Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tribal Music

Slangin' Cutz

William Rider of Ghetto Chilldren uploaded this unreleased Tribal joint today, and I had to share.  It's actually two cuts; the B-Self solo tip "Born 2 Cree8" and the Marvel Team-Up of Ghetto Chilldren and Narcotik known as "Free Enterprise", from back in '97.   Although I never heard either of these tracks at the time, listening to these songs makes me feel absurdly and buoyantly happy.  There's nothing else like the pure joy that good music brings - especially if it's unheard jams from your favorite hip-hoppers from back in the day.  Tribal Records has slowly been releasing stuff from the vaults, and I pray to Baby Jesus that they keep doing so.  For now, just feast your ears on this healthy portion from B-Self, Vitamin D, C-Note and Tizzy T (RIP).

Tribal Legacy

Friday, February 20, 2015

Imp's From the Old School

Straight Off the Street Productions

     Anyone who heard his Evolution of a Man album knows that Steven Laws aka Imperator of Rhyme has been rapping for a long time. On "Why We Do This" he describes first hearing "Rapper's Delight" in '79 and being inspired to do it himself after seeing his older brother rap. Now, with Old School Vibes, a compilation of tracks recorded between 1982 and 1994, we finally get a chance to hear some of his older work. This tape, which Imp used to sell at the Good Life, acts as a showcase of the artist's versatility, containing everything from party jams to street tales to social commentary. It even has a token love rap sampling LL's "I Want You."

     The tape kicks off with "Grooving", a mid-80's sounding party joint, which acts as a perfect introduction as we hear Imp describing how he came up with his name. Fans of Imp's fantastic Digging in the Tapes mixes will already be familiar with "Let's Get Down", featuring Big Al, and "40 Acres and a Mule", both fantastic tracks. "40 Acres and a Mule" stands out as one of the best songs on the tape and would've sounded perfect on Please Pass the Mic or Sounds of the Good Life. Continuing the social commentary, Imp comes with "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" and "No Separation", pro-black anthems  promoting unity and independence. "I'm From the Old School", another incredible stand out recorded in '93, sees Imp kicking some dope freestyle rhymes over some very tight production which appropriately contains traces of "My Melody" and "Spoonin' Rap". "I Did a Survey" is some hardcore reality rap describing the prominence of Korean owned businesses in the ghetto and encourages black people to start their own businesses. It's another stand out and there was even a video shot for it back in '92, which hopefully sees the light of day soon.

     Old School Vibes is more than just another solid offering from a Good Life O.G. This 18 track tape is filled with gems and shows a different side of the Good Life. Imp is from the old school but he's always shown an ability to adapt to the times and evolve as an artist. Before By Any Means Music there was Straight Off the Street Productions and this tape documents that time period. Anybody who enjoyed Evolution of a Man should definitely check this out as should any fans of the Good Life in general. It's an important chapter in Imp's career and can be purchased from the man himself, who is also selling 16 (!) other albums on Facebook and through his website. Check the links below:

Imp is selling the following albums:

Imperator: Old School Vibes (1982-1994)
Imperator: Evolution of a Man (1999)
Imperator: Hiphopoly (2001)
Imperator: Where I'm From (2004)
Imp, Creepy Fingers & Goldie: Family Ties (2005)
Imperator: Suicide Note (2011)
Imp & Creepy Fingers: Genetics (2012)
Imperator: Old Dog New Tricks (2013)

Team B.A.M.M.: Rap Collage
Creepy Fingers: District Creepy Vol. 1
Creepy Fingers: The Dysfunctional Function
Creepy Fingers: Mind Games
Kid Creep: Square One
Goldie: Patterson Park
Big Flossy: Flossaholic
The Degenerates: Beast Mode

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Peanut Gallery

Fucc Rappin'

Thank you once again, Cody, for hooking me up!  This time we have the legendary Chicago Chapter 1996 tape from Anacron's Peanut Gallery Network.  Atop of 4-track production and analog hiss rides a slew of young lyrical talent and seriously propulsive beats.  Perv One, Jahn the Baptist, Funsho, Astrobwoy, and several others join Anacron on crew cuts, freestyles, solo joints and interludes.  It's a truly accomplished and impressive effort, showcasing what a force of nature Anacron can be when he puts his mind to something.
The Peanut Gallery isn't a movement that I've spent a lot of time exploring, and the more I hear, the more I realize I have been missing out.  Well, 20 years still isn't too late, is it?  For all of you who are in the same boat, this is a perfect place to start.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Android Master

    Space Ogee
    Here are some tracks from another Masters of the Universe O.G., Zombie619er, who appeared on Microcrucifiction with his solo joint "Scary Images" and later dropped a solo tape entitled Android Masters. The tracks found here are taken from his Muscle Car Music and Helium3 albums. Stay tuned for Anuunaki Brothers, his new project with Bomedy Beats.