It's been a long time... I'll be taking and fulfilling re-up requests on sample sets. Click the image above to go to my not-so-secret Sample Set Index for the full(?) list. Want something? Hit the comment section below. Peace.
Re-upping this compilation from January 2012 because I'm happy to have thought that these guys were great and would still be relevant today; and in 2019 (and beyond), they sure are. Looking back at this mix makes me realize that I'm not nearly as keen on "mainstream rap" nowadays as I was back then. And I'm currently having an internal debate about whether that's a good thing. Anyway... enjoy. (And I'd suggest also listening to A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q's mixtapes from that era.)
1. D. Brash & Big Ghost Ltd - Back In the Daze 2. Gunplay - Look Alive (Remix) 3. Conway - E.I.F. 4. Your Old Droog - RST (feat. MF DOOM & Mach-Hommy) 5. T.I. - Fuck Nigga 6. Willie The Kid & DUS - Lord Have Mercy 7. Birdman & Juvenile - Just Another Gangsta 8. ScHoolboy Q - Numb Numb Juice 9. YG - In the Dark 10. Hue Hef, Young Dirty Bastard & Weather Park - You Don't Know 11. Chris Orrick - Liquor Store Hustle 12. Sean Price & Small Professor - Think About It (feat. Rock, Illa Ghee & DJ Revolution) 13. Crimeapple & DJ Skizz - Skeleton Key 14. Masta Ace & Marco Polo - E.A.T. (Evolve & Transcend) (feat. Evidence) 15. RZA, The Reverend Willy Burke & Weather Park - Standing on the Frontine 16. Crumbzilla - When I Wrote (feat. KXNG Crooked & Blender) 17. Chris Crack - They Killed Dr. Sebi (feat. Vic Spencer) 18. A.G. & Cuns - When It Rains It Pours (Remix) (feat. Recognize Ali & Sage Infinite) 19. DJ Muggs & Mach-Hommy - Wet Bally (feat. Meyhem Lauren) 20. Salaam Remi - The Grass (feat. The Lox) 21. Tsu Surf - Consignment (feat. Benny The Butcher) 22. Demrick - Wide Awake 23. Young Buck - Roll Up (feat. Kokane) 24. Erick Sermon - Zion (feat. Xzibit, David Banner & Shaquille O'Neal) 25. Bun B & Statik Selektah - Time Flies (feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Talib Kweli)
Round two in my "Rewind: The Tape Deck 2010-2019" series showcases the work of one of my favorite, consistently-great producers, The Alchemist. Over the past decade, the diversity of his sample sources - and what he does with them - has probably been what's intrigued me most about his evolution as a producer. Because of that, you never really know what you're gonna hear when you see that "Produced by (The) Alchemist" tag. I like that. This compilation's got 21 tracks - all handpicked from previous volumes of The Tape Deck - and features a thoro(ugh) roster of frequent and familiar collaborators like Prodigy, Action Bronson, Oh No, Roc Marciano, ScHoolboy Q, Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs, and much, much more. Enjoy... and as always, Turn it up!!
חַג שָׂמֵחַ P.S. Make sure to support and cop Alchemist's records (if you can) by following his Bandcamp page.
1. Curren$y - Scottie Pippen (feat. Freddie Gibbs) 2. ScHoolboy Q - Break the Bank 3. Durag Dynasty - Durag Dynasty Theme 4. The Alchemist - 1010 Wins (feat. Domo Genesis, Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, Roc Marciano & Despot) 5. Prodigy - Death Sentence (feat. Roc Marciano) 6. Reks - Why Cry (feat. Styles P) 7. Action Bronson - Blood of the Goat (feat. Big Twin & Sean Price) 8. Blu - Doo Whop (feat. Planet Asia & Killa Ben) 9. Step Brothers - Step Masters 10. Gangrene - Sewer Gravy (feat. Roc Marciano) 11. Mobb Deep - Waterboarding 12. Sean Price - Genesis of Omega 13. Mobb Deep - Get It Forever (feat. Nas) 14. Curren$y - Fat Albert (feat. Lil Wayne) 15. Evidence - The Red Carpet (feat. Raekwon & Ras Kass) 16. The Alchemist - Roman Candles (feat. Roc Marciano & Black Thought) 17. ScHoolboy Q - Hoover Street (Original Version) 18. Mac Miller - Red Dot Music (feat. Action Bronson) 19. Prodigy - Give 'Em Hell 20. Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs - Location Remote 21. Domo Genesis - Till the Angels Come (feat. Freddie Gibbs & Prodigy)
Artwork: Karters Choice by Frank Bowling. Still bothered by Nipsey Hussle's death. Been listening to a lot of his music again lately. It's such a terrible loss, both to rap music as a whole AND, more specifically, the city of Los Angeles which I call home. Even if you weren't a Nipsey Hussle fan in the past, I urge you to go back and listen to his music. Start, perhaps, with his opus, one of my favorite hip hop albums released in 2018, Victory Lap. I've been appreciating it even more since his death. His message - the true message in his music - is splattered all across his albums/mixtapes; gems can be found EVERYWHERE. Again, what a loss.
