Thursday, 20 August 2009
This Is The First Part In What Will Be An Ongoing Series.
This Is Definitely Judge A Book By It's Cover Time, Just Peep The Tracklist -
"Cunt Renaissance", "The Bitch That I Hate", "That Girl Is A Slut", "Put Cha Dick in Her Mouth", "Treat Her Like A Prostitute"..........
This Compilation Is Not Really Female Orientated, But I Know That There's Plenty Of Ign'ant Homegirls Out There That Can Roll With This Sheeet
First Up We Got Some Classic Offensiveness From The 80's Ign'ant Dream Team - Slick Rick, Too Short, Just Ice & Schoolly D, Big Daddy Kane Gets Ignunt Too.
The Legendary U.T.F.O. Got Particularly Ign'ant On Their "Bag It & Bone It" LP, N.W.A. Got Even More Ign'ant On "Efil4zaggin" & Eazy E Kept It Up For As Long As Possible.
Kool Keith Pops Up A Couple Of Times (Obviously), As Does The Amazing Willie D & The Geto Boys (Even More Obviously). Biggie Kept It Ign'ant, But Is Mainly Included Here For The (Usually Censored) Lines From "Gimme The Loot"......... Oh Yeah, & "Cunt Renaissance".
Tim Dog Had To Make An Appearance, His Verse On "Secret Fantasies" Clearly Proving His Incomparable Genius. Akinyele & Ghostface Rock That Old Smooth Misogynistic Style, Ak With The Great Kool G Rap On The Amazingly Titled "Break A Bitch Neck", G Rap Has An Incredible Back Catalogue Of Ign'ant Tunes, But I Included "Talk Like Sex" Here So I Could Slip In My Own Ign'ant Remake.
Kool G Rap - Talk Like Sex
Kool Ric Flair - Talk Like Sex
R.A. the Rugged Man, Poison Clan & Three 6 Mafia Have An Arsenal Of Ignunt Tracks Backing Them Up, Brother Lynch Hung & Master P Are Swimming In An Ocean Of Ignunce and F.E.S.U & The Brooklyn Assault Team Are Possible Swimming In An Ocean Of Spunk.
Now, There Was No Way I Was Gonna Make An Ign'ant Compilation Without Including The High Ruling Kings Of Ign'ance, Step Up Ganksta Nip & Necro. Like Most Artists On Here, It's Almost Impossible To Pick Out A Single Track To Display The Level Of Ign'ance Of These Two, Just Buy Their Stuff & Find Out For Yourself.
However, Regardless Of The Years Of Incredible Ign'ance Displayed By The Likes Of Too Short, Willie D, G Rap, Eazy E & Ganksta Nip,
The Ric Flair \ Strictly Business Ign'ant Award Goes To..................
Bust Down & U.G.K.
Bust Down Gets It For His Insults, & U.G.K's "Pregnant Pussy" Has Surely Got To Be The Most Offensive Hip Hop Tune Ever.............
But If Anyone Out There Can Think Of Anything More Offensive, Please Let Us Know, Cos Volume 2 Has Got To Be Ign'ant.
Strictly Ign'ant vol I
Akinyele & Kool G Rap - Break A Bitch Neck
Geto Boys - Let A Ho Be A Ho
Master P - Psycho Rhymes
R.A. the Rugged Man & Notorious B.I.G. - Cunt Renaissance
Ganksta Nip - Disgusting
Slick Rick - Treat Her Like A Prostitute
Bust Down - Nasty Bitch
U.G.K - Pregnant Pussy
Ghostface Killah - Wildflower
Necro - Light My Fire
Brooklyn Assault Team - On The Bone Again
R.A. the Rugged Man - Fuckin Yo Bitch
N.W.A - One Less Bitch
Schoolly D - Mr Big Dick
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Talk Like Sex
Kool Ric Flair - Talk Like Sex
The Notorious B.I.G - Gimme The Loot (uncensored)
Poison Clan - The Bitch That I Hate
Kool Keith - Sex Style
Eazy E - Gimme That Nutt
U.T.F.O - If You Don't Wanna Get Pregnant...
Brotha Lynch Hung - Return Of Da Baby Killa
F.E.S.U - Goosebumps
Akinyele - I Luh Huh
Too Short - Freaky Tales
Just Ice - That Girl Is A Slut
Willie D - Kinky
Big Daddy Kane - Pimpin' Ain't Easy
Three 6 Mafia - Put Cha Dick in Her Mouth
Tim Dog feat Kool Keith & Ced Gee - Secret Fantasies
Saturday, 4 July 2009
Yo yo, Flair-Ski here again,
It's been getting stupid busy round here lately, so i been superslack putting new goodies up here,
We got some jewels on the way for you though, courtesy of the Strictly Business crew.
