June 22, 2015

CRDS Presents-95 Da Illest Volume 4

aYo! I hope you have been enjoying these compilations and here is the fourth installment of the CRDS Presents-95 Da Illest series, this one is on that ill, hazy late night underground radio vibe.

Lyrical skills over boom bap production consisting of dope vocal clips or cuts, deep and muddy bass lines, fat drums (often classic breaks), horns and ill samples was the recipe back then...enjoy this one and like always, make like the late, great Dilla and Turn It Up!!!

CRDS Presents-95 Da Illest Volume 4

01-Black Moon-Headz Aint Redee (Original Buckshot Mix) 
02-Lin Que-Let It Fall (Ses Remix (feat. MC Lyte) Video
03-Kaotic Style-Down 4 Whatever 
04-Ital Tha Ruffian-Kill It Dead 
05-Ten Thieves-Straight From The Slums 
06-Mystidious Misfitss-Red Light
07-Mad Skillz-Extra Abstract Skillz
08-Brothers Of The Mind-Stop Schemin' 
09-Down N Dirty Tribe-Mindtrix (Original Mix)
10-Endangered_Species-S.M.O.K.E. (Spiritual Motivation Over Kaos Everyday)
11-Kamakaze - Spread It
12-PHD-Set It Part 3 (Mix Tape Remix)
13-Greg Nyce-Set It Off Video
14-Cella Dwellas-We Got It Hemmed
15-Masta Ace Incorporated-The Phat Kat Ride Video

Volumes 1-3 are still up too

Peace to all CRDS Readers, sorry that posts here are not more frequent but I am busy with work, life and preparing for Fatherhood :)

One L (to the O V E)

June 6, 2015

Cuba St 90's Kids REUNION gigs

OK Kids - Here it finally is....spread over 2 nights Thursday June 11th Havana Bar & Friday June 12th Afrika so hopefully everyone can make one or the other...

An Old School Mix of Crew's and Beats..... If you ever partied with us back in the day, this one (well actually 2) nights are for you....With the Contenders coming from the likes of 'Dancehall Dons' & 'Ebony Beats' to once again join forces, we'll bring you back to the days we all originated from, Please feel free to make a donation at either venue so we can help pay for flights for us all to come together again for this massive 'joint' collective, cuddles and maybe a few beers....Ft Don Luchito, Jr Ranks, Lil Jah, DJ Jaz, DJ Pops...and hopefully some surprise guests too....Shout out to all CUBA CUBA, Watkins Building, and Tonks Ave crew and whanau....bless one and all and hope to see ya there

Free entry for both gigs...

May 13, 2015


When: Saturday 30 May

Where: San Fran – 171 Cuba Street, Wellington

Jacky Murda (Chopstick Dubplate, UK)
Raw Collective
Hawk I
Winston Spliff
Shaw Shot
DDog (Bass Frontiers)
DJ Jaz

9pm start, $10 before 11pm, $15 after

Come celebrate 10 years of NiceUp!

Killa line-up of UK ragga jungle don, Jacky Murda! Live hip-hop crew, Raw Collective! And heavyweight selectas Hawk I, Winston Spliff, Shaw Shot, DDog and DJ Jaz!

April 30, 2015

CRDS Presents-95 Da Illest Volume 3

Here it is...the third installment of the CRDS Presents-95 Da Illest series...20 tracks deep of that good ol' Boom Bap, pure 95 Flav and well I let the music speak for itself but I have mad good memories of a lot of these, a lot of these tracks were thrashed on the Wednesday Nite Jam show, in clubs, bars, record stores, people's homes and cars and of course on homemade fat tapes...this one is especially dedicated to unikone and Professor Elemental I greatly appreciate the love and props.

Volume 4 up at a later date...

As always kids, download to your phone, PC, laptop, MP3 Player and turn that ish up L.O.U.D.!!!

