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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

L.O.N.S. - Case Of The P.T.A

Even in the vibrant early-'90s hip-hop scene, A Future Without a Past... emerged as a breath of fresh air, simultaneously presenting a throwback to the old-school rhyme tradeoffs and call-and-response rapping styles of crews like the Furious Five and the Funky Four + One, and vaulting rap headlong into its future. Brash and full of youthful energy and exuberance, Leaders of the New School was the perfect meshing of three distinctly different but entirely complementary personalities whose flows flew in the face of conventional MC etiquette, from Dinco D.'s straightforward, intellectual tongue-twisting to Charlie Brown's zany shrieks to Busta Rhymes' viscous, reggae-inspired toasting -- skirting the line between seriousness and humor -- which, only a few years later, would help him to hit commercial pay dirt as a solo artist. That's not even to mention the DJ and sometime reggae-tinged emcee, DJ Cut Monitor Milo. The result is one of the most infectious rap albums ever created. The songs are, first and foremost, meant to be fun and humorous, and they are certainly that, particularly on Charlie Brown's nonsensical "What's the Pinocchio's Theory," the insistent "Trains, Planes and Automobiles" and "My Ding-A-Ling," and Busta Rhymes' jovial ode to full-figured women, "Feminine Fatt." The cut-and-paste production is expert throughout, packed with fresh samples, thanks to Bomb Squad member Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, the Stimulated Dummies crew, and the Vibe Chemist Backspin, and the group also show themselves to be quite capable with a sampler, particularly Milo's incredible work on "Case of the P.T.A." and "My Ding-A-Ling." But it would be wrong to simply peg this album as a foray into kinder, gentler, more lighthearted and innocent hip-hop. Firstly, the album has the feel and scope of a loose concept album and is separated into three sections, the first two set in school, the final one following the members after school lets out, and that alone points to a group of young men -- mostly still teenagers -- trying to move rap into new dimensions. Secondly, the ambience of New York permeates A Future Without a Past, but it is simply presented from a younger and far less jaded perspective. Songs such as "Just When You Thought It Was Safe" and "Sound of the Zeekers @#^**?!," if not exactly hard-edged and political, offer far more than throwaway sentiment, and lyrically L.O.N.S. never descend into naiveté. The album portrays a group of young men who are fully emerged in the sometimes less-than-innocent urban life that characterizes hip-hop culture, but are also able to transcend the inherent limits and pitfalls to which that life can lead. In that sense, it is a celebration of all the best aspects of hip-hop culture and youth. (allmusic)

L.O.N.S. - Case Of The P.T.A

Monday, February 27, 2006

Pitch Black - It's All Real

Pitch Black's members (D.G., Devious, Fast, G.O.D., and Zakee) have each been involved with hip-hop since day one. Zakee says "Everybody was doing their thing, talent shows, school performances, beat boxing, djaying, we all wrote graffiti. So we're 360 degrees of hip-hop, we cover every aspect of the culture, the way of life." After forming Pitch Black in 1994, the five went straight to the lab and honed their skills, writing rhymes, and recording tracks.

Pitch Black paid serious dues, starting from the bottom with independent releases: "Hold Me Down" b/w "Ashes to Ashes" and shortly after a 5 track EP. The budget was bare bones but the music blazed trails up and down the East Coast. D.G. says "People felt our music and we realized our potential. We saw that it could be, so we pushed it to the next level."

Pitch Black maneuvered into the big leagues by opening for Jay-Z, DMX, Cash Money Tour, Lil Kim, Big Pun, MJG & 8 Ball, Trick Daddy, Luke, Redman and Method Man, Mobb Deep, on and on. "We were rubbing elbows with the right people, but even better, finally getting respected for what we were trying to do." Pitch Black recorded 2 songs with Lord Finesse: "Show and Prove" and "Don't Deal With It," G.O.D. was featured on Wylcef's "The Mixshow" from the Masquerade album with D.G., as well as Kool G. Rap & Nas' "Fast Life."

