Monday, January 28, 2008

"Ba Ba Bup Bup Ba, Ba Ba Bup Bup Ba"

ALERT: SUPERPOST IN THE MAKING

Now Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program:

This is a amazing feat that I about to A-CAMP-POLE-LIQUORICE (Got to look into rehab for Kool-Aid). What is this you ask or ask of this feat should it be? Well, to keep you from going all Aristotle on John Q my man, it is that I have posting an item within two days of each (crowd reaction: Yeah). This is all that is not the haps in mey life. I done gone back to school or has school come back to me?????!!!!

KAY of OH?? Excuse that , that just the Sunny D talking. I mean OHHHHHHKAY, now let's get this show on the road. Today, I was planning on doing a BlackStar post with all these quirky insights and intriguing analysis of the album, but I'm going to, NO, NO, I'M Going to, No, No BACK UP LIKE JAMIE FOXX'S HAIRLINE, I GOING TO do that for another day (all that buildup up for nothing, hope that no cat has to say to any girl they get).

ANNNNNNIEWHOOOOOOOO, Today I going to flip like a Soap Opera television script and do another post on the crew that helped me formulate me e-mail address. Can anyone tell me who the subject of today's post will be. *People start whistling and fingers start tapping around the place* Wait, Nobody, Can't tell what the SUBJECT OF THIS 21st POST WILL BE? *Someone stands up (in Keith Sweat voice) Nobody, Baby* Thanks for the response, But I am a grown man in who likes to... wait what the hell is going on. Now that I have put that all those drinks that make you go crazzie, crazzie (R.I.P. O.D.B.), The answer to the riddle is bright a*s sweatshirts. I means source of the main (say what), I MEAN THE MAIN SOURCE.

Main Source was a three man crew that formed in 1989 (say that in Chuck D's voice, it sounds soo much bettar). The Crew consisted of two DJs (Sir Scratch and K-Cut) and a DJ/MC who should make the top ten list of any true hip hop fan's top producers of all time. The cat I speak soooo highly of is none other than The Large Professor. Now, I am not one to get into the backstory on individuals, but I will give just a little story here.

The Main Source (wait what's going on, WHO ARE YOU GUYS? Their Response: *YOU MUST PROTECT THE SECRET* My Response: The WHAAAAAT? Their Response: *Never Teach The WU-TANG SECRET*, My Response: Hold up that is for another post and I just talking about the Main Source, Their response: Oh, Well Continue on then and, by any chance ,do you know the address of any Wack MCs for we comin for their heads. My Response: I don't know where Soulja Boy (only time his name will appear on this blog), The cat who lives for half a dollar, The guy who F's with babies or any other of their comadres stay at. Their response: *Thanks for you help any way* and like that their off. Man, Those are some very EN-TER-REST-ING cats.) is a great group from back in day (love that term). I would continue on with their story, but let's keep that under wraps until that Album review comes (I am going to tell you to get the album, by the way, but you can still read the review Because I Got It Like That (two Jungle Brothers reference in a week, what are the evens (I mean the odds, yeah that what I mean) ).

Today I am going to come in like some overweight cat in a red suit and drop not one, not two, not three, but four gems on you cats today. First up to bat (see what I did their what the main source and the baseball bat reference and the awh.. forget about it) is the Looking Out The Front Door 12". Hmm.. where to being with this single. Oh yeah, it was released in October 1990, and hit the Hip Hop world like a SONIC BOOOM (Say it like Guile from Street Fighter). Extra P came correct on this 12" with deliver great and straight foreword cuts people could relate to. Who did not love "Looking At the Front Door". This song describes what every man ( and women hehehe) can relate to with hardship and turbulent times all relationships go through. The lyrics are good, but they won't blow you away. The beauty in this song and all of the Main Source's songs with the Extra P (will get into this matter in future post ) lie in the production. What a Hell of an introduction to the world behind the boards for the LP. The brilliant samples used in this really carry it through to emphasize the gloom of this song. Now, the B-Side of this record is what should be played every morning in schools across America (especially in today's world). "Watch Roger Do His thing" is uplifting song that speaks to the youth of the country. The production of the song is another great effort from the crew (love the use of xylophone sample).

