Cold Rock Da Spot blog (so if you don't like it, blame them). A good pick-up for the budding Long Island hip-hop completist, it spans 20 years (1987-2007) in the careers of the "Brothers from Brentwood, L.I.," with tracks ranging from regular old white label remixes to UK mixes to club mixes and the like. Some tracks sound a lot like the original versions and some sound very different, but most if not all of the classic singles are accounted for, making this a great starting point for those who aren't very familiar with the group's work. Sample a few standout tracks below and if you dig, download EPMD - The Remix Files.
Roc and Dino Brave have gone on record stating that it's what The UN album UN or U Out should've sounded like, which indicates that the key players involved in that project already knew Roc was "the star of the show," so to speak. One way or the other, after only 10 years, this CD-R release has already undoubtedly cemented itself as a piece of Long Island hip-hop history ... one that's just begging to be reissued. In the meantime, download your copy here and stream the first song (what else?) "L.I. Stand Up" below.
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MeccaGodZilla (aka Ryu Black) recruited a couple fire-breathing locals to lay the only verses on his otherwise-instrumental album, Erroars 2.2: Metal Sakura, which emerged via Manafest Vision from Black Hole Planet 3 on April 1, 2014. The aforementioned locals go by Last Words and Burnum Wood, and though there is little info available on them right now, if "Laundromat Combat" is any indication of their skill set, we'll definitely be looking out for more. Stream the track below and download Erroars 2.2 here.
Sense Wondah first came to my attention in the MySpace days. Back then, before Roc Marciano's solo career took off, before I'd even heard of Tha Connection, Sense was easily my favorite contemporary MC on the Island. He hasn't been too active since 2008's While You Were Sleeping, at least not in terms of new releases, but it looks like he'll be doing a couple benefit shows in August. More on those later. For now, enjoy the aforementioned mixtape, which is streaming below via datpiff and can be downloaded directly from All Business Records.
Found a used copy of this single at CD Island in Rockville Centre today, had downloaded the 12" rip a few years ago but always wanted to own a copy ... if only for amazing cover art. Anyway, this was the third single from the Punk Barbarians' only album, Sex, Props, Cream... And The Drama In Between. The b-side features a remix not included on the album. Stream that tune below, along with a video for "Hooptie Car," and download the CDS here. Then check out the Freeport group's new incarnation, the Black Barbarians, over on Reverbnation.
Symptomatic of a Greater Ill by Long Beach's Webb D (a.k.a. X-Ray Da Mindbenda a.k.a. King Cesar) and Elmont's Kevroc is one of the greatest albums in Long Island hip-hop history. Recorded between 1995 and 1997 for Loud Records, it didn't end up getting released until Anticon put it out in 2006. And thank the rap gods they did. I honestly feel that this album could be ranked up there with the likes of Paid In Full and It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. An unheralded classic that has only recently begun to get the recognition it deserves, it can be streamed in its entirety below and purchased via X-Ray's Bandcamp.