Tuesday, 24 February 2015

(Mixtape) - Dr Dre - G-Tox

The NWA Movie Countdown - Part 2

Dr Dre Reaches His Half Century...

Andre Young will be remembered in the history of hip hop. He has played a pivotal role and been the driving force behind The Gangsta Rap and G-Funk movements. He has been the mentor and producer to some of the biggest names in the game. Dre is definitely not a True MC, but he is the mastermind behind some of the biggest hip hop records ever made. His creation and recent sale of the Beats By Dre headphone range has put him at the cutting edge of technology and fashion, which still, unlike recorded music, remain immensely profitable. One week ago saw the good doctor turn 50 years old, but even in his sixth decade, the world still watches closley to find out what he’s going to do next.

Dre’s first production was with The World Class Wreckin Cru – a “Sucker MCs” knock-off that became a local hit in south Los Angeles in 1984. Dre hooked up with Yella, Lonzo and Cli-N-Tel then recruited friends C.I.A. (Cru’ In Action)  which Ice Cube was part of, to add backing vocals to the dance-craze anthem Cabbage Patch.The first true collaboration between Dre and Cube came a year later, with CIA’s My Posse, which showed an affinity for the Beastie Boys. NWA started coming together when Dre got sick of electro and wearing sequins, Dre and Yella knew a local crack dealer named Eric Wright (Eazy-E). With Ice Cube taking care of the lyrics, the newly minted Eazy-E debuted in 1987 with the huge Dre banger and hood anthem: Boyz-N-Tha Hood. On the back of this record, without any airplay or advertising NWA’s debut album, Straight Outta Compton sold 500,000 copies in six weeks after its release in August 1988. A letter from the FBI prohibiting the track Fuck Tha Police from being played at shows, only made the group bigger and bigger. There was only one possible response from “The World’s Most Dangerous Group” as to what they could and couldn’t play…

..."Fuck Em!" - N.W.A.
For the airplay-friendly single Express Yourself, the Doctor spit how he did not smoke bud, because “it’s known to give a brother brain damage”. Things changed for the rest of his career after hooking up with Snoop for The Chronic, with its stoner-centric vibes, even the album cover was based on a pack a Zig-Zags. Express Yourself was built around the Charles Wright hit from 1971, who happens to be Eazy-E’s uncle. The D.O.C. had contributed a lot to Straight Outta Compton, and his 1989 solo debut No One Can Do It Better suggested his partnership with Dre promised big things, but a car crash that crushed his larynx silenced him for the rest of the century, making him a ghost writer for many of The Doctor’s verses. As much success as NWA had, the paperwork was shady, Eazy-E owned Ruthless Records, he and Jerry Heller were making the most money, which led to the departure of Ice Cube before the groups second album EFIL4ZAGGIN was finished. This ultimately led to the fall apart of NWA with Dre leaving the group in 1992. While he was trying to leave NWA , he made his first solo single with Long Beach’s 213 front man Snoop Doggy Dogg, forming a partnership that would last more than 20 years. Dre's debut solo offering The Chronic was just as much a Snoop album as it was Dre’s. Dre changed his shit up for the Chronic, marking the start of the G-Funk era, something that both hardcore rap fans and pop audiences could grasp. Dre hit the world with the classic single Nuthin’ But A G-Thang, it reached No 2 in the US making him a pop star. The Chronic set a new benchmark for hip hop it was very near perfection as a rap record from that time, laced with lyrics of persistent and sustained hatefulness over laid back west coast beats. Rumours suggest Dre would spend days just getting a single cymbal note right to perfect his sound. The Wu-Tang Clan’s Rza has gone on record saying that he deliberately tried to out-bass The Chronic on the clan’s banger 7th Chamber Part II from their 1993 debut album.

