Thursday, July 14, 2011

DJ Irie - Hectic Eclectic 2.0

DJ Irie - Hectic Eclectic 2.0

I'm a little late on this but still, DJ Irie hit me up about posting his new Mixtape called Hectic Eclectic 2.0 which is a a collection of hip hop, funk and breaks.

Click here for some more behind the scenes info about how this mix came about.

Also check out DJ Irie performing this mix live below..

DJ Irie Hectic Ecletic 2.0 Live @ Ustream from deejayirie on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

DJ M-Rock - The Best Of A Tribe Called Quest

DJ M-Rock - The Best Of A Tribe Called Quest

M-Rock dropped another best of Mixtape, this time featuring none other than one of Hip Hop's greatest groups ATCQ! M-Rock was saying he got a chance to check out an advanced screening of the new ATCQ doc Beats Rhymes & Fights this past weekend which he said was incredible! I can't wait to see it myself and am anxiously waiting. Here's what M-Rock had to say about this Mix...

"I’m the biggest Tribe fan so it brings me a lot of pleasure to drop this mix. I haven’t followed their solo acts much, but I watched them like a hawk growing up. In fact, the first piece of music I personally got my own hands on was their first album from the public library. I can talk all day about this group, its emotional for me in fact, because my fav. genre is hip-hop and after midnight marauders, hip-hop split into underground and pop, and I found both styles were trying too hard. Slum Village for example were so gangsta lyrically that it wasn’t believable, and on the other hand, Jay-Z was the same thing. Plus, hustling and bitches are not interesting (Tribe talk about women instead). Both Slum and Jay were hot but as for vibe and lyricism, I’m a lower-middle class kid and other than musical skill, I didn’t relate deeply to any of this shit. However, I did relate to Tribe. Tribe’s music is honest, it doesn’t have commercial appeal and it succeeded because these brothers were close and very gifted, far from the average. They got paid as a group and didn’t fight over cheques. When they started falling off, the beats got mathematical and sample-free, they went soft as they brought J-Dilla in, who’s ironically one of the rawest producers ever. I can even hear Tip mentioning his friends during Phife’s verse in “1nce again”, an ignorant thing on his part, a lack of chemistry that was all over the last 2 albums. I relate to all of this because I fell off as a tablist, wasn’t a team player myself towards the end of that phase in my career. With that in mind, this mix is none of those wacker moments, it’s the straight rawness of Tribe, the group that wrote classic verses on the bus (buggin’ out) or kept verses from their childhood (Tip wrote Bonita at 14). Go watch the movie, by the way, it’s incredible. This mixtape took 3 weeks which is why M-Rock Mondays have been nothing, and now that it’s done, I hope you all really enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it."

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Make Some Noise (Andrew Munger's 1994 Toronto Hip Hop Documentary)

The 1994 film follows then up-and-coming Toronto rap groups like Ghetto Concept, Nu Black Nation and MVP, creating what now stands as a wonderful time-capsule peek into Toronto's 90's hip hop community. The film also features interviews with some of the big players in Toronto's rap scene like Johnbronski, DJX, a pre-Canadian Idol Farley Flex and a whole bunch more.

Despite being a big success at the 1994 Toronto International Film Festival (the film was awarded Best Canadian Short), Make Some Noise never received major distribution and until now, remained buried in Canadian rap history. With Kardinal Offishall's Toronto Anthem blowing up Canadian urban radio, the recent 'happenings' over at CKLN (the campus radio station is prominently featured in the film) and it being Black history month, this is a great time to blow the dust off this Toronto hip hop classic." - Press Release

Thanks to Beneficial for the heads up!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

DJ Big Jacks & DJ Royale - Criminal Slang (Dedication To Big L)

DJ Big Jacks & DJ Royale - Criminal Slang (Dedication To Big L)

