We’ve been Prince Paul fans since we were kids, starting with his production for De La Soul’s first three albums. From Stetsasonic, Big Daddy Kane, 3rd Bass to Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School & Dr. Octagon, this tribute takes you through some of our favorites from the Doo Doo Man’s storied career. Plus you get to hear some rarities from MF Doom, a very young Jay-Z and even Marvin Gaye!
Special thanks to Brian Coleman for linking us with Prince Paul – be sure to seek out his Check the Technique books and our companion mixes – and the Spitkicker crew for hooking us up with De La Soul back in the day.
Also, take a listen to Prince Paul & Open Mike Eagle’s podcast, “What Had Happened Was,” in which Paul tells the stories of albums and groups he’s worked with throughout his career: https://starburns.audio/podcasts/what-had-happened-was/
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Rest in Power to Malik B from the Roots. The original lineup was MCs Black Thought and Malik B, QuestLove on drums and Leonard “Hub” Hubbard on bass. Malik rapped on four albums: Organix, Do You Want More, Illadelph Halflife and Things Fall Apart, before leaving the group in 2001. You can listen to some of his work below:
And a #TBT Roots mix by DJ Ayres:
#TBT this week is a killer recent re-upload from DJ Ayres. Originally made as a Turntable Lab giveaway companion mix for The Roots’ release of “The Tipping Point”, it’s now up on Ayres’ Hearthis.At account for your listening and downloading pleasure. Loaded with tons of their best, more rare records from 2004 and before featuring some remixes, freestyles, Black Thought solo joints and more. Press play on this one asap.
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For our fourth installment of The Producers, we’re diving into The Trackmasters’ catalog of hits! The duo of Poke & Tone were responsible for a ton of hits in the mid to late 1990s, when we were starting out DJing clubs, so these songs all hold a special place for us. Their classic sound is a chopped up breakbeat with familiar old-school samples – think Mya & Jay-Z “Best of Me” Remix, with the Biz Markie samples. But if you dig a little deeper, you find that they worked the boards on all kinds of stuff, from Kool G. Rap and Pudgee tha Phat Bastard in 1992 to super top-40 towards the end of the decade, like Will Smith “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” and Destiny’s Child “Independent Woman.” So there should be something for everyone, and we hope you enjoy the mix.
Mary J Blige – Be Happy
Foxy Brown – Get Me Home (ft. Blackstreet)
Soul For Real – Candy Rain (Heavy D & Trackmasters Remix)
Notorious B.I.G. – One More Chance (Puffy & Trackmasters Remix)
Mya – Best of Me (Trackmasters Remix ft. Jay-Z)
Mariah Carey – The Roof
Nas – If I Ruled the World (ft. Lauryn Hill)
City High – Caramel (Trackmasters Joint) ft. Eve
Cam’Ron – Horse & Carriage (ft. Mase)
50 Cent – How To Rob
Jennifer Lopez – Jenny From the Block (Remix ft. Jadakiss & Styles P)
Destiny’s Child – Independent Woman Pt 1
Jay-Z – Jigga that N*gga
Noreaga – N.O.R.E.
Nature – Natures Shine
Nas – The Message
Notorious B.I.G. – Respect
LL Cool J – I Shot Ya (Remix ft. Fat Joe, Foxy Brown, Prodigy & Keith Murray)
Kool G Rap – Ill Street Blues
Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard – Life’s A Bitch
Slick Rick – Me & Nas Bring It To You Hardest
Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
Michael Jackson – Butterflies (Remix ft. Eve)
Bill Withers was a beautiful singer and songwriter, and his death broke our hearts. We put together an hour of our favorite songs as a tribute. Love to everyone in these trying times.
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For our overseas listeners:
2017 was a year of breakout stars: Cardi B, 21 Savage, XXXTentacion, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Pump and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie all went from 0 to 100. Of course some familiar faces continued to reign, like Migos, Future, Drake, Gucci Mane and Kendrick Lamar. It was also a year of interesting collaborations: Pharrell had Rihanna try her hand at rapping, Jay-Z and No I.D. threw it back to the Blueprint era, and Calvin Harris competed with DJ Khaled to see who could have the most features on an album. Overall, a super eclectic and exciting year in hip-hop!
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Everyone who bought tickets to The Rub in March will be refunded over the next week or so. Take care, and see you soonish.
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Inspired by Black History Month, The Rub presents a new mix of black excellence including Brand Nubian, Aretha Franklin, Beyonce, Public Enemy, James Brown, Meek Mill, Afro B and more!
Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted and Black
Albert King – I’ll Play The Blues For You
Big Daddy Kane – Young, Gifted and Black
Roy Ayers – Red, Black & Green
X-Clan – Raise The Flag
Jungle Brothers – Acknowledge Your Own History
Brand Nubian – Concerto in X Minor
James Brown – Black And Proud
Pastor T.L. Barrett – Nobody Knows
T.I. ft. Quavo, Meek Mill & RaRa – Black Man
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Jeezy – My President is Black (ft. Nas)
Beyonce – Freedom (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Jackson 5 – Walk On By (Live)
Public Enemy – By The Time I Get To Arizona
Ice Cube – Endangered Species (Remix)
Stop The Violence Movement – Self Destruction
Michael Kiwanuka – Black Man In A White World
Afro B – Melanin
Black Star – K.O.S. (Determination) (ft. Vinia Mojica)
Recorded live at House of Wax in Downtown Brooklyn, Love Rap is over two and a half hours of hip-hop love songs. From LL Cool J “I Need Love” (1987) to SZA & Travis Scott “Love Galore” (2017), this is the very best of rap romance and sexual braggadocio.
J-88 – Look Of Love (Excel Sample Edit)
Mary J. Blige – I Love You (Remix ft. Smif N Wessun)
Big Daddy Kane – Smooth Operator
2Pac – Do For Love
Apache – Gangsta Bitch
A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
Common Sense – I Used to Love Her
Young Gunnaz – No Better Love
Shyne – Bonnie & Shyne (ft. Barrington Levy)
G-Unit – I Wanna Get To Know You
Eric B. & Rakim – Mahogany
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