The next gem I will deliver to you guys (yeah!!!) is the Just Hangin Out 12". On this A-side of this 12", The Large Professor discuss what a normal day in his life was (maybe the same way but with different cats). The lyrics and production really flows together nicely with Horns and a dope Sister Nancy sample (what a bam bam). The B-side of this record features a top five (yeah i said it) posse cut that features unknown MCs of time that went by the name Akinyele (The "Put It In Your Mouth" MC), Joe Fatal, and Nasty Nas (what ever happened to this cat? I guess we may never know). The song has dope verses from all MCs, but the villain kills it with lines like "When I was 12, I went to Hell for snuffing "God's Son"." The B-Side also features somewhat a remix to the song with a tone down of the original beat.

The next gem (coming in like a broken record) I will drop on your head is the Peace is Not The Word To Play 12". K-Cut actually produced this song, according to the Professor, and the he does not disappoint. Extra P more than handles his own with one, of the few, socially conscious tracks from their album. On here, he breaks down the hypocrisy of the word Peace and how so many can use it and turn around slap the next person face. I love the outro sequence of this track because it leaves to not only enjoy the song but think about the message of this track. The B-Side of this track is just instrumentals and a nice remix to the track.

The last gem (Crowd Response: FINALLY) may be my favorite song from the Main Source. Now think about the title of this post. Wonder what kind of nonsense John Q is on? Well, that's Kool-Aid to you, but that is besides the point. The post title should be familiar to hip hop heads with a recognizable ring to it. The post title comes from the intro into the song that fakes no funk. I am talking about about no other than the Fakin the Funk 12". This song from the beginning catches you with a unique sample of an song that sounds like beach boys sung it (Don't Hold Me to that). Then it continues on with crazy bass sample and The Large Professor decides to "Tag Team Back Again" with Neek the Exotic and give a heads up to all those out their Fakin the Funk. This Song should be played after every song on the radio (Crowd Response: Damn, John Q that's cold. My Response: No, That's Bold!!). The B-side of this record contains just a remix (featuring Neek the Exotic) and instrumental to original.

Whew!! Now If you are still awake after all that, then wake me up ( I Kid, I Kidd like J. Kidd dropping daily Triple-Diples???!!). On the real though, I decide that instead of doing separate post on these 12", just combine them and let people have fun for days to come. I want to big ups Time 4 Sum Aksion crew, since I got these 12"s from their site a year ago and decided that I would want for the world to share in the enjoyment of great music. Be on the look out for the Main Source Album drop.

Now, without Further ado, here is the
  • Looking Out The Front Door 12"
  • Just Hangin Out 12"
  • Peace Is Not The Word Play 12"
  • Fakin The Funk 12"
and, of couuurrrseee, a little sum-something extra:

Main Source - Looking Out The Front Door


The video is a little funny with the crew wearing the oversized and bright shirts

Main Source - Just Hangin Out


Look closely and you will see a young Nasir Jones

Main Source - Peace Is Not The Word To Play


Girls in Video seem to be out place, but it's all Good

Main Source - Watch Roger Do His Thing


Hope Roger Can Still Do His Thing after all these years. Is that Guru in the beginning of the video? (someone answer my question for me)

Main Source - Fakin the Funk


Can't believe this was on the "White Man Can't Jump" Soundtrack. Actually, take it back, maybe it fit the movie and it's whole concept. Props for the O.D.B. and Method Man pic.

Now, Finally for my (please let someone read this post besides me and John Q, wait that be me or is it he who be we (hmmmm)??????) readers, here is the
  • Looking Out The Front Door 12"
  • Just Hangin Out 12"
  • Peace Is Not The Word Play 12"
  • Fakin The Funk 12"






















1
Looking At The Front Door (Vocal) (4:10)
2
Looking At The Front Door (Instrumental) (4:11)
3
Watch Roger Do His Thing (Vocal) (4:21)
4
Watch Roger Do His Thing (Instrumental) (4:21)

http://www.mediafire.com/?4tud1mmupux




Main Source - Just Hangin' Out / Live at the Barbeque


1
Just Hangin' Out (Our Hood) (4:10)
2
Just Hangin' Out (Your Hood - Remix) (4:13)

Remix - Anton Pukshansky , Main Source
3
Just Hangin' Out (Instrumental) (4:13)

