The Video Crates

Hiphop video's from the old to the new, from coast to coast, from bootyfilled to the conscious... If a link is down, just drop a comment and emailadres, and I will upload the file again. The only thing I ask in return is to leave a comment, telling me what you think of the video.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Going out with a BANG!!!

Has it been a year already? Cutdamn, how time flies. But it has been a wonderful year. A lot of good things has happend. Common came back strong after a dissapointing Electric Circus. Not Snoop but The Game put the westcoast on the map again like it was nothing. The Dirty South claimed their spot with acts like Ying Yang Twins, David Banner, Slim Thug and Mike Jones. Damian Marley ruled the dancehall scene with Welcome To Jamrock. AZ and DJ Premier brought you The Come Up which gave me the feeling I was back in '95. Who would ever think Jay & Nas would perform together. When I saw the footage, it was the best feeling hiphop gave me in years. Legendary comedian Richard Prior died at the age of 67. The Lox got their publishing rights back from Diddy after a dramatic radiowar on Hot97. Cam'Ron got shot after not wanting to hand over the carkeys. Fugees are getting ready for a comeback (I think it will never happen). Foxy Brown went deaf. Rumors were Eric B. was killed in New Jersey. Eric B. contacted Allhiphop.com saying:
"The only way I am going to go is by having a heart attack while I am out with my grand kids. I want to thank everyone for their concern. You never really know how you have impacted people until some sort of crisis. My daughter and I are making a list of people to call back, there's been that many people that have called. I am alive and well. The only person I am dead to is Jay-Z, he never returns my phone calls."
And last but not least, Kenny started The Video Crates!

It's been a fun year in musicland. For the last few years Mad Skillz has recorded a so called 'Rap Up'. Check out the one for 2005 here.

As for The Video Crates 2006, it will continue as usual. I've had my share of startproblems with free uploadsites, but you never know with free services. I hope to get two more contributors so we can offer you even more. The only thing I wish for in 2006 is that more people are going to comment :P

So people. I want to wish you a happy new year. I wish you all the best for 2006. It's going to be a good year. Mark my words. Before I go, I'm going to leave you with a few personal favorites. I don't have that much time to write now(and for the first couple of days), so the information is all copy/paste work.

Lord Finesse - Hip 2 Da Game

With his third album, Lord Finesse representing D.I.T.C. (Diggin' in the Crates crew) brought together some of the finest rappers of the moment for an album almost entirely produced by Finesse himself. Known as a producer first and rapper a close second, Finesse is gifted in metaphorical rhyming like other well-known MCs such as Big L or Chino XL, and again produces a great record deserving of any rap fan's archive. Guests like Akinyele, KRS-One, MC Lyte, O.C., AG, Diamond D., and Kid Capri make up the all-star cast. Topping it all off are verses by Large Professor, Grand Puba, and Sadat X on arguably one of hip-hop's finest tracks ever, entitled "Actual Facts." With so much going for it, if you like you rap music there's really no reason you shouldn't own this album. As a side note for DJs out there, there is apparently a limited-edition instrumental version of this released on vinyl, so look for that floating around somewhere.

Da King & I - Krak Da Weasel

This jazz and dancehall-influenced Brooklyn duo consisting of Izzy, the MC, and Majesty, the DJ made some rumblings in 1993 with their one and only LP, Contemporary Jeep Music, primarily on the strength of two singles, "Flip Da Script" and "Tears." Conceived and produced by Atlanta hip-hop mogul, Dallas Austin, the duo's sound is jazzy East Coast hip-hop with a slight southern twang. Although slightly reminiscent of Pete Rock & CL Smooth, their sound is relatively distinct. Izzy's voice and lyrical ability are quite superb and the album still sounds smooth and fairly fresh today. Unfortunately, the duo was unable to carve out their own niche in the early '90s between the hardcore pillars of Onyx and Naughty By Nature, and nary a peep has been heard from them since.

The Roots - Proceed 2 ft Roy Ayers

I don't know what it is with this track, but I had 11 requests for this vid. I never heard or saw the track before. After endless searching, I found it and to be honost: Tracks like these make me wanna go back and enjoy the movement even more. So Lovely.

See you in 2006!

