Category Archives: Tape rips

Straight out the fucking dungeons of Rap…

July 2012, another month and another grip of unreleased rare Rap gems gets dusted off for the fiends…

Nas & Akinyele drop rhymes over ESG and Heaven & Hell amongst others….

Keep an eye on Prince Pauls S’Cloud page for more unreleased gear too…

Slowly gaining a name for himself as the King of the Multi-Track, Nova Scotian Jorun Bombay tears apart sections of Mantronix & MC Tees’ Get Stupid Fresh #2 multi-track, leaving in the vocals from MC Tricky Tee which were on the original Needle to the Groove acapulco, creating a Mantronix beat that Kurtis didnt touch….

Get involved over at Bandcamp for his latest mixtape, mixtape of the year here at the BALLS

…not forgetting his Steve Miller work-out and the Honeydrippers MT

Marley goes into detail on the parts used on Mama Said, he discusses who came to the table with the Sly break [Bobcat] and teases us with bonus unreleased rhymes…

Grandmaster Caz & CC4 – February 1980 @ Bronx River Centre

Just a cheeky somethin somethin for the weekend. Some records/ breaks are untouchable, some MCs are equally unfeckwitable. Caz murders More Bounce on this, mainly as he’s  DJin & MCin at the same time, they call it ‘doin an Edan’ these days. Shouts to Tapemaster Troy.

Marley Marl – In Control Volume 2 [Unreleased demos]

Unreleased and unaccessible Hip-Hop gems have been as much a part of the aural history of Hip-Hop as the scratch itself. We had the Live Convention releases of T-Connection and Celebrity Club parties on Disco Wax Records way back in 1982, Music of Life in the UK released a few volumes of Zulu Nation jams like Cold Crush vs The Fantastic 5 in the early 90s, but these were jams, these were live parties. The world of collecting & dredging for these is next level.

In this post, I want to discuss unearthing previously unavailable jewels that have been buried away on dust covered tapes in shoe-boxes in attics, and lounging behind radiators for decades like the K-Def produced and long sought after Year of the Hip-Hop by LL Cool J. I want to talk about our collective adolescence and the hidden treasures we used to hear on the radio in weekly rotation as we fine-tuned the boxes, I want to talk about the Rap that never made it to the shelves of the record stores.

In 2001, DWGs Rare Dave created a mixtape compilation of hard-to-find Rap, and accurately titled it ‘Rare Frequencies’. The tracks were original full versions, demos and unreleased cuts that had been broadcast on Tim Westwoods Capital Rap Show for promotional purposes, rarely making their way to retail for one reason or another. Sometimes it was due to sample clearance, other times they just didnt make the grade cos they had unsuitable subject matter et cetera. For me, hearing Rare Frequencies was a tipping point, Hip-Hop and Rap radio already had a huge effect on me, affecting the way I listened to, enjoyed and collected Hip-Hop over the years. This was probably because the first time I EVER HEARD Hip-Hop was back in 81, when as kid across the street from where my Aunt lived had just come back from a holiday in NY, he was playing a tape on a ghettoblaster, on his doorstep, recorded from the radio. Since then Ive held on to all of my ferrics and chromes, sifting through my own archives in the attic at the family home, and as I continue to collect and trade, the over-all sound of a radio show, the compression, the strange hissy quality still provokes an indescribable energy in me, as well as a seemingly never-ending discovery of random rare Rap gems.

Anyone that can recall the spine-tingling sound of a Mr Magic WORLD PREMIERE, the sound of a DUB PLATE PRESSURE radio spot, or the sound of a CAPITAL RAP SHOW EXCLUSIVE knows exactly what I mean. Amongst dozens of other station IDs, these were the sounds that announced to the listener that they were about to witness something  special, something truly captivating, something that hadnt been heard before. Its these exclusives that I continue to fiend for today, I’ll be 43 in a fortnight, I have no shame.

Marley Marls In Control Volume 1 was such an iconic release, but when Volume 2 was released in 1991, there was something amiss. I clearly remember hearing it in my mates car for the 1st time that year, and thinking back to the Westwood plays from 1989; what had happened to this cut, to that cut, where was this that and the other. Where was the cut with Marley rhyming over that ‘Puppet’ beat? It seems that a few things had been omitted from the finished tape, things that I knew I’d heard, things that we knew we had on a D90 in the glove compartment, and knew that Westwood had been rockin…

Since then, it seems that there were at least three cuts that didnt make the grade for In Control Volume 2:

Unit3 – Here It Is [From an In Control with Clark Kent from 89]

Marley Marl –  No Bullshit [Original Version above, lifted from a Capital Rap Show cassette from 7th October 1989]

and Marley Marl featuring Rapataire – They Cant Get With Me [a Straight head-noddin banger that got unceremoniously dumped in favour of usage on Marleys remix of the 3rd Bass classic Product of the Environment], btw, who exactly are Rapataire and the ‘def coalition’ Unit3?