Remix - Anton Pukshansky , Main Source
4
Live At The Barbeque (The Original Cookout) (4:35)

Rap [Featuring] - Akinyele , Joe Fatal , Nas
5
Live At The Barbeque (Refried Barbeque) (4:18)

Rap [Featuring] - Akinyele , Joe Fatal , Nas
6
Live At The Barbeque (Instrumental) (4:18)

http://www.mediafire.com/?dvyrdzxtayj






















1
Peace Is Not The Word To Play (Remix) (7:03)
2
Peace Is Not The Word To Play (LP Version) (3:08)
3
Peace Is Not The Word To Play (Video Remix) (3:21)
4
Peace Is Not The Word To Play (Instrumental) (4:10)

http://www.mediafire.com/?fdfon299xl3























1
Fakin' The Funk (Remix) (3:41)
2
Fakin' The Funk (Instrumental) (3:41)
3
Fakin' The Funk (Remix) (3:41)
4
Fakin' The Funk (Instrumental) (3:41)

http://www.mediafire.com/?6pxfzi1dtwd

Saturday, January 26, 2008

"This is Once in a Lifetime Like a Hayley 's Comet"

Talk about moving at a snail's pace. I know what you mean, smokeyyy, with the posting habits of this certain individual. But, I need to remind all of you (this means my three readers), that you can't rush perfection. So thanks for the PAT-ience and alls your support of the blog. Now we can move on bigger and better things like: posting on a regular schedule (crowd response: yeah), routinely posting comments on others blogs' (crowd response: yeah), upgrading from Mickey D's to Creepy King Castle's Burgers (crowd response: uh..yeah?), paying your rent on time (crowd response: ok??), and cutting down on Kool-Aid and Sunny D (crowd response: wait what???!! Don't front on the drinks that make any event en-ter-rest-ting.)

ANNNIEWHHOOO, Let's delve into the matter of the moment. I am still suck in the whole mind frame of the late 90's underground rap whole scene yada-yada-yada. I guess yous could call this a continuation of some sorts of the earlier post on the Mighty Mos Def. I was going to start up something else but, I said what the heck let's order Dominio's (Ek-skews-me for the last part, I hit the kool-aid a few times to start John Q up??!!). I know that i will have to soon get into the habit of posting on a daily basis but writing these post takes a lot of planning out. In fact, I just want to take a small detour and give props to Dart Adams of Poisonous Paragraphs, and Max of Hip Hop Isn't Dead, for the write-ups on their blogs.

Now, getting into the subject matter of the day, Jimbrowski, that what is its (Look out for a future post on the "Here we, Here we, Here we go Jungle Brothers.") On the real though, I wanted to discuss the Mighty Mos' equally dope counterpart. That is none other than the essay driven MC: Talib Kweli. Now, unlike the Mighty Mos, Kweli is still known as a dope MC in today's game. When he came out about ten years ago with the whole BlackStar (hint, hint for next post) project about ten years ago, he was a fresh and new MC who seemed to have a lot on his mind (as exhibited in all of the songs he did when he came out). Now I would continue with his story, but let's save that for another time.

Actually let me contradict John Q and say that I will continue a little more with his story (now let's delete the last sentence of the previous paragraph only to type in back in because I will partially continue his story. This means I got y'all with the okie-doke with the okie and dokie and (in Serious voice) GO TO THE NEAREST STORE AND BUY JELLO (that Bill Cosby is on some other man SH..). Talib was also involved in another project when he first came into the rap scene. He was involved in the two man crew of Rapper/DJ with Cincinnati DJ, HI-Tek . This is where the post will lead into main story.

Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek formed the group: Reflection Eternal. This group is known for the Dope LP they released in 2000, Train of Thought (be on a look out for post on that), and may be more well known amongst internut heads for the other dope gem they dropped on the masses. Take a good guess as to what it could be. If you guessed "Dis Wack MC's" 12" you are wrong (the gong is gonged, but that seems to be the mission of Kweli and his counterparts. Actually, Reflection Eternal released the "Fortified Live" 12".

