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Boogie Down Productions – Live at the Town & Country Club, London July 13th 1989

As well as puttin you lot up on the latest greatest in Rap singers and the usual nonsense, more and more of you are contacting us requestin the rarities from the HOTASBALLS Rap radio archives, for the few that say please, i’ve culled this wee number.

It’s 4 live cuts broadcast the night after the show above by Tim Westwood on the Capital Rap Show on Capital Radio.


Still Number One
Criminal Minded
My Philosophy
P is Free [Reggae Version Excursion]

The show was at the Town and Country Club, as opposed to whatever corporate branded trench-foot ridden hole its known as today. The T&C Club was THE venue of choice during the late Eighties for Hip-Hop [and even Go-Go] outfits playing to a larger crowd than the usual pokey sweat-soaked low-ceiling spots in London town [The Trouble Funk show that was featured on the Say What! alblum on Island back in 86 is a perfect example of the raw excitement that ensued under the T&C roof].

This show, was THE best Rap performance I have ever witnessed in the flesh, without question, and i’ve seen a few in my time let me tell ye. It wasnt because I was bouncing up and down like some lanky lunatic, rhymin along with almost every other lyric with my mates, or spiritedly throwing bows down the front, but simply because KRS had already honed his skills and created a persona for himself as the number one performance Rapper at the time, and let’s face it, not many have come close to perfecting his presence or delivery on-stage since. The clarity of virtually every rhyme was as clear as crystal that night, his phonetics were unfuckwitable, that may sound standard, but think of how many shows youve been to and that hasnt been the case.

As outta-towners attending gigs in London, the inevitable radio shows that came with travelling to the mainland from Ireland were as important to document as anything else we were at. By any means we’d record the Westwood shows, or Max n Dave or Dave Pearce or even Delroy Briscoe on Sky Community Radio, whoever was playing Rap at that moment in London, I wanted to be able to hear it at home, back in sunny Belfast. One of my best mates Andy even bought a portable radio/ tape deck in NY on one trip, just to catalog the Stretch & Bobb late night sessions on WKCR. We’d get off on the trips to 4 Star General, hangin out with and after a while, snappin on George, in his Gucci loafers and shitty nylon grey socks, we”d stock up on vinyl at Groove and head to all the Hip-Hop spots of choice at the time but the radio shows were imperishable and evidently lasting, so we’d do anything to tape em.

This show was broadcast on the Friday night, the evening after the gig, that’s a pretty impressive turnaround even by todays standards. Me and my muckers were ecstatic as we tuned to 95.8, nodding our heads to the show that we were all at just the night before, but the element that has made it an even longer lasting memory was listening to it on a roof-top across the bloody road from the venue, in North London, with it’s high Irish population. Shouts to Robin and Robins brother who let us hang out on the roof hurling abuse, amongst other things, at passers-by below til the wee hours.

The same live session from the Thursday night was also used for three cuts on the LIVE HARDCORE WORLDWIDE alblum, none of the tracks I have upped today were on that release so this is probably the first time these wee numbers has surfaced from this gig.

If you want more of this kind of thing, leave comments and you never know what might appear next, by just ripping the shit and runnin, youll never know what else could be round the corner. Enjoy.

Just Blaze vs The Alchemist – The LONDON Sound-Clash [extra date added]

If youve already sorted yer entry to the first session on Thurs 6th May, you have the right to feel slightly smug

If you aint already sorted it, you have a life-line, get involved people, this will be a roadblock


araab muzik is a demon on the mpc.this blew me away..no-barrymore…

i mean, exile’s good with it, but this dude, only 20-odd…smashes it, with some street edge to it.


dude is…redankulous.

“you get the laugh, then you seen where youv’e been..”

i ain’t gonna front and say i was a big fan of the black keys in the past,i liked the band and the production, but i always thought the singer was a bit wick, wick wack(sorry).it appears i wasn’t the only one thinking that, cos dame dash( he has no idea how camp that sounds),the man behind jay-z, has dragged them to new york to work with some of his peoples in the “field of hip-hop” and let’s just say i’m hyped about the results…some sort of super-trendy version of the judgment night soundtrack: BLACKROC.

now for the cool part. video from the studio sessions..

lovely old analogue gear and cool white dudes seem to have the rappers sprung, ,and they rise to challenge, and come with it.

in this clip, mos def, who i’m liking more as i become less of hater, vibes with the band, and make a song.he can’t sing..but.

jim jones, rap’s pauly from rocky passes through, and “feels it out”, whilst puffing the magic dragon, and actually spits some poetry.

rza smokes out, grabs the guitar, i cringe, then stands up and directs a masterpiece.you can see the abbot’s brain working.awesomes.

nikki wray and jim jones come, through, dash accafools, and the magic is in the air.no phil collins.

the l/p is out on the 27th.

my namesake..

and possible contender for the boys name, are a hardcore band from seattle.

madball might be a little mad at them for the influence/biting, but they’re all old now, so i doubt a beatdown.

my world…fuck you.bitch.

hard to the cizzore..

DJ Code Money & London Posse – Live from 1986 [Re-up]

Here’s a few clips from my land of birth, Ireland…

This time we got some audio of Code Money LIVE, we got a short clip of the London Posse from back in 86 and a couple of random doozys follow from there…

Tim Westwoods’ Justice Records artists the London Posse, had been touring the UK and Ireland with Big Audio Dynamite and Schoolly D/Code Money during the second half of 86. I hadnt known about the Belfast gig until I was on the bus home after work, and saw Rodney, Bionic and Sipho walking down a Belfast City Centre street, it was all rather odd.

I was 17, and very excited to see these people just mooching round my hometown. I didnt even believe it was them [and didnt wanna look like a fruit to my mates] until I’d seen the local evening papers Concert section that night.

Here’s some audio of DJ Code Money rippin shit up during the intro of the show.

DJ Code Money – Bubblin in Dublin October 1986

Shouts to an unsung hero, Mek Jagger for holdin it down in not so scary Eire.

This was the first show I ever attended, I saw the tour in Belfast and was so happy to meet what I hadnt questioned at the time was ostensibly a gangster, I asked him to sign my ticket.

For the record, I have never EVER asked anyone else to sign something in this fashion since.

I’ve also upped clips of the bloke that upped the vid, Deejay Mek from Dublin [get yer subscribe on, who knows what you’ll find, the boy got history] probably one of the safest and most talented Hip-Hop DJs youll ever have the pleasure of meetin’….. or bouncin’ about a club to !

MC Bionic & Sipho 1986

Deejay Mek

Mek raping Magic Disco Machine

DJ Muro the 45 King… [Video]

“The CDs and Serato are on vacation !!”

Jesus with all that funk youd think someone would be dancin?!

Caveman – Westwood Freestyle Session

Even though we werent the biggest Caveman fans, this session from, a while ago, is the shit !!!

As well as MCM, Principle, Diamond J and the usual suspects, you get an added bonus of Red Detriot and our favourite, Smally Small. Enjoy.

Caveman Freestyle Session 10mins