaz. If you missed it, peep my piece written after a sleepless night here.

But the best way to remember P is definitely through the music. My brother from a nagging mother Dan Greenpeace has put together some gems for the peeps at, and you can catch it below. He’s sidestepped the super-obvious joints for some curated classics – and a couple of things you won’t hear anywhere else. A killer 2004 radio freestyle from Dan’s late All City Show on XFM, and a 2006 interview from the same show. And ‘Cop Hell’, obviously.

Posted by drewhuge in Audio, Interviews, Rest In Peace

Prodigy: The Nihilist Poet

First thing this morning, I booted up Prodigy’s Return of the Mac. Released in 2007, when the line between what was an album and what was a mixtape was never more blurred, it was an instant favourite with me. I remember travelling back by train to my house after a 5-a-side game in Borough, London, with my friend Ollie, forcing him to don my headphones and check it out. I converted him.

Not many artists continue to be must-listens 14 years into their career, especially not in hip-hop. It would be easy to look at the work of Mobb Deep and discount everything after Murda Muzik, their last truly cohesive album. But then we’d be ignoring gems like ‘Get Away’, ‘The Learning (Burn)’ and the Black Cocaine EP. They were a duo who could still distil their gritty New York vision into a killer couplet, something they’d been doing before they even dropped ‘Shook Ones’. And Prodigy’s fascinating solo career should be a lesson to other older heads. Continue reading →

Posted by drewhuge in Rest In Peace

Boostin Kev – That Be Boostin’ Video & full demo

Boostin' Kev and posse

Boostin’ Kev was a quadruple threat. An MC, producer, DJ – and a threat to any self-respecting clothing shop’s racks. The shame is, hardly anybody knew it. In fact, as hip-hop life’s and deaths go, his is largely unchronicled. A handful of singles, a scattering of promise, a bedsheet hanging from a prison bar.

Kev’s discography is pretty small, but etched with more than a touch of true originality, reminiscent of the strand of rogue DNA that you find in Bizmarkie’s mush-mouthed debut. Skipping quickly past the painfully hard to find 1991 debut I’m a Booster (Parkers Records) – which is worth noting for its scarcity and for Kev’s resurrection of the Derek B/ EZQ double act of a DJ and MC in one man on Go Parker / The DJ – the record most people know Boostin’ Kev for is 1995’s That Be Boostin (Black Market).

Dropped during the indie boom, it’s an easy-to-find and easy-to-love piece of lo-fi whimsy. Kev outlines his boostin’ credentials, dropping his knowledge of emptying clothes shops and shouting out his fellow Lo-lifes. The British equivalent – a song about shoplifting biscuits from Budgens, perhaps – just wouldn’t sound the same. Continue reading →

Posted by drewhuge in Rare Rap Videos, Rest In Peace