2004 saw the release of their first album 'Pitch Black Law'. This album is brimming with bangers and ready to go. The first single "It's All Real" is produced by none other than DJ Premier who also appears in the video. Other producers such as Swizz Beats, Teddy Riley, and Tone from The Trackmasters have laced this album with tracks, and guest appearances from Wyclef, Busta Rhymes, and Foxy Brown ensure broad appeal. The sounds on the album are varied, some stuff for the ladies, for the fellas, and of course hard, true hip-hop.

Pitch Black - It's All Real

Saturday, February 25, 2006

A Question

Why make a million, when you can make this: Spacek - Dollar 12" single 2005 (Sound in Color)
I love you, Jay Dee

Friday, February 24, 2006

Videospotting #3

I had to delete videospotting #2 cause the site that was hosting the video's probably noticed a lot of downloads in a short amount of time :P

Once again my man THRM hooked me up with some vids he found here and there. Here goes:

Big L - MVP (Summer Smooth Remix)
A Tribe Called Quest - Find A Way
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
Dr. Dre ft Snoop Dogg - Nuthin' But A G Thang
Mos Def - Oh No ft. Pharaohe Monch & Nate Dogg
Jeru The Damaja - Ya Playin' Yaself
Xzibit - Paparazzi
Biggie Freestyle in Brooklyn 1989
Mad Lib - Slims Return

More coming soon!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Little Brother ft Joe Scudda - Lovin' It

Little Brother is one the freshest things out there right now. The basic boombap beat with a simple soulsample, tight flows and ill rhymes. The basic ingredients for good hiphop. 9th wonder, the producer of the group had been killing the boards..uhm I mean Fruityloops providing banging productions for the likes of Jay-Z, Smiff-n-Wessun, Murs, Sean Price and many others. Check out Boot Camp Clik "Night Riders" 9th Wonder remix!
I consider Phonte to be one of the dopest cats in the rapworld today. Articulate, funny, straight to the point, up to date and a flow thats so smooth. Don't forget the fact that he can diss you with a smile on his face. He has an album out with producer Nicolay (yeeeeeah a producer from Holland WHUT!!!) under the name Foreign Exchange. The album is calles Connected and is a music experience you won't soon forget.

The first single of the new album Ministrel Show is a fresh cut soulpacked boombap track in which the rappers break down wack mc's and claim their glory. Joe Scudda kills it:

I wake up every morning, holding my dick
Going through life like I know I'm the shit, ya ain't fucking with me
So why try? Why go that route?
Why take that street? You can't take that heat?
Man your whole flow weak, we will take that beat
Put our own words on it, we will make that street
To the crowds and the masses, and all I ask is
Don't settle for the average, rap cabbage-
Heads; yeah you heard what I said, we the best here
Cuz our worst days be better than your best years
We your worst fears,
So get up, get out, and get somethin'
Man, its only getting worse here
Joe Scudda, little brother, man we family
And we here forever so understand me


Monday, February 20, 2006

Jay & Nas Interview

The first interview with Jay-Z and Nas since they ended their beef and joined forces at Def Jam. On "All Eyes on Jay-Z and Nas," the duo explains to Sway Calloway why they decided to come together after a bitter battle that lasted several years. "It's bigger than both of us," Jay says in the interview. "It's more about the culture, about showing people another way, because [the battle] was something that stopped the world. Now everyone emulates the battle. So now we have to show them another way." Besides reflecting on the past, Jay-Z and Nas will talk about the future, including a possible collaboration on Nas' Def Jam debut. Check out the interview.

Friday, February 17, 2006

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.

IF YOU HAVE IT ALREADY, PLEASE DO NOT CLICK!!!

Beat This: A Hip Hop Documentary link option 1
Beat This: A Hip Hop Documentary link option 2

You can also download it in splitfiles from the Hiphopnetwork site.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Requests


First of all I want to thank all the people mailing me and expressing their appreciation for my site. It's what motivates me to keep doing this!!!!

