Monday, February 1, 2016

The Tape Deck '16: Volume #3


Being that it's Super Bowl 50 week, I just haaaaaad to drop some new music for you. Volume #3 is 2016's most consistent mix yet. Everything from D.I.T.C. to some more Anderson .Paak (recently signed to Aftermath!) to new Freddie Gibbs (somebody please mix this with Kendrick's bars from the original) to a sneak peak at the loooooong-overdue Kickstarter album from Elzhi (where the f***k you been, bruh!?) to Puffy with the Lox (what!?) to the Meek Mill/Drake diss records - and plenty more! In typical alphabetical fashion, we close things out with Your Old Droog's Nu Shooz-sampling "42 (Forty Deuce)." Amazing track. All in all enjoy this 2+ hour-long mix of great new music, and as always... Turn it up!!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ultramagnetic MC's - Instrumentals


In 1992, Next Plateau Records put out a 12" containing Ultramagnetic MC's instrumentals. This unofficial release only had 9 tracks. Time for an update. I've put together this compilation because I've been on a bit of an Ultramag kick lately. Severely under-appreciated group. I had to share. This compilation's got 27 tracks! Not bad, huh? So enjoy... And as always... Turn it up!!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Eric B. & Rakim: B-Sides, Rarities & Remixes (Vol. 4)


Waaaaaaaay back in 2009, I put together a trio of Eric B. & Rakim compilations (#1, #2, and #3) featuring a variety of b-sides and other odds and ends I'd collected from various single releases over the years. Seven years later(!), I've returned with #4! Enjoy... and turn it up!!

Freddie Gibbs - Remember the Name, Pt. II


In 2013, I put together a Freddie Gibbs mix titled "Remember the Name." This compilation served as a personal work-out mix but also doubled as a solid introduction to Gibbs for new heads. "Remember the Name, Pt. II" features a handful of songs I left off the first installment for the sake of concision, as well as a bunch of great tracks released ever since. I'm happy to turn the "Remember the Name" concept into a sporadic "Best of Freddie Gibbs" series if you guys dig it. For now, here's installment #2. Enjoy... and turn it up!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Strange Sounds #6

Original artwork by Steve Ditko

Re-Upped: De La Soul + OutKast Sample Sets

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Samples of the Year 2008-2014 (Re-Upped)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Re-Upped: 1-19-2016



TDE, Ultramag, and Wiz. How's that for an eclectic selection, huh? Each of these compilations were requested to be re-upped back in 2015. (I just found these requests in some of my Facebook messages from 2015 that I hadn't checked... Sorry!) Please use the comments section below to request re-ups. Please don't request new projects - just re-ups. There's a time and place for everything... (Psst... The time is 2016 and the place is Hip Hop Is Read!) Enjoy... And turn it up!!


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