Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I posted about this last year, then just saw it was on Bombing Science & ordered from them straight away. Looks like a great package with 2 hours of extra footage. Now that's the way to exploit the capabilities of the DVD format.

"Take a journey into San Francisco's mysterious graffiti underground. Witness the birth of the movement as told by the people that lived it. Piece By Piece puts you along side the graffiti writers, police, and local San Franciscans affected by this misunderstood art form. Documenting the last 20 years of creation and destruction, you'll hear the stories and adventures depicting this elaborate movement for the first time in history."

Piece by Piece website.
Public Enemy Sneaker
A Supreme and Vans collaboration.

Friday, May 26, 2006

New DAIM poster

What an effort & a half...
Glossy varnish 50 x 64 cm 'Can Mosaik' poster from Daim's website.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents

To be released in November 2006.
From the very nice publishers who brought us Futura, Graffiti World & Freight Train Graffiti.

Book Description
From the author of the enormously successful Graffiti World comes this spectacular follow-up, celebrating the contributions of women to contemporary graffiti and street art.

Female writers have always been in the vanguard of the graffiti movement, though often shunted to the sidelines by their male counterparts. This exhaustive volume places them front and center, featuring 1,000 full-color illustrations from some of the world’s most prominent artists, including Brazil’s Nina, Japan’s Sasu, Mexico’s Peste, and the Americans Lady Pink, Swoon, and Miss 17. Two eight-page fold-out collages, a fold-out poster jacket, and an authoritative text round out the impressive package. The first and only comprehensive survey of its kind, this book is sure to attract and expand upon the wide and enthusiastic readership that made Graffiti World such a runaway success.

About the Author
Nicholas Ganz, aka Keinom, is a young German graffiti artist who has traveled worldwide to become the leading authority on the graffiti scene. He lives in Essen, Germany. Nancy Macdonald is the author of The Graffiti Subculture: Youth, Masculinity and Identity in London and New York. She lives in London. Swoon is a New York City-based street artist.

Publishers website.
The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art (Volume 1, 1983-1988)

Wooah!! 444 pages with a DVD as well...

Book Description
The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art, volume one is the first in a series of four books that documents all aspects of Los Angeles graffiti art from 1983 to 2005. Focusing on the 1980s (1983 -1988), volume one recounts the first years of the graffiti movement in Los Angeles. Within the book, you will discover the truth behind the rich history, photos and stories. All experiences and DVD that is included are uncut and real. It¿s exciting and fresh to the point of understanding the culture, without cutting it up. The first volume contains over 446 pages and includes the following sections: Experiences: Every volume contains 56 exclusive detailed interviews. These interviews are free-style, not scripted, and are based on each writer¿s experience, personal views and memories. Spotlights: Special tribute to all writers/artists who made significant contributions and influences to the L.A. Graff scene. Pieces/Burners: Common to never seen before Pieces/Burners showcasing familiar works as well as numerous lost, legendary and forgotten murals. Battles: A special section dedicated to L.A.s first battles between some of the most prolific crews and writers of first era. Blackbooks: Historical detailed drawings done within sketch books called Blackbooks. Articles: Newspaper and magazine pieces related to historical L.A. Graff subject matter. R.I.P.: Memorials for all respected deceased Los Angeles Graffiti writers. DVD: A DVD will be included with each book. Each DVD contains over 30 slide shows of various L.A. writers. The DVDs consist of the graffiti writers breathing life into their own work while sharing their experiences with the authors. The DVDs are uncut, raw and true. Readers will be able to place a voice on the parade of slides from the respective writers.

Product Dimensions: 10.25 x 9.5 inches. 444 pages.
Weight: 6.2 pounds.
Alva & Reiling Publications; 1st edition (2006)

• Check the website for more info.
Amazon link.
• Interview with authors here.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Whew!! Thought while I was on a roll I should at least finish Part 2. Might take me awhile to create Part 3. Still looking through my crates of vinyl & CDs for ones I haven't able to find as yet. Trying to make them something worth having. Hope you appreciate the effort, 'cause I certainly do... Ha! - Idiot Proof.