I also got some requests from some visitors and finaly I had the time to upload them. Here goes.

EPMD - The Headbanger. Much respect to EPMD and K-Solo, but whut kind of weed was Reggie on? I want some of that shit too. Cutdamn, he killed that track. One of the dopest possecuts ever.

Ras Kass - Soul On Ice. You’ve heard of this guy. He’s critically acclaimed, highly respected, and touted as one of the rawest lyricists ever.

3rd Bass - Gas Face. Man, Serch is such a nerd. And check out Zef Love X. That's MF Doom without a mask!

And last but not least Chino XL - No Complex. A genius misunderstood by the masses.

I want to re-up The BBC Hip Hop Documentary I posted before, but I can't seem to find a free uploadsite which stores 300mb file that lasts. Yousendit.com is a good one, but has a limit of 25 downloads. If anybody has a tip, please let me know.

Peace!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Holland's Dedication

Now Holland is a small ass country, but we do big ass things. The number one exportcountry of XTC, we got a large amount of weed consumption everyday, we got The Vinyl Addicts and The Video Crates, and now we have a big ass Jay Dee dedication mixtape that should be heard by the world. Dj Turne mixes up the finest Jay Dee tracks accompanied by the original tracks. Amazing blend. It gives you an impression of what Dilla is diggin' in the crates. The bizar thing is that the mixtape was finalized last week thursday, the day before Dilla was called out to heaven.

So people out there in Poland, The US, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Canada, The UK, Autralia, France, Zwitserland and other visitors; download the mixtape and spread the word on every board you visit. We want to take this shit worldwiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide!

DJ Turne - Turne It Up: The Dillalicious Mix

Contact DJ Turne

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Jay Dee: Rest In Peace

Hip-hop producer Jay Dee dead at 32
BY KELLEY L. CARTER
FREEPRESS MUSIC WRITER
February 10, 2006

Hip-hop MC and producer Jay Dee (also known as J Dilla), a founding member of the Detroit rap outfit Slum Village, died Friday morning of kidney failure at his home in Los Angeles, officials at his record label said Friday evening.

Born James Yancey, he was a nationally influential producer and a champion of Detroit’s urban music scene. When hip-hop was largely being dominated by the East and West coasts, he put a distinct Detroit sound on many national acts.
He celebrated his 32nd birthday Tuesday with a new album release, “Donuts.”

“Jay Dee was the man with the beats,” said Mark Hicks, who has been on the Detroit hip-hop scene since the early 1990s and is a former manager of the group D12. Hicks got the word that Jay Dee died from Detroit rapper Proof, who sent him a message via his Blackberry.
“I remember when he was selling beats back in ’95, ’96 for like 100 or 200 bucks,” Hicks said. Beats are the instrumental tracks that form the backbone of hip-hop music.“Everybody went to him. He was selective. Even back then, you could see him being a producer in the long run just on how he made the music He took the artists and said, ‘This is how you should lyrically say this.’ He was a prodigy.” If you saw him in the studio, it was like he was the man.”

Guided by an encyclopedic ear and a jazz musician’s touch, he molded a signature style that blended hip-hop street bounce with a progressive flair. Live instruments were digitally processed into strange new tones, and vintage soul samples mixed with obscure rock records, with his own warm synthesizer lines layered on top.“He invented the sound of Detroit hip-hop,” said Waverly Alford, the Detroit rapper known as King Gordy. “He was Detroit hip-hop.”
Jay Dee worked with artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo and Janet Jackson. Even so, he retained a distinct underground attitude. He recorded in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York.

In a statement, Peter Adarkwah, founder of BBE Records, said he was deeply saddened to learn of his death. “Jay was one of my favorite hip-hop producers of all time. His passion for music was a rare thing amongst people in the music industry. His music and presence will be sorely missed for many years to come.”BBE was to release Jay Dee’s “The Shining” a follow-up to 2001’s “Welcome To Detroit” in June of this year.

