Freitag, 30. Juli 2010

Diggers With Gratitude: DWG-009 ft. Tragedy

Surprise, Surprise. Shortly after DWG announced their latest 7" release here is the next heavy hitter!!!

QB primary rock Tragedy aka The Intelligent Hoodlum releases the "Black Rage Demos" on Diggers With Gratitude. Three previously unreleased tracks from Tragedy's 25 To Live imprint. Check out the words of DWG head RareDave:

"Many of you will have heard the original versions of "Death Row" and "At Large" - well, the opportunity arose for us to get involved in a 25 To Life approved pressing of these tracks, plus the previously unheard demo of "Pump The Funk". These original versions were due to appear on Trag's unreleased/controversial 2nd album "Black Rage" (1992), but A&M Records got cold balls and decided to change the title to "Saga Of A Hoodlum"(1993) change the tracklist and remix some of the tracks (we have put the 3 previously available album 'remixes' on the flip). The "Black Rage Demos" are sought after (previously only available as crusty dubs from Westwood's Capital Rap Show) and production wise are closer to Trag's earlier work, the depressing original mix of "Death Row" is genius and the venomous production of the original "At Large" is nothing short of amazing - Trag holds no bars. The original "Pump The Funk" (this was originally named "Shit For Your System") is totally different to the final version with a stripped back beat for the jeeps."

The EP is limited to 250 copies while the first 75 orders get a marbled red vinyl and a sleeve signed by Tragedy himself.

A1: Death Row OG Version
A2: At Large OG Version
A3: Pump The Funk OG Version

B1: Death Row Album Version
B2: At Large Album Version
B3: Pump The Funk Album Version

The best review you'll find HERE - PROPZ 2 WERNER!!!

My special thanks goes out to RD and the DWG crew. All rights reserved by DWG and 25 To Life.

No Sleep: NSR2LP-001 ft. Nick Wiz

Once again my man DL is back on da scene and presents Nick Wiz - Cellar Selections Vol. 1. Here is a part of DL's annoucement:

"Nick Wiz has been a Hip-Hop mainstay since his teenage years. Having first impacted the early 90's scene with his beat contributions to Ecko Unlimited Underground Airplay cassette series; Nick's sound was a considerable part of the early Lyricist Lounge movement. This continued into working with Lounge alum, The Cella Dwellas, as well as the likes of Rakim, Chubb Rock, Mad Skillz, Channel Live and countless others. Producing in his own studio, appropriately named The Cellar, his sound was a unique fusion of filters, horns, smacking SP-1200 drums and dense bass-lines. With round the clock recording sessions, Nick's studio was constantly flooded with both Hip-Hop's elite talent and the best of the underground scene as well. While a lot of the material produced and recorded by him found its way to full-length CD releases, countless other tracks were unreleased; only heard on underground radio shows and rare demos. This release focuses mostly on the mid-90s demos from the first 2CD, specifically the highly sought after Lyricist Lounge Underground Airplay tracks and the rare Stretch and Bobbito demos that have never been on vinyl. This release is the first of two Cellar Selections 2LPs, as the second will be released in early 2011 and will mostly feature tracks from Cellar Sounds Vol. 2" with a few leftovers from Vol. 1.


Limiited to 250 copies No Sleep follows the asking of record collectors to release the Nick Wiz CD release on vinyl. The record sold out in not time so if you're interested in Vol. 2 you better be on the look out.

My special thanks goes out to Nick, DL and No Sleep Recordings. All rights reserved by the label.

Samstag, 24. Juli 2010

Solid Ground: MC Googly, Poison Ladd and Beats In General

Poison Ladd S.L.R. and Beats In General come around with their next Solid Ground installments.

The double release will feature MC Googley's "The Ghetto Soldiers EP" (96) and Poison Ladd S.L.R. & Beats In General featuring Black Pussy bw. Red Wagon (92/93).