Snoop’s debut album, Doggystyle dropped in 1993 and picked up where The Chronic left off, turning the former Crip into a superstar. Dre’s perfectionist production ensured that Snoopy’s smoked out flow rode the perfect beats making Doggystyle another Death Row classic. Dr Dre won the Grammy for best solo performance in 1994 for the single Let Me Ride. He hooked back up with Cube for Natural Born Killaz from The Murder Was The Case soundtrack, this is one of Dre’s greatest productions, and helped bring the best out of Ice Cube. Dre and Cube’s Helter Skelter album was trailed as the next Death Row album on the sleeve of Doggystyle, but it never materialised. According to Cube, not a single song was recorded. In 1995 2Pac signed to Death Row after Suge Knight agreed to pay his bail, Dre collaborated with Pac on the massive track California Love, spawning two huge music videos and becoming as US No. 1 hit. The following East vs West war, Increasing violence and gang presence at Death Row and the death of 2Pac led to the label starting to implode. Dre was looking for a way out. He recorded Keep Their Heads Ringin’ from 1995’s Friday Soundtrack and added a fat eight bars to Teddy Riley’s swingbeat supergroup Blackstreet’s No Diggity. As Death Row crumbled Dre built bridges with the East, teaming up with Nas on Nas Is Coming from his 1996 follow-up to Illmatic.

“It’s strange, his music is strange, and it was kinda hard for me to write to it.We had to finish it in one day, because both of us were real busy. If I had the time I would have changed all the rhymes, the whole format of the way I came on the music, everything.” – Nas on working with Dre in 1996

In 1997 Dre cut a new deal for his own Aftermath label with the parent imprint Interscope. He released the single Been There Done That on the compilation album Dr Dre Presents the Aftermath and collaborated with KRS-ONE, Nas, Cypress Hill’s B-Real and RBX on the Group Therapy track Eastcoast / Westcoast  Killaz in an attempt to put an end to the east/west feuding. Following his collaborations with Nas, Dre got with the Trackmasters to produce for the New York supergroup The Firm including members Nas, AZ, Nature and Foxy Brown. The only album dropped by the crew was 1997’s mafia themed The Album which was met with mixed reviews and disappointing sales. In 1999 Dre took a punt signing an underground white rapper by the name of Marshall Mathers. Dre had a lot of input into Eminem’s first album and ground breaking single My Name Is and then collaborating on the concept track Guilty Conscience. Slim Shady would go on to become the most successful commercial rapper of all time following Dre’s backing. Dre went back to his roots for his second album 2001, released in 1999 recruiting Snoop Dogg and a gang of westcoast stars, launching three massive singles and putting another multi-platinum classic album under his belt. Dre produced two huge pop-soul club bangers in 2001, Eve and Gwen Stefani’s Let Me Blow Ya Mind and Mary J Blige’s Family Affair, released just weeks apart this was two more mainstream smashes by The Doctor. Dre collaborated with Jay-Z on the sequel to The Watcher featuring Rakim and Truth Hurts on a banging track from Jay’s 2002 The Blueprint 2. Next off the production line was 2003’s, debut Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ from 50 Cent. His first album after signing to Eminem’s Shady label broke sales records and its Dre-produced lead single In Da Club represented a new peak for the Diggy Doc. By the time The Game debuted with The Documentary in 2005, the set-up for Dre’s Aftermath label was standard ,a Dre production for his first single, with the label’s most recent heavy hitter (50 Cent in this case) guesting on a number of tracks. Dre produced the final track on Busta Rhymes’ first album on Aftermath, Legend of the Fall Offs, The album The Big Bang entered the US charts at No 1. Dre made a sick beat out of the sound of soil and stones being shoveled on to a coffin lid. It’s a shame it didn’t work out with Busta and Dre, Busta left Aftermath after a creative clash with Jimmy Iovine similar to the way Rakim left the label. Other artists who have been on Aftermath and left are: Raekwon The Chef, Eve and Joell Ortiz. In 2010, Dre announced The Planets, an instrumental album with each track being named after one of the planets in the solar system. As of now this is another Dre project that has not (and probably never will) drop.
I made this tape around late 2010 early 2011, when Dre dropped the singles Kush and I Need A Doctor as a sort of prequel to Detox which I have deliberately tried to avoid talking about in this post. It contains tracks spanning Dre’s whole career as an MC, from some early Wreckin Cru tracks, a couple of NWA joints, Rare shit, Remixes, Guest Spots and the two street singles that I just mentioned. Following Beats being sold to Apple and Dre becoming the richest man ever in hip hop it looks like Detox will never come out.
Until it does, check out my (sort of) prequel, G-Tox, Listen above tracklist below…


