Song(s) of the day 7/17/14

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Ig’nant
M.A.T.H.
By Al Shid

http://www68.zippyshare.com/v/91927289/file.html

There was a long time in the 90’s, into the the early 2000’s where I bought tons of Vinyl. Not referring to stuff I would sample but things like Indie rap 12″ records and Lp’s. The thing about that era, for me, is that it’s both nostalgic and sometimes embarrassing. There’s so much music from that era that I loved that, for some reason or another, never aged particularly well. Underground rap is funny like that. I always contend it has to do with rapping styles of that era. People were going out of their way to sound different and, in order to do so, often found them selves out on a creative limb. While it paid off for some, others didn’t fare as well. For that reason, styles came and went. As did artists. Every now and then, though, a dude would come along that seemed timeless. Typically, it would be a more traditional rapper who embraced the underground rap aesthetic. This would sometimes be problematic for a few reasons
1)There was SO much music coming out back then, people often got lost in shuffle. Great rappers would just flare out for no real reason , other than over population in the record racks.
2)Because being weird was the thing back then, traditional guys would often get pushed to the side. In reality, these were guys who had potential for broader appeal but were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I say all that, to intro these two songs by rapper Al Shid. He was a protege of J-Zone (Zone did the beats on both these songs. Let’s never forget how dope his shit was during that era). Shid was rude, direct and clever. He put out two 12″ records in 2002. These two songs were the jewels of the bunch. I distinctly recall walking into Fat beats and Breezly Bruin was working there at the time. We’re were friendly and having a casual chat when he was like “Yo, have you peeped this new Al Shid joint!?!? He’s a beast.” Honestly , I bought it off the strength of that (and J-zone) and did not regret my choice at all.
Bruin wasn’t lying.
Sadly, I don’t think his records ever took off like they should of. I’d chalk it up entirely to timing. Underground rap was on some postive, head wrap shit back then and I’d imagine a song about “Money and than hoes” didn’t sit well with a lot of people. It’s too bad though…cause I loved these songs…and I still love them today. So, here ya go. Enjoy the glory of Al Shid.

A mix…FOR AMERICA, BRO!

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A few years back, I did a mix in honor of Independence day. It was basically collection of songs with the word “freedom” or “America” in them. Well, this is that exact same thing, only updated. I added a few songs, took off a few and figured, hey, who hates free music? Jerks, that’s who.
This is a mix you can play at your July 4th BBQ just as easily as you could play it at your anti-America hate rally. It could really go both ways.
So, happy 4th of July, or not. I don’t give a shit. I’m not a particularly patriotic. In fact, if NYC could succeed for the the country, I’d be 100% with it. But i digress…This is about the free music. This mix is all over the map, genre wise so , hopefully, there is a little something for everyone. Enjoy!
(sidenote: there is a chance “Freedom street” and “United states of whatever” might be corrupted due to an old hard drive crash I had. If that’s the case, my apologies. They’re not dangerous files, they just won’t play. whatever the case, the rest of the songs definitely work and it’s still some free music, guys)
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Download link here!
https://www.sendspace.com/file/lbiq38

You like Nina Simone? Check this out. I did a little mix/mash/up/song

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For the last couple years , during live shows, i’ve been doing a variation of this Nina simone mash up. Basically, I took a bunch of different samples from her catalogue and made one song out of them. I’m bout ready to retire it from my live set so I figure I might as well release it into the world.


http://www32.zippyshare.com/v/63713526/file.html
I made downloading possible but there’s a limit at 100 so, just in case, here’s an alternate link to download it.

Enjoy!

Peep this remix I did for The Skins!

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If you’ve been following this blog for a while the name “The Skins” might be a familiar name to you. They’re a brooklyn based band that’s very likely going to be all over the place in the near future that I’ve been big upping for a whine now. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, hanging and working with them. For more info (and a free mix I made of random hip hop) read this:
https://phatfriend.com/2013/10/16/a-mix-for-the-youth/

As for this Remix, I did it a while back and honestly just want people to hear it already. I’m not the most patient guy on earth. It’s a definite departure from the original but, hey, that tends to happen when a hip hop beat maker remixes a rock song. Anyway, Enjoy.
Here’s a download link if you’d like to own this song as your very own (for FREE!)
http://www.sendspace.com/file/n34brv

If you’re feeling the skins, like them on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/theskinsband

Well, this Vince Staples album is really good.