Peace

Kenny

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Nine - Ova Confident

The portrait of a starving MC, Bronx-native Nine got his big break in late 1993 as a featured guest on Funkmaster Flex and the Ghetto Celebs' "Six Million Ways to Die." The verse showcased Nine's harsh, gravelly flow and the artist was signed a deal with the now-defunct Priority Records. Nine's debut album, Nine Livez, appeared in early 1995 on the strength of the up-tempo single "Whatchu Want." While the album did not make a big splash, it spawned a slew of underground hits including "Redrum," "Everybody Won Heaven," and "Any Emcee," which tastefully borrowed from the Spinners' "I'll Be Around." Nine's signature black lung vocal tone drew some comparisons to the over-the-top antics of Busta Rhymes. Nine followed up with Cloud Nine in 1996, then mostly fell off hip-hop radar screens when Priority closed up shop. During his hiatus, Nine popped up on the TV series NY Undercover landing a bit part as a thug. In late 2000, the Bronx MC hinted at a comeback, releasing the single "It's Ugly.."

Dear readers. Can I ask you for a favor? If you have the "Nine Livez" album, please get it out of your collection, blow the dust of it, and let Nine take you on a ride through the year 1996.
Do I have to confince you? N O P R O B L E M ! ! !

Nine - Ova Confident

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Large Professor - The Mad Scientist

Let me remind you on the facts:

A protege of producer marvel Pete Rock, Large Professor is known for teaching Gang Starr's DJ Premier how to utilize the vastly used SP1200 sampling drum machine. He is also known for making beats for numerous classics such as Eric B. & Rakim's Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em and Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's Wanted: Dead or Alive while still attending high school. Although his rhymes have been absent as of late, LP can always look back to the time when he gained lyrical fame with the release of Breaking Atoms with his former group Main Source and with tracks like "The Mad Scientist" and "Ijuswannachill" from his solo project The LP.

Credits include production for/with: Main Source, Nas, Eric B. & Rakim, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shante, Biz Markie, A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Beastie Boys, (Mad) Skillz, Busta Rhymes, Non Phixion, Diamond D & the Psychotic Neurotics, Akinyele, Mobb Deep, Cormega, Royal Flush, and Apache.

That's a hell of a resume. Check out The Mad Scientist video. It has a few fuckups, but you'll survive that.

Large Professor - The Mad Scientist (78mb)

Show & AG - Soul Clap

When Diamond D and Lord Finesse already broke through the scene in the mid and late eighties, Showbiz & A.G. were still trying to blow up the spot by battling everybody who was willing to. After A.G. got in touch with Finesse, due to a highschool battle, Nesse introduced them to Diamond D which immediately led to the Diggin’ In The Crates crew. As a result Show & A. released their first official jam “Soul Clap” on Shows own label Showbiz Records. The first pressing was sold out the trunk by Show on a limited basis. The record immediately caught local attention, which ended in a deal with Payday Records. After that escapade, two other hit singles appeared and the debut album “Runawayslave” was a fact. Since then these cats are all about Hip Hop culture by any means necessary.

Ol' EightyFive (Vinyl Addicts)

Show & AG - Soul Clap

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Gravediggaz - Diary Of A Madman

The Gravediggaz are known as the originators of horrorcore, a genre more or less inspired in part by Detroit artist Esham. Their debut, Six Feet Deep, broke the Top 40 of the pop album charts and contained the single "Diary of a Madman." (The late) Poetic da Grym Reaper, Frukwan da Gatekeeper, RZA the Rzarector and Prince Paul aka Dr. Strange mixed brutal lyrics and weird-ass videos with socially relevant messages. With heavy metal and dope beats thrown in, even the tamest stuff from this crew put most so-called shock rappers to shame. Unfortunately, the group's longevity was cut short when Poetic da Grym Reaper succumbed to colon cancer in 2001, just one month before the release of their last album. R.I.P Poetic.

Halloween just got gangsta. Diary of a Madman is one of the more chilling songs on the Gravediggaz debut 6 Feet Deep. Conceptually, it's about a murderer who claims to have been possessed when he killed a woman's baby. The culprit is embodied by the RZArector, Killah Priest, and a couple of others I can't identify by voice, but Prince Paul's production is what truly gives the track it's distinctly Halloween feel. Bump this one on the block and you might scare a few kids (and piss off a lot of parents).

