GRANDGOOD.COM: Standout Rap, 2017 [Mixed by DJ Sheep]

This collection of music focuses on the independent voice in hip-hop, where the tension of selling records to mass markets tends to be less pronounced. This doesn’t exclusively mean unsigned and you’ll note some music from career musicians. But even with long term artists the songs we selected felt less encumbered. Because of my heavy hand you’ll also have to deal with an east coast bias but yo that ain’t necessarily a bad thing all the time, is it?

Thanks to DMC champion DJ Sheep you can listen to the professionally mixed version featuring 40 or so of the 55 tracks listed below, recorded live in one take on 2 turntables and a mixer at the Bulletproof Crates lab in Brisbane, Australia on New Years Day 2018. You can also stream a warm @cv_ tape version and it might make you recall what it was like dubbing tapes for your close friends in ’88. We also have playlists on soundcloud and youtube you can hit shuffle on (yea we know, but Spotify doesn’t have most of the music).

Goes without saying but special thanks to the artists, we appreciate what you do. The Hip-Hop community suffered great loss in 2017 and not enough can be said about the lost talent. At the same time, enthusiasm from young heads and old heads alike keeps it going. Lest we forget, many founding artists, like Coke La Rock pictured above, continue to walk among us. So again, big up to all the artists but also the rest of the community of listeners, show promoters, podcasters, writers….

Special shout to Dj Sheep for lending his hand, literally. Peace to Ming for capturing stunning images of the legends throughout the year. And of course @CV_ for his dedication and influence. Participation is critical. Thank goodness for contemporary rap.

Agallah – Wolves Of Now Why ft. Milano Constantine, Lord Tariq
Airospace – Dusk
Ancient Astronauts & Azeem – Poetic Occupation ft. Divine Styler*
Ancient Future (Aceyalone, Orko Eloheim, Self Jupiter, P.E.A.C.E) – Telepathy*
BEAK> – Sex Music
Billy Woods – Groundhogs Day
Black Thought – Funk Flex Freestyle
Bully Preston (Jumbled, Dwell) – I Want Money**
Everything Is Recorded – Close But Not Quite ft. Sampha
Gensu Dean & Wise Intelligent – DAMN
Grand Analog – Mutations ft. Posdnuos
Greyhat – Tell All Ur Friends ft. J’Von
G.S. Advance – CounterClockwise
Hus Kingpin – Mind Sex God**
Infinito 2017 – Interrupted Moments In Living* **
Jalal Salaam – New Consoles
Jay-Z – The Story Of O.J.*
Jihad The Roughneck MC – H.O.M.D. **
Justo The MC – Regular**
Keith Murray – No Exceptions (Prod by Erick Sermon)
Kila M Da Pro Buckets ft. Cauzndefx **
Kool G Rap – Capitol Hill ft. Manolo Rose, Sheek Louch, Cormega
Kool Keith & Bushwick Bill – Mantronix
Labtekwon – Womb World**
LiL Eto x Jai Black – Blessings
Lisaan’Dro – You Already Know**
Lukey Cage – Stan Lee & Joan B**
Mary J Blije – Love Yourself ft. Kanye West
N3LL – While I’m Up
N8NOFACE – Kings and Queens
Nine – Fiyah
NYOIL – Me and The Mic (Prod by Johnny Juice)**
O.C. – Good Man
Pedestrian – Oakland Hosanna**
Peedi Crakk – Good Life (Prod by 4th Disciple)
Prodigy – No Religion
Quelle Chris – BS Vibes ft. House Shoes
Rock – Just Rap*
Sam Dew – Remember*
Sean Price – The 3 Lyrical Ps ft. Prodigy, Styles P (Prod. Harry Fraud)
Shirt – Pressuring Her Is Corny (Nigga You Corny)**
s.habIB – raezah bumps
Showbiz & A.G. – Live with Show & AG ft. Roc Marciano, John Robinson
SmooVth – Rotten Apple ft. Crime Apple, Eto
Snoop Dogg – Mount Kushmore ft. Redman, B-Real, Method Man
Sticky Fingaz – Ebenezer Scrooge ft. N.O.R.E.
Tha God Fahim – 9 Ether
Therman Munsin – Exquisite
Tom Caruana – Continuation ft. J-Live
Tree – Fall In Love Everyday
WESTSIDEDOOM (Westside Gunn, MF Doom) – 2 Stings
Wu-Tang Clan – People Say ft. Redman
Y2The3rd – Memory Graveyard (Prod by Shozae)
Your Old Droog – G.K.A.C.
Your Old Droog – You The Type

