these latest mixes put me at 19 new mixes for 2011. My goal was simply do one a month, so I think I did OK. You guys have a great holiday.
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DJ JULIAN BEVAN - STREET SWEEPER
01 Hieroglyphics - No Nuts
one of my favorite tracks of their relatively slept-on 1998 debut album. Del can deliver some solid shit when he's not trying too hard to be weird.
02 Epidemic feat Kylla Bus - Wreck Shop
Epidemic are Hex One & Tek-Nition, an MC duo from Hollywood Florida. They definitely seem descended from the Big L/Big Pun school of lyrics, where nobody ever catches a breath. This is from their 2011 album "Illin' Spree".
03 Redman feat K-Solo - It's Like That (My Big Brother)
I forgot how much I love this song. This was a huge record in NY clubs in 1996. Still banging'
04 Just Ice - Cold Getting' Dumb
Hearing the Redman joint compelled me to pull out the original track where the sample came from, the first track on Just Ice's 1986 debut album. His flow was ahead of his time IMO.
05 Pete Rock & Smif n Wessun feat Top Dog & Jahdan Blakkamore - This One
You will remember Jahdan Blakkamore as the guy speaking over the chorus of Smif N Wessun's "Sound Bwoy Burial". Top Dog , you may recall, is an original member of OGC. This track is from Pete Rock's 2011 "Monumental" album. The whole thing is pretty tight but this one stood out to me just cuz I like old dub.
06 DJ Frass - Hot Patty Riddim
I've been pretty out of the loop with dancehall ever since I stopped playing out on the regular, but this is one of the better 2011 riddims
07 Twin of Twins - Cigarette Murder
A wicked Tony Matterhorn diss record that has fueled their feud with the deejay throughout 2011. I believe they are scheduled to settle this on stage next week at the annual Sting Clash in JA. Now THAT is something I'd like to see. Tony Matterhorn's RESPONSE is pretty good too.
08 Tanto Black - Cow Foot Gal
almost every song on this riddim is a diss record, this one for female deejay Macka Diamond. I, for one, just love that "cow foot" is even an insult. She responded with a track on a much weaker riddim that kinda went nowhere. PEEP IT
09 Capleton - Tour (DJ138 blend)
Ran the old acapella over the hot patty riddim just so I could transition back in to Hip Hop. Tricks of the trade, nah mean?
10 A Tribe Called Quest - Rap Promoter
Having made mixtapes for the last 25 years or so, I'm running out of Quest songs, big time. So it's on to the random album cuts for me. The drums are pitched down from THIS TRACK by The New Birth.
11 Big K.R.I.T. - Another Naive Individual Glorifying Greed & Encouraging Racism
I've been warming up to Big K.R.I.T. for the last year or so. He's definitely from that T.I.-type southern rapper camp, but he seems to be branching out with some more meaning hidden in his lyrics and a real sense of style.
12 Outkast feat Slick Rick - Da Art of Storytellin'
This was one of those records I wasn't that impressed with when it came out, but has grown on me over the years. There's just so much crap out there these days that anything from Outkast sounds amazing by comparison.
13 Phonte - Sendin' My Love
Little Brother's best MC stepped out on his own in 2011 and released a very solid solo album, "Charity Starts At Home". Well worth picking up. Also check for his work with Foreign Exchange and R&B shit under the name Zo & Tiggalo.
14 Danny Brown - EWNESW
Danny Brown is a Detroit MC known for his weird, Fatlip-like nasal flow, though he flips it a bit darker on this particular track. He was courted by G-Unit for a while but they couldn't deal with his skinny jeans, so he ended up on A-Trak/Nick Catchdub's label Fool's Gold. This is from 2011.
15 Kool G Rap - ill street blues (DJ138 blend)
Ran the acapella over the Keith Murray Instrumental for shits n giggles.
16 Keith Murray - Get Lifted
I still have a soft spot for this track. Ah memories...
17 Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Nas - The Greatest
some bootleg shit that first appeared on DJ Lennox's "Live Big" mixtape around 2008 (?). Nice use of older acapellas and a smooth blending of the three MCs IMO.
18 Gang Starr - Ex Girl To Next Girl (DJ138 phone tap blend)
Ran the acapella over the Firm's "Phone Tap" instrumental - one of my favorite Hip Hop beats of all time, and one of Dre's best.
19 Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
I never get sick of this. Ever. I threw in an old recording of KRS from 1987, on Dr Dre's show on WBAU (Adelphi Universty Radio), bigging up the release of the album. Here's a link to that entire WBAU MIXTAPE if you're interested
20 Stephen Marley feat Damian Marley & Buju Banton - Jah Army
One of the biggest reggae tracks of 2011, and well deserving too. Buju kills it. They recycled the old Sly n Robbie "Penitentiary" riddim too, written for Black Uhuru in 1981.
