Vol 7 of the short lived bay area Hip Hop Slam TV series broadcast in 1993. This is my favorite volume in the series, partially because the videos they play are great, but mainly it's because of the interview with Mike Dream R.I.P. Mike Dream is a legendary Oakland graffiti artist that many people credit as one of the most influential graffiti artists of all time. Dream was killed in a senseless random robbery in February 2000. For more info on Mike Dream check out Piece By Piece a really well made documentary about the Bay Area scene from the late 80's to the mid 90's.
24 September 2012
18 September 2012
Based out of Hawaii, The Light Sleepers started as a radio show run by Kavet The Catalyst in 1997. Narcoleptic Symposium is the first compilation released by the label in 2000, it is a collection of Hawaiian artists and other artists that dropped by the radio show to freestyle. I remember getting an old dub of this tape and knowing nothing about it or any of the artists. It wasn't until years later that KaliyugaPro hooked up a proper rip/track list that I was able to find out who these artists were. This compilation features: Lotus Eater, Just One, Jundax, Oliver Twist, Kavet The Catalyst, Omega6, Timer, Fame, Ija, Radioinactive, Neila, Jeru The Damaja, Kilowatts, P.E.A.C.E, Abstract Rude and many more. Enjoy
10 September 2012
Short lived bay area television series Hip Hop Slam which broad casted on the Soulbeat TV network for 13 episodes in 1993. I've managed to get my hands on a few of these DVDs and will be posting them, I haven't been able to locate any shows earlier than Vol.6 so if anyone out there has them or any other old bay area TV show footage please let me know.
As someone who isn't from the Bay Area, I first heard about this show in 2003 while visiting some friends in San Francisco. We were hanging out watching old VHS footage of Rap City, Home Turf, Distortion 2 Static and eventually we came across some clips from show. The footage is really raw, but at the same time that is what makes it so good. Everyone is having fun and doing what they want, not worrying to much about perfect production or anything like that. Guests in this episode are KRS-One, Dan-I-Spencer, Erick Sermon and Jamalski. There are videos from Del The Funky Homosapien, Paris, Digital Underground, and other random footage.
3 September 2012
Some classic 90's Hieroglyphics; The Shamen is Pep Love & Jay Biz. This is a collection of tracks, some of which were on the original Hiero Oldies tapes while others were unreleased. I'm not sure how many of the tracks made it onto the CD versions released in 2001. This is that classic Hiero sound that help make the crew one of the most popular underground labels ever.