Posts Tagged ‘Wu-Tang Clan


Sound Table 2/18/10 – Meth Ghost Rae, Jake One (Minus Freeway), Rob Swift, DJ Babu & More


Haven’t done a Sound Table in a minute, but you know the deal. Get ’em while they’re hot!

Download: Meth, Ghost & Rae – Our Dreams (Right Click – Save As) | Purchase: Pre-Order Meth, Ghost & Rae’s upcoming album Wu Massacre.. Get a sneak peak at HHIR. Drops March 30th!

Download: Freeway & Jake One – Stimulus Package (Instrumentals) (MegaUpload) | Purchase:  Freeway & Jake One – Stimulus Package

Download: DJ Babu – The Beat Tape Vol 2 | Purchase: DJ Babu – The Beat Tape Vol 2

Download: Rob Swift – “The Architect” | PurchaseRob Swift – The Architect

Download: Mainframe – e.q.e.p.

Download: Full Crate & Mar – Conversations With Her EP

Watch, Laugh, Rewind:


“I Am A Motherfucker”.. For the win!


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..



Wu-Tang (still) is for the children

R.I.P. Russell Jones a.k.a. Ol’ Dirty Bastard a.k.a. Dirt McGirt a.k.a. Big Baby Jesus a.k.a. Ason Jones a.k.a. Osiris the Father a.k.a. Joe Bananas a.k.a. Drunken Master Styles a.k.a. Ill Irving the Murderer.. Whew.

He died 5 years ago today. Wow, time flies. I saw Wu perform the February after ODB passed. It was an emotional night in Manhattan, I’ll never forget how it looked with everyone putting their lighters in the air for the fallen soldier. Moving, indeed.

For more, head over to Kevin Nottingham as they kick off their ODB tribute weekend today. Peep one of my favorite Dirt Dog videos “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” uncut as I’m sure it’s one of yours too. Enjoy!


The Little Green Tape

The Little Green Tape

I love getting music like this in my inbox. It balances out the BS that account for 92.7 % of the e-mails I receive.

Bay area turnablist DJ Matt Cali and New York music guru/graphic designer Russell Fong craftily pieced together The Little Green Tape, an hour-long sonic journey through turntablism, break-beats, and instrumental hip-hop with sprinkles of electro-experimental and funkified rhythms throughout

Broken down into four parts, the duo works together as Cali mixes and scratches the sounds that Fong has expertly chosen. I’d compare it to the works of Double D & Steinksi and DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist in that the samples are hand-picked and spliced for a compelling, non-stop musical onslaught.

Among the laundry-list of sampled artists are Wu-Tang Clan, J Dilla, Mobb Deep, Jake One, The Xecutioners, Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Shadow, Lewis Parker, etc.. You get the point, these two don’t play around.

Big thanks to Cali for hitting me up with this. Kick back, get in the zone, and vibe out to The Little Green Tape, Enjoy!

Download: DJ Matt Cali & Russell Fong – The Little Green Tape

The Little Green Tape



Executioners From Shaolin Mixtape


As 2009 is shaping up to be a big year for the reemergence of the Wu, the homie Hevehitta and DJ Unexpected of the Diggers Union dropped this tape of throwbacks, rarities and remixes.

Shouts to Ian for the heads up, Enjoy!

[Edit] Posted a new link, the original file had an error when I tried to extract it. This one should be good money, straight from the man himself.

Download: Hevehitta & DJ Unexpected – Executioners of Shaolin Mixtape

Track List:

01. Invincible Shaolin (Introduction)
02. Wu Tang Clan – Bring The Ruckus (Demo Mix)
03. Wu Tang Clan – I Get Down For My Crown (Demo Mix)
04. Me And My Sword Fight As One (Interlude)
05. Wu Tang Clan – Supreme Swordsmen (DJ Unexpected Remix)
06. Wu Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck
07. Tiger Style (Interlude)
08. Wu Tang Clan – Wu Tang Ain’t Nothing To Fuck With

Method Man as “The Lizard”
09. Method Man – The Master (DJ Unexpected Remix)
10. Method Man – Bring The Pain
11. Method Man – Release Yo Delf
12. Method Man – Shaolin Prince (Freestyle)

GZA as “The Centipede”
13. GZA Feat. Inspectah Deck – Sword Stained With Royal Blood (DJ Unexpected Remix)
14. GZA Feat. Method Man – Shadowboxing
15. GZA Feat. Inspectah Deck – Cold World
16. 5th Yang (Interlude)

Inspectah Deck as “The Scorpion”
17. Inspectah Deck Feat. Buju Banton & M.O.P – 4 Assassins (DJ Unexpected Remix)
18. Inspectah Deck – Fearless Young Boxers (Freestyle)
19. Inspectah Deck – Grand Prix (Verse)
20. Inspectah Deck – The Abduction (Verse)
21. Inspectah Deck – Triumph (Verse)

Ghostface Killah as “The Snake”
22. Ghostface Killah – Ghost Galore (DJ Unexpected Remix)
23. Ghostface Killah Feat. Trife Da God – 2 Champions Of Shaolin (Hevehitta Remix)
24. Ghostface Killah Feat. Raekwon – Kilos
25. Ghostface Killah Feat. Raekwon – Daytona 500
26. Shaolin Intruders (Interlude)

