Archive for July, 2005

To The East, Blackwards


Funkin’ Lesson
Grand Verbalizer, What Time Is It?
Heed the Word of the Brother
In The Ways of The Scales
from From The East, Blackwards (1990, 4th & Broadway)

The Vanglorious 4, Brother J, Professor X, Paradise and Sugar Shaft of X-Clan struck the world hard with their 1990 release, To The East, Blackwards, gaining them success thru smooth lyrics spreading knowledge, social activism and afrocentrism, that was prevalent at the time. Here is a couple of outstanding tracks from that album, that is definitely one of the best things recorded in mankind. The lyrics and beats are too off the hook, even now.


Lookaway now.

Questionmark Asylum
“Hey Lookaway”
“You Don’t Understand”
from The Album (1995, RCA)

I’ve been on this summer reminiscin tip lately, and I guess my prior posts reflect that kind of vibe, shouts to O-Dub for bustin out with the summer sizzlin music series. YO, I wish I had Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince’s “Summertime” on me right now! Anyway, I posted one of the tracks I remember one hot summer, ok all of Florida’s summers are hot, but this one seemed to be extra hot, and Questionmark’s lyrics bring back memories of those useless summers–where the whole plan would be to wake up, watch X-men, holler at your homie, steal his Marvel cards you were missing, feel bad later in the day, and decide to give it back sometime later in the summer. HEYYY lookaway.
I honestly thought this group blew up more, but they just had that single and fizzled out. Questionmark Asylum is Mistafiss, Rosta Swan, Digge Doms, and Ding Ding. You can say they sound a little..just a little bit like Pharcyde. I wonder how come they never collabo’d. They seemed to be local town D.C. faves and the only recent noise I been hearin from them is a Mistafiss & Digge Doms production track for Lil Zane (Money Stretch and Callin Me). Questionmark Asylum was their motto I guess.


Diversely Certified

Ain’t Right
Under the Hammer ft. Jean Grae
from Certified (2003, Chocolate Industries)

Good day. Well not really, does anyone else have their eyes glued to the news? I guess everything seems more like a reality when bombs hit West. So amidst all the world’s troubles, I’m lacing ya with tracks that calmed things down one summer. I seriously think Diverse’s debut was pretty slept on, he came through with impressive delivery and command not to mention all the tight producers that backed him up. From RJD2 to Madlib to Prefuse 73, he had the who’s who of prominent record producers at that time droppin the fresh gourmet beats. Madlib invades “Ain’t Right” track for somethin you can grill and ponder how society got you that meat after. And before sleeping, watch out for “Under the Hammer” cuz RJD2 pounds it, don’t sleep on that Jean Grae verse too!!!


Mario Dones / Soul Vibe Family

Mario Dones
Accidents Happen (Mixtape) (ZIP File)
Released July 11th 2005

It’s Friday, I have a fat headache and I dont have much to say. I did want to leave you all with some dope ass hiphop music from my folks Mario Dones, outta Pittsburg, PA. He just released the long-awaited “Accidents Happen” which is a collection of old material, remixes, collaborations and a few new joints. It features a whos-who of underground hiphop luminaries, like K-Hill, Nxt Lvl, J Fish, Slo-Mo, Zaire, Metah, Nick Tha 1nda, Laif, EMS, Nemo, Lexicon (Sinistah Circle), Keelay and many many more… The lyrics are on point, The beats are slammin’, some super duper collabos and the album flows well from track to to track. Mario Dones outdid himself on this project. Do yourself a favor and download this release. Once I get off my lazy fat ass, I’ll lace a mixed version of this. I’ll post that as soon as it’s finished. Respect.


Peace to Laif, for hosting this.

It’s all about the GRIME…

I know, I know… This is a hiphop audioblog and we rarely ever speak of other genres or advertise stuff, but we gonna take a moment to let ya know about some dope music making moves and one of its key players here on the west side. Dont hurt to be versatile every once in a while….

What we have these days stateside is a big interest on a musical style popular in the UK underground… GRIME. Originally evolving from the Pirate Radio and Rave scenes, The sound encompasses many influences and styles. You hear elements of 2step/8bar/sublow, crunk, hiphop, drum&bass and dancehall riddims. In the UK, It’s the equivalent of underground rap here in the states (for example, The Bay Area rap scene, Keak The Sneak, E-40, Federation, Mac Dre (R.I.P.), Frontline, E-A-Ski….) It is the sound of the streets. The voice of the people. Recently, Grime artists are finally breaking into UK music charts and groups like Roll Deep Crew are playing shows like Top Of The Pops. It isn’t common for grime acts to get top billing but the tide is changing.