Y'all know the routine by now,
The Chief Rocker is getting a bit over enthusiastic, Moe Dee's in the house - and he aint having it.
"Hold on Busy Bee, I don't mean to be bold, but put that bom - diddi - bom bullshit on hold........."
This is just a little piece of an upcoming compilation - coming very soon.
Right now this is all yuh get, but imma put the whole thing up a.s.a.p.
Busy Bee vs Kool Moe Dee - Harlem World - 1982
Friday, 3 July 2009
The Strictly Business crew are busy busy, but we be on it.
Right now Strictly Business are all about link ups, we've been linking up nicely with some dope peoples recently, which is gooood...... which is goooooood.....................
So these three tunes are all linked together,
Plus they're all absolute scorchers.
Def rhymes all round and some of my all time favourite breaks.
JVC Force - Stop N Listen
Q Ball & Curt Cazal - My Kinda Moves
Cat Stevens - Foreigner Suite
"While I dance around the stage like I was John Travolta"
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Y'all obviously know Scenario, from Tribe's Low End Theory LP.
Without doubt one of the all time greatest posse cuts.
The original is obviously the shit - no question,
And all the remixs were mad tight.
But there was a rumour around for a loooong time about another version, with different verses & other MCs. When the first Ego Trip book came out about 10 years ago, there was a piece on verses removed from recordings.
Well, this isn't strictly the case, there are 2 other versions of Scenario out there, either from an earlier recording attempt, or possibly from the same session.
Yep, different verses (only slightly in some cases tho'), Yep, more MCs, we also got members of De La & Black Sheep up in it along with Tribe & The Leaders Of The New.
The main sample is slightly different,but from the same song, and those stupid def boom bap Hendrix drums are still in there.
Strictly Business have got a big posse cut on the way, coming soon to a boom box near you. That got me to thinking about putting these little gems up here.
I can't actually remember where I originally got these from, so peace to whoever put them out in the first place, They are super dope (sound quality aside).
Anyways, enough rambling & shit - Here they are.
"Oh My Gosh, Oh My Gosh"
Monday, 1 June 2009
From the Strictly Business vaults,
Three years ago, hot hot summer, a large amount of big tunes.
DJ Friendly & Ric Flair smoothly blend up all the best reggae dancehall tracks from the summer of 2006.
Killer tune after killer tune, lots of big riddims.
Artists include Vybz Kartel, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Mad Cobra, Busy Signal, Bounty Killer, Assassin, Babycham & Many More.
Imma have to put the tracklist up in a day or two cos i can't find it now,
but once again, trust us, grab hold of this mix, it's as hot now as it was three summers ago.
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Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Y'all know the routine
The feud began with Queensbridge based producer Marley Marl & MC Shan's track "The Bridge" in late 1985. The track recited the praises of their home borough and some of its earlier rap crews, and was taken to imply that Queensbridge was where hip hop began, even though it doesn't actually say that. The lyrics that apparently raised the issue were:
- You love to hear the story, again and again,
- Of how it all got started way back when,
- The monument is right in your face,
- Sit and listen for a while to the name of the place,
- The Bridge,
Though MC Shan states Queensbridge is where his crew got started, and his birth place, he has stated that he never meant the song to say that Queensbridge is the birthplace of Hip Hop at all, "everyone knows that hip hop was started in the Bronx." Statements can be found in the 2003 documentary Beef, which features the original battle footage.
Taking offense, South Bronx based KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions released the track South Bronx, which was similar in terms of content to Shan and Marl's track except singing the praises of the South Bronx rather than Queensbridge, and made the argument for it being the real birthplace of hip hop. The song first premiered at a concert where MC Shan had just performed "The Bridge". The track directly attacks MC Shan with lyrics like:
- Party people in the place to be, KRS-One attacks,
- Ya got dropped off MCA cause the rhymes you wrote was wack,
- So you think that hip-hop had its start out in Queensbridge,
- If you popped that junk up in the Bronx you might not live
Before "The Bridge" was released, MC Shan was signed to MCA Records, however he left the label after releasing an almost unheard single entitled "Feed the World". Another line by KRS directly attacking Shan was:
- Show all the people in the place that you are wack,
- Instead of trying take out LL, you need to take your homeboys off the crack
This referred to the fact that MC Shan had attacked LL Cool J on the A side of "The Bridge" with a song called "Beat Biter", whereby Shan claimed that LL Cool J had stolen beats from Marley Marl. LL Cool J never directly responded to this claim and the impending battle between Shan and BDP drew the attention away from it. Marley Marl later produced most of LL's Mama Said Knock You Out album. Slate magazine described it thus: "In 1986, it was a beef that launched the star of KRS-One, when his withering attacks on MC Shan effectively ended his rival's career."
