Friday, 21 September 2007

Coming out the speakers...

Here's a quick selection of the beats we're pumpin' this week. The woofers are woofing and the tweeters are, tweeting! (Thank God we have good neighbours) We hope you see something you ain't heard before and decide to take a listen - it's all about spreading the love! ...and in turn please feel free to hit us up with something dope we may not have heard ourselves. We are always digging hard but we're always up for you teaching us old dogs some new tricks.....and I know some of you out there are crazy beat nerds too! We look forward to hearing from you.

Lots of Hip Hop being spun this week, including the much-anticipated "Livin' Foul" LP which is incredible to say the least! Next week we'll flip a few breaks and samples for the beat diggers amongst you, so please stay tuned. In the meantime take a look at the latest film clip we have added in the VIDS section! It will introduce you to a friend of ours who is a veteran of the digging game - known as Decca Dave because of his fascination with owning and memorising every record on said label. It was filmed at the indoor Collector's Market in Walthamstow East London E17. Maybe this short film is a revealing insight into what we may be like ourselves in the future? Profile Pete, Cold Chillin' Colin maybe, or Tuff City Ted? Catch my drift??


Thursday, 20 September 2007

Just messin' with beats pt3

Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud first dropped on the Hip Hop community in '87 with "Do The James" - a record showcasing the late great Paul C's dope production skills, and undoubtedly they were one of the funkiest acts to emerge from the late 80's. Not only was Paul C definitely ahead-of-his-time when it came to rockin' beats through a sampler and chopping the breaks up to fit tight, but their uptempo party vibe and confident lyrics resulted in some hi-powered hip hop classics!

"Girls I got em locked so similar to a prison
in my awesome jams that are causin' me favouritism
I hearda bein' dope and but this beat's a mover.
The choreographer causin your funky dope manoeuvre.
I'm the boss rappin', you're the crowd for hire.
For music supplements the funky drum is your supplier.
Me when on the hiphop I make you get down
and do the James ...Brown"

The duo repeated their early success with "Super Casanova" and "Girls I Got 'Em Locked" 12"s both released on DNA/Elektra, and followed this up with the "Girls I Got Em Locked" LP - a great album, if you don't have it in your crates then shame on you! It's funky from start to finish.
The great thing about their 12" releases was that they all featured an accapella version for the deejays, but I always find it hard to fuck with a great song if it is dope in the first place? If it ain't broke don't fix it knowwottimsayin'?
But hey, it's about time the Super Duo who make girls act "stupid-aly" get the Daily Diggers treatment. To be honest it's raw and was done in one take only so apologies for the odd glitch. I agree it's no Paul C masterpiece, but it's a flip on the original - hope you dig it.

Super Casanova REMIX

Saturday, 15 September 2007

Just messin' with beats pt2

The Flavor Unit were definitely a crew to check for. They had the vocal talents of Lakim Shabazz, Double J, Latee, Freddie Foxx, D-Nice, to name a few. Not forgetting the awesome production skills of DJ Mark the 45 King, who had a reputation for finding some off-the-wall funk 45 loop and turning it into a hip hop classic!
Along with the Juice Crew and BDP the Flavor Unit has a firm place in Hip Hop history. In '93 the Unit came together to record a posse cut entitled "Roll With Tha Flava" produced this time by D-Nice. It went down a storm both stateside and here in the UK. Highlights include the Fu-Schnickens trademark tongue-twisters, and a great cameo too by Black Sheep! If you manage to cop a promo version on 12" it has the acapella version on the flip - great for dropping a little remix.
Although it's a shame that not all the Flavor Unit members ripped rhymes on this cut, it would have been great to hear Lakim Shabazz and Double J do their thing. Oh well, anyway here's our 5-minute remix of this '93 classic posse cut. Once again no special effects or camera tricks here at the DAILY DIGGERS' HQ - just a raw beat and the lyrics. Please keep checking back for more remix antics, we got plenty more accapellas in the crates that are soon to get the DD treatment! BOOYAA!

Roll With Tha Flava REMIX

Saturday, 1 September 2007

Taking it back to the 80's

Although the 80's is generally seen as an embarassing decade in terms of fashion, music, style etc... with Hip Hop the story was somewhat different. Now acknowledged as the "Golden Era" of Hip Hop, these 10 years brought us what became the foundations of Hip Hop, whichever element of the culture is concerned...
For breakers it was during this decade that the Rock Steady crew hit the top of their game and earn the attention of the world, and concurrently the film "Wild Style" was unleashed which spread Hip Hop culture across the planet.
For graffiti writers the 80's also saw the release of Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant's now classic "Style Wars" movie which did pretty much the same for the maturing graffiti artform.
Similarly with DJ and MC skills - these aspects, although founded in the 70's, were developed mostly through the 80's and then forged the future shape of Hip Hop culture.

We here at the Daily Diggers headquarters endorse all things from the 80's (excluding mullet haircuts and cycling shorts) and would like to share with you our love for some of it.

