Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Support Your Record Shops
Sunday, 29 July 2012
To get yourself a physical copy of "VOODOO DRUMS part 1" on CD you can contact JOHNNY DETT by sending him a message on his Soundcloud page. Or alternatively drop me a line and I can also organise this for you.
Mobile Mondays with DJ Muro
Saturday, 28 July 2012
New York Writers
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Emerald Sapphire & Gold
It's A Demo...
"It's finally here... The 3 hour long "DEMOlition Mix" is complete. For the past year or two i collected a bunch of demos from many of our favorite hip hop artists. I have a collection of approximately 350 to 400 demos and rare tracks. I narrowed that down to my favorite 100 and made this mix. There is a few things to keep in mind about this new mix. First, these are all demos, many of them from cassette tapes, poorly recorded, duplicated n copied over the years, played on radio shows, etc, so the sound quality is not top notch. The sound is the best it could be considering what this is. i had to leave out several of the famous Wu Tang demos and some Mobb Deep demos because of the extremely poor quality. Second, when i say demo, i mean that lightly. Many of these are actual "demos" in the traditional sense of the first recordings they made to shop for record deals. Others are unreleased songs, some that are not completed, some are songs that have been released but this is the original version or unreleased remix. Some are just very rare unreleased songs that i wouldn't necessarily classify as a "demo". And finally, these are my favorites. Like i said, i have 400, so i picked the ones i personally like to listen to the most. Please do not contact me to tell me which rare demo you know of that i missed or didn't play unless you are emailing me the file and thanking me for making such an unmatched plethra of mixtapes. Also, I'm sure there is demos and freestyles from wocka flocka, drake's uni-brow, mac miller's cousin and asap rocky's partner asap bullwinkle, but i used songs from only the greatest like krs-one, biggie, rakim, kool g rap, big daddy kane, nas, run dmc, tribe, del, organized konfusion, lord finesse, etc... For most people this is getting 3 hours and almost 100 songs by your favorite classic hip hop groups that are brand new, but made in the golden era years. It's really a nice treat and it will take you a while to listen all the way through.
I doubt there is anyone who heard EVERY single track in this mix. Even the biggest hip hop fiend and collector is sure to find something on here to make them look twice. This whole mix is worth it just for the unreleased KRS-ONE and DJ PREMIER track that didn't make the Return of the Boom Bap album. Thank You Dj Premier for letting me have that. I promise we won't sell a few thousand white label 12"'s to japan. hahaha. The 3rd Bass and Brand New Heavies track is also a really good one to check out. Of course all the Rakim songs on here are sure to make you press rewind once or twice. I think the DMX track like Unstoppable Force will surprise people. I love the Biggie reference track for Lil Kim. That's been around for the longest, but it's classic and i die laughing everytime he says stuff like "i suck dick better than you." lmao. man, mr. cee must have been loving this track. I wish i had the reference tracks Treach did for Queen Latifah or all the ones everyone did for Dr. Dre. anyways... The first song, with RUN DMC doing the original to the Beastie Boys Slow N Low is really bugged out too. I'd like to know the story behind how soo many different songs were made. For those who never heard the Scenario Freestyle version or the Rampage freestyle with LL Cool J's second verse, then you are in for a big treat! There is also no other mix available that is 3 hours long, with this amount of rare material, and cut up and blended the way i do it. The track-listing should speak for itself. This is certainly a mix for your all-time collection. It is long (3 hours), so the file size is fairly large (270mb), but well worth the download.
Obviously you can see the amount of time and energy i put into making these special mixes for everyone. I do ask in return that you really help me get these mixes out there on the internet for people to hear. please tell your friends on facebook and twitter. let them know! retweet and post, please. If you work on any official hiphop site, this mix should be posted there. Soo many people have no clue there is still a few djays like myself left that is posting mixes like this. Let's be serious, most mixtpe djays nowadays are charging up-n-coming kids to put their demo on some bullshit mixtape. That's as corny as rappers who think they made mixtapes... But not as bad as rappers n singers who think they dj. Pull out ya money, pull out ya cut, pull up a chair...
I hope you enjoy this and appreciate the history and super-special rare treats hidden in this mix. Since i have soo many left, this will probably be a volume 1, with volume 2 coming next year. For now, I'd like to thank a bunch of my fellow dj friends, collectors, others who inspire me to do mixes likes this, and those who help me find some of these treats. Thank You.... i don't forget any of you and remember all you do for me. Just you remember that every time you see a fake dj, someone posing as a dj, disrespecting djaying, pleeeease, slap the shit out them. No matter how "hip hop" you think you are and how cool and knowledgeable you perceive yourself to be, there is ALWAYS more to learn and more treats to find. The 80's and 90's for hip hop were not just the same 100 songs every idiot dj has in their serato. There is thousands of songs, so dig, dig, dig, and dig some more..."
To keep in step with DJ JS-1 and download "DEMOlition Mix" plus any of his other mixes get yourself over to WWW.DJJS1.BLOGSPOT.COM
Sunday, 22 July 2012
Friday, 20 July 2012
Give The Drummer Some
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Get Stupid Pt2
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Give The Drummer Some
Saturday, 14 July 2012
Five Years And Counting
On DAILY DIGGERS you will not find any Lil Wayne, there will be no "gangster rap" (unless it's N.W.A. or their affiliates from the same era), certainly no bitch slapping, gun toting or drug selling. And definitely no talk of our riches and rides (because we don't have any!) And seeing as you asked we're more LORD FINESSE over here than MAC MILLER! However, there will be plenty of old school reminiscing, vintage footage, writer's bench gossip, interviews with DJs, b-boy circles, funk breaks as well as details of new hip hop records to look out for as well as the vintage beats I know you dig for.
