Tuesday, January 2, 2007

East Coast Underground Compilations

After digging in my own crates and upping the Beats & Lyrics series, I decided to upload the other underground East Coast two part compilation series put out by Nervous/Wreck Records AKA the label that raped Black Moon. The first disc is mixed by underground staple DJ Eclipse and the second by legendary producer DJ Spinna (whose CD’s and vinyl occupy a good portion of my crates, both milk and mail).

The first Independents Day has an underground lineup that need their own “Where Are They Now”, Shawn J. Period, Wizdom Life, Niight Breed, Mike Zoot, L Fudge, Duodie, Capital A, Kid Thun, The Raidermen, Lace Da Booms, Apani. B, etc. The rest of the CD is held down by underground heroes Polyrhythm Addicts, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Breez Evahflowin’, Jigmastas, and Natural Elements. The DJ Spinna mixed Independents Day sequel features a diverse lineup with Godfather Don, Screwball, K-Otix, Mastaminds, Danja Mowf, Frankenstein, Mathematik (both from Canada), Khaliyl (Bush Babees), Unspoken Heard, Network Reps f/DJ Spinna & Tru Persona, Pumpkinhead, and Lone Catalysts.

The third upload, New York State Of Rhyme, is pretty damn rare as it was a UK import. It was co-ordinated by Matt Fingaz (Fingatip) of Gueeswhyld Productions (who incidentally appears from time to time as an artist on the two earlier CD’s) and is a successful manager of producers now (that subscription to Scratch Magazine pays for itself!).

This CD from 1998 features one of the first solo Consequence joints (ATCQ/G.O.O.D. Music) as well as one of the earliest Just Blaze productions (“F-Ava”- F.T. of Street Smarts f/Ava) on wax. The lineup on this compilation consists of El Da Sensei (Artifacts), Talib Kweli, A.L. (House Of Reps), Punch & Words, F.T. f/Ava, Mike Zoot, P. Dap f/D.V. Alias Khrist, Tefelar & Cordell, Network Reps, Craig G & Will Pack, Wizdom Life, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Mr. Eon (High & Mighty, Smut Peddlers), Reservoir Doggs, Joe Sex & High & Mighty. Tommy Tee handles production on 2 of the twelve joints and is aided by EZ Elpee, Shawn J. Period, Just Blaze, Reef (Rob Tewlow), Dash, P. Original, and Shaself.

For full tracklistings, cover art or more information on these uploads, check out http://www.discogs.com or do a Google search. Here they are, enjoy ‘em:

Hip Hop Independents Day Vol. 1 (Mixed by DJ Eclipse (Non Phixion/Fat Beats) (1998)

Hip Hop Independents Day Vol. 2 (Mixed by DJ Spinna/Polyrhythm Addicts/Beyond Real) (1998)

New York State Of Rhyme (A & R’d by Matt Fingaz/Guesswhyld Productions) (1998)



Unknown said...

I remember all of those comps...good to see them again...ill write ups Dart.

Unknown said...

apani. . .where am I now. . .hmmm? let me know when u find me. . .