Archive for December, 2009



24
Dec
09

Hold the Throne Presents – A Very Special Christmix

NYC Christmas

I want to wish a very Merry Christmas (to the Christians, of course) and a Happy Holidays to all my friends and readers.

Vibe to this hour-and-a-half long Very Special Christmix while you’re drankin’ eggnog, opening presents, eating everything in sight, and spending time with the ones you love. There’s a lil’ somethin’ for all tastes in this mix – from classics and traditional to jazzy, funkin’ and hip-hoppin’ – so play it anywhere you go this season.

I compiled the mix myself, so I guess shouts to me? Nah, shouts to the artists for giving me the inspiration and allowing me to feel the spirit, Enjoy!

Download: Hold the Throne Presents – A Very Special Christmix

1. Al Green – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
2. Bing Crosby – Frosty The Snowman
3. Burl Ives – Holly Jolly Christmas
4.Charles Brown – Please Come Home For Christmas
5.Chet Baker – We Three Kings
6.Chipmunks – The Chipmunk Song
7. Diana Ross & The Supremes – Silver Bells
8. Dinah Washington – Silent Night
9. Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
10. Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
11. Ella Fitzgerald – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
12. Etta James – Merry Christmas Baby
13. Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby – The Christmas Song
14. Frank Sinatra – The Bells of Christmas (Greensleeves) [w-Tina, Nancy & Frank Sinatra Jr.]
15. Jackson 5 – Santa Clause Is Comin’ To Town
16. Jackson 5 – I Saw Mommy Kissin’ Santa Claus
17. Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
18. Mannheim Steamroller Piano Tribute Players – Carol f the Bells
19. Mariah Carey – O Holy Night
20. Marvin Gaye – I Want To Come Home For Christmas
21. Nat King Cole – O Come All Ye Faithful
22. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
23. Peggy Lee – Happy Holiday
24. The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride
25. Run-DMC – Christmas In Hollis
26. Stevie Wonder – Ave Maria
27. Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means To Me
28. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24
29. Vanessa Williams – What Child Is This? (Live)

(If anyone is unfamiliar with .Rar files, feel free to hit me up)

24
Dec
09

Russel Fong & DJ Matt Cali – The Little X-Mas Tape

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It was tough to hold off on posting this beauty of a mix by crate digger Russel Fong and DJ Matt Cali, but I promised myself I’d wait ’til Christmas Eve. Lucky for y’all, it’s here!

Both Russel and Matt have a knack for splicing old school treats with modern flavor, which is evident on this holiday-themed mix. Listen as Stevie Wonder’s “What Christmas Means To Me” and Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” flow between cheerful samples and jingling bells. Also featured on the tape are jams from Marvin Gaye, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys and more.

As Matt explains it:

Russel and I were on the phone together discussing some upcoming themes for new mixtapes and we both expressed are displeasure with corny holiday music. Russel mentioned he had some good old school jams and I had a couple of favorites myself so I fired up the turntables and there you have it.” Russel adds, “We just wanted to keep it short and sweet and play some good holiday jams.” 

Well, they certainly put together an impressive mix. Shouts to both of the fellas for the heads up, click the covers or download link below and spin it for some holiday goodness. Enjoy!

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Download: Russel Fong & DJ Matt Cali – The Little X-Mas Tape

23
Dec
09

100 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade (2000-01)

Hip-Hop Records

With the decade coming to a close, it’s time to highlight the best records in hip-hop. I’ll be running down my choices for the 10 Best Albums of each year until we finally arrive at the Best of ’09 to close things out. I’ll be covering a lot of material so feel free to comment on my picks, as I’m always down for a debate. Click the album covers or names to purchase your copies of albums that will be remembered throughout hip-hop history. Let’s go!

Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2000

1. Ghostface – Supreme Clientele

2. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP

3. Outkast – Stankonia

4. Common – Like Water For Chocolate

5. Big L – The Big Picture

6. Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek) – Train of Thought

7. Jurassic 5 – Quality Control

8. Dead Prez – Let’s Get Free

9. Wu-Tang Clan – The W

10. Jedi Mind Tricks – Violent By Design

Honorable Mentions: Big Punisher – Yeeeah Baby, De La Soul – Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, M.O.P. – Warriorz, Slum Village – The Fantastic Vol. 2

Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2001

1. Jay-Z – Blueprint

2. Nas – Stillmatic

3. Masta Ace – Disposable Arts

4. J-Live – The Best Part

5. Immortal Technique – Revolutionary Vol. 1

6. Ghostface – Bulletproof Wallets

7. Cannibal Ox – The Cold Vein

 

 

8. 2Pac – Until The End Of Time

9. Aesop Rock – Labor Days

10. Cormega – The Realness

Honorable Mentions: , 7L & Esoteric – Soul Purpose, Pete Rock – PeteStrumentals, Redman – Malpractice

Stay tuned for my Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2002-3 list coming soon..

