Bill Black’s Break

Bill Black was only in his 40’s when he died of a brain tumor, but he had a very lucrative career. A Memphis native, he got his start playing bass for the one and only Elvis Presley. Bill Black gave READ MORE…

Country Drum Break

Country music is probably my least favorite genre of all (next to trap/ratchet Hip-Hop or whatever they call it). However, in the diggin’ world, we all know that Country albums contain some really dope drum breaks. Alexander Harvey was a READ MORE…

Diz Gibran & Shawn Chrystopher – Sound Of Da Police

Hope everyone had a good New Year! I’m proud to say that IllTal.com is now a year old! The first post of 2013 is a funny one. While googling “prod Ill Tal” I came across a song I didn’t recognize READ MORE…

Have a Very N.O.R.E. Christmas…

And a Thugged Out New Year! Queens rappers Capone-N-Noreaga were riding the success of their classic album The War Report by 1997. With Capone in jail and N.O.R.E. well on the road to becoming a solo artist, Penalty Recordings decided READ MORE…

Ill Tal – Trapped in the 90’s

DOWNLOAD The new old instrumental album/beat tape by Ill Tal is finally here via DJBooth.net! I first got the idea for the album while listening to Nas‘s recent track “Loco-motive“. At the end of the track, Nas proclaims it’s for READ MORE…

Guru – Freestyle (1995)

Freestyles from Guru (RIP) are rare to begin with. There are only a handful that I know of. This one comes courtesy of New York DJ Doo Wop (of the Bounce Squad). The freestyle was recorded around the time Gang READ MORE…

Heather B – Steady Rockin

All glocks down! Why am I posting up a Heather B song? This one happens to be produced by none other than DJ Premier. Heather B and Premo have worked together before and even released a single through his Works READ MORE…

Now Born Click

“Once you heard Wu, outta the blue, now your family’s from Shaolin…” – Ghostface Killa If you were outside of the New York area in 1995 when these lines were said by Ghost, you probably have no idea what he READ MORE…