01. Intro
02. Kush
03. An Ounce Of Chronic
04. My Life
05. Dayz Of Wayback
06. House Calls
07. Cabbage Patch
08. Turn Off The Lights (Remix)
09. Lovers (Remix)
10. Findum Fuckem & Flee
11. Tha Saga Continues
12. Keep They Headz Ringin' (Remix)
13. No Diggerty
14. Ghetto Fabulous
15. California Love (Remix)
16. Deep Cover (Remix)
17. Where I'm From (Remix)
18. U Know
19. On The Blvd
20. In Tha Club (Remix)
21. Get It
22. Dr Dre & Mr Ski
23. Blaww
24. Rolex
25. Step On
26. Fast Money
27. Bad Guys Always Die
28. Shit Hits Tha Fan (Remix)
29. Just Dippin'
30. Syllables
31. Still Dre (Remix)
32. Tha Wash
33. Every Day Thang
34. Put It On Me
35. Gangsta
36. Imagine
37. Symphony In X Major
38. Zoom
39. Mind Made Up
40. Puppet Master
41. Encore (Remix)
42. Been There Done That
43. I Need A Doctor

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

(Mixtape) - Method Man - Cooking Meth

What happens when Mr Mef meets Mr White?

The "Crystal Meth" is not quite a "Detox" or even "The Cure" but its a name that has been talked about in hip hop circles for what seems like years. It has been slated to be the fifth and final solo album from Wu-Tang Clan heavyweight Method Man. With no confirmed release date and no other real information on the project this has left fans fiending for some shit that only Meth can cook up.

"I got a big cup of Method Man lemonade right here nigga, I need to drink this shit, hit me with another album dog..."- Ed Lover on "Tical: 2000"

Mef's last solo "4:21 - The Day After" came out in 2006, well before Walter White broke bad. Since then he has been involved in a number of projects including: "Blackout 2" with Redman, "Wu-Massacre" with Ghostface and Raekwon, two joints on Ghost and Sheek's epic "Wu-Block" and featured on the track "Fire" from U-God's 2013 record "The Keynote Speaker". Mef was heavily involved in the early recording sessions for the Wu's "A Better Tomorrow" putting in some strong lyrical performances which is hopefully a sign of what to expect in the future from Johny Blaze.

Over a year ago Hot Nixon released the artwork for his mixtape "The Meth Lab" and announced it to be released in March 2014. Many fans hoped this would be the prequel to the album, and get things moving. As of now it has still not dropped, further info has been released on this project and it will be more of a "Method Man Presents..." type album focusing on established and local talent from Staten Island. Method Man insisted that the album be recorded and produced in Staten Island, with renowned and newly introduced local artists, by hometown record label Hanz on Music.

“Done in Staten Island, Made in Staten Island for Meth Heads” - Method Man

This double-disc tape acts as a prequel to both "The Meth Lab" and "The Crystal Meth" focusing on Mef's newer and most recent shit. It's cut with clips from the first season of the monster "Breaking Bad" and includes rare joints, guest features, plus a couple of outta the box tunes that might not be to everybody's taste and a few old classics thrown in alongside two legendary rhyme cyphers from the golden era. Listen to the Ticallion Stallion put the High in Heisenberg above and catch the tracklist and download links below.

Look out for this cat, Movin' on your left...


Disc 1
01. Intro
02. M.E.F.
03. Trillmatic ft. A$AP Mob
04. World Gone Sour (The Lost Kids)
05. Candy Licker ft. Shawn Wigs
06. New York New York
07. Cocaine ft. Ali Vegas & Eyes-Low
08. How Do You Want It ft. Dollarmentary & Icarus
09. Lite 1 Witcha Boi ft. Redman & Bun-B
10. Let Me Explain ft. Snoop Dogg & Erick Sermon
11. Black Anthem ft. Heaven Sent
12. Lookin' Fly Too ft. Redman & Ready Roc
13. Take The Heat
14. Closing Argument ft. Suga Bang Bang
15. Box In Hand (Remix) ft. Ghostface Killah & Streetlife
16. St Ides Shaolin Brew ft. Wu-Tang Clan
17. Wake Up Show Cypher ft. Redman

Disc 2
01. Intro
02. The Pit
03. Talk Dirty
04. Double Barrel ft. Math Hoffa
05. Look ft. Redman & Erick Sermon
06. C'est La Vie ft. Soprano
07. Gun Bluffin' ft. J-Love
08. Luke Skywalker ft. Omarion
09. Rite ft. Redman & Loaded Lux
10. The 4 Horsemen ft. Inspectah Deck, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah
11. Shinin' Star ft. Hanz On
12. I Used To Be ft. Redman
13. When It Goes Down ft. Blestenation
14. Wild Things ft. Mack Wilds
15. Who U Talkin' 2 ft. Mr Cream
16. Hold It Down
17. Men Of Respect ft. Raekwon, Eyes-Low, Termanology & Cappadonna
18. M.E.T.H.O.D. Man (Home Grown Mix)
19. St Ides Special Brew ft. Redman
20. Villa 65 Cypher ft. Streetlife

Download Disc 1 Here

Download Disc 2 Here

For anyone who is a fan of "Breaking Bad" check out the video below, this is some funny shit...

