Tuesday, August 30, 2011



If you don't know about Moka Only you should look through his older releases and enjoy the lofi high quality sound that he continues to master. Some can be found for free download and some for purchase. This is the guy that should be getting the mainstream recognition as his style is unlike anyone to date. This is his latest project coming from Moka.
Download "Barbecued Horse"


A month or so ago I brought you "Spillage"...a journey through a series of Don Producci tracks. Now we have "Sliced Beats" an instrumental compilation that is up for grabs.
Get yours fooooo.
Download "Sliced Beats"


Haven't seen a DJ Mondee joint in a minute, last I knew he was going by the alias Suge White.
Props out to my boy Khal and The Diggers Union for this joint. A dope mix equip with skills from some of NJ's finest. If you can find his classic with a ton of unreleased songs..."Where My Dogs At??!!?"
Download "NJ"

Keep Spitting.


Monday, August 29, 2011



“INTO THE COSMOS” is ChopsyAnimations first foray into the world of music videos, a tie-in with music maker Architeq from Tirk Records.

Originally it was conceived as a short film by Chopsy (director Darren Robbie), with a simple premise: “what happens to all the old vinyl people used to play? From out of attics, rubbish bins & forgotten shelving, the records are summoned to an old warehouse by a mysterious ‘collector’.”

Using a combination of stop-frame, pixilation, live-action & time lapse animation, it was shot in a variety of locations around Bristol & was created by shooting entirely in camera whenever possible (at other times multiple passes were combined). By shooting each frame within a specific timescale for the external shots, we see vinyl records interacting with the ever changing natural light & weather (dry or wet, sunny or cloudy) – if you look closely you can even see puddles drying out in a couple of shots.

The short film was created on & off over a period of 7 months by a bunch of friends between paid work, a real labour of love (it had no budget to speak of). It was shot in late winter earlier this year with the spring & summer being used to do all the post (mainly rig removal). All the records you see were cut before shooting, with new centre labels stuck onto them to create the desired visual effect of them spinning & bouncing through the ground, they were then animated on location using weighted rigs.

Architeq added the music & sound effects after filming finished & the first edit was completed. Rigs were removed, different passes combined & shadows cleaned up in AfterEffects. Motion capture on location was achieved by using Dragon software on a laptop, which was in turn powered by a portable caravan battery. Cameras used were the Canon Eos 5 & 7.

Credit list:

Director: Chopsy
Producer: Kev Harwood
DOP: Toby Howell
Animators: Darren Robbie, Inez Woldman (additional help: Wendy Griffiths, Ed Patterson)
Compositing: Jim Lewis, Bram Thweam, Darren Robbie
Appearances/pixellation: Ian Whitlock, Bobby Proctor, Robin Crowther-Smith
Rigging: Craig Atkinson
Gaffer (warehouse shoot): Clive Scott
Editor: Nikk Fielden


Here's another wonderful piece of originality. I should've posted this last week with the other vintage tapes. This was one of those "I let my tape rock, till my tape popped" mixtape's. Everyone has heard it one time or another at a friend's house, b-ball court, or house party. I'm about to go an buy that new Ipod boombox from TDK and head down to the basketball courts with knee sox, a bicycling cap with flipped up brim and the tongues of my kicks hanging out. Let's see how many people give me dirty looks for trying to fit in with the style right now.
Download "A Fistfull Of Dollars"

I need to go do something constructive.
This is latest the industy news:
Beyonce is pregnant.
Tyler The Creator won the VMA.
...Katy Pery is about to out surpass MJ on his birthday...

V-crest out.

Saturday, August 27, 2011



The first thing your saying is ...damn, I thought this guy burned all his notebooks. Guess what, you can work on songs for the next 2 years and still not have as many unreleased tracks as I am sitting on. This is just one that I thought would be good to drop considering today was Travers day. RIP Yusef Afloat.
Download "O.T.B."

