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More Rap rarities from DWG

Emskee is an MC I know very little about, all I know is he’s a good MC, and as ever here at the BALLS we’re ultra-magnetic when it comes to anything that involves Rap radio, so this was sure to catch our attention.

On this next double drop of DWG action, the Diggers With Gratitude label are unleashing 6 previously unavailable tracks on one EP and another 8 radio promos on a completely seperate piece of vinyl. If youve ever had a thing for ‘Hip-Hop on the radio’, station IDs or the minutia of Rap radio, get involved. There are 8 promo cuts that ‘were recorded between 1992-95 for various well known NYC radio DJ’s’ such as Flex, Doo Wop, Awesome2, T-Money and Dr Dre as well as a Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito 89.9 promo. Check out the snippets.

Diggers With Gratitude are good peoples, not just for the rare as hens teeth prized goodies they periodically let loose from the ‘back of that stack’, but they are a knowledgable bunch too. Get yer arse over to the forum for a community more than happy to share knowledge [and jokes] and gettin to the nitty-gritty of this Rap isht. Since 2004 theyve released previously unattainable music from artists like Main Source, Big Daddy Kane, Phill Most Chill and a shed-load of others. Peep the releases theyve already dropped.

They both went on sale this week, and the radio promos are limited to 175 copies [and theyre on blue vinyl], so get in where ye fit in…

More info at DWG or on Discogs

London Posse Live in Dublin [1986] & more Deejay Mek treats…

Irelands 5 times DJ Championship winner Deejay Mek needs no intro to those that knows, he’s a monster behind the decks and relentless in his ability to nod heads on the regular. As well as being one of the finest scratch DJs still doin it live, he has 2 brand new mixes available to download, and as you can see, has the vintage Hip-Hop video collection on lock

As a close associate of the London Posse, Mek has the footage to make any UK Hip-Hop fanatic loose the plot/ their Burlington socks. The video above is a 5 minute clip of a lascivious Bionic [Jeff] and Sipho from London Posse on an old Dublin based magazine show called Megamix

As well as a brief interview with the presenter where they discuss the difference between Jamaican and American rap-singin , they drop a few tasty rhymes, Sipho rocks the Dallas theme a la ‘My Beatbox Reggae Style’ and the keener ones amongst you will notice that stand-up comedian Sean Hughes makes an appearance towards the end…

Deejay Mek – Hip-Hop Mix –  http://www.megaupload.com/?d=LFO0HX4R

Deejay Mek – Funk & Boogie Mix – http://www.megaupload.com/?d=12O5VD9K

Tracklisting for the mixes over at Meks Mixcloud page, and more info on London Posse here

Lord Finesse & K-Def [WFMU Mixes] – October 2011

Lord Finesse WFMU Mix

K-Def WFMU Mix

Noah Uman is not only a Hip-Hop historian, not only has he written liner notes for re-issue releases on Nature Sounds and Traffic Entertainment, he is the co-producer of the 2005 Run DMC re-issues and the presenter of the long running ‘Coffee Break For Heroes and Villains’ show on New Jersey free-form radio station WFMU.

I’d heard of WFMU years ago but didnt pay enough attention until I was finding myself proto-hacking it in order to record each of the Steinski Rough-Mix shows in 2007 [as they were broadcast and as I slept in my bed]. There was of course the beatbox themed special presented by Lewis Recording artist Edan back in 2002, but Noah himself has hosted shows with many noted Hip-Hop luminaries; Primo, Janette Beckman, Will C, Rack-Lo, 45 King and many many others.

He is taking some sort of time out from the show to move cross country but as a parting acknowledgement for his work, Hip-Hop super-producer K-Def and Diggin In The Crates legend Lord Finesse joined him in the studio for a bit of a send-off. The results are an enlightening look at battling in 2011, in typical good natured grown-folk fashion. They attempt to out do each other behind the Serato laden turntables, and even if these turntables are using decoded vinyl, it seems that the Funky Technician feels that it is important to keep up with technology, eff Paypal, it’s all about Squareup he informs, keep up !

It’s funny to hear Noah describing K-Def and Finesse ‘talking in code’ after the discussion [or lack of] regarding their breaks and who the performers are, Finesse claiming that Noah sounds ‘like a cop’ when he asks, ‘Can you name any of these records?’. The banter in the interviews is jokes too, but youll have to head to WFMU to enjoy that….

