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.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Company Flow - End To End Burners

Damn yo. These exams, internship and work are killing me. I haven't had that much time to hit you up with some new stuff. My man Arwen from Belgium hooked me up with this video. Thanks so much!!! End To End Burners was one of my favorite vids of the '98 period. While everyone was wearing shiny suits and aviator glasses, these cats took shit underground and made a dark, creative video. I realy love the graff effects. I'm going to keep it short. Here's some info I found on Wikipedia:

Company Flow is an alternative hip hop crew associated with the independent record label Rawkus Records. El-Producto, DJ Mr. Len and Bigg Jus founded the group in 1992 (see 1992 in music) in Queens, New York.
El-P had had a disastrous experience with a record label in an attempt at a solo deal, and founded the group after serving as an intern for an entertainment lawyer. With DJ Mr. Len, Company Flow released "Juvenile Techniques" in 1993 (see 1993 in music). The follow-up, "8 Steps to Perfection", and the debut EP, Funcrusher (1995), were underground hits. Subject to a major label bidding war on Libra records, Company Flow waited until they could get a contract on their own terms. They eventually signed to Rawkus, and helping to revitalize alternative hip hop with labelmates like Mos Def. Some mainstream success followed, and the group amicably dissolved after 2 years of pushing the album and touring, group member Bigg Jus decided to strike out on his own. El-P and Mr. Len followed up their debut with the brilliant, though poorly promoted, instrumental album Little Johnny From the Hospital (Rawkus). Flexing the production skills that had set so many ears on fire, El-P (and Mr. Len) continued the trend-setting, cutting-edge work that further bolstered their rep as innovators.

Fast forward to 2000. The relationship with Rawkus had run it's course. The label striving hard to enter the mainstream while the group was striving hard to remain true to themselves. The time off and frustration of battling the label over music and the approach to music led to the group announcing their departure from Rawkus. El-P and Mr. Len left Rawkus shortly thereafter, deciding that it was also time to go their separate ways. El-Producto has started his own record label (Definitive Jux) and a solo career, as has Mr. Len (Smacks Records) and Bigg Jus (Big Dada).

Reports say that El-P is working on production on the solo debut of former Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha.

Company Flow - End To End Burners

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Mad Skillz - The Nod Factor

From all the stress lately caused by schoolexams, I decided to kick back yesterday, make me some Kool-Aid (a friend of mine brought some with him from his trip to NY), rolled up a blunt and put on Lord Finesse's The Awakening. After hearing that piece of art, I wanted to put on an album that would bang from beginning to the end without me having to raise my arm to press on the ffwd button. Weed makes you that lazy. So I stumbled upon the Mad Skillz album From Where??? and put it on. Hadn't listened to it in a while and it surprised me again. Productions by Large Pro, Buckwild, The Beatnuts and Shawn J Period, that forces you to listen to the album from beginning to end.Why put on another cd? This is quality shit right here!

And then there's The Nod Factor. Now Mad Skillz is battlecat with lots of energy and on this track his energy just bursts out, even making my stoned ass nod my head and raising up my arms. Right there on the couch, as if I was in a concert or something. Was it the weed? Naaah. It was hiphop making me high...

So here you go. A present from me. Go nod your fucking heads!!!

Mad Skillz - The Nod Factor (76mb)

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Rappin' 4-Tay - I'll Be Around

Life ain't based on peaches and cream
This new generation lost a whole lot of dreams
Future doctors, producers and mothers
The list goes on but now we killin our brothers
And if we killin our brothers that means we're killin our own kind
These kids is watchin now it goes to their mind
Rat tat a tat cause you got a gat
Then they want a gat you livin like that?
Moms ain't cookin she worked the week straight
If anything she's the one that deserves a hot plate
The ghetto the ghetto ain't nothin to dream about
Tryin to get out now that's somethin to think about
Fools might disagree but I'm a stay sucka free
Now I'm so black so strong they can't fade me
Blacks are blacks worst enemy there's still no remedy
You got me for a grip do you call yourself kin of me?
Jealousy envy I see it in your eyes
Tell me what's wrong with seeing a black man rise
I keep it funky it's pretty hard to miss it now is it explicit
A message for the mind and the moral of statistics
So I'm doin what we call a roll call
Talkin about the ones who won't rap then take a downfall
I spit the street life and then I go underground
You silly it's called versatility and I'll be around