Hussle ominously called himself "2Pac of my generation" in the past. He might be right. Like 'Pac, I hope that his message lives on past his lifetime on earth and extends to multiple generations.
This volume of The Tape Deck features "Racks in the Middle," the last single Nipsey Hussle released in his lifetime. It's also got a track featuring Amy Winehouse, and another one featuring Nate Dogg. Oh, and of course I'm still digging that Small Pro-produced Sean Price album. Got a highlight from that album here, too. Nip, Amy, Nate, P! It's nice to keep their voices alive. Plus a whole lot of other great new joints you may not have heard.
Speaking of missing out on good music, I've created a new Spotify Playlist, The Tape Deck 2019, which features only MOST of the music you see here. (For instance, this GREAT new Black Thought song, "Noir", isn't on Spotify, so I couldn't throw it onto the playlist. Gahbidge.) The playlist is still worth checking out if you enjoy streaming options (as opposed to MP3 downloads), though. Just out of curiosity, please drop a comment below and lemme know which you'd prefer: keeping this an MP3 blog, or segue into streaming only? Oh, and what do you think about the Mixcloud uploads? Again, like I said, just curious. Anyway... enjoy all this great new music. And as always... Turn it up!!
1. J.Period - Soldiers (feat. Dead Prez, Sa-Roc & Maimouna Youssef) 2. Nipsey Hussle - Racks in the Middle (feat. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy) 3. T.I. - Playas Ball (feat. Snoop Dogg) 4. Birdman & Juvenile - From Tha Block 5. Nick Grant - Price Tag (feat. Westside Gunn) 6. Quelle Chris - Obamacare 7. Black Thought - Noir 8. Budgie - On My Shit (feat. Traffic) 9. Chong Wizard - The Kryptonians (feat. Killa Kali, Planet Asia & Rosati) 10. Sean Price & Small Professor - Word to Mother (feat. DJ Revolution) 11. Illa Ghee - Pull Up 12. Jay Rock - The Other Side (feat. Mozzy & DCMBR) 13. Bizzy Bone - Enigma 14. Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y - Getting Loose (feat. Problem) 15. Nolan The Ninja - 2 Cents (feat. Chuck Inglish) 16. Billy Danze - He Aight 17. Smoke DZA - Harsh Reality (feat. Wallo) 18. Blu & Oh No - Made the Call (feat. Ca$hus King, Definite & MED) 19. Elcamino - Too Grimey for the Radio (feat. Meyhem Lauren) 20. Ras Kass, Shabaam Sahdeeq & Edo. G - A Good Year 21. MED & Guilty Simpson - The Hundreds (feat. Kokane) 22. Willie The Kid & DUS - Jewelry 23. Salaam Remi - Find My Love (feat. Nas & Amy Winehouse) 24. Anderson .Paak - What Can We Do? (feat. Nate Dogg)
Well, I didn’t wanna start this series so early in the year, but here we are. As you know, I’ve dropped hundreds of volumes of The Tape Deck since 2008; and in 2019, the final year of this weird, nameless decade, I’m gonna be pressing rewind and highlighting a slew of great music released since 2010. Sadly, I’m forced to start things off with a Nipsey Hussle compilation. This is not a “best of” mix — just a selection of “featuring Nipsey Hussle” tracks, handpicked from volumes of The Tape Deck.
Rest In Power. Bump this for Nip...
