Wednesday, April 14, 2010


This is a collection of previously unreleased instrumental beats from Washington D.C. producer Damu the Fudgemunk.
In my opinion, this is the best hip-hop producer to emerge in the last couple of years. (I say that in terms of straight-up hip-hop beats, as opposed to more hybridized hip-hop forms, like you see in guys like Flying Lotus.) This man continues the finest traditions of crate digging, layering dope soul/funk/jazz samples with all the technical skill of Pete Rock or Premier. His beats are absolutely good enough to be listened to as instrumentals, the sign of any truly dope producer, and are intricate enough to keep you listening and not come off as repetitive. In addition to all the really dusty samples, he has the unique talent of taking recognizable samples used by his 90s predecessors and flipping them in totally new ways. So you get that "oh shit, I know that!" factor but it's still very fresh at the same time. For some reason, Damu hasn't absolutely exploded in the underground. (I asked Sadat X if he knew this guy, and we was like "Damon Fudge-who?" and I was like that's really depressing.) Changing his lame-ass name would certainly be a good start towards fame.

A taste:


Monday, February 08, 2010

mixed bag

Luv N Haight released this compilation of rare 70s soul tracks by this dude Darondo, and we thank them for that.

The name really says it all. Cam sorta belongs to the downtempo genre, but this first album (both studio and live tracks) is really just some nice jazz/hip-hop stuff.

Funk, soul, psychedelic, etc. Love that album cover.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Together At Last

I don't know who this Tom Caruana character, is but he puts Danger Mouse's "Grey Album" to shame.


Monday, October 19, 2009


Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown
Revolutionary both in production techniques and lyrical content

Tuff Crew - Danger Zone
'88 in a nutshell I guess

EPMD - Strictly Business
So good

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Hi! Albums again!

Been a while...
Some of my favorite beats ever. Large Professor producing and MCeeing here, plus two Toronto DJs, K-Cut and Sir Scratch. Large Pro is still very much around - he released two really good instrumental albums in the past couple of years.

Some might better know Kurious from his work with MF Doom here and there throughout the years, but this is definitely his finest work. Great production from The Beatnuts and SD-50s.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Round 3

I know at least one person is enjoying these, so here's Round 3. For some reason, I happen to be posting 5 albums by MC duos (and also Jeru down there at the end).

Artifacts - Between A Rock And A Hard Place (1994)
This has to be one of my favorite albums of all time. Great production by Buckwild and T-Ray, and Tame-One and El Da Sensei are sick as hell (particularly Tame). Definitely check out their second album, That's Them (1997).

Da King & I - Contemporary Jeep Music (1993)
Okay I'm gonna so far as to say this is probably the most underrated hip-hop album of all time, simply because it's extremely good on all fronts and nobody talks about it, 'ceptin for on this fabulous internet of ours I suppose. Coincidentally, as my brother once pointed out to me, this also has to be the lamest name for a hip-hop group of all time.

Das EFX - Hold It Down (1995)
Diggy Das' third album gets less love than the first two, and I slept on it for a while, but it's gotta be best. Great production by Easy Mo Bee, and Drayz and Books rip up the mic as usual.

Organized Konfusion - Organized Konfusion (1991)
You could pretty much go either way with this or their second album, Stress: The Extinction Agenda (1994), but it doesn't matter because both of them prove that Pharoahe Monch is the BEST MC OF ALL TIME. In recent years Monch has been wasting his talent by singing like quasi-R&B crap with a backing band, but don't be fooled. The dude is unbelievable. The beats here are nothing special, but Monch and Prince Po are the best rhyming duo ever recorded.

Heltah Skeltah - Nocturnal (1996)
More classic Boot Camp Clik. Ruck (Sean Price) and Rock (Rockness Monsta) are probably the best MCs in BCC, which is saying quite a bit. Just look at those little guys hanging upside down. Love it.

Jeru The Damaja - The Run Rises In The East (1994)
All I really can say is that Jeru is the man. DJ Premier produced the entire album (as with Wrath of the Math, 1996), and it's probably his finest work.

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

More albums

Smif-N-Wessun - Dah Shinin' (1995)
Classic Boot Camp Clik. You like what you hear on this one check out Black Moon, Heltah Skeltah, and O.G.C.