The Juice Crew soon responded with the track "Kill That Noise" on Shan's album Down by Law which took various shots at KRS-One and mocked his taking offense in the first place. He even denies saying hip hop started in Queens, and suggests BDP is just trying to jump on their bandwagon.
In a more recent interview on THE FOUNDATION (Jayquan), Shan defended and explained the misunderstood line:
- JQ : Did you ever say in any song, interview or anywhere that Hip Hop started in Queens ?
- Shan : I only said HOW it started in QUEENSBRIDGE, not over the world. The new Source magazine says I still stand on the fact that Hip Hop started in Queens - writers get it twisted. The song the Bridge starts off saying M.C. Shan & Marley Marl in the house tonight - they wanna tell you a story about where THEY come from.
But KRS continued to play upon the "response to the claim that hip hop started in Queens" premise with his next response, "The Bridge Is Over", featuring lyrics such as:
- What's the matter with your MC, Marley Marl?
- Don't you know that he's out of touch?
- What's the matter with your DJ, MC Shan?
- On the wheels of steel Marley sucks
- You better change what's coming out your speaker
- Your better off talking about your wack Puma sneaker
- Cuz Bronx created Hip-Hop
- Queens will only get dropped
- KRS One, you should go on vacation,
- with a name sounding like a wack radio station.
- and MC Scott La Rock, you should be ashamed,
- when T La Rock said 'it's yours', he didn't mean his name
As she also demanded that BDP stood for Broken Down Punks.
Mr. Magic himself was the actual cause of the whole war in the first place, as KRS and Scott La Rock had earlier approached him with a 12" single they had recorded entitled "Success is the Word", (under the group name "12:41"). Magic dismissed it as "wack", and then, after forming BDP, they decided to take it out on Mr. Magic and Marley Marl's popular "Juice Crew", using the whole "Queens versus Bronx" issue as a premise.
Shan continues recounting in the FOUNDATION interview:
- Mr. Magic dissed BDP and said some stuff about their record on the radio, and he [KRS] made me the target. I wasn't gonna keep ridin' that Kris/Shan thing...people kept sayin "why aren't you answering back"? I'm like why?...I gave him a career already.
After "Kill That Noise", Shan himself became more passive in the battle, as the above statement indicated. But meanwhile, Two other Queensbridge residents, Rockwell Noel & Poet, joined in the battle, resulting from the inferior responses from MC Shan and the juice crew offering the strongest attack against BDP. Their first single was entitled "Beat You Down", in which he reiterates that no one actually said that hip hop started in the Bridge, but then points out that the area was nevertheless very prominent in the early days of rap, and even had superior sound equipment, causing it to surpass the Bronx as the leader of hip hop.
- BDP is trying to dis, we know that they're on it
- Every time we make a record, they get disappointed
- Nobody said hip hop started out in the Bridge;
- but now you've dissed all of Queens, so we know how you live
- You try to get paid talkin bout my town;
- when I battle you punk, I'mo beat - you - DOWN
- How could you say the Bridge is over? We've just begun;
- you soft sucker MC, KRS-1
- Can you believe it, party people? He raps like a rasta!
- Boogie Down Productions are full of imposters;
- They say things, that are not true
- Now the Poet and Noel will break it down to you;
- Bronx started hip hop, but couldn't maintain it;
- now they're gettin jealous 'cause Queens has made it:
- THAT's why those suckers are trying to dis;
- 'cause we're getting paid, and they're getting pissed!
MC Shan's song "Juice Crew Law" contained several anonymous shots at KRS. At the same time, other rappers joined in making songs dissing Queensbridge, such as Cool C's which mocked "Juice Crew Law" and attacks both Shan and Shanté, and MitchSki's "Juice Crew Dis""Brooklyn Blew Up the Bridge, South Bronx Helped us out", which made fun of Shan's on-stage appearances. Another rapper named Butchy B stepped in for Queensbrige, with "Go Magic", which was a promotional for Mr. Magic's WBLS radio show that begins
- I heard about you suckers with your Juice Crew Dis,
- you went and made a record that the people go and miss"
- all you suckers with the lipstick need to get a dress;
- Looking like a faggot, jocking Mr. Magic,
- acting like a parasite, leach or maggot...
