Sunday, January 12, 2014
hook it up

hook it up

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Solja rags

Solja rags

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Best Mannie Fresh Beats From 96-00 Not On Spotify

Since we’re bringing Mannie Fresh to Chicago tomorrow for his first ever solo DJ set and performance in the city, I figured it was only right to put together some sort of list.

So here it is. The Best Mannie Fresh Beats From 1996-2000 that aren’t available on Spotify. It’s a damn shame, too. Some of his best work has yet to hit the service. Enjoy and come out tomorrow to see him do his thing. Reggie’s Rock Club. 9pm. 17+. $5.

B.G. - All On You

B.G. - Play’n & Laugh’n

B.G. - Ride or Die

B.G. f/ Juvenile, Lil Wayne & UNLV - Hot Boys 226

B.G. f/ Big Tymers - Get Your Shine On

B.G. - Plan Went Sour

Hot Boys - Block Burner

Hot Boys - Neighborhood Superstar

Hot Boys - I’m A Hot Boy

Hot Boys f/ Bun B - I’m Com’n

Big Tymers - Tear It Up

Big Tymers - Cutlass Monte Carlos & Regals

Big Tymers - Millionaire Dream 

Big Tymers - Ballin’

Big Tymers - Stun N (Remix)

B.G. - Play’n It Raw

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Barb Mix, November 1997.

I recently found this cassette in a massive CaseLogic tape case in my childhood closet. The only labeling on the black Maxell is “Barb Mix 97,” which is how I used to title all of my mixes, until I began giving them actual titles sometime in 1998 (when I got a CD burner). Based on the tracks and when the latest inclusion dropped via retail, I’m guessing with 99% certainty that this mix was made in late-November 1997. I wish I would’ve dated it more specifically, but these are the breaks. 

Since I don’t know how to rip tapes, I figured I’d just post the tracklist with links to the songs. You’ve obviously heard most if not all of them (they weren’t really too deep), but if you are wondering what I was bumping in late-97, then this is it. Enjoy.

Kane & Abel f/ Master P & Mo. B Dick - Gangstafied

2Pac - I’m Gettin’ Money

Big Punisher - I’m Not A Player

Master P f/ Silkk The Shocker - After Dollars, No Cents

Twista - Overdose

Mystikal - Shine

2Pac f/ Outlawz - Made N*ggaz

Do or Die f/ Twista - Money Flow 

C-Bo - Straight Killer

2Pac - Lord Knows

Brotha Lynch Hung - One Mo Pound

Da Brat f/ Krayzie Bone - Let’s All Get High

C-Bo & Master P - Headin’ 4 The Jack

The Firm - Five Minutes To Flush

Steady Mobb’n - Puff Puff Pass

Master P f/ Silkk The Shocker - The Ghetto’s Tryin’ To Kill Me

Mariah Carey f/ Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Breakdown

Luniz - 11 O’Clock News

Slikk The Shocker - If My 9 Could Talk

The Firm - Phone Tap

Master P f/ UGK - Break Em Off Somethin’

Monday, September 16, 2013
Mase vs. Cam’ron vs. Jay-Z. The Source Magazine, March 1999.
"I just wish I knew how to get in touch with him" - Cam’ron

Mase vs. Cam’ron vs. Jay-Z. The Source Magazine, March 1999.

"I just wish I knew how to get in touch with him" - Cam’ron

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Crucial Conflict at George’s Music Room. Chicago, 1996.

Crucial Conflict at George’s Music Room. Chicago, 1996.

Sunday, May 5, 2013
Welcome to my summer of 1994. It Takes A Thief, Illmatic, Funkdafied, We Come Strapped, The Mask. I spent my allowance listening to or watching all of the above.

Welcome to my summer of 1994. It Takes A Thief, Illmatic, Funkdafied, We Come Strapped, The Mask. I spent my allowance listening to or watching all of the above.

(Source: upnorthtrips)

Where art thou Dirt Nation? 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Boot Camp Clik “Heads R Readee Pt. 2”

I’m still pretty butthurt that people hated this song/video. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

15 More No Limit Albums Worth Checking Out

Thanks to the good people at Complex (s/o David Drake!), I was able to pen one of my favorite pieces to date: The 25 Best No Limit Albums list. Everyone who knows me, knows I’m a NL stan, so this list was a passion piece for me. 

I wish I could’ve stretched the list to 30 (or 40), but I’m thankful that any major publication would even give that much space to the Tank in 2013. I know a lot of people thought/think No Limit was super corny, but I really don’t give a shit. Read it and learn something. 

Regardless of how history has been rewritten, everyone on the planet wasn’t just listening to Jay-Z, Biggie, 2Pac, Outkast, Wu-Tang and Nas in the late 90s. There was a ton of other movements that were super popping and revered, despite what the powers that be lead you to believe. 

To this day, I’ve still never seen anything like the No Limit craze. White kids from the sticks getting TRU tats on their stomachs, people of all races wearing hollow NO LIMIT RECORDS chains, teenagers skipping school to be the first with Da Last Don album, etc. 

I’ve always found it odd that rappers, bloggers, tweeters, etc. love to sing the praises of UGK and Eightball & MJG (knowing damn well they weren’t checking for them in their 90s heyday), but never give it up for Master P and the Tank, who were 10 times more popular. I have my theories about this, but I’ll save them for a later date.

With that being said, here are 15 albums I left off the list, but are worth checking out if the piece has you digging through NL’s catalog.

C-Murder - Trapped In Crime

Various Artists - West Coast Bad Boyz II

Silkk The Shocker - Made Man

Steady Mobb’n - Pre-Meditated Drama

Snoop Dogg - Da Game Is To Be Sold Not To Be Told

C-Murder - Bossalinie

Snoop Dogg - Tha Last Meal

TRU - Da Crime Family

Sons of Funk - Game Of Funk

Skull Duggery - These Wicked Streets

Mean Green - Major Players

Magic - Thuggin’

Master P - Ghetto Postage 

Gambino Family - Ghetto Organized

Prime Suspects - Guilty Til Proven Innocent