Gravediggaz - Diary Of A Madman

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Doug E Fresh - Keep Risin' To The Top

Tracks that use Keni Burke's "Risin' To The Top" sample:

Big Daddy Kane’s “Smooth Operator”
Black Moon’s “U Da Man”
Common ft Sean Lett’s “(Lately) I've Been Thinking”
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s “I Wanna Rock”
Grand Puba’s “Fat Rat”
LL Cool J’s “Around the Way Girl”
Lost Boys’s “Straight from Da Ghetto”
Mary J. Blige’s “Love No Limit”
MC Shan’s “I Pioneered This”
Medina Green’s “Crosstown Beef”
Notorious BIG ft Method Man & Redman’s “Rap Phenomenon”
OC’s “Born 2 Live”
Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “I'll Take You There”
Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “The Basement”
Redman’s “How to Roll a Blunt”

and Doug E Fresh - Keep Risin' To The Top

Monday, December 19, 2005

Digable Planets - 9th Wonder (Blackitolism)

I was raised in the ways of the Manchu Clan
and 5 elements posture take a B-boy stance
with the gold front shinin' the baggy pants saggin'
this Brooklyn stylin' got the fly girls smilin'
but I'm climbin' findin' new ways of rhymin'
not livin' like a star is strickly about survivin'
divin', deep into the groove of the ghetto
this downtown flavor shines from many angles
yes the notorious, with rhymes so glorious
the Manchu Monkey over flunkies is victorious
rappers be boring us with rhymes of conventional
dazed and amazed when they hear the three dimensional
lyrical skills of the insect emotion
coasting down fulton with a bag of magic potion
now I'm rolling with the seven and the crescent
puffin' some expression
manifestin' today's lesson
stressin the fact that I'm solar guarenteed to go far
cause the mind is intestellar
still pieced like that so have no fear
but I'm slicker this year
I'm slicker this year

Digable Planets - 9th Wonder (Blackitolism)

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Ahmad - Back In The Day

Ahmad captured everybody's imagination with his hit "Back in the Day," followed by a self-titled album that gets better with every so-so release that occasionally manages to escape LA these days. His debut single was 1993's "Who Can?" on Motown, but "Back in the Day," released by Warner affiliate Giant Records, was the head-turner. Likely inspired by KAM's "Still Got Love 4 Um," it fit perfectly into a period when rap music, outgrowing its childhood clothes, suddenly began to reminisce about seemingly happier days.

There are three versions of "Back in the Day" on the "Ahmad" CD. They're not radically different, but the one I remember being played on radio and television was the "Remix," its summery Teddy Pendergrass sample creating the perfect soundtrack to Ahmad's trip down memory lane. His songwriting is flawless, from the description of the different stages of childhood to how the song idea is explained in the chorus: "Back in the days when I was young... I'm not a kid anymore, but some days I sit and wish I was a kid again." He even thought of crowd participation, so that you too can join in saying: "I remember way back when." In reality, these days were not that far away for 18 year old Ahmad, but "Back in the Day" was rap's confirmation that kids do indeed grow up fast. "In 7th grade I hated school, wish it had blown up / No doubt, I couldn't wait to get out, and be a grown-up," Ahmad reminisces, but just a few years later he already wallows in nostalgia. Ultimately, "Back in the Days" works so well because Ahmad still is a teenager and remembers these times - as distant as they may seem to him - vividly, now that he faces the responsibilities of an adult. It's a song about growing up, maybe too fast.

Ahmad - Back In The Day

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Looptroop - Fly Away

Looptroop are a Swedish hip-hop crew who’ve swallowed US hip-hop culture whole, and regurgitate it on their second LP, with convincing American accents and much talk of playas and honeys. Their command of English would put plenty of English MCs to shame and their carefully-enunciated rhymes are technically superb, though the real star is their producer/DJ Embee and his funky loops. You get the odd non sequitur, which only adds to the fun. What does grate is their uncritical assimilation of meaningless gangsta posturing ‘along with all the politically conscious rhymes.
The video I'm putting up is the album's first single called "Fly Away" in which the rappers lay down the ups and downs with loved ones caused by their busy music career. They poor their emotions out on a beat with this soothing plucked orchestra vibe, accompanied by a video with lovely graphics which makes the experience so much better. The last rapper brings out his emotions the best:

You flew away like you were scared that I would clip your wings
after five years we haven't kicked it since
but straight up this ain't no pimpin' thing
You a true queen baby only fit for kings
Maybe I couldn't see in the midst of things,
now in my chain of life you're the missin' link
Just to hear your voice used to lift my chin
and I still feel the taste from when I kissed your skin
I'm looking at your picture wishing we'd click again
next time I make sure to get our shit in synch
next time I be your man through the thick and thin
I promise no more committing wicked sins
I buy you a house with a picket fence
get you everything you could give me twins
No bullshit on tour never hittin' skins
chasin' no groupies with chicken wings
Not the type to chain you between bed and kitchen sink
I merely praise the place where your lips begin
Your hips begin - I know you're quick to think
It's pathetic, but I'd be the richest prince
if you once more unzip and let me sip your drink
Addicted to your love worse than nicotine
But there's too much pain for me to dig within
so I'm a let the music massage my crippled limbs...