And yes I know this is a pretty nerdy thing to do, but I wanted to do something thematical & graff comes naturally as a topic for me.

Arsonists - Underground Vandal
Looptroop - Adrenalin Rush
Raydar Ellis - Graffiti Rock
The Shapeshifters - Vandal Squad ft. Met Fly, Existereo
Bukue One - 4 Tha Graff Hedz
Kero One - The Cycle Repeats
The Narcissists - Graffwriters
Company Flow - End To End Burners
Tommy Tee - Aerosoul
Promoe - These Walls Don’t Lie
Souls of Mischief - Stealth Bombing
Longevity - Burners ft. Abstract Rude & St. Mark
Talib Kweli & Rakim – Subway Surfers aka Getting Up Anthem
Full Throttle - It's An Honour
DJ Vadim - 4 My Writers ft. Juice
Blade & The Bazay Jam Band – Getting’ It On 82 (Peril remix of 'Soda Pop')
Bucc - Style Wars

• Download here: Return of the Rhyme Vandals. 91MBs/66mins/192kbps

Friday, May 19, 2006

Lordz of Brooklyn - Bomb the System.

Headed by Kaves. Pretty crap emcees, in fact they can't rhyme at all on this song, but the sentiment is there & it's a pretty cool video anyway.

Upcoming documentary from Henry Chalfant...

Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Story features: Ray Barretto, Benny Bonilla, Orlando Marin, Manny Oquendo, Willie Colon, Africa Bambaata, Charlie Chase, Fabel, Luis Chaluisan (El Extreme), Kid Freeze, Track II, Trace, Bom 5, Sandra Maria Esteves, Bobby Sanabria and more.

The schools and lunch tables were our drums; we played clave with the spoons. -- Percussionist Manny Oquendo, student at PS 52 in the 1940s

The film presents a panoramic view of the music that blossomed in the latin community of the South Bronx from the late 1940's when mambo burst onto the New York cultural scene through the birth of hip hop in the 1970s. The film chronicles two generations who grew up literally on the same streets, and both used rhythm as their forms of rebellion - for the older generation it was the pulsating rhythms of Cuba; for their children it was the rhythms of rap. The film, designed for public television and possibly theatrical release, aims to bring attention to the Bronx neighborhoods and communities who, with few resources, transformed the world's pop culture.

In the post war years in an area of the Bronx spreading out from the Longwood/Hunts Point section, the music was in the air. Hundreds of Latino musicians lived there, including Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, the Palmieri brothers, Johnny Pacheco and many more. Most grew up in, or moved to the area from East Harlem or directly from Puerto Rico and Cuba. They rehearsed, jammed and played in apartments and courtyards, on rooftops and street corners, in social clubs, and dance halls. They transformed Afro-Cuban rhythms and styles like son, charanga, cha-cha-cha and mambo into the uniquely New York Latin sound that was later called salsa and which, even later, contributed to the development of the vibrant hip hop culture that thrives here today.

Dozens of ballrooms, clubs and theaters - such as the glamorous Hunts Point Palace (which in later years was used by breakers) and the Tropicana, the family oriented Teatro Puerto Rico, P.S. 52 which nurtured musicians and threw weekly dances, and the Casalegre and Casa Amadeo record stores - flourished in this area of the South Bronx. The waning of the music scene and the demise of the old clubs coincide with the era of the burning of the neighborhood and the emergence of hip hop. In the early seventies in the South Bronx, Black and Latino teenagers, like the salsa musicians before them, held parties and jams in schools, basements, parks and playgrounds. Tying their turntables, amps and speakers into the lamp posts for power, kids would gather to rap, spin records and break. So this is a story about resuorcefulness. Young people of little means made do with whatever they could get their hands on; in the case of salsa, they improvised on the hubcaps and fenders of cars, on cans and chain link fences; in the case of hip hop, a later generation of kids plugged into the street lamps and utilized their parents'old funk and salsa records as source material for new sounds.