The lipstick reference was aimed at the rival station "KISS FM", which used a pair of lips as its logo. He followed up with "Beat Down KRS", in which he among other things, mocks the "didadidadiday" chant of "The Bridge is Over". KRS took minutes to respond. He answered in 1987 on his featured appearance on "Moshitup" with Just-Ice, from the album "Kool & Deadly" . There, he states
- They run they run they run they run they run their lyrics through
- But when they finish rhymin you have not heard nuttin new
- So this one dedicated to the one that run their rhyme-a
- Time after time after time after time
- I know what you will say before you jump up on the stage
- But make sure you don't say "Di-di-di-dah-di-di-di-day"
- Or I'll have to look for you and beat you all up
- So when you see me in the street just keep your mouth shut
In 1988 [Rockwell Noel] and the Poet a/k/a Blaq Poet followed up with Taking U Out, which was even stronger than "Beat You Down", and harshly attacked both KRS's then wife, Ms. Melodie, and rival radio station WRKS's DJ Red Alert, who was on BDP's side of the battle. KRS responded with "Still Number 1, the Numero Uno Mix", where he calls Poet "soft" and uncreative, and accuses him of "sounding like Kane".
- Ka-Re-eSe Uno es fresco (Spanish for: KRS is fresh.)
- Poet is soft ya know
- Do not speak when grown people are speaking
- Don't interrupt the class when I'm teaching
- Turn your text-books now to BDP
- And see
- "Criminal Minded" and "By All Means Necessary"
- I'm sort of like a bounty hunter,
- I search for the best and crush the motherfucker.
He concludes the song with the lyrics:
- Your first mistake was to answer back
- to the undefeated master of beating suckers silly
- No, I'm not from Philly
- My name isn't Magic, Poet, or Billy
- It's KRS, especially if it doesn't take you too long
- to find out where I shift
- And shifted back
- To simply say you're wack
- Weak, soft and really never posed a threat
- In fact, I haven't heard a decent lyric from you yet
- I'll bet creativity is something hard to get
- As someone does your music and lyrics you slept
- So step
- Because obviously you haven't heard about my rep
- I am undefeated, allow me to go more in depth
- Boy you know - I'm still number one
Although conspicuously absent from this counterattack was any rebuttal to Poet's attack on his wife.
Rockwell Noel & the Poet never seemed to respond to this. Some have suggested that their 1989 single "Massacre" may have been a 'between the lines' response, with Poet making anoynymous references like "sucker MC's try to test me...". He later went on to be a part of the groups PHD (Poet + DJ Hot Day), and Screwball; and some of the records released throughout the next decade or so, took numerous pot shots at KRS.
In particular, Screwball's "The Bio" and "You Love To Hear The Stories" (a followup to the original "The Bridge", and which featured MC Shan) recounted the story of him entering the battle, and being basically ignored, and that it thankfully never escalated into physical violence; and the latter pointed to the Nas album Illmatic (1994) as proof that "the Bridge is still live". Key lines from both:
- Back when I first laced the wax with rhymes
- It was eighty sa'en, I was a crazy sa'en
- Niggas tried to diss the Bridge I came bustin'
- Even quoted Doug E Fresh sayin we was nothin'
- You don't believe that, you know I called his bluffin'
- Made 'em go buy a click and put 'em on patrol
- You know P-O-E-T stayed in war mode
- My gats stayed unlocked ready to unload
- Loungin' waitin for the drama to unfold
- But luckily we never had to go there
Of how it all got started way back then
See it was Marly, MC Shan, the Juice Crew
Queensbridge, hip-hop land, those niggas blew (up)
Nobody said it started there
But some playa hater tried to end a party there
Niggas didn't care they burned it, put it in the air
In 1988, BDP and KRS-One fuels their feud with the juice crew again with "My Philosophy".
- you walk down the street and get jumped
- You got to have style, and learn to be original
- and everybody's gonna wanna diss you
- like me, we stood up for the South Bronx
- and every sucka mc had a response
- You think we care? I know that they are on the tip
- my posse from the Bronx is thick
- and we're real live, we walk correctly
- a lot of suckas would like to forget me
- but they can't, cause like a champ
- I have got a record of knocking out the frauds in a second
- on the mic, I believe that you should get loose
- I haven't come to tell you I have juice
On Shan's album Play it Again, Shan, the track "Time For Us To Defend Ourselves" contains a response to "My Philosophy".