Jay Dee rarely gave interviews, preferring to stay out of the spotlight. The music community knew, however, that he had health problems. Last year in an interview with the hip-hop magazine XXL, he denied reports that he had been in a coma, but said he spent two months in a hospital’s ICU “with all types of tubes.”He told the magazine, “I went overseas for two weeks and was eating all this crazy ... food. As soon as I got back, I had the flu or something, and I had to check myself into the hospital.” He said the doctors discovered that, “I had a ruptured kidney and was malnourished from not eating the right kind of food. It was real simple, but it ended with me being in the hospital.”Always the producer, he had a friend bring him a sound system and some vinyl so he could make beats in the hospital.

Denaun Porter, a sought-after producer in his own right, has said that Jay Dee influenced him to pursue his career. Like others who would go on to become members of Detroit’s hip-hop elite, Porter was hanging out in the mid-1990s at the Hip Hop Shop. The clothing store on Detroit’s west side hosted open mic shows and became an epicenter of the city’s emerging hip-hop scene. Porter said it wasn’t until 1996 that he got serious about making music for a living. That’s when he saw Jay Dee come to the shop in a money green Jaguar. “I never knew anybody that wasn’t a drug dealer drive a car like that,” Porter said. “I liked that life a little more.”

Jay Dee Dee’s musical production came from humble beginnings. He started humbly, making beats on a tape deck. In 1992, Amp Fiddler taught him how to work an MPC-60, an electronic drum machine commonly used in R&B and hip-hop music.Around 1988, Jay Dee formed Slum Village with Baatin and T3, friends from Pershing High School. Even though he left the group after their first national album, (“Fantastic Vol. 2,” released in 2000), they remained friends and he even produced later tracks for Slum Village.The group now consists of rappers Elzhi and T3. Both are out of the country, and couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

"Slum Village, man, they were doing their thing,’’ said Terry Scott of Tonya’s Music, a mom-and-pop shop on Detroit’s east side. “He was a pretty hot producer here in Detroit, the first big thing to come out of Detroit as far as producers.“He was very young. I met him a couple of times. He came in the shop. For a brother like that to die at a young age, that’s sad. This is a loss to Detroit.”

Brian (B.Kyle) Atkins, a longtime documentarian of the hip-hop group the Roots, reported on the Stones Throw Records Web site that a memorial service will be Tuesday in Los Angeles. A Detroit service may be scheduled later.

I'm just out of words. Feels just like losing a friend. I just purchased Donuts and was enjoying that shit like hell. And a few hours later the man gets called out to heaven.
Some stuff to remember him by.

Slum Village - Climax
Slum Village - Raise It Up
Jaylib ft FranknDank - McNasty Filth
Jay Dee Remixes (Promo 2001)

In stead of being sad, just reminisce on the good memories you had with Jay Dee. Let me start of with the first time I heard the Look Of Love Remix. I banged it on repeat, and in 2006 it's still in my playlist. Timeless! Drop your highlights.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Street Smartz - Don't Trust Anyone

Taken from the 'Tru Criminal Records' EP 1997 which has productions by the likes of Buckwild and Lord Finesse and featurings by Ak Skills, Pharoahe Monch, God Gunz and OC.
F.T. aka Fvck That is one of those MCs who seems to have all the tools for sucess, but for some reason or another just never broke through. With a very distinctive voice and a flow that is undeniable, he has remained on the "nicest MC's to never make it" list. On this track FT displays his dexterity at multi-syllabic rhyming that many MCs are just getting to master 7 years later. Buckwild provides the peacefull though raw track and uses the 'Evil Streets' sample form Onyx.

If there is somebody that can help me with an mp3 file of the remix by Domingo, please hook me up!

