Granted, a few of these songs aren’t exactly Atlantis-level deepest of the deep cuts, but the whole idea was to make a compilation of Corona’s finest that avoids the usual ‘Watch Out Now,’ ‘Off The Books’ and ‘Props Over Here’ Bermuda Triangle. Download: A Salute To Beatnuts Deep Cuts Track listing: 01 ’40 Oz.’ Scrapped because Tribe used the loop first, but I prefer this version just because of that bizarre dinosaur reference. 02 ‘Fried Chicken’ Better than the remix. 03 ‘Bless The M.I.C.’ Gab Gotcha nearly steals the show over this spectacular, blunted loop. 04 ‘Robbed… Read entire story.
After realising that I’d left the original, superior version of Pete Rock’s ‘Strange Fruit’ off the first volume, it was only right that I put together a follow-up to the Axelrod samples compilation, this time mainly focusing on his work as a producer for other artists. And no, I did not forget about Dre – the three other uses of ‘The Edge’ are just a lot more interesting. Download: A Salute To David Axelrod Samples, Volume Two Track listing: 01 ‘Strange Fruit’ – Pete Rock feat. Tragedy Khadafi, Noreaga and Meccalicious 02 ‘Death Letter’ [Remix] – Scaramanga feat. Scholarwise 03 ‘Keep ‘Em Eager to Listen&#… Read entire story.
Jazz fusion pioneer David Axelrod passed away today, leaving behind a legacy of incredible music and a wealth of eerie, atmospheric material for people to rap over. For the sake of keeping this to twenty tracks, I’ve only included his work with the Electric Prunes and his solo albums, rather than covering his equally extensive catalogue as a producer for the likes of Cannonball Adderley and Lou Rawls (so no ‘Next Episode’ or ‘Bonita Applebum’ on this volume). The first part of the classic Big Daddy magazine interview with the Axe has been republished over at Wax Poetics if you need some extra reading material while you bump this comp. A Salute To David Axelrod Samples Track listing: 01 ‘Take &#… Read entire story.
Bronx bomber extrodinaire Minnesota has provided the Money Boss Player crew with many a superb beat over the years, as well as contributing classic tracks for the likes of Sadat X, Big Pun and Ghostface. I don’t know much about him beyond his discography, so let’s just let the music speak for itself. Download: A Salute To Minnesota Productions Track listing: 01 ‘Killed In The Crap Game’ – Money Boss Players 02 ‘Think Big’ – Pudgee The Phat Bastard feat. Notorious B.I.G. & Lord Tariq 03 ‘Shine’ – Sadat X feat. Money Boss Players 04 ‘Amazing’ – Grand Puba 05 ‘Brooklyn Kids’ – Jemini The Gifted One 06 ‘We Dont… Read entire story.
Here’s a follow up to the 2015 compilation, focusing on artists that went on to do something else rather than just gather dust in an A&R’s desk drawer who aren’t named Nas, Biggie or Mobb Deep. Download: A Salute To Rap Demos, Volume Two Track list: 01 ‘Mr Policeman’ – King Sun Jazzy Jay on production is always a good thing. 02 ‘Do Your Thing’ – Natural Elements With all the limited edition vinyl releases of old NE music, it’s surprising that this sure shot hasn’t resurfaced yet. 03 ‘Big Time Rush’ – Horror City Big Sha of A Prince Amongst Thieves fame was blessed with a great voice for rapping. 04 ‘God of Rhyming’ – Jeru The … Read entire story.
Calm down, there are zero Artifacts beats on this compilation. The following twenty-one rap beats from the nineties are not the biggest, the best or the most memorable, but they all hold sway with me for one reason or another and provide a suitable soyundtrack for your steering or commuting pleasure. Download: A Salute To 90s Rap Instrumentals *UPDATE: Re-uploaded with missing track restored* Track listing: 01 ‘For My Pa’ – Godfather Don AWB sleigh bells win again. 02 ‘Ain’t No Love’ [Instrumental] – Real Live It’s all about the strings. 03 ‘Trife Life’ [Instrumental] – Mobb Deep Sounds like this was recorded next to a construction site, which makes it Industrial Rap, technically. 04 ‘Nuttin Move But Da Money&#… Read entire story.