1. DJ Drama - Never Die (feat. Jadakiss, Cee-Lo Green, Nipsey Hussle & Young Jeezy) 2. Snoop Dogg - Westside Rollin (feat. Nipsey Hussle & Kurupt) 3. Childish Gambino - Black Faces (feat. Nipsey Hussle) 4. Kirko Bangz - I Got a Friend (feat. Nipsey Hussle) 5. Ray Rizzy - Get Wit It (feat. Nipsey Hussle) 6. David Banner - Californication (feat. Snoop Dogg, Game, Nipsey Hussle, Kree & Ras Kass) 7. Rapsody - Never Know (feat. Nipsey Hussle, Ab-Soul & Terrace Martin) 8. Game - (Ha Ha) Slow Down Freestyle (feat. Nipsey Hussle) 9. Juice McCain - Audemar Piguet (feat. Nipsey Hussle) 10. Glasses Malone - Eastsidin' (feat. Snoop Dogg & Nipsey Hussle) 11. Drake - The Motto (Remix) (feat. YG, Nipsey Hussle & Snoop Dogg) 12. Taylor J - Fact of Life (feat. Jazze Pha & Nipsey Hussle) 13. Chamillionaire - When Ya On (feat. Nipsey Hussle) 14. Mod Sun - What's Ya Life Like (feat. Nipsey Hussle) 15. Josh Xantus - I Don't Care (West Coast Remix) (feat. Nipsey Hussle) 16. French Montana - I'm On It (feat. Big Sean, Nipsey Hussle & Wiz Khalifa) 17. Infamous DJ Haze - Coast to Coast (feat. Joell Ortiz, Cassidy, Nipsey Hussle & Dro Pesci) 18. J.Y. - We All Good (feat. Nipsey Hussle & Young Scolla) 19. Eighty4 Fly - Until We Bleed (feat. Nipsey Hussle)
Trust that I'd be updating the site more frequently if life allowed it. Ups and downs, you know... Thank you for sticking around. More updates to follow. Soon.
1. 2 Chainz - Threat 2 Society 2. Smif N Wessun - Let Me Tell Ya (feat. Rick Ross) 3. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana (feat. Assassin) 4. Oh No & Madlib - Big Whips 5. Blu & Oh No - The Lost Angels Anthem (feat. Kezia) 6. Czarface & Ghostface Killah - Powers & Stuff 7. Meyhem Lauren & The Alchemist - Still Playing Celo 8. Buckwild - Fire (feat. Remy Ma, Fat Joe, Big Pun & Reef Hustle) 9. M.O.P. - Ain't Gone Do Shit (feat. Teflon) 10. Sean Price & Small Professor - John Gotti (feat. AG Da Coroner, Guilty Simpson & Your Old Droog) 11. Marco Polo & Planit Hank - Finish Him (Marco Polo Remix) (feat. Styles P, Conway & Lil Fame) 12. DJ Muggs & Eto - Roses (feat. Roc Marciano) 13. Joell Ortiz, Fred The Godson & The Heatmakerz - Murder One 14. DJ Madsol Desar - Stay (feat. Esoteric & Bobby J from Rockaway) 15. Fashawn, Nas & Ezri - Apostles 16. Crimeapple & DJ Skizz - FFFeel Good 17. Jag - Stressin (feat. Boogie, Nick Grant & Dcmbr) 18. Berner & Mozzy - Ayy (feat. YG & Logic) 19. J. Cole - MIDDLE CHILD 20. Royce Da 5'9" - Field Negro 21. Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y - Eastside 22. Benny The Butcher - Forever 23. Method Man & Street Life - Squad Up (feat. Havoc) 24. 38 Spesh - Empty Plates (feat. Fred The Godson) 25. Domo Genesis - Could This Be 26. Tsu Surf - Reflections (feat. Beanie Sigel)
Roc Marciano put out three albums and an instrumental project with Adult Swim last year! Crazy, right? And just for y'all to appreciate how truly prolific this man is, I made it a point not to include ANY of those albums' tracks on this compilation. None. And this thing clocks in at well over an hour-long! Truly a genius of modern music. (BUY HIS ALBUMS!!!) Side note: Sorry for the late drop. I usually try to get these in before January, but better late than never, right? And yeah, SOTY is coming, too. You've been warned. 'Til then, kick back and enjoy this EIGHTH(!) yearly Roc compilation. Turn it up!!