Houseguests - What So Never The Dance

February 28th, 2015 | By

I know most of my followers are used to me posting breaks or my new music, but I decided to switch it up and try something new. This time, I’m focusing on a rare piece of wax from inside my crates – Houseguests “What So Never The Dance Pt. 1 and Pt. 2“.

For those that don’t know, the Houseguests were comprised of mostly dudes that just left James Brown‘s backing band including Bootsy Collins, his brother Catfish, Clayton Gunnells, Frank “Kash” Waddy, and a few others. Some of the band would later join George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic thang, and eventually become Bootsy’s Rubber Band.

This single was released in 1971 on a small indy imprint in Cincinnati, Ohio – Houseguests Records. The band recorded a second single on the same label the following year. By that time, Bootsy had met up with George and was working on Funkadelic’s America Eats It’s Young.

The song is pretty well known as it’s appeared on several compilations, BUT not the version I uploaded. It’s a full 1 minute longer than the comp version and also a mono mix. Admittedly, the comped version does sound better but you get to hear the raw funk (and a little sloppy playing during a break down) that you miss out on in the compilation version.

It should be noted, there was an alternate version of this 45 released credited to “Houseguess“. I think that is the rarer of the two. Either way, enjoy some raw funk!

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GoFundMe for “Amen Brother”

February 23rd, 2015 | By

If you listen to Hip-hop, jungle, several UK dance sub-genres, or even TV commercials, you’ve heard the “Amen Brother” drum break performed by The Winstons. Despite being used in hundreds of songs, the original writer of the track never received any compensation for it’s use. Well, a DJ from the UK decided that wasn’t right, and started a GoFundMe page asking for donations to Richard L Spencer (the song writer of the original track).

What started out as a $1500 goal has now raised over $15,000! Yes, it’s still very small in comparison to all the millions the song probably generated, but it is still a great gesture for someone who can’t afford the legal fees to sue every artist that used it.

If you would like donate to the cause, GO HERE,

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Havoc - Uncut Raw (Ill Tal Remix)

February 11th, 2015 | By

Here we go again… I’ve entered yet ANOTHER remix contest. At this point, I feel like I enter one every week! Hopefully I win one of them, right? Anyways, this one comes courtesy of and The Drum Broker. This time, producers have been tasked with crafting a remix to Havoc’s “Uncut Raw” off the 13 Reloaded album.

Instead of going with a dark, piano-driven Queensbridge-esque beat, I took the track in a totally different direction. Probably a while since Mobb Deep appeared on a hardcore, jazzy, boom bap beat but they sound good to me. Check it out!

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Block McCloud & Reef the Lost Cauze - Up In Sweden (Ill Tal Remix)

January 27th, 2015 | By

Entered another remix contest because why not?! This one is courtesy of Creative Juices and DJ Connect. Winner will be announced early February. I’ll let you know if I win.

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Common - Ghetto Dreams

January 25th, 2015 | By

The Fellows were a little known group out of Detroit from the mid-60’s. Hoping to make it big, they entered a talent contest hosted by a local radio station / Motown at the Fox Theater – and they won. The attention allowed them cut a single with Solid Hit Records. The single must have not done well and the group never recorded another single.

The single is extremely hard to find for 2 main reasons. 1 – there are a lot of collectors of non-Motown Detroit music and 2 – the single was co-written/co-produced by P Funk legend George Clinton (also features guitar work from Funkadelic’s Eddie Hazel). If that wasn’t enough, the intro was looped for classic Common cut “Ghetto Dreams“.

Ghetto Dreams” was produced by long-time Common collaborator and Chicago-native No I.D. for the album – The Dreamer/ The Believer. No I.D. looped the intro and added some hard hitting, heavy on the swing drums, with some scratches in the background. The cut also featured a guest verse from Nas and even spawned rumors of a duo LP. Go check out the original.

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Interview: Funkmaster Wiz

January 16th, 2015 | By

While songs about drug use and lyrics meant to shock audiences are common place today, in the early 1980’s they were unheard of. Enter emcee Funkmaster Wiz, best known for his single “Crack it Up / Can’t You Take a Hint“. While the average hip-hop listener may have never heard of him, he paved the way for generations of rappers like Tyler the Creator, Bizarre of D12, DMX, Onyx, and countless others.

I was lucky enough to interview the pioneer himself and fill in some missing pieces of early Hip-Hop history. Topics covered include how he got signed to Tuff City, the inspiration (and reaction) to “Crack it Up“, being incarcerated, trying to get at Funkmaster Flex, and his relationship with Aaron Fuchs.

The interview clocks in at a little over 30 minutes so it’s a long listen, but it’s definitely worth it to anyone who is interested in the early days of hip-hop. One of the most important takeaways from the convo is how many of the early artists were taken advantage of and despite being pioneers, have almost nothing to show for it. Although the interview can be a little depressing at times, Funkmaster Wiz is forever the Optimist (prime).

For those who want to learn more about the Funkmaster, get in contact, or just get familiar with his music, check the links below.

Radio Show:
Twitter: @FunkMasterWiz
Shahada Lockett

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Cru - Bluntz & Bakakeemis

January 4th, 2015 | By

Charles Earland - Snake

With the success of movies like Shaft and Enter the Dragon, movie studios were looking to cash in on the kung-fu and Blaxploitation craze of the mid-70’s. The movie Dynamite Brothers tried to combine both, pairing up a kung fu master with a dude from Watts, L.A. (way before Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker!)

I’ve never actually seen the movie, but the soundtrack was done by Jazz master Charles Earland on Prestige in 1974. It’s a mix of funky jazz fusion with a few elements of rock mixed in. Several other Jazz greats play on the album including Jon Faddis and Eddie Henderson.

The track “Snake” is an 8-minute, tripped out jam heavy on the synths and bass. At the very beginning there is a short bass loop that would become the foundation for Cru’s “Bluntz & Bakakeemis” off the Dirty 30 album.

The beat was produced by Yogi, who after his stint as a member of Cru, did a lot of production work for Bad Boy. Check out the original to see how he flipped it!

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Royce da 5’9 - PRhyme (Ill Tal Remix)

December 15th, 2014 | By

Honestly, I’m not usually one for remix contests. In a lot of cases, the voting is done through Facebook so they turn into popularity contests or can be fixed all together. HOWEVER, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to remix one of the songs off the new DJ Premier / Royce da 5’9 project – PRhyme.

The good folks at put this conetest together. What makes this one different is, the actual artists will go through the submissions (assuming you have a BeatStars account) instead of just relying on fan votes. The winner should be announced some time in February. Check it out.

If you looking to download it, go to here.

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