Rappin' 4-Tay - I'll Be Around

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Fat Joe - Flow Joe

It just doesn't add up. Fat Joe, influenced by the Zulu Nation, doing the grafitti and breakdancing thing, joined DITC, smacked you in the face with Represent back in '93. It had this track on it called Flow Joe. It hit the number 1 Billboard spot. If you see the video it has appearences by Lord Finesse, Nice & Smooth, Diamond D, Beatnuts and others. Shit iz real...

Ten years later the situation is kinda different. Now we see Ashanti, Ja Rule, R. Kelly appearing in his video's and he's even singing hooks with J-Lo on the rooftop. Who would ever think the man who gave you Represent and Jealous One's Envy would ever put out a single with Nelly. I thought I was good at math, but this one I just can't figure out.

Untill the day I figure this one out, I'm sticking to the past.

Fat Joe - Flow Joe

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Jaylib ft FranknDank - McNasty Filth

J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) and Madlib are Jaylib. The steps toward a collaboration began in 2000 when LA based DJ J Rocc gave Madlib a CD of Dilla beats to listen to. Madlib was so inspired that he recorded a whole album in his Bomb Shelter Studio, rapping over them for his own ears only and for lack of a title, scawled "Jaylib" across the CDR in a black Sharpie.

Madlib and Dilla briefly worked together in 2001 for Dilla's MCA album which was never to be released. But the real course towards the "Jaylib" collaboration began when a bit of extra space popped up on white label wax that Stones Throw Records' honcho Peanut Butter Wolf was preparing for a mix tape. For this, he was quick to grab a track from the Jaylib CDR that was never to see commercial pressing, "The Message" - Madlib's flip of the hip hop classic over J Dilla's beat. Only 300 records were pressed, but the track credited to Jaylib was clearly a hit.

Wolf soon recieved a suprise phone call from J Dilla himself, who heard the track and declared, “Hey, I want to do some s**t like that!" Wolf proposed doing a single or EP and Dilla replied, “Why not record an entire album?” Wolf and Dilla casually brainstormed and decided that half of the album could feature Madlib rhyming over Dilla’s production & the other half could be vice versa. Beat tapes were floated between Detroit and Los Angeles and months later, the album was born. (from the Stonesthrow site)

Jaylib ft FranknDank - McNasty Filth

Monday, January 16, 2006

Videospotting #1

I hope this is going to be part 1 of many. There's a lot of dope video's circulating the web and I'm going yo try to bring them together for easier acces. Heeeeeeeeere we go:

First on is the Illmatic promoclip with footage of the making of the album. You see Large Pro & Premier kicking it in the studio with Nas and also some footage in Queensbridge. Nice one to watch.

I guess we all know who Intelligent Hoodlum aka Tragedy is.... right? My man Kore321 aka Mike has been so kind to upload the Arrest The President video. I've been looking for this one for a while now and finally I have it. This track will definitly break your neck!

Well its Grand Puba honey *TADADAAA*. Cutdamn. One of my all time favorites. I spin this one everytime I'm on the decks (right before or after Kurious' I'm Kurious). Claw's HipHop Vault now provides the video for viewing pleasure. Check out Grand Puba's I Like It. And ya say New York City!!!

Last one I found on a blog from UnleadedWorld Clothing Company based in New York. It has footage of a guy that is obsessed with Nike sneakers. So bad that he even calls himself a Sub Culture Messiah. After seeing the video I thought this guy was way out there in space, but at the same time I was jealous as a motherfucker seeing all those sneakers.

That's all for now. Word is Bon Jovi!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Slum Village Special

When Slum Village emerged in the late 1990s, the highly regarded Detroit trio of T3, Baatin and Jay Dee made a startling admission: their group was a liquid association with members coming and going during the group's evolution. True to their word, Slum Village has already gone through a number of line-up changes.

