Here we are with a new appointment with Digging In The Crates series.
If you are a nostalgic listener, we highly recommend to sit back,take your fav headphones,pump up the volume and prepare yourself to lose your mind with the 7th chapter of D.I.T.C.
STRANGE FRUIT PROJECT – OOH WEE
2002! The year of some incredible masterpieces: the alternative group headed by Pharrell Williams, N.E.R.D launched the debut album In Search Of breaking the boundary of hip-hop,underground hip-hop artist J-Live dropped All Of The Above,Blackalicious released Blazin Arrow impressing the hip-hop world with the milestone Make You Feel That Way,Slum Village enraptured the listeners with Trinity and DJ Jazzy Jeff released The Magnificent. Well,in 2002 we also experienced the soulful old-school-esque sound of Texas hip-hop outfit Strange Fruit Project consisting of emcees Myth and Myone and super-producer S1 aka Symbolyc One. The debut album From Divine is a superlative concoction of jazz,boom-bap and extra soulful rhythms. Taste the sound of Ooh Wee!
THE UNION FEAT. TALIB KWELI – TIME LEAK (DAMU THE FUDGEMUNK REMIX)
Delicious,exquisite,refined and cool. These are some adjectives to describe the music by parisian hip-hop duo The Union. Their music reflects the brilliant sound of hip-hop legends such as Pete Rock,J.Dilla with a touch of french sophistication. The debut album Analogtronics dropped in 2012 via Fat Beats is a mellow intergalactic voyage through hip-hop with a line-up of collaborators that includes Talib Kweli,Moka Only,Elzhi,MF Doom,Guilty Simpson. We chose the stunning and brilliant revisitation of Time Leak featuring Talib Kweli (check out his recent Pay Ya Dues) handled by the genius Damu The Fudgemunk who sampled Steve Miller’s Fly Like An Eagle. The treatment reamix is included on his Union Remix Instrumentals.
THE ROOTS FEAT. DJ JAZZY JEFF AND JAZZYFATNASTEES – THE NEXT MOVEMENT
16 years ago the legendary hip-hop group The Roots released their fourth record titled Things Fall Apart working with producers Scott Storch,J.Dilla,James Poyser and artists such as Common,Dice Raw,Erykah Badu and spoken word artist Ursula Rucker. The Next Movement summarizes the flawless and remarkable The Root’s mark exuding jazzy and hip-hop recruiting super DJ/producer DJ Jazzy Jeff for the scratches and neo-soul duo Jazzyfatnastees.Peep out the official video
THE CONSCIOUS DAUGHTERS – WE ROLL DEEP (PRODUCED BY PARIS)
On da 6th installment of Digging In The Crates we blew the dust off the 1993 record Ear To Street recorded by Oakland duo The Conscious Daughters. The project oozes 90’s west coast vibe,g-funk,gangsta rap and earned a lot of praises. We selected We Roll Deep produced by Paris using the sample of Bridge Through Time by jazz,soul,funk musician Lonnie Liston Smith.
PETE ROCK FEAT. J.DILLA – NIGGAZ KNOW
P Rock is a legend and an inspiration for so many emerging beatmakers and hip-hop producers. He gave us milestones such as Soul Survivor,Center Of Attention with Ini and Soul Survivor II dropped in 2004. The opus boast great appearances:Little Brother,Leela James,CL Smooth,Talib Kweli,Slum Village and the one and only J.Dilla who dropped solid bars over the boom-bap beats of Niggaz Know created using the sample of Heartbeat by Long Beach funky group War.
NAUGHTY BY NATURE – MOURN YOU TILL I JOIN YOU
New Jersey hip-hop outfit Naughty By Nature hit the music scene winning two prestigious grammy and carving out a nice career for theirself with masterpieces such as : Hip-Hop Hooray, O.P.P and Feel Me Flow. In 1997 Naughty By Nature recorded a downtempo cut for the official soundtrack of Millicent Shelton’s comedy film titled Ride. The perfect tune is titled Mourn You Til I Join You.
FUNKDOOBIEST – ROCK ON (BUCKWILD REMIX)
Underrated or underexposed, we think the sophomore album Brothas Doobie by L.A group Funkdoobiest got supa-cool vibes. The project entirely produced by Cypress Hill beat-architect DJ Muggs (the genius behind bangers such as Jump Around by House Of Pain,Clouds Of Smoke by Call O’ Da Wild,Can’t Stop,Wont’s Stop by KRS-One) includes the so fucking serious track titled Rock On. Don’t miss the revisitation handled by hip-hop mastermind Buckwild.
DE LA SOUL – FOREVER (PRODUCED BY YOUNG RJ)
In 2009 De La Soul dropped the project Are You In? to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut hip-hop classic 3 Feet High and Rising. The opus sponsored by Nike includes the stunning Forever finely produced by Slum Village member Young RJ.
B-LEGIT FEAT. DARYL HALL – GHETTO SMILE (PRODUCED BY KEVIN GARDNER AND REDWINE)
Vallejo rapper and E-40’s cousin,B-Legit gave us solid flow and powerful rhymes through the gangsta sophomore album The Hemp Museum. The wonderful Ghetto Smile was produced by Kevin Gardner and Redwine taking advantage of the 1975 record titled Sara Smile by John Oates and Daryl Hall. Recently B-Legit released What We Been Doin featuring a bunch of Bay Area spitters.
BLACKNUSS FEAT. STEPHEN SIMMONDS – DINAH
Swedish collective Blacknuss will bring you above the clouds with their refined sonorities. A perfect mix of 90’s soul, hip-hop,r&b even acid jazz that sounds charming as you can realize listening to the single Dinah released in 1996 and included on Allstars. Dinah is a compelling collaboration with swedish soul singer Stephen Simmonds who appeared on the neo-soul selection Neo-Soul Nite