The last two lines perfectly describe what music can mean to you. Too nice. So without further adew, I present to you:

Looptroop - Fly Away

PS: Impressed? Check out there new video Looptroop - Fort Europe

Cella Dwellas - Perfect Match

Before the 1996 release of the full-length album Realms and Reality, Flatbush, Brooklyn artists the Cella Dwellas toiled underground surfacing in early 1995 on a Masta Ace B-side titled "For the Mind." The Dwellas' underground respect created enough of a stir to get them signed to Loud Records; a sneak preview single, "Land of The Lost," showed up soon after on a Loud Records sampler.

Perfect Match, which uses the Kool and The Gang's "Winter Sadness" sample, from their debut album tells the story about two rappers being played by the same girl. The video takes place on a talk show hosted by a Ricky Lake lookalike. The duo is all macked out in colorful Ralph Lauren outfits and fucked up haircuts, sitting before an audience, breaking them down. To tell the truth, I think the video is pretty wack, cause I'm not to fond of make-up rap artist. They look to powdery to me. But the track itself is so nice; nice bass, soulful and, nice flow... the perfect match!

Cella Dwellas - Perfect Match

Intelligent Hoodlum - Grand Groove

So I was looking around for some detail on this track, and suddenly I'm on this page on which a university gives an analysis after a study of hiphopvideo's. Peep this:

This is an exploration of the metamorphoses of urban African American male rappers from original gangstas (OG) to organic intellectuals (OI). Systems theory and is the tool used to understand this evolution. Perspectival rhetorical analysis is the methodology employed to interpret the verbal and nonverbal discourse (L. Shaver, 1993, Washington & Shaver, 1997) of 1993 rap music videos. The goals of this study are to compare the historical evolution of communities of residence that shaped the music created by both rappers and blues singers; to trace the metamorphoses of the rappers into "organic intellectuals" (OI) while identifying their roles in the creation of a national popular culture (i.e., a culture that reflects the perspectives of young urban Blacks); and (c) to analyze the discourse of rap lyrics. Intelligent Hoodlum in "Grand Groove" (1993) gives a narrative of the rapper's life. As in many of the videos analyzed for this study, the stories contain the same sites of conflict: poverty, dysfunctional family, socialization into gangs, anger against the unfair actions of the police, and death.

Man. I don't know about this one. Click here if you want to read more.
Anyway. This is probably the finest tracks I have discovered in a long time. Smoov at Vinyl Addicts has a special on Intelligent Hoodlum aka Tragedy. Go check that out.
While you are reading that, start the video download so when your finished reading and are all hyped up, you can kick back and enjoy this fine peace of music. Peace!

Intelligent Hoodlum - Grand Groove

Monday, December 12, 2005

KRS 1 - Rappaz R N Dainja

What's amazing about Blastmaster KRS 1 is that he wrote lyrics back in 91 that are still applicable in 2005 and problably still apply long after he's dead and burried. I love this man. That's all I realy want to say.

KRS 1 - Rappaz R N Dainja (39mb)

Saturday, December 10, 2005

VH1 Driven: Nas

Street's disciple, my raps are trifle
I shoot slugs from my brain just like a rifle
Stampede the stage, I leave the microphone split
Play Mr. Tuffy while I'm on some Pretty Tone shit
Verbal assassin, my architect pleases
When I was twelve, I went to hell for snuffin Jesus...

Oow hell yeah. That's when it all started. I've seen a few doumentaries about Nas, but this VH1 Driven stands out. It has indept information about Nas' life told by his family and close friends. It perfectly potrais the feelings Nas goes through in different situations which are all supported by matching chunks of Nas songs. I always heard about Ill Will being killed (also check My Way on The Lost Tapes and then the first few lines), but never knew the full story, untill I saw this documentaire. The way the makers put this scene together was so deep and intense, it's like I could feel the pain Nas was going through at that time.
A favorite part is the scene where he meets Larg Pro and he puts Nas on Live At The Barbeque. They show a live scene of Nas performing his part of the lyrics on this track. Black leather jacket, black cap, red shirt, fist in the air, and dead serious! Nice piece of footage.