After releasing Fantastic Volume One independently, Slum Village became one of hip-hop's hottest groups. While working on Fantastic, vol. 2, they were joined in the studio by such luminaries as D'Angelo, Busta Rhymes, Kurupt, Pete Rock and A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip, among others. The resulting album became an underground classic with singles like Climax and Raise It Up and Slum Village was seen as the second coming of the Native Tongues (A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, De La Soul) by member Q-Tip, as well as fans and journalists alike.

Jay Dee left the group after Fantastic, vol. 2 in order to work on his solo career, but Slum Village pressed on, releasing in 2002 the Dirty District mix tape and later that year its third album and first with new member Elzhi, Trinity (Past, Present & Future). Many fans looked at rapper-producer Jay Dee as the group's backbone, but Trinity proved that Slum Village could provide without its sonic architect, as that album's single Tainted became the group's biggest hit. Throughout the changes, Slum Village's musical mission has remained constant: to deliver soul-stirring sonics that represent Detroit to the fullest.

With Detroit Deli, Slum Village took their subject to a deeper level. Songs such as Keep Holding On, Old Girl/Shining Star and The Reunion featuring Jay Dee, signal Slum Village's evolution; they mark the first time the group has let listeners in on their personal feelings. "I don't think people really know us and we never really touched on our emotions like that," T3 says. "We wanted to bring some realness, besides just the soul music. Elzhi, as a guy that saw Slum Village on the outside, he brought it to my attention that we never touched on serious topics and that we should try to touch on them more. I was with that and I have a lot to say, so why not?"
But don't get it confused. Their known for combination of sex, women and soul continues when they team up with Chicago's Kanye West on the lead single Selfish, a sly, piano-driven song where T3, Elzhi and West rap about their desire to have a monopoly with women.

Their latest album, selftitled Slum Village, takes us on journey on a higher level then their last 2 releases. The album features production by B.R. Gunna, Young RJ and Black Milk whose album Dirty District Vol. 2 (2004) reached #55 on the Billboard Charts. It's like they talked to their producers asking them to step their game up, and the producers answered "As long as you step your game up too!". Nice beats and sharp lyrics; what more can you ask for? Slum Villa definitely proved to the doubters that they can do it without Jay Dee and can do it well. Track like Can I Be Me, Call Me and 05 and the first single EZ Up, will definitly make the critics love them again. With the addition of new producers the future is looking bright for the Detroit legends that have been underground so long. Hopefully, but very doubtful, the artists will receive the recognition and sales they deserve.

But... I wouldn't mind seeing Dilla produce an entire Slum album. Will it ever happen?

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Fab 5: OGC & Heltah Skeltah

October 1995: "Blah" and "Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka" a double sided single from "The Fab 5" drops introducing Duck Down Records Artists: Heltah Skeltah and Originoo Gunn Clappaz. And what an introduction it was: 5 dreadlocked nappyheads from Bucktown on a mission to bring the hiphopcommunity hardhitting boombap productions with heavy basslines and dope flow and rhymes. This was some intense shit. Everyone was still hyped about Black Moon's Enta Da Stage, Smiff & Wessun's Da Shinin and was wondering what the newly signed artists would do. I think the rest is history. Although OGC dropped a marvelous first album Da Storm, Heltah Skeltah got more attention because of the unique combination of Ruck & Rock. But I'm way ahead now. Let's go back to the introduction... PLOOOOOOOOOOOOW

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Ed OG & Da Bulldogs - Be a Father to Your Child

You see, I hate when a brother makes a child and then denies it
Thinking that money is the answer so he buys it
A whole bunch of gifts and a lot of presents
It's not the presents, it;s your presence and essence
Of being there and showing the baby that you care
Stop sittin' like a chair and having your baby wonder where you are
Or who you are----fool, you are his daddy
Don't act like you ain't cause that really makes me mad, G.
To see a mother and a baby suffer
I've had enough of brothers who don't love the
Fact that a baby brings joy into your life
You could still be called daddy if the mother's not your wife
Don't be scared, be prepared 'cause love is gonna getcha
It will always be your child even if she ain't witcha
So don't front on your child when it's your own
'Cause if you front now, then you'll regret it when it's grown
Be a father to your child