The track No Bullshit is a hidden highlight cos its Marley rhymin on the mic, somethin he didnt do that often. The demo version that Westwood played was being dropped with those ‘exclusive’ IDs back in October 1989, nearly 2 years ahead of the retail release. The questions remain, how many more are there sittin behind radiators, gathering dust in shoe-boxes with other cassettes and DATs etc? The odd thing about No Bullshit is that, in comparison to the version that ended up on the alblum, the original unreleased mix murders the finished version, IMO. As Marlon says himself, the ‘beat thats smooth’ makes it an entirely different song, even if the lyrics are the same, but maybe it was the amount of tracks that ended up on the 1991 release that dissuaded the ‘All-Star Engineer’ to go with the plodding and head-nodding pace of the slower paced cut.

There were 10 cuts on Vol1, and 20 cuts on Vol2 [including a few skit bits]. Maybe there was an issue with the ‘Im Your Puppet’ sample from the 1966 classic, who knows. Marley even teases us with a shard of that James & Bobby Purify track before switching up the pace to around 115 bpm, cos it’d been ‘jacked already’. Weird thing is, I dont recall it being used until after 1991 [The Hi-C track is a personal favourite but its been ‘jacked’ many times since].

Fingers crossed the good people at Diggers With Gratitude, Slice of Spice or one of the other ‘vinyl goodness’ labels will get their mucky paws on these exclusives, until then, im happy to take the dolby off and press play. As with alotta these things, the more knowledge is shared, the more we fiend, it transpires  that Rapataire had more than one cut, according to Chris [HDIC at DWG], as well as They Cant Get With Me, Rapa’ had another cut called Hip-Hop Science, was this another long lost Marley production? Is Marley worried that if he goes behind that radiator he’ll have another heart-attack? Will this Hip-Hop fiend ever be satisfied ? The questions remain…

Shouts to Palma, Beatlover and the rest of the DWG fiends…

Westwood – Capital Rap Show Saturday 19 January 1991

‘Live from the science lab, were schooling ruling and a cooling’ allegedly…

Here’s a Westwood show from 20 years ago this weekend…

Timmy had obviously just received his copy of Breaking Atoms as he drops a heap of ‘specials’ including a world premiere of Snake Eyes and Think. It’s the Saturday night show, so there are a few popcorn cuts as well as tracks from Stets Blood, Sweat & No Tears, the KRS produced H.E.A.L. project and of course the Break to the Beat comp. There’s a segment of a Guy interview from another night at the end of Side B too, cant remember if thats from the night before or not. Any info appreciated. If anyone is holdin the Main Source interview from the night before, hit us up. Dont forget to call in for those Cool J tickets.

Big shouts to anyone that ever attended The Slammer in Gravesend [pause]

Westwood – Capital Rap Show Saturday 19 January 1991 Side A

Westwood – Capital Rap Show Saturday 19 January 1991 Side B

The Cassette Era AKA In the PJs, my blend tape plays

Mr Jones looks back at the science of recording radio shows onto a format long forgotten about, from the days when he was a ‘young city bandit’. He talks about the importance of twiddling up and down the dial during the days when more than one show was on the New York FM airwaves, the colour of the physical tape and even the fragrance of a fresh cassette. Top choice clip for the throwback crowd and anyone that put their batteries in the freezer to recharge em

To listen to a multi-million selling artist talk about those live tapes and park jams with such affection and admit theyre still hurtin from missing those tapes is something anyone who did the same back then can equate to. I wonder if Nasir repeatedly used the same C90 before he got his double tape player. Anyone that has any Fresh Fest recordings needs to get in touch too btw

It can be a painful experience to recount those lost tapes sometimes. Thankfully, some of us held on to em and folk like ourselves and Dutch are resurrecting those broadcasts and live sessions. I hear the Fat Lace chaps are bringin some Westwood back real soon too, ‘HOLD TIGHT, WATCH THE RIDE’.

This also erm, amps us. Shouts to Dom for the heads-up, and to Jappy Jap for havin one of the most ridiculous names ever.

Out to Distress Rap Show – Leaky Fresh & DJ Owen D – TAPE ONE – 30 November 1989

As well as doin our bit to point readers in the right direction when it comes to contemporary Rap singin wordsmiths we respect, we’ve harped on about the aural glory of listening back to US Hip-Hop radio shows from the golden days a few times here at the BALLS. This time round we wanna school you on a UK radio show from 1989, a very parochial sounding English Rap radio show by the name of the Out to Distress Rap Show.

Out to Distress was a programme presented by Leaky Fresh and DJ Owen D on Sunset 102FM from Manchester in the North of England [Incidentally, if anyone knows how long this show ran from, dont hesitate to let us know].

Mancunians on the whole are a top lot, and have a great sense of humour, this show highlights that humour and will hopefully enlighten those that havent heard of these guys before. Ostensibly yeh, its just another radio show from 89, and somewhat of a novelty to some no doubt, but its still dope to listen back through the hum and the squelchy interference and the sibilation of a 21 year old TDK AD90 cassette, or maybe its just us.