Hip hop is commonly thought to be an African-american cultural form. Often overlooked in this view is the huge contribution of Puerto Rican and other latin youth have made to the development and continuing evolution of hip hop in all its forms. Alongside Kool DJ Herc, a Jamaican, and Grandmaster Flash, of Barbadian parentage, stood such Nuyorican artists as Rock Steady Crew's Crazy Legs, Ken Swift, Mr. Wiggles and Fable; Charlie Chase of the Cold Crush Brothers, Devastating Tito and Master O.C. of the Fearless Four and the graffiti masters, Lee Quinones and T-Kid. Mambo to Hip Hop is about how creative expression helped to foster community in the Bronx, and about how people used and are using that as a resource for cultural and civic renewal. The film is also about conflicts and connections between generations; about how music helped Puerto Ricans become New Yorkers; Concluding its story in the present, Mambo to Hip Hop will explore how the people of the South Bronx, working with so little in the way of material resources, saved themselves and their community, and contributed so much to the world's popular culture.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

RESPECT OVERDUE compilation.
Australian 70's Funk/Jazz/Soul.

Chris from Nothside Records in Melbourne reading Stealth. Nice one.

Finally after what seems like almost forever we get the 3rd & most likely the final instalment of the ‘Respect Overdue’ series. This time it's through the Creative Vibes associated label, Basement Digs & it’s a blinder as well as being a fantastic indication that Australia wasn’t entirely a desert when it came to black originated music. Yes, it was extremely small, but at least there was enough to fill 4 CDs worth (Ubiquity/Luv n Haight also released an Australian funk/jazz compilation in the 90s). This new compilation shows that jazz was the more flavoured style back in the 70s, for only the tracks by Al Styne, The Life Organisation & ironically enough Helen Reddy with her version of ‘Hit the Road Jack’. To be fair, they step closer to big band cover versions that wouldn’t have been out of place in an RSL jukebox. Yes, we do get a few wah wah guitar licks, but on the whole its jazz fest. And Don Lane is a yank (he covers Bill Withers ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’), so it still looks as though we needed their help in creating this music. I can’t help but thinking that there must be better tracks out there than these. Its great & everything, but when the Masters Apprentice’s have the most exciting track on the album you have to wonder. You’d be hard pressed to name an Australian group that had a decent album’s worth of material that wasn’t jazz related from that era. Some of the tracks verge on easy listening & I’m saying that as a fan of the easy styles. It is an essential purchase no matter how you look at it, but no wonder Renee Geyer left this country. I want more from Al Steyne, for his rousing interpretation of Survivor’s ‘Vehicle’ (he wrote their 'Eye of The Tiger' song) is a slam down winner. Whatever I said about it, I still rate it.

Track listing...
Pink Steamroller The Life Organisation
Name Of The Game Billy Burton
Vehicle Al Styne
Song For Bobby Pyramid
Brown Tony Gould
Intergrations Charlie Munro
Feelin' Feline Trio
Rio De Camiro The Masters Apprentices
Nobody Nose Crossfire
December Dance Brian Brown Quintet
Hit The Road Jack Helen Reddy
Number One The Ted Vining Trio
Ain't No Sunshine Don Lane
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Tony Ansell

• MP3: The LIFE ORGANISATION - Pink Steamroller. 192kbps
• MP3: AL STYNE - Vehicle. 192kbps
RHYME VANDALS mix I did...
Okay, I've finished part 1 of my 2 part graffiti focused mixes. Took a lot of research & persistance so hopefully it goes down well. This one is a mix of US, English, Swedish, Norwegian & Australian tracks. I added bits of dialogue, used some effects & created a few edits, nothing too fancy schmancy, so it should flow okay. Part 2 should be just as solid. I could have made 3 x 60min mixes, but instead I cut it down to 2 x 70min mixes, so as not to force myself to include some 2nd rate tracks. I also wanted to use only contemporary songs. Rhymesayers member DJ Jay Bird already has a mix called Aerosolics that used a lot of the classics, so I went deeper. If was to release this properly I would've spent time adding cuts, but as this is a freebie I relented on spending more time on it. - Idiot Proof.