Henri Charlemagne has the misfortune of having the same name as a current radio shock-jock/general blowhard, but don’t hold that against him. Best known for his work with his crew Natural Elements (and the Fortess Entertainment label which also spawned Raidermen and Nightbreed aka Ka’s first crew), he later went on to work with Puffy, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Dipset and even Jermaine Dupri for some reason. Charlemagne has a very unorthadox sound, which allows him to bend the rules in his favour whether he’s making underground rap or R&B beats. Download: A… Read entire story.
Women in rap have always had an uphill battle, in that even female rap fans don’t seem to be particularly interested in hearing girls rapping if record sales are anything to go by. White chicks in rap have the natural advantage of still being enough of a gimmick that it’s easier to overlook things like not being able to stay on beat and point at them like, ‘Aw, ain’t that adorable?’ in much the same way as seeing photos of little kids smoking is equal parts tragic and cool at the same time. If you were an even vaguely progressive band in New York City in the early eighties… Read entire story.
Here are the best fourty rap songs of the year, according to the Conservative Rap Coalition. Please note that there’s a limit of one track per release, which made for some tough decisions. Play this loud and often, until your neighbours want to fight you. Download: The Unkut 40 Oz. 2016 Track listing: 01 ‘The Cow’ – Westside Gunn feat. Conway A gut-wrenching tale of tragedy and resilliance courtesy of The Machine makes for the best verse of 2016. Salutes! 02 ‘Cartridge’ – Curren$y and Alchemist Supremely addictive loop that I just couldn’t stop bumping in the car/whip/bucket at every opportunity. 03 ‘Omar’s Coming’ – Westside Gunn … Read entire story.
L.E.S. had a nice run in his early days until he feel into that cheesy keyboard phase. Other sins against good taste include his involvement with Will Smith solo records and producing ‘Firm Biz,’ but here are fifteen reasons to forgive those lapses in judgement/giant paydays. Download: A Salute To L.E.S. Productions Track listing: 01 ‘Worldwide’ Royal Flush 02 ‘Phonetime’ Capone-N-Noreaga 03 ‘Find Ya Wealth’ Nas 04 ‘Street Life’ Mobb Deep, L.E.S. & A.C.D. 05 ‘Fat Joe’s In Town’ Fat Joe 06 ‘Shaolin Style’ Shyheim 07 ‘Theme Of New York’ Ali Vegas 08 ‘Corner Bodega’ 50 Cent 09 ‘U Gotta Love It’ Nas 10 ‘Sugar Hill’ [Remix] AZ 11 ‘Glamour Life’ Big… Read entire story.
In the wake of my recent piece on the importance of Sadat, here are sixteen superior tracks from his extensive catalogue. Download: A Salute To Sadat X Track listing: 01 ‘The Fake Out’ – Sadat X 02 ‘Alladat’ – Brand Nubian 03 ‘The Great Diamond D’ – Sadat X feat. Heltah Skeltah 04 ‘East Coast’ – Sadat X 05 ‘Sauce For Birdheads’ – Sadat X feat. Shawn Black 06 ‘Throw Tha Ball’ – Sadat X 07 ‘The Great Dot’ – Sadat X 08 ‘The Bass Player’ – Sadat X 09 ‘This Is Your Life’ – Sadat X 10 ‘Plan X’ – … Read entire story.
Outside of his own incredible solo work, Kool G Rap had provided some of the most memorable cameos in rap. His run of guest spots in the late nineties was so impressive that it prompted Rawkus Records to pay him a lot of money to record an ill-fated album for them. Here are eighteen examples of KGR bringing the heat for other artists. Download: A Salute To Kool G Rap Guest Verses Track listing: 01 ‘Stick To Ya Gunz’ – M.O.P. feat. Kool G Rap 02 ‘This Is How We….’ – Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard feat. Kool G Rap 03 ‘Bring It On&#… Read entire story.