Raekwon as “The Toad”
27. Raekwon & Ghostface Killah Vs. Jadakiss & Styles P. – Shaolin Vs. Lama (DJ Unexpected Remix)
28. Raekwon – Incarcerated Scarfaces
29. Raekwon – The Instant Kung Fu Man (Freestyle)
30. Raekwon – Verbal Intercourse (Verse)
31. Raekwon Speaks On J Dilla (Interlude)
32. Raekwon Feat. Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck & Method Man – House Of Flying Daggers

Ol Dirty Bastard as “The Drunken Master”
33. Ol Dirty Bastard Speaks (Interlude)
34. Ol Dirty Bastard – Dance Of The Drunk Mantis (DJ Unexpected Remix)
35. Ol Dirty Bastard – Shimmy Shimmy Ya
36. Wu Tang Forever (Outro)


Videos from Ghostface Album Release Party

Last night was pretty epic for both hip-hop culture and my personal journey as a part of it.

Ghostface tore down Hiro Ballroom NYC for his Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City release party, bringing out a boatload of special guests including U-God, Jadakiss, Redman, Large Pro & Kid Cudi.

After promoting William Cooper’s Beware of the Pale Horse on the street with Cooper & BP then waiting three hours on line in the chilly Manhattan wind, we finally made it inside right before Ghost rocked.  Similar to the other times I’ve seen Tony Starks live, the energy was non-stop intense – rap cats of all ages (even Hov)could take away a few pointers.

As for me personally, I met Pharoahe Monch, 9th Prince of Killarmy and Trife da God throughout the night. Besides a scuffle on stage as near the end of the show, it was extremely dope overall.

I’ve linked some of the concert footage popping up round the ‘net. Up top is a good angle, shout to Ian for the heads up & Digiwaxx for the vid. You’ll see a different vantage point down below, thanks to Khal for the heads up.

Let’s go hip-hop, Enjoy!



Kid Cudi

Fight on stage a.k.a. The wost buzzkill possible


TRU Brain Trust Reviews OB4CLII


The homies of The Rap Up Brain Trust and I weighed in on Raekwon’s newest offering Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II this time around. Check out my contribution and the rest of the crew here at TRU.

What are your thoughts on the album?

Thanks for reading, Enjoy!


The Purple Print

Purple Print

My blog familia Hurricane Ivan at HHIR cooked up this unique blend of Jay-Z’s vocals from the original Blueprint over 90’s production from the almighty RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.

I thought it was an extremely dope idea, though I haven’t listened yet to hear the final product so I can’t give my opinion just yet.

What do y’all think?

Shouts to Hurricane I for conceptualizing this project, Enjoy!

Download: Jay-Z – Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix

Track List:

1. Jay-Z – The Ruler’s Back (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (4:06)
2. Jay-Z – Takeover (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (4:50)
3. Jay-Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.) (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:38)
4. Jay-Z – Girls, Girls, Girls (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (5:00)
5. Jay-Z – Jigga That Nigga (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:33)
6. Jay-Z – U Don’t Know (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:22)
7. Jay-Z – Hola’ Hovito (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:58)
8. Jay-Z – Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love) (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:20)
9. Jay-Z – Never Change (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (5:35)
10. Jay-Z – Song Cry (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:38)
11. Jay-Z – All I Need (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (4:16)
12. Jay-Z – Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Remix) (3:03)
13. Jay-Z – Girls, Girls, Girls (Pt. 2) (Hurricane Ivan’s Purple Print Rakeemix) (5:44)


Name That Sample #14

NTS #14 

Let’s get it poppington this morning with a lil’ Name That Sample.

You know the deal, tell me the original song & artist plus the sampling song & producer if possible. Shouts to Hurricane I for the sample set, it should be an easy one for him!

Hint: It’s a song from a Wu-Tang Clan member, on (in my opinion) the second-best solo LP from the Wu. Bonus points if you can guess my favorite.

Good luck y’all!

[Edit] Congrats to the homie CtrlAltMalik for guessing the sampling song Raekwon “Criminology” off Only Built 4 Cuban Linx produced by the one and only RZA. The original is The Sweet Inspirations’ “Why Marry.” Peace!

Name That Sample #14


Royal Court & Sound Table 7/20/09

Lauren Santiago 

Today’s New Jersey Beauty: Lauren Santiago

Royal Court:

Afrika Bambataa’s Essay The Beginning of Break Beat (Hip Hop) Music [via Ian at Notes From A Different Kitchen]

B.o.B. a.k.a. Bobby Ray Performs at the ESPY’s [via Rap Radar]

Jay-Z Gives Advice To The New Generation of Rappers [via RealTalk NY]

Joe Budden Freestyle & Slaughterhouse “The One” at Rock The Bells NYC [via Jessie Maguire]

Kid Cudi, Kanye West & Common “Make Her Say” Video [via Marcus Troy]

Nas & Damian Marley “Only The Strong” at Rock The Bells NYC [via Mike Waxx at illRoots]

Nas & Damian Marley “Road To Zion” at RTB NYC [via Rob at Boomshots]

Rosa Acosta’s Hottest Pics [via Complex]

Slaughterhouse & Wu-Tang Beef No More [II] [via Rock The Dub]


Sound Table:

Beastie Boys ft. Nas – Too Many Rappers [via OG Hip Hop]

Chico DeBarge ft. Talib Kweli – Math [via Honey Soul]

INF – The Go Round (Instrumental CD) [via Freestyle Madness]

Pac Div – Church League Champions (Mixtape) [via 2DB]

Corleone, Hold the Throne



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