Not unlike the Finesse set from Crotona back in the Summer, he erm, keeps the crowd listening with shed-loads of good old music, they both drop some of their own works and some blends, but to me, the highlights were the NEVER HEARD BEFORE instrumentals and acapulcos…

Donate if you can, WFMU will always welcome a donation…

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

Re-up of an old post from July last year, as the audio has been upped to YT…

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.

Go See The Documentary

A number of interesting Hip-Hop documentaries have emerged recently, some to be viewed in cinemas, and some destined for the smaller screen. The Tribe Called Quest doc wasnt something we were expecting to gain Nick Broomfield type enlightenment from, but it is one we’d had fancied watching for some time. It appeared a few weeks back, and even though we’ve been sitting on a generously donated avi for that long, we havent had the desire/ opportunity to kick back and watch, so a review of that wee number is in the wings, still.

Ice Cube – LA Raiders Story 


We have reservations regarding the Ice T ‘Art Of Rap’ doc and the Ice Cube ‘Behind The Music’ piece was strictly for the tourists, but we did enjoy the Ice Cube directorial story of the LA Raiders and their influence on him and Rap in general during the rise of gangster Rap. It’s a recognised westside connection, and a fascinating watch for anyone that ever rocked a Raiders sweat/ snap-back, wore Flights, pumped NWA, The D.O.C. et al, even if you werent watching the league standings each season.

We were intrigued however to see some investigative reporting on the career of Big Daddy Kane on US channel TVone, from a programme by the name of Unsung [the same show that has covered subjects Roger Troutman, Bootsy, Donny Hathaway and others. TVone also broadcast a 40minute history of Hip-Hops first novelty Rap act, The Fat Boys. As usual, these shows rely on shed-loads of heavyweight archive imagery and numerous pieces of previously unseen gold school footage; watching them perform Jailhouse Rap on Soul Train, as well as captured scenes from Sal Abbatiellos’ Disco Fever. With some great throwback images and expected appearances of familiar rap-singer talking heads types, the docs are interesting insights into the history of some great, and good, Hip-Hop acts of our time.

NY77# 1 – http://www.megaupload.com/?d=T4U2IN9I
NY77#2 – http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NCEQBWV6

If you havent seen the VH1 rockDocs ‘NY77’, youve missed out on probably the most accurate and detailed film about the embryonic stages of Hip-Hop on film, from the people that created it. Featuring one of the most astutely chosen bunch of talking heads, this still brings home the raw excitement of inner-city life in the ever emulsifying days of 2011; Sweet G, Caz, Disco Wiz, Chris Stein, writer Jimmy Breslin, Richard Hell, Ed Koch, Bam, Jellybean Benitez, Blade TC5, KRS and DJ Hollywood to name a few…

Were still waiting for the DJ Junebug doc to reach British shores, and as much as we are truly passionate about the heady broadcasts of Kool DJ Fred Alerts days on Kiss, we aint holdin out for some incisive Herzog type leanings. While we wait,  trainer tutor Gary Warnett reminded us about a Yo MTV Raps doc, major shouts to Gwar, and his many misanthropic izms..

As well as these, there’s also a mini-doc about the Cella Dwellas [‘If that is your bag’]. A piece on Detroit Hip-Hop and an ‘Untold story of Canadian Hip-Hop’ toboot

J-Live – A Day In The Life [Diamond D & Brand Nubian Cover]

The Sadat affectations might normally irk me but with its thoroughly  middle-aged recognition of adult responsibilties, this is a tasty little pastiche, a bit of good fun and a refreshing alternative to what im listening for in Rap right now. J-Live was always a Rapper I was aware of but not the type of Rapper that I paid much attention to apart from recognising his skill and ability to spit well on tracks like Them That’s Not and Braggin Writes.

[Pauline] Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir

Enjoyed the piece in the Family section of The Guardian yesterday about Pauline Blacks youth and emergence in the world of popular music. If you enjoyed the ‘On My Radio’ clip a few weeks ago you may enjoy this read from the Selecter lead singer herself…

Dunno why Ive been listening to alotta 2Tone recently but it’s always good to know a little more about the definitive British music culture, and even better to hear it from the mind of the most important [along with Rhoda Dakar] females from the time. Her book is available here

Morris Day & The Time – Live in 2011

Even in 2011 at the age of 53 and one of the best that ever done did it; Morris Day proves that he’s still the ‘aristocratic black’ !

Top choice review here