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I don’t typically do this but , fuck it.
Normally, I would give you guys some sort of poll about new music. Sometimes I come across an album that is so clearly a “yay”, in my eyes, that I don’t wanna give you people a chance to ruin that for me. Fact of the matter is, I realize what kind of rap music the typical Phat friend reader is into. It’s intelligent. It’s a little abstract. It’s also generally very white person friendly. Meaning , topically, it’s not about street shit and if the rapper has any sort of regional accent, it’s a problem. Judging from past “Yay or Nay” columns the amount of times some of you recoil upon hearing anyone rapping about guns or drugs (regardless of context or creativity), it’s as if you’re your own parents. That’s fine. We like what we like. I’ve been there. I used to curse Puffy and Mase in the late 90’s as “not real” hip hop. I know how it feels. However, good rap is good rap. And, let’s not forget, this is rap music. Not folk rock. At least that’s what I’m trying to show you guys every time I post a new artist with a street edge.
Enter Vince Staples.
He’s Odd Future Affiliated and his new mixtape/album “Shyne Goldchain II” just dropped.
Vince is a dude I honestly didn’t pay much attention to until recently. Prior to his murderous verse on Earl’s album , where he easily stole the show from Earl (a highly talented rapper himself), he had done a few little things here and there. Honestly, I couldn’t get past the production in most cases so I kinda let it just fly by me. This album though? He got some beats. Or I should say, he found the sound that works for him.
As a rapper, he reminds me a little of Snoop dogg in his laid back demeanor but way more serious. He also has shades of another of my favorite under rated rappers Young Bleed. With both comparisons, I’m seeing a somewhat mellow killer. While I could easily see people listening to this ,in passing, and writing him off as just another rapper talking about the same street shit, those people would be wrong. Yes, he is just another rapper and he does talk about street shit but , with rapping, it’s all about HOW you talk shit. He’s got style, presence ,a great voice and an original way of putting familiar words together. Look at the Clipse and how they made selling coke in rap an art form.
The point of all this is, hey, give it a chance ,you uptight and short sighted rap nerds. It’s funny to think that you can expand your horizons by actually giving something you might deem “beneath you” a chance. Consider this…you know how you feel about the rap music you love? Like you think if that guy you know who only likes Rick Ross and drake would just give it a chance , he’d finally see why you hold it in such high regard? It works both ways. Grey area is everywhere.
So, here’s a link to Vince Staple’s New mixtape FREE DOWNLOAD!
http://www.sendspace.com/file/14u52y

Here are some clips from the album:


For a stream of the whole album:
https://soundcloud.com/blacksmith-a-g/sets/shyne-coldchain-vol-2

Song of the day: 3/7/14

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7 Degrees of Elevation by Godfather Don
http://www40.zippyshare.com/v/94165318/file.html
(the big orange “Download” button is what you should press to download the song)

Nowadays, former rap nerds tend to hide their pasts. The word “backpacker” gets thrown around like a badge of shame for kids everywhere who were just that: kids. In the mid/late 90’s, the indie rap craze took off and that eventually led to the indie rap explosion of the early 2000’s , which led to it’s inevitable backlash a few years later. That’s how music works. To this day, I can guarantee that whatever genre is popular now (is it Trap? I have no clue), it will not only be scoffed at in 3 years but the people who used to champion it will play down their former love of it immensely when it comes up in conversations. Like I said, that’s how music works. I’m not pointing fingers. I’ve been there. There is so much old rap I used to worship that , if I hear now, I get embarrassed I ever knew the words to it. However, with all that said, there are always gems within each genre that never sour.
If you’re a indie rap aficionado, you’re aware of Godfather Don. He’s one of those super underground legends that just never seemed to get his shit together at the right time. In 1991, he released an album called “Hazardous” that, let’s be honest, wasn’t very good. Sure, revisionist rap fans will speak a different story cause , to them, if it’s old and rare, it’s automatically a jewel. But, fuck that. I was around when it dropped, I bought it and I bumped it. It was pretty wack. That said, you could see the talent.

A few years later, he re-emerged but this time behind the boards. He made a bunch of awesome beats on the Ultramagnetic Mc’s album “The Four horsemen” and even kicked a rhyme on there that showed some improvement.

Around that time, he started popping up regularly on the stretch and Bobbito radio show.

Not just as a guest but Bobbito would play his demo tracks with some regularity. It was then that a young me got obsessed with Godfather Don. The First track I had heard was called “Slave of NY”. It was clear he had evolved as an artist and found his voice.

Not only that, but his beats…man…his fucking beats were insane. Every week or two, Bobbito would play another demo song and I’d feverishly rush to record it off the radio. The song above, “7 Degrees of Elevation” , was my all time favorite. With it’s hazy, drugged out jazz loop over a classic drum break, Don just goes off. He certainly was a rapper who would often put the flow ahead of his lyrics (at least in a “the flow sounds tight but do the words mean anything?” kinda way) but his word association flow and run on sentences worked for me. To this day, I can’t say many people have or can rap like Don was doing in the mid-90’s.
While the songs made at that time were not available to anyone who didn’t record radio shows, he did release an amazing record with Kool Keith under the group name “The Cenobites”. This Ep is pretty much a classic to anyone who was listening to that kinda rap during that time.