So check it out. 45 minutes on one of the best MC's to ever touch the mic.

VH1 Driven: Nas (part 1)
VH1 Driven: Nas (part 2)

Donwload both rar files and put them in the same folder. If you open one of the rar files you'll see one file of 109mb. Unrar/unzip them in winrar or winzip

Thursday, December 08, 2005

B.U.M.S. - Elevation (Free My Mind)

Brothas Unda Madness stirred things up on the stagnant West Coast platform in the mid-'90s. With some help from well-known California wake-up show hosts such as the Baka Boyz and King Tech, E-Vocalist and D-Wyze were able to gain a foothold in the West Coast underground scene. Their first single, "Elevation (Free My Mind)" borrowed freely from Teddy Pendergrass' bedroom anthem, "Close the Door," and paved the way for their critically acclaimed debut, Lyfe 'N' Tyme, released in May of 1995. On the album, the B.U.M.S exercised an intellectual hoodlum point of view combining street philosophy with B-boy posturing. The crew's straight-ahead delivery and multi-syllabic rhymes belied the relaxed flows of most West Coast artists of the era. Lyfe 'N' Tyme also featured the underground hits "Take a Look Around" and "6 Figures & Up." The duo also worked with Oakland'sSaafir on the slamming B-side cut "Rain."
The "Elevation (Free My Mind)" video is pretty basic. Old abandond warehouse filled up with guest stars like Ras Kass, Sway, Crazy Legs, Xzibit and Ahmad. There are a few other guests in the video I don't recognize and would like to know who they are. HELP ME OUT!!!

B.U.M.S. - Elevation (Free My Mind) (77mb)
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Monday, December 05, 2005

KMD - Peachfuzz

An early classic track from Elektra's golden period in 1989-90 when crews like Brand Nubian, Leaders Of The New School and KMD aka Zev Luv X, Subroc and Onyx The Birthstone Kid hit the scene under the guardianship of Dante Ross. KMD were all about original wordplay, genius funky beats with oddball lo-fi jazz signatures // utterly joyful music with a serious 'know yourself' Native Tongue twist.

Witness the birth of the MF Doom sound right here on this track, Doom is Zev you see. The 'Peachfuzz' 12" has been top of most homeboys wants list for ages so the bootleggers had to step in and do the job. Now the glory of KMD can be enjoyed by one and all. A positive Kause in a Much Damaged society and a mega-dope-classic. Bus' it.

KMD - Peachfuzz (66mb)

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Masta Ace - Sittin' On Chrome

Now this is not the best video out there, but the track itself makes everything good, plus the fact that it's packed with guest appearences by the likes of Big L, Funkdoobiest, Doug E. Fresh, Channel Live, DJ Red Alert, Phife Dawg and others.
Using Eazy E's classical intro "He was once a dog from around the way....", the song perfectly makes clear that Masta Ace is nonfuckable with by just looking at the reflection on his 'shine'.

Masta Ace - Sittin' On Chrome (75mb)

Beat This: A Hip Hop Documentary

This documentary produced by the BBC in 1984 contains interviews with DJ Kool Herc, Africa Bambaattaa, Malcolm McClaren, a Soul Sonic Force recording sessions as well as a Cold Crush Brothers performance and a Graffiti and B-Boy introduction.
Hiphop has come a long way, and obviously the fashion too. Alien and indian outfits, tight clothes, jerry curls, the white handgloves and a whole lot of leather. Everytime I see this documentary with my friends, we keep amazing ourselves how Hip Hop used to look back in the early beginnings.

The part I liked most was the scene where Kool Herc shows some old footage of parties he used to throw down together with his master of ceremony Coke La Rock. And although the footage isn't realy good quality, you are seeing the beginning of hiphop.

The running time for this documentary is 54 minutes, and it will leave a good impression and will lead to discussion if you are watching it together with others. Feel free to download and leave a comment of what you think of it.

Beat This: A Hip Hop Documentary (282mb)
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You can also download it in splitfiles from the Hiphopnetwork site.