The Fortified Live 12'' is an excellent introduction of Talib Kweli to the entire world and, in a way, summarizes entirely who and what he is. On the A-side of this 12" (Look up A-side if you don't know what it means, wait get outta here if you don't know this means) , Kweli tells the world what the haps with himself and the Mighty Mos and Mr. Man (Bush Babees Member) help him round out the cipher on this track. All three of these MC's absolutely kill it on these tracks with memorable quotes from all three. Hi-Tek takes no shorts on production and provides the MC's with a ample arena to (say this in a Kurtis Blow voice) BREAK-SH..-DOWN. On the B-Side of this 12", Kweli takes on solo duties with a intelligent track that discuss the ugly history of African Americans in the USA and how it relates to the African Americans of present time. I love the backdrop for this track for it is real mellow and on some"you can vibe to this sh.." sh.t.

So without further ado, Reflection Eternal's Fortified Live 12", with a little sum-something of course:

Reflection Eternal - 2000 Seasons


The version used in the fan made video is the one of the Soundbombing tape (Go over to Hip Hop Isn't Dead for a good review of Soundbombing vol. I, and for the hell of it, just get that damn tape)

Now, Finally for my (please let someone read this post besides me) readers, here is the Fortified Live 12" (without the clean versions of the two songs):




















1
Fortified Live (Dirty Original)
Featuring - Mos Def , Mr. Man
2 Fortified Live (Hi-Tekstramental)
3 2000 Seasons (Original Version)
4 2000 Seasons (Chill Out Instrumental)

http://www.mediafire.com/?aimmi5mdi1y

Monday, January 21, 2008

"The Dream Continues"

"I have a Dream." Never have four words had such a lasting impact not only on the legacy of an individual, but on the entire movement it was based upon. As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we must truly engage ourselves into what Dr. King was to fully appreciate what he stood for and the type of person he was. He was a very complex individual with high hopes for our nation and had a will that nobody could even break. But, like everybody throughout the world, he also had some personal issues to deal with. He encountered tremendous obstacles that most people would succumb to, but he stood in the face of adversity and decided to fight these challenges through pacifist mannerisms. It seems that people who remember him today forget that he not only fought for civil rights, but he also fought for a lot of other items such as eliminating poverty in the inner cities and finding other solutions to resolve conflicts than resorting to war. So, today as we all sit back and reflect and honor his legacy, just reminder yourself that the same conflicts faced so many years ago (while new challenges have presented themselves) still exist in the world today and that he would want for all people, no matter race, size, gender, or age, to continue on in the push for equality and harmony amongst people in the world. Only then, can we truly come together as nation and stand, joined hand and hand, on a hilltop and say:















"Free at last, Free at last, THANK GOD ALMIGHTY WE ARE FREE AT LAST."



So, peace to the nation, the people that represent, and those cats that never bug out to the extreme

Yo, If word is bond
then Q is gone

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Mos Def - Black On Both Sides [Samples]


Commentary By Ivan, of Hip Hop Is Read:

Diggin', diggin', diggin'... Hip-Hop excavation never ends! Fellow Rap-aleontologist (I think I just coined that!) John Q of Lyrics to Go came up with a os Def sample set idea. Definitely a good look. I can't take much credit for this one, as John pretty much worked it out all on his own. But we present to you a great set filled with vary diverse music. From Fela Kuti to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gil-Scott Heron to Raekwon and Snoop Dogg. Tracks 'Brooklyn' and 'Mathematics' were some of the bulkiest songs to work on, as the full set consists of two discs... Like I said before, credit is mostly due to our boy John Q of Lyrics to Go (give him a shoutout)!

Now John Q Steps to the Podium:

Thanks for Big Ups Ivan. I collected the samples form being inspired by the sample set series you do on your website and Kevin, of Kevin!Nottingham: This Is Real Hip Hop, does on his. I was intrigued by the samples the Mighty Mos used for his solo debut. I mean these samples have a vast array of origin whether it be African Jazz Music (Fela Ketui), Rap Music itself (Mos even sampled one of his songs), or from interpolations rock & roll music (hence the inclusion of Red Hot Chili Peppers in this set). So, in joint production with Ivan of Hip Hop Is Read, here is Mos Def Black on Both Sides Sample Set.

