Friday, July 4, 2014

BBQ JAMS: 4 Hours of 90's Hip Hop for the 4th of July!


Yesterday I was listening to records recording mixtapes for my car. I ended up recording records for 4 hours straight.  I broke 'em up into 3 mixes.  There's everything from classics, G-Funk, and rare unknowns.  All across the board.  I figured I would pass along the mixes to everyone here.  Nothing special, no cutting it up or anything, but there will be stuff on here that you will like. Just 4 hours of mostly 90's hip hop.  Don't hold it against me if there's a skip or something.  I was just playing my records! -Chris

FIRST MIX: (DOWNLOAD)

MC Serch, OC, Chubb Rock, Nas, Red Hot Lover Tone: Back to The Grill Again (Remix)
Smif N Wessun: Stand Strong
Dred Scott: I Gotta Get Mine
Jeru Da Damaja :Brooklyn Took It
Artifacts: Lower Da Boom
Ras Kass: Soul On Ice (Remix)
Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown: Affirmative Action (Remix)
Main Source: Peace is not the Word to Play (Remix)
Black Sheep: Still in the Ghetto
Ice Cube Commercial for Crooked I Fruit Punch
Tha Alkaholiks & Xzibit: No Handouts
The Beatnuts: We Came Here
Fugees/Funkmaster Flex: Freestyle Rhymes
Cypress Hill :Hand on The Glock
Diamond D: Best Kept Secret (Remix) 
Master Ace : Go Where I send Thee
O.C. :Would You Believe
The Cenubites: Lex Lugor
Mad Skillz: Skillz in 95

SECOND MIX: (DOWNLOAD)

Graveyard Mafia: The Yard
FY Gang: No Walls To Stand
Herb Superb: It's a Ghetto Thang
The Top Dawgs: Got Me On Tha Run
Terror Green: 45 Stitches
The East Click, Madman Shawn, Pudgee, Full Clip: S.O.N.S.
Gee Rock and Da CND Coalition: This is a Recording
Potentially Dangerous: Born To Be The Ultimate
R.O.C.(Renaissance of Chaos): Bring the Chaos
Chris Styles: Special Remedy
Darc Mind: Lyrical Blunt
Sham & The Professor: Soul Shakedown
MC Shan: Don't Call it a Comeback
M.A.C.-10: L.F.T.C.I.
Da Omen: Billy Bad Ass
C.O.D. (Cummin' Out Doggin'): Black and Gold Strategy
Gang Society: Just Part of The Game
Tweedy Bird Loc: Fuck The South Bronx Nigga, This is Compton
Darkside: Another Summer Day

THIRD MIX (DOWNLOAD)

Simply Smooth: Get Busy One Time
Partners in Rhyme: Cold Chillin' In The Middle
C.O.D. (Cumin' Out Doggin'): Out There Bad
YZ: The Return of The Holy One
Das EFX: Real Hip Hop (PMD Remix)
Brother Arthur: What You Gonna Do
Main Source: What Yo Need
Boodah an Da Bandit: Swallow Your Pride
Pete Rock and CL Smooth: Can't Front on Me
Vision Quest: Soul Clique
Redman: Time For Sum Akshun
Groove B Chill: There it is
Dooley O: Watch My Moves
Poetry: Everything I do
Antoinette: Let's Take it from The Top
Kam: Go With The Flow
Dollar Bill: I'm Outstanding
ED OG & Da Bulldogs: She said It Was Great
Supreme DJ Nyborn: Born Don't Play That
Chris Styles: Dreams of Torture

Thursday, June 26, 2014

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: SIM-E (LASTRAWZE/SCHOOL DAYZE/SIM CITY)



Born Simeon Arthur Hinds in Washington DC, Sim-E moved from Georgetown, Guyana, to Brooklyn, New York. There he was introduced to the emergent culture of hip-hop & the craft of writing rhymes. Always the percussive enthusiast, a Casio keyboard, mini-drum set, & tape deck, were all that were needed to make music. However, a chance encounter with super producer Tony Galvin (Pudgee the Phat Bastard, Trick Daddy, Young Jeezy, T.I, etc) introduced Sim to the trade of production and the art of beat making. Soon after, Sim released his first full length with group Lastrawze to critical acclaim & notoriety, due to exuberant lyricism & Sim’s “jazz spiked portraits” & “mournful horns”.
     Sim-E’s 2nd release, & 1st solo effort, Sim-City, is set to debut his artistic talent to the world. Recently adding dj to the resume (rocking parties from Miami to LA, with 2 radio shows on Beatminerz, & True School Radio), Sim’s continued evolution as an artist allows him to take futuristic steps into hip-hop’s next chapter. 