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

(New Shit) - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - More Than Thugs

Bone takin' it back to Tha 9-9...

New single from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony "More Than Thugs"- this is what Bone fans have been crying out for years for. Bone take it back to their harmonizing roots on this one. Not much more information is available at the moment, this is the radio edit from a new "Damizza Presents..." project. Damizza released this as a free download on BTNHBoard yesterday asking downloaders to make a donation of any amount to...Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

This track has only 3 bone members on it: Bizzy, Layzie and Krayzie. But Damizza has confirmed a remix is in the works to include Flesh and Wish. All five thugs are rumoured to be in the studio together working on a new album. Lets hope they stick with the style that made them famous, when they carved out their own lane. Until then check out new track "More Than Thugs" above and download at the link below.

Download "More Than Thugs" Here

Monday, 16 February 2015

The N.W.A Movie - Countdown - Part 01

Oh shit!
My brother just sent me the link for the 1st trailer for the upcoming NWA Movie, Straight Outta Compton.
This looks sick as fuck. Growing up I was a massive fan of these boys so this shit got me excited...

"In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of NWA, Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionised music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war."

Digging in the vault, I came across some of my older mixtapes, I've got tapes from Dre, Cube and Eazy that I will be putting up here in the lead up to the film's release, which is set for around August time.

In the mean time check out the trailer below with an intro from Ice Cube and Dr. Dre...

Saturday, 14 February 2015

(What If...?) Raekwon - Only Built For Cuban Linx Part II - O.G. Version

What if Raekwon's epic follow up to his classic 1995 debut Only Built For Cuban Linx had dropped in 2006 with the original tracks slated for the album?

Big shouts to my man Seanuz from Wu Corp for this one, him and Claaa7 have been kicking the idea about for a while now and they have both come up with their own versions. After a lot of thought and tweeking this is Seanuz's final vision of how the album might have sounded in 2006 before it was shelved and Rae went back to the lab to record more tracks. A lot of the track names were changed for the final 2009 release, this version keeps the earliest names for all possible tracks. Early on it was announced that Dr Dre would handle the majority of production on Cuban Linx 2 and it would be an Aftermath release. Rae explained that they were originally working together on a couple of tracks but everything just got better as they kept working.

“Allah put us in the right place, I’m working real hard, putting little pieces together. The album is coming out great. Everything is up to par. We still working on it, we never stop working till the last day.”

Ultimately it didn't work out with Dre, due to his busy workload but two tracks by Dre ended up on the final 2009 release. The Chef has confirmed that there is at least one more finished Dre track to come out of those sessions but it is as yet unreleased. The other production credits confirmed around 2006 were Rza, Scram Jones, J Dilla and Young Justice (Son of Gza). The two Dre tracks have been left off this version as they don't really fit with the theme of the others. These have been replaced by two True Master joints from around 2006 which may have been intended for his Master Craftsman project "Batman & Robin" and "White Cloud Olympus", they fit in nicely here with the rest of the album so have been included. Early talk was that Inspectah Deck and Gza (as Rollie Fingers and Maximillion) had contributed a lot of material for Cuban Linx 2, similar to Ghostface's role as Tony Starks on the original, meaning that they had a large number of guest spots reviving the Wu-Gambinos from 1995.

The two banging street singles, "Baggage Handlers" and "State Of Grace" didn't make the final version due to being on nearly every mixtape from the time. They are included here and rightly so. The screaming hook from Busta (who also acted as executive producer for a while) on "Baggage Handlers" is a sick opening to the album. There are seven tracks from  Rza on this version, The Abbott spoke about "Rockstars and Smoking Barrels" in a magazine article from 2006 as being slated for Cuban Linx 2 along with "No Matter How Hard You Try" which ended up on his 2008 Digi Snacks album. The version included here is the extended cut with a U-God verse and crazy long ass into. "Weak Spot" ended up on the Wu's 2007 effort 8 Diagrams but this version is a slightly earlier mix from the 8 Diagrams mixtape. "Thug World" also found its way onto 8 Diagrams being retitled "Unpredictable" the track on here is a remake as close as possible to the original joint using Rae and U-God's verses from "Execution in Autumn" that were actually recorded for "Thug World" in the Cuban Linx 2 sessions.

