Saturday, August 30, 2008

Mac Mall - Lets Get A Telly

I grew up on Mac Mall songs. This kid is from Cali but he remind me of all my dudes from the C.O. One of Mac Mall's first singles was a song called "Ghetto Theme", and the music video directed by Tupac Shakur in 1993. Mac was a close friend of rapper Mac Dre up until Dre's death in 2004.

Spice 1-Trigga Gots No Heart

This was one of the first songs I taught myself to play on the piano. When I went down the street to JC's crib i'd jump right on that old ass piano with certain keys that didn't work and play this joint.

Above The Law - Black Superman

I remember when me and Rich used to sit out in front of aunt Addie's house in the van and bang this joint on repeat. This will take you back to 1994 in a second doing the Cold 187 dance. Above the Law was a rap group from Pomona, California, founded in 1989 by Cold 187um, KMG the Illustrator, Go Mack, and DJ Total K-Oss. In 1999, The group signed to Suge Knight's Death Row Records but left in 2002. "Murder Rap" a song by Above the Law from their album, Livin' Like Hustlers, appeared on video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the West Coast fictional radio station, Radio Los Santos.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Ill Street blues - Kool G Rap & DJ Polo

G Rap! Corona Queens shake down. Kool G Rap was one of the original members of the Juice Crew which included Marley Marl, Roxanne Shante, Dimples D, Big Daddy Kane, Tragedy, Mr. Cee, Craig G, DJ Polo, Cool V, Masta Ace, MC Shan, and Biz Markie. In my opinion one of the most consistent lyricist to date.

O.C. - Time's Up

The mad dark O.C. ripped it all over this track. In this video there were mad hidden cameos in the crowd try to find them. O.C. signed to Wild Pitch in 94' and dropped Word...Life (classic album). This album needs to be in your collection mos defiantly.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

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Artifacts - Wrong Side of the Tracks

This song was dope because it delt with a lifestyle and culture that I kept very close to me. This video was about graffiti. Not many artist came out with songs showing love to aerosol art. You could tell that there was experience behind this song and not just an A&R's song suggestion. Years later Tame One dropped an album with Camu Tao (RIP) an artist out of Columbus, OH and also a member of the Weathermen.

Artifacts - C'mon Wit Da Git Down

This one of the first videos that featured east coast artist showing a somewhat california type lifestyle. El Da Sensei and Tame One make up the group Artifacts. They busted onto the scene in 94' with their album "Between A Rock And A Hard Place".

Sunday, August 3, 2008

H.A.P.H (of Da Ranjahz) "NEVER GET FREE"

They killed our leaders right in front of us! Haph of Da Ranjahz solo drop. Dope!!!

Da Ranjahz Feat. Cee-Lo - Inspiration

This song isn't that old school but it was good never the less. Da Ranjahz were part of Team Rock in the mid 90's. Team Rock consisted of Jay-Z, Sauce Money, Memphis Bleek and Jaz-O. Da Ranjahz first popped onto the scene on "If I Should Die" on Jay-Z's 98' release Hard Knock Life, Vol. 2. Haph and Wais dropped "Insp Her Ation" in 2003 with help from Cee-Lo and DJ Premier.

Respect My Vote!

This is the "Respect My Vote!" tee done mostly by my home-boy Jhawn with added touches by yours truly. We are the Dream Generation, a generation that comes together as Black, White, Brown, Asian, and Native American. We are those born after 1964 who stand at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood, on the shoulders of those who have fought before us to give us a voice, and from this vantage point we see the power in coming together and voting to ensure that our voices are heard – for “silence is betrayal.”

Hip Hop Vote 2008 is a voter registration and education campaign, which registers young residents in urban communities and on college campuses to vote in twelve states and Washington, DC. The Hip Hop Vote 2008 campaign educates young people to understand the key issues that affect their lives and how to look for the candidates that are the best advocates for their concerns. We register and mobilize new voters via rallies, training sessions, community canvassing, postcard and cell phone blasts, audio and video PSA messages, town hall meetings and university campus events. Beyond the 2008 elections, the Hip Hop Caucus is dedicated to engaging our community as an active and educated democratic force within local and national government. If you would like to be a part of a Community Street Team to register new voters, educate people on the issues and get out the vote, email us at street_teams (at) The Hip Hop Caucus has extensive expertise in voter registration, education and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) work. In 2004, the current Hip Hop Caucus leadership were top architects behind a number of voter registration and GOTV organizations and campaigns, including Hip Hop Summit Action Network (Russell Simmons), Rock the Vote, Hip Hop Voices (AFL-CIO), Citizen Change (Sean "P-Diddy" Combs "Vote or Die” Campaign), Voice Your Choice (Jay-Z & Rebook), SMACKDOWN the Vote, Speak Now, and One Mind One Vote.
Since the end of the election cycle in 2004 the Hip Hop Caucus has grown its networks around the country by working on a range of issues including Economics, Education, Health Care, Housing and Justice. The Hip Hop Caucus’s email membership is currently at 700,000 people in urban communities nationwide. Twelve (12) Targeted States and the District of Columbia. California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Seventeen (17) Targeted Cities including the District of Columbia

Atlanta GA, Baltimore MD, Charlotte NC, Cincinnati OH, Cleveland OH, Columbus OH, Dallas TX, Detroit MI, Houston TX, Indianapolis IN, Bay Area CA, Miami FL, Philadelphia PA, Raleigh-Durham NC, Richmond VA, St. Louis MO, Washington DC.