SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: DIGGIN’ IN THE CRATES VOL.8
Another day, another chapter of Diggin’ In The Crates series. Diggin’ In The Crates represents our attempt to pay homage to dope hip-hop pieces from the past,b-side,unreleased and rare incredible tracks that a real hip-hop head must have! On the 8th installment we resumed superb joints by Diamond D,Pete Rock,The Roots,Del The Funky Homosapiens and many others, so don’t hesitate to wear your headphones and press play for another impressive journey through real hip-hop music..
Home Grown !The Beginner’s Guide To Understanding The Roots…..is the better way to get familiar or simply rediscover legendary Roots crew. TBGTUTR is a two-volume, separately packaged release compiled of live performances, rare b-sides,unreleased tracks and remixes. The Volume 2 is an overview of The Roots career from their debut album Organix released in 1993 to Do You Want More? , Illadelph Halflife,Things Fall Apart,Phrenology and The Tipping Point.The live performance of Sacrifice (song originally included on Phrenology) is an exhaustive example of the incredible,rare attitude to create hip-hop music for the soul .. We can assert The Roots represent one of the few hip-hop collective able to earn incredible success yet maintain their integrity!
New York producer Pete Rock is not only an hip-hop living legend who “sewed incredible suit” for Heavy D,Johnny Jill,Redman,Run-DMC,Nas and the list goes on and on….he’s also the architect behind two hip-hop milestones: Mecca And The Soul Brother dropped in 1992 and The Main Ingredient released two years later! Both monumental projects were recorded alongside New York emcee Corey Penn aka CL Smooth and together they offered to the world two opus that can be described as true and pure art form. We selected a sumptuous cut from The Main Ingredient titled In The Flesh for which Pete resumed a brilliant 1968 production by jazz record producer Creed Taylor, sampling an excerpt from George Benson album Shape of Things to Come.The track is imbued with a soulful jazzy cadence and perfectly fits with CL unique flow. InI affiliated rapper Rob-O and hip-hop emcee Deda contributed with their agile and raw rhymes.Last year Pete Rock dropped Petestrumentals 2 . Make sure y’all to taste the impressive treatment remix of CL Smooth Perfect Timing handled by Max-I-Million
Founded in 1989 by Leigh Blake and John Carlin , Red Hot is a no-profit organization with the main aim to figh and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Since they started the project, they convinced a lot of artists from the international music scene to join their cause: Akua Naru,Alice Smith,Aloe Blacc,Annie Lennox,Beastie Boys,Bilal,Blood Orange,Bon Iver,Branford Marsalis,Busta Rhymes,Chance The Rapper,D’Angelo,Da Beatminerz,De La Soul,David Bowie,Digable Planets,DJ Krush,Groove Theory,Guru,John Legend,Lauryn Hill,Ledisi,Nirvana and Madonna among others. In 1994 Red Hot released a stunning compilation titled Stolen Moments,Red Hot + Cool recruiting Guru,Digable Planets,The Roots, Herbie Hancock,The Pharcyde and two years later they dropped another compilation titled America Is Dying Slowly packed with supa-hot jams by Mobb Deep,Common,Pete Rock,Wu-Tang Clan and produced by the most renowned hip-hop producers such as Buckwild,Diamond D, No I.D.,RZA and Prince Paul to name a few. We chose the tidbit titled Decisions performed by underground hip-hop duo Organized Konfusion,composed by Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch. The flawless production is finely cooked by Gary S. Scott aka DJ O.Gee, the man behind dope pieces by De La Soul,O.C,Brand Nubian,Big Pun and known for his affiliation with DITC crew.
In 2003 indipendent label 7 Heads Entertaiment released the stunning compilation 7 Heads R Better Than 1: No Edge-Ups In South Africa Vol. 1 . The project includes a fleet of true lyricists and producers such as Oddisee,J-Live,DJ Spinna, Applejac,El Da Sensei and Pete Rock brother Grap Luva. One of the most impressive track is Mood Swing performed by underground emcee Asheru,microphone maestro Talib Kweli and r&b crooner Raheem DeVaughn who enhances the song with his remarkable vocals. The superb instrumental got that fucking dope jazz vibe,sampling a 1963 jazz standard by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane titled In A Sentimental Mood.