  1. Little Richard – Rill Thing
  2. Lord Finesse feat. Big L - Yes You May (Remix)
  3. Big L – Put It On
  4. D.I.T.C – The Enemy
  5. Children of the Corn – American Dream
  6. Big L – Holdin’ It Down
  7. Big L – MVP
  8. Big L – Street Struck
  9. Comments from Big L
  10. James Gilstrap – Move Me
  11. Big L – Flamboyant
  12. D.I.T.C – Internationally Known
  13. O.C feat. Big L – Dangerous
  14. D.I.T.C – Way Of Life
  15. N.O.T.S Click feat. Big L – Way Of Life (GG Blend)
  16. Joe Thomas – Polarizer
  17. Big L – The Heist
  18. 98 freestyle (Pt. 1)
  19. Showbiz & A.G. feat. Big L – Represent
  20. Big L – Devil’s son
  21. Big L – Danger zone
  22. 98 freestyle (Pt. 2)
  23. Big L – Platinum Plus
  24. D.I.T.C – Thick
  25. Big L – The Heist
  26. D.I.T.C – Day One
  27. Oliver Sain – On The Hill
  28. Big L – Platinum Plus Intro
  29. Big L – Ebonics/ DJ Premier Remix
  30. Bonus: 95 Freestyle feat. Jay-Z

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Mixtape Massacre Show - CKLN 88.1FM (Feb 12 2011)

The Mixtape Massacre Show - CKLN 88.1FM (Feb 12 2011) (Mixtape Massacre X Real Frequency X Powermove X Fantastic Voyage Ft Special Live Guests)

On January 28th 2010, the CRTC voted in majority to revoke CKLN 88.1FM's broadcasting license. This decision would have seen Toronto’s oldest campus based community radio station go off the air on February 12th. Last week saw CKLN get a grant of stay which will allow the station to continue to broadcast until the Federal Court of Appeal considers CKLN’s request for leave to appeal from the CRTC’s decision sometime in April?
Last week could of been the last show for the Mixtape Massacre but thanks to the Grant of Stay they came up with a little something special for this past Saturday's show. They decided to bring back the predecessors of the Saturday 1-4pm time slot, the one's who laid the foundation for Rap Radio in Toronto. You have Canada's Godfather, Ron Nelson who had the Fantastic Voyage Program from the early 80's to 1989. Next is DJ X who took over from Ron and renamed it The Powermove Show which ran from 1989 until 2000. In 2000 The Real Frequency Show took over from 2004 until they landed a spot on Flow 93.5FM that aired Monday Nights. The Mixtape Massacre took over from there and have been doing holding it down for the past 7 years! A few live special guests pop by from Thrust, Click & Michie Mee with DJ Mastermind and Frankenstein also calling in... I recorded this on Saturday afternoon and was surprised to see them play that K-Force Freestyle near the end of the show which is from the CKLN Radio Rarities & Demo's I posted in the Cold Front Record Release Party Post which you can find here!

You can also find last weeks show here courtesy of GrandGrooveDJs!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

DJ M-Rock - The Best Of Kanye West

DJ M-Rock - The Best Of Kanye West

DJ M-Rock from the Funky Technicianz Crew outta Toronto dropped his Best Of Kanye West Mixtape the other day. I remember going to M-Rock's house with B_ill back around 2001 to buy an Ecler Hak300 mixer from him that he had won in a battle. This was around the time of the Dirt Style Competition where you had to come up with a routine using only Dirt Style battle records. While we were there he showed is his routine he was working on. Ended up taking 1st Prize...

Here's what he had to say about making this mixtape;

I’m very proud to drop this mixtape, hoping it reaches the ears of people who love DJing, hip-hop and especially the music of Mr. West.

This man has had a career like no other. He has given classic beats and hooks to everyone from Janet Jackson to Rick Ross, he invented the soul sound, and what I like most about him is he has great vision. I can spend hours trying to explain how innovative this guy is, but I’d rather we get back to the matter at hand. His music has everything it needs to chart, get critical acclaim but you can tell he’s driving hardest at creating that classic sample-heavy hip-hop, soul and new school sound. I mean, how many guys do 60 mixes of a song before it comes out?

ABOUT THIS TAPE. I lack fanciness in writing and in the artwork (which I did myself), but I promise you my skills as a DJ are sharp as a ginsu on this tape. It took me 3 weeks, probably between 100 – 200 hours to get it right (I’m picky). I really went deep in to give music fans something articulate: scratches, digital juggles, lots of blends, studio edits and tricks. If you play it on an iPod or in iTunes, the tracks are all chapters and there’s a pic for every chapter representing the song. I’d like people to rate this among the best tapes ever, but you guys be the judge, diss it, love it, hate it, whatever, let me know what you think.


“Amazing job, haven’t listened to all of it but what I’ve heard is top notch. Good stuff man, thank you for sending it…” – Neil Armstrong, Jay-Z’s DJ