21 Pressure - It Haffi Guh Suh
Pressure's full name is Pressure Buss Pipe. What's not to love? He's from St Thomas, and coming a bit harder on this Jah Army riddim then most of his other work.
22 Ward 21 - Take A Wif
Ward 21, named for the psycho ward in Kingston, have been delivering hits for over 10 years now. They came up through King Jammy's Sound System in the 90s.
23 Frankie Paul - Cassandra
This cover of the 1973 Dennis Brown classic has always been one my all time favorite dancehall tunes. It came out on Steely & Cleevie's Sleng Teng riddim around 1989. Never leaves my crates.
24 Gregory Peck - Oversized Mampie
Is there any other genre of music that has written SO MANY songs about fat chicks? Seriously. Must be all that bread fruit or something.
25 Reggie Stepper - Drum Pan Sound
Another hit from 1990 on the Stalag Riddim, which was everywhere back in those days. This was out of print for years for some weird reason. I used to have to play the LP after I lost my 7".
26 Mad Cobra - Shot ATalk
A classic Cobra track on Steely & Clevie's Little Giggy riddim, also known as the Mama riddim, made popular by Buju's "Batty Rider", Simpleton's "Coca Cola Shape", among others. I still can't figure out who did it first.
27 Assassin - How Mi Feel
For my money, Spragga Benz's protege Assassin is one of the best deejays to appear in the last decade. He just wrecks it every time. This track is no exception. DJ Frass made the riddim.
28 Assassin - Run Di Place
Another wicked tune, this one by the Boardhouse crew, who have been down with Assassin since about 2007.
29 Bounty Killa - Ready Fi Dem
Bounty coming with his usual brutal delivery. "Dem might take mi Range but deem cyan take mi honor!"
30 Elephant Man - Bwoy
I got pretty burnt out on Elephant Man when he blew the fuck up from the whole "Willie Bounce" thing in 2006. He seemed like he was becoming the Will Smith of Dancehall. But he can still keep it real when he needs to. "No badness! gwan back a ya bed boy!" LOL
31 Bugle - Beg Nor Buy
Bugle is an Elephant Man protege from Portland. I've never paid much attention to him, but this is kinda wicked. This is the Circle Dem riddim by CD Master Sound/Inna Mi House crew.
32 Teflon - System
Teflon is a deejay from St Mary's parish, heavy on the rasta themes, like this track here indicting the system y'all.
33 Kendrick Lamar - Blow My High (Members Only)
Back to some new Hip Hop. Kendrick Lamar is from Compton, and part of the self-titled "Black Hippy Collective". His 2011LP "Section 80" is pretty impressive. He's definitely trying to do something a little different.
34 Freddie Gibbs - National Anthem (Fuck The World)
Repping Gary Indiana to the fullest. Freddie made his name online, working the mixtape blogs like a pro. In 2009 he released an unparalleled 80-SONG mixtape for free. This is from his 2010 "str8 Killa" EP. The video for this is like an out takes from Spike Lee's Clockers
35 Cassie Veggies feat Nero - 30,000
From his 2011 "Sleeping In Class" LP, which shows some real promise IMO. He's from Englewood and down with cats like Odd Future and Dom Kennedy.
36 Big K.R.I.T. - Amtrak
Another track from his 2011 mixtape Return Of 4Eva. I'm telling you this dude is on some shit.
37 Reflection Eternal feat Mos Def & Mr Man - Fortified Live
Mos Def & Talib Kweli fresh out the box in 1997. Glad to say this shit still holds up. The sample is from the opening bars of this record
38 9th Wonder feat Holly Weerd & Thee Tom Hardy - Your Smile
A nice track from 9th Wonder's 2011 LP "The Wonder Years". Holly Weerd are four MCs from Atalanta who recently toured with Diplo. Thee Tom Hardy is a white boy from North Carolina who's been releasing mixtapes since 2009. Not too shabby either.
39 Damian Marley - Wanted (just ain't the same)
Junior Gong flips Dr Dre's "The Watcher" and comes off almost like a regular Hip Hop MC. Nice tune.
40 Little Brother feat Darien Brockington - Two Step Blues
From Little Brother's 2010 "Left Back" album. Despite having some weird off-time high-hat sample throughout, it still kinda hot. Produced by Zo of Zo & Tiggalo.
2 more mixes incoming as soon as I can copy/paste...