- Knowledge ain't nothin but a book on your shelf
- With justice in mind think deep to yourself
In 1990, Boogie Down Productions released the concept album Edutainment. It has been praised by critics for its insightfulness and hailed as BDP's most experimental album. KRS-One took on such topics as politics, racism, self identity, slavery, black on black violence, police brutality & corruption and even the meat industry. But, even though KRS-One covered a range of subjects, he couldn't resist a Juice Crew dis. On the second track "Blackman In Effect" he states:
- This is the language of the people ready to hear the truth
- I've got no juice, 'cause I'm not getting juiced
- To have juice means you kiss and lick a lot of booty
- To have respect means you simply know or knew me
- Heard what I had to say and felt as though you'd say that too
- I'm not down with a juice-crew
- But anyway I say today the message I create is great
- I don't preach hate, I simply get the record straight
During the nineties, the beef was not forgotten by fans or the participants, but rather fondly remembered as a classic hip hop rivalry. It has since been referenced in hip hop lyrics by the likes of Cormega, Das EFX, Nas, Cunninlynguists, Big Punisher, Supernatural, Chino XL and Mars ILL. MC Shan and KRS-One themselves acknowledged the rivalry's important place in hip hop history when they appeared together in a commercial for the Sprite soft drink in the mid-nineties, in which they exchanged battle rhymes inside a boxing ring. However, the respective fortunes of the pair in the nineties were very different; MC Shan, widely seen by hip hop listeners as the loser of the conflict (should there have been one), never really recovered his reputation and later effectively retired, while KRS forged out a successful solo career and remains an important figure in hip hop. Nevertheless, on the compilation QB's Finest (a showcase of Queensbridge hip hop artists) in 2001, MC Shan took one last parting shot at KRS-One with the comment
- Hip hop was set out in the dark
- The Bridge was never Over, we left our mark
KRS-One and Marley Marl have since officially retired the feud, with the release of their collaborative 2007 album, Hip-Hop Lives. The album features two tracks further exemplifying the end of the feud: "The Victory" (produced by DJ Premier) which sees KRS on the same track as Blaq Poet, and "Rising" (as in "Rising To the Top"), in which KRS recounts the whole story from his perspective (a struggling former group home resident trying to enter the business in a period when "answer records" were popular, sparked off by Shante's "Roxanne's Revenge"). You can see this (and the changed attitude towards the former rivals) in the line:
- Answer records were big then;
- after Shante did it, everyone was trying to spit them
- So we spit on...
- To tell you the truth, it was the only way a MC could get on
- We answered MC Shan's "Queensbridge";
- A dope jam about where he was from and where he lived;
- But in the Bronx there was these kids
- KRS, Scott La Rock tryin' to live...
He concludes the track acknowledging his indebtedness to Shan and Marley. He also speaks well of them on other tracks in the album, such as "House of Hits". KRS had also contributed a verse to the Symphony 2000 remake of the Marley Marl classic in 1999.This compilation can be found at homeboy QBMerlin's blog.
01-MC Shan - The Bridge
02-Boogie Down Productions - South Bronx
03-MC Shan - Kill That Noise
04-Boogie Down Productions - The Bridge Is Over
05-Craig G - Duck Alert
06-Roxanne Shanté - Have A Nice Day
07-Noel Rockwell & The Poet - Beat You Down
08-Noel Rockwell & The Poet - Take You Out
09-Boogie Down Productions - Still No. 1 (Numero Uno mix)
10-MC Mitchski - Brooklyn Blew Up The Bridge
11-MC Shan - Juice Crew Law
12-Cool C - Juice Crew Diss
13-MC Butchy B - Go Magic
14-MC Butchy B - Beat Down KRS
15-Boogie Down Productions - Black Man In Effect
Download the bridge wars here.
Monday, 18 May 2009
OK, 50 tracks in 2 parts, all from about '93 to '97ish, especially chosen for one reason, the headnod factor.
I can't even listen to most of these cuts anymore for fear of my lumbago returning, shit, i accidentally heard about 5 seconds of drop a gem on 'em last week & i'm still in agony, these tunes are dangerous people, proceed with caution.
Mad to think that some of these joints are over 15 years old, listening to these tracks brings back crazy memories for me y'all, but this shit still sounds fresher than 99% of the wackness that gets labeled "Hip Hop" nowadays.
Fat beats & superb rhymes all the way, this was a slightly rocky era in Hip Hop, but with these cuts,the boom baps still remained.
I pretty much reckon that this compilation will snap your entire neck off if you're not careful, so please go easy, i don't wanna be responsible for any injuries out there.