The Travers 2011 poster.

These get better every year. If you want yours head over to Greg Montgomery's website and purchase a singed or unsigned version. From what I am told is that Greg lives/or lived in a brownstone somewhere down by Madison Ave. Who knows if that is true. What i do know is that he is a Capital Region native and a great artist.




Beats, beats, and more beats. The latest project from my boy Junko. "You see with guys like him you never know what you're going to get, but at the same time you kinda do..."(ATCQ midnight mauraders voice)..Consistency is a good thing when your songs never miss. Stay tuned for more new ish from Junk and the rest of the fam.

DOWNLOAD "Murder City Beats"

We stay pushing the limits.

Friday, August 26, 2011



1. DJ Premier- Intro
2. M.O.P.- Anticipation
3. Royal Flush- Worldwide
4. Busta Rhymes- Live To Regret
5. Hillfiguz- Too Many Suckas
6. Ghostface, Cappadonna & Raekwon- Camay
7. East Flatbush Project & DeS- Tried By 12
8. All City- Who Dat
9. PMD- Leave Your Style Cramped
10. Natural Resource- Bum Deal
11. Mr. Voodoo- Shine
12. Nine- Every Man 4 Himself
13. Gauge (2)- Cranium
14. Al Tariq- Think Not
15. Sadat X- The Interview
16. De La Soul, Mos Def & Enoll- Stakes Is High (Remix)
17. Money Boss Players- Walk With A Limp
18. Mobb Deep- Hell On Earth
19. Nas- Freestyle
20. Nonchalant & KRS One- People Time

Download "Tape A"


1. Greg Tate- What Is Hip Hop?
2. G-Depp- Head Over Wheels
3. Jay-Z- Regrets
4. Children Of The Corn- American Dream
5. Trybal Man- Money To Make
6. Adagio!- The Obvious Joint
7. J-Force- For All Those
8. La The Darkman- I Want It All
9. The Roots- ? Vs. Scratch
10. Common- The Bitch In You
11. OutKast- Elevators
12. Lord Finesse- Check The Method
13. Jeru The Damaja- How I’m Livin
14. Dead Poets Society- Lick A Shot
15. Heltah Skeltah- Therapy
16. Dutchmin- Get Ya Swerve On
17. Heather B & M.O.P.- My Kinda Nigga
18. Paula Perry & Que 45- Get A Grip Mutha…
19. M.O.P- New Jack City

Download "Tape B"


1. DJ Premier- Intro
2. Screwball- Screwed Up
3. PMD- Kool Kat
4. Xzibit & Hurricane G.- Just Maintain
5. Mobb Deep- More Trife Life
6. Puff Daddy & Mase- All About The Benjamins
7. Mama Mystique- Tremendous
8. O.G.C.- No Fear
9. Ghostface Killah, Cappadonna & Raekwon- Fish
10. Redman- What Eva Man
11. Poor Righteous Teachers- We Dat Nice
12. DJ Premier- Intro
13. Camp Lo- Luchini
14. Ras Kass- Marintin
15. OutKast- Babylon
16. Voodoo- One Live To Live
17. Mobb Deep & Ty Nitty- Animal Instinct
18. Sadat X & Money Boss Players- Games Sober
19. Foundation (2) & Rezidue- Boogie Down’s Got That Flava
20. O.G.C.- Gunn Lapp
21. 3rd Degree- Better Dayz
22. Sauce Money- Against The Grain

Download "Tape C'


