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Out Of Print Hip Hop Albums & 12's From 86-91



Updated: 2017-11-12T02:54:16.299-07:00

 



Sugar Ray Dinke - Cabrini Green

2017-10-09T11:22:56.178-06:00


For me and maybe a few others this is definitely a throwback to the John Peel radio show. I bought a copy maybe a week or so after hearing it on his show one night, traded it soon after and bought this copy about a year ago for next to nowt and it's mint. I did try and get one on the original label and it used to irritate me a little if I couldn't get the US import copy if it was a US record but it bothers me less so these days. A great record and there's some info on discogs about him which is short but worth a read as I have nothing on him except for the memory of hearing him when I was about 16 or 17. Tune!



Fresh Girls - Mandingos - I Got The Bass

2017-10-01T06:40:44.361-06:00


Someone requested this many years ago on this very blog and I didn't have a copy then so I bought one. Another one I had in '86 but traded among my friends at the time and one I wasn't super keen on mainly because of the 'row, row, row your boat' tune that sounds like it was played on a kazoo. You can't deny that super heavy Miami bass packs a major punch though and I don't mind it so much now.




M.C.B. - It's Your Scratch (Do What You Wanna Do)

2017-09-27T10:46:25.289-06:00






I mentioned some years ago that I was on a mission to get back some old records I used to own and this was on the list. Discogs had a few over the years for a while but people were wanting a little more than I was willing to pay so I guess I got lucky wining one on ebay a few weeks back for a fiver. I can tell you're really pleased for me. The sleeve's a little beat up and is taped together - looks better than it sounds - but the wax is nice and that's the main thing. I recall buying my first copy in '86 from the import box in the Virgin store on the high street in Sheffield but can't remember if I sold it or traded it. Doesn't matter now though. Another Amos Larkins sure shot!




NYC Cutter - DJ Cuttin'

2017-09-08T10:59:26.353-06:00


Finally got myself a copy of this last year, same track on both sides but a decent tuner from '85 by legendary super dj Marley Marl masquerading under a different moniker. Was one of the most difficult releases to get on the Pop Art label at one time but easier now although it does still seem to hold it's value. Top tune.




Arabian Prince - Situation Critical

2017-05-20T06:31:33.758-06:00


I missed the fantastic Stones Throw compilation, 'Innovative Life Anthology' that was released in 2008 and have been after once ever since and finally quenched my thirst a few weeks back and it's been an Arabian Prince-athon ever since.I never bought this first time around either so I bought one last week, decent condition and the picture sleeve is looking good for it's age too and all for the tidy sum of  £1.49. One of the better tracks lifted from his excellent LP, 'Dope Thang' being the highlight, for me at least. If you like 808 bass heaviness, this is definitely one for you.




Jungle Brothers - Beyond This World 12" Single VLS (1989)

2017-06-04T13:40:17.671-06:00


Re-Up - 192kbps, sorry about the lower bitrate

Contains the extremely dope B-Side Promo No. 2 featuring Q-Tip!

A1 - Beyond This World (LP Version) (4:08)
A2 - Beyond This World (Instrumental) (4:01)
B1 - Promo No. 2 (Mind Review '89) (3:28)
B2 - Beyond This World (Bone-a-Baby Bam Beat Version) (1:34)
B3 - Beyond This World (A Capella Version) (:38)