At the forefront of the American grime movement is Tha Megatron, straight outta Richmond, CA, home to grimey rappers, sideshows, scrapers and getting hyphy. His latest release, “Road Work Vol. 1-Constructing The UK/US Grime Connection” is a tightly mixed 36-track banger featuring the choiciest beats and super exclusive freestyles. You get all the names like Dizzie Rascal, SLK, Kano, Lethal B, Flirta D, Wiley, Roll Deep and many more flexin’ lyrical abilities with a soundtrack to make your system bump like Too Short in Oakland. It is a great representation of grime from a stateside point of view. I’m definitely feeling the vibe and progression of this mix. The fact that it has some infamous west coast rappers, like Ralph Sleeze, MC Child, Kirby Dominant and Balance spittin’ over riddims is truly amazing. Make sure to check out Tha Megatron’s turntablist abilities throughout the set as well. Having won numerous competitions in the Bay Area, You can only expect the best from Tha Megatron. Here is the tracklist to this release:

01. Intro/MC Child Freestyle (Over Monster Riddim)
02. Dizzee Rascal “String Hoe”
03. SLK “Hype Hype”
04. Bruza f/ Footsie, Shizzle & Triple Threat “Bruzin'”
05. Kano f/ Lethal B, Demon, & Ghetto “Ps & Qs Remix”
06. Wiley “Morgue”
07. Ruff Squad “Anna”
08. DaVinche “Buzz Lightyear”
09. Macabre Unit “Sense”
10. Shystie f/ Crazy Titch & J2K “Make It Easy” DaVinche Remix
11. Ralph Sleeze Freestyle (Over Make It Easy Riddim)
12. Alias “Warriors”
13. Flirta D “Warp Speed”
14. Akala f/ Riko Dan, Jammer, Ears & Baby Blu “Roll Wit Us” Dexplicit Remix
15. Dizzee Rascal “Trapped”
16. Bossman “Bongo Eyes” VIP Mix
17. Jammer & DaVinche f/ Kidman “K.Dot”
18. Terror Danjah f/ Trim, Wiley, Riko Dan, D Double E & Footsie “The Boogie Man”
19. DJ Eastwood “U Aint Ready” Clash Mix
20. Wiley “Nu Era”
21. Low Deep “Straight Flush”
22. L Man Freestyle
23. D.U.S.T. Freestyle (Over Resolution Riddim)
24. DJ Mexx “Slow”
25. Crazy Titch “Sing Along”
26. Roll Deep “When Im Ere”
27. Wiley “Colder” Remix
28. Plasticman “Cha”
29. J2K & Crazy Titch “Stop”
30. Lethal B “Forward Riddim” Snowman Remix
31. Fire Camp “No!”
32. The Mitchell Brothers f/ Kano & The Streets “Routine Check”
33. Terror Danjah f/ Shola Ama “With U”
34. Kirby Dominant Freestyle (Over Sense Riddim)
35. Tinchy Stryder “Underground”
36. MC Balance Freestyle (Over T.I. U Dont Know Me Inst.)

Do yourself a favor… If you have never heard grime and want to get skooled on it, Buy yourself this CD. In the Bay Area, It’s available at Amoeba, Rasputins and B-Side Records. You can also purchase it online at

Click click BOOYAA!

Anyone remember the Blue City Strutters?

Bang On (ft. Mack 10)
911 (ft. Eminem & B-Real)
Take Yo Fade (ft. Crooked I, Eastwood, Kokane)
from West Koasta Nostra (2003, Sarinjay)

What’s poppin? BOOYAA TRIBE keepin the flava on here pretty close to their G-funk roots with beats courtesy of Battlecat. I can picture fellow Samoan Suga Pop boogaloo-rollin with approval. So my question is, from the first interview I saw with them on the old school doc Breakin & Enterin, what happened between now and then? I mean you had Ice-T with some corny raps tryna bust some footwork fallin all over the place, and everyone and their homie with a poppin routine. I guess like the rest of the nation hiphop spread like wild fire and once it all burnt out, people embraced it with their local surroundings. Gangsta rap was in full effect as gangbangin culture exchanged their white gloves for handguns, ok, I’m oversimplifying.
We can’t deny the LONG tradition of funk style dancing–lockin, poppin, bottin, boppin, wavin, saccin, struttin–which existed about a decade before hiphop caught fire on the westcoast existing alongside with the gangsta culture. So shit was already in place before hiphop came around, and thus, people flipped it. (Any first-hand accounts agree?)
So from being the Blue City poppin legends to rap-metal pioneers, we have Carson, CA’s BOOYAA TRIBE. I think this album went under the radar as all production is solid and not to mention Eminem RIPS it on his own produced track, 9-1-1. Don’t sleep if you into this classic G-funk sound.


Da Fat Gangsta

Fat Joe Da Gangsta

Da Fat Gangsta
Flow Joe
You Must Be Out of Your Fuckin’ Mind
from Represent (1993, Relativity)

Mr. Joey Crack is a changed man. Similar to Xzibit, He is salivating the taste of success, which he used to rhyme about in the mid-nineties. He basically shut 50 Cent down in recent times and has had a slew of #1 hits in top 40 radio. Rewind back about 12 years and you get a gritty and grimy Fat Joe Da Gangsta. I first heard of him thru an old friend, Randy Taylor-Weber from Galaxy Records. He used to sell tapes and cd’s at the Coliseum swap meet and he kicked me Fat Joe’s single for Represent. I was immediately hooked. Tales of the rough street life and making ends meet at any cost, painted a surreal picture in my mind. Watching him on BET and it was true. The Bronx was definitely no joke. Pretty much the streets of NY are crazy, just like they are out here. In a sense, He isnt a changed man. He is still the same Joey Crack but now with bigger success. Here are 3 dope tracks off his Represent album. At another time, I’ll dig up more of his joints, because he had a gang of good ones. Im not going to hate on his success at all. He definitely kept on the grind all these years and proves that persistence pays off, at some point. Respect.