Wednesday, November 29, 2006


...for the lack of posts recently. This has been due to my continuing health problems.
I have an appointment with my neurosurgeon on Friday, who hopefully should be able to decide what happens next.

Please be patient - I will start posting again soon; hopefully this weekend but maybe not until the middle of next week.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Skinny Boys - Skinny... They Can't Get Enough

Write up to follow - just too damn busy at the mo!
Love this album... get it while you can

Skinny Boys - Skinny... They Can't Get Enough

Friday, November 17, 2006

Jungle Brothers - Done By The Forces of Nature

"Those who are deluded by the illusive power of Nature become attached to the work done by the forces of Nature" - Krishna

Released on Warner Bros in '89, "Done By The Forces of Nature" was the Jungle Brothers follow up to their inspirational, original, ground-breaking album "Straight Out The Jungle". Often labelled as "alternative", the JBs championed their afrocentric backgrounds & used religious influences in their lyrics in a way that few other hip hop artists had done before.

The most successful (commercially speaking) single from the album was "What U Waitin' 4?". Equally impressive are "U Make Me Sweat", "Black Woman" (feat. Caron Wheeler of Soul II Soul fame) & their collaboration with members of the Native Tongues Posse on "Doin Our Own Dang".

Jungle Brothers - Done By The Forces of Nature -

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Blog Check Update

Just a quick post to say I've updated the list of links in the sidebar to include 3 other blogs that have impressed me recently.

Firstly, there's Moshitup! ( -
They've currently got links to the hugely under-rated K Sol album "Tell The World My Name".

Secondly, there's Rap Dungeon ( -
A great site that's been around for a while. Look out for the VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2006 post - it's got artist tributes to Mc Lyte, Rakim, Ice Cube, Eazy E & Afrika Bambatta amongst others

Thirdly, check out Will For All ( -
currently got links to MC Shan's "Born To Be Wild" album

And finally, I know I've bigged up Bust The Facts several times on this blog before but I must do it again. Without doubt, from the sheer volume of links they produce, it's got to be my favourite blog at the moment & they've recently upped Original Concept - "Straight From The Basement Of Kooley High!" If you've never heard this album before, make sure you get it & listen to it. A true classic, in my opinion.

Stetsasonic - In Full Gear

Stetsasonic claimed to be the 1st hip hop "band"; using live instruments in the studio & on tour. This album (their second of three) demonstrates this fact quite well & was probably the first record to successfully introduce jazz to the rap scene, with probably the single that they were most famous for - "Talkin All That Jazz".

Released in '88 on the Tommy Boy label, this album comprises of 17 tracks; of which, very few can be considered "fillers". Highlights of the album for me are the title track, as well as "Pen & Paper", "DBC Let The Music Play" & "Freedom Or Death".

The fact that this album was re-released in 2001 (with 3 bonus tracks) speaks volumes about this album. It still sounds fresh today!

Stetsasonic - In Full Gear (Part 1)

Stetsasonic - In Full Gear (Part 2)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Def Jam - The No.1 Label of the Golden Era?

In my opinion they were THE label in the mid-late 80's, with a stable of top drawer artists consistently bringing out top quality records. Today's post is a link I discovered on the internet today (on some strange Hungarian music forum, of all places). It's the box set they brought out as a 10 year celebratory compilation. There are some real classics on here from the like of LL, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, 3rd Bass & Eric Sermon. Full track listing is in the comments below.

Def Jam 10th Year Anniversary - Disc 1

Def Jam 10th Year Anniversary - Disc 2

Def Jam 10th Year Anniversary - Disc 3

Def Jam 10th Year Anniversary - Disc 4

More Info - Official Def Jam sites