Weve left the local ads for ‘Imagine Cakes in the Arndale Centre’ in for all the Mancunians. We also left in a indecipherable station ID from James Todd Smith, Magenta De Vine doin a program ad for an environmentally friendly show using BDPs Bridge Is Over as an instrumental bed, as well as Leaky repeatedly and cringingly saying “In the Hez?”

I looked around and couldnt find any on the web, only a cheeky snap-shot on YOUTUBE, which is truly surprising as these guys were just as big in the north as people like Max and Dave or even Westwood were in the South. These shows are NOT exactly classic material as far as tracks or exclusives or demos or whatever, but for us Brits, Owen Ds mixing abilities were pretty hot for the period, and tbh, listening back, it’s as much about the atmosphere, the mistakes, the dead-air, and the foolish cross-atlantic twang that irked us all during this period when British identity was fundamental within Rap, as anything. The tracks on this tape, after the personally loathed Ladies First, and Doin Our Own Dang, are great, get past that and ye cant go wrong. Markey Fresh, Steady B, Dismasters are erm, sure-shots, and anything off Done by the Forces of Nature is guaranteed too, especially if Owen D is ripping two copies of it

As the playbacks on the Soundcloud page have been surprisingly hefty, with 350 plays in 3 weeks, and nearly 80 downloads in the same time [with only one comment, which wasnt even a thankyou], we’re about done with these rips. Just so you know. Sadly for you, we have hundreds and hundreds of old cassettes, true story. It’s a pretty simple affair, show gratitude and if you stick with us, you never know what treats the BALLS may bestow…

To the usual suspects who do get in touch on the regular, apologies for sounding bitter, but im sure you understand, we done sick of this. Dont get it like pretzels, we are happy just to share with you across the expected platforms and communities, but you know the deal.

If someone like Just Blaze can take time to say thanks, so can you.

Enjoy the show, it may just be the last youll see/ hear…

Out to Distress Rap Show – Leaky Fresh & DJ Owen D – TAPE ONE – 30 November 1989

SIDE 1

Guy – Teddy’s Jam Extended 12″ Mix
Queen Latifah & Monie Love – Ladies First
Jungle Brothers – Doin Our Own Dang
Serious-Lee-Fine – We Can Do Better
Ads
Roxanne Shante – Fatal Attraction
Markey Fresh – The Mack of Rap
Dismasters – To Be Real
Hijack – Badman is Robbin’
Def Jef – Droppin Rhymes on Drums
?
Craig G – Slammin

SIDE 2
Craig G – Slammin
ads
Jungle Brothers – Beyond This World [Owen D Doubles]
Steady B – Mac Daddy
Big Daddy Kane – Aint No Stoppin Us
The D.O.C. – Portrait Of A Master Piece
MC Rajah – Lyrics With A Vengeance [Get You Back Mix]
ads
3rd Bass – Brooklyn Queens
Jungle Brothers – Tribe Vibes
Lakim Shabazz – When a Wise Man Speaks
letters
Big Daddy Kane – I Get the Job Done

DJ Stretch Armstrong Show featuring Bobbito the Barber on WKCR [Undaground Flavas] – 1995

Found another old Stretch and Bobb cassette to add to the ever-increasing list of shows from the WKCR days

The exquisitly and tastefully designed cover looks like it was drawn up by someone with plegic issues, or some stumped up Jeremy Beadle type, and I have no clue why the date was scribbled out either

Wyclef and Pras are in the studio as well as an MC by the name of Mischief [along with his mate, 10 men/ Tin-Man?]. It’s one of the booty tapes that was sold outta one of the many vinyl stores in London at the time, Handspun Records I think. It’s a decent selection of tunes, no demo exclsuives to talk of, and Wyclef waffles on a bit [durin the freestyle as well as the chat with Bobb and Bones] some things never change eh, and sadly, there’s no Krunchtime. If anyone knows the origins of, erm, Undaground Flavas outta downtown Hounslow, then let us know. Shouts to Krisch for helpin out with the tracks

DJ Stretch Armstrong Show featuring Bobbito the Barber on WKCR [Undaground Flavas Sleeve] – 1995

SIDE A – http://www.mediafire.com/?7cnhz51hbbfuhw3

O.C., Lord Finesse & KRS ONE – Brainstorm [PSK Remix]
Bobbito Intro [Wyclef & Pras in studio]
Mischief [10 Man/ Silencer] Freestyles
Mobb Deep – Still Shinin’
Group Home – Inna Citi Life
Group Home – Album Intro
Fugees Wyclef & Pras Freestyle
Redman – Funkorama
LL Cool J, Fat Joe, Foxy Brown, Keith Murray, Prodigy – I Shot Ya

SIDE B – http://www.mediafire.com/?2dbg6221p0o0wc2

Das EFX & Mobb Deep – Microphone Master [Sewa/41 St. Side Remix]
Q-Ball & Curt Cazal – My Kinda Moves
Jamal – Fades Em All [Pete Rock Remix]
DJ Krush & Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Only The Strong Survive
Mic Geronimo – Life Check
Erick Sermon – Focus
Blahzay Blahzay – Danger [Remix]
O.C., Lord Finesse & KRS ONE – Brainstorm [PSK Remix]