CRDS Presents-95 Da Illest Volume 3

01-Narcotik - Literally Sauced
02-Homeliss Derilex - Explanations (Produced by G Luv aka The Architect)
03-Concrete Click - Where You At (Produced by Dialek)
04-Blame One-Lyrics Geometric* (Produced by Kan Kick)
05-The Slum Brothers-The Sure Shot (Produced by Reggie Reg)
06-Double XX-He Asked For It (Produced by BK)
07-Juggaknots-I'm Gonna Kill U
08-Nine-Everybody Won Heaven (Redrum) (Produced by Rob Lewis)
09-Beat Demons-Mr. Feelgood
10-Bonafide-Stick Or Sting (Produced by The Illman Shamrock)
11-Troopa Deal-Outta Hand (Remix) (Produced by Rob Strong)
12-Black Sheep - North South East West [Buckwild Remix]
13-Keith Murray-Pay Per View (featuring Passione, LBM, & Kel Vicious) (Produced by Erick Sermon)
14-Tha Chamba-Sayahlilsumthin'
15-Sparrow The Movement-Physics
16-Red Hot Lover Tone-98 (Produced by Buckwild)
17-8-Off-Ghetto Girl Video
18-DJ Crystl ft HeadRush-Perpetual Motion (Continual Motion Mix)
19-Labtekwon-No Time To Chill
20-Cover-Underground Flow (Remix) (Produced by Michelo)

*That vocal sample is Intelligent Hoodlum if you didn't know or were curious...

One L

April 27, 2015

Rough House Survivers-Straight From The Soul LP (1992) (Updated post and new links)

Ahhhh yes 1992 will always be fondly remembered as one of the illest years in rap music for myself personally, there was just an incredible abundance of raw talent and creativity, diversity, pure skills, personalities and singles and albums and a hell of a lot of "just drop the one album" crews and MC's who just vanished off the Hip Hop radar...

Rough House Survivers (note that there is no "O" in Survivers I was guilty of spelling it that way myself) were one of those crews...well what can I tell you about these kids...
NYC's DJ Swinn and MC's Dread OneKev, and Roberto?...well not a great deal to be honest, but this album was packed thick with horns, fat drums and deep bass lines provided by Tony Dofat and 1 joint produced by Grand Puba plus guests such as CL SmoothSadat-X and Grand Puba.

Straight From The Soul was released on Relativity records in 1992 with "Check The Backpack" as the debut single, the legendary Pete Rock did a superb remix for the B-Side
track "Rough House" in 1993...

Straight From The Soul was chock full of that signature 90's sound and that is why we come back to it so many years later, it's a shame they only had the one album and it didn't get the push it should have, this was the case with a lot of artists in the 90's sadly.

RHS also dropped a 12" in 1997 titled "You Got It" and later re-released in 1998 with a dope remix from Knobody

01 Take A Trip
02 Can U Dig It?
03 So! Survivors, We Can Rhyme
04 Straight From The Soul
05 On The Flex
06 We Come To Get Wreck (feat. Sadat X)
07 Rough House
08 Check Da Back Pack
09 Once Again
10 Stick Da Butt Out (feat. Grand Puba)

Big props to JUICY and Respecta for the 320 rip.


Das EFX-Hard Like A Criminal (Original Uncensored Version) (1991)

Wow!!! The interwebs continue to be an amazing and mad impressive treasure trove of all kinds of treats...

Massive props to Beatsmith for this one, here is the original version of "Hard Like A Criminal" taken off the advanced promo tape of Dead Serious in 1991

Here is the version that was eventually released as a B-Side on the "Straight Out The Sewer" 12" in 1992.

Which version do you prefer more?



April 19, 2015

Blueprint-King No Crown LP

Dope and prolific Producer/MC/Writer and Founder of Weightless Records, Blueprint has a new album available titled King No Crown and has just released a new video "Great Eyedeas Never Die" which is a heartfelt tribute to his Friend and dope MC in his own right, Eyedea who passed away in 2010.

I haven't checked the full LP yet but I know what to expect as Printmatic has always been a very consistent artist and pours his heart and soul into his rhymes and his production, Blueprint also released a tribute to the art of B-Boying earlier this month with "Just Move" (which doesn't appear to be on the new album but can be downloaded here.