Ed OG & Da Bulldogs - Be a Father to Your Child (71mb)

Also check out the Love Comes and Goes video!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

J Rawls - Great Live Caper ft J-Live

If there was a way to educate people through instrumental hip-hop beats, J. Rawls could do it. Actually, he is doing it now! One-half of the Ohio’s underground hip-hop group Lone Catalysts, J. Rawls is not just a hip-hop producer. He is a 5th Grade teacher, a father, a historian, and a free thinker. In the past, he has produced for Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), El Da Sensai, Mr. Complex, Capital D, J-Live, Wordworth and many others. With his partner J. Sands, The Lone Catalysts released a beautiful debut opus “Hip-Hop” and a compilation album “The Catalyst Files”. Currently, J. Sands teamed up with Female Fun Music to make an instrumental album filled with diverse hip-hop beats as well as interesting and unique themes and topics that deal with historical issues. “Histories Greatest Battles, Campaigns, & Topics” was an instrumental album that urges the listener to research the historical significance behind the song titles.

The Great Live Caper is a story told by J-Live slowly revealing and adding cuts. This one is so nice. Just the creativity of the video, in combination with a dope beat, and the nice flow by J-Live, makes me wanna see the video over and over again. This is just a must have.

J. Rawls - Great Live Caper ft J-Live

While your at it, I would like you to check his follow up album: J. Rawls - The Essence Of Soul.
On Essence of Soul , all production is handled by J Rawls, he partners up with many of R & B’s on-the-fringe & underground performers . Features vocals by Aloe Blacc (of Emanon / Stones Throw / Shaman Work) , Eric Roberson (aka Erro / Yoruba / Touch Of Jazz), Jonell (Hi-Tek “Round & Round”) , Middle Child, Sol Uprising (aka Lil Sci of Scienz of Life & Stacy Epps / Shaman Work) , Tavaris, Venus Malone (Groove Attack) & Wordsworth (Halftooth / Lyricist Lounge).
Highlights include Soul Again & Again( feat. Middle Child & Aloe Blacc) , Pleasure Before Pain ( feat. Eric Roberson ) , Inhale / Exhale ( ft Venus Malone/ Worsworth) , Miss You ( ft Jonell), Bailer (ft Aloe Blacc).

A diverse musical journey into lazy soul-influenced urban sounds & beats & should appeal to fans of soul, funk R&B, and hiphop. Recommended for fans of The Roots , Guru, Jill Scott, Mark Rae, Amp Fiddler.

To give you a teaser, check out Pleasure Before Pain ft Eric Roberson

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Da Bush Babees - Remember We

MCs Babe-Face Kaos, Y-Tee, and Mister Man grew up in the West Indies (Y-Tee in Jamaica, Mister Man and Kaos in Trinidad), so reggae was a strong inspiration to their early years; hip-hop also figures in, however. All transplanted New Yorkers, they formed in 1992 when Mister Man saw Kaos perform. The two began collaborating, and after Mister Man suggested adding a reggae toaster, Y-Tee joined da Bush Babees. When their concert dates sparked major-label interest, the trio performed a few live office auditions and signed with Reprise, within three months of launching the band. Their debut, Ambushed (1994), featured production from Jermaine Dupri, Nikke Nikole, J. Prins Matteus, Mark Batson, Salaam Gibbs, and the group itself. Other releases included 1995's Remember We and 1996's Gravity.

Although their Gravity album is a favorite, the Remember We track sticks in my mind like non other track made by Da Bush Babees. I remember seeing the video the first time on Rap City. I was forced to nod my head and I was thinking: Oooow, this is too smooth. I need this one to listen to on my way to school!!! I lived on an island named Bonaire (Dutch Antilles next to Aruba) with no music stores and no hiphopradio. So the next day I taped it right from the TV on a cassette and I listened to it daily for months, bad quality and all. Don't get me wrong; The Love Song with Mos Def was unforgettable, but I prefer to take you back to the beginning.