For me personally, some of my favourite posts on this site have been the various interviews (DANNY DAN THE BEATMAN, FRESH SKI & MO-ROCK, DIAMOND D, DJ FORMAT etc.) and of course the DAILY DIGGERS RADIO SHOW and my section on drum break 45s. I've also been lucky enough to make contact with plenty of you like minded hip hoppers out there who strive for the same cause - keeping true to traditions. And who can forget we were amongst the first to bring you news from SPUTNIK BROWN, the NY crew so highly revered by those in the know and the group that led to a certain MC named OXYGEN relighting his solo career. I wanna say word to all the people I've met since we went live in 2007, it's been a pleasure. And to anyone who stumbles upon this site now as a newcomer, please feel free to immerse yourself in our five year archive over on the right. If you love hip hop music and what it stands for then make us your homepage! Thank you.
Air Force 1
Air Force 1 - Teaser from 360 Creative on Vimeo.
Dust & Grooves Kickstarter Campaign
When I met EILON a few years back he told me how he intended to turn his love of photographing record collectors into a book project. The website itself is an incredible read and features some incredible images, but I'm now pleased to announce that EILON has begun his Kickstarter campaign to turn this from a digital product into a physical one with the plans for compiling a book. EILON needs to raise $27000 in total to carry this project through to fruition, and is offering people the chance to pledge money towards the book in return for various rewards including copies of the book, signed photographs, t-shirts etc.. Have a look over at DUST & GROOVES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN, and please pledge your support to this wonderful project. In fact, have a listen to EILON himself as he tells you about the campaign and how you can help.
And watch out for an appearance by yours truly very early on in the video. Is that him, could I be right? Could that be Kid ... Ah DynoMITE!!
Rakim: Definition of a Classic
Rakim: The Definition of a Classic from 2dopeboyz.com on Vimeo.
Friday, 13 July 2012
Operator Emz Rocking 45s
EMZ (who is another Goose Down collector like myself) has been running his MOBILE MONDAYS night in Manhattan hosted by SNEAKER JOE and alongside NATASHA DIGGS on the two turntables, with guest DJs over the months including the likes of SUPREME LA ROCK, CLARK KENT, BREAKBEAT LOU and DJ SPINNA. If you need a fresh start to your week whilst in NYC then MOBILE MONDAYS at THE BOWERY ELECTRIC is the place to be. As you can see from the footage OPERATOR EMZ always pulls out the big gun 45s!
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
The Place To Be
Monday, 9 July 2012
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Martha & Henry
A-side: "...Sumthin" feat. Tash of Tha Alkaholiks & Rah Digga
B-Side: Mos Def & Talib Kweli "Another World (Beatminerz Remix)"
Both joints are unreleased, the A-side was recorded in '98 and hast that classic BEATMINERZ production. MR WALT and EVIL DEE then were hired to remix "Another World" in '98 (originally produced by UK crew THE CREATORS), but this remix didn't make it onto any release. Check out the soundclips HERE...
I love the fact that lots of independent hip hop labels are releasing 45rpm 7" singles as opposed to the usual hip hop format of the twelve inch. I'm a sucker for little records but I know a lot of hip hop collectors who don't like them. How can you not like funky little records with boom bap beats?? Yo get over the size issue and scoop these up before they are long gone. Size is NOT important unless you're trying to impress the girls yaknowhatimsayin'?
Pre-orders for this release will go live July 30th (release date: August 21st) directly on the ILL ADRENALINE website. Pressing run is 500 (400 black vinyl copies, 100 transparent blue). The colour vinyl will be sold exclusively on the website.
Friday, 6 July 2012
New York Summer Jams
Keep your eye on the TOOLS OF WAR facebook page to keep abreast of the many events NOT to miss. And as the heatwave hits NYC you know this will be a summer to remember. Congratulations also to the Rock Steady Crew who celebrate their 35th anniversary this year with their usual presence felt in the city.
Saturday 28th July @ The SWAN (Ipswich) RHYTHM HAPPENING proudly present the welcome return of Brighton's DJ FORMAT Also appearing is Norwich-based Producer/MC/DJ CHROME (of Def Tex fame) + resident DJ BEN MARR Expect to hear Bone-Shaking B-Boy Breaks, Wallet-Emptying Deep Funk & Classic Rap, all played on %100 Vinyl. Tickets are now for sale at £5. Available at The Swan (ask at the bar) & Out Of Time Records (Fore St, Ipswich) Check out DJ FORMAT'S latest single 'Spaceship Earth' ft. EDAN (very limited 10" available at Rarekind Records, Brighton or find it on his new album 'Statement Of Intent')
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Nas + Extra P + No I.D.
Monday, 2 July 2012
New Freestyle Professors
feat SADAT X and STANLEY GRIMES
feat. BLAQ POET & GIFF
feat. HOT ICE, AKBAR, STANLEY GRIMES,LORD TARIQ, GIFF and A.G.
"Proverbs" (Sun God Remix)
(exclusive remix of hit track from DOC SINGE’s Kiss Of The Beast CD)
The second release is limited to 300 copies and is a 6 track EP recorded in 1988-89 by the Bronx artist MAGNIFICENT SHAKEEM. Also FREESTYLE RECORDS are offering a bonus 7" limited to 200 copies featuring the original version of the FREESTYLE PROFESSORS favorite "Get Wise" recorded in 1990 and a cassette-only remix of a MAGNIFICENT SHAKEEM track titled "I'm The Magnificent Shakeem" from 1989. The 7" is only available with the pre-order bundle consisting of one of each of the three releases and is priced at $55. This is the only way to get the limited 7".
Sunday, 1 July 2012
World B-Boy Classic