Headz Betta Be Ready
Ric Flair & Strictly Business Presents
Go See The Chiropractor - Mid 90s Headnodders
Akinyele & Sadat X - Loud Hangover
Big Pun - Beware
Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
D.I.T.C. - Day One
Diamond - No Wonduh (The Projects)
EPMD - Da Joint
Ghostface Killah - Poisonous Darts
Grand Puba - Playin' The Game
Group Home - Up Against A Wall
I.N.I. - Fakin Jax'
J-Live - Braggin' Writes
Kool G Rap - First Nigga (Remix)
M.O.P. - Brownsville
Mobb Deep - Drop A Gem On 'Em
Mos Def - Universal Magnetic
Nas - New York State Of Mind
Q-Ball & Curt Cazal - My Kinda Moves
Rakim - New York
Reflection Eternal - Fortified Live
Royal Flush - Iced Down Medallions (Feat. Noreaga)
Show & A.G. - Next Level [Nyte Time Mix]
Smoothe Da Hustler featuring Trigger Tha Gambler - Broken Language
Street Smartz featuring OC & Pharoahe Monch - Metal Thangz
The East Flatbush Project feat. DeS - Tried By 12
Wu-Tang Clan - Triumph
Al Tariq - Spectacular
Big L - Danger Zone
Big Noyd featuring Prodigy - Recognize & Realize (Part 1)
Crooklyn Dodgers 95 (OC, Chubb Rock & Jeru) - Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers
Crooklyn Dodgers (Buckshot, Masta Ace, Special Ed) - Crooklyn
D.I.T.C. - The Enemy (feat. Big L & Fat Joe)
De La Soul - The Bizness feat. Common
Fat Joe - Flow Joe
Gangstarr - The Militia
Jeru The Damaja - D. Original
Krumb Snatcha - Gettin Closer To God
Large Professor - Funky To Listen To
Main Source - What You Need
Mic Geronimo - Three Stories High
Mos Def,Q-Tip & Tash - Body Rock
Mr. Complex - Visualize
Notorious B.I.G. - Ten Crack Commandments
O.C. - Time's Up
Raekwon - Guillotine [Swordz] (Feat. Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck & Gza)
Sadat X - The Lump Lump
Smif 'n' Wessun - Headz Aint Ready
Tha Alkaholiks featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard - Hip Hop Drunkies
The Beatnuts - Reign Of The Tec
The Genius - Liquid Swords
Ultramagnetic MCs - One Two One Two
Password - defandstupid
'Aint No Time For Fakin' Jax.
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Earlando Arrington Neil, better known by his stage name Early B, was a dancehall reggae deejay, noted mainly for his hits Visit of King Selassie, History of Jamaica and Wheely Wheely, the latter an ode to bicycle-riding in Jamaica.
Neil began performing live on Soul Imperial Hi-Fi alongside his young apprentice, Wild Apache (aka Super Cat). Earlando supposedly earned his stage name as a result of his reputation for arriving to shows early, thus gaining the name Early Bird, then finally Early B. Early B was soon approached, while on vacation with Stuart Brown (owner of African Star Sound), by a larger sound system, King Majesty. King Majesty was the only set to play all over the parish of St. Thomas. In the evenings he dragged the young Supercat out of his yard in Kingston to the countryside where they performed on King Majesty for almost a year. The owner of King Majesty was a manager in the sugar cane industry and unfortunately was unable to run the sound system during harvest time. Frustration boiled over for "Cat" and Early B who both had ambitions to make it "big time". Their first chance came with Killamanjaro.
Killamanjaro began as a humble sound system in the cool hills above Kingston with a resident mike-man known by the stagename of "Oh Lord". In 1980-81, the principal reason for the rise of Killamanjaro was because Early B and Supercat had become its crowd-pulling regulars. Soon every hopeful deejay wanted to "hold the mike" on the Killamanjaro sound alongside Early B, who had by now acquired a new nickname - The Doctor. He had endless queues of patients as "Jaro" came of age and established itself as one of the top sets, ranking amongst the legends of the sound world such as Gemini, Black Scorpio, Lee's Unlimited, Volcano and the mighty King Sturgav. Indeed, such was the demand that Killamanjaro set a record, that still holds today, by performing on fifty-two consecutive nights in Kingston.
Over the next two years, Early B was in constant demand as a recording artist scoring hits such as Gaterman Get Fraid, Wheel Wheely (also called One Wheely Wheely), Sunday Dish, and Learn Fe Drive. His next step towards the top was a move to the United States where he continued to be a dancehall favorite. Early B's deejay career brought him to other sound systems as well, including the African Star sound system in Toronto, Canada and Crystal Blue Flames Sound in New York City, New York.
