Monday, 13 April 2009

The Best of Poor Righteous Teachers

Further to last weeks post regarding the news of the tragic death of Hip-Hop legend Tony D, DJ Books brings us The Best Of Poor Righteous Teachers.

1. Ghetto Intro
2. Miss Ghetto
3. Easy Star
4. Strictly Mash'ion (thief-mix)
5. Rock dis Funky Joint
6. Self-styled Wisdom
7. Nobody Move
8. The Very First Time (unreleased)
9. Word iz Life
10. Shakiyla (1st verse)
11. Shakiyla jrh (thief-mix)
12. Speaking Upon A Blackman
13. Each one, Teach one
14. Conscious style ft KRS ONE(verse 1)
15. Conscious Style (verse 2 & 3)
16. Allies ft Fugees
17. Culture Freestyle
18. Wise freestyle ft Ralph Mcdaniels
19. Holy Intellect (remix)
20. Butt Naked Booty Bless
21. Word is Bond (b-side)
22. Wicked Everytime
23. Freedom or Death
24. Time to Say Peace
25. Wise Interview
26. The Nations Anthem

Get it HERE

Nemesis and Arrogance Ft Jelluzz and Starry Dayz

The North London Hip Hop duo NEMESIS & ARROGANCE have been working hard for some time now releasing their debut album last year and underground smash single ‘Change Your Heart’ ft Skinnyman.

With the unquestionable quality of their latest offering 'Da Real Sho,' they stand to start seeing some of that hard work pay off.

This radio-show-themed project, spawned from their popular radio show of the same name and features a breathtaking list of talent including: BASHY, WRETCH 32, SKINNYMAN, SINCERE, FLIRTA D, FAITH SFX, MR TI2BS, MR DRASTICK, SUPAR NOVAR, JELLUZZ, NUTTY P, SUGA DZL, LAZY HABITS, MARK HENRY, BIG BEN and many more...

The first single taken from Da Real Sho, is this massive - Live From The Capital - Featuring fellow north Londoner Jelluzz and Starry Dayz. Da Real Sho is out on the 1st June 2009 on Real Records.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Hip Hop Connection, better known as HHC is a monthly hip-hop magazine and the longest running monthly periodical devoted entirely to hip hop culture. It was once described by Chuck D as 'The best magazine in the world.' So they must be doing something right. Right?

This post is just a quick one to spread the word that their first ever digital issue will launch on April the 15th at (add that to your favourites).

Expect the usual album reviews, columns and irreverant shenanigans as well as -

Willie Isz
Charles Hamiton
Dante Ross
Speech Debelle
Lil Wayne
The Cool Kids' jeans
Delegates Of Culture
Mr Lif
Toddla T

Sunday, 5 April 2009

R.I.P Tony D aka Anthony Depula aka Harvee Wallbangar

Taken from

Tony D, born Anthony Depula, was a US American Hip-Hop DJ and musician from Trenton, New Jersey, USA. He was the first artist to have a record released on Mark Rae's burgeoning British Grand Central Records independent record label (then called Gone Clear Records).
His other albums were released on Cha-Ching Records and 4th & B'way Records, and had been a part of the group Crusaders For Real Hip Hop, who released an album on Profile Records.

Tony D's early records were sampled by artists including Naughty by Nature for the hit "O.P.P.", and by Heavy D, without permission. All cases were settled out of court.

He had also worked as a producer for DJ Muggs, The Outsidaz,yz, Poor Righteous Teachers, Young Zee, King Sun, Blvd Mosse, and Pace Won.
He was last reported to be working on a band project called The WBs.

Apart from Tony D., Depula was also known professionally under the names Harvee Wallbangar and Grand Pubha Tony D.