Street Smartz - Don't Trust Anyone

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Frankie Cutlass - The Cypher 3

Much like his idol Marley Marl, Frankie Cutlass gathered MCs and vocalists under the umbrella of projects -- which he spearheaded as producer and mixer -- while still maintaining an edge as a DJ by playing consistently in clubs, both dance- and hip-hop-oriented. Originally from Puerto Rico, he moved to Spanish Harlem in New York with his family while still a child, and began to grasp America's culture firsthand through the influence of hip-hop. His brother, a member of the Zulu Nation, taught him to DJ, and Cutlass first hit the decks in the '80s at the age of 12. He joined his own crew later on, working with DJ Funkmaster Flex's Flip Squad. By the early '90s he had moved into production as well, working with TKA, K7, and the Cover Girls. The recording sphere beckoned, and by 1994 he had produced his first record, "Puerto Rico Ho." It and the later single, "Boriquas on the Set," became underground hits, spurring Frankie Cutlass to sign with Relativity Records. His first album with the label, 1997's Politics & Bullshit, showed his enthusiasm for the old-school rap he had grown up with. Also lending their talents were Mobb Deep, Redman, Method Man, and Smif-n-Wessun.
The album's single, "The Cypher, Pt. 3," reunited several veterans of Marley Marl productions, including Biz Markie, Roxanne Shanté, Big Daddy Kane, and Craig G.

Frankie Cutlass - The Cypher 3

PS: I have some requests lined up. Hold tight!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Gangstarr - The Militia

You niggaz owe me for my rhymes, I come to collect
For you dope fiend niggaz in rap, I here to inject, check
My style is water baby, spread it around
But when you niggaz don't flow it right and fuck up my sound
I get down; in '89 I spit the buck in the face
of every MC that came in the place, a scar you'll never erase
MC's are only recognized for their flows
I'm worldwide for the bitches, that I turned into hoes
You heard me spit it on Jew-elz, that's how it goes
For all them faking ass niggaz and how I bust up they nose
And while your, nose is drippin, and drainin blood
I be standing over you screamin, "Nigga, WHAT, WHAT?! Nigga WHAT?!"
Niggas feel my presence, like I'm right in they palm
Cause a stormy day is coming, when you see me so calm, it's on
No more twin glocks, they jam up my plays
Now its twin .40 calibre Walther PPK's
I'm in the control of my game, you must respect me like The Ref
Uh-huh, you disrespect *gun clicks* you get the tech
I turn you fake niggaz on and off, like I'm the clapper
I rob so many niggaz, they should call me Jack the Rapper
I'll the illest nigga doing this, dead or alive
Gloria Gaynor on you motherfuckers, I Will Survive
You can try to come at me, but do you want the kick back?
You snap inside the cage of a pit, and you get bit back, huh
My war is so tight, my drama so ill
Beef with me hangs around like a unpaid bill
I push these lyrics through any MC, and make it burn
So the niggaz who be rhyming next, will miss a turn
When you speak of who's the dopest MC, I don't come up
But when you speak of who's the livest MC, I stay what up, what's up?
I got stripes while you got strikes and bogus mikes
Do what bitch niggaz do best *UTFO sample* bite
You niggaz can't make up a law that I don't overrule, overthrow
Prim' brought Bumpy these tracks so I can let you know
Before I slide I'ma leave you this jewel
Even mechanics walk around with they tools
It's the Militia


Just a musthave.
Without a doubt one of the most memorable lines in hiphop.
Who wants to argue with me?

Gangstarr - The Militia

D'Angelo - Lady

While a lot of people where still in swingbeat mode or were enjoying the rise of new R&B artists by the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, R. Kelly, Blackstreet and others, D'Angelo took it upon himself to bring back heavy soul with a touch of hiphop. I remember seeing a listening session of the Brown Sugar album on Black Entertainment Television and D'Angelo performed Lady live with a band. That performance was so incredible and had such an impact on me, I was hooked from then on. A true musicion who's sole goal is to make soul music from the heart.
I know your used to getting hiphop video's, but this one I realy want to share with you. If you like this and want more, I also got a Premier remix of Lady featuring AZ. Just let me know. Right now, I just want you to sit back, relax and let the vibe hit you.

D'Angelo - Lady