Mc Googly aka William Daniels ("The Public Enemy Of Philly") born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. (North Philly) in 1967, moved to the logan section of Philadelphia in 1980, where he first witnessed hip hop at its finest. We’re talking 2 Turntables and a microphone. Well known Dj’s like Disco Rat, Disco Poo Sex Machine, would be off the hook with performances, with rappers, and rap groups. His study of the rap game had him rapping at the early age of 13 sounding just as good as the older rappers. In 1983 he met Ronald Potts known then as Mc Rockwell aka Poison Ladd at Olney Highschool in Philadelphia where the challenge each other to take there skills to the next level. Shortly after, they met Wayne Rhoads know then as Big which they later named Extortionist B aka Beats In General and they formed a group "Boys Of Doom" they produced a sound that still today is ringing in the public ear. They were considered one of the hottest groups in philly at that time, but still no shine in 1984. In 1987 the Boys Of Doom had to part due to Mc Googly’s incarceration which he did a 2 year sentence. His incarceration helped him perfect his rap skills, Mc Googly returned to the group B.O.D. in 1989 and recorded several solo songs but violated his parole and returned right back to prison until 1992. By then B.O.D. was no more, and Ronald Potts, & Wayne Rhoads became Poison Ladd S.L.R. – Beats In General., so Mc Googly moved on as a solo artist recording various hip hop songs throughout the 90’s. We hope you enjoy the many lost treasures of Mc Googly, One of the illest Mc’s of philly. The record is limited to 300 copies.

A1: Kick'n It
A2: They Got Me (Interlude)
A3: Ghetto Soldiers
B1: All Day (Instro)
B2: Timbre Timbre
B3: The Situation Is Kick'd Up

The second 12" features previously unreleased tracks from Poison Ladd S.L.R. from the time around 1993 / 1994. All tracks produced by Beats In General and limited to 300 copies.

A1: Black Pussy (Vocal)
A2: Yo Yo Yo Verse
B1: Red Wagon (Vocal)
B2: Red Wagon (Instrumental)

My special thanks goes out to Ronald and Wayne. You know what time it is!!!

Freitag, 23. Juli 2010

Clientele: Ill Vs. ft. L.

Throw ya "L" up in the air if you know what time it is!!! The first vinyl release from L. Fly came in 1996 and it became a collectors item. Obviously due to the damand the debut 12 and his second release got repressed in Japan a few years ago.

Here is a small discography of L.

SSR-0001 - Check The Flow / Relax Your Mind (1996)
SSR-0002 - How We Do / Blue Lights & Blunts (1997)
CLI-1200 - To The Hotel / Players Freestyle (1998)
CL-250 - The Rock Joint / Like What (1999)
CR-001 - Creep Wit´U / City Slick Flow (?)
CR-002 - How You Do That / You Love Me (2002)
CR-003 - May I...? (2003)
HHR12-003 - Ill VS. / You Love Me / Street Superstarb (2010)

Seven years later L. returs with a Japan only release and a limited quantity of 300 copies. If you want to know more about that guy visit his myspace page.

A1: Ill VS. (Clean Version) LISTEN*
A2: Ill VS. (Instrumental)
B1: You Love Me (Album Version) LISTEN*
B2: You Love Me (Instrumental)
B3: Street Superstar (Album Version) LISTEN*

My special thanks goes out to L. All copyrights by Clientele Records and Hi-Hat Records.

*here Snippets with RealPlayer

Mittwoch, 21. Juli 2010

Mastering Studios: Check The Run-Out Grooves

Most record collectors regularly check the run-out groove on records to see if the records is "possibliy" the original press or a current re-release respectively a bootleg. Beside a catalogue number the record shows often a "STAMP" or "SIGNATURE" etched in the dead wax / run-out.

An outrider to contribute information about run-outs of hip-hop records is "Dig-It-Out". Please check it out! Also check in here!


Frankford Wayne
is a full service mastering studio that has been in the mastering business for close to 40 years. Started by Tom Steele in Philadelphia, the engineering at Frankford Wayne soon became legendary. Working with artists like Billy Paul, The O'Jays and Kool & The Gang, Frankford Wayne helped in shaping the "Philly sound" and quickly became a household name in the music industry.

