Download: Sparkle Motion – Miracle Blends Mix
If my mother would let me have ladies in her basement, this is the kinda stuff I would play to ‘em to set the mood something lovely.
Time to lace up those Timbs, throw on a Champion hoodie and get ya Eastcoast Stomp on… Sparkle Motion are back with “MIRACLE BLENDS”. TOBES and DJ Yoda cut, mix and scratch their way through an hour of “Yo! MTV Raps” staples, blending Hip-Hop and R&B acapellas with instrumentals, originals and remixes – with a few surprises thrown in along the way. “Miracle Blends” was inspired by the legendary New York City tape-masters of the early 90s like Ron G, Kid Capri and Doo Wop.
Sparkle Motion – Miracle Blends
Listen: K-Def – The Breaks, Session 1
Planned to put this up a couple of weeks ago, but still worth kicking back to over the weekend if you haven’t caught it elsewhere. K-Def playing some dope breaks? You can’t go wrong.
Download: Hannibal Stax – The Honorable Mixtape
Here’s that tape from Hannibal Stax, mixed by PF Cuttin and hosted by DJ Premier. Look out for a new Stax project with Marco Polo this year.
Download: MWill – As Above, So Below
What do you get when you combine The Alan Parsons Project, Carl Sagan and the son of Engineer All-Star Marley Marl? The As Above, So Below tape, that’s what.
Download or stream.
Weekend Throwback – Unkut Ignorance Mixtape
Re-up of the mixtape I posted in 2008:
This is a vinyl mix of great ignorant rap songs which I put together with DJ J-Red in 2002. Sure to upset anybody within earshot. Includes classics such as Willie D‘s ‘Baldhead Hoes’, Convict‘s ‘Wash Ya Ass’ and Bustdown‘s ‘Pissing Razor Blades’.
Download: DJ Franchise – Futurized Funk [Easy Mo Bee Tribute Mix]
DJ Franchise just dropped this dope blend mix of Easy Mo Bee productions:
‘Easy Mo Bee was instrumental in some of the most ground-breaking productions of hip-hop artists in the 90s era. Widely known for his influential musical presence with B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die”, Easy Mo Bee brought a futurized funk to a genre that was unheard of. His work with so many greats still demands to be recognized. This mix helps serve that purpose.
Dedicated to and inspired by my good friend, Matthew Africa (RIP)’
Download: Lunchroom Battles Mixtape
Corona, Queens resident gudtyme has just dropped his Lunchroom Battles collection with vintage material such as Nas and Akinyele dropping ‘BBQ’ verses, ‘Kid Wizard’ aka Rakim with Biz Markie, STET on the radio, Big Daddy Kane kicking dirty Xmas raps and more. This is certified dope material. gudtyme explains it all at his blog.
Lunchtime Battles mixtape
Download: J.Force – Cadillac Respect
This came out a while back but it’s worth grabbing regardless, especially since I just interviewed J.Force this week. Until I transcribe that, for those unfamiliar, he dropped a couple of singles in the 90′s and worked with Marley Marl in the studio and was part of the Future Flavas radio show crew. This is a collection of ‘revisits’ he did for the show and stuff that’s never been released, pieced together with some choice movie samples and interludes. Strictly SP-1200 status.
J.Force – Cadillac Respect
You can order the physical copy from here for free if you pay for postage or cop a t-shirt.
Track listing/back cover:
Roc Marciano – Sweet Nothings
Turns out there’s a Reloaded prequel tape coming out before the album drops in November. This is an Arch Druids-produced track from the mixtape.
Download: DJ JS-1 – Demolition Mix mixtape
This could be the greatest thing produced by the internets…ever. Three hours of demos in one mix? Approved!
DJ JS-1 – Demolition Mix
40 Years of Hip-Hop Tape Culture
^ Pic stolen from here.
Mix tapes can be a whole lot more than a bunch of songs you record for a chick you’re trying to impress by revealing your “sensitive side”. In the world of hip-hop, they have proven to be one of the most important tools in spreading the sound of a native New York subculture into a worldwide phenomenon. Allow me to break it down for you, decade by decade.
Download: On The Verge Mixtape Mixed By DJ J-Love
According to my man Mal Moe:
This is a mixtape long in the making by MPhatik Soundz in conjuntion with Illegal Promo and Dj J-Love. The intentent was to bring back a strong 90′s influenced mixtape with various artist mainly from Boston Mass and a few surrounding cities in Mass. With extreme help from label mates Confidence & Purpose (who’ll be releasing a project this year on Ill Adrenalin Records) and Tokyo Cigar supplying heat on the mic and behind the boards. This mixtape also introduces Super N.E.S the emcee and new producer M-Credible from Boston as well. Smif & Wesson, Nick Wiz, Chino XL, EdOG, Red Eye of the closers, Hell Raiser from Sunz of Man all make contributions as well. Dj J-Love does more than host this mixtape. He supplies rhymes as well.
Worth checking out, there a few non-progressive gems on here.
Lil’ Fame – Too Tough For TV
New Fizzy Wo…..taken from the new DJ Toshi mixtape hosted by Lord Finesse with a bunch of unheard tracks from a bunch of non-progressive rappers like “Keith Murray, Lil Fame of M.O.P., Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Sadat X, Afu-Ra, Shyheim, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Krumsnatcha, Phil The Agony, Grand Daddy I.U., Smiley The Ghetto Child, Illa Ghee, 9th Prince of Killarmy, Timbo King, Sav Killz, C-Rayz Walz, Freestyle Professors” to name a few.
Lil’ Fame - ‘Too Tough For TV’
Hit up Toshi to get the CD, or stream it here:
Download: T-Ray – Best Kept Secret Mix
Here’s a mix that abcdrduson made of some of Todd Ray’s work from back when he was killing it behind the boards.
In case you missed it back in 2007, you might want to read my three part interview with T-Ray while you listen.
Download: T-Ray – Best Kept Secret
Note: This is a proper vinyl mix rather than some mp3 collection fuckery. Salute!