*not currently available on soundcloud
**not currently available on youtube

Originally posted on GRNDGD

(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.15.16

Vintage Photos Recall the Early Days of Hip-Hop, Before It Became a Billion-Dollar Industry.
A partial look at the collection of more than 400 images from the 1980s to the early 2000s (including the Danny Clinch photo of Nas that appeared on the cover of ego trip Magazine issue #1) at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Article includes quotes from Bill Adler. By Katie Nodjimbadem
[Smithsonian]

Meet Pam The Funkstress, Prince’s New DJ.
The Coup’s turntable specialist needs no introduction to longtime hip-hop fans. By Stacey Anderson
[Pitchfork]

Boots Riley Still Loves Oakland.
The Coup’s leader talks gentrification and also shines light on local acts, the best food spots in town, and his memories of a mid-’90s warehouse show with OutKast and Eazy-E. By Joseph Bien-Kahn
[Vice]

The Insomniac’s Guide To Atlanta With Outkast’s Big Boi.
From strip club adventures co-signed by Dave Chappelle, to late-night breakfast institutions. By Ryan Joseph
[First We Feast]

Afrika Bambaataa Calls Sexual Abuse Claims “Baseless and Cowardly.”
“These allegations are baseless and are a cowardly attempt to tarnish my reputation and legacy in hip-hop at this time.” By Daniel Kreps
[Rolling Stone]

A Freak Is a Freak, and Egyptian Lover Is an Icon.
“They kind of called it the ‘West Coast sound,’ but I never saw it as the West Coast sound. I only saw it as the Egyptian Lover sound that I created from mixing Prince and Kraftwerk together to come up with this freaky, big-beat sound.” By Max Bell
[Noisey]

KRS-One: “The Ruling Class Of White People Are Psychopaths.”
A “group of criminals is what governs the United States.” By Soren Baker
[HipHopDX]

PROOFREADING: DeShaun “Proof” Holton, October 2, 1973 — April 11, 2006.
“I could write 100 pages about Proof. Could pronably write a book on him. I could write some shit about black on black crime that would make Deray from Black Lives Matter proud. I could do a super hip-hop story about Proof’s place in Detroit hip-hop that would bring a tear to Harry Allen’s eye. Its impossible to try to sum up Proof ‘s life in one article, so I’m not even gonna try. Ya’ll know how I do it. I’m gonna tell a few stories about him, and I hope ya’ll get some insight into who he was.” By ironsidehex
[RIK]

DJ House Shoes Shares The History Of J-Dilla’s “The Introduction.”
“I began working on music under him. So to have me produce a joint for him where he’s fuckin mimickin one of Tip’s most well known verses for the intro to the shit is fuckin crazy.” By Jerry Barrow
[WatchLOUD]

How An L.A. Engineer Brought The Sound Of J Dilla’s The Diary To Life.
“Jay trusted me to do my thing, so I felt like I had his blessing.”—Dave Cooley. By Laurent Fintoni
[Fader]

Behind The Beat: Statik Selektah.
“It’s become a responsibility [for] us to make sure the kids know what’s going on and know the right way to DJ.” By Danny Schwartz
[hnhh]

Domo Genesis Explains Why Getting Lost for Two Years Helped His Career and Inspired New Album.
“People always get to the point where it’s ‘I’m lost,’ but bro that’s the most perfect time. You’re going to find yourself in being lost.” By Emmanuel C.M.
[XXL]

The Ten Most Popular Rap Tapes To Be Buried With.
“When I die make sure you bury me with a cassette of Paid In Full” goes the song. But what tapes would you want to spend the afterlife with? By Robbie Ettelson
[Unkut]

“It Could Have Been Worse”: An Interview with White Gzus.
The Chicago duo on incarceration, originality in rap music, and lawyers in prison. By Jimmy Ness
[Passion of the Weiss]

Taxi Driver Oral History: De Niro, Scorsese, Foster, Schrader Spill All on 40th Anniversary.
Trivia: Harvey  Keitel’s pimp was originally written as black; producers “had to hire a gang to protect us from other gangs.” By Gregg Kilday
[Hollywood Reporter]

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.15.16

House Shoes —The Turkey Tape (1995-2000) (AUDIO).