Typical Cats
- The Manhattan Project
Fort Minor - Spray Paint & Ink Pens ft. Lupe Fiasco & Ghostface Killah
KRS-One - Out For Fame
Company Flow - Lune TNS
Swarmy - Trains Mission
Looptroop - Ambush in the Night
Warlocks - Strictly Kings & Better
Blade & The Bazay Jam Band - Blades Theme (Jigsaw Jeff remix of Pacman)
Prefuse 73 - Wanted ft. Mr.Lif
Task Force - Still Bombing
Dilated Peoples - Night Life
Ex Vandalz - Industry Standard ft. Perk One, Rakaa Iriscience & 2Mex
Bias B - Hursty
Promoe - Freedom Fighters ft. Cos.M.I.C
Tame One - Homage 2 Da Bomberz
El-P - Bombing Pt. 2

• Download here: Rhyme Vandals. 97MBs/70mins/192kbps

Friday, May 12, 2006

MATTY B - Simple, But Effective.

Just wanted to up a track from his new album for the weekend.. Ha..

Shoguns Blurb...

"Matty B, Australia’s most likeable MC returns with his second album, ‘Simple But Effective’. Originally hailing from Perth, WA, Matty B kicked off his solo career in 2000 appearing on the first ‘Culture Of Kings’ compilation with his track “Courageous”. Since then, Matty B has been a popular inclusion on many Australian hip hop compilations such as ‘15 Oz Of Vinyl’ (Crookneck), ‘Mamma’s Kitchen’ (Obese Records) and most importantly, Triple J’s Super Request ‘Dog’s Breakfast’ compilation of the most frequently requested tracks on Triple J’s Super Request programme. ‘Simple But Effective’ contains some very memorable moments including “Aussie Weekender”, which Matty describes as “the follow up to ‘Fridays’, about taking time out to have some fun with your mates and enjoy a beer and the many beaches this beautiful country has” and the hilarious “I’m a Joke” which reminds us that we still have the ability to laugh at ourselves in the face of our imperfections. Matty has always delivered the truth about his country, in an Australian accent from the point of view of an average Australian bloke. Some may call it simple but it sure as hell is effective!"

MP3: MATTY B - Aussie Weekender. 192kbps
Produced by Dazastah (Downsyde).
Hip Hop BBQ.

Awesome Idea... Philly based, but spreading.
You'll recognise some people no doubt. Looks pretty damn fresh...
Check it...

The above picture is for illustrative purposes only & do not reflect the actual event. Aw shucks. Looks mighty tasty though.
Jesus Christ Superstar...
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Best image of the week. Found randomly on the Net.
Props to the artist?
Strictly Kings & Better DVD

Just like A.C., I can't find any information on this DVD. Anyone?

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Omar - Sing if You Want To

Need some soul in your life? I mean some real contemporary soul. Its hard to bypass a new offering from the UK’s Omar. He’s been blessing the circuit for well over 14 years since his excellent debut track ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ in 1992. He has been lying low for a few years, but its all worth it after a listen to this stunning return. Not least for the fact that the legendary Stevie Wonder is on the delightful ‘Feeling You’ or that Angie Stone turns up on ’All For You’. The rather frenetic almost broken beat tune ‘It’s So’ shows a new capability for Omar to ride some offbeat percussion whiel still keeping his own groove.

Readers here might be interested in the posse cut 'Gimme Sum'. Yeah, Omar has a posse jam with Common (Omar was on ‘Electric Circus'), Rodney P & newcomer Ashman. The hip hop connections most likely stems from Omar’s brother, the Skratch Professor, being a onetime deejay champion at a very young age & now helping out with the albums production by adding some heavier beats. Don’t despair if you want the warm soul, for its here in spades. In fact there’s quite a varied sound & I can’t determine which track I like best, the conga enhanced ‘Kiss It Right’ or the finale of ‘Ghana Emotion’ in which he contextualises his parents birthplace, their new house in Ghana & therefore his heritage through the music. It’s an incredible track, lyrically & musically & likely to make anyone stop in their steps. An incredibly rewarding album that is leagues ahead of the contemporary American sound & cements the fact that British soul seems to still have an edge over the over-produced American style.

