Underrated – CRU

This is my first installment of a new segment entitled – Underrated. Each month, I’ll be showcasing a group/song/album from the past that I feel is often overlooked when the word “classic” comes up. The hope is new and old READ MORE…

Rare Earth Discography Complete!

For those who follow me on Instagram, you know about my quest for all Rare Earth (the label, not the band) albums. Well the quest is finally over! (sort of…) I’ve 99% completed all of the US releases – no READ MORE…

Pete Rock – Strange Fruit (Unreleased Version)

Soul Survivor was Pete Rock’s first solo effort, released via Loud Records. Before the album dropped, a rare sampler entitled It’s Me made it’s rounds early in 1998. The sampler featured tracks produced by Pete Rock (and strangely a track READ MORE…

Roger Saunders Drum Break

Been a while since I posted a drum break, so felt I was due! This one is a killer and lasts for a full 20 seconds. I don’t have much info on Roger Saunders other than what I found on READ MORE…

Ultimate Breaks & Beats – Chinese Chicken

Ultimate Breaks & Beats were basically the training tool for sampling and deejaying. Released over 20 years ago, they still have a heavy influence on music today. I’m not sure how rare the singles and albums that were featured on READ MORE…

Bleecker Bob’s Closing

Digging at Bleecker Bob’s was kind of a rite of passage for local New York City vinyl junkies. While the shop was known as a punk haven in the 80’s, it was more known for it’s owner in the 90’s READ MORE…

Tha Alkaholiks & Xzibit – Freestyle (1995)

Many current hip-hop fans might not know that Xzibit was a rapper and not just the host of Pimp My Ride. He actually started out as an underground West Coast rapper and was helped out by Tha Alkaholiks. Tha Liks READ MORE…

Nas / N.O.R.E. Freestyle

Before rappers were reading freestyles off of Blackberries, they were actually spittin’ verses off the top of the dome. Okay, so NORE’s verses from this track are actually from his album but at least he memorized them! Check this vintage READ MORE…