Archives

Was there ever any question that Def Jam Recordings would be the #1 most important hip-hop record label of all time??? Here’s a 30-song playlist of music from some of the legendary Def Jam artists: LL, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, Redman, Method Man and more.

Before record labels were considered “the enemy” their brands actually meant something. Artists dreamed of being on the same label as the MCs they grew up idolizing and some labels had such credibility fans would buy the record just because it was on that label. We decided to look at... Read more

Rawkus and Loud were the 20th and 19th most important hip-hop record labels, respectively. Numbers 18 and 17 are…

Select Records and Fresh Records How can Select Records and Fresh Records be ahead of Rawkus AND Loud??? 2 words: historical context. Without a doubt, both Rawkus and Loud released records by some of the greatest MCs to ever bless the mic, but each of those record labels was building... Read more

Raekwon – Just for Laughs Pt. 2

Raekwon goes in on EPMD's So Wat Cha Sayin' beat.  Check out Just For Laughs Pt. 2. play pause volume Raekwon-Just 4 laughs Pt 2 Click here to download. And, if that left you fiendin' for EPMD's classic track... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wwh8WHnBWE... Read more

Here are The 50 Best Radio Freestyles, according to Complex. They discuss each freestyle AND provide audio for each one. It includes freestyles from Tribe, Wu, Snoop, Kanye, Common, Biggie, Nas, Eminem, Jay-Z and many, many more. It’s unbelievable. Just classic.

Complex has been doing a "best of" series for a while but THIS ONE is the best yet. They recently compiled The 50 Best Radio Freestyles and each entry is accompanied by the audio. This compilation would have been worth it for the legendary Common/Kanye battle, alone. The fact that... Read more

DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie dropped a crushing July 4th mix last year. Here’s part 2…

Click here to listen to and download Summertime 2.  The tracklist is below.  Here's Part 1 if you didn't get it last year. Here's the tracklist: 1 Intro: Summer Breeze 2 Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince: Summertime 3 Smif–n-Wessun: Bucktown 4 Jagged Edge: Where The Party At? 5 R. Kelly:... Read more

Erick Sermon just dropped a new song and it inspired us to take a look back at his career. The latest Producer Series installment is dedicated to the Green Eyed Bandit.

When he first unleashed his sonic imprint in 1988 as part of EPMD, Erick Sermon was one of the first producers to bring P-Funk to hip-hop. Over the better part of the next 2 decades, he went on to give classic tracks to some of the most legendary names in... Read more

Here are some random musings from SXSW.

Hip-Hop is alive and well in Austin, TX this week.  If you're not up on South By Southwest (SXSW) it is a music festival that has been around for decades.  It is now the world's biggest music conference.  It has traditionally catered to indie rock but over the last few... Read more

New EPMD??? Yeah, that’s right…and it’s to the beat of The Breaks.

Check out Don't Get Clapped. Click here to download.  And here's Kurtis Blow's The Breaks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KMrPDiw8PQ... Read more

Rewin(d) – AFH Samples (Video Playlist)

We recently posted a documentary about sampling so it seems fitting to make this week's playlist one dedicated to some classic samples. You'll find music sampled by Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West, DJ Quik, Biggie, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Redman, Black Moon and more. The tracklist... Read more