9/9/19

DJ Screw - 6:31 'n the Mornin'

Influence is a nothing word, like interest. Obviously, DJ Screw influenced a whole generation of musicians including Long Island's. But what of his influences? Time's fluidity is easier to catch when considering art that treats it as such. This compilation was sequenced over the course of a few late-night sessions, mostly during the week of August 25 in a condo near Savannah, Georgia. The tracks were pulled from various chapters of DJ Screw's Diary of the Originator series and blended using Audacity. The full track list with buy-links for the source materials appears below, but first a few observations on Screw's Long Island rap selections...

Among all Long Island hip-hop artists, Public Enemy and LL Cool J appear most frequently in DJ Screw's public discography. There are a few more PE tracks in total, but LL appeared on some of the most seminal Screwtapes, including Chapter 1: Don Deal and Chapter 108: 3 'n the Mornin'. It's worth considering that both artists could have been in Houston at some point around 1987 as part of the Def Jam tour, along with Eric B. & Rakim who also appear three times on this mix. Additionally, a DJ Screw edit of Public Enemy's "Gotta Do What I Gotta Do" was used in ESG's "Swangin' and Bangin'," and it's not hard to hear echoes of the Bomb Squad's discordant production style in DJ Screw's sometimes chaotic but always funky blends.

Popular Long Island rappers curiously absent from the Diary of the Originator series include Biz Markie and Mobb Deep's Prodigy. Keith Murray did appear on Chapter 60, but only with his feature from R. Kelly's "Home Alone."

Lastly, as many know, Screwed Up Records & Tapes has continued to release DJ Screw CDs long after the artist's passing. One of the most recent installments, Chapter 342: Club New Jack 91, features semi-obscure Long Island hip-hop act Resident Alien, the Prince Paul-produced West Indian rap group that released a little known EP on Paul's Def Jam imprint before it shuttered. The C&S version of Resident Alien's "Ooh the Dew Doo Man" is not yet available to hear online but can be purchased along with the rest of the chapters listed below. And as it happens, Chapter 342 also includes Public Enemy's "Shut Em Down."

Enough words. Long Island Rap Blog presents DJ Screw - 6:31 'n the Mornin', featuring:

1. De La Soul - Plug Tunin' (from Chapter 207: Goin All Out '96)
2. EPMD - You're a Customer (from Chapter 84: Straight Puttin It Down)
3. Busta Rhymes - Dangerous (from Chapter 147: N****s & Flys)
4. Public Enemy - Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos (from Chapter 301: Smoke One & Smoke Two)
5. Eric B. & Rakim - Eric B. Is President (from Chapter 222: My Block)
6. LL Cool J - Rock the Bells (from Chapter 108: 3-N-Da Morning)
7. A+ - Party Joint (from Chapter 287: Floss Mode)
8. Public Enemy - By the Time I Get to Arizona (from Chapter 245: Waitin on Slant)
9. EPMD - You Got to Chill (from Chapter 114: Bow Down)
10. Eric B. & Rakim - I Ain't No Joke (from Chapter 307: BC & Screw 97)
11. Method Man - I'll Be There for You ft. Mary J. Blige (from Chapter 295: Screw Dub '95)
12. LL Cool J - Who Do U Luv (from Chapter 1: Don Deal)
13. Busta Rhymes - This Is Serious (from Chapter 69: Southside Riders)
14. Public Enemy - M.P.E. (from Chapter 229: Thugs Nite Out)
15. Eric B. & Rakim - As the Rhyme Goes On (from Chapter 40: Yellowstone vs. The Nation)


8/26/19

Theravada Interviewed on The Oldneon Experience

Definitely asked this kid if his parents were buddhists or hippies when he first told me his name. Oops...

7/20/19

Erick Sermon - Vernia

Erick Sermon has a new album out in multiple formats for the collectors among us. There's the digi below, but also a series of limiited edition vinyl in different colorways via Netherlands-based De Rap Winkel Records (splatter edition shown here), as well as limited edition cassettes via self-proclaimed esoteric art merchant Trevor Lang.

The owls are not what they seem...

7/7/19

Urban Sasquatch, Red Carpet Hobo and the Hindsight Genius - Celebrity Internment Camp

"This 52-minute instrumental hip hop concept album blends together a collage of sonic vignettes from a dystopic future where war on American soil forces its celebrities into concentration camps." Celebrity Internment Camp dropped in 2013. Personally, I'll take that dystopic future over the dystopic present. Also, "TRIGGER WARNING - Graphic torture scene at the end [of the video below]." Shout out to East Setauket punk labels and Baldwin pizza parlors.

JustWoz - Lost Files

6/6/19

Kaleber - Rather Be ft. Shea O.D.

Some Caribbean flavor from the Wyandanch MC.

Bolaji - In Demand Demo

Known for releasing a coveted "fast-rap" single on Zakia Records, as well as his work with the High Council collective, Bolaji is an interesting character from Long Island hip-hop history to say the least. He came out on Eric B & Rakim's first label, sounded almost like a cross between Ra and Big Daddy Kane, grew up around Freddie Foxx (who one of his sisters dated for a time) in North Babylon, and was rediscovered after some 20 years thanks in part to Dope Folks Records, which has issued several EPs worth of previously unreleased material from the MC.

At least some of this music, it seems, was originally intended for an album called In Demand. In a 2010 interview, Bolaji told Jesse Serwer: "We recorded a whole album with 12 songs at Chung King Studios, which was going to be called In Demand. [Zakia] spent some money. I can’t say we were totally jerked because if we told [Zakia owner] Robert Hill, 'We need some bread, when are we going to start seeing some money?' he would just dig in his pocket and break us off. I can’t say that I didn’t get nothing. Over the two years we was running with him, he was giving us money. I’m sure we were entitled to more. I should have appointed somebody that knew better. I took the contract to a lawyer that wasn’t an entertainment lawyer. I didn’t know the difference between entertainment lawyers versus criminal lawyers versus paralegals. I was so excited to be getting to where I was going as a rapper that I let the important things get by. But that forced me to to learn how this business really works. So, we didn’t release anything else off that album because while we were waiting, he closed up shop."

In addition to being able to hear a number of these tracks on the Dope Folks records, you can now stream or download what appears to be the original In Demand demo, a six-track tape clocking in at nearly 30 minutes, which was posted to Soundcloud by user Hidingplaceplce. Speaking of Soundcloud, you can also find some newer music from Bolaji here.

5/2/19

Uncle John - Cold Fish

A cross-island collaboartion to write home about, Cold Fish teams Freeport's Uncle John with Holbrook's Fony Wallace aka Fony47.

The last/first we heard from Fony was on Christ Kenneth's The Abomination of Desolation. Cold Fish presents a similiar afterhours-type atmosphere, but seen through an entirely different lens.

Uncle John has been flooding the net since the early days of this site, but this is definitely a new look for the MC, especially when you compare it with his Lyrical Assassin series, the latest installment of which was produced by FarmaBeats.

Pure, uncut scaly, fresh out the icebox; hopefully, Cold Fish is the first of many collaborations from these two artists.