1. DJ Premier- Intro
2. M.O.P.- Downtown Swinga “96”
3. Mixed Elements- Divine Styles
4. Ghostface Killah- Wildflower
5. Redman- Rock Da Spot
6. Mic Geronimo- Unstoppable
7. Xzibit & Mobb Deep- Eyes May Shine (Remix)
8. Big Jaz, Jay-Z & Sauce Money- Foundation
9. Poor Righteous Teachers & Nine- Gods, Earths & 85ers
10. MF Grimm & Fatman Scoop- International Rules
11. Frankenstein- All Hands
12. DJ Premier- Intro
13. A Tribe Called Quest- Wordplay
14. Nas & R. Kelly- Street Dreams (Remix)
15. Keith Murray, Kel-Vicious & 50 Grand- Love L.O.D.
16. Mobb Deep & Raekwon- Nighttime Vultures
17. The Roots- Panic
18. The Roots & Bahamadia- Push Up Ya Lighter
19. Redman & Method Man- Do What Ya Feel
20. Foundation (2) & Rezidue- Don’t Get It Twisted
21. Smoothe Da Hustler & Trigger Tha Gambler- Broken Language Pt.II
22. Lil’ Kim- Drugs
23. Hillfiguz- Up On Prospect

Download "Tape D"

I was debating on what to post for this week, so i figured I'd lace you with some rare tapes that were in my collection. If you don't already have these they are great to add to any cassette collection. There's a ton of rare and still to this day unreleased joints on these. If you are younger cat, take a listen to what a real "golden era" mixtape sounds like. Here's some more....


Old ass Tony Touch Tape.
Couldn't even find a track list for this as I had no case for it.

Download "Tape 20"


This disc wasn't as classic as #39 on tape. Still remember working for Lake Ele. when I was like 19 bumping this end to end on long deliveries. Got me through some tough days. Maybe it can help you out a bit.
Side A
01. Usher - Think Of U
02. Babyface - Lover in U
03. II D Extreme - U Got Me Goin
04. Eric Benet - Georgy Porgy
05. Mariah Carey - Sweet Heart
06. Brandy - Top Of The World
07. Miss Jones - Love Somebody Else
08. Kelly Price - Secret Love
09. Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine
10. En Vogue - Whatever
11. Vanessa Williams - Happiness
12. Mona Lisa - Just Want To Please
13. Zhane - Saturday Night
14. R Kelly - Did U Ever Think
15. Imajin - No Doubt
16. Men Of Vizion - Da Thangz
17. Brandy - Top Of The World Remix
18. Total - Trippin
19. Total - Sitting Home
20. Davina - Can't Help It
21. Tamla - Imagination
22. Zhane - Request Line
23. Faith Evans - Love Like This
24. Soul To Soul - Back To Life
25. Andrea Martin - Share Tha Love
26. Brian McKnight - Help Me
27. Next - Too Close
28. Maxwell -
29. Boyz II Men - Can't Let Her Go
30. New Edition - Life Time Groove
31. Faith Evans - All Night Long
32. Zhane - Groove Thing
33. Adina Howard - Tshirt & Panties
34. Jody Watley - Off The Hook
35. Mariah Carey - My All
36. Black Street & Janet Jackson - Girlfriend
37. Alexander O'Neil & Charelle - Never Knew Love
38. Maxwell - Matrimony 1999 Blend
39. 112 - Anywhere (Remix)
40. New Edition - Little Bit Of Love
41. Billy Lawrence - Paradise
42. Lauryn Hill - All My Time
43. Nas - Dr. Knockboots (Remix)