Here you are an explosive and tasteful sonic cocktail to satisfy your yearning of real DOPE music ! The main ingredients are a massive dose of hard-hitting rhymes unleashed by Ol’ Dirty Bastard,Fat Joe,Raekwon,Redman , a pinch of r&b old-school vibes by Ginuwine and Megan Rochell and supa-dupa-hot beats by RZA,Scott Storch,Havoc of Mobb Deep,Mr.Porter and Kwamé …..the name of this drink is 4:21 ! Sounds familiar? The fourth studio album by Wu-Tang Clan soldier Method Man was released ten years ago via Def Jam label and though differs from the previous Method Man works,we think it’s a flawless body of work! We selected Got To Have It an outstanding piece wisely produced by hip-hop legend Erick Sermon. Last year Mr.Sermon released a new project titled E.S.P. (Erick Sermon’s Perception) , Method Man dropped The Meth Lab
Anthony Best aka Buckwild is one of the most influential hip-hop producer, who graced rap scene with epic productions for notable exponents like Big L,Brand Nubian,Biggie Small,Jay-Z,Nas among others. Buckwild also flaunted incredible skills as bright remixer as you can realize listening to the project titled Diggin’ In The Crates – Rare Studio Masters:1993 – 1997. It’s a double-disc compilation that features rare remixes and dope pieces by Nas,Brand Nubian,Rakim and O.C among others. If you’re old-school hip-hop addicted you should grab a copy of this brilliant project. Pump the volume,prick up your ears and vibe with us with the badass treatment remix of da hip-hop classic Hip 2 Da Game performed by Lord Finesse and remixed by Buckwild sampling Minnie Riperton’s Here We Go.
Before King Kendrick Lamar, Compton streets cranked out rappers and hip-hop groups like 2nd II None,Coolio,Dr.Dre,Eazy-E,Ice Cube,DJ Quik,The Game among others.But wait! Do you remember Charles Williamson better known by the stage name Guerilla Black? His debut project titled Guerilla City distributed by Virgin Records caused much discussion between those who asserted he was jockin Biggie Small flaunting similar style and look and those who considered Guerilla Black as a bona-fide artist with his own style. Well, in our humble opinion although his voice,cadence and flow evokes the beloved B.I.G. , the project is off the hook in terms of structure,collaborations and productions.Street music luminaries such as Jazze Pha,Ski Beats and Darkchild,provided astonishing beats for really dope tunes. Compton is one of our fave track included on da project and it hosts dancehall prince Beenie Man. The street anthem is produced by The Hitmen ( a collective of musicians and producers that Sean “Diddy” Combs brought together in the early ’90s) affiliated Carlos “Six July” Broady who used the sample of a 1972 production by Al Green and Willie Mitchell and a 1982 production by Winston Riley.
In 2010 The Roots dropped a spectacular mixtape called Dilla Joints. It’s an instrumental project in which the legendary Philly group revisited some brilliant J.Dilla beats to celebrate the legacy of da hip-hop mogul. Philadelphia emcee/producer and The Roots associate Dice Raw decided to put his own rhymes over the outstanding beats from Dilla Joints releasing the project titled Dice,Dilla,Pregunta. One of our fave joint is the track called Pregunta, for which Mr. Karl “ Dice Raw” Jenkins , chose the dope instrumental of Oh! O!… and the final result is something really really cool.
Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down by Brand Nubian,Next Level by Tha Alkaholiks,The Score by The Fugees are only few names of the incredibile productions handled by legendary hip-hop producer and emcee Diamond D. In 1992 Diamond D graced the ears of east coast audience with the debut album titled Stunts,Blunts and Hip-Hop . The project unveiled a cool cat able to establish himself as a specialist in terms of production (he’s the champion behind the simple loops and instrumental samples used for the album) and rhymes (displaying interesting attitude as entertainer). Stunts,Blunts and Hip-Hop includes great collaborations of rappers Fat Joe,Big L,Brand Nubian and other interesting names who worked alongside D behind the boards such as Q-Tip,Sadat-X,Large Pro and Showbiz. Taste the sound of I Went For Mine for which Diamond D sampled a 1976 piece by The S.S.O. Orchestra.On da hip-hop selection The Speakers Are Smoking we selected a dope cut from Diamond D last album titled Diam Piece released two years ago.
DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIENS FEAT. PEP LOVE AND Q-TIP – THE UNDISPUTED CHAMPS
Oakland native underground emcee and member of Hieroglyphics crew , Del the Funky Homosapiens is a kind of rapper which engages the attention with his consistent flow and distinctive style. The Ice Cube cousin unleashed in 1993 a 12” called Wrong Place Wrong Time that included a superb hip-hop jam called The Undisputed Champs counting on the support of another Hiero affiliate Pep Love and eminent Q-Tip. Well, the gritty and outstanding track is also included on the great Del retrospective titled Best of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien: Elektra Years