SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: WE SELECT,WE CERTIFY (HIP HOP DOPAMINE)SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: WE SELECT,WE CERTIFY (HIP HOP DOPAMINE)
Wassup underground/old school lovers!! Yesterday we worked on a quality selection of underground hip hop gems and today we are ready to release We Select,We Certify.
Enjoy the journey, people!!!
The first masterpiece is a goldie single titled If You Can Huh! You Can Hear, dropped in 1997 by Mos Def . It’s the b-side of the 12” that includes also Universal Magnetic produced by Shawn J Period. Scratchers pump the volume!!
Last year on December we recommended a really dope album called Mellow Vation by underground emcee/producer Jay Prince from U.K. Open your mind, because the track that we are going to introduce you is a sumptuous tune titled Trashy. Yap,yap, it’s an unreleased instrumental produced by J.Dilla. During his habitual digging in da crates, Jay Dee, put his hands on a 70s record by Stanley Cowell Trio but initially it didn’t convince Waajeed that invited Dilla to don’t lose his time. In a second time Dilla decided to work on the Stanley Cowell record, making a really impressive beat!! Jay Prince resumed Dilla beat, spitting some old school solid bars…
Time to spin one of the most influential hip hop record produced by J.Dilla: The Shining, dropped in 2006 under the BBE records. On this project Jay recruited some dope artists like: Common,D’Angelo,Busta Rhymes,Pharoahe Monch,Madlib, Guilty Simpson and also the voice of The Roots, Black Thought that dropped some bars over the beat of Love Movin (Karriem Riggins on drums).
The next artists appear for da first time on scratchtheblock.com but we guarantee that what we are going to show ya is really really impressive. Ill Conscious is a Baltimore rapper that release in 2013 the outstanding single The Pledge featuring anotha Baltimore artist, the femcee Cyn Hawkes. The compelling track is produced by Teddy Roxpin (that worked for the likes of Mac Miller,Future,Phil Ade) and Chris Brassard better known as Cold Legistics from New England. What’s your impression?
Now, sit down,relax your mind and prepare yourself to loose your senses , listening to a solid masterpiece by mastermind DJ/producer DJ Jazzy Jeff from the BBE records. In 2004 Jeff released one of our fav album, The Magnificient enlisting really superlative artists like: Raheem DeVaughn,J-Live,Valvin Roane,Eric Roberson and Washington avant-garde rapper/producer Oddisee that shows his masteful art to make rhymes. Lovers, this is Musik Lounge.
Derrick Buck is one of our fav artists , when we talk about underground hip hop scene. Frontman of California group The Globetroddas and busy artist involved on several projects like Familiars Unseen and solo album like the lil masterpice The Way I See It. His solid conscious rhymes are always a guarantee, just like this called Greenlight.
Jump in da 95s in order to listen one of the most impressive beat created by the hip hop icon, DJ Premier: Real Hip Hop. Over Premier beat we can appreciate the raw verses by Brooklyn based Drayz & Skoob, known as Das EFX. You can find this masterpiece on Das EFX album titled Hold It Down .
In 2007 Los Angeles underground emcee Blu teamed up with ex member of Emanon, producer Exile dropping their first collabo album, Below The Heavens that contributed to give Blu,a solid stature as great artist from the underground scene. Dancing In The Rain is a proof that this musical friendship is really really fruitful.
On Digging In The Crates Vol. 2 we made a tribute to one of the most underrated hip hop underground group, Arrested Development. The promoters of afro-centrism released in 1994 their third studio album called Zingalamaduni from which we chose the brilliant Ease My Mind
The last gem is performed by A Tribe Called Quest. In 1991 they dropped Low End Theory , an hip hop milestone, a classic from which we selected the single titled Butter.