28 May 2012

3 Shades Of Rhythm

3 Shades Of Rhythm is P.Waley, Equipto and T.D Camp. The tracks on this album were recorded between 1990 - 1992 at the Jam studio and studio 280. This is some classic bay area underground, an absolute must have for any collection.

Growing up the homie Quinn had a 100th generation dub of a 5 song tape labeled "Hiero Demo". The quality of this tape was so bad that you could barely make out any of the lyrics and the beats sounded really muffled. The sound quality was enough to keep me from dubbing it for myself, but not enough to stop us from listening to it. We listened to this tape almost as much as our Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray Cassingle, while we mobbed around town in a 1990 Ford Escort. Because of the bad sound quality you could barely make out any of the lyrics, however there were always two lines that were completely audible and stood out to me, "I only dub these for my buddies" and "What's up my *** long time no see yo, what's that you're playing? oh shit that's me." In 2004, sometime around my birthday I received a package in the mail from Hamilton's finest Fatmike, inside was a tape labeled "3 Shades Of Rhythm" and a note telling me not to listen to it too loud because there was some loud screeching noises on the tape at random spots. I listened to the tape and the screeching was pretty bad at times, but the music more than made up for having my ear drums blasted with high pitched squeals. While listening to the tape I realized that one of the songs sounded familiar but I couldn't figure out why, then I heard the chorus "I only dub these for my buddies" and I was floored. The 5 song Hiero Demo tape we thought we had was actually 5 tracks from 3 Shades Of Rhythm. I asked a few people about the crew and Kegs One told me that T.D Camp was getting ready to release the album on CD along with the T-Mor & Schwinn album.

Shouts out to Jack Devo for pointing out that the last link wasn't working properly. Here is a link to download the entire album.

22 May 2012

T-Mor & Schwinn - Elements Of Change

Growing up I learned about new artists from liner notes and shout outs on albums...also from my homie Quinn who always came through with the heaters and helped get me started in the rap game. One shout out that always stuck with me was: "T-Mor said 'Casual's a monster'" - Casual from That's how we rip shit. After hearing this, I asked everyone I knew who T-Mor was and if they had any of his music. At the time no one had any info about him and they were as curious as I was. Fast forward a few years, I find out who T-mor is and that he used to rap with someone named Schwinn, but their music is impossible to come by...dead end.

Fast forward a few more years and I'm in the bay area visiting some friends. Kegs One and I are driving to Amoeba Music in San Francisco and the album we are listening too (Otherwize - C.U.N Traffic) ends. I grab a stack of CD's from the back seat and pick the disc with no writing on it. When the beat hit on the first track I had no idea what I was listening too, I asked Kegs who this was and when he said "T-Mor & Schwinn unreleased album that TD Camp was getting ready to release on Hella Records." I think I screamed like a sucka would. I just accidentally found an album I had been searching for for almost 15 years. TD released the album a few weeks later and I made sure I copped it right away. This album will always be a favorite of mine, partially because it's really good, but also because I will always remember how long I looked for it and how I ended up finding it.

Peep game on Jonny Paycheck's and Domino's sites for some pictures and info about T-Mor and Schwinn.

13 May 2012

Spex - Spex 101

Spex 101 brings 25 tracks of heat, featuring guest raps from Rundown, Brewmasta, Art Kanobe and guest production from Bucc Rogerz, Cosiner, Dj Nacho, Dj Process, Jster, Kegs One, The Moth, Odnet, and Dj Rundown. 

Speaking of Jster, he's recently launched a site called .25NoteDope where you can cop some old music, some new music and some nice t-shirts, peep game.

6 May 2012

Top R - Donut Huslaz EP

This was EP was my introduction to Top R aka Top Ramen. Released in 1999, Donut Huslaz has remained some of my favorite Top R work to date. All the raps are handled by Top R and the production by NonPhenom. Speaking of NonPhenom, has he done anything else besides this? His discogs page has no other info but I would love to hear some of his other work.