Omar's website.

• MP3: OMAR - Gimme Sum ft Common, Rodney P & Ashman. 192kbps
• MP3: OMAR - Ghana Emotion. 192kbps

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Q-Bert & Supernatural show Sydney 6th May, 2006.

This was from the encore of the Elements Tour show at sold out gig at The Metro.
upped on YouTube by WaksOn.
New Cut Chemist is coming...

The Warner execs must've dictated the image change. Gone has his scruffy demeanour, long white t-shirt, unkempt hair, extra kilos & dirty fingernails. In comes the more photogenic styled up look. From early samples of the forthcoming album The Audience is Listening we need not fear too much of a departure. It could be easily said that he would have suffered in the sample clearance department with a higher profile. So it'll be interesting if anything.

Myspace page.

Some recent CUT CHEMIST goodies

• MP3: CUT CHEMIST - Coast to Coast from the Sound of L.A EP.
• MP3: JEM - They (Cut Chemist remix instrumental)
• MP3: AMMONCONTACT - Drum Riders ft. Brother J & Cut Chemist
• MP3: EDAN - Torture Chamber (Cut chemist remix) 12" version
• MP3: CUT CHEMIST - Storm ft. Edan & Mr Lif (first 12" off the new album)
• MP3: BREAKESTRA - How Do You Really Feel (Cut Chemist Atkins remix)
I presume he means the diet fellow & not Juan.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

DJ Dusk party. Los Angeles 12th May 2006.

In memoriam.
Look who will be celebrating his life? He must've pulled some power moves when he was alive. As long as his close friends aren't pushed to the side. I hope everyone remembers him as he would like to have been. Never met dude, but he seemed well solid.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Vinyl Wars- The Battle

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Upcoming Brazilian made TV series with stop animation characters. It's been in development for a while now, so I do hope their dreams are realised & it does come to fruition. Have a look through their Website here to see all the details & watch the cool trailer.
Short vinyl records production film.

How cool is this... Shows the viewer how vinyl records are created. There's a Discovery channel watermark & the narrator has a Canadian accent, if that helps in locating the source. You'll love it. Shows the painstaking lengths it takes to manufacture, just so we can then scratch the crap out of them...

Part 1...

Part 2...
Wu-Tang cover versions from NY funk outfit El Michel's Affair

Pretty stupid to call your series Shaolin, yet have a picture of the Japanese wandering samurai Ogami Itto & son Daigoro (Lone Wolf & Cub) as your image. Apart from that gaff, it's a great idea.

"In late 2005, at a packed house in Downtown NYC Truth & Soul’s El Michels Affair forged an unusual working relationship with incomparable Raekwon from the Wu-Tang Clan. Together they re-work Wu-Tang classics, bridging the musical gap between sampled hip-hop and live instrumental soul. In the wake of this event the decision for El Michels Affair to get in the studio and cut instrumental versions if Wu-Tang songs was an obvious one."

Part 1 of Truth & Soul's shaolin series….

• MP3: El Michels Affair - C.R.E.A.M. 320kbps Wu-Tang cover
• MP3: El Michels Affair - Glaciers of Ice. 160kbps (VBR) Raekwon cover.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Ultimate Breaks & Beats Vol 26

The real 26th volume in the legendary series has returned after a 15 year absence. Strictly Breaks kind of took up the format in the 90s by also having illustated covers, but had nothing to do with the originals. The game has changed somewhat, so maybe they should have just made a website for Serato heads to download from. Then again, those MP3 suckers wouldn't get teh excellent 12" cover art from Kev Harris (TM7 Productions). Which I presume was created back then, because it is in the same exact style as we all remember. Rumour has it that Louis Flores died a few years back & that these contain edits of tracks that should have appeared on a release that was supposed to come out in 91.

