I’m a sucker for original sample mixes like this. Part of it comes from the fact that I work in a swanky cocktail bar, where I can’t exactly blast M.O.P or Ghostface out the speakers during a shift. I can however, tip my hat to those tracks I’d normally play at a neighbour irritating volume here at Illwood Heights, by playing the original samples (Well, most of them anyway).
DJ 7L has put this one together pretty damn well. Its up there with DJ Riz’ Live From Brooklyn for sure. Anyway, if you want a copy of this, click the link and pick yourself up a copy. • Koaste
If you like ridiculously high budget videos which don’t bear any obvious relation to the track they’re written for, then this new one from Jay and Yeezy will be right up your tree lined mile long driveway. Its like the London riots with lazers. • Koaste
Now I’ve seen it all. The rap game has gone full circle, and people are talking about MC Hammer again. I have not got a clue why he would choose to release a diss track aimed at the Jiggaman. I’m pretty sure Jay hasn’t badmouthed Hammer recently has he? I must have missed it if he did.
Anyway, this track is straight garbage. The minute long intro is mystifyingly pointless, with some fat dude in a suit showing off some poncy 3D laptop – and doesn’t seem to bear any relation to the rest of the video. Lyrics-wise – well, there’s no point me really going there, as Hammer has never been the best rapper in the world, and he doesn’t seem to have put in any practise since he last faded into obscurity.
The last scene has got me thinking that he must be on some Christian god squad tip, as he seems to be baptising a Jay-Z lookalike after stopping some dude dressed in a poundland devil costume from following him on his daily jog through the woods. Nothing in this video makes any sense. And if Hammer’s latest image is to dress like he’s about to get the shit pounded out of him at the next UFC tournament, he’s on to a loser from the off.
Come to think about it, maybe we could get a Hammer vs Hitman Hathaway fight for an upcoming UFC? I’d pay good money to watch that. • Koaste
The Spot Check. We get artists from around the world to open up the masses of music stored away on their hard drives, have five tracks selected at random, and then attempt to explain away any embarrassing tracks that might have found their way into the selection. Pass or fail? Well, thats your call.
Today’s guest on the spot check represents Ipswich, EA. You might have seen Truth battling in Don’t Flop, or hitting up open mics around the country. A talented purveyor of fine rhymes, as well as multiple winner of the 273′s Fantasy Football Manager of the Week award, T is currently rocking shows with his band Millionaires By Morning. Keep and eye out for them in a town near you real soon. Anyway, enough of that mess. Whats his music collection like? I’m determined to find a couple of stinkers on someone’s hard drive soon… • Koaste
1./ Jay-Z – No Hook
Excuse me, how typical it is to start on a Jay-Z track? So Hip Hop of me. I skipped 13 times to get a start, ‘cus thats my lucky number and this games up. Jay-Z’s still one of the best story tellers in Hip hop, although that’s not his greatest strength. I’d say him and Pharoahe are joint top in flows/musicality. This American Gangster album is incredible, its in the top three Jay-Z albums. If you take away the alignment to the movie, this is the album i’d have loved Hova to come back with.
2./ Sean Price – Hearing Aid ft/ Chaundon
P! Sean Price is faultless, this song’s dope, but I Love You (Bitch) is my favourite. Heineken for breakfast ass bitch. Mine and Sean’s lifes are so similar in so many ways.
3./ De La Soul – Ego Trippin’ (Part Two) (Original Version)
De La Soul are the best Hip Hop group. Them or Tribe. It’s phenomenal how they are still going and have got better with every album. With all respect to Dave and Maseo, i’d love to hear a Posdnous solo album. He doesn’t get the props as a full out MC that he should just ‘cus he aint superlyircalmiraclespirituallikefire with it but he sums up things perfectly. There’s no formula to that. This is just classic De La. I can imagine them just jamming catching jokes in this era, the music sounds innocent.
4./ Salsoul Orchestra – Tangerine
Honestly, B.I.G’s Fuck Me Interlude came on after De La, but I’m not about to start my journalism career by writing about a fat man fucking. I got places to be. Any way…… if i had a colourful silk shirt, a quiff in my hair, a jive walk with attitude, a hairy chest, top 4 buttons undone and a golden pendant, this would be shortlisted to be on the soundtrack for the movie about my life, for the romance scene montage where everythings slightly blurry around the sides and i’m in a park holding hands and spinning around with my new humble-upbringing-moral-bearing squeeze who shouldn’t be messing with a city slicker like me.. It’d be shortlisted, i’m not saying it’d make the cut. Jazz Flute a plenty tho, props.
5./ Incredible Bongo band – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Love the incredible bongo band, but they maybe should have let this one slide. When its goes on to the drum break part you could definately have a west side story meets wild west shoot out / dance off show down. In a non gay way.
So what do you think people? Did Truth pass with flying colours, or was it a cop out that we didn’t get the honour of a paragraph about Biggie Smalls’ carnal activities? Voting starts now:
Its definitely a special kind of day today here at The 273, with Blackbelt Jones blessing us with a post. Now get back to the dishes! This 273 mansion squat won’t clean itself ya know! Anyway, for those that are into this kind of thing, here’s the remix of Kanye’s Power, Jay-Z jumping on board, and Swizz flipping the beat half way through and looping up Snap’s I Got The Power… Now if he got Turbo B to drop a verse as well, now that shit would be crazy… • Koaste
Seems like this mash up medley has been around for a while, but the video itself is a newby. Its a pretty slick affair, with some sick visuals, and one lead chick who can dance for sure. Anyway, its early, I’m not awake yet, so I’m not gonna write any more. One. • Koaste
Koaste’s post reminded me of another tune by The Jaz with Jay-Z. ‘It’s That Simple’ is featured on the EP ‘Ya Don’t Stop‘ which is a solid classic with production by The 45 King, Large Professor and on this tune, Prince Paul. A couple of the tunes also appeared on the ‘To Your Soul‘ LP which was out 1990. Anyway, check this out – textbook early Prince Paul production & some dope rhymes by both MCs.