Enjoy:

DISC ONE:

01. 'Fear Not for Man' by Fela Anikulapo Kuti
• Sampled for 'Fear Not of Man' by Mos Def
• Produced by Mos Def

02. 'The Warning Talk (Part II)' by David Axelrod

• Sampled for 'Hip Hop' by Mos Def
• Produced by Diamond D & Mos Def

03. 'Time's Up' by O.C.

• Sampled for 'Hip Hop' by Mos Def
• Produced by Diamond D & Mos Def

04. '(I Loves You) Porgy' by Bill Evans

• Sampled for 'Love' by Mos Def
• Produced by 88-Keys

05. 'I Know You Got Soul' by Eric B. & Rakim

• Sampled for 'Love' by Mos Def
• Produced by 88-Keys

06. 'One Step Ahead' by Aretha Franklin

• Sampled for 'Ms. Fat Booty' by Mos Def
• Produced by Ayatollah

07. 'Promise Her Anything But Give' by Big Brother & The Holding Company

• Sampled for 'Speed Law' by Mos Def
• Produced by 88-Keys

08. 'And That's Saying a Lot' by Christine McVie

• Sampled for 'Speed Law' by Mos Def
• Produced by 88-Keys

09. 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' by Dionne Warwick

• Sampled for 'Know That' by Mos Def
• Produced by Ayatollah

10. 'What Are You Doin' the Rest of Your Life' by Milt Jackson

• Sampled for 'Brooklyn' by Mos Def
• Produced by David Kennedy, Ge-ology & Mos Def

11. 'We Live in Brooklyn, Baby' by Roy Ayers

• Sampled for 'Brooklyn' by Mos Def
• Produced by David Kennedy, Ge-ology & Mos Def

12. 'I'm Afraid the Masquerade Is Over' by David Porter

• Sampled for 'Brooklyn' by Mos Def
• Produced by David Kennedy, Ge-ology & Mos Def

DISC TWO:

13. 'Who Shot Ya?' by The Notorious B.I.G.
• Sampled for 'Brooklyn' by Mos Def
• Produced by David Kennedy, Ge-ology & Mos Def

14. 'Under the Bridge' by Red Hot Chili Peppers

• Sampled for 'Brooklyn' by Mos Def
• Produced by David Kennedy, Ge-ology & Mos Def

15. 'The Symphony' by Marley Marl & The Juice Crew

• Sampled for 'Habitat' by Mos Def
• Produced by DJ Etch A Sketch

16. 'A Legend in His Own Mind' by Gil-Scott Heron & Brian Jackson

• Sampled for 'Mr. Nigga' by Mos Def
• Produced by D. Prosper & Mos Def

17. 'Sun Goddess' by Ramsey Lewis

• Sampled for 'Mr. Nigga' by Mos Def
• Produced by D. Prosper & Mos Def

18. 'John Blaze (feat. Big Pun, Jadakiss, Nas & Raekwon)' by Fat Joe

• Sampled for 'Mathematics' by Mos Def
• Produced by DJ Premier

19. 'On & On' by Erykah Badu

• Sampled for 'Mathematics' by Mos Def
• Produced by DJ Premier

20. 'Baby I'm a Want You' by The Fatback Band

• Sampled for 'Mathematics' by Mos Def
• Produced by DJ Premier

21. 'Funky Drummer' by James Brown

• Sampled for 'Mathematics' by Mos Def
• Produced by DJ Premier

22. 'For All My Niggaz & Bitches' by Snoop Doggy Dogg

• Sampled for 'Mathematics' by Mos Def
• Produced by DJ Premier

23. 'Criminology' by Raekwon & Ghostface Killah

• Sampled for 'Mathematics' by Mos Def
• Produced by DJ Premier

24. 'Body Rock (feat. Q-Tip & Tash)' by Mos Def

• Sampled for 'Mathematics' by Mos Def
• Produced by DJ Premier

Lyrics to Go & Hip-Hop Is Read Present:
Black on Both Sides [The Samples]

Rapidshare Links: DISC ONE + DISC TWO

or

Megaupload Link: FULL SET (169 MB)



So, peace to the nation, the people that represent, and those cats that never bug out to the extreme

Yo, If word is bond
then Q is gone