Pre-Order: 93 til Infinity Souls Super Bundle
The latest collectible from Get On Down is this Souls of Mischief ’93 Til Infinity bundle includes a Hiero Light Box, a music box, gatefold 2XLP, a t-shirt and eleven bonus tracks. Unfortunately there’s no sign of the instrumentals, which I copped on double vinyl from the Hiero site years ago and allowed me to enjoy the production goodness of this album minus the high-pitched rapping.
Timeless Classics Or Only Classics For Their Time?
Every now and then, one of these rap websites puts together a list along the lines of “The 30 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of 1993″ and such, which in theory isn’t something I should have an issue with. The reason I mention it is that a decent proportion of these albums – most of which are widely regarded as “classic” and important records – don’t exactly inspire me to dig them out of the shelves and throw them onto the turntable (or, if I’m feeling lazy, navigate to the folder on my hard drive). Is this simply due to the fact that I played that shit to death back when it was released? Or is it more of a case that some music outlives its usefulness?
Take De La Soul’s much discussed 3 Feet High And Rising, for example. While there’s no doubting the impact and originality that Prince Paul and Plugs 1, 2 and 3 brought to the table, I can confidently state that I have no intention to ever listen to that record in it’s entirety in the foreseeable future. That’s likely more of a reflection of my preference for anti-social rap with loud drums than anything else, but it’s an issue worth considering. Let’s take a look at the 1989′s greatest hip-hop albums according to ego trip‘s Book of Rap Lists for example:
Photo Essay: The Many Faces of Ghostface In Couples Therapy
GFK’s current squeeze judges lesbians while he catches forty winks.
It turns out that Ghostface being on a reality TV show is the greatest thing since 3-6 Mafia tried to open a restaurant with Big Pussy and Elliot Spitzer‘s hoo-er. In the second episode, Pretty Toney discovers some troubling news about his broad…
Download: The Alchemist x Agallah – The Past and Present Album
Set off 2014 correctly with this new collection of old and new ALC/Crookie Monster tracks for your Benzi box.
Video: Life With Jeannie, Episode 1- My First Baby Jesus
Here’s the first episode of Jean Grae‘s new sit-com, which combines a Curb type of vibe with a lotta booze, and is therefore CRC-approved.
Download: Frank The Butcher & DJ7L – Illegal Business Mixtape
Here’s a tape of 90′s NY rap put together by my man’s DJ7L and his pal Frank The Butcher.
Download: E.Blaze – For The Luv Of It, Vol. 2
This is the second collection of E.Blaze instrumentals, who has worked with D.I.T.C., D-Flow, Smiley The Ghetto Child and Screwball in the past.
Download: Retch – Polo Sporting Goods
Some grimey New Jersey material from a kid named Retch, who is also a member of the H’z duo with Da$h. Produced by Thelonious Martin.
Beat Box – A Drum Machine Obsession Book Review
During my road trip to Boston in June to visit the Get On Down HQ, I happened apon an incredible collection of drum machines, which I filmed for my nausea-inducing video set to MCA & Burtoozie’s “Drum Machine”. The reason that this world-beating collection of rhythm machines were on display was for a book titled Beat Box – A Drum Machine Obsession, which features a portion of Traffic Entertainment founder and noted Beantown beat maker Joe Mansfield’s personal collection.
Video: Mantronix On Kids TV Show In 1986 UK
All praise due to grandgood for unearthing this piece of YouTube gold. As you see, I learned everything I know about interviewing rapper dudes from the host of Lift Off.
Twenty Classic Literature Updates
As the CRC empire expands, it’s only right that a literary publishing arm of the organization is established. The following is a list of our first twenty re-boots of some timeless examples of the written word.
Download: Roc Marciano – The Pimpire Strikes Back
Here’s a new tape from Marciano to prepare for the release of Marci Beaucoup on 12 November through Man Bites Dog records. Beats from Madlib, Evidence, Arch Druids, Lord Finesse and Alchemist. The CD version is available when you cop a shirt.
Download: Scram Jones – Dead Giveaway EP
Scram Jones continues the tradition of dope producers who don’t really need to be rapping, but the beats on this go hard enough to disregard any complaints.
Download: Action Bronson and Party Supplies – Blue Chips 2
New Action Bronson tape with Party Supplies is available here for free ninety nine. Unclear at this stage why Action is listed as a guest on his on project on track 16. Also, sad face that the Cam’ron feature didn’t happen.