Here's Kid Dyno in his 80's v-stitch Goose & Kangol paying his respects to the NY writers from back in the day. Kids like Dondi, Skeme, Lee, Dez (now DJ Kayslay) and Blade would regularly bomb the NY transit system with end-to-end burners, married couples and top-to-bottom pieces - bringing colour firstly to the city, and then ultimately the media attention sent the message worldwide. There are not many sights that can astound you like seeing a whole-car burner pass overhead, or pull up in the train station. And it was the 80's that saw the artform hit its peak, and not just in the US. All over South America, Europe and beyond, graffiti on trains became more than just a craze. It became a way of life for some.
The graffiti culture runs hand-in-hand with Hip Hop - like 2 unruly teenagers growing up together through the 80's and finally coming of age.

And of course the 80's would not have been the same without the Adidas Shell Toe - the classic Hip Hop footwear sported by many B-Boys & B-Girls but most notoriously by Run DMC. If you were down with Hip Hop in the 80's you had at least one pair! The Puma Clyde and Basket models held their own in the b-boy arena but the Shell Toe took "superstar" status (please excuse the pun). Plus the 3-stripe tracksuit would complete the outfit for any Adidas addicted B-boy. The fresher the colour the better you looked!

In the 80's no self-respecting B-Boy would be seen without a Ghetto Blaster by his side. Bigger always meant better when it came to sound! Like Cool J said "my radio believe me I like it loud!". With the portable sounds in one hand it left the other free to carry up the rolled-up and heavily-scuffed linoleum stolen from your mum's kitchen. These were the only tools a b-boy needed, other than another crew to burn!
From Covent Garden to Coventry, Birmingham to Bristol, breakin' could be witnessed in every city and town across the UK during the early part of the decade. Although back then the sight of teenagers breakin' & lockin' would scare the general public and it was customary to get moved on by the police. I regularly had my boombox confiscated in school as the sound would "draw too big a crowd", yet later I was the one asked to become the school's youth club DJ! Now, some 25 years later, things have gone full cycle for breakin' which has grabbed media attention once more. This doesn't mean to say it ever disappeared in the first place! Quite the opposite - throughout

the 90's various cities in Germany held the "Battle of the Year" championships and believe me those kids are into it HEAVY! Rocksteady Crew also held their yearly anniversary jams at Rock Steady Park (West 98th Street & Amsterdam Ave in New York) throughout this period, and not forgetting the Miami Pro-Am Championships. And now the media now is finally back in love with "breakdancing" (AGHH!! I hate that term....& wasn't it them that said it was just a "craze"?) it has finally concreted its place in Hip Hop history and been accepted as an essential element of dance culture. You only have to watch the TV ads to see that.

Hip Hop also created some iconic fashion styles too through its Golden Era. The early years of mock neck sweaters and Pro-Keds had been overtaken by Leather Goose Jackets, Puma Suedes, Adidas Shelltoes, Cazal Eyewear, Name Buckles, Graffiti Denim Jackets, Lee Jeans and Dapper Dan outfits. And of course this was called the "golden era", so it was all about the dukey gold rope chain! Every rapper's favourite accessory. For years it became the symbol of a rapper earning his cold cash money (& absolutley nothing to do with the fact that every gold shop in the Tribeca area of Manhattan sold truck jewelry by the lorry load!) Nevertheless a fat gold chain became synonymous with all rappers and of course Mr. T from the A-Team! The gold four-finger ring with your name on it was a speciality. I remember first reading "Eric Louis Barrier" on the Paid In Full LP cover - dope! Although Slick Rick has to take the proverbial biscuit on the gold front - check out the photo of him in our Golden Era gems section. He looks like his car crashed through a shop window at Tiffany's!!
And who could forget the Kangol hat - designed by a UK company established in 1930 which started by importing French berets into the UK. Their 70's "Bermuda" model was preferred by the Hip Hop community, and caught the attention of one James Todd Smith early in his career. A hat that still sells today based mostly on its history in Hip Hop. Whether it be the towelling-type Bermuda as sported by most hip hoppers back in the days, or the more expensive Sniper model with the band around the forehead - T La Rock's favourite no doubt. Damn for years LL was never to be seen without a Kangol on. And today the Bermuda still embodies that old school reminiscent feel.
Along with name belts and Goose jackets, hip hop style (if you got it right) made you stand out from the rest of the crowd.
By combining and colour matching the freshest sneakers and jumpers, hats, tracksuits etc.. you made an impression on your fellow b-boys and general public alike! Ha ha I remember the day my Dad caught me leaving the house with no laces in my Adidas - his face said it all!
Still today that "must match your outfit and sneakers" thing is still going strong - the Old School started that! Even though the Rap Industry has pulled our culture to bits, raped and disected it and then moulded it into what they want to sell, the old school values just won't go away without a fight. You can't keep down the real elements that started this shit off. I hope and pray one day the industry realises that, and the "real" history of hip hop can get back behind the wheel in the drive towards the future.
If I could take a time machine ride right now, I would go back to the days of the early park jams in the Bronx. I wonder did they realise this was a new culture spawning? A new way of life maybe? Back then they gave us a set of rules to which Hip Hop should live by. I'm all for progression, don't get me wrong, but let's live by those rules!

Kid Dyno