Early performed throughout the US & England, as well as Jamaica, until 1994, when he was tragically killed while onstage by a firearm inside the Windsor Cricket Club in Massachusetts. His style & lyrics can still be heard throughout Jamaican music & beyond.
This was originally gonna be 20 tracks, but Early B recorded a ridiculous amount of gems, so this is coming at you in 2 parts.
Early B - Gone,But Not Forgotten.
Ric Flair & Strictly Business Presents
Early B - The Doctor
Conscious Dread (Righteous Rastaman Pt. 2)
Four Wheel No Reel
Gateman Get Fraid
Get Inna The Army
Girls Dem Sexy
History Of Jamaica
Hot Up Bout Ya
If You Coward You Fe Leave Out Badness
Learn Fe Drive
No Funny Trick
Righteous Rastaman (Pt. 1)
Sleep & Drive
Video Early B
What A Gwan
A Class Deejay
Call The Doctor For Me
Computer Tek Over
Just Love And Unity
Know Bout Your Country
Mek The Girls So Fat
New York Party
One More Heinekin
Ready Fe You
Send In The Patient
Stop The Robbery
The Doctor Ready Fe Them
To The Bump
What A Blessing
What A Drive
Wrap Up A Draw
Password - defandstupid
Saturday, 16 May 2009
Listen up people, you need these tunes, seriously. If you haven't got 'em already just grab this pack, trust me, you can't go wrong with this selection. Totally essential stuff & the sound of Ricky Flair's youth, definitely still making the past sound like the future.
This is part 1 of an ongoing series, this time featuring uptempo electrobangers carefully selected by yours truly.
Ric Flair & Strictly Business Presents-
Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock
Cybotron - Clear
Egyptian Lover - Egypt, Egypt
Freestyle - Dont Stop The Rock
G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid - Play That Beat Mr DJ
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - Scorpio
Hashim - Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
Chris Taylor, Ice T & David Storrs - Reckless
Jamie Jupitor - Computer Power
Jive Rhythm Trax - 122 B.P.M
Jonzun Crew - Pack Jam (Look Out For The Ovc)
Knights Of The Turntables - Techno Scratch
L.A. Dream Team - Calling On The Dream Team
Newcleus - Computer Age (Push The Button)
NWA - Panic Zone
Pretty Tony - Jam The Box
Twilight 22 - Siberian Nights
World Class Wreckin' Crew - Surgery
Password - defandstupid
Yaaaaaaaaaaahh, Just Hit Me.
Warning - This Next Video Is Possibly The Stupidest Shit You Will Ever See In Your Life.
Friday, 15 May 2009
Alan Hawkshaw is a legend, simple as that.
He played in The Shadows & The Checkmates, amongst others, rocking the fuck out on the Hammond.
But for me The Hawk's highlights have gotta be The Mohawks & his TV theme & music library work.
As far as themes go, daaaamn. Dave Allen, Grange Hill, Countdown. Holy Axel Foley.
But the real gems are to be found amongst the library LPs, working for labels such as Bruton, Themes & the legendary KPM.
And The Champ, don't even bother. The Mohawks were a band formed from session musicians and fronted by the undisputed king of Library music composers, Alan Hawkshaw. Possibly The Mohawks were never actually a 'touring' band, but rather it was just a clever idea of some guy at KPM music in the 60's who decided to release an LP of incredibly groovy and funky library music tracks and package it under the name "The Champ". Possibly one of the biggest tunes ever recorded & still killing dancefloors today.
Massive respect from the Strictly Business crew to the phenom that is Mr Alan "The Hawk" Hawkshaw, blimey, we got Co-Op boom baps up in this.
Ric Flair & Strictly Business Presents
Alan "The Hawk" Hawkshaw
Beat Me 'Til I'm Blue
Dave Allen At Large
Dr Jeckyll & Hyde Park
Expo In Tokyo (with A. Moorhouse)
Girl At The Top
Grange Hill Theme
Hawkind And Fire
It's All At The Co-Op Now
Mile High Swinger
Name Of The Game (with B. Bennett)
Oddball (with B. Bennett)
The Tense Scene (with K. Mansfield)
Password - defandstupid
Saturday, 9 May 2009
From 1987, Part Of BBC2's Open Space Series, This Half Hour Documentary Is A Total Gem.
My Highlight Has Gotta Be Westwood In His Well Un-Pimped Ride,With Bionic & Sipho Dropping "My Beatbox Reggae Style" In The Back.
And Daddy Speedo - Gyyyeeeahh
Not Bad Meaning Bad, But.........
Shock Out All Nice & Decent People, It's Your Boy Flair-Ski,Back Once Again With Another Dope Selection, This Time From The Ribbit Man Himself, Ranking Toyan.