Check it here...

Get King No Crown here

April 12, 2015

The Infamous Mobb Deep hit Wellington this Friday Night...

Talk Later in association with FLAVA presents

MOBB DEEP - Live in Wellington

A very rare and intimate performance for you and a few hundred others.


- with special guest from the legendary DJ SKI BEATZ (NYC)
Plus local support from Villains, Che Fu (DJ set) Make Music Aotearoa, Lumpkinville, Capital Punishment Crew and AllGoodz

Pre-Sales have sold out but there will be limited door sales, feedback from the Australian shows has been mad positive and heads are saying that these Queen's legends are just as dope on stage as they are on record.

Fat shout out to all of the local acts and Talk Later and Flava for bringing such a dope show to these shores.

April 5, 2015

Asphate-Closed Doors To An Open Mind LP

The latest dope release from the long running underground Hip Hop label, Chicago's Galapagos4 label is Asphate's (of Maxilla Blue and Bumrap fame) 10 track album titled Closed Doors To An Open Mind solely produced by Maker who has made more than a few dope albums with label mate Qwel (Typical Cats) amongst many other memorable albums and tracks over the years.

Closed Doors To An Open Mind is in all honesty a breath of fresh air, it doesn't sound like today's Hip Hop and it doesn't sound like 90's Hip Hop, if anything the sound and style lies within early 00' to mid 05 and it is incredibly refreshing to hear mad cuts and scratches through "Maud Dib" (provided by DJ TouchNice) which features label mates Qwel, Hell.sent and Qwazaar (Typical Cats), Qwel also appears on "A Shadow's True Colour's" and I can only gather there will be another Maker and Qwel LP in the near future.

The Vinyl purchase for Closed Doors To An Open Mind includes download code with full album and instrumentals, as well as digital lyric-photobook, in G4 label jackets with art print by LETER91, a fellow Scarce Elementz member alongside Asphate himself.

Massive props to Jeff at G4 for sending this smooth album through.
You can pick up the new album here

March 19, 2015

2015-CRDS Presents-95 Da Illest Volume 2

Peace all,

Here is Volume 2 of the CRDS Presents-95 Da Illest compilations showcasing exactly how dope and diverse the year 1995 was (there is dope music on here from Sweden, New York and Los Angeles etc.) and to be honest it is still quite hard to fathom that all of this music turns over 20 years old this year, I had a lot of these joints on wax and CD at some stage and I fondly remember picking up these 12"s and albums.

Mad props and many thanks to 1994hiphop, Hillside, BYN, Alexandre Circuit Power and everyone that downloads and share these compilations, sends me emails, leaves comments and note in the c-box and to all of the good people out there that rip classic 90's Hip Hop in good quality, I salute you...volume 3 up soon.

01-2 Mental-Mental Illness (Produced by Louie Vega)
02-Bakers Of The Holy Bread ft F.N. Soup - Bring It On Back (Produced by Collén & Webb)
03-Most Desh - Hip Hop Is Livin' (Produced by Kevin'The Blade' Gordon)
04-Frankie Cutlass ft Doo-Wop, Evil Twins & Fat Joe-Boriquas On Da Set (Flip Squad Remix) Video (for original version)
05-Evil Twins-Evil Twin Glock (Produced by Frankie Cutlass)
06-Real Live-Crime Is Money
07-Show & A.G-Add On
08-DJ Quik-Get At Me
09-Smif-N-Wessun-Wrekonize (Remix Vocal) (Produced by S T Double E L E) Video (for original version)
10-Bahamadia-True Honey Buns (Dat Freak Sh-t) (Produced by DJ Premier) Video
11-Grand Puba-A Little Of This (Stud Doogie Remix)
12- AZ - Your World Don't Stop (Original Version) (Produced by Spunk Bigga)
13-Shanow-Remedy Man (Produced by R.P.M.)
14-Ill Al Skratch- Don't Shut Down On A Player (Produced by The LG Experience) Video
15-Defari-Big Up (Produced by E-Swift)