As per the most recent issues of these classic 'bootlegs', they come in a double copy set.

1. Joe Tex - You Said A Bad Word
2. Johnny Taylor - Ever Ready
3. Coalkitchen - Keep On Pushing
4. Graham Central Station - The Jam (Remixed)

1. Touble Funk - Lets Get Small
2. Tony Alvon - Sexy Coffee Pot
3. Hank Carbo - Hot Pants (part 2) (Remixed)

DERT - Sometimes I Rhyme Slow ReMixtape
Read all about it & order it from here.

I always thought that MySpace converted audio to a lower bit-rate via their music player. Seems not. You can download a track & listen to 3 others from Dert's Myspace page.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

MR NOGATCO - Nogatco Rd.

Kool Keith seems to be making some good music these days. After a few years where he went off hooking up with some, er, um, not so good producers, we now finally get to hear him over a more sampled based style of production. It isn't really a sequal to Dr Octagon, because there is no Automator in sight, but instead its kinda sorta Octagonish in spirit & name reversal alone. What we do get is more of Kieth's obsession with aliens & space. I was totally satisfied with all the kooky dialogue snatches from some of the 50s sci-fi films that are scattered throught the album. I think its a great return to form, maybe not 100%, but the track Alpha Omega is perhaps my now favourite track of the year. Its absolute Keith at his most lyrical golden. Mouse collectors, bubblegum, Captain Kirk & Spock, Bobby Brown, celestial divisions, 800pound women.. you know the deal, its all in there.

'He's strange, he's Spacey'. No shit.

Check out a freaky alien dissecting video & download a B&W image to colour from the label Insomniac.

• MP3: MR NOGATCO - Alpha Omega. 192kbps
• MP3: MR NOGATCO - Live Dissection ft. Sage Francis & Sole. 192kbps

PROJECT POLAROID - Project Polaroid

Bay Area producer Tom C hooks up another more rewarding effort for Keith. This time its with some hard as fuck crunchy drums & some more spacey tripped out sounds, but on a darker tone than Mr Nogatco. Strangely its on Kutmasta Kurt's label Threshold. I swear KK keeps everyone on their toes as he swerves, dives, ducks & keeps everyone guessing with his friendship patterns. We all know if the beats suck, then Keith ends up being non-listenable. I can say that this is another step in the right direction & I hope he keeps it up.

Find them on Myspace.

• MP3: PROJECT POLAROID - Diamond District. 192kbps
• MP3: PROJECT POLAROID - Digital Engineering. 192kbps
New RESIN DOGS - Definition EP.
Out now is the new 5 track EP from the Brisbane lads. The 4 songs feature vocals from Hau (Koolism), the UK's Mystro, Abstract Rude (Project Blowed), the Pharcyde & Lazy Grey. Some tracks were co-produced or mixed by Brad Baloo (The Nextmen). They've gone back to their hip hop roots & there's no sign of their uptempo breaks sound on the EP. All the tracks are well solid, but I had to up Lazy's track because, well, if you are looking at this from overseas, it's pure Australian hip hop from one of our finest.

• Resin Dogs website.
• Resin Dogs at Myspace.

•MP3: RESIN DOGS - Mad Blunted ft Lazy Grey

Friday, May 05, 2006


I cannot believe this was upped on the Tube. I haven't seen this for 20 years or so. One of the 1st clips I saw that had popping in it. Awesome track & dope clip. Well, you had to have grown up in those times to appreciate the, er... fashion sense. Also the first time I saw the Brit's interpretation of the NY sound & style. Pretty strange when you think how Freeez were originally a jazz funk outfit & then into this. I think Bluey from Incognito used to hang with them.

BREAK MACHINE - Street Dance

I believe this was a German production. Still in retrospect it isn't that bad a track & the 3 brothers must've had their actions rewound a zillion times on everyones VCR back then, just so we could work out the moves. Brings back a heap of memories of practising at the local Police Boys Club with my crew.
What the? Baby Hip Hip.