Buckwild - Remix Mixtape
Not an album per se, just a mixtape, but Buckwild is without a doubt one of the best hip-hop producers of all time. Mostly mid-90s remixes of tracks by Artifacts, AZ, Beastie Boys, Brand Nubian, Channel Live, Grand Puba, Guru, Kool Keith, Lance Da Booms, Lord Finesse, Nas, Organized Konfusion, Funkdoobiest, Show and AG, Special Ed, and Alkaholiks. And the Little Indian track is unbelievably good

Scientifik - Criminal (1994)
Boston hip-hop with stacked production credits from Diamond D, Buckwild, RZA, and Ed O.G. "Jungles of da East" is so damn good

Sleestack'z - Behind the Iron Curtain (1996)
Crew out of Atlanta, released one sweet album and disappeared. 4 nice MCs over some of the most blunted tracks ever

Lords of the Underground - Keepers of the Funk (1994)
Just pull this off the stacks and put it on the radio

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Back to the Golden Age

Whats up people. Dapper Dan here, some of you might know me from my show Return of the Boom Bap last semester. Being abroad in London, I miss KWUR and thought I could trick myself into having some false sense of contribution to the station by posting on this lovely blog here. So, without any further bullshit here's some dope ass hip-hop albums you might all enjoy from the so-called "Golden Age" (like 1987-1996) that I'd probably be rocking at 10 watts if I were back in STL. So...

De La Soul - Buhloone Mindstate (1993)

De La Soul are pretty well known, but for some reason "Buhloone Mindstate," without a doubt their best album in my opinion, has never gotten its proper due and remains pretty criminally underrated. This gem was released in 1993, and was De La's third and last collaboration with genius producer Prince Paul. Once again, Paul's all over this one in the best way possible (you can really see what they lack without him when you hear their like post-96 shit, like the "AOI" series and "The Grind Date").
Anyway, I'm not sure there's another hip-hop album that flows so seamlessly from beginning to end. Unlike their first two albums, the more well-known "3 Feet High and Rising" and "De La Soul is Dead," Buhloone goes light on the skits and such, which is a serious improvement. The album's also short on guest appearances, only featuring Guru, Dres from Black Sheep, and some verses here and there from a female MC named Shortie No Mass. However, we get some sweet live instrumentation from Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis of James Brown and J.B.s fame on tracks like "Patti Dooke," "I Be Blowin'" and "I Am I Be."
Like I said, "Buhloone" flows like silk but some stand-out tracks include "Ego Trippin' Pt. 2," "Area," and "Breakadawn."

Juggaknots - Re:Release (2002)

Oh man is this good. Juggaknots (Breezly Brewin, Buddy Slim, Heroine) recorded most of the tracks on this album around 1995 and released them as the "Clear Blue Skies" EP for Bobbito Garcia's record label Fondle 'Em. Juggaknots were definitely in good company on Fondle 'Em during the mid-90s with the likes of Company Flow, Arsonists, MHz, MF Grimm and a newly renamed MF Doom.
This album is of the exceptional variety where you can easily listen to the whole thing all the way through and not really skip any tracks. "Re:Release" has some dirty ass beats throughout (with some nice Coltrane and Taxi Driver OST samples), but the strength of the album is absolutely due to Breezly Brewin. Basically, Breeze is one of the sickest MCs I've ever heard. He's got a crazy complex and unorthodox rhyming scheme. Nobody has a flow quite like his, at least that I've ever heard (check him out as the featured MC on Prince Paul's concept album "A Prince Among Thieves" from 1999).
Like so many great 90s hip-hop artists, Juggaknots later material - "The Love Deluxe Movement" (2004) and "Use Your Confusion" (2006) - unfortunately in no way compares to the earlier shit. Nonetheless, this album is some dirty New York underground shit.
Just about every track is good, but I guess the stand-outs are "Jivetalk," "Sex Type Thang," "I'm Gonna Kill You," and "Clear Blue Skies."

The Beatnuts - The Beatnuts a.k.a. Street Level (1994)

The Beatnuts (Psycho Les, Juju, Fashion) aren't the strongest lyricists, basically sticking to the Alkaholik-type of hedonistic pussy/weed/40s rhymes. But in their case I could give a shit cuz they make the sickest fucking beats ever. The 3 producers/MCs were sort of like marginal members of the Native Tongues Tribe in early 90s New York (A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Black Sheep, and so on), and have produced a lot beats for other people over the years, like Common Sense, Chi-Ali, Kurious, Da Youngsta's and Fat Joe. Their beats are everything you want out of jazzy early-mid 90s hip-hop, with nice, funky horn, guitar and acoustic bass samples.
Following their almost as good debut EP from 1993, "Intoxicated Demons," this album keeps it pretty simple, with only one guest appearance throughout from Grand Puba of Brand Nubian. Just funky ass beats and party rhymes. Beatnuts have put out like 4 or 5 albums since then, none of which compare, although "Stone Crazy" is definitely solid (if you can remember all the way to back to like 97 or 98 the song "Off the Books" was all over the radio).
Some stand-out tracks: "Let Off A Couple," "Rik's Joint," "Hit Me With That"

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