One Of The All Time Greatest, Toyan Started Out Deejaying In The Mid 70s On Sound Systems Such As Socialist Roots, Killamanjaro and Romantic HiFi,Joining Volcano In 1981, Later Moving On To Record With Such Producers As Henry "Junjo" Lawes, Scientist, and Jah Thomas.
A Tottenham Resident For Many Years Along With Other Jamaican DJ’s Such As U Brown and Ranking Dread, Papa Toyan Dropped Many Classics, Including His Massive "How The West Was Won" LP In 1982.
Ranking Toyan Was Killed In 1991, However, His Style Left A Huge Influence Amongst Many Jamaican Deejays & MCs The World Over.
Toyan - Gone, But Not Forgotten.
Ric Flair & Strictly Business Presents -
Hot Bubble Gum
How The West Was Won
Nice It Up
Spar With Me
Strictly The Dread
Toyan On The Go
Password - defandstupid
Friday, 8 May 2009
Strictly Breaks - Planet Rock pt1
Aiiiiight Den, This Is The First In An Ongoing Series Of The Deffest Breaks & Sampled Tracks,Compiled By The Dopest Selectors In The Universe,Strictly Business.
This Is Part One Of Planet Rock,Boom Bap Shit By Rock Artists.Now You May Or May Not Already Be Familier With These Tunes,Either Way This Is Some Serious Stuff.
Flairo's Highlights Include :
Billy Joel's Stiletto - Funky Drums & Bass, Nice, But When That Piano Kicks In, Total Killer. Still On The Road To The Riches.
Gary Numan's Films - Dope Electronic Rock,But I Gotta Bless Up Gazza's Lyrics Too. I'm Thinking That Every Time I Get Roped Into Watching Some Wack Blockbuster Bullshit. Burn Hollywood Burn.
Jimi Hendrix's Little Miss Lover - Damn, What Can I Say. Boom Bap. Here We Go Yo.
Billy Squier's Big Beat - Yep, Get On Down, Big Break. But I Gots Ta Take This Opportunity To Tell Dizzee Rascal To Shut The Fuck Up, Silly Billy.
Slayer's Angel Of Death - Ricky Rubin On The Boards, Stupid Def Drumming,Possibly The Wackest Guitar Solo Ever, This Is Brutal,Simple As. Y'all Know The Sample Anyways So Jus' Turn It Up LOUD & Break Ya Necks To This.
Cat Stevens's Foreigner Suite - Maaaaan, I Still Remember The First Time I Heard This Track, It Hit Me Then & It Still Hits Me Every Time I Hear It. Maybe Not For Everyones Particular Tastes, But Trust Mr Flair On This One People, This Is A Total Banger. Bernard Purdie Absolutely Kills It On The Drums (Obviously), As Does Everyone Else Involved. In My Opinion This Track Is An Absolute Musical Masterpiece From Start To Finish, But Daaaaaammnnnn, Around 6 Minutes In Is Where It Blows The Fuck Up. Foreigner Suite, Stop 'n' Listen, That's My Kinda Moves Right There.
And Every Other Track On Here Is Cold Cold Def, Believe That.
Ric Flair & Strictly Business Presents
Strictly Breaks - Planet Rock pt1
ACDC - Back In Black
Billy Joel - Stiletto
Billy Squier - Big Beat
Cat Stevens - Foreigner Suite
Frank Zappa - Apostrophe
Gary Numan - Films
Grand Funk - Inside Looking Out
Joe Cocker - Woman To Woman
Led Zeppelin - The Crunge
Mountain - Long Red
Paul McCartney - Momma Miss America
Rush - Tom Sawyer
Slayer - Angel Of Death
Steely Dan - Black Cow
Steve Miller - Fly Like An Eagle
The Eagles - Those Shoes
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Little Miss Lover
ZZ Top - Cheap Sunglasses
Password - defandstupid
Planet Rock - It's The Sure Shot !
Thursday, 7 May 2009
Whutup people, this is The Grand Imperial Ric Flair transmitting live from planet rock.
Me & my crew have bum rushed the interweb to serve you up some superdope treats.
This first post is just to let y’all know what the dilly is with Strictly Business.
We’re gonna drop some stupid fly stuff on all our b-boys & b-girls out there, the deffest hippety hop shit produced by the Strictly Biz fam.
Plus mad mixes & compilations and all kinds of other niceness ,We ain’t gonna give too much away right now but we got some gems lined up.
Keep peeping us, We ’bout ta cold get ill up in this beeeeaaayyyaaaaccch !