23
Dec
09

Reflection Eternal ft. Jay Electronica, J. Cole & Mos Def – Untitled [Radio Rip] prod. Hi-Tek

Kweli, Jay Elec, Cole & Mos 

Now THIS is exactly what hip-hop needs.

Talib Kweli & DJ Hi-Tek recruit some of the illest spitters in the game for this cut produced by Hi-Tek himself. This particular radio rip is from Just Blaze and Jay Elec-Hannukkah on Tony Touch’s Shade 45 show last night.

Can’t wait until the CDQ is liberated, who will be first? We’ll surely find out soon, it’d be a dope Christmas present..

Shouts to Heather for the pic & Usershare link and Dre for the Mediafire link, Enjoy!

Download: Reflection Eternal ft. Jay Electronica, J. Cole & Mos Def – Untitled [Radio Rip] prod. Hi-Tek [Mediafire Link]

22
Dec
09

Keelay ft. The Park & Nate Mercereau – Some Kind Of Seasons Greeting

Some Kind of Seasons Greeting

Whoa now!

Here’s a holiday treat from the homie Keelay (of production duo Keelay & Zaire) in the form of “Some Kind of Seasons Greeting,” a 12-minute instrumental mix featuring musicians The Park & Nate Mercereau. I’ll let Kee explain it:

I just wanted to get this collection of Music/Beats out to everybody as a seasons greetings, something to vibe to as you do whatever it is you do at this time of the holidays. All of the music below was created by myself, and some of the most amazing musicians I know, The Park and Nate Mercereau. We all have a couple projects coming together very soon and this is just a little sample of what it is going to sound like.

This will help you keep it funky & soulful during the holidays. Shout to my good friend Reyn & Co. at Potholes In My Blog for the heads up, Enjoy!

Download: Keelay ft. The Park & Nate Mercereau – Some Kind Of Seasons Greeting [Mediafire Link]

22
Dec
09

Jay-Z ft. Mr Hudson – Young Forever [Video]

Hate all you want, and Lord knows there’s many a hater when it comes to this jawn, but I fux with it.

Hov and Mr Hudson link for this video off BP3, which is actually a better album now that I haven’t listened in a few weeks. I dig the black-and-white visuals of this vid, it’s a good balance for the song’s emotive content.

Hat tip to Marcus Troy, Enjoy!

21
Dec
09

Ritchcraft – Say It Ain’t So EP

Say It Ain't So

I posted one of Ritchcraft’s remixes and promised there would be an EP when he finished his weekly series. Well, the time has come to unleash it!

The Nova Scotia, Canada producer’s heavy work culminates in Say It Ain’t So, a 12-track EP with remixed verses from Jay-Z, Nas, The Roots, AZ, Saigon, plus original cuts from Halifax reps Kayo, CooLEra and even the man Ritchcraft himself.

My personal favorites are “Whose World Is This,” a reinterpretation of Nasir’s “The World Is Yours” with its groovin’ bassline & sweet vocal flip and AZ’s “The Come Up” as the verses flow over a break-beat and orchestral strings.

You can download the full EP at the Bandcamp link below, and feel free to hit me or Ritch up and let us know what you think. Enjoy!

Download: Ritchcraft – Say It Ain’t So

Track List:

1. Intro (Say It Ain’t So) 00:01
2. No, No, No Intro 01:01
3. Saigon ft. Jay-Z – Come On Baby (Ritchcraft Remix) 03:47
4. AZ – The Come Up (Ritchcraft Remix) 03:31
5. (Bonus) Kayo – Leave Me Alone (Prod. Ritchcraft) 04:09
6. The Roots – Star (Ritchcraft Remix) 04:10
7. Nas – Whos World Is This (Ritchcraft Remix) 03:32
8. (Bonus) Coolera ft. Kayo – Smilin Faces (Prod. Ritchcraft) 03:30
9. Large Pro – Maica Living (Ritchcraft Remix) 03:16
10. AZ – Doe Or Die (Ritchcraft Remix) 04:12
11. Outro (I Guess It’s So) 00:02 info
12. Ritchcraft – Never Told Me Outro (Feat. Focus) 03:31





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