After those demo’s and the Cenobites, Don had a decent run of 12” records on Hydra Records and even a full length (which, in my opinion, was not his best work)

Luckily for us nerds out there, the bulk of those old demo songs got released a decade or so later.
If you’re into this song I posted, I’d suggest tracking down his compilation “The 90’s sessions” cause it’s got tons of great stuff on it.
So, yeah, enjoy these songs but , most of all, embrace your rap nerd side. There’s no shame in it. Trust me, it could have been way worse. Imagine how Hanson fans feel?

Peep this remix I did!

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Wildlight is a project by San francisco based electronic artist The Polish Ambassador. I had the pleasure of touring with him a while back and , when he asked me to do a remix for his “Wildlight” , It was a no brainer. Here’s the remix I did:

If you want to hear the rest of the album and download it (it’s a “name your price” deal) then go here:
http://thepolishambassador.bandcamp.com/album/hers-was-as-thunder-remixes

Enjoy!

A gift from Aesop Rock and I to ring in the new year

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Turns out, Aesop and I had another lost song laying around. Who knew? Turns out, it’s kinda fun. It’s a song called “Try not to die” and it’s from around 2000. Pre-labor days/post Float era.
While I can see why we never released it, it’s definitely something I feel fans of Aesop will be into.
Check it out over at Aesop’s website 900Bats.com
It’s streaming and you can download it.
http://900bats.com/2014/free-mp3-from-aesop-rock-and-blockhead-2/

My old hip hop 12’s in the form of a compilation vol. 2

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As grinchy as I can be, there is still a part of me that is willing to give a little during this holiday time. A few weeks back I posted a compilation of songs I had on vinyl from the 90’s era of indie hip hop. Most were rare, some were just great songs. Here’s a link to that:
https://phatfriend.com/2013/12/12/my-old-hip-hop-12s-in-the-form-of-a-compilation-part-1/
Here is the second , and final, volume. I wish I could make more but, to be honest, my hard drive crapping out a few years back lost a ton of these and most of the actual vinyl is packed away. So, this will have to do. Lucky for you guys, this one got bangers (not to be confused with “Bangerz”). This one goes back further than the previous as the Master Ace and Frescho songs date back to the early/mid 90’s. If you’re a hip hop nerd, this will be your shit. I promise.
Enjoy and merry fucking christmas or whatever.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ip8569
1)No time to Chill: Labtekwon
2)Synopsis:Erule
3)I’m rhymin’: Mr Complex
4)Day one: D.I.T.C
5)Hot: John Forte
6)Pushin’ Orbits: Sub Con
7)Ig’nant: Al Shid
8)Rollin’:Saukrates Feat Masta Ace and O.C.
9)The music of business: Ras Kass
10)The Session:The Arsonists
11)Sippin’ Brandy: King Sun
12)Sunroof top: Pace won
13)Go where I send the: Master Ace feat. Eyce U rock
14)Cranium: Gauge
15)Planet Brooklyn: Frescho

My old hip hop 12’s in the form of a compilation. Part 1

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I haven’t done a compilation in a minute and I know how much you guys like free shit. well, talk a walk down memory lane with me. To many of you, this mix with feature a bunch of shit you have never heard before. To others, you’ll have it all and not give a fuck. But, hey, can’t please everyone.
What this is , is a collection of indie rap joints I own or once owned on vinyl. The range from extremely obscure to pretty under the radar. The time line goes from a few in the early 90’s to some in the early 2000’s. This shit is all over the map. Because some of these are vinyl rips (some are even cassette rips cause that’s all I had left) the sound quality may vary. I know how upset you audiophiles get but tough luck, dude. In my day, we listened to 5th generation cassettes dubbed off the radio, filled with hiss and we loved that shit.
So, this is one of two mixes I’ve compiled. No order. No theme. Just rap songs from a different era. This first mix is more west coast heavy but that’s purely coincidence.
Here’s a track listing and download link:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/w4ozhl
1)Outside Looking in: Darc Mind
2)L’chemy: L’roneous
3)8 Step agenda: Latyrx
4)U can’t escape the hypeness:BLVD Mosse
5)You’re late: The Cenobites
6)I am a record: The Derelicts
7)Bless Ya life: KGB
8)More Cheese: Bashton
9)Do you wanna hear it: The nubian Crackers feat. The artifacts
10)Brainstorm: Latee
11)Dope fiend: Ill Bill
12)Settle the score: Mr. Lif
13)Survival of the fetus: Messiah
14)Tru day: Puppets of chaos
15)After Dark: Pep love