Download from zippyshare



MF DOOM - Metal Samples Volumes 1-7

2016-10-04T21:01:30.523-06:00

Back in 2003 there was a compilation that someone released on the net of tracks that DOOM sampled called Metal Samples. Another volume came out at some point and by 2005 I had quite a few samples I had found either through digging or the internet. With the help of a couple friends I compiled enough tracks to put out 5 volumes (3-7), and released them on soulseek, mfdooomsite.com, philaflava, and other places. Over the years I've had some people asking for these compilations so I decided to post them here. Sorry, but most of these comps are 160kbps. Maybe one day I'll recompile these with 320, and also add another couple volumes. Thanks to Verge for Volume 2! Metal Samples Volume 1 01 - Roy Ayers - No Stranger to Love 02 - Sade - Kiss of Life 03 - SOS Band - The Finest 04 - Isaac Hayes - Our Day Will Come 05 - Jeff Beck - Come Dancing 06 - Melvin Van Peebles - Reggin Hanging 07 - Melvin Van Peebles - Wont Bleed Me 08 - New Birth - Got to Get a Knut 09 - Quincy Jones - 100 Ways 10 - Skull Snaps - It's A New Day 11 - Steely Dan - Black Cow 12 - The Beatles - Glass Onion 13 - The Spinners - Ain't No Price on Happiness 14 - The Deele - Shoot 'em Up Movies 15 - Yusef Lateef - Eastern Market http://www119.zippyshare.com/v/6tNxV7Ij/file.html Metal Samples Volume 2 01 - Kain - Harlem Preacher 02 - Lee Morgan - Mr. Kenyatta 03 - Scooby Doo Theme 04 - DJ Grand Wizard Theodore & Chris Stein - Subway Theme 05 - Richiro Manabe - Kidnap 1 06 - Coke Escovedo - Hangin' On 07 - Joe Raposo - Sesame Street End Theme Funding Credits 08 - JJ Fad - Supersonic 09 - Cerrone - Rocket In the Pocket 10 - 5th Dimension - Requiem 820 Latham 11 - Kain - Silly Shit 12 - Five Stairsteps - The New Dance Craze 13 - Richiro Manabe - Kidnap 2 14 - The Blackbyrds - All I Ask 15 - Kain - Constipated Monkey 16 - Spiderman Theme http://www43.zippyshare.com/v/BL0kuWgE/file.html Metal Samples Volume 3 01 - Faze O - True Love 02 - Roy Ayers - Vibrations 03 - Galt Macdermot - Princess Gika 04 - Cymanade - Brothers on the slide 05 - Ronnie Laws - Freinds and Strangers 06 - Galt Macdermot - Cathedral March 07 - Anita Baker - Been So Long 08 - Teruo Nakamura - Cat 09 - The Mamas and the Papas - Pearl 10 - Dobbie Brothers - What A Fool Belives 11 - David Mathews - Space Oddity 12 - Galt Macdermot - Space 13 - Les Baxter - Hogin Machine 14 - Jody Watley - Looking For a New Love 15 - Fever Tree - Ninety Nine and A Half 16 - The BlackByrds - April Showers http://www94.zippyshare.com/v/3pRgjfsE/file.html Metal Samples Volume 4 01 - Mashmakhan - I know I've Been wrong 02 - Kronos Quartet - Nardis 03 - Donyld Byrd and the BlackByrds - Mysterious Vibes 04 - Atlantic Starr - Second to None 05 - Gil Scott Heron - Pieces of a man 06 - Doris -You Never Come Closer 07 - Isaac hayes - Vykki 08 - Jon Lucien - Maiden Voyage 09 - Sade - Is it a Crime 10 - ZZ Hill - That Aint The Way You Make Love 11 - Anita Baker - Sweet Love 12 - The Blackbyrds - Love is Love 13 - The Whatnauts - Message From a Black Man 14 - Gentle Giant - Funny Ways 15 - Jimmy Ponder -Jennifer 16 - George Duke - For Love(I come your friend) http://www40.zippyshare.com/v/yeXvlykp/file.html Metal Samples Volume 5 01 - Roy Budd - The Stone Killer (Main Title) 02 - Coke Escovedo - Hangin' On 03 - Teena Marie - I Need Your Lovin' 04 - Johnny Pearson - Fugitive 05 - Cortex - Huit Octobre 06 - Tom Browne - Come for the Ride 07 - The Blackbyrds - All I Ask 08 - Lee Morgan - Mr. Kenyatta 09 - Sven Libaek - Misty Canyon 10 - Caetano Veloso - Alfomega 11 - Dennis Coffey - Never Can Say Goodbye 12 - Gino Vannelli - Appaloosa 13 - The Blackbyrds - Love is Love 14 - Foxy - Madamoiselle 15 - The Keith Mansfield Orchestra - Soul Thing 16 - Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Suite Cannon: Part 1: The King & I 17 - The Robert Cobert Orchestra - Dark Shadows Suite http://www85.zippyshare.com/v/IDlSuwqH/file.html Metal Samples Volume 6 01 -[...]