Side B
01. Usher - One Day
02. Monica - The First Night
03. Next - I Still Love You
04. Next Level - I Don't Know
05. BC - Why-O-Why
06. Tryese - Sweet Lady
07. SWV - Love Like This
08. SWV - Same One
09. Honay Jones - Rockin
10. Mya - Movin' On
11. Nicole - I Can't See
12. Roby - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
13. Eboni Foster - Crazy For You
14. Assorted Phlavors - Make Up Your Mind
15. Brownstone - I Can't Tell You Why
16. Blackstreet - No Diggity
17. Monica - Just One Of Dem Days
18. 112 - Love Me
19. Sos Band - Just Be Good To Me
20. Before Dark - Baby
21. Tatyana Ali - Boy You Knock Me Out
22. Drea - Got You Back
23. Trina Broussard - Love You So Much
24. Gina Thompson - U Bring The Sunshine
25. Solo - Touch Me
26. Dru Hill - How Deep Is Your Love
27. TLC - No Scrubs
28. Taral - Distant Lover
29. Jerome
30. Deborah Cox - September
31. Terry Dexter - Better Than Me
32. Stephanie Mills - Rush On Me
33. Eugene Wild - Gotta Get U Home Tonight
34. Surface - Happy
35. Tana Gardner - Heartbeat
36. Foolish Paradise - Melissa Morgan
37. Slave - Just A Touch Of Love
38. Gwen McCrae - Funky Sensation
39. Commadores - Brickhouse
40. Roll, Bounce, Rock, Skate

Download "Vol. 44"


This is the only DJ that I don't mind when he plays Wayne or Drake.
Still one of the most creative to ever make a mixtape.


This was one of my favorites because you could play the intro and then flip the tape and catch the blend on the backside. Most people forgot about these dudes. They actually have a store that sells laser engraved flash drives with all their mixes on them. Sign up to purchase one here. If you've never heard of a Double R tape, just be glad you found this blog.
I'm not going to put a playlist and ruin the surprise.
Listen the way we did 19 years ago.

Download "92"

I'm bout to bet this next race, so till later on my readers.

Thursday, August 18, 2011



Love him or hate him, Necro is still one of the most dominant forces in underground hip hop today. It's hard to believe that it's approaching the 10 year anniversary of "Gory Days". I remember getting that as a stocking stuffer from my girl who is now my wife. When your girl buys you anything Necro, you better wife her. That instrumental album is still a favorite of mine and the artwork to this day cannot be touched. Salute the original goon of hip hop buy hitting his store and copping something fresh. Follow him on twitter as well for special sales on his merchandise.


Ever since back when he was with Demigodz, Apathy has always had the drive to improve his music and his fanbase. 10 years later his music is more popular than ever and I'm glad to see that the tables are turning toward the underground this year. What is also great is that he isn't afraid to take chances on adding new producers to the line up.
Apathy's new album is fire as well... cop it and be amazed. Click the banner.

I bought mine on vinyl, how bout you?
later hater.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011



This shit is illy.


This disc came out a few weeks ago, but I figured I'd post it with the live video. Wais P. is on the fast track gaining respect from the underground as well as many well known emcees.
DOWNLOAD "Random Pimp"


Here's a just released Ghostface LP. Nah, don't get excited...it's just a bunch of classic ghost and wu freestyles all on one compilation. I still remember the first time I ever heard that Stretch and Bobbito freestyle over the "i got cha opin" beat. I was 17, finishing up work at Hoffman car wash and had my walkman rolling during closing. It was the first joint on a DJ Ekim tape I had popped in after grabbing it from my homie's crib. Glad I snagged that tape.
Download "The Fisherman"

01 00:50 Intro
02 02:11 Song Cry
03 02:57 Hot Shit
04 02:52 Thinking
05 07:16 Wu-Tang Bang Feat Method Man
06 03:37 Hard Not To Show It
07 02:43 Six Foot Feat Method Man
08 02:15 Crew Deep Down
09 04:26 The Old Wu Shit
10 02:10 Park Hill
11 03:52 Roll Call Feat Wu Tang Clan
12 05:45 Say That Shit

...and support by purchasing a copy if you like it.

We laughing all the way to the Super 8.

Sunday, August 07, 2011



The Audible Doctor isn't the only one that can remix albums now, com'on son.
All beats made in 20 minutes or less.
Entire project finished in 2 days.
Sat on it for a week.