The New York City studios opened in 1973 and immediately gained world-wide recognition as one of the finest mastering facilities in the world. Despite its status and location right in New York City's Times Square, Frankford Wayne has retained a mom & pop feel that appeals to all the clients. Today, hundreds of gold and platinum records to our credit attest to our tradition of mastering excellence. [source:]

Mastering Engeneers:

Carlton S. Batts, Mastering Engineer at Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs, NYC, USA.
Run-Out Groove Sample: F/W CSB ♪♪

Rick Essig, Mastering Engineer at Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs, NYC, USA.
Run-Out Groove Sample: F/W RCE

Herb "Herbie Jr." Powers Jr.,legendary mastering and lacquer-cutting engineer who worked for years at Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs' NYC facility and was responsible for cutting a respectable share of classic Prelude and West End titles, as well as tons of disco, house, funk, and hip-hop classics over the years.Herb still does lacquer-cutting and vinyl mastering, but most of his business is now in the digital domain. He owns and operates his own mastering facility called PM Entertainment, a.k.a Powers' House of Sound, in New York City. He almost always includes shout-outs and dedications inscribed in the run-out groove "dead-wax" of his earlier vinyl work, followed by one of his numerous signatures and his trademark smiley face.
Run-Out Groove Sample: F/W Herbie Jr :0)

Greg S. Vaughn, CD Mastering and Lacquer Cutting engineer since 1990 with New York's legendary Frankford/Wayne Mastering. Opened "The Spot Mastering" studio with Vinyl / CD / Digital Release capabilities in 2009 after the close of Frankford/Wayne mastering Labs in April 2008
Run-Out Groove Sample: F/W G.S.V


Masterdisk has been in business since 1973, mastering vinyl, CDs and high-resolution digital formats for many of the world's greatest artists. Have you considered joining the recent vinyl revival? Masterdisk is one of only a few companies worldwide that has been continuously making masters for vinyl. We have more experience cutting masters than nearly any other facility. Before digital, vinyl record mastering was Masterdisk's sole business, and we were at the top of the heap. Producers would fly to New York from England on the Concord Jet just to have their records mastered at Masterdisk. We are very proud of that heritage and master vinyl records with great attention to detail. [source:]

Mastering Engeneers:

Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer Masterdisk Mastering Labs, NYC, USA.
Run-Out Groove Sample: MASTERDISK TD


Specialty Records Corporation was founded in 1946. Warner Bros. Records took over in 1978, but kept the Specialty name up until 1996, when they changed it to WEA Mfg. Vinyl production was discontinued January 01 2002, to clear floorspace for their rising DVD production.

Specialty pressed some singles and promos in the early nineties. They etched a stamped SRC logo into the lacquers they received. It does not appear that they had an in-house mastering studio, lots of releases they pressed were cut by MASTERDISK. [source]


Welcome to Capitol Studios & Mastering - the historic recording studio housed at the famous Capitol Records building in Los Angeles. They are the home of great recordings from iconic artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, and Green Day. In addition, they are host to some of the most exciting up-and-coming musical talent of today. From live sessions to webcasts, string dates to mixing, film shoots to videos, mastering to vinyl, the expert staff can bring the quality that Capitol is famous for to every aspect of your project.

Mastering Engeneer:

Wallace "Wally" Traugott, mastering and lacquer-cutting engineer for Capitol Records' Capitol Mastering subsidiary. "Wally" is always credited in the runout grooves of the record, with MASTERED BY CAPITOL stamped in, and the "Wally" signature etched alongside.


By the 1950s, Dick Charles had opened a recording studio on Seventh Avenue in New York City, a block away from Broadway. It was here that a good number of demos of up and coming stars were cut before the stars were signed by the big record labels. Here, both Dick Charles (Richard Krieg and Richard Waldspurger) worked with many famous musicians. By the 1980s, Dick Charles (Richard Waldspurger) was running the company, now titled Dick Charles Mastering, and was considered to be one of the best in the record industry at his work.