Fat Boys - Fat Boys Scratch (Remix)

2016-09-14T19:10:24.920-06:00


Always liked the Fat Boys stuff. Their first album was the first album I owned that was just by the one rap artist and not a compilation like the legendary Streetsounds Electro series. This is actually the b-side as you can see 'cos I think it's better than 'Don't Be Stupid' on the flip. I even bought that limited edition pizza box a few years back now which is a really great package if you can find one. A staple diet for all b-boys of a certain age I would suggest.




J. Grey - Miami

2016-01-14T01:47:57.603-07:00


After a long and forced hiatus we're back in the room and here's a corkin' tune from '86 to kick off the new year. Anquette's 'Throw The P' is the A-side cut but I much prefer this one personally. More to come, hopefully..

P.S, thanks to my man Machiventa for sorting out the problem, long time no see mate.




MC Craig G - Transformer

2015-04-11T05:43:00.178-06:00


I think someone asked for a re-up of this some years ago now and the link was clicked a few days back I think.




Progression - Tom Tom

2015-04-03T03:24:33.705-06:00


I had to hunt this record down after Mike Allen played it one time and it took me years to get a copy but I eventually copped one from Roulette Records in the city centre. I traded it many years back and only actually returned it to the ever increasing collection a couple of years back now, in fact almost exactly two years ago today. Top tunage.




Divine Sounds - Do Or Die Bed Sty

2015-03-24T03:05:32.959-06:00



A few posts back I briefly mentioned the devestatin' DJ Cheese and his use of this record in his world championship winning set from '86 so I did a fresh 320 rip for y'all. It's tucked away on the b-side of a really mediocre and irritating a-side cut too and it wasn't mentioned on the Beat Street Records list I bought it off many years ago now, around about '87 or '88 I would think so I just chanced my arm and was fortunate enough to hit the jackpot. One of my all time faves, love it.




Divine Sounds - My Mother

2015-03-17T12:01:10.601-06:00


As it's mother's day tomorrow in the UK I thought I'd let you present your mom with a little something special to brighten up her day. For the rest of you, 'The Circus' is on  the other side.




The Spin Masters - Brothers

2015-03-06T11:03:16.082-07:00




This is a great record. I have fond memories of listening to the club, dub version whilst bombing the hell out of my old school with some like minded acquaintances. I had the privilege of seeing them live too when they were on the road with Ice T on the Rhyme Syndicate tour around '90-'91 I think which was pretty cool. I think they made another record at some point after this one but it wasn't very good and Evil E famously went on to become Ice's full time DJ. Mr. T himself even had a hand in the writing of this particular track.
Going back to the RS tour, Ice T was sat at the back of the Leadmill when we walked in on one of those plastic chairs that stack up like you had at school. He said 'Alright' when we walked by. We all looked at each other saying something along the lines of 'that's 'im innit'?
A great night, although Hijack stole the show. For me anyway.




Ultimate III - Ultimate III Live!

2015-03-01T03:10:52.324-07:00


This could be the best hip hop 12" released in 1986 and a definite contender for best hip hop record of all time. In my opinion.