***SIM'S newest release is the Dope Folks Compilation "KILLED BY DEF: VOL.3 SIM-E" a split single with his early 90's group SCHOOL DAYZE (Pre-Lastrawze), and his new project "SIM CITY" which features SIM-E and guest appearances by Roc Marciano, Strong Arm Steady, and Smif N Wessun.  Available at dopefolksrecords.com

"THE RAW FACTOR" story by OMNISCENCE, 2014


Ahhh…The Raw Factor.  It was the Summer of 1994 and both Fanatic and I were excited about the response  of “The Funky One Liner” EP. We knew we were on to something that would take us to another level.  By that winter we had offers from several different labels, including Violator/Def Jam. Chris Lighty and I talked for over an hour about what direction I should go with my debut album. His vision was not to change anything we were doing, but to only enhance it with the machine. God bless his soul because later I would realize exactly what his vision was for me. However, it was Vincent Herbert (whom I also consider a visionary when it comes to spotting talent etc. Lady Gaga) that Fanatic and I decided to roll with, based on certain reasons, including a verbal commitment. After being courted and flown to New York, I signed a multi-album deal with Vincent’s new label 3 Boyz from Newark ,which was distributed by Eastwest/Elektra. I just remember thinking “If cats were feelin’ “The Funky One Liner  EP”, wait till they hear this new shit!”

   Keep in mind, this was the era of a lot of great artists and I saw myself as being able to rip all of them lyrically, if a battle should ever occur. What I didn’t realize was that the game was about to change. Of all the groundbreaking artist of that era, none of us stood parallel to an MC from Bed-Stuy by the name of The Notorious B.I.G. I say this because once Biggie showed that a hardcore rapper could also make songs for the club, the ladies and most importantly the radio?!!....the executives at every label wanted their artists to do their best Biggie impression. Now that’s impact!  
   I can’t front, it was the most exciting time of my life. Here I was, a country boy from Bear Creek, NC, living in the big city for the first time. It was overwhelming to a degree. Nevertheless, Fanatic, who was my mentor would remind me that we were here for a reason, which was to create music. I remember our first session quite vividly. We recorded a song with an up and coming r-n-b singer Zakar, which turned out really dope. I remember feeling really excited about it, but being somewhat deflated when Vince said that it wasn’t quite what he was looking for. What he was looking for was a bona fide radio hit.  Being a Libra, I tend to look at both sides of things. Half of me wanted to keep it raw but the other half wanted to be a star. I felt like, as an MC, I should be able get over any type of track and lace it, as long as I’m feeling the track.
    
  After a few conversations, Fanatic and I decided to switch the sound a bit, provided that the album would include “I’m On Mine”, “Maintain” and several new songs with a raw feel. Our first baby born from the switch was a song called “Touch Y’all”, one of the dopest songs I ever recorded. Though it was sampled from an r-n-b song, the drums and lyrics were still hard.  I remember recording “You Got Beef” and feeling like this was the hardest record ever! The title cut “ Raw Factor” is actually the last song we recorded for the project.  I remember sitting behind the boards at the Hit Factory with Ben Garrison, asking him to play the song 35 times in a row. The scenery at the Hit Factory was more like a party than a workplace. Equipped with women,drugs and thugs, our sessions gave new birth to the term “The Raw Factor”. With that said, Fanatic and I managed to churn out hardcore joints like ‘Represent” and “Lust For The Papes”, while keeping it smooth on “Was It Just You” and “Keep Giving Me Love”.

 Twenty years later, I reflect on the album and laugh because of how much I’ve learned since then. The album title is more about my mentality at the time than anything else. I was an unpolished 21 year old who had no knowledge of the music business. I just wanted get blitzed, hit skins and battle any fool that dared step in the cypher! Thus we have….The Raw Factor.

-OMNISCENCE 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What's in our crate? MF911 "Idol The Bloodsport"

I was listening to John's Detroit mix and decided to pull a few Detroit records out myself.  This MF911 LP is SOLID.  There are tons of great tracks on this one.  I picked "Prodigy" because I tend to play it out.  Check it out!  It's also fairly cheap so grab one if you haven't! -Chris