Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Avoid, Hurt, Maim, Murder

Chili Fritos

I never posted this up so here it is now.  This, the fourth installment in the CVE 2000 era canon of crappy-ass homemade CD-R's with the MacPaint graphics, is another album of gritty, digi-distorted homegrown beats and sick, sick, SICK flows.  The fact that such incredible talent operated on the absolute bare minimum; without management, advances, or outside producers, struck a familiar cord with me at the time, and is still something I find endearing today.  Nothing out there back then seemed as rigorous and ernest as what these guys were doing.  Next to them, they made other underground acts look positively mainstream.  
Next to Declassified, this cd was my favorite of the 4 co-released CVE albums (Declassified and Gotta Cumm Up came out along with Unclassified and Unreleased at the same time back in 2000), for a few reasons.  One, it had a solitary production credit by OD on the short Wreccless track "Virtuosity".  I tracked down everything I could from OD back then.  Secondly, it had a couple of CVE's strongest tracks in "Crack Kills" and "Simulated Show (Part 1)".  Just listen to see why.  And third, the cover art was so pathetic.  That poor old CVShack.  I couldn't help but feel akin to these struggling artists seeing a picture like this, done on a crappy computer at Kinko's, showing what I could only assume as their living/working quarters, which weren't that different from mine back then.  Although CVE had been going for a easily a decade by this point, it all seemed fresh and inspired and youthful.  Which is, as I continue to become more and more of an old codger, what I find I love best about hip hop.
I don't think CVE is selling these any more, so here it is.  NgaFsh, Riddlore?, Wreccless, and Tray Loc are joined by Rifleman, Latrenda, Shoshawna and a few other voices.  Never forget how dope it all was.

Gotta Cumm Up 1999

P.S.  I've been looking for the original Gotta Cumm Up from 1990 since the stone age, basically. if anyone is sitting on it out there, I would give you a kidney for it.  Just kidding...  Actually I'm serious.  Bright, shiny kidney here, folks...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Gabriel Teodros' Children Of The Dragon


Gabriel Teodros' new album, produced entirely by AirMe, is a mature, restrained, and beautiful record.  It's his most solid work to date, pushing hip hop forward as few can.  I hadn't heard about this release until only a couple nights ago, and since that point I've been enjoying this surprise immensely.  For those familiar with this particular Seattle cat, suffice to say it won't disappoint; for those new to Mr. Teodros, it's a perfect place to jump in.  His work has always demonstrated a passion for the art like few others, and here it shines distilled and crystal clear.  Truly, this is a work of beauty.   Check out his website below, as well as links to listen and buy all his music.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Townbizness Mix

The Grunge Years

Producer Jake One put out this unofficial Seattle hip hop compilation back in 2008.  I think it was up on cocaineblunts, and it spread around from there, but now all the links are down.  So let's revive it!  It's a short set, but it's all gold. 

Track List:
Vitamin D - No Good
Jake One and Kutfather - No Introdeezy
Boom Bap Project - Welcome To Seattle
DMS - Back Up Off My Tip
Samson and Swift - Watch Your Words
Source Of Labor - Wetlands
Sinsemilla - Kaboom
Foul Play - Nightfall Round The Way
Blind Council - Only When I'm High
Ghetto Chilldren - Questions
Jace and the 4th Party feat. B-Mello and Specs One - Shit Hits The Fan
Black Tek Produced By Born Supreme - Sic Ill Shorty

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Color Me Maximillian

Motherfucker, Did I Sound Abstract?!

Sadly I never saw Company Flow perform live, but I did get to see El-P when he came to town after Fantastic Damage was released.  He brought with him a gritty entourage of like-minded emcees and Dj's, including MHz and assorted Def Jukies.  The show was of course live as fuck, and everyone was on point.   At the end of the proceedings, I got his attention, and slipped him a few cd's from me and my homies.  He took one look at the covers, festooned as they were in images of weed fields and B-movie actors, and  burst out laughing.  Then he very carefully tossed them at RJD2.  And that was as close as I ever got to fame.  Here's Volume 2 of early El-Productions from 1994-2000.  Pre-Jukie days.  Noisy, experimental, and hip hop as heck.

Track List
Deception, Part 2: Turmoil - Blackalicious
Trapped In 3 Dimensions (El-P Remix) - Ice 
Bladerunners (Company Flow Mix) - Mike Ladd Feat. Co Flow
Juggle Tings Proper (El-P Remix) - Roots Manuva
Gametime - Sir Menelik
Workers Needed - Company Flow
Looking Over A City - Latyrx and El-P
End To End Burners (Remix) - Company Flow
Linda Tripp - Company Flow
Offspring feat. El-P - Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
Blackout - Company Flow
Juvenile Technique (Essentials Mix) - Company Flow

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

El Produc-Slash-Death Threat


Hey Folks, heard anything good lately?   
I compiled this for my own listening pleasure this last weekend and thought that I would take the time to post up.  El-P is one of my favorite producers and MC's, and I've enjoyed his claustrophobic, paranoid vision since I first heard a scratchy "Funcrusher" dub on my friend's tape deck back in the days of yore.  So here is the first volume of early works by the man, from 1994-2000.  Co-Flow non-album cuts, b-sides, remixes, production spots - all early El-P productions.  Noisy, cramped, and distorted tracks from the master.  I know it's not west coast, but whatevs, it's still dope music.

Track List:
Tatiana No Namida - Yasushi Ide
Hit Me With That Shit - Company Flow
Juvenile Technique - Company Flow
Dammit - Dominant Species
People Are Shady - Company Flow
The Fire In Which You Burn (With Intro) - Indelible MC's
Nightwork - Sir Menelik
Info Kill (Original) - Company Flow
Weight - Indelible MC's
Mucho Stereo - BMS
End To End Burners - Company Flow
Krazy Kings Too - Company Flow
Patriotism - Company Flow
Linoleum (Instrumental) - Company Flow