The New York facility was purchased from Jerry Ragovoy by Edward Germano on March 6, 1975. It was officially closed for business April 1, 2005. The main studio facility at 421 West 54th Street was a mega-complex, occupying most of a 100,000+ square foot building. Five dedicated floors (including basement) housed five recording studios, private lounges for each studio, a mastering business Hit Factory Mastering with several suites, numerous production rooms, a full in-house rental company The Rental Company, as well as operations - large offices, tech shop, tape library and storage areas. [source]

Mastering Engeneer:

Chris Gehringer, veteran mastering and lacquer-cutting engineer. Frequently initials his work in the dead-wax runout grooves with lowercase "cg" followed by a small peace symbol "☮". Starting his carreer as a co-engeneer at TRUTONE, these days a senior audio and mastering engineer working at New York's STERLING Sound.
Run-Out Groove Sample: HFM cg ☮


Europadisk was a mastering company in Long Island, NYC using Direct Metal Mastering. The USA lost its last DMM cutting facility in 2005 with the demise of New York City based record manufacturer Europadisk LLC.


Trutone Records was founded as a part-time business in 1972 by Adrianna and Carl Rowatti. The company operated from a 10' X 10' basement room of Carl's childhood home in North Bergen, New Jersey. The services offered were cutting masters for vinyl records, on-location recording for local schools and churches, as well as custom record pressing...tbc [source]

Mastering Engeneer:

Carl Rowatti, owner and Chief Mastering Engineer of Trutone Mastering Labs, can really play the lathe!


Masterpiece Mastering

Mastering Engeneer:

Walter Coelho, Mastering engineer at Masterpiece Mastering, London.


Sterling Sound is a mastering studio in New York. WEB ; Myspace


Located in midtown Manhattan, the Master Cutting Room has provided quality professional mastering for 15 years.


Founded in 1957 starting with vinyl mastering in Averton, France. [source]


Warner Music Manufacturing Europe, Alsdorf

Dope Folks: DF-0001 ft. Mixmasta D

Brand new Dope Folks Records with their first limited release. Mixmasta D (from Bizzy Boyz) released the original "Turntable Scientist EP" in 1993 ft. MC Flipsyde. While the original EP got 5 tracks with all their instrumentals the re-release features 3 previously unreleasd tracks as a bonus instead of any instrumental versions.

Cat.No. DF-0001 is limited to 300 copies.

A1: Where Ya Iyze At?
A2: Strate Phrum Da Krate Part II
A3: Lyve!!!
A4: Phucdat
B1: Da Weekend
B2: Scooby Dooby Wah Wah Wah (unreleased)
B3: Do Watcha Do Best (unreleased)
B4: Shoutoutz (unreleased)

Keep your eyez and earz open. I think this will not be the last Dope Folks Records release.

My special thanks goes out to KidMillions and ChrisRapList. All copyrights by Dope Folks Records.

Sonntag, 18. Juli 2010

Poor Pocket: Wat's Poppin ft. Nut-Rageous

Hoo-han! In Memory Of KL this is a very special release from 2008. "Nut-Rageous - Wat's Poppin bw. Nuts & Screws" is a wonderful record to salute "KL aka Kamakazee" on one hand and was the pre-release of "Soulbrotha - Collectors Item" on the other hand.

Wat's Poppin features Nut-Rageous and KL from Screwball, beats by Ron Mills and mixed by the legendary DJ Premier from Gang Starr. Nuts and Screws is a real QB anthem featuring Nut-Rageous, Blaq Poet and Kyron (both Screwball) with amazing beatz and cutz by my man "12 Finger Dan".

A1: Wat's Poppin' (Main)
A2: Wat's Poppin' (Clean)
A3: Wat's Poppin' (Instrumental)
A4: Wat's Poppin' (Acapella)

B1: Nuts & Screws (Main)
B2: Nuts & Screws (Instrumental)
B3: Nuts & Screws (Acapella)
B4: Wat's Poppin' (DJ Brans Remix)

My special thanks goes out to Nutso, Cuban, Poet (stop drinkin da Henneys, you know that shit's poison) and 12 Finger Dan (iz da man on da drum pads). All copyrights by Poor Pocket Muzik and Soul Brother's Basement.