So that's it... Listen Above Tracklist and Download Below.

Give it a spin, then ask ya self...

What If...?


1. Baggage Handlers
2. Rockstars and Smoking Barrels (feat Inspectah Deck AKA Rollie Fingers & GZA AKA Maximillion)
3. Kareem Khan (feat Slick Rick, Masta Killa AKA Noodles & GZA AKA Maximillion)
4. Sonny’s Missing
5. Batman & Robin (feat Ghostface Killah AKA Tony Starks)
6. No Matter How Hard You Try (feat U-God AKA Lucky Hands, Zu Keeper, RZA AKA Bobby Steels & Inspectah Deck AKA Rollie Fingers)
7. Walk With Me
8. 40 Deuce (feat Jadakiss AKA Montego Jada & Styles P AKA Styles Pinero)
9. Secret Indictment (feat Inspectah Deck AKA Rollie Fingers & RZA AKA Bobby Steels)
10. White Cloud Olympus
11. Kiss The Ring (feat Inspectah Deck AKA Rollie Fingers & Masta Killa AKA Noodles)
12. 10 Bricks (feat Cappadonna AKA Cappachino & Ghostface Killah AKA Tony Starks)
13. Weak Spot (feat RZA AKA Bobby Steels & GZA AKA Maximillion)
14. Thug World (feat U-God AKA Lucky Hands, Inspectah Deck AKA Rollie Fingers & RZA AKA Bobby Steels)
15. State Of Grace
16. House Of Flying Daggers (feat Inspectah Deck AKA Rollie Fingers, Ghostface Killah AKA Tony Starks, Method Man AKA Johnny Blaze & GZA AKA Maximillion)
17. Sunlight (feat RZA AKA Bobby Steels)
18. Ason Jones

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

(Mixtape) - Raekwon - Dart Master Volume One

The latest and greatest darts from The King Of Chefs...

Its been over 2 years since Raekwon announced that his 6th solo album would be called F.I.L.A. "Fly International Luxurious Art" and was originally to be released in 2013. The album has been pushed back a number of times for different reasons but Rae has kept the fans anticipation up releasing EPs: Lost Jewlry and The Tonite Show with DJ Fresh plus numerous loosies, guest features and the recent Throwback Thursday series (collected on the mixtape We Wanna Thank You). At one point it was unsure if The Chef would appear on the Clan's 20th Anniversary album A Better Tomorrow due to money issues, which was almost complete without a single verse from Lex, but he was able to finally agree terms with The Rza and confirmed he would appear on the album selecting the beats he wanted to spit over. This meant the release of FILA was pushed back again to allow the big man to focus on A Better Tomorrow. As of now FILA is set to drop around March / April 2015 whether it does is another story. This mixtape - Dart Master Volume One is a collection of tracks spanning Rae's whole career to remind us how well the King of Chefs can spit when he wants to. Rare shit, Remixes, Guest Features and a few joints that some of you may have missed.

Here it is Raekwon - Dart Master Volume One.
Listen above, Download Below.
06 IT'S WHAT IT IS - Ft. Masta Killa & Ghostface Killah
15 SWIM WITH THE SHARKS - Ft. Xzibit, Method Man & Redman
18 EYE FOR AN EYE - Ft. Mobb Deep & Nas
24 SKEW IT ON THE BAR-B - Ft. Outkast
27 BRICKS (REMIX) - Ft. Biggie Smalls
32 RAW
34 RAP LIFE - Ft. Tash
40 FLY
41 JOHN BLAZE - Ft. Fat Joe, Big Pun, Jadakiss & Nas
45 GIVE IT TO ME (REMIX) - Ft. Melanie Fiona
49 RIGHT BACK AT YOU - Ft. Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killah & Big Noyd
52 MOVIN' ON (REMIX) - Ft. Mya
54 THE PJS - Ft. Pete Rock & Masta Killa
62 DROP A DIAMOND - Ft. Lloyd Banks
70 YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME (REMIX) - Ft. Alicia Keys