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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)


Still Alive & Breathin’


Click the covers to cop these titles out today on Amazon. Hip-Hop is alive!

M.O.P. – Foundation

Q-Tip – Kamaal The Abstract

Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day [Deluxe Version]

Nicolay – Shibuya (City Lights Vol. 2)

KRS-One & Buckshot – Survival Skills

Drake – So Far Gone EP


Introducing: shano


[Photo Credit: Dan Norton, I’m Not Dan Norton]

Music is what life sounds like.

-Eric Olsen.


Some stories are just impossible to express in words. 

So, when New York producer Shane “shano” Harris wanted to tell his personal story, he opted for the only medium natural to him – music

His story manifested itself in his first solo LP A Butterfly In Boston, an album that relies on jazzy samples, soulful loops and a plethora of kicks-n-snares to document a tale of love, pleasure and eventual heartache. The free digital album is available here or here for a direct download link.

Recently, I got the chance to chop it up with shano in the wake of his debut. We discussed his approach, why the album takes place in Boston despite his New York roots, which producer he’d most want to observe in the studio, and what he’s going to do now that he’s told his first story.


Dom Corleone: Tell the people where you’re from and how old you are. 

shano: I’m currently residing in Astoria, N.Y. and I’m 25 years old. I grew up in a small town on Long Island called Sound Beach which I doubt anyone has heard of. So, it’s near the Port Jeff area.. North Shore of Suffolk County. 

DC: What originally got you into producing? A background in reading & playing music or was it something you just up and tried one day? 

s: Actually, I don’t play any instruments. I had to take music theory classes in college but my reading is very amateur. I can do it, but it takes me awhile.  In high school, I really fell in love with hip hop and some of the producers that were out at the time. 

I really felt like it was something I wanted to do. With the whole sampling aspect, I felt like I could find parts of old songs and rework them into something new. It was kind of a gradual “maybe-I-can-actually-do-this” type thing that just grew and grew as I went along.

 DC: So when would you say you started getting serious with it? 

s: In high school, I bought my first sampler and I was definitely the kid who bought things and didn’t use them. I just expected something to happen. Once I went away to college in ’01, I started to meet more people with the same interests and really got serious about it a few years after that. I can’t pinpoint the date, but I would say ‘03-04 roughly.

[Check the full interview after the jump]

Continue reading ‘Introducing: shano’


Name That Sample #1

[Edit: I said it was easy, Ha! I closed the voting early simply ’cause everyone should already know this one. The sample is The Charmels – “As Long As I’ve Got You” and it was sampled by RZA for “C.R.E.A.M.” off Wu-Tang’s classic LP Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers.

Y’all think you’re smart, huh? Wait ’til the next go-around, I’ll try to stump you then.]

New blog, new series. It’s pretty simple. I upload a sample, you guess which hip-hop song used it, gotta tell me the artist and the album. Bonus points awarded if you can name the original artist and song title.

Oh, and I’ve stripped the song of any tags to avoid any Google-induced cheating. I also turned comment moderation so you can’t see what other folks have said.

We’ll start it with an easy one, it’s from a Top 5 LP of all time. You’ve got 24-hours, leave your guess in the comment section. Let’s go!

Hold the Throne Name That Sample #1

[Ivan or Kevin, you hush until the voting is over, Ha!]


Corleone Hold the Throne


Out with the old, in with the new. That’s the perfect way to describe my migration from Blogger to WordPress and this brand new blog. You may know me from my old site, or you may not know me at all, but either way I appreciate you hopping on board for my new endeavor. Please hit me up with a comment or e-mail to let me know what you think of the new look.

I figured with my first post I’d explain my inspiration for the new direction. Taking a page from the book of Harlem-bred Lamont “Big L” Coleman, one of history’s best lyricists, I borrowed a lyric for my blog name from his “98 Freestyle” from Stretch & Bobbito’s radio show (veteran heads remember that one).

The cut originally appeared on L’s Big Picture which he was recording when he was murdered. Luckily, for hip-hop fans, he left a shitload of a capellas and freestyles that we can now rock for all eternity.

Why not start off with a bang? I got a true gem here, a vinyl-only pressing of Big L’s Harlem’s Finest: A Freestyle History Vol. 1 & 2. Here you’ll find the full-length “98 Freestyle” among more hot fiyah (no Dylan) than you can fathom.

Bear with me as I’m still getting used to WP. Good looks on checking in, Enjoy!

’98 Freestyle with Stretch & Bobbito (Lyrics)


Big L – Harlem’s Finest: A Freestyle History Vol. 1 & 2

Track List:

1. “Interview Intro”
2. “Rock N. Wills Audition”
3. “Stretch & Bobbito” ’92”
4. “Stretch & Bobbito” ’93”
5. “Stretch & Bobbito” ’94”
6. “Stretch & Bobbito” ’95 (feat. Jay-Z)
7. Stretch & Bobbito” ’95 Pt. II” (feat. Jay-Z)
8. “139 – Tony Touch”

9. “Universal Freestyle”
10. “My Niggaz – Doo Wop”
11. “Stretch & Bobbito 98” (Full-Length)
12. “Roc Raida Mixtape”
13. “Flamboyant I”
14. “Flamboyant Pt. II” (feat. Royal Flush)
15. “Kay Slay Freestyle”
16. “Devil’s Son” (Live In Amsterdam)
17. “Nigga Please” (feat. Stan Spit & McGruff)
18. “How Will I Make It”
19. “Final Four Interview”

Corleone, Hold the Throne



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