Archive for February, 2006

Skinnyman drops obese record


Fuck The Hook
Day To Day Basis
Life In My Rhymes
from Council Estate of Mind (2004, Lowlife)

Originally coming out of Leeds (although re-locating to London at an early age) Skinnyman has been at it for a while, with little to no plaudits. But within ‘Council Estate of Mind’, a working class social commentary, he fiercely delivers scientific intelligence. Loyal marijuanic forefather of UK hiphop, Skinny formed the now infamous UK crew; The Mud Family, with Mongo and Chester P, who would later disband into Taskforce with his brother Farma G. As a result of evolution and reputation Skinnyman got a deal with Talkin’ Loud, but while in the process of developing his album content, he was locked up for marijuana distribution, and during his 9 months inside, the label he was signed to went into meltdown.

The result being him eventually finding his way onto legendary UK hiphop organisation, Low Life records, and shooting out the 2004 long player ‘Council Estate Of Mind’. Regular samples from the racially charged movie “Made In Britain” provide a fluid narrative, and a nice sense of continuity, although some of the samples are just TOO extended, but if benefits more than it takes away in my humble opinion. So, we have “Fuck The Hook”, this is a crazy track..Baby J on the beat, and it really sets off the album, topically too. Enjoy this one, a pivotal track for modern day UK hiphop!! Next up “Day To Day Basis”, which is a poignant ballad, it’s got melancholic strings and enough to have the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end!! Finally “Life In My Rhymes”, another banger, for real.. This is only a slight insight to the greatness that is this album. If you’re sleeping, wake the fuck up!!

Peace, Matty B!

A Tribute To Jay Dee

“Whats is the look of… It’s got something to do with, uh…
being a man and handlin’ your biz… what’s love got to do with it?
Ask SV, It’s all bullshit… You Know what Love Is!

-J-88 “The Look Of Love”

Over the weekend, Ive gotten the feeling that hiphop has unified and sort of aligned itself after the sudden death of James Yancey aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla, Producer extraordinaire on Friday Feb. 10th 2006. Days after his 32nd birthday and the day of his latest release, Donuts… From reading numerous sites and blogs, The man kept making beats until his last breath. That is true hiphop in its form. He was sick for a very long time and I think he had his own personal reasons not to divulge the severity of his illness. He probably didnt want people to pity him. I have a strong belief that music was his everything and he wanted to delight the world with his lucious, spacy vibes until the very end. He has transcended to the next plateau and left us back on earth with a catalog of music that we will come to find and rediscover time after time. It’s sad that alot of people didnt know who Jay Dee was. I am glad that now, generations of music fans from all walks of life will come to discover what we have been buzzing about since the mid-nineties. Just look at that catalog and read all the titles he worked on, All the artists he collaborated with. Jay Dee was a very blessed man and was very humble. Instead of being in front of the spotlight, He chose to take the high road and let his talent speak for him. I spent a good portion of this weekend, compiling and putting together this “Jay Dee Tribute Mix”. This is only a mear sampling of what he produced. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I am and I hope some of you will listen to these tracks for this time and walk away aware of who Jay Dilla was. I strongly encourage you all to purchase his vinyls, CD’s, Cassettes, DVD’s, MP3’s and keep his legacy alive. Jay Dilla, I thank you for all the incredible music… I can honestly say, Your mid-nineties classics were the soundtrack to my life!

R.I.P. Jay Dee

Alexander A. Mendez
DJ Audio1

Jay Dee Tribute Mix
Compiled and Mixed by DJ Audio1

Download Here

Wale Oyejide feat. Jay Dee-Theres A War Goin On
J-88-Keep It On
Jaylib-The Message
Janet Jackson feat. Q-Tip-Gone Til It’s Gone (Ummah Jay Dee’s Mix)
1st Down-It Dont Get No Liver Than This
Common-Nag Champa (Afrodisiac For The World)
Slum Village-I Dont Know
J-88-The Look Of Love
Jaylib-The Red
Phat Kat-Dedication To The Suckers
Slum Village-Players
The Pharcyde-Runnin
A Tribe Called Quest-Find A Way
A Tribe Called Quest-1nce Again
The Pharcyde-Drop
Jay Dee feat. Pete Rock-Niggaz Know
J Dilla-Lightworks
Common feat. Slum Village and Jay Dee-Thelonius
Q-Tip-Wait Up
Common-The Light
Slum Village feat. J Dilla-Reunion
Jay Dee-Fuck The Police
Jay Dee-Think Twice
Phat Kat-Dont Nobody Care About Us
Jaylib feat. Frank N Dank-Mcnasty Filth
J Dilla-Two Can Win

R.I.P. Jay Dilla

Jay Dee/Jay Dilla

Slum Village-Players
Jay Dee-Think Twice
J-88-Keep On It
Crustation-Purple (Jay Dee Remix)
Das Efx-Microphone Master (Jay Dee Remix)
Masta Ace-Sitting On Chrome (The Ummah Remix)

The BrokeBBoys pay respect to a fallen soldier in the hiphop game.

“Currently, I am at a loss for words. As Im diggin thru old vinyl, All these old memories conjure up in my mind about the times I went thru while his music was blarin’ out the walkman on my rides on the AC Transit 92 or 82L. He left an incredible catalog of music that he will always be remembered by. He will be missed. R.I.P. Jay Dilla” -Audio1

“A Master of many styles, and one of the most positively active hiphop producers over the last decade and a half. The hiphop game has lost a legend that it is never going to replace. REST IN PEACE” -Matt B

“There is no groove and presence that can ever replace Jay Dee. I hope his spirit continues to live within our Hiphop generation. Rock on J. Live in Peace.” -boogaLeo