SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: DIGGING IN THE CRATES VOL. 4
Two months ago we released the 3rd volume of the acclaimed Digging In The Crates and today we are going to serve you up a special selection with supa-cool hip-hop old school/underground tracks.
Hip-Hop lovers spread the voice, scratchtheblock.com is come with the 4th installment of Digging In The Crate , so open your windows and pump up the good flow!
Y Society – This Is An Introduction
Washington DJ/Producer and also co-owner of Redef Records,Damu The Fudgemunk is one of our fave hip-hop artist of the underground scene. Deeply influenced by luminaries like Pete Rock,K-Def,Marley Marl,Erick Sermon he was involved in many projects such Panacea alongside K-Murdock,Raw Poetic and his recent collabo with The Star Seeds for their upcoming album The Golden Error , plus a plethora of massive beat-tapes dropped under the Redefinition Records . Damu is also 1/2 of hip-hop duo Y Society with Boston emcee Insight. In 2007 , Y Society coocked a wonderful album titled Travel At Your Own Pace from which we chose This Is An Introduction. Solid production,laid-back jazzy beats and dynamic scratches. Damu The Fudgemunk appeared on jazz-hop selection titled Jazz-Hop Hooray
Tha Alkaholiks – Daaam! (Buckwild Remix)
Back in da days when L.A hip-hop group Tha Alkaholiks spat their powerful rhymes. We selected a gem from their sophomore studio album titled Coast II Coast, that includes the collaboration of Madlib and Diamond D. Check out the treatment remix of the single Daaam! , masterfully cared by Bronx legendary producer Anthony Best aka Buckwild. You can dig it, checking out Buckwild project titled Diggin’ In The Crates – Rare Studio Masters: 1993-1997 . Tha Alkaholiks are currently working with Beatnuts on a brand new project, so check out their official site and stay tuned! Alkaholiks appeared on Talking All That Jazz . You can taste Buckwild beats on Digging In The Crates , Walking With The Giants , The Remix Session Vol.5 and on Beyond The Rhythm.
Group Home – Suspended In Time (Produced by DJ Premier)
Melachi The Nutcracker and Lil’Drap joined their forces to release in 1995 their debut album titled Livin Proof under the stage name of Group Home. The project gained positive reviews thanks the excellent production cared by hip-hop legend DJ Premier and features with Guru and Jeru the Damaja. Suspended In Time is surely the centerpiece!!! Enjoy the beat! Premo appeared on Rockin With The Rhythm , We Select,We Certify , Beats,Rhymes and Jazz , Me and My Adidas
Ge-Ology feat. Talib Kweli and Sadat X – Communicate (12 Inch Remix)
Baltimore native and Brooklyn based producer Ge-Ology is a prominent and much respected artist of the hip-hop scene. In 2001 Ge-Ology dropped a 12” titled Communicate recruiting Talib Kweli and Sadat X of Brand Nubian, under the label Up Above Records . Check out the ear-catching remix version!!! Ge-Ology is included on Sweet Bitter Love
Fugees – Nappy Heads
Time to taste the flava of the music delivered by Fugees before they became viral!!! In 1994 Pras,Lauryn Hill and Wycleff dropped Blunted On Reality. Maybe it’s not enjoyable or easy-to-listen like The Score but we appreciate the underground and powerful ruff rhymes and beats. Nappy Heads is an highly recommended track if you love raw rhymes.
DJ Nu-Mark feat. Ernie Hines and Tiron & Ayomari – Feel the Way About It
Uncle Nu is delighted our fans appearing on a lot of selections like Jazz-Hop & Cadillac , They Want Mo Beats , How Many Mics . His catchy,supa-solid and lavish production is not be affected by time effect, confirming his class with several solo projects! Recently he pierced our mind with his coming back with Jurassic 5 launching the new single The Way We Do It and also with his new collaborative project alongside Slimkid3,Bouillon . In order to spotlight one of the most impressive DJ Nu-Mark project titled Broken Sunlight we chose the masterpiece titled Feel The Way About It featuring TiRon & Ayomari (they appeared on Bring The Noise and Into The Remix ) and legendary soul musician Earnie Hines
De La Soul – Stakes Is High (J.Dilla Remix)
Stellar hip-hop group De La Soul dropped recently they brand new project titled Smell The Daisy , celebrating the legacy of J.Dilla. Today we resume their classic tune, Stakes Is High from the self-titled milestone album released in 1996. Grab the treatment remix by the trained hands of J.Dilla. De La appeared on Old School VS New School , This Is It Ya’ll , Check The Rhymes , On Deck and The Block Is Hot .
Biz Markie – Studda Step (Ill Jay Remix)
On Talking All That Jazz we highlithed the project by belgian DJ/producer DJ Iron titled Classic Recipes Vol.1, where he put together some underground hip-hop classics, remixed by himself and others beatmakers like Ill Jay ,that revisited a Biz Markie track titled Studda Step.
The Boulevard Connection feat. Artifacts – Haagen Daz
The danish hip-hop group The Boulevard Connection , composed by producers/musicians Typhoon, Sek and Marak released in 1998 Sut Min Pik EP , from which we selected the jazzy hot vibe of the masterpiece titled Haagen Daz featuring legendary hip-hop group Artifacts.
4 Hero feat. Ish aka Butterfly – The Action
4 Hero is a U.K collective composed by Dego,Marc Mac and Dollis Hill and represents an esteemed avant-garde team producers able to blend a wide array of genres such broken beat,future jazz,drum n bass,hip-hop and also neo-soul. Two Pages is one of their most appreciated album released under Gilles Peterson Talking Loud (now named Brownswood Records). Well, don’t miss the dazzling performance of Ish aka Butterfy, former member of Digable Planets. Check out the tune titled The Action
You can stream the selection also via mixcloud