Baby Hip-Hop is the world's first educational, rapping baby doll. What is so unique about Baby Hip-Hop is his ability to teach kids how to rap and count, as well as being able to teach kids how to do their ABCs by simply pushing in his Tummy. He will greet you with his name. (What's up? I'm Baby Hip-Hop. You want to hear me rap?) Then Baby Hip-Hop will rap and count for you. As you can see, this isn't just any ordinary doll; this is a doll, which represents the Hip-Hop music culture. Baby Hip-Hop is a 3-year old black Afro-American male who's about 18 inches tall and dresses as if he is a real live Rap Star.

E-40's brother D-Shot is responsible for this.

It's all gone pear shaped... ;(

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five - It's Nasty.

I didn't even know this existed. Check the crazy editing. Er, sorry, the one static shot..
Soul Boulders - Matthew Africa & DJ B.Cause
One the best funk/soul mixes around. You need this one. Check this page for more details.
Or visit Matt's MySpace page.

This is their blurb...
"My homie DJ B.Cause and I have finally finished up SOUL BOULDERS, a dynamite 70+ minute mix of slow, funky soul.

SOUL BOULDERS came together because B.Cause and I share a love for a certain sound -- 70s era soul that's a little too soulful for the funk crowd, a little too funky for the soul crowd and too slow for the dancefloor. We both have a lot of records and we spent weeks scouring for some of the heaviest soul sounds we knew of and then stitching them together into a seamless mix. Although many of the songs are known only to collectors, our emphasis is on quality, rather than rarity, and it's a fantastic listen all the way through."

Click on image to enlarge track listing.
Grandmaster Flash - White Lines.

Wtf?? Another video that I didn't now existed. And directed by Spike Lee with Laurence Fishburne. Where the heck are they finding these video clips?
New Mixtape site. More bling than, sting.

Mixtape torrent site. Not really my type of sound, more club rap, bling, R&Bish, gangster styles but someone might like the link. Most seem to be the promo ones that highlight upcoming artists or future 'rap stars'. I just don't see names like Beat Junkies, Revolution, DJ Shame, Melo-D, J-Rocc, all I see is Kay Slay, DJ Drama, Wally Sparks, Envy, Whoo Kid. So there'd be no scratching & more shouting. Try your luck.
Gang Graffiti in Iraq.

American gang graffiti though... Whoah!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Footage of ZEPHYR, REVOLT & MIN ONE 1983.

Wow. I love seeing old footage I didn't even know existed. The 3 of them doing silver pieces in the West Side tunnels circa 1983. Nicely edited & designed. So dope.

Zephyr later went on to do the early graphic parts of MTV. Those bits in between clips. Maybe he sourced some of Chalfant's infamous 6hrs of extra footage that never made it into Style Wars & edited it for this 2:30min clip.

More at Zephyr's site.

The track playing over the footage is 'Films' by Gary Numan. Available on his excellent album 'The Pleasure Principle'. I recommend his 'best of' collection Exposed, because it also has the b-boy favourites 'Cars' & 'We are Glass.'
Here's the proof above...

The rumours floated around for years as many Europeans travelled to Philadelphia looking for members of Tuff Crew. I met many of them & shared their enthusiasm for one of the most neglected crews in hip hop history. The made 4 albums & a heap of singles or compilation tracks, yet they had virtually zero media attention. True old school heads recognise & celebrate thier entire back catalogue. And yes, they still are my most favoured crew in the music's history. And also, Too Tuff was one of my inspirational reasons to start deejaying.

Here he is on MySpace. Post up a comment.
Crazy. Check this automated Wild Style...

More here.

Apparently killed walking the street by a car driven by a drunk on Sun 30 April 2006.

Intergral member of the famous funk/hip hop Rootdown night in LA. Memoriams are flowing in at his MySpace page.

Another sad day for hip hop.