Rap-O-Matic Ltd - Lies, Lies

2015-03-17T12:01:29.251-06:00


Another vivid memory from my youth is John Peel playing this one evening. DJ Cheese allegedly did all the excellent wax flexing on here although he is uncredited on the label and it does sound like his style. Did I mention DJ Cheese came to my home town not long after he became the  '86 DMC world mixing champion? Think I probably did. He also revolutionised the way the people looked at the competition and made it a whole lot more interesting at the same time. His entry is still my fave of all time. I was sat open mouthed the whole time I was listening to it live on Radio 1. Probably. Shame they never started filming the event until the year after.




Daniel Sofer - One Hundred Speakers

2015-02-17T11:06:47.241-07:00



Mega tune from '84, always loved this one. This is my second copy as the first kept toing and froing between me and a couple of mates and after a while I never managed to get it back. Still, all good things and all that. Get your tracky on and relive the good old days.




Cazal Boys - Snatchin' Cazals

2015-02-09T11:05:55.455-07:00


Bagged myself a copy of this a few months back, the second copy I ever owned, the first being a freebie from a mate I did the radio show with way back when. I never knew the real title as it was on a tape with no inlay (as they always were) and he asked me if I'd heard it. 'Never heard of it' I said so he went and fetched the record, said I could keep it, spun it when I got home and was all like that cow in the nursery rhyme. Still managed to trade it, as you do but crossed it off my long list just before Christmas. Top tune.




Rock Hill - Rock The Beat

2015-02-06T11:20:12.432-07:00


This is one of those records that slips your mind - when you've heard it you may think, 'yeah, now I know why' - but I like it and I'm sure it was on the same tape as 'Rappin' Insane' (see below) and when you're young and have little or no money or resources, listening to the same tape over and over pretty much daily imprints certain tunes, particularly from this era into the old grey matter for life. I did forget about this one till quite late and only copped one a few years ago. but it won't be the only one and if I ever begin to suffer from some debilitating mind illness I'm sure a few rotations of these kinds of jams will be the trigger I need to bring me back into the here and now. I don't wish to make light of such illnesses but, you know, it could happen to any one of us. My short term memory is pretty useless but once you're hooked on these, you're hooked for life and it's nice to have a good memory brought back once in a while, don't you think?




Freddy B & The Mighty Mic Masters - Freddy's Back / The Main Event...Word

2015-02-03T10:42:39.101-07:00


I treated myself to one of these just recently and at £1.50 it was a steal. 'The Main Event' is the one though and a throwback to the John Peel days too. Top tunage.




JD Krush - Rappin Insane

2015-01-20T11:26:23.558-07:00


Got myself one o' these before christmas. Not exactly a killer tune but one I've been after for a minute now and it is quite difficult to get a hold of for a decent price. I remember it being on a tape I had at school and it stuck with me for some reason. A bit crackly in parts but it does the job. Happy days..




Run-DMC - Christmas In Hollis

2014-12-15T12:01:55.247-07:00


I was checking the TV listings fairly recently and noticed a programme called 'Beyond Magic with DMC'. It wasn't him. Happy Christmas readers.




Scorpio & Jazzy Jay - (Go Michael) Air Jordan

2014-11-17T12:12:24.146-07:00


Been busy, busy, busy so thought I'd offer up a really nice and criminally (geddit?) under rated 12" to keep you going a little while..




Word Of Mouth (Feat.DJ Cheese) - Coast To Coast

2014-10-09T12:01:25.372-06:00


There's a thing on the radio next week about John Peel presented by Annie Nightingale and for some reason when I read the blurb on it I was reminded of this record. There was a thing ages back on BBC2 and he introduced WOM doing this track as it was their new single. It's nowhere near as good as the mighty 'King Kut' but it's ok.




MC Shy D - DJ Man Cuts It Up

2014-09-16T02:56:04.604-06:00


Always rated Shy D back when I was breaking so buying this was a no brainer. 4Sight's pressings weren't always that great - the flimsy vinyl doesn't help - but it's very listenable and a good reminder of how we used to listen to music. I'm still trying to make some of my workmates understand but they shake their iphones at me and tell me that's all they need. My vinyl will last longer than your telephones you fuckers. That's what I tell 'em.