Shoes says: So, I didn’t make a turkey on Thanksgiving. I made a beat tape consisting of early production of mine dating from 1995-2000. Hence “The Turkey Tape.” The first tracks that I made on my MPC3000, along with tracks made on the 2000 and 2000XL… RELICS.


SIDE A:


“…I will share Side B next year…”

Originally from egotripland.com: House Shoes —The Turkey Tape (1995-2000) (AUDIO).

House Shoes — ‘Magic’ (Episode 6: 2015 Wrap-Up) (AUDIO).

Some of the best music of this year according to House Shoes.


Go here OR here to listen if player is not working.


Track List:

1. DERT – Smokey’s Reprise
2. Kamasi Washington – Askim
3. Thundercat – Them Changes
4. Quelle Chris – Where the Wild Things Roam
5. Quelle Chris – The Ones To Watch
6. Quelle Chris – I Asked God
7. Asha Puthli – Let Me In Your Life
8. Action Bronson – Terry
9. Action Bronson – Actin’ Crazy
10. Knxwledge – Shuremng
11. Knxwledge – demskreets.fekts
12. Electric Wire Hustle – Golden Ladder
13. Anderson .Paak – The Season / Carry Me
14. NxWorries – Suede
15. Dr. Dre ft. .Anderson Paak – All In A Days Work
16. Dr. Dre ft. .Anderson Paak – Animals
17. Guilty Simpson – Money
18. Guilty Simpson – Detroit’s Son
19. Guilty Simpson ft. Cysion – Blunts In The Air
20. Guilty Simpson ft. Fat Ray – Fractured
21. Puff Daddy – Auction
22. Jonwayne ft. Anderson .Paak – Green Light
23. Jonwayne – Gold and Silver
24. Jonwayne – Rap On This Kanye
25. Denmark Vessey – Think Happy Thoughts
26. Denmark Vessey – Don’t Smoke
27. Tuamie – nanamimiithankthee
28. Sean Price – Figure More
29. Sean Price – Planet Apes
30. Sean Price – Magic
31. Grawlix ft. Hazel & TFox – We Should
32. Jacob Collier – Close To You
33. La Grima – Lithium
34. Oddisee – Want Something Done
35. Oddisee – Meant It When I Said It
36. Oddisee – Book Covers
37. Earl Sweatshirt – Mantra
38. Dr. Yen Lo (Ka & Preservation) – Day 93
39. White Boiz – Live From The Mothership
40. White Boiz – Learn Tho
41. White Boiz – Alright
42. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
43. Kendrick Lamar – Mortal Man
44. Kendrick Lamar – Momma
45. Hiatus Kaiyote – Shaolin Monk Motherfunk
46. Hiatus Kaiyote – Breathing Underwater
47. Dr. Dre ft. Kurupt & Pete Rock – Freestyle on Beats
48. 14KT & D’Angelo – She’s Always In My Hair
49. WIKI – Hate Is Earned (prod. by Black Milk)
50. Illingsworth – Kings
51. Illingsworth – Mr. Glow Body
52. Nottz – Joy Road parts 1 & 2
53. 14KT – Holey Moley
54. Mellow Music Group ft. Oddisee & Phonte – Requiem
55. Illingsworth – Everhard
56. D.R.U.G.S. – Dying
57. Kendrick Lamar ft. James Fauntelroy & Ron Isley – How Much A Dollar Cost?
58. Slum Village – Fall In Love
59. Carlos Nino & Friends – Rhodestargate
60. Floating Points – Nespole
61. Your Old Droog – Blood
62. Chanes – Time Is Running Out
63. Chanes – Coins
64. Chanes ft. Guilty Simpson & MoeDirdee – Hey
65. Skillz – Fuck Niggas Tho
66. 14KT – The Sound of People Burning
67. D.R.U.G.S. – Dying
68. D.R.U.G.S. – Quiet Fire
69. Illingsworth – Duedads



House Shoes’ show is on the third Tuesday of every month from 6-8pm on dublab.com.

Originally from egotripland.com: House Shoes — ‘Magic’ (Episode 6: 2015 Wrap-Up) (AUDIO).