Sunday, 22 February 2009

New Doom and Thats that

Heres a new MF Doom track for y'all. This is taken for his new album Born like that that is due next month. The track uses a dope violin sample over the usual Doom drums, its dope nonetheless.
The al;bum will be on Uk based LEX records and willbe released under his shortened moniker Doom. The album will feature Ghostface Killah, Raekwon the Chef, the late J DIlla and Kurious, Born Into This hits stores on the 23rd of March.
Give an mc a rectal historectomy

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Dodgy Bootlegs Number 9-Jeru the Damaja East NY Stalks & Friend or Foe

This week's dodgy bootleg is a 1997 released Jeru 12" featuring two post Gangstarr tracks. This was picked up from one of London's West End record shops, probabley Deal Real before it shut down or perhaps Mr Bongos and it probabley cost somewhere around £7. The A-side is called East NY Stalks and the B-side is Friend or Foe which is often referred to as Friends due to Jeru's interpolation of the chorus from the classic track Friends.
As mentioned this 12" dropped in 1997 only a year after the underated but incredible Wrath of the Math which was entirely produced by DJ Premier. But soon after this album dropped rumors started to circulate that there was beef between Jeru and the Gangstarr foundation in particular DJ Premier. Then in 1997 we get this bootleg/promo 12" showing up in record shops with the track 'Friend or Foe' on the B-side. This is supposedly a diss track aimed at Gangstarr and Premier in particular. There is a number of reasons for this beef but the one I remember hearing first was that Jeru was unhappy with the amount of money Premier was making from his superb production work on Jeru's first two albums. There were also rumors that Biggie was also involved in this beef as Jeru had clearly taken some shots at the Bad Boy Team on the track One Day. In addition to that the Ten Crack Commandments beat was originally used for a Hot 97 promo with Jeru spitting over it so maybe Jeru wasn't too happy with the fact that Biggie got that beat in the end. Whatever the reason for the beef it did Jeru far more harm than it did anybody else.

Back to the tracks on the 12". Both of the tracks sound like someone trying to recreate that Premier and Jeru sound that made the Sun rises and Wrath so amazing and although these tracks are clearly no Primo gems their not too bad either. East NY stalks is a mid tempo track featuring Jeru's disjointed rhyme style over a sparse beat with some funky strings in the background the track also has another MC on it but I have been unable to find out who this dude is. The apparent diss track features a nice bass guitar loop coupled with some snappy snares (I'm sure that Premier copyrighted them) over which Jeru airs his grievances making accusation of back stabbing to this unnamed assailant who has been spitting on his grave (?) and hanging with shady individuals. Obviously Jeru is quite unhappy and whatever it is that caused this beef has prevented him from hooking up with Premier again. If I were Jeru I would try and sort that shit out and get Premier producing for him again because as we all know Jeru sounds best with premier. Check the link below to download a rip of this 12"
Friend how many of us have them ?

Monday, 2 February 2009

Is Cuban Linx 2 finally on its way ?

So once again a few Raekwon joints are being leaked and we're all getting our hope us that Only Built 4 Cuban Linx part 2 may be finally ready to drop. Can this seriously be the case after at least four years of hype is Da Chef finally ready to unleash the sequal to one of the best albums of the 1990s. Last week we had the incredibly dope Criminolgy part 2 which had Rae and Ghost trading rhymes in a fashion similar to the early Wu-Gambinos tunes with Rza flipping the same Sweet inspirations joint, Why Marry albeit in a slightly different manner. Then today we had Wu-Ohh pop up online featuring Method Man and Ghostface and what sounds like vintage Rza again claiming to be from Cuban Linx 2.
Raekwon has also been doing the usual pre album guest spots hoping to drum up some anticipation for an album that should have been here 3 years ago. In the last three years I have picked up and downloaded about 13 tracks all claiming to be from this much anticipated album and I have collected these in one handy bunch for ya'll to check out. I'm sure that probably less than half of these will be on the final album and if thats the case then thats cool with me I just hope that it lives up to the hype. To begin with this album was supposed to be produced by Rza and Dre, then other names got mentioned that made it sound even more impressive. Producers like Premier and Pete Rock also got mentioned whether or not these will make the final version, who knows? The tracks in this little collection are listed below, check them out.
Wu Ooh
Criminology Part 2
Blood Missiles
Once In A Lifetime
Roof Top
State of Grace Remix
State Of Grace
Kids Thats Rich
Apple Jax
Enemy featuring Ill Bill

No doubt I will get corrected about where these tracks do come from and please if you know let me know in the comments.
Lets take this on some fly shit