Depula died on April 5, 2009 after being involved in a car accident near his home in Hamilton, New Jersey. He was reported to be 42 years old, making the year of his birth to be either 1966 or 1967. An investigation of the accident is pending.
From Grand Centrals Website

Weighing in at 16 stone of Italian American heritage Tony Depula a.k.a Tony D is a man who has left an indelible mark across the history of the hip-hop beat, wrestling his way round some classic LPs from Poor Righteous Teachers (acting as producer on classics like Shaqila) - to his own Pound for Pound release on Grand Central.
Tony has always kept his productions tight and full. The hard drums and bass generated courtesy of his EMU SP1200 drum machine have been laced with some classic raps courtesy of YZ, Lo-key and some amazing vocals from Veba and Spikey T. Tony caught the hip-hop bug in 1985 travelling up to the Bronx from his Trenton, New Jersey base and buying drum machines from a producer who had moved on to drug dealing. It was not long before Tony was making classic beats some which were subsequently robbed by the likes of Naughty by Nature and Heavy d; all cases which were settled out of court.
Responsible for Grand Centrals first release and first artist solo album, (Pound For Pound back in 1997)he hooked up with Grand Central when Mark stumbled across Tony D's Central J. Parlay EP'in a N.Y. basement.

From Grand Centrals Website

My Thoughts

Tony D was one of my favorite producers since i first heard his beats on the Poor Righteous Teachers and YZ albums in the late 80's and early 90's and then on his solo album 'Droppin' Funky Verses' then his work with the 'Crusaders For Real Hip-Hop'

The above album (Droppin)was filled with snappy drums and samples that would make new comers from todays scene sit up and listen, plus his lyrics were on point and direct...for example from the album track 'Stop Racism'

Get it right, y'all, my family had to organize
Comin' over on a boat, you see, they had to realize
that they were one, yes, in a nation of so many
nationalities of people, knowledge we had plenty
As an equal, but still some considered us an outcast
Names like guinea and wop is what was used in the past
to describe us, nonetheless we kept our head up
Knowin' in the future we shall all drink from the same cup
Unity is what I'm strivin' for, G, so let it be
Ebony and ivory in our community in harmony
Livin' perfectly together as a whole
from the bottom of South Africa to the North Pole
When I look at a human you can say I'm color-blind
Cause I see them with my eyes but I judge 'em with my mind"

Plus his diss track at 3rd Bass are underground classics!
Check out his Production credits HERE

Enuff chat, check out some of his work and let his talent live on...

Tony D I Salute You!
Rest In Peace

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Crowstick - Tales Of A Warped Mind

I first heard of Crowstick on the Gorden Bennett records promo i reviewed in July last year, on the track 'Killer Bee' which incidently features on this E.P too.

'Demons In My Head' is the E.P opener - a dark, gritty track about paranoia, angst and inner conflict. The beat is very heavy with a bassline and drum track reminiscent of artists like Wu-Tang, early Eminem and Dr Dre. The high pitched sound in the background of the track adds to the tense atmosphere and sense of worry. Flow and lyrics are all on point and CrowStick sits very comfortably on the track, and the E.P in general in fact.

Excellent sample chopping of some blues on 'Gritty Pervert;' similar to Iron Bridge, Phonetics and Ron Compost, with such lines like - "i'm a sick fuck, i fantasise pickin you up - taping your mouth shut, and then i dump you in the back of my truck." The juxtaposition of what is quite a cheery sounding beat with such dark lyrics gives a good feel of unease - similar to 'the ear scene' in Reservoir Dogs.

An excellent offering from an obviously talented, emerging artist.

Get it HERE

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

DJ Gone - Sin City Mixtape Launch Night

DJ Gone is hosting the launch party for his latest mixtape 'Sin City' at East London's Cargo this Saturday the 4th of April, Kung Fu are also set to bring the ruckus along with;

Charlie Sloth
Ramson Badbones
Harry Love
Big Deal
Speech Debelle [Big Dada]
Sarah Love

Plus a special performance from the legendary Skinnyman.

You can download a dope freestyle from DJ Gone, Reveal & Jargon Live on Kiss with MK & Shortee Blitz March '09 HERE

Get your tickets for the evening from Ticket Web HERE

And you can buy a copy of the new mixtape, priced at £9.99 from Suspect Packages HERE

* Cargo Bar is at 83 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY‎ - nearest tube station is Old Street.
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