Tracklist and Press notes:
01 Prelude 02:16
02 An Arrangement Even Stranger 01:39
03 Still Ain't Gonna Work Out 03:16
04 Maybe Yo 02:27
05 Easily Loved 02:34
06 Dancing in the Rain 02:56
07 Made Her Mine 02:18
08 12 Track Mind 02:55
09 The Illest 02:36
10 Crispy and New 02:43
11 In the Loop 02:47
12 Green Eyed Thug 02:51

TOTAL 31:18 min

Download "An Arrangement Even Stranger"

The Vinylcologist comes out of nowhere with this tribute to Mayer Hawthorne (Stonesthrow) made strictly from his Strange Arrangment album. After hearing it again a few years later Vinyl decided to make a beat out of every song while paying tribute to the soul superstar. He wanted to make sure that this was done unlike any other tribute to Mayer. He used the full length LP (not the instrumental album) and added samples and cuts from other well known records that happened to be out already laying around his studio. The result was a wonderful set of instrumentals that any emcee, dj, or producer could appreciate. For more info on The Vinylcologist and his beats, check out his in progress discography.

follow him on twitter

or check his week to week blog

Dusty But Digital

Soul searching.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011



As I promised...the new Slaine (LCN) and Statik Selektah (Showoff Records). Slaine is arguably one of the best emcees out of the Boston area and in LCN. His descriptive style of wordplay never lets me down. If you don't have it already, go and Download "A World With No Skies". This was Slaine's baby as he put it and after a slew of copyright issues and numerous delays over a period of three years you can cop the final product.
Download "State of Grace"

Biggie in the studio with Lord Finesse (Uncut)

Time is precious. Just think if Finesse was recording songs that whole time BIG would have another EP in his discography.

...and while we're on the topic of D.I.T.C.

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It's amazing to me that people either don't know his history or they are just plain napping on this guy. Since the days of Fat Pockets and Party Groove, Showbiz has been someone I've always kept tabs on over the years. I can still remember being in my bedroom with 2 brand new copies of Runaway Train. Hold Ya Head is still played on the reg off of vinyl in this dojo.

Showbiz and DJ Premier (new beats)

If there is anything you can learn from this video is how to make your drumkits tight.
Did this ever drop? Waita minute... did I miss something. Nope.

Lord Finesse speaks on Big L.

The building you see behind Ogee (at 0:56) has been Lamont Coleman’s home for the fast 24 years he lived : 104W 139th Street. The park where this is filmed, is the place where he used to hang out and rhyme at with his friends from the Children of the Corn (COC) crew : Cam’ron, Ma$e, McGruff and Bloodshed.
Feb 15th, 1999 at 8:30 pm, Big L was shot and killed a block away from here, on 45 W 139th . In the heart of what he used to call The Danger Zone.


This isn't the tape...just one song. King of the punchlines. Period.
Download "Fat for the 90's"

Ever wonder what "Booger" from Revenge of the Nerds and Joey Buttafucco are doing with their lives? #DollarGeneralBackupDancers



This track features Ill Bill and Action Bronson. You know I'm a huge fan of both so it was only right to post this joint. Looks like they are leaking the great tracks first after all. This shit is pure bottom of the firepit shit. Taken from Statik Seleketah and Slaine's release "State Of Grace"
Download "Offensive Lines"


Taken from the Daily Bread full length.
Download "Volume"


Not sure where this one came from, but nevertheless it's Hov. People like Hov. I don't like the beat, but I like website traffic. End of story.
Download "Stop"

I must go now...my Bud Light awaits.

Monday, August 01, 2011



He's the long awaited EP from my friend and fellow upstater (from time to time) AWAR. He slowly leaked out almost this whole project recently and now here it is in it's entirety. Mastered and mixed by Scott Stallone and the production line up is crazy. I talked with Awar a few years back about this and he told me he had to connect to get the beats. Take a listen and see if he got his moneys worth.
Download "Nature of the Beast"

Just a quick post for now to help promote.
Sidenote....I'm dropping that Mayer Hawthorne X Vinylcologist joint this week.
The mixing and mastering is in progress.

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