Da Bush Babees - Remember We

InI - Fakin' Jax

Hip-hop aficionados worldwide should tip their collective throwback jerseys to the British beat-centric label BBE for rescuing some of Pete Rock's finest mid-90s production moments from a death in obscurity. Collected here, in their entirety are two forgotten Pete Rock-produced gems: InI's Center of Attention and Deda's The Original Baby Pa. The infamously bootlegged Center of Attention, with its relentless, jaw-dropping sequence of solid instrumentals, is the real showstopper. "Think Twice" bounces by on a choppy bed of sublimely looped piano chords, guitar stabs, and a hazy, meditative Black Moon-influenced drum break. Tracks like "Step Up" and "Fakin' Jax" fare even better, all piano melodies submerged in a thick fog of sub-aquatic vapor, while armies of shimmering horns slice through the substantial haze in intoxicating loops. Additionally, a track like "To Each His Own" (which features guest spots from Q-Tip and Large Professor), with its drizzling vibe notes and flurrying horns seems to sonically billow open from out of the speaker fabric, like a dense trail of weed smoke swelling from out of the tip of a blunt only to be diffused in the surrounding air.

But while the instrumentals on Deda's The Original Baby Pa are similarly inspired to the ones found on Center of Attention, both albums showcase a problem that's plagued Pete Rock's career from day one: the quality of his beats consistently overshadows the quality of his emcees' rhymes. It's no coincidence that 2001's instrumental affair, Petestrumentals, was one of Rock's greatest moments. On the Deda track "Blah Uno", Pete cooks up a dizzying brew of swirling horns, radiating, woofer-friendly bass notes, and the irresistible boom-bap of snare cracks and galloping ride cymbals only for Deda to inanely spit, "Blah Uno here to put suckers in the mix/ The music was fixed for me to bust wild dicks." While on "No More Words", InI's three members (Rob-O, Grap Luva, and Pete Rock himself) kick undeniably smooth verses with easygoing group chemistry bereft of any lasting inspired insight. Furthermore, a track like "Markd4Death" may showcase a debonair instrumental of pensively unraveling Rhodes notes, but Deda's predictable gangsterisms and humdrum threats sound about as moving as the drone of a computer fan.

The glory of the early 90s will always hold a special place in the hearts of hip-hop listeners far and wide; they were the adolescent years before bling killed the urban anti-star. Of course, even while hip-hop fans are proverbially salivating like Pavlov's dogs for a planned Rock reunion with original partner-in-crime C.L. Smooth, Lost & Found's unearthed treasures provide an ideal soundtrack for nostalgia while successfully building anticipation for future material.

Hartley Goldstein (Pitchfork)

InI - Fakin' Jax

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Rakim - When I Be On The Mic

Rakim's rhymes are legendary - we all know that. But had he fallen off over the years? On this album, it is apparent that he is still as sharp as ever and that his style even continues to develop. Aside from DJ Premier, who produced the 2 best cuts on the album, in my opinion, and DJ Clark Kent, there really isn't much going on in the way of production. "When I Be On the Mic" stands out from all other tracks, for sure. Perfect flow and wordplay to the tempo on that joint made it the obvious choice for the single.

Rakim - When I Be On The Mic

Pete Rock-U-Mentary

This is a 45 minute long documentaire depicting the making of the 1998 Pete Rock Classic LP Soul Survivor
It shows all the behind scene studio footage of the making of the album and songs. It includes appearances and actualrecording performances of: KOOL G RAP, PRODIGY OF MOBB DEEP, METHOD MAN, BIG PUN, C.L. SMOOTH, MC EIHT, LARGE PROFESSOR, LOOSE ENDS, MISS JONES, INSPECTAH DECK, GHOSTFACE, RAEKWON, NOREAGA, COMMON, STICKY FINGAZ, HEAVY D, BEENIE MAN, O.C., LORD TARIQ, PETER GUNZ, CAPPADONNA, BLACK THOUGHT.

Pete Rock-U-Mentary (realplayer file)