Donnerstag, 15. Juli 2010

Liberty Grooves: From Past 2 Present

As promised in my last post here is a little overview on previous "Liberty Grooves" releases. Liberty Grooves was a record shop and label based in South London. The debut single "An Original Break" by Solid 'N' Mind (Rapper Whirlwind D, Producer Johnny F and Beatboxer MSD) was release in 1990 followed by LIB002 ft. True Style.

In 1994 Liberty Grooves released the legendary Gutter Snypes EP "The Trials Of Life" in different versions and different coloured vinyls. Make your own decision what cat-no. you like but you better buy the whole collection! (peace 2 Sigher)

The biggest story and one of the rarest and most thought after records is cat.-no LIB009. I just say Akinyele ft. Kool G Rap - Break A Bitch Neck. Check out the best review from my friends of DWG, nuff said!

In 2009 Liberty Grooves gave their comeback with a limited edition (250 copies) release of "Solid 'N' Mind - Centre Stage bw. Woke With Nothin". Both tracks were recorded in 1991 and released on cassette only before they got pressed on vinyl. The cat.-no. LIB21/2.

Their latest installement please check here.

My special thanks goes out to Dudley and Johnny F. All copyrights by Liberty Grooves.

Freitag, 9. Juli 2010

Liberty Grooves: Battle Tipped Rhyme ft. Solid 'N'Mind

About 6 months ago my man Dudley was flicking through some old cassettes and found another Solid n Mind track that Johnny and him had been working on. Anyway, all he had was the original instrumental and the words on a scrappy piece of paper! Having shared a bit of it on Cro’s Main Ingredient Show and discussed re-recording it with various heads (they never properly recorded it, however it was a Liberty Grooves staple in the many freestyle sessions they had at the shop and in other places!), they have decided to record it as it would have been had we released it back in the day.

It has cat no lib003 ½ to fit in where it would have featured at the time, ie after Takin’ Liberties LP and before The Gutter Snipes EP. Included on the twelve are the vocal, inst and acapella as well as the original vintage 1991 instrumental recording straight from the cassette!

Sound Sample

As you can see, there is a black and white picture cover, as this is where they were in 1992 with Liberty Grooves releases (front cover shown). As well as this, there will be an insert with a new Liberty logo/artwork by Johnny F as well as the full Liberty Grooves discography and a history of the label. Finally, a press release will be included with the project. There will be 250 numbered copies never to be repressed.

A1: Battle Tipped Rhyme (Vocal)
A2: Battle Tipped Rhyme (Instrumental)
B1: Battle Tipped Rhyme (Acappella)
B2: Battle Tipped Rhyme (Original 1991 Instrumental)

To show you what these guys and Liberty Grooves did in the past I will add some further Liberty Grooves shit with the next posts. Big up!

My special thanks goes out to Dudley and Johnny F. All copyrights by Liberty Grooves.

Freitag, 2. Juli 2010

Traffic: TEG-1105 ft. Marley Marl

Here we have a very special re-release on Traffic Entertainment. No doubt it is one of the best producer LPs of all time: "Marley Marl In Control Vol. 1".

The album comes as a double LP ; one record coloured in "Cold Chillin Pink" and one in "Cold Chillin Blue". Additional you get two slip mats with the traditional "Cold Chillin" logo.

A1: Droppin' Science ft. Craig G.
A2: We Write The Songs ft. Biz Markie, Heavy D.
A3: The Rebel ft. Tragedy The Intelligent Hoodlum

B1: Keep Your Eye On The Prize ft. Masta Ace
B2: The Symphony ft. Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Craig G., Kool G Rap

C1: Live Motivator ft. Tragedy The Intelligent Hoodlum
C2: Duck Alert ft. Craig G.

D1: Simon Says ft. Masta Ace
D2: Freedom ft. MC Shan
D3: Wack Itt ft. Roxanne Shante

All copyrights by Cold Chillin and Traffic Ent.